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Old 10-18-2020, 06:02 PM   #15
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Have you considered a drive shaft disconnect to flat to your front wheel drive vehicle? I have been extremely happy flat towing my Tundra after I had the Remco drive shaft disconnect unit installed.
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Old 10-18-2020, 10:55 PM   #16
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We have a rotating pan, but I still don't allow the steering to lock on our RAV4. My reasoning is that it won't lock straight ahead. The top of the steering wheel locks at 11:00 or 1:00, and this puts the rotating pan slightly off kilter. The front wheels, even though turned, are still on a perpendicular line with the direction of travel, but the tray is not. When I let it lock, it was sometimes so tight it was difficult to unlock. I feel that puts an unnecessary strain on the steering gear for the car.
Iíve done it both ways, locked the steering, and left it unlocked. When I left it unlocked, it locked itself. So I donít think it matters much.
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Old 10-18-2020, 10:56 PM   #17
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Have you considered a drive shaft disconnect to flat to your front wheel drive vehicle? I have been extremely happy flat towing my Tundra after I had the Remco drive shaft disconnect unit installed.
Front wheel drive vehicles donít have a driveshaft.
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Iíve done it both ways, locked the steering, and left it unlocked. When I left it unlocked, it locked itself. So I donít think it matters much.
The RAV4 doesn't lock the steering until I remove the key. So I had a key made without the chip. Without the chip it won't start the car. So I insert that key, turn the ignition on then back off, leave that key in, and the steering will not lock. I can sit and turn it a full turn to either side, and it won't lock. But pull that key and turn the wheel, and it'll lock at 11:00 or 1:00.

Other makes may be different.

I know that if I let the wheel lock, when I get to my destination I can pull in straight and stop, and the wheels will be turned and the tray will be cocked to that side. If I don't let the wheels lock, everything will be straight.
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I left my steering unlocked. (Chevy Volt , American tow dolly with the rotating pan) the only issue would be in a tight corner with both the pan rotating and the wheels turning,the car side might hit the dolly fender. Itís never happened to me but it sure gets close
I do believe itís less stress on the front end to let both the pan and the steering rotate.
BTW. The American tow dolly is great and low for those low clearance cars. I didnít need it but he sells a self contained electric brake controller 100 bucks or so , that comes mounted on the dolly. No wiring to the motor home at all other than the std light plug.
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I left my steering unlocked. (Chevy Volt , American tow dolly with the rotating pan) the only issue would be in a tight corner with both the pan rotating and the wheels turning,the car side might hit the dolly fender. Itís never happened to me but it sure gets close
I do believe itís less stress on the front end to let both the pan and the steering rotate.
BTW. The American tow dolly is great and low for those low clearance cars. I didnít need it but he sells a self contained electric brake controller 100 bucks or so , that comes mounted on the dolly. No wiring to the motor home at all other than the std light plug.
So far, so good on ours. We're careful to get the car close to center to avoid being to close to one side. I've turned the RV full lock several times without anything hitting.
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While towing my Kia Soul, with a steering lock, I was stuck in a gas station and backed up a few feet.

I was already in a sharp turn and that short reverse twisted the steering lock pin jambing it.

I had to remove the tumbler and turn the switch with a big screwdriver to free it up. I removed the lock a few days later at my brothers house because it would still lock and stick once in a while.
You know its held on with headless, anti theft, screws. Needed a Drexel to cut slots in them.

The Jeep Renegade I towed and now Honda Ridgeline don't have steering locks.
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