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Old 02-03-2020, 04:25 PM   #1
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Tow Dolly Straps...

...are a pain in the A*S

but once you get them tight the towing part is nice.

the car I tow can rock about an inch in park, so you have to stop twice within the first few miles to re-tighten them, then they are good for a hundred miles or more...







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I check my straps each time I stop. Generally the first drive after loading the car, after making a few turns I find a spot to stop and check. Usually that is the only time I need to snug them up.
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The straps that came with my deck over dolly trailer were a major pita. The portion that goes over the tire were adjustable, and was very difficult to get in the right location. Our Ford Fiesta doesn't leave much room to get your hands over the tire. I was spending upwards of thirty minutes each time. Ordered some new ones from etrailer that have the straps fixed. Much easier. Now takes 10 minutes or less. Also no scraped hands.
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...are a pain in the A*S



but once you get them tight the towing part is nice.



the car I tow can rock about an inch in park, so you have to stop twice within the first few miles to re-tighten them, then they are good for a hundred miles or more...

















Run the vehicle up to front stop and bolt a 2x4 to deck (ramp) area behind tire ( like a cradle)to keep from rocking back and forth
Mine was doing that also
Broke 2 straps because of rocking could never stop to get TIGHT enough!!!!!!!
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We used a dolly last year. They are a pain-yes. I guess I was lucky because I did not have a problem with them coming loose. I did tighten the straps as tight as I could with big wrench.
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Run the vehicle up to front stop and bolt a 2x4 to deck (ramp) area behind tire ( like a cradle)to keep from rocking back and forth
Mine was doing that also
Broke 2 straps because of rocking could never stop to get TIGHT enough!!!!!!!
What brand of dolly please?
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What brand of dolly please?


Tandem Tow Dolley
Some might call it
A Deck over Dolley
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Tandem Tow Dolley
Some might call it
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Had to notch 2by for strap hook
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Tandem Tow Dolley
Some might call it
A Deck over Dolley
Deck Over is a specific brand just as is Tandem Tow.

And I'm not surprised your straps loosen over time, it appears your tire plates are fixed and if so, whenever you make a turn, the front wheels of the car are forced to move fore and aft, stretching the straps.
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If you look at the picture, you can see the scrap and rust marks of the tire tray, where it articulates ( turns )

The rust and scrap marks also shows that something is worn or missing between the moving parts.

My dolly has nylon wear blocks between the moving parts. On this dolly they may be worn or missing.
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Deck Over is a specific brand just as is Tandem Tow.



And I'm not surprised your straps loosen over time, it appears your tire plates are fixed and if so, whenever you make a turn, the front wheels of the car are forced to move fore and aft, stretching the straps.


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Tandem Tow Dolleys plate swivel
Deck over dolly just plates
Iíve been useing it 7 years
Over 20 thousand miles
First year broke straps
After I put 2bys never a problem
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If you look at the picture, you can see the scrap and rust marks of the tire tray, where it articulates ( turns )

The rust and scrap marks also shows that something is worn or missing between the moving parts.

My dolly has nylon wear blocks between the moving parts. On this dolly they may be worn or missing.


Where marks or scrapes are from grit sand that got between the nylon blocks and base of dolly
Michigan Sandunes
Arizona Sandunes
Took four wheeler to off-road parks
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Not only are the straps a pain but I have trouble with the ratchets. To release the straps I'm unable to unlock the ratchets. There's not enough clearance on the low hanging plastic bumper covers to reverse the ratchets.
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