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Towing with a Car Dolly
Posted by: 63900CV ()
Date: February 19, 2021 04:19PM

Hello all,
Does anyone have any experience with towing an EM using a car dolly?

I am aware that it needs to be loaded on backwards but I am concerned about the ramps hitting the rocker panels as the car lands on the trailer..

The dolly I have has fixed ramps

Thank you

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Re: Towing with a Car Dolly
Posted by: American Mel ()
Date: February 19, 2021 04:31PM

Why put it on backwards?

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Re: Towing with a Car Dolly
Posted by: 63900CV ()
Date: February 19, 2021 04:34PM

I am told that being the engine is in the rear the engine weight needs to be over the axle of the Car dolly to avoid fishtailing

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Re: Towing with a Car Dolly
Posted by: joelsplace ()
Date: February 19, 2021 04:50PM

I would pull it backward so you aren't turning the transmission. It should pull fine forward. Tow dollies shouldn't fishtail since they don't really change the weight distribution the car normally uses.

Joel
Northlake, TX
5 Ultravans, 114 Corvairs and counting...

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Re: Towing with a Car Dolly
Posted by: 63900CV ()
Date: February 19, 2021 04:52PM

Thank you Joel

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Re: Towing with a Car Dolly
Posted by: RKF ()
Date: February 19, 2021 05:19PM

I have pulled an early model for distances of forty miles without issues. I loaded the car with the front wheels on the dolly and the back wheels on the ground.

Knoxville TN

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Re: Towing with a Car Dolly
Posted by: 63900CV ()
Date: February 19, 2021 05:27PM

Thanks RKF

I am not going more than 30 miles and less than 55MPH

My main concern is the trailer ramps hitting the bottom of the car as it lands onto the car dolly

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Re: Towing with a Car Dolly
Posted by: American Mel ()
Date: February 19, 2021 05:32PM

63900CV Wrote:
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> I am told that being the engine is in the rear the engine weight needs to be over the axle of the Car dolly to avoid fishtailing

Okay, just to be clear.
Are you talking about a Tow-Dolly (two of the car wheels on the ground), or a Trailer (all four wheels off the ground)?

Towing on a trailer, by all means put the weight forward.
Towing with a Dolly, not an issue, Put the car in neutral, and use it the way it was designed for.
If you insist on reverse loading a Tow-Dolly, make sure you lock the steering dead straight!

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Re: Towing with a Car Dolly
Posted by: 63900CV ()
Date: February 19, 2021 05:37PM

Thanks Mel

The plan is a tow dolly, two wheels on the road

I am so worried about the ramps hitting the bottom of the car I might just get a car trailer and load it on Backwards like I always have. Was just trying to save a few bucks

Safety has unlimited budget!

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Re: Towing with a Car Dolly
Date: February 19, 2021 06:20PM

I have used a tow dolly many times pulling a Corvair, and never had the ramps hit the car. I have towed them forward, and backwards on the dolly as well.

Jeff K
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Re: Towing with a Car Dolly
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: February 19, 2021 06:21PM

You gotta do what you feel safe with.

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Re: Towing with a Car Dolly
Posted by: JimBrandberg ()
Date: February 19, 2021 06:36PM

I'm surprised no one asked if it's a Powerglide. I don't think you should tow a PG with the rear wheels on the ground and turning.
I towed a car from Queens, NY to MN backwards on a tow dolly and it was fine. I didn't have any problems with the undercarriage and it was racecar so it sat fairly low, although not as low as it was once I got done with it.

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Re: Towing with a Car Dolly
Posted by: American Mel ()
Date: February 19, 2021 06:56PM

Our Powerglides are fine being towed, with rear wheels on the ground.
Two pumps!
Front & Rear. thumbs up

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Re: Towing with a Car Dolly
Posted by: Frank DuVal ()
Date: February 19, 2021 07:05PM

Why would it make a difference in the ramps hitting the bottom of the car to load it forwards or backwards?

I towed my not so well aligned field autocross car (140 PG) both ways on a tow dolly. Either way worked. It did require tying the steering wheel to the vent window bar to tow backwards. 70 mph was a little squeamish. eye popping smiley Suggest much slower. thumbs up

Frank DuVal

Fredericksburg, VA

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Re: Towing with a Car Dolly
Posted by: American Mel ()
Date: February 19, 2021 07:24PM

Frank, I think it was two different questions.
#1. Will it hit?
#2. Does it need to be towed backwards?

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Re: Towing with a Car Dolly
Posted by: Richard ()
Date: February 19, 2021 07:26PM

My dolly has a pin that you pull out to drop the ramps down. When you roll the car up into the wheel pockets, the weight shift pulls the ramps up. Put the pin back in and the ramps stay while traveling.

With this dolly, towing a Corvair forward, at about 45 mph, it starts whipping and will not stop.

Years ago, I rented a dolly from a independent equipment rental. It was a very heavy dolly and I towed the corvair forward. It did fine, but i was towing N on the 405 in late afternoon traffic. It's possible I never went over 35.

With a dolly, take a couple pieces of 2x6 and 4x4's with you.


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Towing with a dolley is like two tralers. The dolly won't whip, but the rear heavy car will.

My opinion and experience.

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Re: Towing with a Car Dolly
Posted by: flamingchariots ()
Date: February 19, 2021 08:02PM

"With a dolly, take a couple pieces of 2x6 and 4x4's with you."

That's good advice.
I used to make graduated pre-ramps out of 2x6 blocks. It worked great!



Here's some more advice: don't turn too sharply in a parking lot unless you want the car's wheel going off the front of the dolly. Guess how I know?

Bunch of truckers laughing at my wife and me trying to jack it up back into position. We did it, though.

Kevin
Medina, OH

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Re: Towing with a Car Dolly
Posted by: joelsplace ()
Date: February 19, 2021 08:08PM

"With this dolly, towing a Corvair forward, at about 45 mph, it starts whipping and will not stop."

I've never owned or used a dolly but I've seen some with fixed wheels and some wheels that steer. Which kind did you have issue with? Was the steering tied?

Joel
Northlake, TX
5 Ultravans, 114 Corvairs and counting...

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Re: Towing with a Car Dolly
Posted by: 63900CV ()
Date: February 20, 2021 06:42AM

thanks all for the info.

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Re: Towing with a Car Dolly
Posted by: didget69 ()
Date: February 20, 2021 02:53PM

We'll cover this one more time...

Tow Dollies are designed to tow a vehicle loaded facing forward. Period.

The tow dolly manufacturers, U-Haul, eTrailer.com, and others all point this out.

bnc



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 02/20/2021 02:56PM by didget69.

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