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Anyone ever use one of those tow dollies from Uhaul?
I was going to rent one to tow my truck
My dilemma is, I don't know if the dolly is wide enough to handle 39.5 Swampers, anyone know or have an idea?
This is an 84 SR5 pickup
 

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I used to own an X U-haul dolly - that thing was very handy <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0">

Mine was super wide, but for the life of me I can't remember how wide it was...

The width is marked on the dolly - call U Haul and ask <IMG SRC="smilies/smile.gif" border="0">
 

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Originally posted by Bruce SR5:
<STRONG>Anyone ever use one of those tow dollies from Uhaul?
I was going to rent one to tow my truck
My dilemma is, I don't know if the dolly is wide enough to handle 39.5 Swampers, anyone know or have an idea?
This is an 84 SR5 pickup</STRONG>
FWIW I've used a tow dolly several times with 33's. Width wasn't a problem, but diameter was tight; the tire straps barely fit and the tires were almost too big (front to rear) for the 'pad' they sit on. I guess they do have different size dollies though.

Hey ! Do you happen to have a factory service manual for that '84? I need some wiring diagram info if possible.

Broderick
 

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I gave up on the stock straps as soon as I got mine and made my own out of chain.

Fully adjustable <IMG SRC="smilies/glasses.gif" border="0">
 

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If you're going to rent it, they don't rate it for the weight of a truck or tires larger than 31's. We had to extend the straps on my friend's dolly to put a CJ7 with 33-9.50's on it.
 

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When I moved to KC years ago, I rented one with the Uhaul truck, and my 83 wouldn't fit with the 30x9.5's (straps too small). Luckily they gave me a full trailer for no extra charge <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0">
 

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I think the main issue is that the straps are much to small to fit over anything bigger than 29 inches, I had to extend them for my 31s and used my own chains for extra security.
 

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ive towed my rig about 500 miles with a uhaul tow dolly in the last 3 weeks--yep broke twice. i used a bunch of chain in addition to lengthened straps for my 35x12.5's... <IMG SRC="smilies/bender.gif" border="0">
 

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One more thing to consider: You can't back up with it. They articulate in two places: The towed vehicle can pivot on the dolly, and then the dolly pivots at the hitch ball.

So if you try to straighten out the trailer after it gets a little sideways, you just jack-knife the trailer under the towed vehicle and slide it around...

I towed a 93 Eclipse AD turbo 5 hours from Baton Rouge to Memphis last weekend on one behind my friends hardtop V6 runner. Could've sworn we were going to cook that tranny.

Just make sure not to park anywhere you might have to back up, since this would likely mean reomoving the vehicle from the dolly.

With your 39's, I'd recommend either flat-towing or a full trailer. The only drawback with the trailer is that it will weigh 500-1500 pounds easy, so you'll need to use something hefty to tow it... but you'll be able to back it up.

IMO - It's iffy as to wether or not that truck will fit the trailer, but I think the eclipse had around 4-7 inches on either side before running into the dolly's fenders. Why not take your monster toy down to the u-haul place now and push the dolly up against the front tires and see?</font>
 
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