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Old 01-05-2015, 10:03 AM   #11
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If you are towing with a 2-wheel (or 4-wheel) dolly you don't need to do that. It will turn normally since the front wheels will be off the ground.

If you are thinking of flat-towing it you can't if you have an automatic transmission: Is it possible to tow my Toyota with all four wheels on the ground?
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Old 01-05-2015, 10:37 AM   #12
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[QUOTE=techntrek;759502]If you are towing with a 2-wheel (or 4-wheel) dolly you don't need to do that. It will turn normally since the front wheels will be off the ground.

If you are thinking of flat-towing it you can't if you have an automatic transmission: Is it possible to tow my Toyota with all four wheels on the ground?[/QUOTE

No, I can't tow all four down. It's an automatic tranny with front wheel drive.

Watch the video at this link: Car Tow Dolly -The Lightest and Toughest Tow Dolly For All Car Towing Needs - Acme Car Tow Dolly Company

In it, you will see the steering wheel turning while on the dolly.
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Old 01-05-2015, 11:02 AM   #13
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If you have the Acme dolly than I can see your issue. The deck that the car sits on is solid to the wheels so any turning must be done by the vehicle. Many of the others on the market have pivoting decks so the car wheels don't turn when cornering only the deck moves.
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Old 01-05-2015, 11:27 AM   #14
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I watched the opening segment showing the Prius, then the longer segment at ~6:19. The front wheels are not turning to the left even though the truck is turning to the left.

This is no different than the old-style tow trucks that just lift the front wheels. The front wheels are locked straight forward.
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Old 01-05-2015, 11:32 AM   #15
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Doing more research I came up with this: Choosing The Right RV Tow Dolly So You Can Tow A Car Behind Your Motorhome | The Fun Times Guide to RVing

"New car models may not have a steering wheel lock. Being able to lock the steering is mandatory so that the car doesn’t drift back and forth causing damage to the side panels when cornering. Such is the case with my 2013 Dodge Caravan. The manual clearly states that it cannot be towed on a dolly."

This confirms what I have always seen - on tow trucks and tow dollies - the front wheels get locked down with webbing and do not turn.
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I watched the opening segment showing the Prius, then the longer segment at ~6:19. The front wheels are not turning to the left even though the truck is turning to the left.

This is no different than the old-style tow trucks that just lift the front wheels. The front wheels are locked straight forward.
Looks like that to me too. Ken- What makes you think the car front wheels
need to be steerable during towing??? Looks like they are locked down
to me.
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Looks like that to me too. Ken- What makes you think the car front wheels
need to be steerable during towing??? Looks like they are locked down
to me.
Watch his video (car tow dolly), it shows why around the 7:30- 8 minute area.
Plus it just makes sense. If the steering was locked the cars just gonna fight the wheel straps or scrub like a spread axle trailer.

Oh, And old (and new) tow trucks have swivels built in or allow the front to swivel so they will work with locked columns.

Very interesting on the column lock. I worked for an autogoup that had a toyota dealership untill about a year ago. Never new about the lock trick. Did know that toyota was about the only ones that didn't have a battery saver programmed in them to turn lights off, if left on or door left open. We were always having to jump them off. Hopefully they will or have this fixed for the new ones.

Good luck with your towing!
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The link I posted in post #15 explains the use of a center pivot or king pins on the trailer to allow proper rear-wheel tracking. Which is why the wheels of the toad do not need to move - the trailer is already doing it.

Some Toyotas do have a light timer, at least for some of the lights. I don't remember if our 2003 Sienna had one. Our 2010 Prius has a timer on the door lights but not the map lights (I've gone out many mornings to find my wife left a map light on all night), and the headlights turn off with the ignition unless you turn the switch off and back on.
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True, if you have one of those dollys. I would assume Op doesn't otherwise he would never have discovered what he posted.
Ive yet to work on a Toyota that didn't drain the battery if the door was left open, including priuses and camrys. Maybe im just unlucky. ?
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