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Old 01-12-2019, 11:14 PM   #1
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Acme tow dolly experience / issues ?

Am considering an Isata 4 31DS ( really would like an Isata 5 but just cant justify the additional cost on retirement income ) and will have to pull a toad. Am looking for experiences pro and con for Acme EZ tow dollies. Thank you for your feedback and help.
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Old 01-13-2019, 08:48 AM   #2
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I’ve been pulling a Honda Accord with an Acme (hydraulic brake version) for 2 seasons. I have towed about 18,000 miles with no issues. Servicing the brakes is a simple task with easily avaliable parts. It’s also very easy to move around by hand when necessary. Except for about 2 feet I can back the MH over the front of the dolly when at a shorter site. It takes me about 15 minutes to load and strap the car in, 10 to unload.
I did have water get into the taillight assembly. I sent Acme a email they had the manufacturer drop ship a set to me in a few days.

I highly recommend the Acme, customer service is top notch as well. It seem recently thayhave drop the price by around $300 as well from whe. i purchased. Delivery to my driveway was 3-4 days after I ordered.
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Old 01-13-2019, 08:57 AM   #3
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I have used mine for 20k miles with no issues. Easy to use
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I found a 2yr old, 3k mile one a couple years ago for $1k.


As mentioned it is easy to store as it will store standing up. With the ramps removed from the tongue, it is easy to move by hand. You can also back up with it and I find it easier to back with the car loaded.
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Old 01-13-2019, 12:21 PM   #5
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Thanks for the input but what about the "negative" issues such as hooking up the safety chains to the underside of the toad or the safety "lock" on the surge style brake system ? How difficult is it to get under the vehicle to make those connections - my concerns would be with inclement weather or "soft" ground. Thanks again.
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I do get on the ground to do the safety chains - I put a blanket down - I also use the blanket to kneel on when putting on the straps and removing the ramps after loading.


Some have rigged up straps or cables/chains that go through the wheels on the car and fasten them to the dolly to act as safety chains.

As for the surge brakes, I don't have the "special" tool (~$10) that comes with the dolly so I use a C clamp in the slot to prevent the brakes from engaging when backing.
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Old 01-13-2019, 01:16 PM   #7
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This is a great Tow Dolly. Used ours for 4 Years towing a 2015 Chevy Spark. Never had a Problem with it so far. You do have to get on the Ground to hook up the Safety Chains but not a big issue. Just use an old Blanket or Canvas Tarp to lay on. I put the Ramps in the Toad Trunk.
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Old 01-13-2019, 01:41 PM   #8
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tow chain solutions

I have an acme dolly and love it. It resides in the garage, standing up on its side when not in use.

I purchased the Wal-Mart exercise mats (you assemble like a jig-saw puzzle) to lay on. They are light weight, quickly dry and you can just toss them into the RV storage between use. I have found that putting the tow chains on goes quicker if you have an old 26inch bicycle tire tube to cover part of the chain. It prevents scuffing of any allow car parts the tire chains come may contact.

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I carry a 5x7’ tarp that I keep folded in 3rd to use when hooking up the safety chains. I use a round magnet to hold the brake lockout tool in place when necessary. Not a big deal to connect the chains takes about 30 seconds a side.
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Old 01-13-2019, 04:05 PM   #10
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Bought one last fall. Towed my daughters Ford Focus to Virginia from New York. It was a little unnerving because one wheel kept moving back on the dolly. Probably doing something wrong. Steering wheel is unlocked. Should the car be in neutral? Do like the surge brakes, and overall it seems like good quality stuff.
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