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Old 03-16-2016, 09:57 PM   #1
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ACME VS DEMCO DOLLY... Which do you like & why?

I am debating between these two car dollies. The ACME costs less but the wheels do not swivel as far as I can tell... the Demco wheels swivel. I don't understand the advantage of one over the other. I will be towing a 2010 FWD VW Beetle convertible and the steering locks when you remove the ignition key. I think you can leave the key in the ignition if you require it to be unlocked. I would appreciate any and all opinions...thanks in advance.
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Old 03-16-2016, 10:47 PM   #2
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There's a really nice demco in the classifieds here.
Worth a look!


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I am debating between these two car dollies. The ACME costs less but the wheels do not swivel as far as I can tell... the Demco wheels swivel. I don't understand the advantage of one over the other. I will be towing a 2010 FWD VW Beetle convertible and the steering locks when you remove the ignition key. I think you can leave the key in the ignition if you require it to be unlocked. I would appreciate any and all opinions...thanks in advance.

I just ordered am Acme tow dolly, it is in transit as I am writing this. I too compared them all and decided on the Acme based on price, weight, led lights etc. we are going to use our 2015 Jetta as the towed vehicle. Ours is a push to start model, VW suggests putting the car in neutral, shut it off and remove the key from the car. Tried it tonight in the garage, no steering wheel lock and the electronics went to sleep about 3 minutes after the key was out of range.

I guess for me the KISS principal applies. Everything that moves needs lubrication and is prone to break. My only issue is living in Illinois I have to have electric brakes according to the state. This reduces the capacity of the dolly, reduces the warranty, more parts to wear out etc. I really likes the hydraulic disk brakes but no one offers a tow dolly that is electric/hydraulic that I could find.

Our first trip towing is the 2nd of next month so I will know more then. Down to Lexington Ky for a half marathon. About 800 miles round trip so I hope it is uneventful towing wise.
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We have the Stehl auto dolly. It has hydraulic disc surge brakes and swivels. We tow a Prius. Love not having to worry about the always failing electrics. The swivel eliminates the worry if there is a steering lock. Leave car in park, (but NO parking brake - lol).
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Does anyone know if the ACME wears out its tires quickly since they don't pivit?

Thank you! If anyone has one for sale within 100 miles of Cody WY please let me know.
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I have the acme, hydraulic breaks. pulled 4000 miles and have had 0 problems. My Ford Edge steering doesn't lock. I really like the acme. I have seen a lot of them on this trip. There are several of them in this park in Florida.
I have the 20" wheels which I had to modify the hookup with the straps. I installed eye bolts behind the cars wheels which worked out great.
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Purchased an Acme dolly two years ago. Works well once I learned how to keep tail lights in. Earned the LED light upgrade by purchasing the spare tire. Two main issues where wearing through one tire strap due to under carriage rubbing. The other was being shocked while installing a safety chain due to faulty power post in an RV park. Locking steering columns in cars was mostly discontinued after 2008 so new dollies do not have a swivel base for tires. An inexpensive battery post disconnect will allow leaving ignition switch on. The surge disc brakes work well.
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My only issue is living in Illinois I have to have electric brakes according to the state. This reduces the capacity of the dolly, reduces the warranty, more parts to wear out etc. I really likes the hydraulic disk brakes but no one offers a tow dolly that is electric/hydraulic that I could find.
I think you may have gotten some bad advice. The braking system just has to be controlled from drivers seat and has to work simultaneously with the tow vehicles brakes. Surge brake systems fall into this category.

To the OP, I have an ACME and like the way it's built and features. It's going to make it's maiden voyage next Thursday hauling a Honda Civic on our way to FL.
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Please update your post and let us know how your new tow dolly works out. Thanks!
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Please update your post and let us know how your new tow dolly works out. Thanks!
Will do. I'll probably give it a trial spin this weekend.
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