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Old 02-10-2016, 03:41 PM   #1
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Questions re:American Car Dolly for Mini Cooper with automatic Trans

I have several questions regarding towing my 2013 Mini Cooper with an automatic transmission. I have purchased an American Car Dolly since it requires front wheels up. If anyone uses this tow dolly and has advice for low slung cars please let me know.

The most pressing issue is that the dolly has a pivot plate held by a large bolt. When loaded this bolt is directly below my exhaust pipe with only 2 1/2 inch clearance. The rest of the undercarriage has 3 or more inches clearance from the dolly parts. Is this enough or is there a work-around for this?

Also the Dolly comes with safety chains for Dolly to RV but no safety chains for car to Dolly. Company says they are not required or needed given the large tire straps. Is this an issue? Anyone else drive with the wheel straps but without car to dolly safety chains?

The steering wheel does not lock on the vehicle and it must remain centered to prevent damage to the car. Looking for advice on how to tie it down. Tried strapping to brake peddle but it put a lot of stress on the steering column and lights started coming on with warnings and the wheel still turned a fair amount.

Any advice would be appreciated.
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