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#67508 - 01/24/03 09:41 PM DRIVESHAFT--Towing a Vic with a Tow Dolly ??
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I'm gonna be towing the Vic with a Tow Dolly behind a 14' UHaul truck.

Q: Are there any issues I need to address if I where to tow the Vic with the Rear wheels on the Dolly ??

BTW, It's too damn cold to be messing with the driveshaft and towing the Vic with the front wheels up on the dolly.


Edited by Liquid (01/28/04 03:17 PM)
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#67509 - 01/25/03 03:42 AM Re: Towing a Vic with a Tow Dolly ??
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I am not familair with dolly towing, but couldnt you just leave the Vic in neutral?
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#67510 - 01/25/03 07:32 AM Re: Towing a Vic with a Tow Dolly ??
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You've got the right idea. Front wheels on the ground, rear on the dolly. Make sure the steering wheel doesn't mess you up by locking.

RWD automatic vehicles should never be towed with their rear wheels on the ground. You can damage the transmission because the engine isn't on to properly lubricate. You have to remove the driveshaft to do it right.
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#67511 - 01/25/03 10:09 AM Re: Towing a Vic with a Tow Dolly ??
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In reply to:

You've got the right idea. Front wheels on the ground, rear on the dolly. Make sure the steering wheel doesn't mess you up by locking.




Wouldn't I want the Steering wheel locked in the straight ahead position ???
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#67512 - 01/25/03 11:03 PM Re: Towing a Vic with a Tow Dolly ??
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According to Uhaul, a Crown Vic WILL NOT fit. Someone else HERE has towed a Vic with a Uhaul dolley, and said the Crown Vics fender rubs when going aroung turns...

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#67513 - 01/26/03 05:16 AM Re: Towing a Vic with a Tow Dolly ??
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I'd recommend using their transport trailer. I have had some non-favorable experiences with their tow dollies. Backing up is out of the question because their dolly pivots and there is no way to lock it in place, also the reason the dolly fenders may hit the Vic on turns.
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#67514 - 01/26/03 08:49 AM Re: Towing a Vic with a Tow Dolly ??
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In reply to:

According to Uhaul, a Crown Vic WILL NOT fit. Someone else HERE has towed a Vic with a Uhaul dolley, and said the Crown Vics fender rubs when going aroung turns...




I'm actually gonna rent a truck and a "Super" car dolly from Budget.

Budget's "Super" car dolly is much bigger/wider than Uhaul's car dolly. We measured both the width of the Super Dolly and my P71. The P71 will fit with room to spare.
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#67515 - 01/26/03 10:22 AM Re: Towing a Vic with a Tow Dolly ??
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OK folks, having done towing on and with almost everything at one time or another, I have some advice, from expierence.

DO NOT tow with the FRONT wheels on the ground....unless you REALLY like going into the ditch! Because that is EXACTLY where you WILL end up. By towing the vehicle backwards (front on ground), the front wheels are aligned completely backwards of "normal", and at speeds much above 40 mph, the car and dolly WILL begin to "fish-tail". If the towing vehicle is not heavy ehough, it will toss the whole works into the ditch.

A Panther won't fit on a "U-Haul" car trailer???? Really? I towed my 1996 Lincoln Continental on one. 350 miles in fact. It's longer, wider, lower and MUCH heavier than a modern panther, and I had no problems. I did not have "extra room", but it fit w/o damage.
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#67516 - 01/26/03 10:50 AM Re: Towing a Vic with a Tow Dolly ??
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In reply to:

DO NOT tow with the FRONT wheels on the ground




Good enough for me ! So when I remove the driveshaft, how do I keep the fluid from running out the tailshaft ??
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#67517 - 01/26/03 11:05 AM Re: Towing a Vic with a Tow Dolly ??
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Pull the REAR u-joint, and tie it to the exhaust, no leaks.
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#67518 - 01/26/03 12:14 PM Re: Towing a Vic with a Tow Dolly ??
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In reply to:

Pull the REAR u-joint, and tie it to the exhaust, no leaks.




Cool. Will do.

Thanks John.
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#67519 - 01/26/03 01:39 PM Re: Towing a Vic with a Tow Dolly ??
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2 other things.

Run tape around the rear Ujoint after disconnecting the driveline so you dont loose the Ujoint cups.

Put the Ujoint attaching bolts and straps in a plastic lunch bag or similar and put in glovebox, not the floor. Not fun trying to find missing hardware at your destination.

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#67520 - 01/26/03 06:31 PM Re: Towing a Vic with a Tow Dolly ??
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Instead of pulling the u-joint why don't you just pull out the four bolts that connect the driveshaft to the pinion flange?
Unbolting four joints and pushing the driveshaft up would be a lot easier than undoing a u-joint.

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#67521 - 01/26/03 06:41 PM Re: Towing a Vic with a Tow Dolly ??
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Doh! Your right, CVs have flange, not straps. Must have CRS, replaced my Ujoints just last year

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#67522 - 01/26/03 10:33 PM Re: Towing a Vic with a Tow Dolly ??
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Registered: 10/12/02
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Loc: Florida
Hey, rent a trailer not a dolly. When I retired I brought my '92 GM down on a U-haul trailer behind a rental truck. It worked great and towed smoothly and safely.
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