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Posted: 10/02/18 02:49pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Has anyone come up with an alternative to the troublesome adjustable tie down straps. I'm thinking Snow chains altered.
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Why? Straps are much lighter and easier to handle.

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One alternative is to tow 4 Down.

A few years Acme Tow Dolly was offering chains. I think they went over part of the suspension, not the tires. I don't think they were very popular. They are no longer an option.

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Horizon170 wrote:

Has anyone come up with an alternative to the troublesome adjustable tie down straps.


Yes, Solution? 4 wheel down towing! Ditch the dolly. [emoticon]

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DO a search on "wheel bonnets" or "tire bonnets"


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Back when we used a dolly, it had straps like these.
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Did not find them difficult to deal with at all. Just got your hands dirty putting them over the tire. Not every car is towable 4 down, so sometimes you just have to stick with the dolly.


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First off, this is NOT a debate on Tow Dolly vs. Flat tow. I have over 50 years experience with flat tow but very little with a tow dolly.
I want to tow a Fiat 500 on my tow dolly and find it difficult to adjust the straps. My straps are made to fit a variety of tire sizes. When adjusted to my small tires they loose the setting when I remove them and I have to set them to fit every time.
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Dennis M M wrote:

DO a search on "wheel bonnets" or "tire bonnets"

Thank you Sir.
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I searched and found that there are sizes to fit small tires. The one size fits all that I have are too time consuming to adjust each time for me.
I experimented with a set of tire snow chains today and have one side about 80% finished. It is specifically for my Fiat size only.
Even though it is made of chain it is relatively easy to install.
Pictures later on.
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