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Never ever even thought about the straps, that was the easy part.
And then when I ditched the safety chains, it was a pc a cake.
Law does not require safety chains from vehicle to dolly.
And once I convinced myself that the vehicle is NOT trying its dammedest to get loose from the dolly, made things easier.
I hate chains,....good luck w/ them.


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i just got some of these off ebay. They are the best quality i have seen

DEMCO Car Basket Straps Tow Dolly Wheel Net Set Flat Hooks BLUE USA

my issue is the ratchets. I cannot release mine because they hit the bumper of the car. I physically have to unbolt them from my master to dolly.

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oldschoolhdmike wrote:


my issue is the ratchets. I cannot release mine because they hit the bumper of the car. I physically have to unbolt them from my master to dolly.


If you look closely at the ratchet mechanism, you will see that there is a plate that gets pushed back when you move the handle to the release position. If you cannot open the handle that far because it contacts the bottom of the car, you can use a short pry bar to push back the plate and release the ratchet strap. Much simpler that unbolting the ratchet mechanism.


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STBRetired wrote:

oldschoolhdmike wrote:


my issue is the ratchets. I cannot release mine because they hit the bumper of the car. I physically have to unbolt them from my master to dolly.


If you look closely at the ratchet mechanism, you will see that there is a plate that gets pushed back when you move the handle to the release position. If you cannot open the handle that far because it contacts the bottom of the car, you can use a short pry bar to push back the plate and release the ratchet strap. Much simpler that unbolting the ratchet mechanism.


My solution was to place a 2" X 10" under each tire. I still don't like the one size fits all straps.
Marvin
BTW, I have one chain strap almost completed using tire chains.


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Well, the Wife and I came to an agreement.
Forget towing the Fiat, sell the brand new tow dolly for 60% of the original cost and continue to tow the Geo Tracker 4 down.
We are just too old for all the work involved with a dolly.
Thank you all for the advice and knowledge you offered.
Marvin

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