[ROVERNET - UK] Re: 2000TC Towing Question

Geoff Kirkpatrick britcarnut at yahoo.com
Sun Aug 6 18:48:18 BST 2006

I've had problems using a towing dolly to tow cars with the front wheels
on the ground.  I've done it a couple of times and always had to stay
below about 40mph or the car would start to fishtail.  And yet tow trucks
seem to do this without trouble.  I've always wondered why that is, and
now I understand.  The towing dolly doesn't get the car at a steep enough
angle to avoid this effect.


> Date: Sun, 6 Aug 2006 17:16:03 +1000
> From: "Paul Smith" <vmitps at netspace.net.au>
> Subject: Re: [ROVERNET - UK] 2000TC Towing Question
> To: <rovernet at lyris.ccdata.com>
> Message-ID: <004f01c6b929$9cc6cdb0$0201010a at p4>
> Content-Type: text/plain;	charset="iso-8859-1"
> Tow truck operators always towed with the driving wheels in the air.
> With enough lift, the caster is positive (and the trail is positive) for
> the
> front wheels of the towed vehicle going backwards, so they track true.
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Glen Wilson" <rovercar at comcast.net>
> To: <rovernet at lyris.ccdata.com>
> Sent: Sunday, August 06, 2006 1:47 PM
> Subject: [ROVERNET - UK] 2000TC Towing Question
> > I had a call from someone who will be towing a 2000TC about 250 miles.
> > Going with a full trailer that gets all four wheels off the ground
> will
> > mean renting a truck, as well, because the trailer needs the electric
> > brake hook-up. (Most companies here won't even rent you a full trailer
> > unless you rent a truck at the same time.) The other option is the use
> > of a two-wheel dolly, which always raises several questions.
> >
> > Can he put the manual transmission in neutral and tow the car with the
> > back wheels on the ground without damaging anything? Due to the
> location
> > of the car, it sounds like it will be pretty difficult to get under it
> > to disconnect the halfshafts or driveshaft.
> >
> > What's the consensus of opinion on this? Any comments appreciated.
> >
> > I've towed an SD1 with the front wheels on the ground, but that had a
> > steering column lock. This TC is either a '67 or '68 and probably
> > doesn't have a steering column lock.
> >
> > Glen
> >

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Geoff Kirkpatrick, 382 Riverside Avenue, Ben Lomond, CA 95005, USA

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