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Flat towing my Blazer with a dolly ... forwards or backwards?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by dremu, Feb 25, 2005.

  1. dremu

    dremu Officious Thread Derailer Premium Member

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    Looking at getting a tow dolly, rather than a full-on flat bed, as I have limited space. Well, and budget, but mostly space :D

    I'd be pulling her with the matching C/30 crewcab, so no worries on tow vehicle.

    Question is, do I hafta put the Blazer's *front* axle in the dolly (which limits my choices, as the track is so damn wide) or can I put the *rear* axle in and tow her backwards?

    The second option is nice, too, as then I jsut unlock the front hubs to roll her. If the front end is in the dolly, I can just pull the shafts outta my 14BFF ... but it is SLIGHTLY more work :D

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  2. marv_springer

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    For any real distance at all, I would not go backwards....!

    I'm talkin' thru my hat here, but I would think that the "reverse toe in" on the front axle would cause some nasty handling.... I used to drive a tow truck and I remember some of this...

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  3. tRustyK5

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    Might not be too much of an issue if the steering was locked, but then you're depending on the steering lock and they do break. I'd prolly tow it forwards too...

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    dremu Officious Thread Derailer Premium Member

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    Thank you gentlemen ... messing with steering axle, BAD. Zog not like that :D

    I shall testfit the Blazer's FRONT on the dolly then!

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    muddysub 1 ton suburban status Staff Member Moderator GMOTM Winner

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    that and you have to make sure you have th steering EXACTLY straight when you shut it down and the column locks...
     
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    Tow dolly's are not meant to be towed at more than 45 MPH. I know people tow alot faster than that with them but if the hi-way patrol sees you they will probably give you a ticket.
     
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    We towed my 89 home last fall on a dolly. 85 miles at 50MPH. We pulled the rear driveshaft out.

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    dremu Officious Thread Derailer Premium Member

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    That's a pretty big dolly, to fit even stock tires. But, umm ... the tow vehicle. Did it do okay? It doesn't look like it's dragging, but unless it's really set up, that scares me! :eek1: :eek:

    (Me, I'm towing with a 454-powered C30 crewcab.)

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    That car pulled VERY well. That car belongs to "CheyenneKid", a member here. It has a HUGE crazy tow hitch on it that goes way up undr the frame to the rear axel. a 10,000 PLUS hitch. It also had some air shocks on it. But don't forget, a blazer weighs in at 4700 lbs, stock. a tow dolly is 500 +-. so total weight IS a concern. The tongue weight wasn't. We rented the dolly from a local store.
     
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    KennyW uses a tow bar(another option)... he would be a good person to talk to about flat towing... I think hes done quite a bit of it...

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    Oh yeah... I was stinking about a bar, but I'd like the ability to tow multiple vehicles, without having to fit a bar mount to each of them. That's what drove me, as it were, to the dolly idea :)

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