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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 08-18-2008, 09:03 AM Thread Starter
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Tow fortwo with car dolly

Has anyone towed a fortwo with a car dolly - front wheels on the dolly and the rear wheels on the ground? If so, any advice/warnings?

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Have to be carefull loading/unloading as front clearance is not spectacular. May have to lay a 2"x6" board under the ramps and out front a foot or so to give the smart a head start up the ramp.

Tow in neutral, of course.
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I saw one pulled with the back wheels on the dolly don't know if it was a 450 or
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Has anyone towed a fortwo with a car dolly - front wheels on the dolly and the rear wheels on the ground? If so, any advice/warnings?

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Owner's Manual tells you that it can not be towed using that kind of lift that holds the front wheels, it states that it may cause the front suspension to bottom out which could damage it.

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Interesting concept from Smart, that you can't tow with tires on a dolly.
I can understand the concern with damage when loading/unloading on/off the dolly but once you are on the dolly the loading on the suspension through the tires onthe dolly is lower than when driving.
Taken to the warnings logial conclusion if you ever put a Smart on a trailer the damage would be rea bad! ?
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Other considerations when towing with a dolly are the increased combined vehicle weight and additional charges for storage of the dolly at RV Resorts that prohibit them being stored at your site. Also the steering on the smart doesn't lock, leaving the front wheels to attempt to track in turns. Having never towed with a dolly, I don't know that this would be an issue.
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Another option

Towing with a dolly puts unnecessary wear on the car. And, with a dolly, or flat towing, you cannot back up.

Tow the smart on a trailer and you eliminate all these problems. Check out the , which was specifically designed for the smart fortwo and Brabus.

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And, with a dolly, or flat towing, you cannot back up.
If you have the steering wheel held with a bungee, you can indeed back up a toad whether flat towed or on a dolly. I've done it plenty of times with a couple of different 4x4 vehicles I have owned and towed. It's not as easy as with a trailer and takes some practice but it can be done. How do you think an experienced (and proficient) truck driver with double trailers backs up to a dock to unload?
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Towed a 2005 smart cdi all the way from Ontario, Canada to Colorado Springs, CO with a U-Haul car dolly with no issues. The smart car backed up on the car dolly with no problem. Because of the smart car's short wheelbase the built-in ramps on the dolly do not have to be extended all the way out otherwise the front wheels will be resting on the ramps once the rear wheels are in the wheel stops. I pulled the ramps out to the required length and marked the position with a permanent marker.

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