anyone tow with "dolly wheel trailer"?

Submitted: Tuesday, Sep 18, 2018 at 17:37
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anyone tow with "dolly wheel trailer"? does the trailer weight & the towed car combined add up to the allowable weight for the tow car? any pic's of your rig would be good..thanks
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Reply By: 9900Eagle - Tuesday, Sep 18, 2018 at 18:12

Tuesday, Sep 18, 2018 at 18:12
The GCM is the maximum sum of vehicle plus the sum of the axle loads of anything being pulled by it.. So the convertor dolly is part of making up the GCM.


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Reply By: Motherhen - Wednesday, Sep 19, 2018 at 08:49

Wednesday, Sep 19, 2018 at 08:49
Are they still allowed in Australia? I doubt it.
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Follow Up By: IvanTheTerrible - Wednesday, Sep 19, 2018 at 19:41

Wednesday, Sep 19, 2018 at 19:41
Seen a few registered car trailers in vic and technically comb trailers for headers run a dolly setup
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Reply By: Ron N - Wednesday, Sep 19, 2018 at 23:04

Wednesday, Sep 19, 2018 at 23:04
Aussiedingo - You're talking about these style of "piggyback" car towing devices?

Car towing dolly - Trailertec

Master tow car dolly - Gumtree

Yes, the dolly weight must be added to the weight of the car being towed.

I'm at a bit of a loss as to how they don't need to be road-registered in VIC?
Is this just a VIC thing, or is it the case, Australia-wide?
The only users I have seen using them, are tow-trucks.

Cheers, Ron.
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Follow Up By: 9900Eagle - Thursday, Sep 20, 2018 at 04:27

Thursday, Sep 20, 2018 at 04:27
Ron, I thought he was talking about a caravan dolly, but on reading it I now see he was talking about a vehicle dolly.
the van dolly is the same as a semi dolly where instead of turntables it uses standard van ball couplings. The draw bar of the van attaches to the dolly via it's own coupling. I have seen them in use but not for a long time. I think they were called a hutchinson caravan dolly.
The last one I saw was professionally made and had it's own brake setup.

Probably a bit of useless information. Ha. Ha. Ha.
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Follow Up By: duck - Thursday, Sep 20, 2018 at 09:00

Thursday, Sep 20, 2018 at 09:00
Ron I was with you at 1st but that just shows we must be old farts to have even seen one of the old dolly systems
Some of you might remember the movie (USA) The long long trailer 1954 with Lucille Ball & Desi Arnaz & they tow a caravan about with a Mercury Monterey convertible look closely & all the up hill shots its towed by a Linclon Capri & it also shows from time to time the dolly system
There is one in Braidwood NSW in the driveway attached to an old Ply Caravan, I don't think it’s moved in the last 40 years that I’m aware of
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Follow Up By: 9900Eagle - Thursday, Sep 20, 2018 at 09:46

Thursday, Sep 20, 2018 at 09:46
Duck, last time I saw a caravan dolly was about 6 years ago behind an f truck towing a large van.
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Reply By: Nomadic Navara - Wednesday, Sep 19, 2018 at 23:47

Wednesday, Sep 19, 2018 at 23:47
Everything behind the tow ball is part of the towed weight.
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