pulling van on a dolly trailer

pulling van on a dolly trailer

Postby iceberg3303 [OP] » March 14th 2018, 11:04pm

When towing a astro van on a dolly should you pull the drive shaft? Tow is about 150 miles 100 is freeway pull?
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Re: pulling van on a dolly trailer

Postby chevymaher » March 14th 2018, 11:17pm

Yes if you like your transmission.
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Re: pulling van on a dolly trailer

Postby AstroWill » March 14th 2018, 11:54pm

chevymaher wrote:Yes if you like your transmission.

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iceberg3303 wrote:When towing a astro van on a dolly should you pull the drive shaft? Tow is about 150 miles 100 is freeway pull?


Yes, it must be disconnected, unless it's very short slow speed trip(20 under 40mph or something like that sticks in my head). Or if you can leave the engine running in neutral for the duration of the tow, that would work as well.

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Re: pulling van on a dolly trailer

Postby Rinny » March 15th 2018, 12:14am

Just get a u haul car carrier.
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Re: pulling van on a dolly trailer

Postby Mmusicman » March 15th 2018, 12:18am

Or tow it backwards?? .... (rear wheels off the ground) :D
(does not apply to AWD)
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Re: pulling van on a dolly trailer

Postby iceberg3303 [OP] » March 15th 2018, 12:38am

AstroWill wrote:
chevymaher wrote:Yes if you like your transmission.

+1

iceberg3303 wrote:When towing a astro van on a dolly should you pull the drive shaft? Tow is about 150 miles 100 is freeway pull?


Yes, it must be disconnected, unless it's very short slow speed trip(20 under 40mph or something like that sticks in my head). Or if you can leave the engine running in neutral for the duration of the tow, that would work as well.


If you pull drive shaft do you need to plug tail shaft from leaking trans fluid??
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Re: pulling van on a dolly trailer

Postby AstroWill » March 15th 2018, 12:44am

Mmusicman wrote:Or tow it backwards .... (rear wheels off the ground) :D
(does not apply to AWD)

Not recommended by any MFG that I have ever seen, actually most will expressly say not to. Once that sucker starts swaying and you loose all control, might regret that decision.


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AstroWill wrote:
chevymaher wrote:Yes if you like your transmission.

+1

iceberg3303 wrote:When towing a astro van on a dolly should you pull the drive shaft? Tow is about 150 miles 100 is freeway pull?


Yes, it must be disconnected, unless it's very short slow speed trip(20 under 40mph or something like that sticks in my head). Or if you can leave the engine running in neutral for the duration of the tow, that would work as well.


If you pull drive shaft do you need to plug tail shaft from leaking trans fluid??


I would leave it attached at the transmission and tie it to the body of the van. If it was something to be done on a regular basis, I would get a manual driveshaft disconnect installed($$$).

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Re: pulling van on a dolly trailer

Postby iceberg3303 [OP] » March 15th 2018, 12:55am

I read the link so you have to use the spare dounots to load it what about fender clearance?
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Re: pulling van on a dolly trailer

Postby AstroWill » March 15th 2018, 1:07am

It's the platform that the tires sit on that is narrow, plenty of fender clearance, unless they have changed their setup.

Of course on a proper full sized tow dolly, it wouldn't be an issue, just the u-haul ones.

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Re: pulling van on a dolly trailer

Postby Mmusicman » March 15th 2018, 1:43am

AstroWill wrote:
Mmusicman wrote:Or tow it backwards .... (rear wheels off the ground) :D
(does not apply to AWD)

Not recommended by any MFG that I have ever seen, actually most will expressly say not to. Once that sucker starts swaying and you loose all control, might regret that decision.

https://www.answers.com/Q/Is_it_legal_t ... _backwards
http://backroadtravelers.com/waystotow.html (3rd paragraph)
Maybe not recommend or ideal... but I saw it done in the old days.
I'm not recommending it either, but apparently it can be done.
Drive shafts are easy enough to pull, to do it right.
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Re: pulling van on a dolly trailer

Postby AstroWill » March 15th 2018, 1:51am

Mmusicman wrote:
AstroWill wrote:
Mmusicman wrote:Or tow it backwards .... (rear wheels off the ground) :D
(does not apply to AWD)

Not recommended by any MFG that I have ever seen, actually most will expressly say not to. Once that sucker starts swaying and you loose all control, might regret that decision.

http://backroadtravelers.com/waystotow.html (3rd paragraph)
Maybe not recommend or ideal... but I saw it done in the old days.


Still not something I would recommend, nor the MFGs would recommend. Might be a little different behind a 10,000# tow truck that has a lift attached to it... to each their own.

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Re: pulling van on a dolly trailer

Postby Mmusicman » March 15th 2018, 1:54am

You answered before I could edit my post saying I don't particularly recommend it either. :)
Of course I'm sure the manufacturer would be very against lifting and modifying a vehicle too!
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Re: pulling van on a dolly trailer

Postby AstroWill » March 15th 2018, 1:56am

I had already hit quote and was in the middle of my reply when the phone rang, it happens ;)

So I only quoted the original post.

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Re: pulling van on a dolly trailer

Postby Leeann_93 » March 15th 2018, 2:08am

It fits on a Uhaul car trailer. The donuts are if you use the Uhaul dolly.

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Re: pulling van on a dolly trailer

Postby iceberg3303 [OP] » March 15th 2018, 3:09am

Thanks everybody for your great imput!!!! this great group of astro van guys & gals if they are reading this also!!! thanks againg!
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Re: pulling van on a dolly trailer

Postby Birdshake » March 15th 2018, 5:27am

My old awd '03 wouldn't start one time in the woods 80km from a paved road, the tow truck driver wouldn't use his dolly on the dirt roads so he tried to disconnect the driveshaft. The thing was fused with rust like everything else on that van. He ended up using the dollies.
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Re: pulling van on a dolly trailer

Postby Toskavat » March 15th 2018, 12:56pm

The first post in the Uncategorized - what have you done to/with your van today, show nice pics of using a tow dolly for pulling an Astro/Safari.
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Postby markmitch » March 15th 2018, 4:51pm

I used to have the input part of a Chevy drive shaft just for that when I used to buy scrapper vehicles to pull parts then haul to the scrap yard back when junk prices were way up but I think I tossed it when we moved to California. Its a cheap way to keep trans fluid from dumping on the ground which in some places is a high fine. remove front wheels/tires bolt on a set of the donut spares on it. Drive or push the van onto the dolly. drop the rear section of the drive shaft but still put the trans in neutral so the shaft is not rolling around. Tie the drive shaft up to the body or put a cargo strap across from side to side to hold the driveshaft up then go. Now after a few turns and such pull over and check everything. You should be fine. You may wish to check periodically all the straps and such. I don't believe I have ever towed that distance but I have done many tows 50 miles or less when I was scrapping back in New Hampshire. Made a lot of extra cash doing that.
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