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F350 4-door dually on a uhaul car dolly?

I bought a 1989 f350 4 door dually with a 460 and 5-speed and was wondering if I could tow it with one of those uhaul towing dollies? I have hauled over 20,000 pounds before, so I'm not worried about the total weight, but I have never used one of those dollies before and was wondering if they culd handle it? The curb weight of that truck is probably about 6500 pounds and the uhaul website says the axle max for that dolly is 3900. What do you think? I have hauled before and I will take it slow.

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never mind. I did soem more checking and that is 3900 pounds total vehicle weight. I don't really understand that, but whatever.

Those dually whells won't fit on a car hauler or a standard low-boy, so I'm not really sure what to do. Any suggestions? I have a flat-bed dual tandem gooseneck, but the angle of the ramps/trailer would be too much and I would high center the truck on the trailer.

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back the trailer in a road ditch to load
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The front wheels should clear the fender on the trailer. Raise the ramps with a 6x6 block then use a second short ramp to get it on the trailer.

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Just make yourself an A frame tow bar and pull it home. Buddy has one that is homemade, and he's pulled everything up to a military 5 ton with it. His is made to fit the bumper mounts on the frame, so it is secure and reliable. Made it from some iron he had laying around and a 2" ball trailer hitch.

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Depends how far you gotta tow it. I used my full-size dolly to tow my F-350 powerstroke dually twice only about 50 miles, worked OK although I noticed it did not like to swivel as much. I did have to remove the front center caps as well.

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never mind.

Those dually whells won't fit on a car hauler or a standard low-boy,

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If you take the outside wheels off, it will fit the width of the trailer.

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never mind.

Those dually whells won't fit on a car hauler or a standard low-boy,

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If you take the outside wheels off, it will fit the width of the trailer.
Yeah I was about to say that. If you take the outer wheels off it should fit on a standard trailer.
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back the trailer in a road ditch to load
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unfortunately its in a residential neighborhood, so there are no ditches available.


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Depends how far you gotta tow it. I used my full-size dolly to tow my F-350 powerstroke dually twice only about 50 miles, worked OK although I noticed it did not like to swivel as much. I did have to remove the front center caps as well.

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Is your dolly any stouter than the u-haul rent ones? The only thing I am afraid of is bending the loading ramps. The axles should handle it (probably 3500# axles)

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Just make yourself an A frame tow bar and pull it home. Buddy has one that is homemade, and he's pulled everything up to a military 5 ton with it. His is made to fit the bumper mounts on the frame, so it is secure and reliable. Made it from some iron he had laying around and a 2" ball trailer hitch.
Maybe an idea! How do I get the measurements when it is 70 miles away? I have never used/hooked one up.

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If you take the outside wheels off, it will fit the width of the trailer.
I didn't want to have to bring a jack and tools up there and it also has running boards that I think will have to be taken off to get it on a low-boy.




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Depends how far you gotta tow it. I used my full-size dolly to tow my F-350 powerstroke dually twice only about 50 miles, worked OK although I noticed it did not like to swivel as much. I did have to remove the front center caps as well.

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Is your dolly any stouter than the u-haul rent ones? The only thing I am afraid of is bending the loading ramps. The axles should handle it (probably 3500# axles)

My dolly has the same width and weight rating as the U-Haul deal. My ramps didn't budge but as I said, being over the weight rating does not allow for dead smooth swiveling :lol: 70 miles, mostly straight and flat?...go for it...just strap them tires down good :shock: :lol: Be sure the tires on the dolly are aired to the max. rating.

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Why, don't you use a roll-back?

let it happen.
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Why, don't you use a roll-back?
what is a 'roll back'?

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You're kidding????

let it happen.
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Harold has a point, you may be better off just having it towed or use a rollback if the distance is not that great if you figure the cost of renting a dolly for the day.

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This is a roll-back
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