How to Load a Car onto a U-Haul Tow Dolly

How to Load a Car onto a U-Haul Tow Dolly


Hi, I’m Sperry hutchinson. Today we’re gonna
show you how to load your vehicle onto a tow dolly. Park the towing vehicle and tow dolly in line with each other, on level ground
and park, with the engine off and parking brake
set. Make sure the coupler hand wheel is
tight and the ball clamp is below the coupler and closing the hitch ball. Ensure the safety chains are crossed left to
right are secured using the S-hooks and rubber
retainers and do not drag on the ground. Also, check that the trailer wiring
lead is connected. Now, we can begin to prepare the tow dolly.
Prepare the loading ramps by releasing the latch pins, while pulling the ramps completely out. Disengage both straps from the ratchet
spool by pulling the release lever, while raising the handle up until it locks.
Free the straps, by pulling them upward and lay them flat on the
deck of the tow dolly. Center the vehicle to be loaded behind
the tow dolly. If assisting during the loading process,
do not stand between the towing vehicle and the tow dolly. Always stand off to the side. Drive
slowly up the ramps until the vehicle’s tires come to rest
against the stops. Before exiting the vehicle, secure the
steering wheel, and ensure the parking brake is not
engaged. Begin securing the vehicle by routing
the straps up and over the tires, making sure they’re centered and in contact
with both inner and outer side walls. Align the
ratchet with the center of the tire. Route the strap through the slot on the
ratchet spool, making sure at least six inches of the strap passes through the spool.
Tighten the ratchet, folding the handle down when done. Finish securing the vehicle by fastening
the security chains to the frame or other structural member, being sure
to avoid any wiring, hoses or break lines. Be sure to leave a
few inches of slack in the chains, looping them around and, securing them
through an open link using the S-hooks and rubber retainers. The
chains may also be twisted to remove excess slack. Stow the ramps by lifting them and
sliding them back into the tow dolly, until the latch pins reengage. Recheck that all components are secure
before moving the vehicles and check again after driving a short
distance, and at stops along your journey. Remember to always wear your seatbelt, adjust your vehicles mirrors, and slow down while towing. For more
information, visit myuhaul.com or refer to the
user’s guide available at your U-Haul store.