How to Remove Wheel Straps on a Tow Dolly


A tow dolly is a two-wheeled trailer designed to haul a vehicle. The tow dolly is attached to a tow vehicle in much the same way as a regular trailer would be. The front wheels of the vehicle to be hauled are driven onto the ramps of the tow dolly. The front of the vehicle is secured to the dolly, while the rear wheels remain in contact with the ground. A tow dolly can be used by motor home users to bring a small vehicle with them or by rental truck users to tow their personal vehicle behind. Know how to remove the straps of the tow dolly at your destination.

Things You'll Need

  • Flat blade screwdriver, optional

Standard Tow Dolly

  • Pull up on the spring-loaded release handle on the tie down ratcheting mechanism.

  • Give the excess strap hanging from the ratchet spool a hard jerk.

  • Pull the strap out of the ratchet spool completely.

  • Unhook the front of the strap from the slot at the front of the tow dolly and remove it.

Rental Tow Dolly

  • Pull up on the spring-loaded release lever on the ratchet strap handle. Lift up on the ratchet handle and rotate it upward.

  • Pull the strap out of the ratchet spool.

  • Lift the strap up and over the tire toward the rear of the vehicle.

  • Lay the strap to the outside of the tow dolly fender.

Tips & Warnings

  • A vehicle that has been loaded onto a non-rental tow dolly that has a low profile may prevent the ratchet at the front of the tie down strap from coming all the way up to release the strap. Insert a flat blade screwdriver into the hole behind the ratchet spool to release the tension on the strap. Jerk the strap out of the spool.

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