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#1 (permalink) Old 08-27-2005, 05:03 PM
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Scenario I rented a U-haul for my drive from Brooklyn, NY to Tallahassee, FL (1180 miles)...I have two options for my car...

1. Flatbed dolly w/ four wheels: my car would sit on it. this is expensive..and car would sort of be unstable and bouncy and the dolly wheels and shocks are tiny, unstable and unreliable from what I hear from other people who have done this.

2. Half a dolly: 50% cheaper. Car would be towed with front wheels tied up and rear wheels dragging behind...this is more said to be more stable than a Full Flatbed dolly...but for I'd be very concerned for obvious reasons (of having my baby dragged down I95 at 60 mph)!

Now because BMWs are rear wheel drive; I also was concerned about the rear wheels being dragged like that.

What do you recommend tow it and have the stability?
or flatbed it and risk the dolly wheel blowing out?

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nothing wrong with a regular tow with 2 rear wheel dollys thats how i did my car.

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I trailered an 86' LeBaron from NY to CA - with all 4 wheels off the ground. I just felt better - plus 1100 miles less wear.

Oh, I drove through the mountains in CO with no problems.

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so the rear wheels like that turning doesnt add odometer milage on the rear wheel drive E36s?

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It will not make your odometer roll. I believe the car has to be running for that to happen. Your car is an automatic, so I would be more comfortable if you got all four wheels off the ground. If you gowith the half dolly, I would recommend that you add a quart of ATF, which you should take back out once you get to your destination. Maybe you can remove the driveshaft instead. You want to protect your transmission, and I believe that detaching the differential or removing the driveshaft would do that. Drive safely dude.

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can you put the rears on the dolly and let the front drag? of coarse you would need to make sure the wheel was rediculously straight and locked tho

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i rented the full trailer when i drove like 500 miles and had my 93 318is on the back, my car was low so i hit a little going on but it was ok, i wouldnt recommend the half dolly at all get a full trailer somehow, also you dont want things hitting under the car with it halfway up in the air.
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