Best way to tow?

Ugly1

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There are no more sling trucks. Similar tow but they have either a flatbed or wheel lift.

If it's just a local tow, hire a local truck.
If you chose CAA, they are not obliged to tow cars in fields. They are roadside assistance for a car you were driving, that has broken down. If you had it done, it IS because the driver overlooked the rules.
I'm only telling you this so you are not surprised when the tow is refused.
They best way around the rules is to lie about the circumstances then when the driver does arrive. Hand him/her your membership card and a generous tip.

If the car is in an inaccessible area. Tow it out with a recovery strap then let the truck take if from there.
They call them “ stingers” and can work better if the guy knows what he’s doing.
 

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Wageslave

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That is called a car dolly.

You never want to tow any RWD vehicle with the Drive Shaft connected, it will smoke the rear bushing and other components that aren't being properly lubricated while spinning. We just unbolt it and strap it up to the exhaust.
You can still use a dolly on a RWD vehicle as is, but you have to put the rear axle on the dolly and lock the steering wheel in a straight line to tow with.
 
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CopperNick

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Towing it from the rear is Not a bad suggestion. Only thing I would be concerned about is how much tongue the dolly has and whether it is long enough to get clear of the rear bumper and sit down on the tow ball correctly.



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Built6spdMCSS

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You can still use a dolly on a RWD vehicle as is, but you have to put the rear axle on the dolly and lock the steering wheel in a straight line to tow with.

Towing it from the rear is Not a bad suggestion. Only thing I would be concerned about is how much tongue the dolly has and whether it is long enough to get clear of the rear bumper and sit down on the tow ball correctly.



Nick
Absolutely do not tow a vehicle backwards on a car dolly. The balance is not there unless it's a 50/50 weight vehicle. Anything else its unstable.
 
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CopperNick

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Wasn't endorsing it for the highway, but for getting the vehicle out of whatever hole or pocket it is buried in, the option to lift/pull from the front may not be there. In that case, using the dolly to extract it and move it to a better staging could be a useable work around.



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Rt Jam

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Stinger vs Wheel lift. I'm pretty sure it gets the idea out there, just terminology. I tend to think of a stinger as what repo guys use. Wheel lift needs the driver/operator to get out and put the spoons on before lifting. Like the CAA trucks have.

As for towing backwards on the dolly. Not recommended. If you done it or going to do it. Just know it is not the better way. With the heavy end on the dolly you can still aggressively steer the tow vehicle, like in the case of an emergency maneuver.
If you are the type to take it easy and drive slow all the way home, sure it will work but if that sucker starts swinging like a pendulum you will know why it's not the better way.
 

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