Using a MasterTowDolly


Our Master Tow dollies eliminate the extremely expensive modifications to your car - no lube pumps, axles, towbar baseplates, or brake appliances, as required with flat tow systems. It will accomodate almost any vehicle(s) you may have. Each year, a larger percentage of vehicles are being made that cannot be flat towed. We are proud to be your low cost alternative.



Front wheel drive vehicles are the easiest to tow as the drive wheels (front) are on the dolly and the rear wheels are simply free wheeling.

Towing extra small, small and medium size vehicles is not a problem. Most full size cars and pickups will also fit. Most SUVs and minivans are fine, but there are limits. A width measurement from the outside to outside of the two front tires is the most accurate way to determine if size is a problem, 79" is our limit. Extremely large tires may pose a problem as well. The weight of the vehicle being towed is seldom a problem for all but the largest of vehicles, our limit is 4,900 pounds of actual vehicle weight.

MASTER TOW dollies are available with electric brakes, surge brakes or no brakes at all. Electric brakes and surge brakes are both effective braking systems. With electric brakes you will need a brake controller in the vehicle that is pulling. Hydraulic surge brakes are a proportional towed car braking system that is activated as the pulling vehicle slows. It automatically increases or decreases braking pressure in direct proportion to the coach. In other words, it brakes evenly at the same time, and the same intensity, as you brake the coach.

Proportional braking can be a distinct advantage over on-or-off systems, which brake at one preset level, no matter how hard the coach stops. Our break-away feature delivers full emergency braking when you need it, and won't cause excessive brake wear when you don't. Nobody brakes the same way every time and neither does our Master Tow.
The more abruptly the pulling vehicle slows, the harder the brakes apply. All of the braking mechanism is contained on the dolly with the surge brake system. Of course a tow dolly with no brakes is self explanatory. The decision about brakes or no brakes should be made with consideration to type and size of pulling vehicle, size and weight of towed vehicle, terrain & conditions being operated in, applicable laws, liability, and safety in general.

Towing a rear wheel drive vehicle will require either (1) removing the drive shaft or (2) towing the vehicle with the rear wheels on the dolly (backward). When towing a vehicle backward, the steering wheel must be secured in a position where the front tires are straight. If the front wheels are not straight the vehicle will wander around as it is being pulled.  A rear wheel drive with a standard transmission can be towed by leaving the transmission in neutral.  Some 4-wheel drive vehicles have a transfer case that can be disengaged that will allow them to be pulled with their front wheels on the dolly. It is always a good idea to check with your local dealership or manufacturer as to the suitability of using a tow dolly with your particular vehicle as they have the best information.


Tow dollies are a safe, flexible, and economical way to transport a vehicle. These are some general considerations, if you have any questions please visit our FAQ page on this website or e-mail 24/7: My name is Ian.

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