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Tow Dolly

We recommend a Penske tow dolly for front-wheel drive vehicles. The tow dolly
lifts your vehicle’s front wheels off the pavement and pulls it behind your Penske
rental truck. For all-wheel and rear-wheel drive vehicles, we recommend a
Penske car

To see how Penske towing equipment can make your move easier, take a moment
to view our instructional video.

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Tow Dolly Precautions

Tow Dolly Load Limitations

Limitation Description Limitation Value
Towed vehicle at widest point: 74 in.
Minimum width: 42 in. inside of tires
Maximum weight: 4,300 lbs.

The tire size is noted on the side of the tire. If you need assistance, just
ask a Penske representative or refer to the tire
size chart.


Hooking up Your Tow Dolly to Your Truck

Your Penske representative will hook up the tow dolly to your truck at the
time of rental. However, if it is necessary for you to disconnect the tow dolly
to load your truck, follow the instructions below to reattach the tow dolly.

Tow dolly hook up
1. The coupler-locking device must be in the full open position. Place the
coupler of the tow dolly over the 2 in. hitchball on your rental truck. Be sure
the coupler is fully seated down over the hitchball.
2. Completely lock the coupler. If the tow dolly is equipped with a
lever-type coupler, the lever must be in the down position and the locking pin
inserted. If equipped with a handwheel-type coupler, completely tighten the
handwheel. When finished, pull up on the tow dolly coupler to be sure it is
properly secured.
Tow dolly hook up
3. Your tow dolly is equipped with a single flat electrical plug, insert
plug into the receptacle in truck’s electrical box. Check for proper
Tow dolly hook up
4. Crisscross the safety chains or cables from the tongue of the tow dolly.
Pass through eyelets on your truck and attach the hook to the safety chain.
Allow slack in the chains for movement during turns.

Loading Your Vehicle Onto the Tow Dolly

You are responsible for loading your vehicle onto the tow dolly. Penske is
not responsible for any damage to a transported vehicle. Consult your insurance
carrier before towing a vehicle, or talk to your Penske representative about the
towing insurance protection plan available with any towing equipment rental.

Tow dolly Loading
1. Be sure that your truck and tow dolly are lined up straight on level
ground. Also, make sure that the tow dolly platform is straight.
Tow dolly LoadingSign on tow dolly is reversed so it can be seen correctly
in rearview mirror.
2. Remove safety pin on the tie-down ratchet assembly and unroll the tire
straps. Place ratchet handle in the down position.
3. Lay tire straps along fender side of the tow dolly, off of the tire
Tow dolly Loading
4. Release the platform locking pin and allow the tow dolly platform to tilt
Tow dolly LoadingSign on tow dolly is reversed so it can be seen correctly
in rearview mirror.
5. With someone safely guiding you, slowly drive the front end of your
vehicle onto the tow dolly until the front tires are resting against the tow
dolly wheel stops. As you drive your vehicle onto the tow dolly, the platform
will go into the upright position. NEVER BACK UP YOUR
6. Make certain that your vehicle is centered on the tow dolly platform,
because the platform swivels during turns. Adequate space is required between
the tow dolly fenders and your vehicle.
7. Replace the platform locking pin to the locked position.
8. For safety reasons, engage the parking brake on your vehicle while
loading onto the tow dolly, and place transmission in low gear (standard) or
park (automatic).
Tow dolly LoadingSign on tow dolly is reversed so it can be seen correctly
in rearview mirror.
9. Center the tie-down ratchets in front of the towed vehicle’s tires and
pull the tire straps forward over the tires, arranging for a secure
10. Tighten each tire strap securely by pulling up and down on the tow dolly
ratchet handle as many times as necessary. Tire straps should fit securely
against the tires, with no slack. Be sure the strap on the inside of the tire
does not come in contact with any brake or suspension parts.
11. Insert safety pin and attach safety clip with ratchet handle in down
Tow dolly Loading
12. Hook up the safety chains from the tow dolly platform to the frame of
your vehicle directly above the area where chains are mounted on the tow dolly.
Allow slight slack in the chains to provide for suspension movement on the towed
vehicle while traveling.
13. Disconnect and remove the drive shaft on your vehicle if it is
rear-wheel, four-wheel or all-wheel drive. Consult your auto dealer if you are
uncertain about the above. Towing a vehicle using a tow dolly without
disconnecting the drive shaft will damage your vehicle’s transmission, even if
the transmission is placed in neutral.
14. The parking brake must be released on your vehicle
before traveling. Be sure the steering is locked in the straight
position, with the wheels pointed straight ahead.
15. Remove your keys from the ignition and lock your vehicle.
16. Check the towing system after hookup and tow about 100 ft., then stop
and perform a safety check. Check the bolts, safety chains and cables, coupler,
ramps, tire straps and other items to make sure they are in the right position
and secure. Repeat the safety check after the first 5 miles and then every 50
miles thereafter.


17. Your vehicle is now safely connected and ready for


Unloading Your Vehicle From the Tow Dolly

  1. Park your rental truck and tow dolly straight and on level ground.
  2. Fully apply the parking brakes on your Penske rental truck and your towed
    vehicle. Reinstall the drive shaft on rear-wheel, four-wheel or all-wheel drive
    towed vehicles.
  3. Remove tire straps and safety chains from towed vehicle, placing the ratchet
    handle in the down position.
  4. Release the tow dolly platform locking pin.
  5. Release the parking brake on the towed vehicle.
  6. Slowly back your vehicle off the tow dolly platform to prevent the bottom of
    the vehicle from contacting ramps. If the drive shaft was removed from your
    vehicle for towing, check the transmission fluid level, as it may have leaked
    during your trip.
  7. Return the tow dolly platform to the up position and engage the platform
    locking pin.
  8. Take up excess slack of the tire straps in tie-down ratchet assembly and
    replace safety chains back in the storage position.
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