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Tow dolly?

Hi everyone,

Do you think a tow dolly would work for a 1-way, 400 mile trip? We have a Sienna with a tow package (3500 lbs).

The pic is not the exact one, just an example.
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My friend tows his elise with a tow dolly. Just make sure the dolly has a drop axle and full articulation.

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I found a picture.
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Works great, FYI the one Uhaul rents is too tall.

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Make sure the front clam will not hit the ground if you hit a bump and the suspension compresses.

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Bumping this thread, as I am figuring out my options for towing Elise to LOG35 (woot!), and want to see if anyone has updated information/experiences to share.

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Was doing more reading and ran across this "interesting" setup...

Towing backwards with Car dolly - iRV2 Forums

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Found this thread on an unrelated search so I'm not intentionally bringing back such an old message but some of the replies are just silly. I've used a tow dolly to haul RWD cars with the back in the air dozens of times with no issues, many of those for a 1,000 miles between DC and Florida. As long as you tie off the steering wheel to the seat frame in two spots, you are
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Ah the original from @atikovi

https://www.lotustalk.com/forums/3382753-post10.html

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So I am in a similar situation where I need to go pick up an 05' Elise about 120 miles from home. It runs but I cannot get anyone to come with me to get the car so I am considering renting a dolly from U-Haul. I'm just very concerned that the front clam is going to get damaged if I tow it backwards. It looks like towing if facing forward would mean no damage to the body because there is plenty of room but what kind of drive train damage would potentially happen. I know forward is not optimal but is it really that bad?

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So I am in a similar situation where I need to go pick up an 05' Elise about 120 miles from home. It runs but I cannot get anyone to come with me to get the car so I am considering renting a dolly from U-Haul. I'm just very concerned that the front clam is going to get damaged if I tow it backwards. It looks like towing if facing forward would mean no damage to the body because there is plenty of room but what kind of drive train damage would potentially happen. I know forward is not optimal but is it really that bad?
That seems really close to not just drive or get AAA involved.
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I am purchasing it today (hopefully) so AAA does not work. It has a spare roof, engine cover, headers, etc. so I cannot just take a bus or Uber one way since I would not be able to get the parts and carry them in the car. To boot, the one person who would have gladly done the drive with me just passed away. (It has been a rough week...). My car has a hitch but it is a Lexus ES350 so I don't think a full trailer is an option. Help!

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I am purchasing it today (hopefully) so AAA does not work. It has a spare roof, engine cover, headers, etc. so I cannot just take a bus or Uber one way since I would not be able to get the parts and carry them in the car. To boot, the one person who would have gladly done the drive with me just passed away. (It has been a rough week...). My car has a hitch but it is a Lexus ES350 so I don't think a full trailer is an option. Help!
One of these would work as well as a dolly without all of the potential for damage.
https://www.sunbeltrentals.com/equip...axle-trailer/#
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I am purchasing it today (hopefully) so AAA does not work. It has a spare roof, engine cover, headers, etc. so I cannot just take a bus or Uber one way since I would not be able to get the parts and carry them in the car. To boot, the one person who would have gladly done the drive with me just passed away. (It has been a rough week...). My car has a hitch but it is a Lexus ES350 so I don't think a full trailer is an option. Help!
I think for most folks an Elige is a 2nd, 3rd or 4th car etc. Perhaps investing in a supporting vehicle/trailer before purchasing would make sense? 120 miles seems like you could make multiple trips if you had to, just a thought.

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