Your car tow dolly is capable of towing your car everywhere it needs to go, but without the proper support, that doesn’t offer a lot of security for your vehicle. In order to keep your car locked down tight, you have to be able to rely on your tow dolly straps – and like all things, those can get worn down after a period of time.
If you’re on the fence about whether or not it’s time to replace your tow dolly’s straps, we have a few suggestions that can help you decide if it’s time for a new set.
Importance of Tow Dolly Straps
While your tow dolly does a lot of the heavy lifting on the road, your tow dolly tie-down straps are equally important. They provide the heavy-duty security and reinforcement your car needs to stay on your dolly, so you can stay safe and on the road all year long.
When you’re strapping down your car to your tow dolly, it’s important to take precautions, so you, your loved ones, and your car always remain safe. Double-check your straps after you’ve loaded your car, and frequently stop to make sure everything is secure.
Pre Loading Tips
If you are loading your car onto your dolly for your next road trip, it’s important to check your straps beforehand. The last thing you want to do is lay your dolly straps down, and once you start securing your car, notice that they’re feeling a little worn in. You don’t want to have any give when it comes to your dolly straps.
Be sure to take a careful look at your straps before you go to load your tow dolly. Your straps are just as important as your galvanized disc brakes – without that security, you’re car might not be as secure as it should be.
Warning Signs for Strap Replacement
If you’re someone who frequently goes on long-distance trips, and you get a lot of use from your dolly, you can expect a little more wear and tear on your straps than most travelers. Typically, tow dolly straps should last you anywhere between 2-5 years, but sometimes they can last even longer! It truly just depends on how often you’re on the road, and how hard you are on your straps.
Aren’t sure whether or not it’s time for a replacement? Pay attention to these particular signs, if you’re on the fence:
- Frays or worn spots on your straps
- A relaxed give when you load your dolly
- Abrasion marks
- Holes or tears
In order to avoid these warning signs, it’s important to check the strength of your dolly straps regularly, so you can stay safe at all times.
The “EZE TOW” tow dolly traps will never break, however, if used incorrectly, they can experience abrasion if they rub against any suspensions on your dolly.
As rule of thumb, always keep a spare set of tow dolly straps on hand, so you can avoid any mishaps on the road.
If you think you’re overdue for a new set of dolly straps, shop our two replacement options: the Fully Adjustable Wheel Straps w/ 4 Steel Hooks and Replacement Wheel Straps. For more tips on how to safely travel with your dolly, read How to Load a Car on A Tow Dolly and What Terrain can my RV Tow Dolly Cover?.