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    Heres the situation,I have a Gmc Sierra 4x4 and im always hauling cars,so I have to hook to the car hauler and lug that heavy @#! thing around.There has to be an easier way,something smaller or compact that I could build.Ive seen a regular pickup truck like mine that had boom of sorts that flipped up from the bed of the truck and could raise the car to be towed up,has anyone else seen this?Could anyone help me with some literature or pictures on how to build it?If not,how about something on building a tow dolly?Thanks a million...Jimmy C.

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    How far are you hauling these cars?

    Full trailers tow FAR better than dollies.

    The device you're thinking of is part of a tow truck, and I believe they call them stingers. Making one would be pretty complicated and liability would be obscene. You should be able to buy just that mechanism itself, but I'd hate to think what it costs.

    Another solution is a rack that holds the car on the back of the truck. You lose substantial overhead clearance, and you're pretty limited to what else you can haul, but I would go that route before I put time into a dolly for anything but around town transfers of vehicles.
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    • #3
      Fold down tow dolly

      Thanks,I would be pulling cars about 25 miles or so,what kind of setup are you talking about that would go in the back?I dont haul anything in the back,but it would be nice if the device could fold down below the top of the bed when not in use.Have any ideas,plans,pictures?Thanks very much

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      • #4
        I think he's talking about something like this...
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        • #5
          http://www.minuteman1.com/

          This is what I was thinking of, or something like it.

          I've seen just this mechanism that goes under the bed.
          Last edited by Fishy Jim; 10-20-2008, 10:20 PM.
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          Invison 354MP
          XR Control and 30A

          Airco MED20 feeder
          Thermal Dynamics Cutmaster 81
          Smith O/A rig
          And more machinery than you can shake a 7018 rod at

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          • #6
            Fold down tow dolly

            Thank you guys so much,this info is exactly what I was wanting.Thansks,Jimmy.

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            • #7
              For the price of those things, I think Id just buy a used trailer and a winch so I could have the option to use the pickup bed if I needed to.
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