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Hooking Up, Loading and Unloading

  • To use a tow dolly, your vehicle must have lockable steering.
  • A tow dolly cannot be used to tow mid- or rear-engine mounted vehicles.
  • Rear-wheel, four-wheel or all-wheel drive vehicles must have their drive shaft disconnected and removed. Consult your auto dealer.

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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.

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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 Penske towing insurance protection plan available with any towing equipment rental.

Important: Check the tow dolly, coupler, safety chains, electrical hookup, and tire straps after the first five miles of travel and then every 50 miles thereafter.

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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.