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RoadMaster Tow Dolly with Electric Brakes Installation - 2016 Chevrolet Cruze

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How to Install the RoadMaster Tow Dolly with Electric Brakes on a 2016 Chevrolet Cruze

Today I'm going to be showing you how to set up your tow dolly to fit your 2016 Chevrolet Cruze. Now before you pull your Chevrolet Cruze up onto the tow dolly, you'll need to remove the air dam, and that's just going to be this rubber stripping right here underneath the front bumper. With our tow dolly fully assembled this is what it looks like. Let's get a closer look underneath. Now when you get ready to pull up onto your tow dolly you want to make sure that your ramps are all the way down to the ground, now the way you do that is you pull up on this lever here. Then you want to make sure that your RV, and your tow dolly, and your Chevrolet Cruze is all in line with one another, that way you can make it really easy to pull up on. Now when you pull your vehicle up onto the ramps it's not a bad idea to get an extra set of hands to keep track and be aware of what's going on.

Our tire is going to sit into this wheel cradle here, and once it's fully in position onto our ramps it's going to reengage our tow dolly and the ramps will be up. Now I'll head underneath and I'll show you how it reengages. When our tow dolly ramps are down, and we're ready to pull on, this pin here, this whole pin that goes around here will be all the way back. Then when we pull back on, and our tire's sit into our wheel cradles the weight is going to push this whole trey down, and the pin is going to reengage on top of the platform here. You always want to be sure that these pins reengage as you see them here, on top of the platform. Now your safety chains are kept in this little compartment here. You always want to make sure to hook those up too.

It's going to come from the tow dolly, and you want to connect it to a secure point underneath your vehicle. We just went over this portion here, and then back down connected into itself. Now for running our straps over our tires, you want to be sure that one goes over the center just like this, and that the strap goes across. The 9 o'clock and the 3 o'clock position. The hook is always going to be at the rear, as you see here lined up with the center of the tire. Then the front, we got a loose strap that comes down here through our ratchet strap and then it tightens itself down. Now once you have both tire straps in place, the last thing you want to do is come back here to this pin here.

Now this needs to be in as you see it here, when you're towing the tow dolly without a vehicle. It also needs to be in when you're loading and unloading your vehicle, but once you got everything all strapped down, right before you leave you can come here to the pin. We're going to remove that clip, and then we can pull up the pin. By removing the pin it's going to allow the tow dolly wheels to steer freely behind the RV. To begin our setup we'll need to determine what position our tow dolly needs to be in. Narrow or wide.

We'll need to take a measurement; outside to outside tread of the front tires or our Chevrolet Cruze. We're looking at about 70 inches. Right away, just by being at 70 inches, I know that the tow dolly is going to have to be set in its widest position. I've already got one side done, as you can see here. I've got the tow dolly set up on some jacks. Now you can use some solid wood blocks, you just need to be sure that it's at least 8 inches off the ground to make it easy to work with. Over here we'll need to get the axle out to its wide position. We're going to be aligning some holes, we're going to align this hole, so we're going to come over here and we're just going to slightly move it out, and you can see the hole's starting to get aligned there. Now once that one's aligned, this one over here should be too, and of course this one right here. Now let's grab some bolts. The bolts that we'll need is three of our longest bolts, six of our flat washers, and three of our nuts. Take one of our long bolts, we're going to come over here and to this hole that we aligned, and start with our flat washer, and we're just going to push that through. Just like that. Then underneath, we can take a flat washer, and a nut and get that started. With our first bolt in we're going to open up the compartment here, and we can actually pull our wires out and set those aside, and this bolt is going to go right in through here, all the way through. Then we're going to come around to the other side, take another flat washer, put that on, and then a nut and get that started. Same thing here, we'll take our long bolt, put on our flat washer, we're going to drop it right down through there, and then underneath we'll put our flat washer and then our nut. For our last bolt, it's actually going to go right in through here. Now it's not a bad idea to get an extra set of hands to pick up on the axle a little bit, as you can see it's a little off, but somebody picking up on it it's going to align that hole nicely, and then we can push it right through. Then we can snug all those down, we don't need to worry about torquing down just yet, we'll just get them snug. To tighten down our bolts we're actually going to need a 3/4 inch socket wrench and a 3/4 inch wrench. Now in some cases, same thing here, it wouldn't hurt to get an extra set of hands but since we're just snugging them up for now I can handle it myself. You can see that I've got the socket wrench on bottom and the wrench on top, and I'm just getting it snugged down. For this one I'm just going to come up through the bottom, all right. Now for our ramps, it's not a bad idea to get an extra set of hands. You can see we've already got one side done, let's go ahead and do the other side. We'll bring it over, and we're going to set it in place on top of the tow dolly. Now when setting it in place you want to be sure to get your wiring out of the way, because we'll be scooting it all the way towards the axle here. We're going to align the two holes here, this one here, and then these two here. Now we can grab our hardware. For our hardware, we're going to use four of our shortest bolts, and then one of our longest bolts. We'll grab one of our short ones, followed by a washer, and we're going to start with this hole right here. These actually tread in through the top, so with everything align it should tread right down through. We don't need to worry about tightening it down all the way just yet, let's just go ahead and get them all in place. Grab a second one here, come down here. Lastly for our long one, be sure to put out flat washer on, just going to drop it right down through there, then we'll take our other flat washer, and our nut, and we'll put it on the bottom. Now let's snug them all down. Now for our last long bolt, perfect. Now with both ramps set at the widest position we can go ahead and continue on with the assembly. That's going to complete our set up with our tow dolly on our 2016 Chevrolet Cruze. .

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