Roadmaster RM3477 Owner`s manual

Owner's Manual
Entire contents of manual must be read by owner
Towing and Suspension Solutions
ROADMASTER, Inc. • 6110 NE 127th Ave • Vancouver, WA 98682
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WELCOME TO THE ROADMASTER FAMILY!
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his manual has been prepared to acquaint you with the assembly and operation of your tow dolly, and to provide
you with important safety information. Read your owner’s manual cover to cover. Understand how to assemble
and operate your tow dolly, and carefully follow the instructions and safety precautions.
Your tow dolly has a one-year limited warranty. To qualify for your warranty, fill out and return the enclosed
product registration card within 30 days of purchase.
We thank you for your patronage.
Record the serial number…
Please record the serial number of your tow dolly in
the space below. The number can be found at the front
of the tongue, near the coupler.
Have the model and serial numbers at hand when
calling for technical support or replacement parts. It
will allow us to serve you faster and ensure that you
receive the correct components.
Model number: RM 3477
Serial number:
“Towing vehicle” and
“towed vehicle” — definition
People frequently confuse the terms “towing vehicle”
and “towed vehicle.” The “towing vehicle” is the one
that pulls the dolly, while the “towed vehicle” is on the
dolly.
To avoid confusion, the phrase “towing vehicle” has
been replaced by “motorhome” (even though you may
not be using a motorhome to tow the dolly). We will
use the phrase “towed vehicle” as defined above.
Specifications
Minimum (inside) ramp width................................... 34"
Maximum (outside) ramp width.............................77"
Overall length........................................................ 121"
Overall width.......................................................... 102"
Height at fenders..................................................... 29"
Weight - empty................................................ 545 lbs.
Tires ......................................... radials ST 205/75 R14
Adjustable TieDown™ straps..................fit 12"-16" tires
Coupler information
.................... 2" ball diameter, 5,000-pound capacity
Optimum trailer ball height...................................... 19"
Max. weight of towed vehicle........................4,250 lbs.
Actual cargo capacity....................................2,550 lbs.
Required trailer ball size and capacity
...........................2" diameter, 5,000-pound capacity
*
Vehicles with fender flares, or with fenders that
*overhang
the wheels, may be susceptible to damage
during cornering. Refer to step 1 in the “Towing” section,
on page 9.
IMPORTANT NOTICE!
Safety Definitions
Statements in these instructions identified as follows are of special significance:
WARNING indicates a potentially hazardous situation which, if not avoided, could result in property
damage, serious personal injury, or even death.
CAUTION indicates a potentially hazardous situation which, if not avoided, may result in property
damage, or minor or moderate personal injury.
CAUTION used without the safety alert symbol
indicates a potentially hazardous situation which,
if not avoided, may result in property damage.
NOTE
Refers to important information and is placed in italic
type. It is recommended that you take special notice of
these items.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Specifications.....................................inside front cover
Safety Definitions...............................inside front cover
Tow Dolly Safety Requirements.................................. 2
Before you assemble the dolly
(pre-assembly instructions)..................................... 3
Initial Assembly ...................................................... 4-7
Using Your Tow Dolly............................................ 7-10
Before Loading....................................................... 7
Loading................................................................ 7-9
Towing.................................................................... 9
Unloading the Dolly........................................... 9-10
Pulling the Dolly Empty........................................ 10
Maintenance............................................................. 10
Adjusting the TieDown™ Straps................................ 11
Limited Warranty....................................................... 12
Pre-Trip Safety Checklist.............................back cover
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TOW DOLLY SAFETY REQUIREMENTS
Read all instructions before assembling or operating the tow dolly. Failure to understand how to
assemble or operate the tow dolly could result in
property damage, personal injury or even death.
1. The trailer ball, ball mount, receiver and motorhome
must all be rated to pull a weight that exceeds the
combined weight of the tow dolly, towed vehicle and
all of its contents.
2. Do not pull more than 4,250 pounds with the tow
dolly. Remember to add the weight of all contents within
the towed vehicle when calculating its total weight.
3. The motorhome must be at least 1,000 pounds
heavier than the towed vehicle. If not, the momentum
of the towed vehicle and dolly will attempt to push the
motorhome, resulting in “fishtailing” or “jackknifing.”
This force can cause a loss of control that can result
in severe damage or a life-threatening accident.
4. The tow dolly is equipped with electric brakes. For
the electric brakes to function, a brake controller must
be installed in the motorhome. Even with adequate
braking capacity, the combination of vehicles will require
additional stopping distance that must be accounted for
when towing.
Refer to the manufacturer's instructions to set the
controller to the appropriate weight for towing; be
certain to reduce the braking force if the dolly is ever
towed unladen.
5. Avoid sharp turns when towing with the dolly loaded
— always turn with as wide a radius as possible. Turning
too sharply may cause the towed vehicle to contact the
tow dolly fender, causing damage to the towed vehicle
and dolly.
6. Do not back up the dolly when loaded. It will easily
jackknife, which can damage the tongue, deck or other
components.
7. Before loading any vehicle, be certain that the ramps
are adjusted to the correct width. See the “Initial Assembly” section, steps 9 and 10, for further information.
8. Before unloading any vehicle, be certain that the
pivot pin and safety clip have been removed, or severe
damage to the tow dolly and towed vehicle will result.
9. Replace broken, worn or defective tow dolly components before towing any vehicle.
10. Torque the lug nuts to 90 ft./lbs. every 50 miles for
the first 200 miles. Torque every 3,000 miles thereafter.
11. Inspect both tire’s air pressure every 3,000 miles.
Inflate to the recommended psi listed on the tire sidewall. Do not tow on improperly inflated tires — the result
will be premature tire wear.
If towing the dolly unladen, reduce the tire pressure
by 15 psi.
Before each trip, inspect the tires for road damage
or unusual wear patterns.
12. Always connect the dolly to the motorhome before
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loading the towed vehicle. Similarly, always unload
the towed vehicle before disconnecting the dolly from
the motorhome. It is nearly impossible to control the
combined weight of the dolly and towed vehicle when
disconnected from the motorhome.
13. When connecting the safety chains to the motorhome,
cross them underneath the coupler. If the coupler
should ever disconnect, the crossed chains will support
the tongue of the dolly, helping to prevent it from digging
into the road.
14. The towed vehicle’s steering wheel must be locked
or otherwise secured when towing. Failure to lock the
steering wheel will allow the towed vehicle to pivot
on the bed, causing it to hit the fender and wheel
assembly of the dolly. Severe damage will result to
both vehicles.
15. When loading and unloading, be careful not to burn
yourself on any chassis or engine components that may
still be hot. In addition, the underside of the vehicle may
have sharp edges and corners that can cause cuts and
abrasions.
16. Do not ride on the tow dolly or in the towed vehicle
while it is being towed.
17. If the towed vehicle has rear wheel drive, be certain
it can be towed without damaging the transmission. If
necessary, drop the driveshaft to protect the transmission.
18. Always load the towed vehicle facing forward. Do
not put a vehicle on the dolly backwards. The front
end alignment on most vehicles prevents the steerable wheels from properly tracking the tow dolly. This
can result in severe fishtailing and swaying, as well
as unfavorable front end and tire wear. In addition, it
may cause a loss of control, resulting in a severe, lifethreatening accident.
19. Check and comply with your local, state, federal or
provincial requirements for towing.
20. The tow dolly is not designed for commercial applications. Commercial use will void the warranty.
Failure to follow these instructions can cause
property damage, personal injury or even death.
BEFORE YOU ASSEMBLE THE DOLLY…
Read all instructions before assembling or operating the tow dolly. Failure to understand how to
assemble or operate the tow dolly could result in
property damage, personal injury or even death.
Musts for installation safety
1. Before starting the installation, lay out the kit components in order, as they will be used. This will give
you a visual idea of how the components work, and will
also confirm that everything is present and accounted
for.
2. The assembler must use all bolts and parts supplied
as instructed.
3. The assembler and owner must read and understand
all instructions and heed all warnings within the owner’s
manual, the literature packet and on the dolly before
loading any vehicle onto the dolly.
4. The owner must check with and comply with all local, state, federal or provincial requirements regarding
tow dollies.
5. The assembler must wear eye protection while assembling the tow dolly.
6. The assembler must show the owner how to properly
load, unload and tow his vehicle.
7. The assembler must caution the owner to use a
trailer ball, ball mount and receiver that are rated at
5,000 pounds or more.
8. Vehicles must be loaded with the front wheels on
the dolly.
9. The owner must be certain that any rear wheel drive
vehicle is towable on the dolly without damaging the
transmission. Rear wheel drive vehicles may require
a drive line disconnect to prevent transmission damage.
10. The assembler must lubricate the ramp wear strips.
See page 6. If the ramp wear strips are not lubricated,
the tow dolly will not track smoothly around corners.
11. The assembler must stress the importance of the
owner sending in the product registration card. The
warranty is only valid if the owner sends in his product
registration card within 30 days. Warranty registration
will allow us to expedite a claim or contact the customer
should the need arise.
Required tools and materials
• (2) ¾" wrenches
• (2) 9/16" wrenches
• (2) 1½" crescent wrenches
• a torque wrench and a box wrench
• ¾" socket wrench with short extension
• 9/16" socket wrench • 13/16" socket wrench
• 15/16" wrench and 7/8" socket wrench
with an extension
• pair of wire strippers • pair of wire crimpers
• silicone sealant (small tube)
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INITIAL ASSEMBLY
Although it is not necessary, it may be more convenient to attach the brake drums, fenders and wheels if
the axle is supported with three jack stands or blocks,
at a height of eight to 10 inches. Position one jack
stand or block at the end of each axle, and one under
the center arm.
If you choose to support the axle, make certain
that it cannot fall. Severe personal injury, as well as
damage to the dolly, can result if the axle falls.
1. First, attach both of the brake drum spindle hub assemblies (Figure 1) to the axles — the drums are labeled
“L” or “R”. Attach the “L” brake drum to the driver’s side
axle, and the “R” brake drum to the passenger side
axle.
Position each brake drum spindle hub assembly so
that the four holes align to the four holes in the axle,
with the stamped “L” or “R” at the bottom (Figure 1).
With the provided 12mm x 1.75 x 30mm bolts and
lock washers, attach the brake drums from the inside
of the hub assemblies (inset, Figure 1). Torque each
bolt to 59 ft./lbs.
Figure 1
Figure 2
The lock washers must be used, or the brake
drum spindle hub assemblies will separate from
the axle during use. Property damage, personal
injury or even death can result if the brake drum
spindle hub assemblies separate.
2. Attach the fenders — position both fenders so that
the three pre-drilled holes (Figure 2) align to the three
pre-drilled holes in the fender supports. Attach the
fenders to the bolts with the 3/8"-16 x 1¼" bolts, flat
washers (both sides) and nuts (Figure 2).
Position the bolts so that the heads of the bolts will
be facing the towed vehicle.
Torque the bolts to 33 ft./lbs.
3. Attach the green and white wires extending from
each brake drum to either of the two green wires on
the corresponding hub assembly — if necessary, trim
the wires to length. Connect the wires with the included
butt connectors, then slide the pre-attached shrink wrap
over the connection. Seal the shrink wrap with a heat
gun or similar device, then cover the exposed wires
with the included loom.
4. At both fenders, attach the electrical connectors
(Figure 3).
If the electrical connectors are not attached, the
tow dolly brake lights and taillights will not work
in tandem with those of the motorhome, which is
required by law.
Drivers behind the towed vehicle will not be
alerted when the motorhome stops or turns, which
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Figure 3
may cause a traffic accident.
Failure to follow these instructions may cause
property damage, personal injury or even death.
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5. Attach the wheels — at each
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wheel, finger-tighten the five lug
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3
nuts, then use the crossing pattern
shown to the right to torque all five
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lug nuts on both wheels to 90 ft./
lbs.
Use this crossing
(If the axle has been supported, pattern to tighten
the lug nuts.
remove it from the supports now.)
6. Attach the tongue — position the pre-drilled hole at
the end of the tongue (Figure 4) so that it aligns to the
pre-drilled hole on the front arm of the axle. Attach the
tongue with the 5/8"-13 x 4½" bolt, cut washers (both
sides), lock washer and lock nut (Figure 4).
Hand-tighten the bolt for now — it will be adjusted
after the dolly is completely assembled.
7. Insert the pivot pin through the pre-drilled holes in
the front arm of the axle and the tongue (inset, Figure
4) and secure it in place with the safety pin (inset,
Figure 4).
8. Attach the stabilizer bars — use the ½" x 4½" bolt,
Figure 4
Figure 5
flat washers (both sides) and nut to attach the two
stabilizer bars to the pre-drilled holes in the tongue,
and the ½"-13 x 1¼" bolts and flat washers to attach
the stabilizer bars to the tabs at the front of the axle,
as shown in Figure 5.
Attach the stabilizer bars to the axle so that they
are to the outside of the tabs (inset, Figure 5), with the
flat washers to the outside.
Hand-tighten the three bolts for now — they will be
adjusted after the dolly is completely assembled.
9. Attach the wiring harness — install a plug on the
wire harness that matches the electrical socket on the
motorhome, following the color code below.
Wiring Color Code
white........................................................... ground
brown..................................taillights/running lights
yellow................................................ left turn/stop
green............................................... right turn/stop
black........................................... power for brakes
Apply a silicone sealant (not provided) to the wires
where they attach to the plug — this will help prevent
damage from moisture and corrosion.
10. Attach the ramps — first, slide both of the ramps
over the axle (Figure 6). Then, on the inside of each
ramp, align two of the U-brackets (Figure 6) over the
pre-drilled weldment nuts.
Attach each U-bracket to the ramps with two of
the ½"-13 x 1½" bolts, flat washers, lock washers and
nuts. Position the flat washers and lock washers to the
inside.
Torque the ½"-13 x 1½" bolts to 78 ft./lbs.
11. Slide the ramps to the left or the right, to correspond
to the width of the towed vehicle's tires.
Align the ramps so that both tires will be centered
on the ramps, and so that the ramps will be an equal
distance from the center of the axle.
If the ramps are not adjusted as described above,
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Figure 6
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the dolly may veer to the left or the right during
towing, which may cause a loss of vehicular control.
Failure to follow these instructions may cause
property damage, personal injury or even death.
Figure 7
12. Once the ramps have been adjusted to the towed
vehicle, screw in the four ½"-13 x 1" bolts with jam nuts
(Figure 7) to the bottom of the four U-bolts.
Torque the four bolts to 25 ft./lbs. Then, tighten the
jam nuts against the bolts.
If the bolts are not torqued to 25 ft./lbs., towing
vibrations may work one or all of them loose, which
will cause the ramp(s) to slide back and forth during towing.
The ramps or other dolly components may be
damaged.
Figure 8
13. Position the deck spacer (Figure 8) over the predrilled 1-1/8" hole at the center of the axle.
14. Apply the supplied lubricant to the top of the deck
spacer and the two ramp wear strips (inset, Figure
8).
Lubricant must be applied to the deck spacer
and ramp wear strips, or the dolly will not track
smoothly around corners — it will jerk and jump.
This “lurching” or “skipping” movement will be felt
at the towing vehicle's steering wheel.
Figure 9
15. Position the deck over the axle as shown in Figure
9, so that the pre-drilled holes at the center of the deck,
deck spacer and axle align.
16. Attach the deck with the 1"-8 x 6" pivot bolt (Figure
9), flat washers (both sides) and nut.
Torque the deck pivot bolt to 70 ft./lbs.
Do not over-tighten the deck pivot bolt. If the
deck pivot bolt is over-tightened, the deck will not
pivot when the motorhome turns, which will apply
extreme stress to the deck, the tongue, the straps
and/or other components, which may cause them
to fail.
The towed vehicle or the dolly may separate
from the motorhome, which may result in property
damage, personal injury or even death.
17. The dolly is assembled. Now, tighten the tongue
and stabilizer attachment bolts, which you attached in
steps 6 and 8.
First, one at a time, hand-tighten each of the bolts
listed below. Then remove the pivot pin (Figure 4) and
tilt the ramps to the ground. If the ramps tilt down,
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tighten the bolt further. Repeat until the ramps do not
tilt down. Then, loosen the bolt slightly and test to see
if the ramps tilt down. When the ramps tilt down, the
bolt is adjusted correctly.
First, adjust the ½" x 4½" stabilizer bolt, as describedabove. Then, adjust the two ½"-13 x 1¼" stabilizer
bolts. Adjust the 5/8"-13 x 4½" tongue attachment bolt
last.
Do not over-tighten the stabilizer and tongue
attachment bolts. If the bolts are over-tightened,
the deck will not tilt — vehicles cannot be loaded
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onto the dolly.
18. Attach both ratchets — unscrew
the 3/8” bolts from the ratchets,
then reattach them through the sliding bars at the front of the deck, as
shown to the right.
USING YOUR TOW DOLLY
Before Loading
1. Before loading the towed vehicle, make certain that
the ramps have been adjusted to correspond to the
width of the towed vehicle’s tires.
See the “Initial Assembly” section, steps 10 and 11,
for detailed instructions on how to adjust the ramps.
2. Check the vehicle weight — the tow dolly is rated
at a maximum of 4,250 pounds. Verify that the weight
of the towed vehicle and all of its contents does not
exceed 4,250 pounds.
3. Check the trailer ball height —
Make certain that the trailer
ball height is 19 inches, plus
18"-20"
or minus one inch. Ball heights
outside of this range can create
poor towing characteristics, such
ground level
as sway and fishtailing. In addition, incorrect ball height can cause the ramps to
damage the bottom of the towed vehicle or drag on
the road over bumps and dips.
The coupler requires a two-inch hitch ball with a
5,000 pound capacity.
Loading
1. Park the motorhome on a flat, level surface. Make
certain that the motorhome engine is off, with the transmission in park, and that the emergency brake is on.
2. Position the dolly in line with the motorhome and
place the coupler over the trailer ball. Make certain that
the coupler socket fully encloses the hitch ball. Secure
the coupler to the ball by fully lowering the coupler lever
to a horizontal position (Figure 10).
Pull up on the tow dolly tongue to verify that
the coupler is properly latched and is securely attached
to the trailer ball.
Always connect the dolly to the motorhome before loading the towed vehicle. It is nearly impos-
Figure 10
sible to control the combined weight of the dolly
and towed vehicle when disconnected from the motorhome. Attempting to do so may cause property
damage, personal injury or even death.
3. Attach the safety chains to the receiver on the motorhome and cross the chains, as shown in Figure 10.
Crossing the safety chains will help prevent the tongue
from catching on the road in case of disengagement.
Leave just enough slack in the chains for turning corners.
4. Connect the tow dolly’s wiring plug to the motorhome’s socket and check the lights for proper function.
5. Remove the pivot pin (Figure 3), and tilt the ramps
to the ground.
The ratchet must be in the down position when
loading. If the ratchet is left in the up position,
it may catch on the towed vehicle, resulting in
damage to the vehicle.
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6. If the towed vehicle has a rock guard, spoiler, air
dam or other undercarriage component, check to ensure
that it will clear the ramps and deck without damage.
Now, align the towed vehicle with the dolly and
have an assistant carefully guide you up the ramps,
being careful to keep the towed vehicle centered. As
the towed vehicle reaches the top, the ramps will automatically raise. Continue forward until the tires touch
the ramp stop.
All towed vehicles must be loaded forward, with
the steerable wheels on the tow dolly. The front end
of the towed vehicle is aligned with a small amount
of “toe-in” to help keep it in a straight line as you
drive. By towing backwards you reverse the effect,
causing the towed vehicle to wander, sway and
fishtail. This can cause loss of control, resulting in
property damage, personal injury or even death.
7. Now, lock or otherwise secure the steering wheel
so that the front end cannot pivot on the dolly. If the
vehicle is not equipped with a locking steering column,
you must secure the steering wheel so that it cannot
turn while being towed.
Failure to lock the steering wheel will allow the
towed vehicle to pivot on the bed, causing it to
hit the fender and wheel assemblies of the dolly.
Severe damage will result to both vehicles.
8. Put front wheel drive vehicles in park. If the vehicle
is a rear wheel drive, make certain it can be towed with
the rear wheels on the ground without damaging the
transmission. If it can be safely towed, put the towed
vehicle in neutral. If not, remove the driveshaft and put
in park (in gear if a manual transmission).
Do not set the emergency brake if it applies the
Figure 11
rear wheels, or severe brake damage or fire may
result.
9. Re-install the pivot pin and properly secure with the
safety pin (see Figure 3).
10. Now, secure the towed vehicle to the dolly with the
TieDown™ straps —
The hook (Figure 11) will always go toward the rear
and the buckle will always be on the outside of the tire,
as shown in Figure 11.
Identify the passenger side strap (see “Adjusting
the TieDown Straps,” page 11) and install it on the tire,
as shown in Figure 11. Position the hook so that it is
centered with the tire. As close as possible, adjust the
diameter of the buckle strap so that the front and rear
of the strap engage the
tire just above the 9:00
Figure 12
and 3:00 positions.
Rotate the buckle
Push lever
strap around the tire,
down
so that the strap is just
forward of the center
of the wheel. Next,
pull the strap through
Feed strap
the buckle so that the
from back side
buckle is tight around
and through
the tire (Figure 12).
Be certain that the TieDown straps do not touch
any components behind the wheel, such as struts.
If the TieDown straps are touching a strut or other
component, road vibrations will cause the straps
to be chafed while towing, which may cause the
strap(s) to separate, resulting in property damage,
personal injury or even death.
Be certain that the TieDown strap is routed
through the buckle, as shown in Figures 11 and
12, before towing. The strap will not secure the
towed vehicle if the strap is not routed through the
buckle correctly. Failure to properly route the strap
will causethe strap to loosen, which may result in
property damage, personal injury or even death.
The crossover strap (Figure 11) should be centered at 12:00. In addition, center
the ratchet with the tire, by sliding it
to the left or right as necessary.
Now, take the front end of the
strap and feed at least six inches
through the slot in the ratchet. Tighten the strap by raising and lowering
the ratchet handle, as shown in
the photo to the right. The strap is
sufficiently tight when the tire begins to flatten
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against the ramp stop.
The ratchet handle must be in the down position
when towing to properly secure the TieDown straps.
If the ratchet handle is left up, the strap may loosen
during towing, which may cause the towed vehicle
to separate from the dolly, resulting in property
damage, personal injury or even death.
Be certain that the TieDown strap is centered on the
tire, both front-to-rear and side-to-side, when tightened.
Also, make certain that the strap is not twisted and
cannot rub or chafe. Be certain to secure the end of
the straps to prevent them from flapping and possibly
damaging the finish of the towed vehicle or dolly.
Repeat this procedure on the driver’s side. See
“Unloading the Dolly” to release the TieDown straps.
The TieDown straps must be retightened after
towing the first five miles. Check the TieDown
straps every 100 miles thereafter for tightness (as
well as for any chafing or rubbing).
Road vibrations may cause the TieDown straps
toloosen during towing. If the TieDown straps are
not tightened, the towed vehicle may separate,
which will cause property damage, personal injury
or even death.
11. Connect the auxiliary lighting for the rear of the
towed vehicle. Test the lighting for proper function
before towing.
Note: nearly every state requires lighting at the rear
of the towed vehicle. ROADMASTER manufactures
three lighting systems:
• The Universal Wiring Kit (part number 154) allows
you to safely connect to and use the existing taillights
of the towed vehicle.
•The Taillight Wiring Kit (part number 155) bypasses the towed vehicle’s lighting with a set of independent
plugs and sockets mounted inside the taillights.
• Magnetic tow lights (part numbers 2100 and 2120)
do not connect to the towed vehicle’s electronics. The
magnetic lights are particularly useful if you tow multiple
vehicles.
Towing
Before towing any vehicle for the first time, test
to ensure that the vehicle will not come into contact
with the dolly's fenders. Vehicles with fender flares,
or fenders that overhang the wheels, are especially
susceptible to damage of this kind.
First, make certain that the towed vehicle is cen-
tered on the dolly.
In an empty parking lot, have someone watch as
you slowly turn sharply to see whether you have
this potential problem. Damage that results from
turning too sharply is not covered by warranty.
The combined motorhome, dolly and towed vehicle will take significantly longer to accelerate and
pass other vehicles. Stopping distances may be
greatly increased, as well. Failure to compensate
for the tow dolly and towed vehicle while towing
may result in a loss of vehicular control, which may
cause property damage, personal injury or even
death.
If the tow dolly sways or fishtails while towing, bring
the motorhome to a slow, controlled stop. Each of the
following can cause or contribute to vehicle sway: towing a vehicle backwards; excessive weight in the rear
of the vehicle; insufficient tire pressure; damaged rims
or wheel bearings; excessive speeds; and unlocked
steering wheel. Additionally, the towed vehicle’s wheels
must be straight and square with the dolly.
Towing a vehicle that sways excessively may
cause a loss of control. Failure to correct excessive
sway, as described above, may result in property
damage, personal injury or even death.
Unloading the Dolly
1. Stop the motorhome on flat ground with both vehicles in line. Turn the engine off, put the transmission
in park and set the emergency brake.
2. If the driveshaft was removed for towing, replace it
at this time.
3. Disconnect the wiring for the auxiliary lighting on the towed vehicle.
4. Remove the pivot pin and safety
pin (Figure 3).
5. Unlock the ratchets — use your
thumb to pull down the release bar
while rotating the ratchet upwards, as
shown to the right. The release bar
will lock open when the ratchet has
been rotated straight up. Unwind the
strap from the ratchet and remove the TieDown
straps.
After removing the TieDown straps, lower the
ratchets to prevent the vehicle from catching on
them while unloading. Otherwise, the tow dolly and/
or the towed vehicle may be damaged.
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6. Have an assistant guide you off the dolly. As you
begin to back up, the ramps will tilt to the ground. Continue slowly down the ramps until the towed vehicle is
completely off the dolly.
Always unload the towed vehicle before disconnecting the dolly from the motorhome. It is nearly
impossible to control the combined weight of the
dolly and towed vehicle when disconnected from
the motorhome. Attempting to do so may cause
property damage, personal injury or even death.
7. Store the TieDown straps in a clean, dry place.
If the dolly is to be left outdoors for long periods
of time, remove the straps or any other items that
can be damaged by moisture.
8. Disconnect the safety chains and wiring plug from
the motorhome.
9. Disconnect the dolly from the trailer ball by raising
the coupler latch.
Pulling the Dolly Empty
When empty, the dolly is likely to bounce around
behind the motorhome. It is advisable to reduce the
tire pressure by 15 psi to help alleviate bouncing and
vibration.
Be certain that the tires are reinflated to the correct
pressure before loading a towed vehicle.
Reduce the tire pressure when towing the dolly
empty. If the tire pressure is not reduced, as described above, the dolly will bounce and vibrate
excessively. The dolly ramps and/or other components may be cracked or otherwise damaged.
1. The coupler must be secured.
2. Safety cables and wiring must be attached to the
motorhome.
3. Before towing, verify that the lighting functions correctly on the dolly.
MAINTENANCE
1. Torque the wheel lug nuts to 90 ft./lb. Check and
maintain every 3,000 miles or every six months.
2.TieDown™ ratchets — check and maintain every
3,000 miles or every six months — use a drop of oil to
lubricate the moving components of the ratchets.
Do not over-lubricate — excessive oil will attract dirt
and road film, preventing the proper operation of the
ratchet.
3. TieDown straps — check and maintain every 3,000
miles or every six months — inspect the straps, hooks
and adjustment buckles for any damage or excessive
wear. Promptly replace straps if damaged in any way.
4. Accu-Lube™ hubs — lubricate and check before the
initial operation, and lubricate every time before you
tow. To lubricate the hubs:
1. Remove the rubber plug.
2. Insert a grease gun into the grease fitting.
Note: do not use air-powered grease guns.
3. Pump the grease gun until the old grease
comes back out the front.
4. Remove the old grease and reinsert the plug.
5. Coupler adjustment — check and maintain every
3,000 miles or every six months — if the coupler does
not properly engage the ball, simply tighten the lock
nut. (Do not overtighten the nut, or the lever will not
lock.)
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6. Tires — check and maintain every 3,000 miles or
every six months. Tires should be inflated to the recommended psi listed on the tire sidewall; under-inflated
tires will have excessive wear.
7. Ramp wear strips and deck spacer — grease every
six months to a year, depending on use. Use axle
grease, fifth wheel kingpin grease or hitch grease; apply a liberal amount of grease to the top of the wear
strips and spacer.
Lubricant must be applied to the deck spacer and
ramp wear strips, or the dolly will not track smoothly
around corners — it will jerk and jump. This “lurching” or
“skipping” movement will be felt at the towing vehicle’s
steering wheel.
ADJUSTING THE TIEDOWN™ STRAPS
Even though they may appear to be identical, one
TieDown strap is designed for the driver’s side and the
other for the passenger side.
Although the straps come pre-assembled, the process is explained below (Figure 13).
Be certain that the strap is routed through the
buckle, as shown in Figure 13, before towing. The
strap will not secure the towed vehicle if it is not
routed through the buckle correctly.
Failure to properly route the strap will cause the
strap to loosen, which may cause the towed vehicle
to separate from the motorhome, resulting in property damage, personal injury or even death.
Figure 13
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LIMITED WARRANTY
1.WARRANTY
1a.WARRANTY OF CONFORMITY AT TIME OF SALE
ROADMASTER, Inc. warrants that at the time of sale of this
product it will be free from defects in material and manufacture
and will conform to ROADMASTER’S specifications for the
product.
1b.CONDITIONAL ONE-YEAR WARRANTY
In addition to the preceding time-of-sale warranty, if the
product registration card is completely and accurately filled
out and mailed to ROADMASTER within thirty (30) days of
purchase, ROADMASTER will provide an additional warranty
that for a period of one year after sale the product will remain
in good working order, PROVIDED THAT the product is installed and maintained in accordance with ROADMASTER’S
instructions and is not subjected to: (a) alteration or unauthorized repairs or repairs by anyone other than ROADMASTER
or a ROADMASTER-authorized service center, (b) misuse,
abuse, commercial use, or improper maintenance, (c) Acts of
God (including without limitation hurricanes, tornadoes, floods,
or other severe weather or natural phenomena), (d) failures
due to products not supplied by ROADMASTER, or (e) other
treatments, uses, or installations for which the product was
not intended. This warranty extends only to the first retail
purchaser-consumer of the product and is not transferable.
become the property of ROADMASTER. ROADMASTER will
not provide, and will not be liable for, labor, costs of removal
or reinstallation of components, disposal, shipping, freight,
taxes, or other incidental charges.
2.DISCLAIMER OF OTHER WARRANTIES
The preceding warranties are the exclusive and sole express warranties given by ROADMASTER. They supersede
any prior, contrary or additional representations, whether oral
or written. No agent, representative, dealer or employee has
the authority to alter or increase the obligations or limitations
of this warranty. Any implied warranties, including the WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY and any WARRANTY OF
FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, are limited in
duration to thirty days or the term of the applicable express
warranty provided above, whichever is longer.
Some states do not allow limitations on how long an implied warranty lasts, so the above limitation may not apply
to you.
4.DISCLAIMER OF INCIDENTAL AND CONSEQUENTIAL
DAMAGES
IN NO EVENT SHALL ROADMASTER BE LIABLE FOR
ANY INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, INDIRECT OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, WHETHER RESULTING FROM NONDELIVERY OR FROM THE USE, MISUSE OR INABILITY TO USE
THE PRODUCT OR FROM DEFECTS IN THE PRODUCT.
Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of
incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitation
may not apply to you.
3.EXCLUSIVE REMEDY FOR ANY NONCONFORMITIES
If during the applicable Warranty Period, the product does
not conform to the preceding Warranties, notify ROADMASTER as provided below, and within a reasonable time ROADMASTER will provide, at its option, one of the following: (1)
replacement components for any nonconforming or defective
product or components or (2) the percentage of the purchase
price for the nonconforming product equal to the percentage of the Warranty Period remaining when ROADMASTER
is notified of the nonconformity. ROADMASTER will, at its
option, (a) use new and/or reconditioned parts in performing warranty repairs and making replacement products, (b)
use parts or products of original or improved design in the
repair or replacement. If ROADMASTER repairs or replaces
a product, its warranty continues for the remaining portion of
the original Warranty Period or 60 days from the date of the
return shipment to the customer, whichever is greater. All replaced products and all parts removed from repaired products
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THESE REMEDIES ARE THE EXCLUSIVE AND SOLE
REMEDIES FOR ANY BREACH OF WARRANTY.
For any breach of warranty, the Owner must telephone
ROADMASTER at 1-800-669-9690 within thirty (30) days after
discovering the nonconformity. Do not return any product
without first calling ROADMASTER and getting a return authorization number. Returned products must include the return
authorization number and a copy of the original invoice, bill
or other proof of the date of purchase. The date of purchase
must coincide with the original warranty registration card on
file. ROADMASTER will authorize (a) shipment of the product
to ROADMASTER or (b) repair or replacement at the nearest warranty service center—in both cases with shipping at
your expense. Do not purchase replacement parts or pay
for repair labor—you will not be reimbursed. Compliance with
the requirements of this paragraph is a condition to coverage
under the Warranty: if these requirements are not complied
with, ROADMASTER will have no obligation to provide any
remedy for any breach of warranty.
5.APPLICABLE LAW
This Warranty will be interpreted, construed, and enforced
in all respects in accordance with the laws of the State of
Washington, without reference to its choice of law rules. The
U.N. Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of
Goods will not apply to this Warranty.
6.SEVERABILITY
If any provision of this warranty is found to be invalid or
unenforceable, then the remainder shall have full force and
effect, and the invalid provision shall be partially enforced
to the maximum extent permitted by law to effectuate the
purpose of the agreement.
7.ADDRESS FOR NOTICES TO ROADMASTER
ROADMASTER, Inc., 6110 NE 127th Ave., Vancouver, WA
98682
This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may
also have other rights which vary from State to State.
OPTIONAL EQUIPMENT and ACCESSORIES
Guardian™ carrier for tow dolly
TieDown ratchet
Using this mounting bracket, you can add the protection of ROADMASTER's Guardian tow shield to your tow dolly.
Helps protect your towed vehicle
against rocks, gravel and other
road debris. The all-steel, powder-coated bracket bolts on or
off in seconds, and can be attached anywhere on the
tow dolly arm. (Guardian not included)
part number 2000-8
Heavy-duty, solid steel construction for trouble-free
performance, durability, greater
strength and safety in securing
your towed vehicle. Zinc plating
helps prevent rust and corrosion.
Non-binding design for easy release — to unlock the ratchet, simply pull down the release bar while
rotating the ratchet upward.
part number 2110
Spare tire carrier for tow dolly
Electrical kits
Mount your spare tire and wheel
on your tow dolly using this heavyduty steel, powder-coated mounting bracket. Bolts on or off in
seconds, and can be attached
anywhere on the tow dolly arm.
(spare tire not included)
part number 2000-7
By law, a towed vehicle's turn signals, running lights
and brake lights must mimic the motorhome's. There
are three ways to accomplish that: 1) a system of diodes; 2) installing new taillights in the towed vehicle;
or 3) magnetic tow lights.
Spare tire and wheel
This optional spare tire and
wheel eliminates costly delays
and flat tire hassles. Heavy-duty
ST 215/75 R14 radial trailer tire
mounted on a wheel to match the
RoadMaster tow dolly. (fender not
included)
part number 2000-9
TieDown™ straps
Why are RoadMaster TieDown straps the best?
• One strap fits the driver's or passenger's side.
• Tough, durable nylon resists
damage from rubbing and chaf ing.
• Heavy-duty, 7,700-pound capac ity for superior strength and
safety
14" strap — part number 2114
15" strap — part number 2115
Or, for maximum flexibility, order
the universal strap — fits 12" to 16"
tires.
Universal strap — part number 2150
1. Universal wiring kit
This kit uses a system of diodes to safely connect your motorhome's turn signals, running
lights and brake signals to the
towed vehicle's. Diodes prevent
electrical feedback, and protect
both vehicles' electrical systems.
part number 154
2. Taillight wiring kit
A self-contained wiring system that bypasses your towed
vehicle's lighting with a set of
independent plugs and sockets
mounted inside the taillights.
part number 155
3. Magnetic tow lights
ROADMASTER's magnetic
tow lights are the quick and
easy way to connect your towed
vehicle's electrical system to
your motorhome's. The system
is self-contained, and requires
no splicing into the towed vehicle's electrical system.
Magnetic lights are particularly handy if you tow multiple vehicles.
part number 2100 — deluxe tow lights
(includes case and anti-scratch pads)
part number 2120 — standard tow lights
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PRE-TRIP SAFETY CHECKLIST
 Coupler is securely latched to trailer ball.
 Safety chains are attached to motorhome.
 Electrical harness is plugged into motorhome, and dolly lights are functioning properly.
 Auxiliary lighting is connected to towed vehicle and is functioning properly.
 Pivot pin and safety pin have been inserted.
 Towed vehicle and its contents weigh less than 4,250 pounds.
 Towed vehicle is centered on and square with the tow dolly.
 Towed vehicle’s steering wheel is locked or otherwise secured.
 Towed vehicle is in the correct gear for towing (see towed vehicle’s owner's manual).
 TieDown™ straps are centered on the tires and tightened properly.
 TieDown straps are not twisted and cannot chafe or rub.
 Ratchets are in the down position for towing and unloading.
 Wheel lug nuts are torqued to 90 ft./lbs.
 The Accu-Lube™ hubs have been lubricated.
 Tire pressure is correct for towing — loaded or unloaded.
 The nuts securing the fenders are tight.
 The nuts and bolts securing the tongue and stabilizers are tight.
 The ramp wear strips and deck spacer have been lubricated within the past six months.
(see the Maintenance section, page 10)
The safety checklist above is not all-inclusive. Read, understand and follow
all instructions and warnings within the tow dolly and towed vehicle owner’s
manuals.
All photos, illustrations and specifications contained herein are based on
the latest information available at the time of publication. ROADMASTER, Inc.
reserves the right to make changes at any time, without notice, in material,
specifications and models, or to discontinue models. You may not use any of
the contents of this document without the permission of ROADMASTER, Inc.
© 2009 ROADMASTER, Inc.
All rights reserved.
Towing and Suspension Solutions
ROADMASTER, Inc. • 6110 NE 127th Ave • Vancouver, WA 98682
800-669-9690 • fax: 360-735-9300 • roadmasterinc.com 854258-03
10/2009