Just bought a 2003 Insight and have clocked 2K on it in the last two weeks ... averaging 55 mpg so far and have just replaced the stock radio with a MP3 radio which will also act as an IPod interface ..... but I digress
Anyone here town their Insight on a tow dolly? Any issues I need to make myself aware of ..
I don't think that there should be any problems at all. All the drive train stuff is in front, so you could even leave it it gear... (as long it is secure on the dolly...). But you might see a problem with the rear end itself. With the front being up the rear will be down and maybe hit the ground on bumps, dips and other road ups and down.
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Make sure it will fit before you buy/rent a dolly. I tried to use one from Uhaul, and it looked like the ramps might hit the rocker panels when loaded. That was moot, though, because the front bumper would have hit the front wall of the dolly before the tires got to the depression made for them. Another design might work, but not this one.
I have towed Insights many times with my 2005 Pontiac Montana and a U-Haul tow dolly. No major problems. You can't drive too fast if you value your Montana transmission but below 100 kph the fuel economy is quite good. Also when you cinch down the front wheels with the nylon wheel holding straps you have to watch you don't put too much upward pressure on the front strakes. Fold them up as you cinch down with the rachet. You will see when you do it.
For added safety when hauling, you may deflate some air from the front tires after the car is up the ramps in position on the dolly, tie down tight secured with the straps with low tires, and then re-inflate the tires for a bit added staying power on the dolly.
check straps periodically.
[Used to haul small light cars in winter, ..mostly flat towing on a bar [ugg!] .. but occasionally went to the lake on a buddys home-made dolly and that's what he always did.]
Years ago there was an Insighter that did that.
You will have to modified the front of the Insight.
Putting the receiver on the front, is a no no.
Lots of fabrication needed
My self, I hate tow bars.
Thanks, I am not partial to toe bars either as you cannot back up of you need to when towing that way! I was just curious, it appears that using a Dolly may be the optimal option (although still not as easy to back up verses a trailer).
I flat towed mine. I obviously had to weld up some mounts then bolt them to the insight aluminum bumper. I then put chains from the structure to the bumper that hang thru the under body panels. I would then hook safety cables from the RV to the chains. I was very reluctant as there isn't any place at all to mount to the front. Again I simply made some mounts and just bolted them to the bumper then eased my mind by adding chains to the structure behind the front wheels. I did this for about a year in total and the aluminum never fatigued. The RV never knew it was back there. I'm confident I'd never have a problem unless someone hit the car as I towed it. In that case the hitch or bumper may rip loose but the chains would never let go so in worse case scenereo the car would bounce all over and completely total itself but there's no way it would become disconnected. I tried and tried to come up with a better solution but in the end I just redneck rigged it. Ill see if I have pics but I since sold the RV. The car is still set up to be towed tho so ill get pics of the mount but again it's simply tubes bolted to the bumper that the hitch slides into then gets pinned. Ya it's really a quandary. The way the front hangs out I couldn't devise a way to have the mounts out front yet tie into the structure. It towed great though, never had a problem and I hooked and disconnected a few times a week for a year or so.
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