How to Load a Car on a Tow Truck with a Thumb Lift and How This Trick Can Save You Money

Introduction: What is the best way to tow a car?

There are two common ways to tow a car. One is using a trailer that is towed by another vehicle. The other way is by using a tow dolly, where the non-running car to be towed sits on its own wheels on the dolly and is towed by a car, usually a pickup truck. There are pros and cons to each method. There are some situations where the tow dolly is preferable.

how to load a non running car on a tow dolly
how to load a non running car on a tow dolly

How to Tow a Car with the Thumb Lift for Quicker and Smarter Loading

Using a dolly is the easiest way to transport a non-running vehicle, especially if it is a driveable car. It is easier and safer to tow a car using the dolly than using another vehicle. The thumb lift will make it easier to load the car on to the dolly and therefore speeding up the loading process and making it easier to load.
Note: You must have a thumb lift to use the dolly. You can pick one up at your local auto repair shop or you can make your own by simply taking two flat boards and attaching them with duct tape to your car.

how to load a non running car on a tow dolly
how to load a non running car on a tow dolly

How Does The Thumb Lift Work?

The thumb lift, also called a service jack, is a device that attaches to the tow dolly’s lift arm. It uses hydraulics to elevate and lower the car on and off of the tow dolly. It can also be used to move the car slightly left or right while it’s in place on the dolly. This is done by pressing a lever on the thumb lift with the hand just like you would use a lever on a garage jack or service jack.
The thumb lift is used to load vehicles with low ground clearance onto the tow dolly. A vehicle which has a particularly low ground clearance may occasionally hit the tow dolly while travelling at highway speeds. Because of this, you should always wear your seatbelt when driving to assist you in keeping control of the vehicle while it’s on the tow dolly.
The thumb lift is attached to the opposite end of the service jack, and it’s used to adjust and maneuver vehicles in place on a tow dolly. To raise the car, you pull in the hydraulic actuator, which moves a pin on the thumb lift upwards. To lower the car, you push in the hydraulic actuator, which moves a pin downwards. It takes two people to operate each thumb lift. One person holds the hydraulics lever down while the other pulls up on it.

how to load a non running car on a tow dolly
how to load a non running car on a tow dolly