Can You Tow a Full Size Truck With a Tow Dolly?

The short answer to whether you can tow a full size truck with a tow dolly is yes, it is possible. However, there are certain considerations that must be taken into account before attempting this type of towing.

Types of Tow Dollies

Tow dollies come in two different varieties – open-deck and closed-deck. Open-deck tow dollies have an open bed, meaning the towed vehicle’s tires will be exposed to the elements and could be damaged from road debris. Closed-deck tow dollies are enclosed on all sides and protect the vehicle from road debris and other elements.

Weight Considerations

Full size trucks can weigh anywhere between 4500 and 8000 pounds, depending on the model and options. This means that the tow dolly must be rated for heavier vehicles than regular passenger cars. Additionally, if your truck has an aftermarket lift kit or oversized tires, you will need to make sure that your tow dolly can handle the extra weight of these modifications.

Safety Considerations

When towing any vehicle with a tow dolly, it is important to make sure that the straps used to secure the vehicle are properly tightened and secured before beginning your journey. Additionally, you should check that all lights on both vehicles are functioning properly before setting out on your trip. It is also important to note that when using a tow dolly, you should use safety chains in case of an accident or disconnection from the trailer hitch.


In conclusion, it is possible to tow a full size truck with a tow dolly as long as you take into consideration its weight and ensure that all safety measures are taken prior to beginning your journey.

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Stephen Dunn