What Are Vehicle Dolls? Definition, Meaning and Concept

Vehicle dollies are used to help move vehicles from one location to another. They can be used for cars, motorcycles, boats and other heavy objects. Car rental agencies have had a long association with vehicle dollies, which they use to transport their vehicles from one location to another without adding mileage or wear and tear to their rental vehicles. Motorhomes also use vehicle dollies to tow a vehicle from behind while traveling.

There are two main types of vehicle dollies: wheeled style and trailer style. Wheeled vehicle dollies are strategically placed under each of the vehicle's tires. Since vehicle dollies can be used for a multitude of different vehicles, they are available in a variety of sizes. Vehicle dollies with large wheels can easily move up to 1,500 pounds (approximately 454 kg) or more. Special heavy-duty dollies with swivel wheels are capable of carrying 3,000 to 6,000 pounds (approximately 907 to 2,721 kg).

Caster-style vehicle dollies are made of strong steel capable of withstanding the weight of the vehicle being transported, as well as the pressure placed on them while the vehicle is being moved. Despite their large size and durability, wheel-style vehicle dollies allow a vehicle to be easily moved through tight areas that the vehicle might normally fit through.

Trailer-type vehicle dollies are designed to be attached to another vehicle. They closely resemble a rolling cart, making mobility easy when the vehicle is not running. These vehicle dollies are widely used for towing items such as cars, snowmobiles, and lawn tractors. Traditionally, towing vehicle dollies consisted of two wheels with a platform and ramps attached. The dolly for towing vehicles is still in use, but newer designs are available with swivel plates that ensure a smoother towing process.

Vehicle dollies are also available with or without a brake system. Careful consideration should be given when determining whether or not to purchase a dolly for vehicles with a brake system. If one is purchased without a brake system, it is quite expensive to add one later.