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Old 08-20-2014, 01:06 AM   #11
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Per Freightliner, when your MH is towed from the front, the drive shaft should be disconnected and the connection marked so that it can be reconnected with the same orientation. This is because it was balanced during manufacture. You could probably void the warranty on the Allison if the shaft was not disconnected.

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Old 08-20-2014, 03:07 PM   #12
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Absolute BS. They just don't have the right equipment.

Very True to a point. Some companies don't have the correct equipment whether it be the tow truck or better yet the employee sitting behind the wheel. Coaches are truly a pain to tow as depending on the type of coach sometime the genset exhaust needs to come off, the drive line always needs removed, the splash guard in the rear needs secured or removed and the motorclub expects this to cost the same as a car tow.

We own two diesel repair facilities along with HD tow trucks and prefer not to tow coaches for motorclubs as they pay is not worth the reward.
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Old 08-20-2014, 06:38 PM   #13
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EJM, I am learning what you are saying. I don't believe that there is a mechanic shop that even likes working on them. I didn't get towed today for lack of people in my area willing to tow a MH. I'm supposed to have a tow truck here tomorrow morning.

This is really a big pain in my aspirin bottle. I am just glad this happened in my driveway. I would have lost it if I were on the road traveling.


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Old 08-21-2014, 06:04 PM   #14
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The saga continues. Tow truck shows up today, attempts to hook up and discovers that his attachment is not long enough to reach the axles 😖😲. The sad part is his boss calls me before the truck leaves his shop and ask me what kind of "camper" I have. I was very specific in my description, yet he sends the smaller tow truck.

Will try again tomorrow morning. Still I am glad I am not out of state and away from home having to deal with this.


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Old 08-21-2014, 06:31 PM   #15
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I think I'd want them to put my rig on a flatbed and not attempt to tow it.... I'd be afraid they will do some serious damage trying to tow it.....


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Old 08-21-2014, 07:36 PM   #16
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"I think I'd want them to put my rig on a flatbed and not attempt to tow it.... I'd be afraid they will do some serious damage trying to tow it....."



If you have them do this, I'd like a picture of the center of the wheel base going over the front of the trailer while being loaded and your 12' 8" tall vehicle going under the overpass on a 18"tall trailer deck.
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There are some trailers designed to carry motorhomes, unfortunately not in my area. It's either tow truck or drive it there and risk more damage from the drive. No mobile techs either around here.


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I've seen lots of RV transport trailers and double drop large equipment trailers, but never one with an operating deck less than 18". Send me a pic, I'd like to see it. As "Turbs" says, "if there aren't pictures, it didn't happen."
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Old 08-21-2014, 07:50 PM   #19
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beips, I've never seen one either. I wish I could see one tomorrow morning when they come get mine with the tow truck.

I did remove my rear flap and my gen tailpipe. I marked the driveshaft myself also, that way if they get it wrong I will know.


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Old 08-22-2014, 06:19 PM   #20
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Well today went way better than yesterday. Tow truck finally showed up, the right one this time, got her all hooked up, dropped the drive shaft and away she went. I am glad to report she got to the destination without any damage. Here's a few pics of the right way to hook up and tow.
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This is a shot of how the bar is under the tires.
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There's Larry with the straps for the tires. He really was professional about everything and earned himself a nice tip for his hard work.

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There she goes, I followed him to the mechanic shop. Again, can't say how pleased I am with the way this went. If any of you find yourselves in south Louisiana and are in need of a tow truck give these guys a call. Rudy Smith Towing out of New Orleans.
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