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Old 08-26-2016, 07:42 AM   #1
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Towing an Alpine

Did not want to hijack the Parliers' post "generator slide out"
If it is necessary to have an Alpine equipped with an electric generator slide towed, what is the best procedure? Can it be done safely with the use of a standard big rig tow vehicle? Hopefully someone, who has unfortunately had this experience, can enlighten me.
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If you describe the RV to a tow company, they can tell you if their equipment can handle it. Have you identified a place in front, above generator perhaps, that the air brakes and air suspension can be hooked up to tow truck compressor to release brakes?

Usually the RV will be lifted by forks to support the front wheels off the road, but be sure to observe clearance at the rear, most RVs can't be lifted very high without bottoming out the rear overhang.
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Never been towed but the things that come to mind include: 1--wrecker must have a cantilevered lift arm that can reach either the front axle or be able to cradle the front tires. Air dam on genset slide is pretty low to ground so front frame may have to be lifted [onboard leveling jacks or external jacks] to allow cantilever under air dam; 2--angle of departure on Alpines is pretty good so front axle can be lifted fairly high to allow cantilever lift arm to clear genset slide mechanics and to allow for dips or driveways; 3--no air service brakes but need air to release parking brake but also need to drop drive shaft so air for parking brake may be moot.
PS--remember to reconnect drive shaft after arrival at destination or parking brake wont work!
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Has mine towed once. I requested a flat bed and the tow company knew what to do to avoid damage to the air dam and generator slide. They used some 4X4 s across the front - maybe 6X6 - awhile ago so I don't remember. I can see where some real damage could be done.
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