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Old 04-15-2014, 10:40 AM   #15
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Every tow company is $150-200 an hour. A 30 mile tow adds up to $700-800 (chicago math, maybe they haven't thawed out up there!). Some of the tow forums say to expect 1.30 a mile to tow for long distance. For that price I can ship to Nashville! I would even go higher.
Then I can fix it myself. The mechanics I have spoken to in Chicago don't give me the warm and fuzzies!
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Old 04-15-2014, 10:53 AM   #16
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I would hire a local mechanic as other have recommended.
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Old 04-15-2014, 10:54 AM   #17
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And to elaborate a little more. I don't like them knowing I am 500 miles away. I can't drop by and see for myself. I prefer to do this work myself. And do a full inspection on all systems, replace all fluids, check all rubber etc. I can't do this by flying in and driving home.
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Old 04-15-2014, 06:43 PM   #18
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Marc Springer is a regular on shipping wars (uship).someone either here or another rv board used him to ship a bus and was well pleased.

He has a facebook page and a google search will also find him
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Old 04-16-2014, 06:08 AM   #19
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Marc Springer is a regular on shipping wars (uship).someone either here or another rv board used him to ship a bus and was well pleased.

He has a facebook page and a google search will also find him

Thanks, just found him and emailed him. Will let you know of I hear anything.
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Old 04-16-2014, 10:10 AM   #20
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Thanks, just found him and emailed him. Will let you know of I hear anything.
Daveputt, I have my 82 PA 30fter sitting in my driveway, I can get the measurements from mine if you want.
Its a P30 workhorse 454 not sure how close to yours it is. You can PM me if you wish.\ Or just let me know and I can get them.
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Im in chicago. Where is the coach. When people say chicago they sometimes mean the surrounding metro area which is huge. Northside? south side? Maybe I can recommend somebody. I know the north side very well, grew up there all my life. I am currently about 50 miles west of the city.
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Old 04-16-2014, 11:41 AM   #22
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I think uship.com is a great idea. Shipping wars is a great program.
Hope it works out for you. I read your post looking for a driver and was tempted. From all that you have said, it sounds like getting it home to you asap is better than long distance absentee mystery repairs at a shop.

My experience of the area it's in, is that it is geared to trucking. Many shops, dealers, shipping companies etc. Probably the best and worst. Still a roll of the dice from far away. In time, someone from this forum that is near, could come up with a workable, trust-able solution.
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Old 04-16-2014, 07:36 PM   #23
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Going to entertain using Uship to get this rv home. That way I can work on it myself.
Unfortunately, I don't have size info other than 33' long.
How should I estimate weight, width and height?
Any other P30 33' owners that can weigh in?! (Pun was intended!)
I'll guess 33ft long,77inches wide,11.9 ft tall and GVWR 16,000 only a guess.
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If you tow, detach the driveshaft, or buy a new tranny. Any good small truck, box truck mechanic can troubleshoot it for you. I lost a radiator, tow truck driver did not detach driveshaft, he bought a new tranny for it. Radiator shop diagnosed tranny problem easy only ha reverse. If drive shaft turns going into pumpkin it's the pumpkin. If engine runs and driveshaft doesn't, tranny.


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It is going to be put on a flatbed. When it broke down the rear brake was smoking. At least we thought it was brake. Also the rear tire looked out of alignment (it looked like the wheels weren't perfectly aligned to the tag). After thinking about it for a bit, I think it's a broken axle. Could have been a bad bearing smoking.
It has to be put on a flatbed or else it might be a charred brick by the time it gets to me!
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Had exact same problem with our old HR. Axle was broken. Bet for sure that is your problem. Good luck... cost us $4000.00 back in 2009 for axle/rear end etc.
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I'm a Chevrolet service manager sounds kinda like the axle if it is and the housing is damaged we have saved a lot of them using axle dr they weld a new piece on the housing and you slide a new axle in and good to go good luck
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I'm a Chevrolet service manager sounds kinda like the axle if it is and the housing is damaged we have saved a lot of them using axle dr they weld a new piece on the housing and you slide a new axle in and good to go good luck

Thanks for the info. I will look it up. Still trying to get the rv in Nashville!
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