I just purchased my first RV and had a friend fly into Chicago to drive it back. Unfortunately I wasn't able to do it myself.
It is a 1986 Holiday Rambler Imperial.
He made it 24 miles before it lost all power...appeared the transmission slipped into neutral. Tow truck driver said it was probably the driveshaft or rear end. It doesn't appear to be the transmission (less than 6000 miles old and out of warranty). It makes a clanking sound when shifting into drive. Also when he stopped the rear brake was smoking.
To top it off, I had it towed to an International service center based on the recommendation of the tow truck driver since everybody was closed (Sunday) I couldn't talk to anybody. International told me they don't work on anything that small...now i have to pay for another tow.
Spoke to a independant mechanic in Chicago and attempted to trouble shoot this over the phone. He has a 97 Chevy 3500 and is willing to swap out the rear end IF that is what is wrong with it. He also has a drive shaft that he can install. Not sure if its the from the same truck AND if its the same length. Cost another 600-700 to tow it again. He is an hour away and will charge $200 just to drive out and look at it. And the International dealer tried to start it just to see what is wrong with it and now the battery is dead.
2 things that I have thought about
what is my gear ratio? his is 4:11. Plus i get the added benefit of upgrading from drum to disc brakes...is there a downside to this??
what is my parking brake arrangement? on the drive shaft?
What else am I missing? Anybody else have a better idea or know of a great shop in Chicago? Or a cheaper tow service?!