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Old 03-04-2016, 08:13 AM   #1
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Moving a broken down DP

In the event of a breakdown, what's the proper method of moving a Class A DP. Can the Alison Tranny handle towing in neutral? Is there a problem with air brakes locking up if no air pressure? Does it have to be trailered?
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Old 03-04-2016, 08:21 AM   #2
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Old 03-04-2016, 08:24 AM   #3
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The wrecker will connect a hose to the RV's air system to release the brakes & also remove the drive shaft. Some show up with a low boy trailer & put the RV on the trailer.
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you mean like this?
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There is also a way to manually back off the spring brakes if the air system is heavy damaged.

Some tow operators pull the axle shafts, rather then the drive shaft.
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you mean like this?
Not a DP!

But man I hope the towing company has good insurance!
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The very FIRST thing you should do is to sign up with Coach-Net Emergency Roadside Services. Purchase a plan that suits your RV lifestyle and needs in case you do breakdown while on the road.

I chose the 3 year Premier level for my purposes.

Next, each manufacture brand and model have specific requirements when moving a disabled class A DP coach. Talk to your coaches manufacture as to what they are.

I have had two incidents where my coach needed to be moved to a repair facility.

Read about them here:

Breakdown Near Coburg Oregon

Breakdown in Northern British Columbia

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It was photoshoped, but it's good for a laugh. Having a DP behind a tow truck is not a pleasant experience.
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Thinking about the cost per mile for a tow on a DP would give me the shivers. ;-)
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It was photoshoped, but it's good for a laugh. Having a DP behind a tow truck is not a pleasant experience.
Not one of my better days!
Not photoshopped.

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Thinking about the cost per mile for a tow on a DP would give me the shivers. ;-)
Covered under Roadside Assistance on full timer policy for up to 100 miles... But get it to the right place the first time... they pay only once...
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Not one of my better days!
Not photoshopped.

Sorry about your trouble but wanted to mention I love your GFR reference in your signature. You should add to the picture "and I'm feeling mighty sick"
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I remember back in 2005, my Alisson key pad burned out and I had to get my dp towed from Moab, UT to Grand Junction, CO, just over 115 milles one way and it cost me over $850.; the mechanic disconnected the driveshaft to tow it.
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I've had to have my coach towed twice. Both times I used my State Farm insurance to reimburse me the total cost of the tow. Nice.

Just make sure when you call for a tow, you tell them it is a large diesel motorhome so they can send the proper size truck. Also note, if you break down in a location where the police thing you are a hazard to the other motorist, they may call a wrecker for you and let you work it out with your roadside insurance company.
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