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Old 10-06-2015, 10:52 PM   #1
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Proper way to tow a Class A ???

Hope I never need to have this done, however, I am wondering what happens if you break down in your Class A DP, and need to get it to a service facility. I have seen a few on flatdecks over the years. Is it possible or recommended to have them towed by a Big Rig style tow truck ?. I know semi tractors have pins on front axle to allow hookups, but Motorhome fronts are beam axle or even IFS setup.
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Just tell your roadside assistance folks that you need a flatbed trailer. Less chance of damage.
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Old 10-07-2015, 07:20 AM   #3
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Do it as it states in the manual.
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Old 10-07-2015, 07:25 AM   #4
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DP's can be towed without damage by knowledgeable people. My coach coach has IFS and had to be towed 65 miles once. It was done without any issues and the operator looked at me kind of funny when I asked if it was going to be problem. I believe the key is to have some type of Emergency Road Service that know's coaches and will insist on the cooperator use the right equipment.

Here in Florida it is not unusual to see a DP "on the hook", which is quite a sad sight when it is yours!
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Disconnect the drive shaft. Air up the brake system with a patch hose.

Tow it from the front with wheels off the ground. Big Truck!

Watched it done 2x on our rig.
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Just had mine towed twice this past week (Yikes!) Both were huge trucks. The owner/operator of one said he paid well over half a million for his truck and preferred to tow motor homes instead of big rig trucks. Anyhow I'm cautious and watch what they do and how they hook it up, removed drive shaft without being told to. They also took bungees and raised the full width mud flap so it wouldn't drag on the highway. As a side note on my Winnebago the front air connection does not air up the rear suspension - he had to take an air hose to the rear axle to air up the rear suspension and maybe to release the brake.
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Proper way to tow a Class A ???

There have been posts about damage by going on the hook.
Read your manual. Know it.
Watch them to make sure. (Trust but verify)
Or have it put on a flatbed.
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They don't flatbed a DP. If they did, it would be about 16 to 18' high, requiring a special permit from the DOT or Highway Patrol (every state is different). Legal height is 13'6". You will require a big rig tow truck and the drive line will need to be taken off the rear differential.
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Took the driver of the beautiful huge tow truck almost an hour to carefully hook up, remove the drive shaft, lift the mud flap, added wireless remote control tail lights, and then pulled out a large L shaped device to measure the height.

To move the rv while he was removing the drive shaft he had a remote control that allowed him to move the tow lift device. It moved in any direction he wanted.

Once we arrived at the repair facility he reconnected the drive shaft.

Well worth the money for Coach Net. That company made sure we were safe and secure while waiting for the tow.

Sad but impressive watching my home go down the road in front of me.
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"what happens if you break down in your Class A DP, and need to get it to a service facility"

The only time I was on the hook, I got towed 66 miles. I was a little concerned but the driver knew exactly what to do and how to do it. That is the reason you want a tow service that is experienced in towing coaches and not someone from Bubba's Garage. CoachNet for me
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Afterward the tow driver complaind about how heavy the MH was. Said he had towed Greyhounds and had less trouble. In fact the trucks stinger was not powerful enough to lift the rig up and lock into place, he had to call in another truck and use it's stinger also. Also said his front wheels were bouncing off the ground. The loaded rig weighs about 50,000#'s
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I heard of one in Cedar Rapids Iowa last year that was towed by someone inexperienced. The RV had a self leveling air ride system and if I remember the scenario it was trying to level itself and it used up the air in the tanks causing the brakes to set up. The tow truck had enough power to keep pulling the load and the young man didn't notice the extra drag. The brakes got hot just before they got back to the shop and started the rig burning up which totaled the RV.
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They don't flatbed a DP. If they did, it would be about 16 to 18' high, requiring a special permit from the DOT or Highway Patrol (every state is different). Legal height is 13'6". You will require a big rig tow truck and the drive line will need to be taken off the rear differential.
The CC literature says ours is 13' and it would definitely be too high even if they used a drop center lowboy.
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