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Old 08-28-2011, 05:51 PM   #1
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Real bummer!

Took the MH F53 chassis down the hill for a week in Mammoth Lakes, noticed the temperature gauge move up stopped and we had a leak in the radiator, added 2 gallons of fluid and stop leak no difference. Called AAA for a big tow. When tow arrived at same time a friend did I told him we could take the scooter off the rear and the rack for him to pick it up and not harm the tranny. He said he could pick it from the front, not a problem. Had me put it in neutral after the pick up. Radiator shop was 15 miles away, they just called to say the tranny was junk, no forward gears because the tow truck operator did not remove the driveshaft. I got in the tow truck and as we were pulling out asked him if the rear wheels were turning he said yes he would also have definitely noticed if not in neutral. Called the towing service will file a claim tomorrow. Called AAA the initiated a claim were very surprised they did not remove the driveshaft. Were familiar with the problem, good to have AAA behind me.

Will need a new D40 transmission and a new radiator.
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Old 08-29-2011, 10:25 AM   #2
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I didn't know you couldn't tow an F-53 chassis without disconnecting the drive line...is this the same trans they use today and through the years?
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Old 08-29-2011, 10:38 AM   #3
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I didn't know you couldn't tow an F-53 chassis without disconnecting the drive line...is this the same trans they use today and through the years?
You basically should never tow any automatic transmission equipped vehicle without the driveshaft removed UNLESS the transmission is certified to be towed, like a toad. The transmission receives it's lubrication from the front part of the transmission being turned, i.e. the torque converter, not the driveshaft end. Some automatic transmissions can be towed for short distances and under 20-30 mph... just check the owner's manual as it should state what towing proceedures are.
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Through the years yes.
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Needed a tow when brakes failed, about 20 miles, tow driver after hooking to front with front wheels off ground, said start engine put trans in drive. This worked have not had any problem with trans.
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As stated above any rear wheel drive vehicle needs to have the tranny disconnected unless stated can be towed 4 down. Had my MH towed in April and the first thing the tow truck driver said was he had to disconnect the tranny. Sounds like the tow driver didn't know what he was doing.

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Old 08-30-2011, 05:23 PM   #7
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I didn't know you couldn't tow an F-53 chassis without disconnecting the drive line...is this the same trans they use today and through the years?
Clearly.. You can not.. As the tow driver is finding out I am sure (Cartoon: Person is saying "Just a little chat with the boss" half his.. You know what (Backside) is missing, clearly chewed off)

As for the radiator.. Can they rebuild if you can't get a new one? Some places still do that on occasion.. IF they can ask if they can do the Heavy Duty rebuild. (Thicker core) More tubes)
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Bummer Results: having the radiator replaced with a brand new 4 core HD, new water pump, hoses and serpentine belt while they are there. Tow truck driver fired. Tow truck company will have the company they use for their trucks to install a brand new Ford D40 transmission, not a factory rebuild with all the modern improvements.

Made online reservations for Twinlakes Campground today for third week of Sept. MH will be ready from radiator shop Fri. Tow company will take it over and it will take only 1 day for tranny changeout. They gave me the option of which shop, I went with theirs it will save them some money.
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That's why I chose Good Sam for my tow insurance company, and not AAA. I figured that GS will know to send experienced MH towing guys.
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Old 08-30-2011, 11:19 PM   #10
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AAA did a great job. The guy just got finished towing a new DP with 58 miles on it and a blown engine. It was 105 out and he took a shortcut. AAA helped me out a lot. The tow truck could tow 80 tons, the driver had 17 years experience, he just screwed up, everyone does at some time or another. No one was hurt, I was made whole again.
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Old 09-01-2011, 05:23 PM   #12
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We have rescheduled our visit to Twin Lakes for 3 weeks from now. Two other friends in their 5th wheels are joining us for the week. Life is good!
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Old 09-21-2011, 11:16 AM   #14
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I have a question about your scooter rack.

I just bought a scooter rack but haven’t had a chance to use it yet. I bought one that hold 2 scooters.
I have 2 Yamaha Zuma’s, each weighs 200 lbs and the rack weighs 75lbs. My receiver is rated for 500 lbs.

I’m a little nervous, I only plan on taking 1 scooter with me this upcoming weekend just to try it out.
The rack itself is very heavy duty and I feel very comfortable with the rack itself, It’s the receiver and the idea of hanging 475 lbs off it that concerns me.
I have looked over the receiver and everything looks really good, very strong and capable of doing what it says it can do.

Have you had any problems? Did you need to do any modifications to use the scooter rack?
Congratulations on your new tranny.
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