Originally Posted by palehorse89
I think this is Johns wrecker in this photo(Poster)...........he owned and operated a towing business, maybe still does?
Maybe he can enlighten us from his years of experience and hands on experiences he had throughout his years of towing and recovery.
My procedure was tow from the front only using a wheel lift once they were finally introduced to the towing industry, while I had the equipment to pull axles I alway disconnected the driveshaft from the differential and tied it off to the frame. On the few occasional times it looked like not enough space was available to tie the shaft off safely the shaft was taken off in one piece I would never dream of separating the splines NEVER.
The coach above had the suspension completely ripped off the frame as well as the the end of the axle appeared to be distorted, when your 100+ miles from nowhere with one of two lanes of traffic blocked you do what needs to be done, this was also a fairly new coach. You can tow and recover more with a tow truck than with a low boy trailer.
As for flat bed trailers they work along the same principle of a flat bed tow truck for transporting and contrary to popular belief they cause considerable damage when operated by a untrained or poorly trained operator, the same "lazy" operator that takes short cuts is also the same one than uses the winch line to secure the coach to the bed instead of tie down straps or chains, if you think a 20, 30,40 or 50 ton winch can not bend, distort, or rip apart the underbody of a coach or heavy duty truck your in for a big surprise.
Diesel pushers are a very delicate vehicle to tow.
As a little back round I spent 20 years in the Air Force where I towed many a vehicle, I had a tow truck of my own for after hours towing for many of those years. I also ran my own tow company for right at 35 years after the military they were a life style for me not a job, only to be replaced by my one and only RV in 92010.
Just like RVing everybody has a different style of how they do things right, wrong, or in different depends on who you talk to.
Now I'm going to start a thread with a poll for those of you who have been towed as to what you were towed with tow truck or low boy I would be very surprised if very many were towed with a low boy other than those going back to the factory with the factory paying for it.
Link to Poll
For those of you who have had your Class A towed in say the last 20 years