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Old 11-29-2012, 09:34 AM   #1
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Needed a Tow!

After spending a lovely week at our favorite local state park, went to start the MH and nothing. Turn the key, no clicking, no starting, just some dash lights and the steps retracting. Tried the switch to bring in the aux battery and still nothing. Would not even shift out of Park. Tried jumping from the wife's car, nothing. Determined not the battery. Tried several things but still no go. Determined time to try out the road service part of my Progressive RV policy.

Called them up and after a few automated responses got to the road side service staff and to a human being. The operator appeared either new to the job or did not deal with MH's too often but otherwise very helpful. She had to call me back after the initial call to get details about the MH. She said she would txt me with the name of the tow company, phone number, and estimated time of arrival. After she hung up I received a txt within 5 minutes.

Unfortunately the tow company was not as timely as one would like, and we sat for 5 hours (after an initial ETA of 2 hours) at our campsite before they finally showed up (after dark). I must add that Progressive repeatedly contacted me to see how things were going and would also contact the tow provider. Seems there were issues in getting the big truck needed (so they both told me).

Well the truck did arrive and the driver was most friendly and apologetic. He did show me where they were given the wrong address to go to, which explained perhaps the last 20 minutes but not the 5 hours.

So now the MH is at the Chevy dealer undergoing repair. Got a call and bad starter. I'm having them do other items at the same time.

The net: Other than providing a bad address (close but no cigar) I feel Progressive did a decent job. Tow company not so much. It's a good thing this happened 20 miles from home and not on a long trip.

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Old 11-29-2012, 09:41 AM   #2
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We were stuck off the side of the road 40 min. out from wells nevada. Good sam sent a lg. flat bed to get us towed. Took about 4hrs total. Still love good sam road service.


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Old 11-29-2012, 12:10 PM   #3
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Next time that happens, whack the starter with a big hammer. I'll bet it would have gotten you running.
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Old 11-30-2012, 08:40 AM   #4
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been there, done that. the hammer thing. watch out for the un-fused hot wire from the battery. it *should* have an insulated cover on the end of the wire.
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After spending my career building Freeway Bridges and viewing many , many accidents of people running into the back if disabled vehicles . I personally will not crawl underneath any vehicle to do anything period while it is along side of any Freeway//Highway. Sitting in your broke down RV/Rig isn't much safer either if you have to do that think about where you want to be when you might get hit. People amaze me that stand between 2 vehicles while talking etc, I just cringe when I see that. I want to pull over and tell them but I can't save the world.
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Next time that happens, whack the starter with a big hammer. I'll bet it would have gotten you running.
If you jumper the solenoid and just bump it a hair, the engine will later start using the key or it should at any rate. This is my first hand experience.
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whacking the fuel tank can also dislodge a stuck fuel pump (sometimes) whaack gently please
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If you couldn't shift it out of park , it sounds like a power issue. I'll bet it was the cable connection on the starter solonoid.
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Question to the OP. Did they remove the driveshaft before towing?
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the guy that towed me in August towed from the rear and tied off the steering wheel. He said the boom has difficulty reaching back to the front wheels. Lifted it from the hitch and it went flawlessly.

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