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Old 09-04-2013, 02:31 PM   #1
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Towing a toad

OK I just finished reading a thread about 4 down vs dolly and was thinking (dangerous). I tow a jeep so no problem, but I have read that you cannot / should-not tow a rear wheel drive vehicle for even a short distance due to transmission damage. I can understand if you are towing a vehicle all day that this may happen due to overheating the tranny fluid. But you see tow trucks doing it all the time. And not with just cars but trucks, busses, motor homes. If your MH breaks down in the middle of nowhere it could be towed 50 60 miles and they wont drop the driveshaft or do anything special.
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Old 09-04-2013, 02:38 PM   #2
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MH breaks down in the middle of nowhere it could be towed 50 60 miles and they wont drop the driveshaft or do anything special.
My manual says do not tow with drive shaft hooked up.
Read the manual for all cars, trucks, busses, motor homes on how they can be towed or not.
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I never see rear wheel drive cars towed from the front with the back wheels on the ground. They always put them on a rollback. Front wheel drive can be towed from the front that way, and most any motorhome tow truck driver worth his salt knows to remove the driveshaft before towing. That's part of the job.
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I had an AWD ford that needed a tow and the first thing the driver did was crawl under and remove the driveshaft.
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If your MH breaks down in the middle of nowhere it could be towed 50 60 miles and they wont drop the driveshaft or do anything special.
Sorry, that's just not true.

Had to have my 40DP towed 30 miles and the drive shaft was removed by the tow truck driver dispatched by CoachNet.

What you've heard about never towing a rear wheel drive auto four down, may or may not be true, but the definitive source of that information is the owner's manual or you can check the guides at Remco or Motorhome Magazine.

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My MH has been "on the hook" twice, both times they removed the drive shaft.
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Ours had to be towed 65 miles. It took the tow operator about 10 minutes to drop the driveshaft. Recently, my daily driver 4x4 Ford Explorer had to be towed in. AAA dispatched a traditional tow truck, but the driver put the rear tires up on a set of dollies.

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Many RWD cars towed on a tow truck have a drive shaft either inside the car or lying on the "Bed" of the tow truck.

Yup, they drop the drive shaft to tow it.

By the way REMCOTOWING sells, among other thigns, a drive shaft disconnect.. This is a spline clutch that does the same thing (mechanically) as dropping the drive shaft.. Mixed reviews.

They also sell an AXLE LOCK, Saime idea but for the front wheel drive

And a LUBE pump, When you can't use one of the above.
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I had a previous coach towed and the driver did not remove the drive shaft. Cost the tow company dearly to pay the repair bill for my fried auto park brake...
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I had a Drive Shaft disconnect installed on my Chevy Tahoe. Solved all my problems and works perfectly.
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If your MH breaks down in the middle of nowhere it could be towed 50 60 miles and they wont drop the driveshaft or do anything special.
If you have a DP with Allison trans they WILL either take out the driveshaft or remove one axle and use a cover plate. Been there, had it done once!
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By the way REMCOTOWING sells, among other thigns, a drive shaft disconnect.. This is a spline clutch that does the same thing (mechanically) as dropping the drive shaft.. Mixed reviews.
Sorry Remco no longer has a drive shaft disconnect.
They sold that option to another Company
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.... If your MH breaks down in the middle of nowhere it could be towed 50 60 miles and they wont drop the driveshaft or do anything special.
Not true. I was towed about 40 miles last June, and drive shaft disconnect was about the first thing the driver mentioned when he arrived. Of course, things may vary depending on the professionalism of the tow company. That's why you have to know what's what, and make sure they do it.
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