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Old 10-02-2020, 07:25 PM   #1
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Proper Towing of the coach

Hey All,

Getting towed to the shop Monday morning for compressor repair.
Preferred method is low boy but not sure what will show up.
If front raised tow
Drive line removed and marked to so it go back the way it came out
Air line hooked up etc?
Anyone have some instructions

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Old 10-02-2020, 07:49 PM   #2
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Driveshaft removed and air line from the tow truck , that's how mine was towed .
Any driver with a truck large enough for the towing of a diesel pusher should be aware of the process.
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Driveshaft removed and air line from the tow truck , that's how mine was towed .
Any driver with a truck large enough for the towing of a diesel pusher should be aware of the process.

Thanks Skip thats what was in the back of my head as well.
This shop deals with over the road rigs and rv's so they should know
Appreciate the feed back,
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I should have added , that the Freightliner shop where my compressor was in installed , wouldn't reuse the U Joint straps and retaining bolts , they provided new parts as part of the service .
Parts supply , due to a take over of the original compressor manufacturer, laid my coach up for 10 weeks , 600 miles from home .
Damage to the compressor crankshaft , made a new unit , rather than a re-build necessary. A re-build would have been done in 3/4 days ; parts for a re-build were available in Portand and the coach was in Salem OR.
No charge for storage and repair came in right on estimate.
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Tow operator may leave drive shaft in and remove both half axles, serves the same purpose, but messy. If he does, he should have covers.
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Just got towed on Tuesday. First truck slide their forks under an lifted via the tires. Crushed the generator exhaust and generator slide mechanism. He decided he couldnít tow. Next I got a low boy trailer for the tow. Now know thatís the ONLY way to go. Period. That went smooth and easy. Had to wait on I5 for 2 hours for the trailer, but wish thatís what had come first. Now I have a generator repair to face but the tow company said they will pay for it. Reason for the tow was I lost all coolant because the coolant pump sprung a big leak. Cummins Coburg was great in getting the repair done promptly.
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Old 10-04-2020, 09:42 AM   #7
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Just did this repair. Was able to limp to Peterbuilt shop by filling auxiliary air Schrader valve in drivers run bay with external compressor (built air to 120psi) and watched my use of brakes. Stopped at side of road and topped up air once it got to 80 psi.

I found a rebuilt Cummins compressor for my 400ISL (dec 2006 build) a day away and replaced. Also replaced governor and air dryer (complete unit) at same time. They charged me 7 hours labor for compressor and 1 1/2 hours for dryer and governor. $2000 Cdn for compressor, $350 CDn for complete Bendix AD-IP dryer. Parts cost. Shop rate was $160Cdn per hour.

Good luck. Itís a bitch to get at. Had the skinny wiry mechanic who could get his hands up and into the tight space. Used a farmered tool to get at top mounting bolt for compressor. Run up the engine temp at shop (fast idle) before leaving to check for coolant line leaks. They are awkward to reattach.

Hope this helps.
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Well seems we are now in an elite compressor club...dang it

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Glad this showed up 53 foot Landoll only way to go. But I think I
I will put stainless shackles on generator exhaust for easier removal should the need arise to remove

Thanks to all
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Old 10-11-2020, 04:20 PM   #9
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I am not sure why the coach would be towed for a compressor?

It is really 2 lines and 2 bolts
this is a common on the road repair for trucks, like exceptionally common. Such that most repair trucks keep a bendix or other compressor with them as a loaner or just to be sold.

any reason to tow the whole coach?
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'06 Inspire Owners manual notes "Caution-The ignition must be left on when towing this vehicle so the air suspension will operate." hope this helps.
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I've changed a few compressors and the ones I've done are bit more then 2 hoses and two bolts.

What compressors have you replaced ?

First, the power steering pump needs to come off the back of the compressor.

Then the cooling lines need to come off. You will need to catch that. Typically both ends because they are steel and you don't want to bend them.

Then the oil feed line, if equipped, before the governor or remote governor line and the discharge line. Once that's out of the way, you can reach the intake line.

Now you can remove the 2 bolts that hold it on the engine.
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Just got towed on Tuesday. First truck slide their forks under an lifted via the tires. Crushed the generator exhaust and generator slide mechanism. He decided he couldnít tow. Next I got a low boy trailer for the tow. Now know thatís the ONLY way to go. Period. That went smooth and easy. Had to wait on I5 for 2 hours for the trailer, but wish thatís what had come first. Now I have a generator repair to face but the tow company said they will pay for it. Reason for the tow was I lost all coolant because the coolant pump sprung a big leak. Cummins Coburg was great in getting the repair done promptly.
Cummins in Coburg OR is great. Had my ISX 650 rebuilt there. New head, liners, pistons and bearings and some other chassis repairs for about $31,000.
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Old 10-12-2020, 12:28 AM   #13
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You mean you have to take off a few lines.... well shucks better pull the motor too...
Lol
They are easy, as I said a couple lines and 2 bolts. I have never ever ever seen a truck towed for a compressor. This is why most service trucks carry spares.
How many have I changed.... hmmmm enough to know that it is not really a challenge so more than 1 and less than 1000. Acress in rv's can be tight but usually the bed comes up or through the closet and it's right there on the back of the motor.

I am not trying to be rude but it really is not hard and certainly does not merit the expense and risk of towing the coach.
Again as someone who works on diesels I think rv's get taken to the cleaners for stuff like this and it is really not fair.
I was not there and it was not my call but it really surprised me




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I've changed a few compressors and the ones I've done are bit more then 2 hoses and two bolts.

What compressors have you replaced ?

First, the power steering pump needs to come off the back of the compressor.

Then the cooling lines need to come off. You will need to catch that. Typically both ends because they are steel and you don't want to bend them.

Then the oil feed line, if equipped, before the governor or remote governor line and the discharge line. Once that's out of the way, you can reach the intake line.

Now you can remove the 2 bolts that hold it on the engine.
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They were going to repair in place but figured the warranty company would not cover mobile service time for travel .etc outside of parts and they always challenge shop time
Had towing insurance so no cost there.
Things finally moving should get it back soon.
Oh and our power steering pump is run from the infamous PTO and yes we have installed the wet spline kit
I just keep learning from everyone,
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