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BurbMan

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Posted: 02/01/21 08:52pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I've had the Good Sam roadside assistance for years because if you break down they will tow your truck to the repair shop and your trailer to the nearest campground or safe parking spot. Both times when I lost the transmission on the Suburban I had the trailer in tow, so the program paid for itself many times over. The renewal came in the mail today and it got me thinking about whether it's the right thing for a TC.

Say you break down on the interstate with the TC on board. The rig is too tall to go on a flatbed, so do they use an old school bumper tow on the truck with the TC still on? Or do you dismount and have the TC hauled separately from the truck? If the garage has to put to truck on a lift can the TC stay on?

I realize there are a lot of variables here but want to be generally prepared in the event of a mechanical.


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Good Sam has been responsive the couple of times we needed them (not for the TC). They will tow any vehicle anywhere in the US which is great. Once my Wife ran down car battery, another time she hit a pot hole, they came within one hour.
If you need to tow TC be sure you ask for a low boy, just tell them you have a small motor home. They probably won’t understand TC.


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When I bought this truck and camper it hadn't been driven for close to 15 years so I had it towed to my home.
The wrecker service used a rollback to haul it on.
Some companies have low profile rollbacks.

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Most flatbed rollbacks that I see are also capable of doing a wheel-lift tow. I’ve had to do that once with my camper on a 1995 F350 when the clutch throw out bearing came apart. Of course, then you have to think about whether your driveshaft needs to be disconnected or not.

That’s what happened here on a trip to the west coast in 2010. Amarillo, TX.

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My preference would be to find a tow company that could move your truck with the camper on it to your chosen repair facility, then drop the camper in their lot. Or, possibly make an interim stop at a campground to drop the camper.

If the truck can still move itself but needs repairs, I’ve spent the night with the camper in garage lots or a campground while the truck was being worked on. Like I did here on that same 2010 trip in Bishop, CA.

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I think your time would be better spent preparing for the truck to NOT break down. Proper maintenance will go a long way to not needing to be towed.

The towing companies are professionals. They do this for a living. When they see your rig they will either know how to tow it, or send you someone who can.


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mkirsch wrote:

I think your time would be better spent preparing for the truck to NOT break down. Proper maintenance will go a long way to not needing to be towed.

The towing companies are professionals. They do this for a living. When they see your rig they will either know how to tow it, or send you someone who can.

I think you are giving ALL tow truck drivers too much credit.
I imagine most are familiar with passenger cars but a TC presents a different challenge that many will not be familiar with.
I think it a good idea to know what to expect if you need a tow with the TC attached


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mkirsch wrote:

I think your time would be better spent preparing for the truck to NOT break down. Proper maintenance will go a long way to not needing to be towed.


Proper maintenance only goes so far...the 2nd time I lost the transmission it was a Jasper rebuilt unit with less than 10k miles on it, with fluid/filter changed at 5k as recommended by Jasper.

How much maintenance do you think I could have done in the time it took me to type this question on the forum and read your response? SMH [emoticon]

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mkirsch wrote:


The towing companies are professionals. They do this for a living. When they see your rig they will either know how to tow it, or send you someone who can.


Lantley wrote:


I think you are giving ALL tow truck drivers too much credit.


Every profession has its own idiots.

I would think that when you called a towing service and told them what you needed towed they would sent the truck and driver most capable of towing your rig.

At least that's been my experience.

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When we had a breakdown the tow truck driver lifted the front end of the truck and disconnected the drive shaft. Any tow truck driver should know how to do this. They do it every day. We were able to stay in the camper overnight while repairs were made.

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