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Kayteg1

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Posted: 02/02/21 08:11am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

One of the reason I bought new truck when going on retirement and planning transcontinental vacations was the warranty the manufacturer gives you.
All those RV towing insurances have good or worse reviews as that comes to actual person doing the service.
I never had to do it with TC, but in construction business I had my truck broken with tall load.
Local Tow Truck driver knew his area and after putting my truck on rollback - drove the route, where 15' height was not an issue.
That was in Reno, NV where they had rollback with payload above 15,000lb.
I know such big rollbacks are not common.





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Posted: 02/02/21 08:25am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We bought our 2014 Ram used in 2016 with 28,000mi. Normally we wouldn't buy an extra warranty, but since we were heading to AK and remote Canada we purchased the MOPAR 5-yr additional warranty. Glad we did because our water pump blew out on Sunday evening in Michigan, thankfully at the end of our 13,000mi trip.
This is what they sent even after specifying we were 14,000lbs and tall. Tow truck driver must have known the overpass heights because we cringed in his cab, waiting for scraping sounds every time we passed under one on the way to the small local Ram dealer. Spent the night, repaired in the morning.
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"Both times when I lost the transmission on the Suburban..."

Twice on the same vehicle? That's terrible.


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Had a brake caliper seize on our 26' E-350 based Class C a few years back. They loaded it up on a flatbed and took it to the repair shop. I thought for sure it was going to arrive missing part of the roof but all was good.


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If the garage has to put to truck on a lift can the TC stay on?


Les Schwabs has had my Class C and my truck camper up on there hoist inside.

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When we went to Yellowstone in 2015 in the old '96 dodge we had Good Sam coverage since the truck was so old. On the way back our transmission (surprise) started to go out. A hotel in Peoria let us park in the their lot for the night. Still 300 miles from home we called Good Sam's to try to get a tow to any local shop. I was on the phone for 30 minutes trying to explain to the nice young man what a truck camper was. He said they'd send a tow truck to our location in the morning. No one showed up so we said our prayers and drove backroads all the way home. We made it and got to see some nice little towns that would have otherwise been bypassed.


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We had a breakdown - blown oil line once in Texas. When the tow truck arrived, he took one look, winched it up on the flatbed - TC intact - then drove it to his shop. He got off the highway at every overpass, drove straight across and back down the other side highway entrance. No sweat for the overpass height or clearance.


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Had a tow recently with Good Sam. TC rig in sig. The fuel pump went in the truck. Tow truck came and lifted the front, disconnected the drive, off to the garage close to our stick house (so we could walk home), one hour away. (not the nearest garage to where it happened)

So I learned about the dollar limit on towing with Good Sam and paid the extra. Fair enough.

Big lesson when we got to the garage was they couldn't get to it till next day so parked it overnight in their driveway. When the tow truck got unhooked, on the sloping garage driveway, there was nothing to stop truck with the camper on it from rolling down the driveway! (still disconnected drive--so no Park holding with the transmission, some doubt whether the parking brake even worked.)

Saved by the tow truck driver! He saw what might happen and chocked the back tires. The garage guys had to reconnect the drive next day to get it into a bay to work on the fuel pump. Was closing time when we got there, tow truck driver did not reconnect it, not clear who was supposed to I guess, everyone wanted to get home. [emoticon]

The tow truck guy remembered to take the drive bolts out of his pocket and leave them in the truck for the garage guys to use--that would have been an episode if he had forgotten that.

On hoisting--that same garage services our Class C. It goes up on their hoist in the summer, but they had a problem when it is cold in the winter getting the hoist to go up as high as usual. Don't know if that is just them.


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Just so you don't waste time specify a medium duty wrecker. That will be able to tow you no questions asked.


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Buzzcut1 wrote:

Just so you don't waste time specify a medium duty wrecker. That will be able to tow you no questions asked.

That depends on the camper length.
My 12' campers had rear bumper 8 ft behind rear axle and about 8" above pavement.
Lifting front wheels 6" would make rear bumper scratching on road holes.

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