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How to properly tow your 'Bird Here you will find some opinions on what some of our members did when they had to have their 'Bird towed by a wrecker service.

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Old 04-03-2011
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Thanks for the great information......
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Old 04-05-2011
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I am a member on on the Newell site too. I think anyone can read the post, just have to be a member to see pictures.
My be worth your while to look under the post under major mechanicals, in the Newell forum.
Story of a supension failure and the towing there of. I know these folks.
I copied the pic of the supension failure.

Pic http://mallie.home.cwis.net/100_4400.jpg

forum http://www.newellclassic.com/forum/
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Since this newer thread's topic is related to the above thread, I will move it's posts over there, so you can continue the discussion there.
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Just a followup..
I had the coach towed to Irving TX from Groesbeck. I've used Inland Truck Parts and Service in the past and have had good luck with them so I decided to have the coach towed there. AAA picked up the cost for the first 100 miles and I paid $7 per mile for the last 19 miles to have Groesbeck Paint & Body load the coach on a Landoll and get it up to Irving. BTW, I had an excellent tow driver (Ray). We came up to one bridge on i35 in Dallas which was too low (14'3" vs our 15' height) . We had to stop the highway traffic (sorry folks!), backup and change lanes from far left to far right, dump the air from the truck, climb up the ladder to eye the clearance, and slowly drive under the bridge - police and another heavy tow truck helped out. We may have made the news because someone was recording the whole event (Ugg!). If Ray didn't catch that when he did the coach would be a few inches shorter and laying on her side in the middle of the highway. It would not have been a good day. The coach is now safely at Inland and waiting to be repaired.
Thank you guy's for your advice. I appreciate it.
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Landoll- only way to be transported-
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Ernie,
What's total height using Landoll?
bridges??
Our BMC has been towed 20 miles or so - curious how the Landoll would have changed route??
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My Landoll has a loaded deck height of 37". Add the height of your coach with the bags deflated to that and you have the overall height of your coach on the trailer. You can also let most of the air out of the tires and that will drop it another several inches
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That is going to put most of us at well over 15ft. With a list of low clearances, we should be able to determine a safe route.
http://www.aitaonline.com/Info/Low%20Clearances.html
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Ron Marabitos coach was hauled from my place to Prevostcar in Ft Worth on a landoll. I don't know what the height was. Maybe those drivers have a gps for trucks
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That is going to put most of us at well over 15ft. With a list of low clearances, we should be able to determine a safe route.
http://www.aitaonline.com/Info/Low%20Clearances.html
Mallie,

That link is mainly for overhead clearances BELOW THE LEGAL 13'6" limit, so it won't help in our situation, if it is higher than that. I just checked it for Texas and that page no longer works and in South Carolina it doesn't show at least three of them in and around the Columbia, SC area on the Interstate (I-20, I-26, I-126, I-77) system that would be a problem. If the truck driver is doing things legally he should have at least a Blanket Oversize Load Permit and has checked for proper routes and clearances with the states DOT Oversize Load Permit Office before he starts the trip.
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