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Old 07-17-2011
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I had a tow for my 31ft FC a couple of weeks ago and the tow truck driver was hesitant to tow me even though I told AAA I had a heavy rig and to send a large truck. They said they would send a lowboy but sent a heavy wrecker with a stinger. He made my sign a waver for damage because the driver said it might damage the muffler and pipe. It crushed my pan. It did not leak, so I started it and the engine locked up. Has anyone else had trouble getting towed? They used the tire clamps and the stinger. The tilt cylinder of the stinger leaked by and the load lowered. A freind of mine who has wreckers said he uses a bar across the stinger to keep the stinger from lowering if hydraulic seals leak by. AAA contends that my bus ruined the hydraulics due to it's extreem weight. The wrecker was as long as the bus and was made for moving semi trucks. The difference between the semi's and the Wanderlodge is the distance from the front bumper to the centerline of the wheels (or axle) is greater on a Wanderlodge than a semi truck. They are saying I am liable. Anybody have any ideas about this? I am new to this forum, so I hope this is in the right thread.
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WOW sorry to hear about your BB. Now I am wondering what is the best way to tow a BB?
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WOW sorry to hear about your BB. Now I am wondering what is the best way to tow a BB?

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We have "talked" about this on the forum before. We also had a discussion at RATS 2010.

This is my opinion: 1. Landoll trailer if height is not an issue.

2. Bus Forks with drive shaft removed, service brakes operational and air system charged.

3. Bubba's Towing and Massage Parlor.
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Hey Rick I think "3. Bubba's Towing and Massage Parlor." I believe the Massage Parlor should be a must after any work on the BB.
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I had a 1994 PT40 towed from Jackson Mississippi to Perry Georgia with a tow truck much like you are describing. The driver explained that the stinger was rated for 70,000 lbs. I don't believe that your coach damaged his stinger. His defective equipment caused your damage in my opinion.
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I had a tow for my 31ft FC a couple of weeks ago and the tow truck driver was hesitant to tow me even though I told AAA I had a heavy rig and to send a large truck. They said they would send a lowboy but sent a heavy wrecker with a stinger. He made my sign a waver for damage because the driver said it might damage the muffler and pipe. It crushed my pan. It did not leak, so I started it and the engine locked up. Has anyone else had trouble getting towed? They used the tire clamps and the stinger. The tilt cylinder of the stinger leaked by and the load lowered. A freind of mine who has wreckers said he uses a bar across the stinger to keep the stinger from lowering if hydraulic seals leak by. AAA contends that my bus ruined the hydraulics due to it's extreem weight. The wrecker was as long as the bus and was made for moving semi trucks. The difference between the semi's and the Wanderlodge is the distance from the front bumper to the centerline of the wheels (or axle) is greater on a Wanderlodge than a semi truck. They are saying I am liable. Anybody have any ideas about this? I am new to this forum, so I hope this is in the right thread.

I'm no lawyer but how can you be liable when ultimately it was his choice whether to tow you or not?
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I had a tow for my 31ft FC a couple of weeks ago and the tow truck driver was hesitant to tow me even though I told AAA I had a heavy rig and to send a large truck. They said they would send a lowboy but sent a heavy wrecker with a stinger. He made my sign a waver for damage because the driver said it might damage the muffler and pipe. It crushed my pan. It did not leak, so I started it and the engine locked up. Has anyone else had trouble getting towed? They used the tire clamps and the stinger. The tilt cylinder of the stinger leaked by and the load lowered. A freind of mine who has wreckers said he uses a bar across the stinger to keep the stinger from lowering if hydraulic seals leak by. AAA contends that my bus ruined the hydraulics due to it's extreem weight. The wrecker was as long as the bus and was made for moving semi trucks. The difference between the semi's and the Wanderlodge is the distance from the front bumper to the centerline of the wheels (or axle) is greater on a Wanderlodge than a semi truck. They are saying I am liable. Anybody have any ideas about this? I am new to this forum, so I hope this is in the right thread.
Why would you sign a waver? You told them what you had and they sent the wrong equipment.
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Bad equipment and not knowing how to tow your coach is not your fault.
The tow company has insurance for stuff like this.
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I don't get the AAA thinking here. If I hire a contractor and he damages his power saw working on my home I am supposed to be liable for his saw?

I don't think so. He agreed to the work. He agreed to the price. He is liable for his equipment, his people, and any damage he does to my home.
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