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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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Need a big rig tow truck with a 60" stinger minimum. Better to remove drive shaft than pull axle. Axle removale make a big mess. A Landall recovery trailer will work but big truck with stinger is better especially if low bridges are a concern.
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Need a big rig tow truck with a 60" stinger minimum. Better to remove drive shaft than pull axle. Axle removale make a big mess. A Landall recovery trailer will work but big truck with stinger is better especially if low bridges are a concern.
While I am no expert on towing a Bird. Please make note of what Mike said. Drive shaft REMOVAL. It occurs to me a member here had his driveshaft disconnected at the trans end but the tow truck driver left it connected at the axle end. The resulting flaying and flopping of the drive shaft while being towed did a considerable amount of damage to the owners Bird.
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I had my 84FC towed, and it seemed so simple to the tow truck driver.
Hooked me up, and in no time had the drive shaft in his hand, and away we went, I could not believe how fast he drove, we followed him in our car and we were doing 70mph.
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Yup,
Big stinger and pull driveshaft.
Below is picture proof--stinger-good, pull axlel-bad
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My driver also pulled the axel.
He also had the onboard compressor on his truck hooked to my 'Bird for the whole 250 mile trip back home.
i feel lucky to have this guy and not a less competent driver.

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With a good towing insurance plan this is the only way to go. I have heard too many stories about busted splines and broke connections to risk it. Go Landall. Quartzsite Trip 2010
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Photos are great help just in case..... However those look like 35ft. coaches. I'm sure a 45' with tag may take larger trailer (lowboy type). Check pictures on www.newellclassic.com some scary stories there......
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FYI: You need to register to see those pictures.
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Sorry about that....Not trying to lure anyone over to www.newellclassic.com
We speak very highly of all bird owners and quality of coaches BlueBird built. Same great folks there at Newell........ We do share a lot of the same equipment.

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I've searched, but most likely not correctly. This is currently a big issue on www.newellclassic.com

How to properly tow a large motorcoach..........

Some pictures on that website...

Any info on this site that might contribute to proper way to do this?

Hope we never need to be towed but there are nightmares about incorrectly towing coaches by incompetent tow companies.
Check out;

Wanderlodge Owners Group > RV Lifestyle > How to properly tow your 'Bird > 'Birds and Wreckers "WHAT TO KNOW TO TOW"
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