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Being a HS Teacher, Summer is when you get all the projects done that you may not get done throughout the school year. I had searched and found a 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee Columbia Edition. It has the 4.0 Engine and the 242 Transfer Case. I was told this was a good combination to find to flat tow. Thank you again, Mallie L.

I had just left from getting my wiring squared away on the Jeep. I fervently checked as the Jeep trailed behind. Talk about being excited. Heck, in my mind, I was doing it, and hadn't been 1/4 mile! Seeing smoke in the mirrors and rear camera, I immediately pulled over and shut the engine off.

A hydraulic hose to the fan motor on the Bird had ruptured. Full disclosure here... less than 175 miles ago, I was told to add replacing my fan motor hoses on my to do list. Further lesson here... when Randy S. speaks, listen. I did have it lined up for replacement, but time was not on my side.

I have met the enemy... it is me! (The Wizard of ID)

I called Coach-Net at 3:17PM. Reading the Forum constantly, I knew to avoid conventional tow trucks, even the big ones due to possible generator and front end damage, etc... I was explicit in describing my Bird and my request of a Landoll to transport the 15 miles to the repair facility. The Coach-Net representative assured me (not lying, wife overheard the conversation) he was aware of the need for a Landoll considering my vehicle. While waiting on Coach-Net's dispatcher, I reached out Randy D. to verify I was doing things correctly. I did follow his suggestion of trying for Mobile Service to remedy the hose. Of the three I called, the one who responded left without billing me since he was unsuccessful in his attempt.

At 5:52PM the wrong tow arrived. The clock kept ticking. When I called to give Randy D. an update he told me "good job," by not accepting the first tow vehicle. Small consolation at the time, but I would gladly accept any pat on the back at this point. "After seventeen (17) calls between Coach-Net and me, the correct Landoll arrived at 10:45PM.

Hats off to the Landoll crew, to the point I told them their name needed to be changed to "Care and Diligence Towing." The Bird arrived literally unscathed at the repair facility, which of course the whole point of towing it correctly.

Pictures are as follows, but begs me to ask if I don't post pictures did it happen?

1. Big incorrect truck
2. Urban Camping
3. Landoll
4. Generator Cover Removed
5. Loading the Bird
6. Front boards used to prevent drag
7. Rear boards used to prevent drag
8. Loaded to Go


I attempted to post the pictures right-side up by rotating the pictures and reloading. It did not correct the issue.


Timothy
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Glad you got it towed correctly, and good for you for sticking to your guns! That's hard to do when you are sitting on the side of the road!

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Nice job Tim....So which hose is it?
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Tim,
Glad everything worked out. You handled it like a pro.
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Glad you got it towed correctly, and good for you for sticking to your guns! That's hard to do when you are sitting on the side of the road!

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Tim,
Glad everything worked out. You handled it like a pro.


Jeff / Kip / Al...

Thanks Guys. The wait was a bit brutal. I felt like I had taken a trip on the S.S. Minnow. I really did not feel I had a choice but to be insistent on the Landoll. I have a habit of trying to tell the truth so I find I have to monitor myself. The funny thing is, and this may sound silly, but I felt it was my responsibility to do it right so as not to let myself or others down.

Jeff, thank you for rotating the pictures. I attached them directly from my laptop. (????)

Kip, I do not know the hoses specifically well enough to tell you which one. My intent is to replace all of them with Teflon hoses. It is my understanding they have a higher heat tolerance.

Al, "Like a Pro" ... OK, we'll let that be the Official Version. I did have my moments. I always try to keep things in perspective. Remember, Mike Tyson didn't lose his heavyweight crown because he got knocked down, he lost it because he didn't get back up.

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Sorry you had to go through all of this Timothy. I'm going to knock on wood and say I haven't had the pleasure of being towed yet I imagine my time will come some day. I have had a flat and called a service truck for that. So I'm not exactly a virgin. I will be looking at my hydraulic hoses and assessing what needs to be done with them if anything.
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Good job Tim, hard to not panic, handled well,
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Being a HS Teacher, Summer is when you get all the projects done that you may not get done throughout the school year. I had searched and found a 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee Columbia Edition. It has the 4.0 Engine and the 242 Transfer Case. I was told this was a good combination to find to flat tow. Thank you again, Mallie L.

I had just left from getting my wiring squared away on the Jeep. I fervently checked as the Jeep trailed behind. Talk about being excited. Heck, in my mind, I was doing it, and hadn't been 1/4 mile! Seeing smoke in the mirrors and rear camera, I immediately pulled over and shut the engine off.

A hydraulic hose to the fan motor on the Bird had ruptured. Full disclosure here... less than 175 miles ago, I was told to add replacing my fan motor hoses on my to do list. Further lesson here... when Randy S. speaks, listen. I did have it lined up for replacement, but time was not on my side.

I have met the enemy... it is me! (The Wizard of ID)

I called Coach-Net at 3:17PM. Reading the Forum constantly, I knew to avoid conventional tow trucks, even the big ones due to possible generator and front end damage, etc... I was explicit in describing my Bird and my request of a Landoll to transport the 15 miles to the repair facility. The Coach-Net representative assured me (not lying, wife overheard the conversation) he was aware of the need for a Landoll considering my vehicle. While waiting on Coach-Net's dispatcher, I reached out Randy D. to verify I was doing things correctly. I did follow his suggestion of trying for Mobile Service to remedy the hose. Of the three I called, the one who responded left without billing me since he was unsuccessful in his attempt.

At 5:52PM the wrong tow arrived. The clock kept ticking. When I called to give Randy D. an update he told me "good job," by not accepting the first tow vehicle. Small consolation at the time, but I would gladly accept any pat on the back at this point. "After seventeen (17) calls between Coach-Net and me, the correct Landoll arrived at 10:45PM.

Hats off to the Landoll crew, to the point I told them their name needed to be changed to "Care and Diligence Towing." The Bird arrived literally unscathed at the repair facility, which of course the whole point of towing it correctly.

Pictures are as follows, but begs me to ask if I don't post pictures did it happen?

1. Big incorrect truck
2. Urban Camping
3. Landoll
4. Generator Cover Removed
5. Loading the Bird
6. Front boards used to prevent drag
7. Rear boards used to prevent drag
8. Loaded to Go


I attempted to post the pictures right-side up by rotating the pictures and reloading. It did not correct the issue.


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Don't waste your time on Teflon hoses. Just get two sets of the regular ones made, or at least add their dimensions to your documentation so you can just order it in 25 years when it happens again.
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I wondered where that visit we had was going to go. Great job on getting it done right. It was likely one of the small fan motor bypass hoses. They looked real bad when I checked them.
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