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Old 11-16-2009, 04:37 PM   #1
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First Recovery: What do I Need?

Well it looks like we'll be bringing home our first "stray". 20' Argosy...don't know the year yet (neither does owner). I have been towing trailers for many years; but never a recovered trailer. What items should I have available? Temporary rear brake lights? Wheel bearings? Spare tire? What experiences have others had in their recoveries? Thanks!

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hi bob

congrats.

common issue and series of questions.

seems there is a 'sticky' some where entitled...

"how do i tow or haul home a really old trailer i just purchased, and haven't inspected yet?"

or there SHOULD be one...

here's a couple of threads on this topic, but there are 100s.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f368...ome-26080.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f238...ome-33441.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f42/...home-2435.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f48/...ome-14489.html

i'm sure some1 will come along with THE definitive thread on this, but those above help.

some folks USE their trailers on the first trip home.

and the list of things for a maiden travel/camping voyage are in another string of threads...

then there are the...

-"find a transport company" theme threads and

-"flat bedding it home" theme and

-"i only need to haul it 100 miles home, so can i do it without brakes, tires or lights?"

well you get the point.

safe travels by what ever route U take.

cheers
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Old 11-16-2009, 06:00 PM   #3
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How far do you need to haul it, Roadrunner? How long has it been since it was towed? What condition are the tires in? Any idea when the wheel bearings were last packed?

We towed our 1972 Sovereign home from Mobile, AL, this spring. She had not been towed in many years. There were car tires on her (very OLD car tires), and the exterior lights did not work, or were broken out. We took 2 rims and tires down with us (should have taken 4), since we were told 2 of the tires were marginal. Turns out they were ALL marginal, but we made it home without blowing any tires, by putting the new ones on the back, and the best 2 of the others on the front. We took lots of wire and temporary running lights down with us and rigged them along the side and rear of the trailer using gorilla tape to hold them on. Chris also rigged the brakes with new wire. We had a little brake power for the trip. Fortunately our Excursion had the rest of the braking power we needed for the trip. The PO had a mechanic friend help her repack the wheel bearings before we went down. All in all, it worked out very well for us, and we had a fairly uneventful trip back to MN. Take extra tools with you, and a few prayers!

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I would take two wheels/tires, temp lights, and tools and material to check and pack the bearings before I left............tools and tools....and the universal repair tool-Duct Tape!

Congrats! How far do ya have to tow her back?

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Well it looks like we'll be bringing home our first "stray". 20' Argosy...don't know the year yet (neither does owner). I have been towing trailers for many years; but never a recovered trailer. What items should I have available? Temporary rear brake lights? Wheel bearings? Spare tire? What experiences have others had in their recoveries? Thanks!

Bob
Bob,

Check out past podcasts of TheVap.com Rob Baker had made several rescue trips, every one an adventure.

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Old 11-17-2009, 04:59 AM   #6
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Thanks for all the advice. We have about 90 miles of mostly back roads to tow. The Argosy was last towed 2 years ago. Tires still appear to be holding air. Great reminder of the duct tape - the "universal tool". PO lost the keys so there is no way to lock the door. I don't want it swinging open during the haul so looks like duct tape is the answer there. Will keep you posted. Again, thanks!

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Congrats on your new-to-you Argosy. I recommend you take twice as many pictures of her in as found condition as you'll think you'll want and of every nook and cranny. Post a few here so we can all marvel in her beauty.

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Thanks for all the advice. We have about 90 miles of mostly back roads to tow. The Argosy was last towed 2 years ago. Tires still appear to be holding air. Great reminder of the duct tape - the "universal tool". PO lost the keys so there is no way to lock the door. I don't want it swinging open during the haul so looks like duct tape is the answer there. Will keep you posted. Again, thanks!

Bob
Bob, for an emergency more secure than duct tape door fastener. You can take a rubber door stop and jam in behind the door grab bar on the outside. There are several designs for wooden safety locks in these threads.
We did the rubber door stop...it takes a long one. Larry drilled a hole on the fat end for a loop of rope to go thru. Make a loop around the grab bar and jam the door stopper in between so it comes over the edge of the door. I know there are pictures of that somewhere on the threads. Here is one such thread that talks about the rubber door stop and has a photo of the wooden one:http://www.airforums.com/forums/f161...tml#post761289
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