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Old 08-23-2011, 02:49 PM   #15
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It saddens me to admit this, but my Silver Bullet has had the honor of being on a tow truck three time:
1-Some years back. Battery cable shorted to ground. Regular wrecker w/power forks just like they use on cars. Tower me to a garage in Texas.
2-July, 2011. Blown Transmission. BIG HUGE 10-wheeler 90,000# wrecker. Forks under the front frame. The lift was bigger than the space under the front of the motor home. I can show you where the hitch and skid bars on the back of Silver dug into the road on the way home.
3- Last Friday. Failed fuel pumps (yes both of them!). Little brother to the big huge one.
Both 2 and 3 backed Silver through the 10 foot door of my barn. As some as I get the new injector pump (had to order on internet) she'll be rolling again. All that weight on the tag did bother me. I put about $1000 into rebuilding the tag axle back in '07 and I don't want to do that again!
May not get a renewal from AAA after this years towing s

If anyone would like in entertain Mr. Murphy, I sure would like to see him leave my house before the roof caves in!
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Old 08-23-2011, 07:26 PM   #16
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Mr Murphy will entertain you as long as you allow him...just don't give him the privilege...scrap the bugger...drive along, and ignore him...m
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Old 08-23-2011, 08:51 PM   #17
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I think that should I ever have to be towed I will remove the tag wheels when waiting for the tow truck. Very concerned now!

We usually only drive locally, but sometime soon we want to cross from east coast to west. Looks like another shake down trip to work and back tomorrow.
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Old 08-24-2011, 09:40 PM   #18
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My little 280 doesn't have a tag and I personally have never seen the suspension set up on a 345 but it seems that somewhere on this site I saw an Airstream advertising video that showed the flexibility of the rear suspension by driving up over a curb. If that is the case, it shouldn't be a problem during a tow. Again I don't know the suspension I just remembered the video.
Also just my 2 cents but I have had AAA since I was a kid. When I got married my in-laws years were added to my card which shows me being a member since I was 4 years old. After 50 years the Plus service is free. I have had cars towed, my ex Greyhound bus towed and the Hagarstream towed. Everything depends on the drivers skills. If you don't like what he is doing, stop him and call the office again. Don't let him damage your coach. And don't be afraid to argue.
Years ago i broke down on a hill in the middle of a curve. I walked back to try to warn oncoming traffic. A cop finally showed up but he stopped at the car not where I was. As he set out flares I walked up to him and he said he called a tow. I ask if it was AAA as I was a member, he ignored the question. Not wanting to get in a hassle with a cop I accepted the tow which cost me $75. Monday I was in the AAA office to inquire my rights in the situation. After some time and several phone calls to the legal staff no one had an answer. Best not argue with the cop and pay the tab. The good news, AAA refunded my $75. I wasn't happy with the actions of the cop but AAA paid for the tow and that is why I carry the card.
Also my father-in-law had the Airstream towed shortly before we got it. The driver turned too sharp parking it and crunched the front bumper and banana wrap. The tow outfit made an offer to the father-in-law which was way too low. I talked to the AAA and after a bit of persuasion they talked to the tow co. and wound up doubling the offer. Again don't accept something you are not happy with, stand your ground.

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Old 08-24-2011, 10:09 PM   #19
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I will repeat myself...FLAT TOW...only...m
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Old 08-25-2011, 12:05 PM   #20
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When I had my tax axle rebuilt (which was before the 3 wrecker trips) I ask, "What would cause this to failure?" The shop guy, "Probable backing into a curb." When I got home, I removed the stop blocks I had on the floor of my barn that kept me from hitting the back wall when I back Silver Bullet in her cave.
I throw Mr. Murphy in the trash can, put the lid on it. If the ground wasn't so brick hard I'd burn him! As it is, trash pickup will have him
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Old 08-26-2011, 08:43 AM   #21
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If one had to tow a 345 with out a flatbed I would say slow, low and with the compressor on. I think it would be better to have the front wheels touch on a bump and only raise it up to turn it (maneuver it into the shop). As for the compressor, mine only runs when there is oil pressure so i would disconnect the power and connect the spade lead from the water pump pressure switch to keep as much weight off the tag as possible.
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Old 08-26-2011, 09:05 AM   #22
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The cheapest thing to do then, for the coast to coast

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I think that should I ever have to be towed I will remove the tag wheels when waiting for the tow truck. Very concerned now!

We usually only drive locally, but sometime soon we want to cross from east coast to west. Looks like another shake down trip to work and back tomorrow.

Is Leave the Proud classic in the storage Garage and rent an RV for a trip like that.
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