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Old 08-20-2011, 11:04 PM   #1
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If your Airstream needs to be towed?

I spotted a broken down M/H being towed on the Freeway last week and it made me worry about this scenario.
I grabbed my camera, and snapped these 2 pics...
Look at the angle of the M/H...
Look how the tag axle is compressed.
Look how close the tail is the the ground...




What concerned me was:
A/ The load being put on the Tag axle, and possible damage.
B/ The potental for the tail to hit the ground, especially on the 345 or longer.
C/ Potential damage to the front bumper/spoiler from the tow straps/chains.

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Old 08-21-2011, 06:42 AM   #2
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FLAT bed tow...period...Good Sam does this...NO exception...low tow off the highway... the replacement for the front cowling will cost BIG bucks if it gets fractured...ask Andy...m
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Old 08-21-2011, 07:08 AM   #3
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flat Bed tow ONLY

correct.

and double, triple maintenance so one does not need a tow.

good picture, good thread.
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On my first 400 mile journy after purchasing, had to be towed. Tow truck lifted up underneath the front suspension, removed drive shaft and towed about 30 miles to a shop. The operator was careful and we had no damage. Granted, the experience was more than troubling to watch, but all turned out OK! With an inexperienced operator, who knows what could happen.
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Old 08-21-2011, 10:49 AM   #5
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my only concern about Airstream moho being on a flatbed would be since moho is already 10ft 1/2 tall, being on a flatbed would make it that much taller. Wouldn't the rig be in danger of hitting some of the lower bridges on an interstate? I really like the post by raveson having the drive shaft removed and towed.
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Old 08-21-2011, 12:02 PM   #6
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I did search the forum before posting, and did find references to flatbed towing, but my mind was set to get more info.
Thanks John, and yes, its a good topic and one that we can all learn from.

My first concern was when I saw how compressed the tag axle was, and I bet overloaded...
I read somewhere that even the airbags being underinflated can damage/bend the tag assembly, and Andy has posted that whole axles are now made of Unobtainium...
I have not seen how the front end is attached to that tow truck, and the traffic did not allow me to look, but the idea of chains being attached to the front chassis, with the delicate ABS spoiler made me wince.

I had AAA Rv coverage last year, but are we saying that Good Sam only ever uses flatbeds?
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Old 08-21-2011, 01:12 PM   #7
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We have been towed twice.
1. Non-good Sam coverage sent the lowest bidder with a small truck. Driver bent the driving light mount, cracked the driving light lens, knocked the carrier bearing out when he reconnected the driveshaft leaving the vehicle inoperable.
2. Good Sam sent a big tow truck to get us out of traffic. Master cylinder had malfunctioned causing brakes to lock up, so driver did not want to pull us any distance and sent a flatbed.
Ours is a 310, so no tag axle. I would not have had a problem with being towed on the hook by the second driver as he was a pro and he had the right stuff. I think that the difference is Good Sam vs. generic coverage.
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What concerned me was:
A/ The load being put on the Tag axle, and possible damage.
B/ The potental for the tail to hit the ground, especially on the 345 or longer.
C/ Potential damage to the front bumper/spoiler from the tow straps/chains.

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Key- I'd say those are smart concerns.

My thoughts are to add the fact that these parts are NLA or near impossible to find let alone being 'on the road' having to look for replacements says flat bed is only way for our 345's.

If I remember correctly ScrapIrony-2 already has experience on this while in AZ one time.
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Old 08-21-2011, 10:44 PM   #9
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Actually, I was about 4 miles away from home when the rig decided to die in the water in a 2 lane highway...about 4:00 pm...yeah, it was about 20 degrees F...the AZ experience was a right front wheel bearing that took 10 days to replace in Kingman, and we had to find it and have it shipped from Minnesota...THANK YOU Barthmobile...!!!gotta love whatever forums are out there for us...m
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Old 08-22-2011, 02:37 PM   #10
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A good friend of mine owns a towing company and tows nothing on the hook over 31' or when it has too much of a overhang, not worth the damage.
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Old 08-23-2011, 11:20 AM   #11
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I did search the forum before posting, and did find references to flatbed towing, but my mind was set to get more info.
Thanks John, and yes, its a good topic and one that we can all learn from.

My first concern was when I saw how compressed the tag axle was, and I bet overloaded...
I read somewhere that even the airbags being underinflated can damage/bend the tag assembly, and Andy has posted that whole axles are now made of Unobtainium...
I have not seen how the front end is attached to that tow truck, and the traffic did not allow me to look, but the idea of chains being attached to the front chassis, with the delicate ABS spoiler made me wince.

I had AAA Rv coverage last year, but are we saying that Good Sam only
ever uses flatbeds?
Nope, you have to impress on them that flatbed is the only way to haul an Airstream moho...most GS folks will know this, but it doesn't hurt to make the impression...it's your rig...m
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Old 08-23-2011, 12:29 PM   #12
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Good to know...
My AAA Rv package was about $35 a year, what is the deal with Good Sam?
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Old 08-23-2011, 01:07 PM   #13
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I think the GS package is about $90, but it is well worth it...any time you have the unit hauled, you have paid for it, and at $1200 for a flat tow...well, figure the finances...AAA charges towing fees for a length after so many miles, and a flat tow will probably cost you more...I'm not trying to sell you on a particular service, but I did stay in my Airstream last night...and I slept well...m
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Old 08-23-2011, 01:21 PM   #14
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my only concern about Airstream moho being on a flatbed would be since moho is already 10ft 1/2 tall, being on a flatbed would make it that much taller. Wouldn't the rig be in danger of hitting some of the lower bridges on an interstate? I really like the post by raveson having the drive shaft removed and towed.
Most clearances are about 15 feet or more, and there are bypasses for the short ones...any intelligent tow operator will know...it's the dumb ones you have to watch out for...I think GS has a good reputation...I have trusted them, and will continue to do so...m
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