Best way to tow?

g0thiac

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This might come across as a strange question, but as a young guy who’s buying his first roller- it has to be towed home.

When I bought the Parisienne, it was parked in such a way where AAA could tow it, so we didn’t have to try starting it up.

However, the farm that has the G Body I want has a quite a narrow small dirt hill, that has very small turning radius like an S shape, before it turns into a normal straight road.

In other words, it’s impossible to manuever a full flatbed truck up there which is what AAA uses.

Now I am have to tow it myself, with a smaller vehicle. I am over 25, so I can rent if needed. But I am not sure the best approach.
 

SS_Malibu

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AAA does use sling trucks. Let the rep on the phone know when you call AAA that you need a sling and not a roll back tow truck.
 
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g0thiac

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AAA does use sling trucks. Let the rep on the phone know when you call AAA that you need a sling and not a roll back tow truck.
Well, its technically CAA here in Canada but I will ask if the guy can move it first with a tractor and chain.
 
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SS_Malibu

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Oh yeah, I forgot you are up there where a quarter is worth 32 cents. Unlike our quarter, It's only worth 16 cents.
 
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Built6spdMCSS

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Something I bought in 2006 that definitely has helped me many times and gotten friends I never knew I had...

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Unlike our quarter, It's only worth 16 cents.
It went up?

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Rt Jam

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There are no more sling trucks. Similar tow but they have either a flatbed or wheel lift.

If it's just a local tow, hire a local truck.
If you chose CAA, they are not obliged to tow cars in fields. They are roadside assistance for a car you were driving, that has broken down. If you had it done, it IS because the driver overlooked the rules.
I'm only telling you this so you are not surprised when the tow is refused.
They best way around the rules is to lie about the circumstances then when the driver does arrive. Hand him/her your membership card and a generous tip.

If the car is in an inaccessible area. Tow it out with a recovery strap then let the truck take if from there.
 
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CopperNick

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U-Haul offers a trailer variant that only picks up the front wheels. Normally it would get used for a front wheel drive but could be employed for your tow. The only issue I can think of is that you would have to pull the drive shaft and slip a sleeve plug onto the t-box output shaft to keep the oil from draining out. K-D Tool has the plugs as a part number. Don't think just slipping the shifter into neutral would be safe. G-body shaft uses two straps retained by metric bolts w/11 mm hex head bolts. Torque on them is under 25 ft-lbs so fairly easy to undo. Sandwich bag 'em and pop them in the trunk or on the cabin floor. Bring masking tape to wrap around the bearing cups so they will keep form popping off.

The front wheels get secured to the cradles on the trailer using a special ratchet strap that wraps around the tire/wheel and then the ends get hooked to loops or steel eye pads attached to the trailer frame. The motorhome community use them to haul commuter cars around so they can park the casino at the KOA and have a small vehicle to go sight seeing in.



Nick
 

Built6spdMCSS

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U-Haul offers a trailer variant that only picks up the front wheels. Normally it would get used for a front wheel drive but could be employed for your tow. The only issue I can think of is that you would have to pull the drive shaft and slip a sleeve plug onto the t-box output shaft to keep the oil from draining out. K-D Tool has the plugs as a part number. Don't think just slipping the shifter into neutral would be safe. G-body shaft uses two straps retained by metric bolts w/11 mm hex head bolts. Torque on them is under 25 ft-lbs so fairly easy to undo. Sandwich bag 'em and pop them in the trunk or on the cabin floor. Bring masking tape to wrap around the bearing cups so they will keep form popping off.

The front wheels get secured to the cradles on the trailer using a special ratchet strap that wraps around the tire/wheel and then the ends get hooked to loops or steel eye pads attached to the trailer frame. The motorhome community use them to haul commuter cars around so they can park the casino at the KOA and have a small vehicle to go sight seeing in.



Nick
That is called a car dolly.

You never want to tow any RWD vehicle with the Drive Shaft connected, it will smoke the rear bushing and other components that aren't being properly lubricated while spinning. We just unbolt it and strap it up to the exhaust.
 
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Rt Jam

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Another method for tow dolly is to remove the back of the driveshaft from the yoke. Then secure driveshaft off to the side then tie it off. This will keep the transmission output shaft sealed shut. If your tie off abilities are less than ideal. Remove it and plug the hole.
Tow dollies work better when the weight is on the dollies and not at the back.
 
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