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Old 08-06-2017, 11:57 AM   #1
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Bus broke down

Whats the typical cost for having a bus towed? I need it towed to a shop not to far from where it broke down. Maybe a mile or 2 away

Please see thread below for details which is the last reply posted by me in that thread

http://www.skoolie.net/forums/f18/pus-purchase-18140.html

Any help would be appreciated
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Old 08-06-2017, 12:02 PM   #2
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I have AAA plus RV and since my bus is registered as a recreational vehicle the $85/year covers 4 tows up to 100 miles each

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Old 08-06-2017, 04:24 PM   #3
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What's wrong with it?
We might be able to talk you through it?
Tow bill depends on/by the area you are in?
It might be cheaper in the long run to find a mobile mechanic to assess and fix in place.
At least save the tow bill?
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Old 08-06-2017, 06:39 PM   #4
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What's wrong with it?
We might be able to talk you through it?
Tow bill depends on/by the area you are in?
It might be cheaper in the long run to find a mobile mechanic to assess and fix in place.
At least save the tow bill?
Thanks for replying. I already had it towed. Cost $300 bucks! And it wasn't but a few miles away

The guy who towed it was nice enough to give me a jump and said he think its the battery because ithe terminals was coroded. He took brushed them off with a wire brother put them back on and jumped the bus... but.. it turned out to be the alternator.

So i guess i was driving on the battery the whole time.

How much would something like this cost to get fixed. I change an alternator on my 89 Buick regal a while back Is it as easy as or similar to replacing one on a car?
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Old 08-06-2017, 06:41 PM   #5
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Just depends on its location on the engine and your skill set. Shouldn't be too hard

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Old 08-06-2017, 08:43 PM   #6
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should be as easy as on buick . however dont know make of bus. if chevy gas engine is very easy not to mention very cheap alternators
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Old 08-06-2017, 11:26 PM   #7
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An alternator is easy. Not especially cheap....but you could take it to an alternator place and get it rebuilt. Don't forget to take a pic of the belt so you know how it goes. Next time turn your headlines on after you fire up. If your voltage drops...especially when u turn signal(big back and forth on the guage) your alternator is pooched.
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Old 08-07-2017, 12:12 AM   #8
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If you provide some info on your bus and engine, or even just a picture of the engine bay if you are unsure. Any number of us gear heads could walk you through what you need to do.

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Old 08-07-2017, 01:04 AM   #9
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Thanks guys! Actually i came across a guy at a truck stop that s going to help me get the part and replace it. Pretty sure i could do it myself but i dont have time or transportation to get around in the Louisiana area I'm in. Already called in work for 2 days. Wish it was in Houston where im headed. Would definitely try to fix it my self. Spoted the alternator, real easy to get to. Will post back soon...
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Thanks guys! Actually i came across a guy at a truck stop that s going to help me get the part and replace it. Pretty sure i could do it myself but i dont have time or transportation to get around in the Louisiana area I'm in. Already called in work for 2 days. Wish it was in Houston where im headed. Would definitely try to fix it my self. Spoted the alternator, real easy to get to. Will post back soon...
Cool, keep us updated!

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