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Old 04-29-2017, 05:48 PM   #1
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Old 04-29-2017, 06:46 PM   #2
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Old 04-29-2017, 09:57 PM   #3
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I have Good Sam Roadside Assistance for $80 a year. It covers your RV and cars too. So far I've used it to tow my cars but (fingers crossed) not the bus yet.
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Old 04-30-2017, 07:23 AM   #4
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Does good Sam cover buses as well?


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Old 04-30-2017, 08:12 AM   #5
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They do cover Buses / Skoolies.

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Old 04-30-2017, 09:11 AM   #6
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Sweet! We will have to Chang over from AAA


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Old 04-30-2017, 09:50 AM   #7
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Ask them directly if they will cover stoolies...Some don't cover any buses, some not skoolies.

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Old 04-30-2017, 12:05 PM   #8
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I have Good Sam, and when I renewed by phone yesterday I was specifically asked to reconfirm the details of my "Crown bus conversion". So yes, they do cover bus conversions - however, maybe it would be better to not mention the words "school bus" or "skoolie" at all, merely referring to it like I do as a "bus conversion" to avoid any possible misunderstandings. A few months ago I had Good Sam tow my bus when its brand-new hydraulic fan motor for the radiator split apart after only 6 miles, effectively stranding me dead because I then had no cooling. It took a few hours before a suitable tow truck arrived (a shiny new half-million-dollar Kenworth 4-axle wrecker with all the bells and whistles), and another hour or so to remove the right-side axle shaft and connect air to release the brakes, but overall Good Sam did what they said they would. No complaints.

Good Sam has also taken care of my car when its fuel pump died without warning, so they are good for not only buses and RVs. I also like that they provide coverage in Mexico, potentially useful when I pick up folk from Tijuana airport - I don't plan on driving in Mexico otherwise because the bus services there are so good (WAY better than anything in this country), making it much easier to just take a bus wherever I need to go.

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Old 04-30-2017, 12:40 PM   #9
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Why did you have to pull an axle shaft to tow it?
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Old 04-30-2017, 01:06 PM   #10
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Why did you have to pull an axle shaft to tow it?
This is done to prevent transmission damage. Typically the driveshaft is pulled, but if the driveshaft is difficult to get to, then an axle shaft is pulled (pretty common when towing buses and larger RV's).
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Old 04-30-2017, 01:08 PM   #11
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So the driveshaft doesn't turn. Standard procedure in trucks.
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Old 04-30-2017, 04:18 PM   #12
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This is done to prevent transmission damage. Typically the driveshaft is pulled, but if the driveshaft is difficult to get to, then an axle shaft is pulled (pretty common when towing buses and larger RV's).
It's a lot easier to burp off the eight nuts and pull the shaft, even if you have to whack the flange with a BFH until it loosens! Getting the eight split cones loose was still a PITA. After the bus was towed back I used one of the new axle gaskets I bought from Ryder, tightened the eight nuts back to 150 ft/lbs as per my Rockwell manual, and filled the diff with a quart of 85W/140 hypoid gear oil to refill the right hub bearings. Actually the hardest part was jacking up first the left side and then the right side to flow the oil all the way through the axle tubes - hand-jacking a bus up a foot or so is bloody hard work! All's good now - I took the bus out for its first real test-drive yesterday after getting everything buttoned back together, and after a few good pulls through Santiago Canyon's hills I think it's good to go. Yeah!

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Old 04-30-2017, 09:17 PM   #13
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Personally, I don't think I'd ever go that route. I'd much rather pull two u-joint caps and tie the shaft up, rather than screw with gear oil and silicone. Even if it means sliding around on my back under a bus for 10 minutes.

Or better yet, don't do either. Pick up the back end, tie the steering wheel off, and drag it down the road backwards.
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