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« Reply #30 on: February 06, 2011, 06:00:47 AM »

Or you could just buy this--

http://asheville.craigslist.org/bfs/2197050825.html

I'd be glad to go look at it for you. Grin Grin
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« Reply #31 on: February 06, 2011, 07:49:11 AM »

I have first hand experience at bus towing all wheels down.  I also refer to this as "My stupid human trick."  My brother in law has a fishbowl that was having cooling issues that he thought he had fixed.  So he enlisted my help for a test drive.  We were only going about 100 miles or so round trip.  The bus ran fine on the way down but started to overheat shortly after we turned around.  My brother in law decides that he doesn't want to pay a tow bill so he calls a buddy that has "something to get us home."  The guy shows with a bobtail Freightliner and some chains.  The bus temp is ok at idle but overheats up under load so I have air.  The guy hooks up the chains and tells me to hang on.  Now this may have been ok on back roads since it was only about 40 miles home but we were on the side of the interstate.  When I started to reason (think argue) with everyone about the safety of this, my BIL tells me that the rubber bumper on the front is one of those 5 mph impact bumper.  We made it back safely but it was a white knuckle experience for me.  Would I do it again?  Not a chance, that's what towing insurance is for.
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« Reply #32 on: February 06, 2011, 10:56:31 AM »

The guy shows with a bobtail Freightliner and some chains.  When I started to reason (think argue) with everyone about the safety of this, my BIL tells me that the rubber bumper on the front is one of those 5 mph impact bumper. 

  I can not even begin to explain how dangerous chains are for towing. And when people start acting like idiots, get out and walk away from them. The life you save could be your own. If I were going to tow a Bus behind a big truck, I would use a BIG rope. The truck pulls the Bus, the Bus stops the truck. I would never do it. I only know one person that I would trust being in any towed vehicle on a rope, and he knows he belongs there and i belong in the tow vehicle. But a Bus on rope? No way. A tow bar, or a wrecker, but not a rope. Maybe for a block or two, but otherwise forget it. Its insane on far too many levels
 
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« Reply #33 on: February 06, 2011, 11:57:39 AM »

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« Reply #34 on: February 06, 2011, 04:46:52 PM »

Way back I read that CA would only allow you to tow with a chain if the chain was threaded through a big pipe and that had to be 8 or 10 foot or some such in length.  I remember making a technical comment something like "Holy Crap, are they serious?". 
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