Going on a road trip across country in a motorhome can be a lot of fun. If you break down, it can be hard to know what to do. The following guide walks you through the steps to take if your motorhome breaks down while you are on vacation.
Determine the Approximate Weight of Your Vehicle
When you need to have a motorhome towed, you need to tell the towing company the approximate weight of the vehicle to ensure that they drive a tow truck that can support the heavy weight of the motorhome. In the owner's manual, you should be able to find the exact weight of the motorhome and then you can add the weight of all of the other items in the motorhome to determine the approximate weight of everything.
Determine Your Approximate Location
You need to be able to establish where you are located so the driver knows where to come to tow the vehicle. If you are in an area where you are not familiar, you need to look for buildings or road signs to provide the dispatcher at the towing company. The dispatcher and driver should know the area well and may be able to determine the location off of the information you provide to them. Contact a towing company like Crouse Body Shop Inc. for more information.
Secure Everything in the Motorhome
While waiting for the tow truck driver to arrive, secure everything in the motorhome to ensure nothing falls out when the vehicle is towed. The vehicle may be propped up in the front or the back and ensuring everything is properly secured keeps you from having to clean up a huge mess later on.
Establish a Ride for Your Family
While the tow truck is on the way, you also need to contact a taxi company if you have more than two people in your party. Many tow trucks only have room to carry up to three people safely. You will need to hire a taxi to come and pick up the other members of your family who cannot fit into the truck to ensure that no one is left waiting on the side of the road for a driver to come and get them.
The driver of the tow truck should know where a local repair shop is located so that you can get the motorhome repaired as soon as possible. Your family should be able to get items out of the motorhome when it arrives at the repair shop, but once it is pulled into the repair bay, you may no longer be able to get into it due to safety issues.