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Offline rickgilstrap

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Towing Rocky questions
« on: September 26, 2016, 09:55:39 PM »
Will the 5 speed transmission and transfer case with 2H, 4H and 4L stay lubricated when being towed with four wheels down behind motorhome.

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Re: Towing Rocky questions
« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2016, 08:40:09 AM »
I have been towing mine for a couple of years now.  First thing I did after buying it was to have all the drive train lubricants changed.  Towing requires that you have the trans in neutral.  You can leave the transfer case in 2H and it will be find.  You will need an auxiliary braking system..  I have a Brake Buddy Vantage Select but there are several others that will work.

Mine was already owned by a MH driver and he had the tow bar installed on the front.  See an example at: https://www.amazon.com/Roadmaster-501-Tow-Bar/dp/B003VAY44Y/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1474990630&sr=8-2&keywords=stowmaster+towbar

There are lots of competing systems, so look around.  You might also check the RV forums such as: http://forums.goodsamclub.com/

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Re: Towing Rocky questions
« Reply #2 on: September 27, 2016, 11:06:50 AM »
Thanks Gonzo, I had all fluids changed and installed Roadmasters tow system. Reading the owners manual says to stop after 200 miles and drive it alittle. I was hoping to go further and not have to disconnect the Rocky. What's the furthest you've gone?

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Re: Towing Rocky questions
« Reply #3 on: September 27, 2016, 06:15:47 PM »
I've gone at least 500 miles, from Los Angeles to Bryce Canyon NP.  Stopped over in Lost Wages but didn't drive it there.  I do have the automatic lockers in the front but don't think that has any bearing (no pun intended) on the question.

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Re: Towing Rocky questions
« Reply #4 on: September 28, 2016, 11:11:25 AM »
That's the information I needed. Leaving on Monday for a long trip and I  can't thank you enough for your feed back. Safe travels.

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Re: Towing Rocky questions
« Reply #5 on: October 01, 2016, 06:56:49 PM »
Have a great, safe trip, and let us all know how it all went.  Gonz

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Re: Towing Rocky questions
« Reply #6 on: October 02, 2016, 07:55:44 AM »
Have a great, safe trip, and let us all know how it all went.  Gonz
Agreed! Do not forget it is back there...my first Rocky has mangled fenders and broken flares because the guy towing it kept forgetting it was back there!  :13:

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Re: Towing Rocky questions
« Reply #7 on: October 10, 2016, 12:14:07 PM »
I tow my '92 also as did the prior owner.  I do the same as Gonzo; transmission in neutral, transfer case in 2H, and key in the ignition but switched off so the steering column will not lock.  Tows quite well.  I bought it this Spring and thus far this year I have towed it over 6k miles; towed it home from Washington State, a circuitous trip from Oregon to Colorado and just returned from a trip with a big loop up through Idaho, Eastern Washington and back to the Oregon Coast.  Only thing I am going to change on mine came is the hokey homebrew towbar setup.  I am going to change it out to mounts like Gonzo has and one of the Brakemaster towbars.  I was developing an unacceptable amount of wear in the pin holes where the towbar attacked to the welded on ears on the Rocky.
Lester, my friends call me 'Les'
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"Everything is better wrapped in bacon" "Are these for everyone" My lovely wife and best friend, many years before we were married.

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Re: Towing Rocky questions
« Reply #8 on: October 11, 2016, 12:03:50 PM »
Construction pix of towbar mounting.  All was put together by the original owner, not me.  There have been no issues for some thousands of towing miles.

There is a large transverse angle iron 2 1/2 inch per side.  Most of the other parts are 1/4 inch plate but some are 3/8 inch plate.

Please ask if you need any more info.  Happy Trails.
« Last Edit: October 11, 2016, 12:06:10 PM by Gonzo_Descente »

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Re: Towing Rocky questions
« Reply #9 on: October 11, 2016, 06:29:25 PM »
Thanks Gonzo, those help a lot.  Have the old, welded on, aka strange as all get out one cut off.  Will see about getting my mitts on a used bar and a set of Road Master mounts which I suspect yours are.

Again, thank you ship mate.  As usual you come through in my hour of need.  You are the best!

Lester, my friends call me 'Les'
Location: Central Oregon Coast, USA
Vehicle: 1992 Rocky SE

"Everything is better wrapped in bacon" "Are these for everyone" My lovely wife and best friend, many years before we were married.