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Tow vehicle going down at the ramp
« on: September 05, 2019, 02:43:43 PM »
Hey guys. Quick question. I tow my boat with a 99 cherokee, with nearing 190k on it. It has its problems, but it does the job well for me. The other night I was getting off the water, and my buddy was pulling my boat out while I was still on it, after getting it hooked on the trailer, and one of my Brake lines went. Luckily my friend had a buddy that was still awake, and willing to come tow my boat to my house for 30 bucks because, when I called AAA, they would not tow my boat home, along with my jeep. Just the vehicle. What do you guys do if you run into this sort of thing? If I couldn't get a friend to tow my boat home, I would have had to leave my boat at the ramp, or tow it to a family members that was about 4 miles away in low gear. Is there any sort of insurance you guys carry that will help with towing a trailer and a tow vehicle home if you need it? Thanks
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Re: Tow vehicle going down at the ramp
« Reply #1 on: September 05, 2019, 07:02:44 PM »
I have boat US with towing and trailer coverage. Tow 20k plus miles a year.....haven't had to use it yet. 85 bucks a year I think. Worth it.

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Re: Tow vehicle going down at the ramp
« Reply #2 on: September 06, 2019, 10:14:52 AM »
Short of what @Eric-Maine mentioned, your only real option is to have someone you know help you out with it.

I'm glad that your brake line blew at the ramp, not while you were driving!
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Re: Tow vehicle going down at the ramp
« Reply #3 on: September 06, 2019, 03:41:57 PM »
Short of what @Eric-Maine mentioned, your only real option is to have someone you know help you out with it.

I'm gad that your brake line blew at the ramp, not while you were driving!

I was grateful that it didnt go when I was driving. Especially when I was towing the boat. I had a brake line go a few years back when I was on my way to school in Newport, right at THE TOP OF THE BRIDGE! That was a white knuckle fun time to get to school. I was also glad I was only at Locustville, and not somewhere far like Echo!
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Re: Tow vehicle going down at the ramp
« Reply #4 on: September 06, 2019, 04:01:51 PM »
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I was also glad I was only at Locustville, and not somewhere far like Echo!

That's a good thing for sure or it would have cost you an arm and a leg to get your Jeep towed home. :o

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Re: Tow vehicle going down at the ramp
« Reply #5 on: December 31, 2019, 05:04:43 PM »
i had my rear brake line under hood go pulling boat out of quabbin couple years ago. 1998 full size dodge 2500. luckily it was the rears. stopped at first place, bought brake fluid and drove all the way back to southern ct trying not to hit the brakes at all. had to stop a few times to top off brake fluid but it worked out fine.
would have been much worse of a time trying to stop if it was fronts. i did use some down shifting but its usually manageable when you lose a line. just have to be very careful. I suspect its probably a lot worse towing a heavy bass boat. probably also helpled having lots of trucking experience

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Re: Tow vehicle going down at the ramp
« Reply #6 on: December 31, 2019, 08:29:31 PM »
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its usually manageable when you lose a line. just have to be very careful.

Most people don't know this and are too afraid to try it. But you're right. It can be done in some situations.

Sometimes, in situations where there is no other choice, you can actually use pliers to pinch the brake line that has gone bad, then top off the master cylinder and ease your way home too. Again, you just have to be very careful and start braking, lightly, well in advance of where you'll need to stop.

Best bet, though, if at all possible, is to have your vehicle towed  :yes:

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Re: Tow vehicle going down at the ramp
« Reply #7 on: January 07, 2020, 11:40:37 AM »
It was my front brake that went, and my rear brakes are basically on the jeep just for the looks! Cherokees are notorious for the rear brakes not adjusting right. I twisted that line but the pedal just went to the floor and had zero brakes. I tried to drive  it and stop, because I have a cousin that lives a couple miles away where I could have dumped the boat and the jeep there, but I really didnt want to risk it, especially with a buddy with me. Soon a pickup truck is in my future as for a more reliable means of transportation.
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Re: Tow vehicle going down at the ramp
« Reply #8 on: January 07, 2020, 01:33:31 PM »
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Soon a pickup truck is in my future as for a more reliable means of transportation.

Sounds like a good idea! Sometimes we just have to know when it's time to lay a vehicle to rest and get something more dependable  ;)

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Re: Tow vehicle going down at the ramp
« Reply #9 on: March 10, 2020, 06:18:06 PM »

I lost my brakes on my old truck and I drove home holding the emergency brake release and using the e brake to stop me. a little hairy but it got me home!


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Re: Tow vehicle going down at the ramp
« Reply #10 on: March 10, 2020, 08:09:34 PM »
I lost my brakes on my old truck and I drove home holding the emergency brake release and using the e brake to stop me. a little hairy but it got me home!

Now that sounds like a hairy ride  (giggle)

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Re: Tow vehicle going down at the ramp
« Reply #11 on: March 13, 2020, 01:18:03 PM »
Cherokees are notoriously known for the rear brakes, and the emergency brake not working all that well. Mine do, after I fixed the adjuster, and the E brake cable in the rear drums but the E brake, is a bit less of what is supposed to be there. Sadly, by the end of summer I think ill have to give up on it and let someone else deal with it. I need a Pickup, and id really like something more reliable. Ive had it since 2015. Just a bit hard to get rid of a vehicle you have had for a long time and has treated you well.
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