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Episode 5 – The Slow Down Continues – We Met the Transport Bandits and What we are doing

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Episode 5
In this episode we talk about how the slow down continues and we met the famous Transport Bandits over at Dan’s Hitch recently and we recap with what we are doing now

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Episode 4 – The Hershey Show – The Blue Ox Sway Pro – RV Industry news – What we are doing

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Episode 4
In this episode we talk about our experience with the Hershey Show in Hershey, PA, The Blue Ox Sway Pro Weight Distribution Hitch, RV Industry News and Rumors and what we are doing during the slow down.

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Episode 3 – Our RAM Dually broke down and we got it fixed

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Episode 3
We recently posted our RAM Dually broke down, we got asked a lot about what happened and did it get fixed, this podcast we discuss what happened, what we did and the end result of getting it fixed.

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Episode 2 – The Slow Down

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Episode 2
We discuss the slow down of the RV Transport industry, plant shut downs, Lack of inventory , recession, fuel cost and much much more.

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Episode 1 – Our introduction to our podcast for RV transport 9-6-2022

Episode 1 - our introduction to our podcast for rv transport 9-6-2022

Welcome to the TowawayCouple’s RV Transport Podcast.  This is our introduction Episode 1 Podcast.  Please check out our Website and Youtube videos at http://www.towawaycouple.com

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The Parts Shortage in the RV Transport


We’re TowawayCouple, I’m Tom, the driver and I’m bunny. I’m also the driver. She is now going to be an official driver again, you know what? Call me Fair weather. Call me whatever you want, but I don’t want to drive in the snow. Uh, I don’t even drive my own car in the snow.

I’m not gonna take my chances with somebody else’s and I don’t want some idiot ruining me. Nope. So with that said today, we’re going to talk about the shortage, the shortage of parts in a RV transport industry. Because you know, people do, they send us all messages all the time. Can there be money that can be made in here?

Of course, but just like any other job, there’s going to be times when you have downtime. So one of the things we are being told was there’s a metal sword EJ. I mean, we’re hearing all kinds of different things. So what we’re telling you is what we’ve been told may or may not be factual. We’re not claiming any of this.

We’re just, you know, cause some people make reasons for things and then aren’t true. Right? So we were told that there was a metal shortage from China. We were told that before Christmas. Yep. Either that’s still going on, or it ended and then it started again. I don’t know. I, I think that’s been going on metal wood.

What a price of Wood’s gone up air conditioners. Yeah. It was kind of, kind of weird, well, air conditioners, and I think it was condensers that they were talking about. Yeah. But we’ve heard air conditioners for the rooftop air conditioner. We’ve heard refrigerators. And recently we even heard toilets, a shortage of toilets.

Hey, you know what depends on where they’re coming from. Right. I mean, with the trucking industry and everything, it’s been pretty hectic. It’s been pretty slow. A lot of people are out. Right. A lot of people that were out of work are out of work. Right. And, and you know what, it’s nothing to laugh about.

We’re right there with you. Oh, yeah. Yeah. We’re furloughed from our other company, although we’re kind of not furloughed, but were furloughed. It’s a little too hard and it’s hard to explain, but anyway, um, we get a lot of people that want to do RV transport. A lot of people will go into the Facebook forums or groups and everything, and a lot of people that are feeling the hurt.

And we see them taking it out on people, honestly, asking genuine questions about trying to get into it right now, you know, kind of going back. I did read an article the other day, on Yahoo finance they kind of went into that it’s foam. Do you remember when the Texas froze? We were there. We literally, we were driving through Texas.

So if you go back to one of our videos, We talk about ways. And we talk about, um, our breakdown. We had just gone, that was during the freeze. Well, I mean, we are showing negative seven or negative nine inside our RV in Shreveport. So I took pictures. So, but basically that knocked out all of the petroleum companies, which in essence, knocked out all of the foam companies.

They couldn’t keep the plants heated up because of the electric and the petroleum and everything else. So, uh, I guess how they fill whatever they fill. Froze the pipes all froze. Correct. And well, a correct, according to the article. Okay. According to the article and this includes plastic as well. So those big end caps on the motor homes, those big old bus type motor homes are the front caps on the big fifth wheels.

Those are all plastic. They’re not fiberglass. I guess I thought they were fiberglass, but they’re plastic. Who would have known who to thank. I know the sides are fiberglass. What kind of makes make sense when you’re driving some of these sometimes and you look back and instead of it being rounded, it’s flat.

And then when you stop, it goes back out to round. Yeah. Are they’re just cheaply built. But anyway, uh, a lot of people keep going on the forums and the groups, Facebook on their RV transport, and they get really knocked down. I think personally, a lot of people are afraid that. You guys are going to come in and take all their loads from them.

And so they’re going to try to trash talk or scare you out of doing it any way they can. The fact is, is. These companies hire 12 to 20 new drivers every single day. Even during a park shortage, knowing that you’re going to get your first load for free, you’re going to get dispatched right? The same day.

You have orientation, you will have a load. It’s probably only going to make 200 bucks. Cause it’s only going 150 miles. That’s your trial. They want to make sure you get there because all those 20. 2300 mile Warrens have already been taken up by the experienced drivers. Right. But those are gone pretty quickly too.

So what happens is, is they reserve all these dispatches for the new hire. So if they hire, let’s just say when we were there, how many people now, mind you, this is during a part shortage. And a lot of people were there. First time, brand new. And this was our second orientation. Because we just moved over to the new company you had between 15 or more or more yeah.

15 or more drivers. So with the parks or adage, you know, I always told everyone, people say, why do they hire so many drivers because it’s a high turnover in there. In this Particular instance, we go through orientation, we get a run that’s only 210 miles, and then you come back and you can’t get another load.

And you can’t get a vote until you completed the dispatch and they paid you out, unless you call it this bachelor and you got to hope, they answer. So. So how many of those people get disappointed and just turn around and go back home? Well, how many people go broke? Because there is an initial investment to get into this. If you’re thinking about going out and buying a truck, now’s not the time I wouldn’t, I wouldn’t recommend it. If you have a 3/4 ton or one ton truck,. Okay. You’re already ahead of the game. Right now we’re actually talking about getting a dually and put that on hold until everything gets back in place.

We didn’t want the extra payment, but we do want to get a dually specifically for RV transport. But not use as our every day vehicle. We love our current truck as our everyday vehicle. But we don’t want to Ruin it, putting all the miles on there from RV transport. So like, you know, to into, like I touched on already, the part shortage would be like, if you’re in your regular job, something happens and work is slow.

It’s the same thing. And one of the things that I try to relate to people that don’t know the industry, it’s like. Currently right now, trying to get a load is like throwing 10 French fries to 2000 pigeons. Correct. They’re going to go like that. They go fast. You gotta be quick fingered. The best way to get a load is be willing to go.

Anywhere and literally think fast act fast and you’ll get a vote. Meaning if you’re going to think about it, or you want to go to a specific location? The chances are you’re going to be one of those people on Facebook, 2 or 10 minutes later, or two minutes after everyone’s sucked up all the loads, because you took too long complaining that the load boards, saying you didn’t get a load.

No, the load board was there. You just weren’t fast enough to get a vote. And unfortunately that sucks, fortunately, and unfortunately, yeah, you’re right, because you don’t have time to look at where you want to go. It’s pick a load and go. Um, we ended up going to Delaware. We have never been in Delaware.

I told I, but I did look at, I look at weather ahead of, ahead of the game too. And I told them we do not go to South Dakota, do not go to Wyoming. They’re getting snow. We didn’t even look at those. So he’s like, how about Delaware? And I’m like, great. And then later on, there was a Mississippi load and she goes, grab that.

And I’m like, can’t we just dispatch? Cause we’re going to go home to Alabama. And that would have brought us all the way home within two hours of our house instead of. But, you know, into everybody wants to go south. Everybody wants to come back towards Alabama, Georgia, Florida, and Texas. Those are the perfect runs.

I mean, they’re great runs. And half the people that drive, I think, live out here. I mean, I turn around and come back to Alabama every time we could, but you know what, the way that we look at it is it takes us a lot farther away. You, you know, but just, we’re just taking it as an experience and we’re learning and we’re, we’re actually seeing the U S too.

Yeah. Now once the park sorted ends and it will end people. Don’t mistake a, it goes up and down. This is just another glitch in the pandemic up, but you know, it could have been partly caused by the container ship in the Suez Canal, blocking the thousands of other container ships for the toilets and refrigerators or anything else.

Any supplies could have been out in the ocean. The Texas thing did happen, but the article was very, very positive that by mid may they should be back up to full steam. That doesn’t mean the stuff will be delivered to Indiana. No, it just means. The supply chain will be back to full levels. Right!. And like, you know, and just like everybody else, you know, we’re, we’re biting at the bit to, to get out there and hauling, and, and now it’s like, all right, well, I wanted this and now I got to tuck money back in.

You know what? It, it’s just learning how to go with the flow. So right now, should you get into the question? The big question we always get is. With all I hear about all these load boards. Should I get into RV transport, you should be able to get an RV transport. I probably wouldn’t write today. And today we’re talking April of 2021.

Well, 20th, 20, 21, but maybe in mid may, first part of June, look back at it. If there and what I, what we did was we contacted. Couple drivers from different companies and asked them, Hey, what’s your load board look like? And, uh, people that were very helpful told us at each company, how many trailers per day were on their load board.

And that’s why we chose who we chose in the beginning. Now you can do that right now. If you contacted us or anyone else, we bought the load board and say, As of right this second there’s one trailer and it’s going to Canada. So unless you have a passport, and that trailer probably overweight is what you’re allowed to pull, because unless you have a CDL you’re limited to 26,000 combined pounds between your truck and the trailer.

So a lot of times you’ll see a load on the load board. Only a CDL driver can drive, uh, kudos to them for having a CDL, but, uh, Yeah. Whenever the load board gets full or filled up. Definitely, You just got to jump on. It started last year in July and came out of orientation with 782 trailers on the board right today.

I mean, we, we were at home, we’ve been at home for the past couple of days. We watching the load board and yeah, there might be 30 or 40 at a time. Go up. And they’re gone. So you gotta really, you gotta be quick. You gotta know. Like I said, just pick wherever you want to go. And you’re going to make some money are kind of our topic on the shortage.

The shortage could be any number of things. Uh, we do know sometimes they close the plants, all the plants for like two weeks. Why they redo a new model a year. Yeah. And we hear there’s a slowdown during that period. And I know it’s typically sometime in the summer and right around Christmas time this year, it didn’t happen because of course, right.

Not only did it not happen because of that is because there’s so much demand for RVs. They did not come out with a new model year. So that’s interesting. So yeah, I definitely, uh, will post the link to the article bunny found in the description of this YouTube video, as well as on www.towwaycouple.com under our resource link.

So for review that I’m are just looking at this and wanting to get into it, kind of hold off a little bit. Okay. Hold off for a little bit. Don’t I, I’m not, we’re not saying don’t get into it for the rest of us. Let’s just all hang in there and go with the ebbs and flows and get through this part forward is again, right.

So, all right, until next time, see you down the road, see you down the road

 

Why we got into Tow Away RV Transport Hauling

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Hey everyone. We are Tom and bunny AKA,  tow away couple. And I’m the driver and I’m the sandwich maker, sandwich maker doing this video in our video room. We actually have a full on youth, YouTube studio in our house. So we, we do another, we do other channels elsewhere, but we are going to be embarking on our new journey as tow away drivers for.

Horizon transport. Yes, we actually leave in, um, 11 hours and 20 minutes. Yes. They had to NBN. So we said, we’d do start to finish. And we did a couple of videos already. We did an introductory video and then us installing the fifth wheel hits only because we had to get that installed. Yes. And we done, um, what you’re putting in the toolbox and that hasn’t released yet, so, Oh, that’s right.

And we did what. What’s in Bunny’s bag of tricks, but those will be released after this one. So, uh, and we’re going to separate them out by a few days. So that way we can make you wait for a little bit. It’s a teaser, it’s a teaser. So what got us into, well, first off we did create a website tow way, couple.com.

Well, you did well. I did. And it’s basically tollway couple.com. We’re going to put. Blogs. We’re going to put videos and we’ll put pictures on that website because apparently we’re going to have a lot of downtime. Okay. Uh, you can only drive for 11 hours a day, then you’re screwed for eight. So they want you to sleep and everything.

So what else are we going to do? We’re going to work on websites, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube videos. So. And, uh, along with that, definitely go like us and follow us on tow away, couple on Twitter and Instagram. Right. And definitely subscribe to our channel on YouTube. Please, please follow us. Is that begging?

That is begging look the little bell. So, uh, what got us into doing the tow weight and we haven’t started officially yet. We have our orientation. I’m playing with my drawer. We have our orientation on Wednesday, so, and we’re going to go out there a couple of days early right now. It’s Saturday, and we’re going to leave Sunday.

We’re going to be out there Sunday night, and we’re going to take our truck over to Dan’s hitch and repair shop. Uh, I guess everybody knows about. Dan shop. So we got, we got in there, we have a scheduled maintenance, but we will discuss what we have to do there on a different video, but that’s why we’re going to go.

Yeah. So that way he can have it for an extra day and not. They’re not rushed and we’re not rushed and we’re there and we’re ready to roll. Yeah, exactly. Plus for having a lot of stuff done. Yes, we are. So, all right. So as you go bigger, go home, go big or go home, baby. Now we, yeah, go look at the hitch video.

Now we work for a travel company and me and bunny travel all over the nation and the world. And we. I do social media and I do marketing. We do videos. We also bunny does the sales and she’s a travel consultant. So, and we’re, we could be typically found all over the United States and are in Jamaica.

Mostly we spent about six weeks a year in Jamaica. We’re Jamerican American. So anyway, we been laid off since March 8th and we came back from an event in Jamaica and the whole Corona COVID hit everybody in the face. Like, uh, like you just got punched. Yeah. And let me tell you, we were, like we said, we were gone.

Oh, um, 15 days that time. So when we came back, you know, after being in Jamaica and not watching the news or anything, no, they don’t, they got one channel and then half the time it’s nothing of importance. Right. So we had no clue what was. What we were coming back to. I think they limit their population on what they know on the outs.

Well, they want people to have fun on vacation. That would be about the news. Didn’t even think about that. I’m a news junkie. So we, we come back. We are literally. Uh, we’re employed, but they’re, they’re furloughing us. So what, now we’re going to get unemployment. We never been on an appointment, so it’s, that was a stressful, I’ve been of all of our life.

The first time we go on an appointment, stressing out that government, unemployment, everything under the sun. So our unemployment actually was going to, it’s going to run out the end of January, right? Yeah. Cause the pandemic and the pandemic. Insurance runs out July 31st. Right. And so therefore we started panicking here.

We are June 27th and that’s only a month and we have bills to pay. We have car payments, just like anybody else in the world. And if we are not on unemployment, it’s kind of hard to find a job when you have no money. Exactly. Especially cause we live in an itty-bitty tiny little town in Alabama and. We’re too old to go to work in the plants and at the mills.

So, I mean, if we needed to start a new job, a regular job, we would have to load up our RV and move to a bigger yup. And find a campground. But again, with no money coming in, now we did our savings, but kind of blew a lot of that on this venture here. And we always taught our kids, um, be self-sufficient get a job, move out of the house.

Right. We don’t want to. Moved back to their house without a job. So, so I started, uh, thinking about what can I do? Uh, we’ve been working in the traveling history. I was a network administrator for blue cross blue shield and also a network administrator for IBM, but that was 20 years ago. So I know I’m totally out of date for those jobs.

And I’m. Little old for those jobs. Yeah. So I was getting a little panicked on my employability. It’s down to word. It is a word. Okay. So I get a little panicked and I, um, anxiety. So I was thinking, what can I do? What can I do? Well, we have a awesome truck and we literally drove. We, we put 75,000 miles on it, the last two years, just going from state to state city to city.

Event to event promoting our travel to people. Yes. With our own RV, with our own RV. And I thought, well, hell my truck is equipped to pull anything. King pin, fifth wheel bumper pole, you name it. I can attach it to my truck. And I’m like, we have a monthly payment. And if our unemployment runs out, I would rather the truck make its own payments.

We might as, um, with the, with the payment that we have on that truck, we might as well have a, a house, right? Yeah. Or definitely some type of a high-end Mercedes. Right, right. But yeah, it’s an $80,000 truck, that truck payments over 900 a month. And we were just panicked because we’re already half more than half paid off.

We all, we only owe like 36,000 or 35,000 now. And I’m thinking I don’t want it to be repossessed fast, no, over something so stupid and not figuring out how to make the payment not and then have bad credit on it and all the other. Crap that made me sleepless nights. So now we’re going to make the truck, make its own paint.

So I thought, well, let’s make the truck make its own payment. I know I’m kind of rambling because we didn’t really think this through because you always ramble. They’ll find out soon that we ramble. So I started researching, what can I do? What can I do? Yeah. And I even looked at pulling FEMA trailers because they were going to be sending all these hundreds of trailers to California, um, New York and all these places.

I went out and bought a forge bumper pull hitch because you gotta be able to pull 20, some thousand pounds on your hitch. And I have a class five and I’m like, okay. I went and ordered that I submitted out and they didn’t pull any trailers from our area. So I never got a call, but I invested that money.

Into that hitch. So that kind of sucked. So I thought, well, what else can I do? Can I go? Like, I saw that Mo that show, um, where they transport all the, the stuff for people, they’re shipping Wars. I saw that and I’m like, I don’t want to get stressful on that, but that’s something I can, and on the road though, but on the road we seen, you know, everybody hauling RVs and we started seeing a lot of RVs on the road and I’m like, Wonder how to get a job doing that.

And I honestly didn’t know. So I start, I was getting, I was waiting for the RV manufacturers to reopen and we are going to call them directly and say, what does it take to haul your RVs? And the more I researched, the more I started finding out they actually contract through transportation companies, such as the company.

We took a job with horizon transport. But we also submitted applications to Indiana transport because we were talking to, uh, an acquaintance through a mutual friend who drives for Indiana transport. And I came across a video on YouTube for synergy transport. So I put a application in there. So all the application, I only put in three and then I find out there’s a bunch.

Of transportation companies, but I only did the three applications at the time and all three companies contacted me, but horizon contact me within minutes. I don’t can’t believe how fast it was. They contact me within minutes and I was still doing my research and everything. And then I got a contact from synergy, which was the third application.

And then I got contacted from Indiana transport. Correct. Now the ball’s in my court. So I asked, yeah, so I started researching each company now because I didn’t want to go with the wrong company and I might, I might be going with the wrong company. I hope not. Right. Well, we won’t know until we get on the road, but I did talk to people and I asked him that drive her horizon.

I said, what do you think of the company? After two years of working for them, do you still enjoy it? Are the people good? Uh, any issues I should be aware of and it’s all been positive feedback. Well, up until this point, um, with our recruiter and we had to get a couple other people involved. Because of another issue, they’ve all been Johnny on the spot and very, very helpful.

Yeah. If I email them are, if I call them, I, if I can’t get a hold of my, leave a message, I literally get a call back right away. And if I email them, I get an email back right away, as long as they’re working, as long as they’re working and we emailed and the girl was. Aw, because I needed something from the doctor and she emailed the very next day and she apologized profusely explaining she was off for the day.

So I asked a synergy at the time when I was talking to them, I said, Hey, uh, how many trailers do you have right now for people to tow? And they’re like, we have 211 right now on the dispatch board. And I’m like, Oh, okay. I thought that was quite a bit. So I told them I was still doing research. I was going to go visit my kids.

And then I come back and I was talking to Indiana transport. And I’m like, how many do you have on your dispatch board? And he’s 330. And he says, yeah, that’s what the average, every day, about 330. And I’m like, that’s even better. And the guy I was talking to was from India. Oh, well work for Indiana transport.

So I thought that’s awesome. And then I talked to horizon. I said, how many do you have? And she unfortunately. Didn’t have the ability to tell me right there, because she’s not a holler, she’s just a recruiter. So she goes, I don’t have access to that right now. I can find it for you, but I don’t have access.

And I said, okay, no problem. I was just curious. So I reached out to somebody who drove for horizon and I said, Hey, Can you look on your dispatch app and see how many trailers right now? There are IEDs. I’d appreciate just, I don’t care what they are. Just want to know a number. And he came back with over 550 trailers that are waiting for drivers.

And I thought, okay, that’s another upgrade Mark. Yep. Okay. So now they’re contacting me. They’re emailing me. They’re answering all my questions. Cause I’ve never done this. No, no. We’ve always done something completely different. Yeah. So all new to us, I’m out watching YouTube videos. Like you’re watching us and you know, everyone tells their story, but.

I’m a very analytical person. I want as much information as humanly possible. And everybody seemed to have started their channel, uh, you know, long after they’ve been on the road. So they didn’t have the back information as far as how’d it get started, or if they did go and get back information, they, they didn’t forget.

They just didn’t include a lot of stuff because you forget things. So we, uh, We’ve been watching all like hot shot videos, where they have the gooseneck trailers. We’ve been watching the, uh, tow wave videos and everything in there. They’re very, very informative because they’re teaching us stuff that we didn’t think about.

I mean, we’ve been pulling our own trailer, not a customer’s trailer commercially, and I didn’t re you know, when you’re driving down the road, we didn’t know that. If a rock kicks up, you’re responsible for that rock, even though you didn’t personally throw it at the trailer, you’re responsible for every little blemish on that trailer, unless you.

Do a, pre-trip like you do a full pre-trip inspection, you know, kind of relate that to, if you rent a car from Hertz or from somewhere, you do a walk around first to verify there’s no dents and scratches and point that out or on your home, home inspection, it’s the same thing you need to inspect those trailers before you pull them out.

Otherwise you’re responsible. Exactly. So now I, now I informed both Indiana transport and synergy because they both called me to. Follow up. And I told him, I said, well, uh, one of my, I told him, unfortunately, horizon was Johnny on the spot. They were contacting me left and right. Um, didn’t leave any holes in the, in the gap.

I said, so I went with the, and I researched them. They are the, they are the largest transport company out there. So I that’s what I wanted. I’m go big, go home. I mean, I understand smaller transport companies are probably little more personal. Uh, so I don’t know. So the quick answer was they still need drivers.

They said, you know what, go do your hauling. Go, go, go, go to work at horizon. Enjoy your time. If for some reason it doesn’t work in a workout. Call us. Yeah. That made me feel good. That made me feel good. That made me feel good. So. In a nutshell, we are doing this because our unemployment’s running out. We’re excited, but we’re very nervous.

And I don’t like the thought of sleeping in my truck two or three days. I don’t like the thought of not knowing when we’re going to take showers and where we’re going to eat, how we’re going to eat because every dime you spin. Is profit that you’re spending, you’re spending your profits, the name sandwich maker, because that’s going to be my job every morning, any before, because we, Tom doesn’t want me to have sandwiches stuff, spread all over Walmart.

Cause I think it’s a hazard before we take off every morning, it’s going to be my job to make our, make sure that we have our sandwiches and our lunch and ready to roll. So we’ll get to eat. At least one meal out, whether it’s going to be breakfast or dinner, we haven’t decided yet. Now I, I, I mean, we enjoy doing our videos here in the comfort of our own home.

One of the things that we’re going to do is we’re going to try, we, we have lapel microphones. We’re not going to use the camera microphone, but we’re going to try the microphone in the, on the windshield of the truck. And with our lapel microphones, and we’re going to see how that works. Some of the videos I see where they’re driving, I hear so much background, wind noise.

It does drive me a little bit nuts and I’m deaf. And I can imagine if I had great hearing. So we may opt to do most of our videos when we’re pulled over. Right. So we’ll be either be doing them for rest areas, hotel rooms, hotel rooms, trucks, ups could be anywhere. Yeah, absolutely. One thing though that we have going for us is the fact that we have hauled around the whole us anyways, in our own RVs.

So we do know a little bit of what to look for and where we can go. And we definitely know that it’s virtually impossible. You get a parking spot in a rest area after 10 o’clock or after seven at night. Now, when it starts getting dark, you start losing rest areas, spots, and we’re going to talk about all that we are going to videotape.

Everything from our pre-trip inspections to when we have to pull over and we reinspect. Cause you should always check your hitches, make sure no one pulled your fifth wheel while you’re sleeping. And you didn’t realize it because that has happened to people checking your tire pressures, uh, making sure you have your tires, making sure you have your tires and torquing.

Everything under the sun, we are going to be doing different videos on, and we definitely invite you to subscribe to our channel, follow us on Twitter, Instagram, because we’re going to be posting pictures and different little, little tiny videos along the way. And also too on product product that we’re trying because I’m a girly girl.

So I am not going to be able to just throw my hair up in a hat. No, um, you know, go without makeup. So different things. I’ve already got some things waiting for me at the hotel. So definitely in Indiana, cause I couldn’t get them in my small town in time, so definitely, uh, keep an eye on our channel and definitely subscribe and follow us.

Yeah. And everything that we talk about, we will put a description down in our. Description of the video. And if we can, we’ll put Amazon links. Cause that’s the cheapest way of getting it. And we invite you to check it out, check it out. I just got these toolboxes. And I didn’t do a video on it, but I’ll do a video on the install.

Yeah, those are pretty cool. I didn’t even know they existed in here rusting on it. Cause it didn’t come with any install papers. They had a one little image on their promotion on Amazon and it said, step one, two and three. And that was it. And literally I had it installed in five minutes. It was so easy.

So we’re going to do an install video on the. Driver’s side, uh, when we get to Indiana. Yes, absolutely. So, all right. We just want to add to our introduction. Yes. Now that we’re comfy and clean and not sweating. If you have any questions, if you have any comments, if you have any suggestions, if you are a tow weight driver and you can add to our channel, we would love for you to comment on our videos because we don’t know everything.

We don’t know nothing right now. But we also, we learned from other people and, uh, and we hope whatever we put out here helped you. Right. And that’s the whole reason why we do them so we can help somebody else get started too. Um, we hate to learn by mistakes. Unfortunately it happens, but you know what, if we’ve made a mistake and we can put out there, so somebody else doesn’t make it.

And it helps and wait until you see the videos. Cause we haven’t done them yet. Where we talk about are my DLT physical, the DOTD drug test. Oh, that was so stressful. And no, I don’t take drugs, but we’ll explain all that. Uh, what else we go through? Oh, my registration. So we’re, it’s the worst. And by these videos, we hope they help.

Yes, definitely. Definitely. All right. Until next time and these videos, videos will be very randomly put up. Yeah. Cause we can only do them when we get time. Definitely subscribe. You see it at the bottom right underneath bunny and click the little gray bell to be notified of our videos. Please comment.

Yes, please comment. And, uh, if you could help us, we would appreciate it. Yes. So definitely please subscribe. And, um, I guess it’s about it. Yep. All right. So we gotta go, we gotta go to bed. We gotta be off and on our way to Indiana and we will be doing a video launch. Correct. So we’ll see you down the road.

Bye-bye.

About our truck!

Here are some items we highly recommend you have doing Towaway or Driveaway

We highly recommend a DASH CAM that also records GPS and SPEED as well as Audio
Rexing V1P Pro Dual 1080p Full HD Front and Rear Wi-Fi Car Dash Cam with Built-in GPS & Speed Logger
https://amzn.to/38TZPAA

Officemate OIC Carry All Clipboard Storage Box, Letter/Legal Size, Black and Gray
https://amzn.to/30WxUMc

Demco 8550035 AutoSlide Ultra Series 21K Above-Bed Fifth Wheel Hitch
https://amzn.to/2ODB1Gj

Capture Plates for Demco for different trailers

Demco Hijacker Autoslide Locking Plate for Lippert Rhino Pin Boxes
https://www.etrailer.com/Accessories-and-Parts/Demco/DM76FR.html

Demco Hijacker Autoslide Capture Plates for Trailair Rota-Flex Pin Boxes
https://www.etrailer.com/Accessories-and-Parts/Demco/DM6171.html

Demco Hijacker Autoslide Locking Plate for MOR/ryde Pin Boxes
https://www.etrailer.com/Accessories-and-Parts/Demco/DM6025.html

Reese 30154 Fifth Wheel Rail Kit Mounting Adapter For RAM
https://amzn.to/38Sf90s

Husky 31425 Round Bar Weight Distribution Hitch with Shank Assembly – (1001 lb. to 1400 lb. Tongue Weight Capacity)
https://amzn.to/312hWzP

CURT 17132 Replacement Weight Distribution Hitch Shank, 2-1/2-Inch Receiver, 8-Inch Drop
https://amzn.to/2ONmHuD

Tow Ready 228.1073 Reese 63840 Class V Hitch Ball – 2-5/16″ Ball x 1-1/4″ Shank x 2-3/4″ Shank Length, 20,000 lbs. GTW, Chrome
https://amzn.to/3bVzjZv

CURT 40090 Chrome Trailer Hitch Ball, 10,000 lbs, 2-Inch Diameter, 1-1/4 x 2-5/8-Inch Shank
https://amzn.to/3luDsXv

Rigidhorse 12 Inch LED Light Bar Single Row Flood & Spot Beam Combo 10000LM Off Road LED Light Bar
https://amzn.to/3cM8Mgr

WeatherTech TECH SH DGE RAM1500/5500
https://amzn.to/3eO534K

WeatherTech Custom Fit FloorLiner for Dodge Ram Truck 2500/3500-1st & 2nd Row (Black)
https://amzn.to/3eT9tXT

Foxfire F3TK Roadside Safety Reflective Warning Triangle, DOT Approved with Weighted Base and Case, Collapsible, 3 Pack
https://amzn.to/3qVzqZf

Tumecos Emergency Flare Alert Warning Signal Caution Light LED Beacon Pro with Magnetic Base for Vehicle (Yellow 1)
Need qty 3
https://amzn.to/3lscdg8

3ft 7-Way Trailer Plug Wiring Harness [7-Pin Trailer Cord Extension Wire Cable] [Gooseneck Hitch Extender] [Plug-N-Play] [10-14AWG] 7 Prong Trailer Tow Wiring Connector for RV
https://amzn.to/2QnclCt

CURT 58270 7-Pin RV Blade Trailer Wiring Towing Vehicle Socket Tester
https://amzn.to/3rZBssU

 

Introduction to RV Transport

Watch TowAwayCouple Tow-Away Towaway on YouTube

Click the image above to go directly to our YouTube channel

Hey, we’re Tom and buddy, and we are tow away. Couple on Tom, the driver, the sandwich maker, the sandwich maker. We all have to have a job, right. So recently for the last two years, we’ve been hauling a 40 foot fifth wheel all over the country for our current job right now we’re furloughed. And we decided we’re going to transport RVs from the manufacturer to the dealers.

We are. We’re going to help them all over the country. And it’s a, it’s something we enjoy doing. However, there is a caveat, there’s a caveat difference of hauling around your own private fifth wheel to actually hauling one commercially. Correct now we’ve seen some really amazing videos out there from people that already do this, but nothing that starts from the very beginning.

So that’s what we’re going to do. We’re going to actually start from the beginning. I mean, we actually take off on Sunday for the first time, right? So we’ll be adding videos all the time and. We will be including everything from what we’re taking in the RV, to all the hurdles we have to go through and stuff.

We have to question other tow away drivers on. Yes, definitely. So definitely you want to follow us for sure. On YouTube subscribe, click the little gray bell. So that way you get notified. Absolutely. And definitely on Instagram and on Twitter. Tow away, couple on both Instagram and Twitter. So we’re definitely going to have a lot of fun along the way.

So definitely come to, to where the U S with us and possibly Canada. Right. So do you have any questions, comments, or anything we’d love to hear from you? Definitely putting them on each video and we do reply even if it’s just to give a thumbs up. Absolutely. At least, you know, we read it. All right. We’ll see you down the road and to come travel with us.

About our truck!
2017 RAM 3500 4×4 short bed 6’4″
6.7 Cummins turbo diesel
Aisin AS69RC six-speed automatic transmission
Demco AutoSlide Ultra Series 21K Above-Bed Fifth Wheel Hitch
Reese 30154 Fifth Wheel Rail Kit Mounting Adapter
Air Lift rear suspension upgrade
Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure with Kevlar sidewalls
60 gallon auxiliary fuel tank gravity feed – Dan’s Hitch
Full width rear mud flap – Dan’s Hitch
14k Husky weight distribution hitch with Class 5 mount – Dan’s Hitch
DOT Sleeper Berth installed – Dan’s Hitch

Below are links to some of our equipment we use on our truck or for our business.

We highly recommend a DASH CAM that also records GPS and SPEED as well as Audio
Rexing V1P Pro Dual 1080p Full HD Front and Rear Wi-Fi Car Dash Cam with Built-in GPS & Speed Logger
https://amzn.to/38TZPAA

Officemate OIC Carry All Clipboard Storage Box, Letter/Legal Size, Black and Gray
https://amzn.to/30WxUMc

Demco 8550035 AutoSlide Ultra Series 21K Above-Bed Fifth Wheel Hitch
https://amzn.to/2ODB1Gj

Capture Plates for Demco for different trailers

Demco Hijacker Autoslide Locking Plate for Lippert Rhino Pin Boxes
https://www.etrailer.com/Accessories-and-Parts/Demco/DM76FR.html

Demco Hijacker Autoslide Capture Plates for Trailair Rota-Flex Pin Boxes
https://www.etrailer.com/Accessories-and-Parts/Demco/DM6171.html

Demco Hijacker Autoslide Locking Plate for MOR/ryde Pin Boxes
https://www.etrailer.com/Accessories-and-Parts/Demco/DM6025.html

Reese 30154 Fifth Wheel Rail Kit Mounting Adapter For RAM
https://amzn.to/38Sf90s

Husky 31425 Round Bar Weight Distribution Hitch with Shank Assembly – (1001 lb. to 1400 lb. Tongue Weight Capacity)
https://amzn.to/312hWzP

CURT 17132 Replacement Weight Distribution Hitch Shank, 2-1/2-Inch Receiver, 8-Inch Drop
https://amzn.to/2ONmHuD

Tow Ready 228.1073 Reese 63840 Class V Hitch Ball – 2-5/16″ Ball x 1-1/4″ Shank x 2-3/4″ Shank Length, 20,000 lbs. GTW, Chrome
https://amzn.to/3bVzjZv

CURT 40090 Chrome Trailer Hitch Ball, 10,000 lbs, 2-Inch Diameter, 1-1/4 x 2-5/8-Inch Shank
https://amzn.to/3luDsXv

Rigidhorse 12 Inch LED Light Bar Single Row Flood & Spot Beam Combo 10000LM Off Road LED Light Bar
https://amzn.to/3cM8Mgr

WeatherTech TECH SH DGE RAM1500/5500
https://amzn.to/3eO534K

WeatherTech Custom Fit FloorLiner for Dodge Ram Truck 2500/3500-1st & 2nd Row (Black)
https://amzn.to/3eT9tXT

Foxfire F3TK Roadside Safety Reflective Warning Triangle, DOT Approved with Weighted Base and Case, Collapsible, 3 Pack
https://amzn.to/3qVzqZf

Tumecos Emergency Flare Alert Warning Signal Caution Light LED Beacon Pro with Magnetic Base for Vehicle (Yellow 1)
Need qty 3
https://amzn.to/3lscdg8

3ft 7-Way Trailer Plug Wiring Harness [7-Pin Trailer Cord Extension Wire Cable] [Gooseneck Hitch Extender] [Plug-N-Play] [10-14AWG] 7 Prong Trailer Tow Wiring Connector for RV
https://amzn.to/2QnclCt

CURT 58270 7-Pin RV Blade Trailer Wiring Towing Vehicle Socket Tester
https://amzn.to/3rZBssU

 

RedRoof Inn Elkhart

Redroof Inn
Address: 2902 Cassopolis St, Elkhart, IN 46514
Phone: (574) 262-3691

Cost about $57.00 a night with all taxes

We only stayed here a few hours one time so we don’t really have much knowledge as for pros or cons. NOTE because we personally did not like staying here, we do hear many positives from others so we are listing it on our resources with our views listed below.

We were told it was a non smoking hotel, upon entering our room it more or less smelled like someone who stayed before us was smoking in the room, we don’t smoke and have no problems with people who smoke however we personally do not want to stay in a room that smells like smoke as it gets all over our clothes and makes us stuffy

the parking lot is pretty small so parking our truck next to the other trucks was pretty tight, all the rooms are on the outside so it’s easy to keep an eye on your truck.  as for trailer parking it looked as though people were parking on the access road next to the parking lot.

The staff were nice and helpful and even suggested ways to do a points plan to earn free nights, so if you plan to stay here check on that.

We did get a loud knocking on our door at 6am, when we looked out nobody was there. this is one of the reasons we do not like hotels with the doors facing the parking lots.

We have also been seeing reports of peoples RVs being damaged and batteries being stolen, we know this can happen anywhere at anytime but we recently over the past few weeks seen three different post on batteries from people staying at this location, so just be aware of our surroundings and remove your batteries and make sure anything in your vehicle is hidden from view or take it all into your room if it’s valuable.

after staying here one night we switched to the Garden inn across the street and with all their cameras, onsite security and inside rooms and no odors of smoking inside the rooms we feel more comfortable.

CountrySide Inn

CountrySide Inn
Address: 2004 W Market St, Nappanee, IN 46550
Phone: (574) 773-5999

Cost about $52.00 a night with all taxes

Pros

  • Friendly Staff
  • Clean rooms
  • TVs with a lot of channels available
  • allows RV and Trailer parking on first come first serve, limited.
  • Free coffee in lobby
  • Free continental breakfast
  • Ice Machine
  • Pizza Delivery available Bourbon St Pizza. (awesome pizza)

Cons

  • Pillows are hard, we bring our own.
  • Verizon phone data not very good quality, voice works good
  • No High Speed internet although promoted by hotel.
  • There is a pool but not useable

Dining and Food

  • Bourbon St. Pizza delivery
  • Arbys, Mc Donalds, Taco Bell and a few restaurants about 5 miles