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Old 03-07-2016, 01:31 PM   #1
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Got to have the trailer towed. Now what?

Ok, so your cruising down the highway, life is good, brand new camper in tow, tunes on the radio, than boom! Tow vehicle goes south, needs a flat bed, what do you do with the camper? Do any of you have AAA, good SAMs club or what would you suggest?
It's never happened to me, but I have to admit that this is the thing I worry about most. And since we will be 3000 miles from home when we pick up our 21 next fall, just trying to have a plan.
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Old 03-07-2016, 01:42 PM   #2
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We've seen this situation a number of times while at campgrounds. The Tow Truck arrives pulling the dead TV and Trailer and backs them into a spot. They unhitch the TV from the trailer and the Tow Truck takes one or both of the owners to the repair center which the repair place then drops them back at the camper after the TV is checked in for repair. They hang out until the repair center picks them up to get their repaired vehicle and back to status quo.
This is the argument against Class A's as you lose your home when it needs to go in and be repaired. I have heard some dealers, etc. are allowing you to remain in your class A on their lots overnight until they can complete the repairs, but don't think that is widespread.
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I hope I never have to use it, but I have AAA with a trailer option that is good for 100 miles of towing...
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Old 03-07-2016, 01:47 PM   #4
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Ok, so your cruising down the highway, life is good, brand new camper in tow, tunes on the radio, than boom! Tow vehicle goes south, needs a flat bed, what do you do with the camper? Do any of you have AAA, good SAMs club or what would you suggest?
It's never happened to me, but I have to admit that this is the thing I worry about most. And since we will be 3000 miles from home when we pick up our 21 next fall, just trying to have a plan.
Hi: Jake930... We carry CAA/AAA RV Plus. Never used it!!! Having it is better than needing it. Alf
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Old 03-07-2016, 02:04 PM   #5
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Perhaps these two links will help.


RV.Net Open Roads Forum: Emergency Tow truck options with 5th wheel


https://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/f...pging/1/page/1 (newer posts)
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Old 03-07-2016, 02:06 PM   #6
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Supposedly with our fifth wheel, GoodSam sends out 2 tow trucks.
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Old 03-07-2016, 03:13 PM   #7
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This was a big reason we never considered a motor home. If your engine goes in a motor home there goes your house. At least if you have a trailer you still have a home. And once or twice we were glad of that.
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Old 03-07-2016, 03:21 PM   #8
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We have the mid-level AAA, which is good to have one vehicle towed 100 mi. Our auto insurance (AARP Hartford) also has tow insurance up to 50 mi. Depending on the scenario, one tows the TV to repair and the other tows the trailer to a camp.

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Old 03-07-2016, 03:27 PM   #9
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... We carry CAA/AAA RV Plus. Never used it!!! Having it is better than needing it.
Same here. Without RV Plus, CAA won't tow the trailer.

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Supposedly with our fifth wheel, GoodSam sends out 2 tow trucks.
I think that's a common practice, even with a conventional trailer. It is what I would expect from CAA.

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Ok, so your cruising down the highway, life is good, brand new camper in tow, tunes on the radio, than boom! Tow vehicle goes south, needs a flat bed, what do you do with the camper?
Regardless of the company providing the service, there is equipment to address this. It is common for flat-deck tow trucks to be also equipped with a wheel lift, and the wheel lift can easily be equipped with a ball or fifth-wheel hitch. If the towing company uses two trucks, the one for the tug can be whatever is needed (wheel lift, flat deck, etc), and the one for the trailer can be any tow truck with a suitable hitch... it doesn't even need to be a tow truck.
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We have roadside assistance on our truck and trailer through our trailer insurance. Like everyone else just hope we never need it.
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