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Old 05-02-2010, 07:20 AM   #1
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Towing $150 an hour

I drive a truck for a living and I broke down on Interstate 80 last week (serpentine belt broke from siezed air conditioner compressor). While I was riding with the tow truck driver I asked him how much they charge. $150 an hour from the time he starts thinking about towing your vehicle, driving to you, towing and delivering the vehicle to where you want it to go. I was pretty nonchalant about it - not my truck or my towing bill.

I did get to thinking that as part of trip planning I might want to research a few towing services and shops along the route and keep a list in the vehicle for that trip.

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Old 05-02-2010, 07:28 AM   #2
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Re: Towing $150 an hour

Good Sam appears to be a pretty good way to go. Anyone have any insight to whether they cover converted buses as well?
Pretty cheap too, at 80-110 a year.
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Old 05-02-2010, 02:14 PM   #3
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Re: Towing $150 an hour

yeah we have good sam and a few others skoolies have said good things about them......we havnt had to use them yet and i hope we never will..but its good to be prepared
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Old 05-03-2010, 12:32 AM   #4
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Re: Towing $150 an hour

ask sportyrick about tow bills-he has the biggest one ive seen eccept lapeer had a doozy when he was stuck on the beach! Oh yeah dont get those hvac guys they cost too much.....drink too much fancy trucks......freakin tin bashers,docters and tow truck drivers!
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Old 05-03-2010, 01:13 AM   #5
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Re: Towing $150 an hour

Just got coach-net. heard good things about them. lil more than good sams but well worth it. They have service in Mexico and canada ;)
Local people here too. ( i mean the states) I called good sams and it seemed foriegn too me. they kept asking me to sign up. kind of a turn off to me.
They even honor all your other cars too. 90.00 for the year.
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Old 05-03-2010, 09:18 AM   #6
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Re: Towing $150 an hour

I signed up for good sam last week. Taking the first trip this coming weekend, so it's just more insurance. I can easily see a tow bill being in excess of $500.00
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Old 05-07-2010, 06:31 PM   #7
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Re: Towing $150 an hour

They said they would get me out for like $1,500 i think.

when they finished they said my tow bill was $5,000, (we talked em down a bit). ......rotten no good sons of ....!!!
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Old 05-13-2010, 06:46 PM   #8
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Re: Towing $150 an hour

I used to tow...not counting a 450+ mile (each way) multiday saga for a stranded shuttle bus, the biggest single bill I recall was a bit over $1000 (Navigator went over an embankment dodging a deer and almost ended up in a creek)...I was there several hours & towed it 15 miles when I finally got it out. (And I must confess I'm rather proud of the fact I didn't so much as scratch it pulling it out!)
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