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Old 05-31-2019, 08:30 AM   #1
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What do I say to AAA?

(What do we say to the God of Tow? All bus must die?)

Hey y'all.

Bought AAA RV. Have Vermont plates & registration, NC insurance, haven't done the title transfer for NC yet. "38 ft Vermont motorhome, diesel dually, auto trans, air brakes", 95 bluebird TC2000, Cummins...

Anyway she's supposed to be driven 8 miles up to the new farm site tomorrow but she's turning over, not starting. I was supposed to move out of a house into this thing (with my kid) but if we can't get her moved we'll be sleeping in a truck I borrowed (mine experienced engine failure last week) & selling the bus.


Two questions:

1) How do I phrase my call to AAA? Do I need to locate a shop that call haul it first & give AAA the name? (There is one close to me). I'm towing to the location where it will be repaired but it's not a shop.

2) Can anybody ballpark, just to the number of digits, a likely cost if AAA doesn't pay for the tow? I do have a quote of $250/hr from the local tow who can handle skoolie's, but they need to drop the drive shaft and made it sound like that would be a long process. I can handle cash up front for 5 hours of that, but if it's 10 we won't be eating next week.

Oh, wtf happens if the driver decides they don't want to take it up part of the drive? There's a narrow winding bit that I know has had a 35ft cargo container delivered up it somehow but it worries me.

Really just looking for a script for my phone call to AAA so I don't **** up like I did with my first phone call about getting it insured. (PM if you're in WNC & need a recommendation for insurance!)
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Old 05-31-2019, 08:56 AM   #2
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If the transmission is manual, don't believe anything more complex than making sure the E-brake's off, & it isn't in gear.
Automatics, on the other hand, a scootch more work is required...
(Sorry, couldn't tell from your profile what it's packing)
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Old 05-31-2019, 09:46 AM   #3
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I know when we get cars towed by AAA they don't require them to be brought to a shop. We usually get them dropped off at our house. The driver's aren't AAA employees, they just get paid by them. The ones we have dealt with have always been decent. If it's just a short tow, and they don't have to go through a mud bog, they should be good with it.

Just give them the address of the pickup and drop and that the bus won't start. The least amount of info you give them, the better.
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Old 05-31-2019, 09:52 AM   #4
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Au contraire, mon frere!
If dead on the road, sure, they'll hump it where ever you direct.
I had AAA+ coverage, and needed my non-running, '62 Corvair Rampside P/U hauled from Manchester to Seabrook, NH. Residence to residence.
I had to pay for the tow out of pocket...
So let's not trust in good faith fulfillment.
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Old 05-31-2019, 09:58 AM   #5
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Au contraire, mon frere!
If dead on the road, sure, they'll hump it where ever you direct.
I had AAA+ coverage, and needed my non-running, '62 Corvair Rampside P/U hauled from Manchester to Seabrook, NH. Residence to residence.
I had to pay for the tow out of pocket...
So let's not trust in good faith fulfillment.
Maybe "if'n youda" pushed it out into the street you could have claimed it "died" on the road and had it towed?
But if plates and inspection were out, that might be the deal breaker?
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We just had a VW Golf hauled from our son's house in MA to ours in NH 2 weeks ago. No hassle whatsoever. We told them the starter died. If the vehicle died or just broke down they should be fine. I can certainly seeing them charge to haul a non-running vehicle. Just use the right words....
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Old 05-31-2019, 10:35 AM   #7
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See, I didn't!
Which is what the OP looks to avoid.
(Not to be contentious, but how many Golfs would fit in a Skoolie? Heavy duty rig required to hook onto a bus. Apples vs oranges...)
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Old 05-31-2019, 10:41 AM   #8
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The only problem I see here is that you mentioned a narrow winding road at destination. If the tow company is aware of that they should have a large single axle truck to do the job. Tow truck being as short as possible and still tow the unit.
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Yup, was still plated in OR, project truck with the carbs out. So no go, coz it couldn't go...
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Maybe "if'n youda" pushed it out into the street you could have claimed it "died" on the road and had it towed?
But if plates and inspection were out, that might be the deal breaker?
I'd noticed that complication as well. Good on ya for offering a solution!
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The only problem I see here is that you mentioned a narrow winding road at destination. If the tow company is aware of that they should have a large single axle truck to do the job. Tow truck being as short as possible and still tow the unit.
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Takes about ten mins for the tow guy to drop the rear of the driveshaft and cage the brakes.
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