Originally Posted by Eric von Kleist
At the moment the picture above was taken, I'd have been tempted to put the bus in reverse and jam that little throttle holding stick into place...let it back straight out into the ocean with the tow truck attached!
There's 1% on the way from upstate SC...and to think, I was toying with the idea of being down there with you...there but for the Grace of God go I...
That would've gotten him arrested if he was lucky, and pounded into a pulp by three enraged tow jockeys with prybars if he wasn't (messing with a tow jockey's equipment is not a safe thing to do). Even if he somehow escaped permanent maiming or jail time, it would take a long time to pay for an $80,000 GMC Top Kick wrecker.
Also, I doubt the truck would've budged with locked brakes.
And yes, not so good sam & the tow company screwed you. I would seriously think about disputing the CC charges, and possibly even a lawsuit.
This tow jockey would have quoted ~$2000-2500 for that (it's a heck of a lot easier to quote high & bill low than vice versa)...and Chuck (Da Boss) would probably have sent out me in the F-800 rollback (31,500lbs of winch anchor), and him in the International S1700 hoist (24,000lb hydraulic winch). Sounds like you had a crew of real idiots...unfortunate, but typical (witness the guy I watched winch an S-10 onto a rollback by the front axleshafts).
Assuming no equipment breakage (and a chance to check out the jacuzzi bus
), the bill would've been "negotiable".
I suggest taking it to a truck wash (failing that, rent the biggest pressure-washer you can) and blasting every inch of the underside thoroughly. When you're done, take it to the towing company & pressure-wash the crooks who pulled it out.