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mkirsch

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Posted: 03/15/22 11:49am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I mean, how DARE they charge money for their services?

After all you're in distress. You need help. It should be free.

Just amazes me how people automatically think they're being shafted when a company charges money for their services.

I have zero use for AAA. The one time I needed them they covered NOTHING. Just sent the most expensive tow service in town.

The only other experience I have with AAA is not good either. This guy was at our flying field as a guest and his car wouldn't start. No problem, he had AAA and they'd come and get it. Two hours later the tow truck shows up, "We don't go offroad." No problem it's a little car we'll push it up here for you. Give us a couple of minutes. We're trucking along with the car, going to be up to him in about a minute, and HE DRIVES AWAY! Call AAA back and tell them that the driver just left for no reason, oh no problem we'll get someone else. THREE HOURS LATER the SAME GUY shows up. This time we had the car up by the road and he had no excuse. Had I been the age I am now I would have lit into him and told him what's what.


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I was driving a 45' Motor Coach in Eastern KY and the road took a sharp curve up the mountain. The left front and right rear skid plates made contact with the pavement and I got stuck right in the middle of the road. I had to pay $250 for a 6-foot tow.


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whjco wrote:

I was driving a 45' Motor Coach in Eastern KY and the road took a sharp curve up the mountain. The left front and right rear skid plates made contact with the pavement and I got stuck right in the middle of the road. I had to pay $250 for a 6-foot tow.


No roadside assistance on your MH policy?


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when I was running tow trucks/wreckers we were AAA also... Our policy was FREE back to our station, the AAA fee to the closest AAA facility... Any other facility was a per mile rate...


Loved working weekend nights, would sometimes get the drunks that were smart enough to not drive, but dumb enough to call AAA for a tow saying they broke down... AND they wanted to be towed to their house ! [emoticon]


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Cummins12V98 wrote:

Proper repair is to remove trans, stand on torque converter end and do the RnR of the seal. Just a little HOT.

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Look at the price from the tow operator’s point of view. 23 extra miles is really a 46 mile round trip. That’s more fuel and an hour of time delay to get to the next guy waiting for a tow. They may lose that next tow to a competitor who can get there quicker. Towing bigger rigs isn’t easy or cheap to begin with. The equipment costs and skill levels are much higher than required to tow a car. Like almost all businesses the tow operators know what the competition charges and what they need to charge to stay in business. While you could probably go to the local bar and fine a couple of guys with a pickup and a tow chain willing to give it a try, it is very unlikely shopping around would save you hundreds of dollars without sacrificing ability.

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Cummins12V98 wrote:

whjco wrote:

I was driving a 45' Motor Coach in Eastern KY and the road took a sharp curve up the mountain. The left front and right rear skid plates made contact with the pavement and I got stuck right in the middle of the road. I had to pay $250 for a 6-foot tow.


No roadside assistance on your MH policy?


This was a 55 passenger Prevost commercial motor coach.

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