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Author Topic: WOW.. AAA comes threw when I needed them  (Read 2269 times)
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« on: November 07, 2011, 11:49:25 AM »

I have had AAA for many years and have only used them with my small cars and trucks.. well this weekend we took a trip and blew a Tag axle tire and decided to see what AAA would do.. ( yes I do have AAA RV Plus )

I caled told them what I have and asked that the driver call me before he comes to make sure he knew what he was coming to fix.. the driver called within 15 mins and was a big truck repair guy.. Knew what an MCI was and was said he would be there within 20 mins.

driver showed up in 40 mins of being called and we were back on the road within 1hr 45mins after making first called to AAA.. of course I did have 3 spare tires with me so all he had to do was un bolt the blown tire and swap tires on rim and put it back on bus..

so for my first big issue on the road with bus I am happy to say AAA came threw for me..

this is on the way there..







good news is we got it fixed and made it there and home

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« Reply #1 on: November 07, 2011, 11:57:36 AM »

  Thanks for the post. It's nice to get positive feed back...Cable
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« Reply #2 on: November 07, 2011, 01:17:48 PM »

    Glad to hear it worked well, easily, and quickly.  I like hearing positive stories.
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« Reply #3 on: November 07, 2011, 01:20:19 PM »

When I got home I did look threw all my tools and I found I have the correct socket to remove the lugs and a large bottle jack and a air compressor for bus.. I just need to get a very large impact gun and some tire spoons and I can do it myself next time Smiley 

Was nice being able to watch someone actually do it so I now know how Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: November 07, 2011, 01:27:24 PM »

Good tire guys change the tire without removing the wheel that one I cannot do and I have tried 


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« Reply #5 on: November 07, 2011, 01:38:20 PM »

Good tire guys change the tire without removing the wheel that one I cannot do and I have tried 
good luck

Clifford FWIW I have never seen any good enough to do a "steer" side on the vehicle.
Most any of them with some experience can do the outside drive!

Bruiser,
I have all the tools & yer welcome to come borrow them anytime you want to try it. Those tire jockeys sure make it easier than it is!

I used to think I wanted to do them & save the $! Now I pay to have it done and gladly pay it.
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« Reply #6 on: November 07, 2011, 02:51:56 PM »

Ace had a big impact gun for sale, don t know if he still has it.
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« Reply #7 on: November 07, 2011, 03:17:56 PM »

What size are those lug nuts, anyhow? I keep meaning to check and my feeble mind won't remember to do it!
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« Reply #8 on: November 07, 2011, 04:32:21 PM »

Outer nuts are 1.5" and the inner nut (or thimble nut some call it) are 3/4" square!
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That is if they are standard!
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« Reply #9 on: November 07, 2011, 04:36:12 PM »

OH yeah they make sockets that have the 3/4 square in the 1.5", but I don't like those!
I have had a long inner nut stick out enough to just catch the 3/4" while was still removing the outer nut and it tore the head of the inner nut off!

I now use a deep 1.5" without the 3/4" part in it and have a separate 3'4" just for that purpose.
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« Reply #10 on: November 07, 2011, 08:58:27 PM »

I see your problem now-those rusted lug nut covers had to be the reason the tire blew (LOL).  Good Luck, TomC
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« Reply #11 on: November 08, 2011, 03:59:37 AM »

I see your problem now-those rusted lug nut covers had to be the reason the tire blew (LOL).  Good Luck, TomC

hahaha

ya I have not made it down to those yet Smiley still working on top side of bus
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« Reply #12 on: November 08, 2011, 05:25:17 AM »

I got a set of sockets from Harbor Freight that included the Budd socket. In this set if I remember correctly the 3/4 was separate from the 1.5 socket. Makes life a lot easier I think.
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« Reply #13 on: November 08, 2011, 09:40:32 AM »

We also have AAA plus. On our way to Lake Powell last year just 40 miles from home we blew the engine in our MCI 7. Called AAA and they sent a big wrecker who knew what he was doing. He hooked us up and took us to Chino Valley, AZ from Camp Verde, AZ to Geoff garage at about 9 PM. This company charged by the hour, $165 and total time portal to portal was 12 hours. Since we were within 100 miles of where we had to be towed it was all covered by AAA. Have also used them when we blew a outside dual close to Santa Fe, NM. Sure is nice when you have trouble and one of those big wreckers come to help and take care of you all you have to do is show your card and all is well.
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« Reply #14 on: November 08, 2011, 02:40:05 PM »

So this is a great recommendation for AAA but what are your thoughts on Good Sam emergency service? $80 per year...covers unlimited miles for an emergency tow....
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« Reply #15 on: November 08, 2011, 03:42:42 PM »

So this is a great recommendation for AAA but what are your thoughts on Good Sam emergency service? $80 per year...covers unlimited miles for an emergency tow....

Scott watch those unlimited mile claims! (the small print will read unlimited miles to the nearest place of repair!)
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« Reply #16 on: November 08, 2011, 03:46:23 PM »

But that would suffice for me... I think?
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« Reply #17 on: November 09, 2011, 11:32:45 AM »

So this is a great recommendation for AAA but what are your thoughts on Good Sam emergency service? $80 per year...covers unlimited miles for an emergency tow....

Scott watch those unlimited mile claims! (the small print will read unlimited miles to the nearest place of repair!)
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when I did research it stated closest place for repair.. that did not mean a BUS repair shop.. I was told it meant a REPAIR SHOP.  I explained what I had and decided I would go with AAA instead.. which so far has been good to me..
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« Reply #18 on: November 09, 2011, 03:05:15 PM »

Hopefully Good Sam's towing policy says they will take you to a "qualified" repair shop.  The problem is that they determine who is qualified.  Bubba's truck repair may not have a clue how to fix an old bus.

Coach-Net states the following about towing coverage: "Towing your disabled vehicle to the nearest qualified repair facility as determined by NMC."  (NMC is the new owner of Coach-Net.)  Coach-Net's policy is one tow or mobile mechanic dispatch per disablement.  I wonder if Coach-Net would pay for another tow if the shop they tow you to can't actually make the necessary repair?

I have read reports where the roadside assistance provider will sometimes tow to the owner's choice of shop if the distance isn't too much further.  In other cases tow operators have sometimes been reported to tow to another shop at little or no extra charge.
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« Reply #19 on: November 09, 2011, 03:32:41 PM »

So AAA is what a good number of you are recommending? What are their rates for emergency roadside assistance/towing for a coach??
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« Reply #20 on: November 10, 2011, 07:04:16 AM »

So AAA is what a good number of you are recommending? What are their rates for emergency roadside assistance/towing for a coach??

Not near as much per year as on tow or even most service calls!
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« Reply #21 on: November 10, 2011, 08:51:39 AM »

So AAA is what a good number of you are recommending? What are their rates for emergency roadside assistance/towing for a coach??

AAA is a bunch of regional clubs.  My local club charges $124.95 a year for RV roadside assistance which is one of the more expensive plans out there.  The local AAA club has a 100 mile limit on RV tows, but it appears they may tow you anywhere within 100 miles not just to the nearest service facility.  I don't know what happens if you are more than 100 miles from a service facility.

I've read in the past about AAA members having trouble getting service outside of their local AAA region.  I don't know if that is still an issue or not.

AAA seems like a good deal if they really will tow you anywhere within 100 miles.  Of course, in an isolated area help can be more than 100 miles.  Technically with Coach-Net if I break down 20 miles from home they wouldn't have to tow me home.  There are many "qualified" service facilities within 20 miles of my home.  They are only required to tow me to the nearest facility which might be only a few miles.
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« Reply #22 on: November 10, 2011, 12:17:50 PM »

I have not had to use AAA for a BUS tow..

but I did blow my tranny last year in my dodge diesel pickup and was 98 miles from my house. when guy showed up he asked where I wanted truck towed.. I told him my house.. he ran my address in his GPS and said ok cool you are within 100 miles..

said $3 per mile if i was outside 100 miles..
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« Reply #23 on: November 10, 2011, 02:29:38 PM »

Good Sam states they will tow you to the nearest qualified facility without any mileage limit. I know that a "qualified" repair facility is subject to argument, but truth is, I would hate to be limited to 100 miles. I just want the coach towed to a place that can fix it at the end of the day. $79 per year...and it covers all of the vehicles you own...your toad, your mini-van, your motorcycle. Kinda nice to me. On another note, Good Sam was just acquired by Camping World...
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