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  1. Scrumpy

    Scrumpy Read Only Funster

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    3 days into our French adventure and now sitting in a hotel in Angers!!!
    Have waited 3 years to sell our house and acquire a Motorhome and have broken down on the motorway with no gears.
    It could take up to a week to repair, we were hoping to reach Parc Verger tomorrow☹️, have no idea how much to repair and took 4 and a half hours to arrive at Fiat garage and for breakdown insurance to admit we have cover.
     
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  2. Anthea M

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    So sorry to hear this. Thank goodness you are insured . No driving so have a wine or two to drown your sorrows . Hope it gets sorted soon so you can carry on.(y)
     
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    Hope it can be fixed quickly and you'll soon be on your way.
     
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    Really sorry to hear this ...please remember though that life is about challenges and this is just another.. you will get it sorted.

    Don't know where you are but hope there are some positives for you in scenery or meeting nice people. Keep us informed.

    Sending a hug.
     
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    hope you get it fixed soon
     
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    Thank you Anthea,
    Have now had a couple and feel a bit better, although I think it's going to be very expensive to repair, will know at midday tomorrow.
    Just took ages to sort as it was a new policy they had not updated our particulars, so thought we were not insured, lots of phone calls to UK to sort out!
     
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    Sorry to hear about your van, hope it's fixed soon.
     
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    Bummer!!
    But nobody's hurt, it's just a delay, the costs are (mostly?) covered, so just chill, let things take their course and explore Angers. Even hire a car and explore further afield.
    In other words, turn a setback into an opportunity. (Damn, I knew I'd been on too many courses :rolleyes:)
     
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    @Scrumpy If anything needs to be said/explained in French let me know.
    I send you my mobile number in a PM
    Note that phone is on silence while babies have their afternoon nap (from 1.30 to 4.30 FRENCH TIME), so I might not react straight away , I don't check every 2 minutes.

    Hope you'll soon get sorted! Parc Verger will wait for you no problem..... But I understand you feel frustrated and lonely!

    Amicalement

    Frankie:)
     
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    You are such a lovely lady when we need help! Thank you x
     
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  12. Scrumpy

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    Thank you all for kind and practical advise.
    No one is hurt and that is a definite positive.
    Thank you yodeli, make take you up on that That has been a bit of a problem but with lots of smiling and head shaking and nodding we have got by just!!
    Hoping it's not a new gearbox as we are just out of warranty☹️
     
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    Truly sorry to hear that but as you said yourself the start of your "adventure" there will be great times ahead and already you have a tale to tell, it can only get better.
    Enjoy it all, take care.
     
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    The minute I go to the Uk with Max ...Everyone is going to pay the bill LOL !:p;):):):)
     
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    Shedloads of things to go and see in Angers though - not a bad place to be 'stuck' in at all ! Even budget hotels have tourist info on offer, many of them in several languages - and there was me assuming 'all that stuff' would only be in French, the first time we holidayed in France together in 1999.

    Because we meander so much unplanned in France, I never know what little secrets places might have - so I have to find out!
     
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    Update
    Had a call from fiat dealers yesterday to say van fixed, very happy as only 150 euros. They took us to van started it up and fault still there, no gears, 4 hours later fault found in pressure to automatic gearbox. 3,000 euros to fix!!!!!!!!!!
    Initially could not have van back until a week today
    Rac put pressure on to resolve by Friday,
    Have a hire car and now in saumur. Lovely place but every other vehicle we see is a motor home!!!
    Just hope that it is ready on Friday and the credit card works.
     
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    We had similar position in January. 1st day in France broke down . Waited a week to get her back then broke down again after 15miles. Horrible experience . Did eventually get back on road and had fantastic trip. Not good when it hits your pocket so hard . Hope all gets fixed soon and you enjoy your trip. As said no one hurt so that is main thing .Try and enjoy your enforced hold up
     
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    Ouch..Thats a lot of money for repair. I would be gutted if I had to pay that amount but hopefully you will go on and have a fantastic time. You deserve it.
     
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    Might be worth talking to Fiat if only just out of warranty, assuming it is Fiat warranty.
     
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    So sorry to hear of your problem.
    Hope it's soon fixed to your satisfaction and you can start really enjoying your trip.
    You will soon put this setback behind you and it will all be worth it in the end.Hope you are soon on your way with the knowledge we are all behind you.Good luck.
     
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