Recovery

Discussion in 'Fifth Wheelers' started by martin & shirley, Jun 4, 2010.

  1. martin & shirley

    martin & shirley Read Only Funster

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    I have today contacted both the RAC and the Camping and Caravaning Club about there breakdown cover called Arrival. neither of them could confirm that a 5th wheel unit was covered under there terms.
    Has anyone taken out this cover for a 5th wheel and had it confirmed that it will be recovered in the event of a breakdown.
     
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    try the caravan club mayday by green flag. they guarantee to recover anything inc. a RV
     
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    Green flag and Caravan Club said they would not recover a 5th wheel unit.
     
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    i hsad it with saga ,then they decided not to insure 5ers . after lots of enquiring i decided i had better just fix it anywhere i need to or make it work enough to limp home. .or get the unit home and go again with my spare truck .if it brakes fix it. the tow unit is more likely to go wrong a 5er is very reliable. so long as the axles dont fall off .you could disable the brakes and carefully trickle home .ro make something from a scrap yard fit if nec. been there done it. the other thing is buy a cheap flat bed pickup put your greasy plate on to it and off you go.
    cheers alan.
     
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    We have just had our renewal cards through and I noticed that on the new cards the term 'arrival' was not on there so phoned them up as I have always been told that if the term arrival is not on then no recovery - apparently in the world of computers they no longer have this on the cards as they will know immediately we give our number - I asked the 'advisor' then to confirm that a 5th wheel unit was covered and I was told that via the C&CC arrival scheme ANY unit of ANY size provided it was legal and taxed would be recovered - they do not cover commercial units under this scheme. He was quite positive about this even when I asked for confirmation that that statement included 5th wheel units his answer was yes any unit so I guess the only other move is when someone has to try this out -- Bags I am NOT first !!!!!:Eeek:
     
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    Sounds good but as they could not give me a direct answer i was unsure about taking out the cover i will phone them again and see what they say.
     
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    We are with the arrivals scheme and we were told that we were covered, but this was by someone speaking from Mombai, I believe, so just to make sure that we would not be left on the side of the M25 (where we once broke down with our Dodge and truck camper), we also registered with the commercial section of the RAC, there is no annual fee, and at the time of registration they give you a table of the costs of recovery, which is a lot less than an adhock recovery operation, we felt this was a better option than being left on the side of the motorway and a good standy if for any reason the arrivals scheme did not work. Can't check our membership cards as we left them in the UK.

    Nigel and Pamala
     
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    gazz Formerly "gazznhelz"

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    i know i have read somewhere in the masses of small print on recovery scheems, something along the lines of 'your covered if the broken down vehicle can be recovered by standard recovery equipment'

    that means a spec lift truck, tilt and slide, beaver tail, and possibly a low loader,

    i dont know if a 5th wheel can be hooked upto an artics tractor unit, i read in america some peole have done that and the cupboards fell off the walls due to the suspension on the tractor unit being rock hard for such a light load, but they have some massive 5th wheelers over there towed by 3/4 size tractor units rather than a pack up truck.

    as mentioned, the 5th wheeler is unlikely to cause a problem, except axles breaking, possibly a blow out that rips stuff off in the process, wheel bearing failing and the wheel coming off,

    more likely to be the pick up, but what happens to the 5th wheel when the pick up is towed away,

    when i worked for a recovery company, we were told by the RAC to refuse to take someones trailer as well as the landrover towing it, as he had a nato style hitch, even tho the tilt and slide had a multi way hitch on it that could hook upto almost anything.

    but his trailer didnt have a 'standard' 50mm ball coupling, so his situation was not classed as a being able to use normal recovery equipment, they wanted him to pay a hefty sum for specialised recovery.... we took it anyway, and told the rac he left the trailer in the layby for a mate to collect later,
     
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    I think you are totally right IF the rig is not covered under the 'arrivals' scheme with C&CC - I hate to admit it but I ran out of diesel about a year ago and called the RAC out and when they came the guy saw the fifth wheel hitch said he was pleased the we did have not have the 5'er on the back and it was not a serious breakdown as he was not certain where they could get a low loader that time of night !!! Sundowners idea is good - as I am still a part of my company I could resort to that as we have the commercial cover as well with our lorries and as Nigel pointed out it does not cost anything
     
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    When we were with RAC arrival with our vehicle and i enquirred about recovery of the 5ver if need be, I was told that if they had to get alternative vehicle out to recover us we would be charged for said vehicle, they did state that if need be to make the area safe they would do a short tow to the nearest safe parking then leave the 5ver(if on motorway nearest service stn or nearest layby off motorway). when i enquirred about this they were charging for commercial recovery because i had enquirred about that for our other vehicles. So i ditched the rac and opened an account with a recovery firm that covers europe as well as the uk pay no yearly subs but I look at it from the point of view that what i save yearly paying for nothing (other than peace of mind) from the RAC arrival scheme will go to equalling the cost should i ever break down in such a way as i need recovery. At the time i ditched them we had been customers of the RAC for 12 years
     

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