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Old 15 November 2012, 03:30   #11
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I had exactly the same thing happen only a few weeks ago. Phoned the AA and they asked me if it could have been caused by a pothole and I honestly replied that I did not know what had caused it. Anyway, they sent someone around and recovered the trailer back home for me - around 100 miles.
I told the AA guy that I wasn't sure whether the trailer would have been covered and he explained that it would be considered part of the vehicle, so no problem.
As an aside, I found the kwalitee of the trailer axle very shoddy, having non-galvanized pressed steel box section crank arms, rather than solid steel or cast iron as used by other manufacturers. This was a Snipe trailer with a Peak axle.

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Old 15 November 2012, 03:48   #12
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I'd again add, I've got my trailer (not the boat) added to my car insurance... got it 'fully comp' at around 20 a year
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Old 15 November 2012, 14:31   #13
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This was a Snipe trailer with a Peak axle.

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Same as mine! Does look very flimsy.

With regards the comments regarding unroadworthy-ness, I tow lots of trailers and this one didn't strike me as being unroadworthy or unsafe. I've towed much worse! I suspect the majority of boat trailers which are a few years old have suspension units that look similar in terms of the amount of surface rust.
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Old 15 November 2012, 16:18   #14
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Gave up with the AA after a hub split, wouldn't come out as it was the trailer and not the car, I wasn't able to get specific trailer cover with them as mine is a fleet car.

Britannia have assured me that all is covered under one policy - we wait to find out.
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Same as mine! Does look very flimsy.

With regards the comments regarding unroadworthy-ness, I tow lots of trailers and this one didn't strike me as being unroadworthy or unsafe. I've towed much worse! I suspect the majority of boat trailers which are a few years old have suspension units that look similar in terms of the amount of surface rust.


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Old 15 November 2012, 17:19   #16
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Have you fixed it yet, Tim M?
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I've always been a Green Flag man meself. Most of their engineers are contractors so it's in their best interest to work with you as opposed to AA/RAC whose engineers are employed so get paid anyway.
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I've always been a Green Flag man meself. Most of their engineers are contractors so it's in their best interest to work with you as opposed to AA/RAC whose engineers are employed so get paid anyway.
I disagree. The Green flag never attend themselves so when a contractor comes out its to get you home and as quick as possible. I was with them for some time but not once did they try a repair. Its quicker for them to get you home then they are free for the next job. Theve been paid so why bother repairing

The RAC and AA at least try a repair as it saves the need to pay to outsource for recovery, plus it gives them the 97% repair on site stats they sell policy on

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Have you fixed it yet, Tim M?
New axle being ordered next week
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The Green flag never attend themselves so when a contractor comes out its to get you home and as quick as possible. I was with them for some time but not once did they try a repair.
Not my experience. I've only had one "proper breakdown" and they towed me off the motorway and to a garage in the middle of the night - then got the car going after about 10-15 minutes.

They also recovered my trailer when I had a puncture and no spare.
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The RAC and AA at least try a repair as it saves the need to pay to outsource for recovery, plus it gives them the 97% repair on site stats they sell policy on
But most of those will be: ran out of fuel, puncture, locked out car, flat battery, in reality modern cars are fairly reliable and there's not that much else that stops a well maintained modern car completely which you can fix at the roadside.

In contrast soon after I first met my wife her maestro has a "dislocated gear linkage" which the AA just 'relocated' at the roadside (one for their stats). It didn't make it the rest of the way home before it went again [but I came out and improvised a repair with a shoe lace whilst she was waiting for them to come back]... ...with hindsight it might have been better to tow the car to a garage and get it replaced, and arrange onward transport than set a young female driver off in the dark (before the time of mobile phones) with a bodged fix.

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