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Old 03 June 2019, 01:15   #1
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Amazing service from the AA

So we set off for home having attended the annual South West Sports boat Rally in Brixham (Tor bay) and the airshow after an amazing 10 days of boating.




About 2.5 hours into what should have been a 6-7 hour journey I heard a noise from the trailer so pulled over as soon as I could. Felt the bearings and the right one was cool but the left one was incredibly hot.




I was not in a good position on the road to change a bearing even if I had a set which I did not (note to self) So I called the AA. They responded quite quickly with a van to assess the situation and he quickly summoned a recovery lorry which did take a while to arrive (4 hours from originally stopping) who did the first leg of the journey to Reading services where he met another lorry who delivered the boat home. Whole journey ended up taking 14 hours but the boat is now home in one piece as are we. I was very impressed with the AA staff they were courteous, fun and very helpful and went beyond what you might expect to get us home safe.

If you are not a member I highly reccomend joining. Remember there was nothing wrong with our car it was the boat trailer but with Relay that is all covered. I think I have had very good value here from my membership. It was a 230 mile recovery.

Here the boat is being offloaded at home

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Old 03 June 2019, 03:39   #2
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happened to me years ago i always carry two hubs now ready to fit
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Old 03 June 2019, 03:58   #3
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happened to me years ago i always carry two hubs now ready to fit
I was thinking the same but then I thought would I want to be at the side of the road doing that job with cars flying by or let the AA take the strain... Perhaps carry the Hubs and be in the AA
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Personally Id stick with the AA, too many motorways with no hard shoulder anymore - much safer and easier
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Old 03 June 2019, 05:46   #5
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I was thinking the same but then I thought would I want to be at the side of the road doing that job with cars flying by or let the AA take the strain... Perhaps carry the Hubs and be in the AA
yes certainly risk assess but if you have the hubs chances are they would change for you rather that get a truck out would save you time too
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Old 03 June 2019, 09:13   #6
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I'm pleased you had a good experience with them - I had the opposite when my hub split on the A30.

As it was the car that was covered, not me, and it was the trailer that had an issue, not the car, they refused to attend, leaving me to chain the trailer up in a layby and hope it was still there after putting the boat on teh roof with teh help of some friends.

Luckily it was only a 3.83m sib then.

Not touched the AA since, but this was a few years ago and their cover approach seems to have changed.
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Old 03 June 2019, 10:48   #7
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I'm pleased you had a good experience with them - I had the opposite when my hub split on the A30.

As it was the car that was covered, not me, and it was the trailer that had an issue, not the car, they refused to attend, leaving me to chain the trailer up in a layby and hope it was still there after putting the boat on teh roof with teh help of some friends.

Luckily it was only a 3.83m sib then.

Not touched the AA since, but this was a few years ago and their cover approach seems to have changed.
Are you talking about Car Insurance with the AA or Breakdown cover

With Breakdown cover I think it is always the person Covered
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It's wise to periodically remove trailer bearings, clean and grease back with high quality bearing grease. Proper time to replace if found that will not hold more road and load punishment.

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Old 04 June 2019, 07:46   #9
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Are you talking about Car Insurance with the AA or Breakdown cover

With Breakdown cover I think it is always the person Covered
Only when taken out personally, mine was part of a fleet agreement.
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