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Old 28 November 2001, 13:10   #11
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I've had an email from Paul Glatzel (who for some obscure reason can't post to the forum at the moment ) to say that Seastart offer a European wide boat and trailer recover service.

The details are on their web site at www.seastart.co.uk

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Brilliant...........

Thanks John & Paul! I think that would 49 wisely spent!
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Old 28 November 2001, 18:15   #13
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To clarify, it's 49 for UK cover only or 49 for European cover only. It's 69 for both combined.

That covers you for up to 500 recovery costs per claim, with a maximum of 800 in a year.

Presumably they also organise the recovery, which is the really useful bit!

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Old 29 November 2001, 02:57   #14
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I have a new Freelander and, prompted by this thread, I checked with Land Rover regarding their policy on RIBs (and trailers in general) - especially abroad.

They assure me that the RIB - or anything else being towed - is fully covered by their 3 year breakdown emergency service. Theye ven claim that they will get me out of trouble if I get 'stuck' whilst launching or recovering the RIB from a beach or slipway etc!

Pity this only lasts for the first 3 years of the car's life - not sure if it can be extended!
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A Landrover? Stuck on a slipway?

Surely not!!

Land Rovers, regretably probably need a decent recovery service for the almost inevitable mechanical breakdowns!
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Nah, a Freelander stuck on a slipway!

I hear that Landrover now offer a special off road equipment kit to go with Freelanders, consisting of a proper Landrover and a dog.

One to pull you out, the other to bark at anyone who laughs at you . . .

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Boom Boom!

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You all may Mock!!!

I have had the full range of Landrovers - from series Vehicles through the 90s, 110s, defenders, a couple of discos and 2 Range Rovers - a 'Classic' and a 'New' shape. I also have a 'Lightweight' ex Army landrover at present. I had serious doubts before buying the Freelander as to its 'off road' status - but having driven it around various locations - on sand, mud, hills and vales - I can testify that it has coped with everything I have asked it to do!

I would also point out that i have towed out of trouble a Shogun and a Isuzu Trooper with the Freelander - but as they are only 'Pretend' 4x4s anyway its no real claim to fame!

So guys - lay off the Freelander - the V6 is one capable vehicle!
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Errmm..........

Beg to differ about the Trooper Graeme. Having driven my new one for a week and 500 miles I can say that it appears better screwed together, more powerful, quieter and nicer inside than the shiny new Disco I had earlier in the year. It doesn't handle as well not having all the fancy electronic trickery (ACE) that makes Disco's so ****ing expensive! I suspect Offroad 90% of the time it'd be a match for a Disco and 100% of the time for a Freelander!

Freeloaders are a hell of a lot nicer on the road though and the V6 is lovely but THIRSTY as I'm sure you know.

And before anyone accuses me of anti LR bias. I had a '72 SWB Series 3 I used to offroad some years ago and spent the last 14 months working at LR after Ford bought 'em! So I mock from a position of strength!

Lightweights are fun though. Slightly narrower track than std LR's so better for offroad trialling!

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Hi Alan

The one thing you need to remember with the Trooper though - unless the new one's are different - is to put them into 4 wheel Drive BEFORE you need it. I believe you have to trun the wheels full circle to engage 4WD - which people seem to forget - and then get stuck.

I would still prefer the best 4x4 by far, not just a mere imitation ....... (just kidding)
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