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Old 23 November 2001, 12:07   #1
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Hi all,

A recent discussion wth the AA revealed that their recovery service does not extend to mainland europe when towing a rib. A caravan is no problem to them, but they don't do recovery where a rib is involved.

Annoying really as we have europe wide cover with them and had been under the impression that the same service applied there as here.

Good job we found this out before we needed recovery!

What does everyone else do about this?

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Old 23 November 2001, 14:37   #2
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Try one of the otrher recovery companies. My car has a 'new car' warranty overseen by 'Mondial' They accepted my trailer as an extra and said they would tow it back to Blighty, (from Italy), complete with boat, (just as well). Not proved though, didn't break down!
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Old 25 November 2001, 15:02   #3
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Oh s##t, we've been towing a variety of inflatables and ribs to France every summer for the last 10 years with AA cover and never thought to check if the trailer was covered as I knew from a previous caravan trip that they were. Does this mean that if the car breaks down they would expect you to leave the trailer behind?
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Old 26 November 2001, 03:00   #4
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Even in the UK the AA will only recover a trailer up to 24' long. That's less than 7.5 metres, so even a 6.5m boat could be pushing it.

What's more, they won't come out to help you if a trailer wheel bearing packs in, so you're on your own!

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Old 26 November 2001, 14:06   #5
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Hi all,

we too have been towing that thing back and forth all year...
Seems we were not covered because:
one must inform them (AA) of specific dates when going and returning...but the rib isn't covered in any case - and we have "Europe-wide cover"!

I cannot believe that if someone in Belgium is off to Holland or Germany or whatever with the rib for a few days they have to inform their insurance/breakdown cover of dates and details (haven't checked this yet - stranger things have happened) and whatnot. Is this simply yet another example of a company on this expensive little island robbing us?

OK john...any ideas: I tend to go to France at very short notice, sometimes for several days.

What I want is probably some kind of Europe wide insurance that covers everything all the time.

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Me too! Any suggestions John?
P.S. the AA can do a fair job - last year I lost a wheel off a double decker trailer with 2 new ribs aboard between Hull & Leeds. Even though we had plenty of tools & bits, the bearing remains had doverheated so much that I couldnt get the outer race off. We phoned the AA & they picked up the trailer (onto the back of one of those flatback recovery vehicles), took it to Stranraer, and organised to get it repaired (in temp. fashion) so we could tow it onto the ferry. But it was probably about 6.5 metres long!
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Old 27 November 2001, 01:33   #7
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at a copmany called Interamerican. The road assistance that they provide covers Europe all around. At least that's what they said, when this certain question was made. BUT in order to provide this kind of assistance as far as the trailer, you must pay an extra fee, which is +30%!!!!!!!!
To make the long story short I have to pay 150.000 dr per year (440 Euro) to have a decent insurance ( theft, fire etc) + road assistance for the car AND the trailer.
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Hi there

The problem is that the AA/RAC etc are basically for the private car (and occasional caravan) user. What you need when towing a large rib is commercial vehicle recovery, and believe me, THAT is going to be expensive.

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I have to pay 150.000 dr per year (440 Euro) to have a decent insurance ( theft, fire etc) + road assistance for the car AND the trailer
And you should consider yourself very lucky. In Sweden you cannot insure a bike for that kind of money.
OK, I'm exaggerating a bit, but an insurance like yours - covering car and trailer and including assistance - is much more expensive than 440 Euros.

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What is the cost of insurance like that in Sweden ? (In Euros please).
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