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Old 03 May 2021, 09:05   #1
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I've had breakdown cover with green flag for many years and fortunatley never needed to use them, however as the renewals seemed to have climbed considerably over the past few years despite no claims I thought I'd ring them for a chat.

Whilst on the phone I discussed breakdown scenarios whilst towing and they advised they strictly only cover trailers upto 7m in length from the A frame to the very rear part of the trailer or its load.

Now I am towing a 7.5m rib on a large twin axle trailer I'm pretty sure the overall length likely exceeds 7m whichever way you interpret their wording regarding the A frame which they couldn't explain how this related to boat trailers (they were not willing to see a photo of my particular trailer and advise).

So can anyone recommend breakdown cover providers that will cover me in the even my trailer requires attention / recovery from the roadside etc? Thanks
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Old 03 May 2021, 23:55   #2
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Hi

I've had breakdown cover with green flag for many years and fortunatley never needed to use them, however as the renewals seemed to have climbed considerably over the past few years despite no claims I thought I'd ring them for a chat.

Whilst on the phone I discussed breakdown scenarios whilst towing and they advised they strictly only cover trailers upto 7m in length from the A frame to the very rear part of the trailer or its load.

Now I am towing a 7.5m rib on a large twin axle trailer I'm pretty sure the overall length likely exceeds 7m whichever way you interpret their wording regarding the A frame which they couldn't explain how this related to boat trailers (they were not willing to see a photo of my particular trailer and advise).

So can anyone recommend breakdown cover providers that will cover me in the even my trailer requires attention / recovery from the roadside etc? Thanks
Someone may correct me here... but I tend not to pay for breakdown cover. Any time i've needed it, i'm able to phone up the AA or whoever and register there and then, and they sent a truck straight away. Maybe i'm just a stingy mingebag.
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Someone may correct me here... but I tend not to pay for breakdown cover. Any time i've needed it, i'm able to phone up the AA or whoever and register there and then, and they sent a truck straight away. Maybe i'm just a stingy mingebag.
I think you've been lucky, there's normally a time period (8-24hrs) a new registrant has to wait to prevent this sort of thing.

I went for AutoAid as recommended by Moneysavingexpert Martin Lewis. No idea about the trailer size but if it's legal to tow, it will probably be covered.
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I think you've been lucky, there's normally a time period (8-24hrs) a new registrant has to wait to prevent this sort of thing.

I went for AutoAid as recommended by Moneysavingexpert Martin Lewis. No idea about the trailer size but if it's legal to tow, it will probably be covered.
In fairness it has been a number of years (10) since I last had to do this... Ever since i've had cover through my bank, which is likely the base level of cover, but i'm sure I could upgrade in the moment if required!
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Used to be able to get through caravan club with green flag if my failing memory serves me well? Worth a call perhaps anyway
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Saga seems to have a great offer at present so longa s the primary user is over 50.

Looking today to see if it'll cover the trailer.
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I'd check the policy covers your trailer. I'm with the Nationwide and the included breakdown benefits cover a trailer up to 8M
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I've had breakdown cover with green flag for many years and fortunatley never needed to use them, however as the renewals seemed to have climbed considerably over the past few years despite no claims I thought I'd ring them for a chat.



Whilst on the phone I discussed breakdown scenarios whilst towing and they advised they strictly only cover trailers upto 7m in length from the A frame to the very rear part of the trailer or its load.



Now I am towing a 7.5m rib on a large twin axle trailer I'm pretty sure the overall length likely exceeds 7m whichever way you interpret their wording regarding the A frame which they couldn't explain how this related to boat trailers (they were not willing to see a photo of my particular trailer and advise).



So can anyone recommend breakdown cover providers that will cover me in the even my trailer requires attention / recovery from the roadside etc? Thanks


Camping & caravan club “arrival” covers whatever you’re towing as long as it’s legal. It’s operated by the AA, very expensive though.
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Got mine chucked in with NFU insurance ,also paid extra to upgrade to home start but did,nt need too for the trailer part though,all through the rac ,guess if you can tow it legall then so can they ,, of course small ribber was the expert on this ,he had two occasions within a few years one from wales to suffolk (car on the recovery and trailer towed behind ) and one from devon to suffolk with boat on the transporter and disco driven behind ,as i understand they put whichever part has failed on the tranporter and tow the other part ,so i think they are quoting the max length for their transporter if the trailer fails then there are going to be length issues, who ever your with ,,,,the other problem i am told is they all work county,s so sometimes they will transport you home, but sometimes depending on shift patterns they will keep swapping you onto differnt transporters as you cross county boundarys
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My car come with breakdown as long as I get it esker serviced each year and that covers towing (not sure if it covers trailer breakdown) and don’t remember a limit on size

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I can fully recommend NFU but make sure you specifically have trailer cover and tell them the max length. As someone said, if your tow car breaks down, no problem, any recovery company can recover your car and tow the trailer, but if you're towing a long trailer and have a trailer problem you're in for a huge bill if not covered, as they'll have to mobilise commercial recovery as most flat beds for car recovery will only carry up to 6.5/7m and won't tolerate any overhang.
Even if covered, expect a longer than usual wait with a big trailer as commercial recovery trucks are a lot less common than car recovery wagons.
NFU come very highly recommended though
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Ok I'm covered by "Top of the range FULL AA cover" through my LLoyds bank account (i.e "FREE" sweetener) ....a couple of years ago I had an electrical problem 500+ miles from home (thankfully AFTER a great Boating Holiday!) with a 3yr old Discovery I was useing as a Tower and rang them about getting home....Vehicle ..Boat ..Trailer ...Passengers and all.

Thier reply.."NO PROBLEM SIR" ...We are sending our local agent and he will be with you in around 1 +1/2 hours with a big enough Rig...Happy Days!
I'm pleased to say we eventually resolved the problem which turned out to be the "intelligent" key Fob
There you have it....real world problem and real world solution...if it ain't broke why fix it?
They are after all by far the biggest breakdown recovery outfit in the UK...With the biggest and most diverse fleet of recovery vehicles!
I have a RC 6.8 (7m RIB) on a Twin axel Dixon Bate Trailer...although no mention of size limit by the AA...just that it was legally "Towable" on UK Roads.

For me it's AA all the way!
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