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Old 10 July 2016, 10:30   #1
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Trailer roadside recovery.

Food for thought.....

Just over a year ago I lapsed my RAC recovery because of their new draconian trailer recovery restrictions that meant they where effectively going to wriggle out of any obligation to recover my boat trailer if I ever needed it.
I now find after debate with Xk59D and some investigation through the small print of Green Flag's policy, the cover I took out with them was as a result of misinformation I was given over the phone ie "if it's legal to tow the trailer with the car you are towing with, we will recover it". Needless to say I'm not best pleased to read that they won't recover anything over 7mtrs....not what they told me! I can apparently join the "Caravan Club", pay for some enhanced service and then they remove the size restriction.....They can go to hell, I'm wanting everything I've already paid them back.
That off my chest....has anyone got any good experience of roadside recovery when it comes to boat trailers?
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Old 10 July 2016, 10:38   #2
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Never had a problem with the AA. Once recovered the trailer when a wheel fell off and second time hitched the trailer onto a flatbed when my ML gearbox failed. My trailer's about 25ft.
I'd double check if there's any restrictions first. I've got the 'relay' option.
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Old 10 July 2016, 10:55   #3
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just took out green flag as after 10 years with the rac they told me I had to join the caravan club to have trailer cover .my trailers under 7m
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Yes. It looks as though the AA have 2.3mtr (7ft 6inches) width restriction but no length limit.

So your MLs gearbox failed? My MLs gearbox didn't fail, but I'd be struggling to think of anything else on it that didn't.

Diff lock malfunction, active damping failure, air suspension failure, Diff lock overheat, wheel bearings, parking brake stators, ESPS failure, ABS failure, air con, glow plug control module, radio failure (Cause by a faulty rear light fitting!!) and of course RUST.

I'd thought a car that cost what that one did would have lasted longer than 75K mls.
On the positive side it's gone
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Green flag clearly have not got a clue, you do not need to join the caravan club if under 7m in total as per their own website. Weight and width rules also apply.

I have not found anyone yet who will cover me unless i join the caravan club.

Looking for options though.
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Old 10 July 2016, 12:47   #6
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There are three things to watch with cover:
Width
Length
Recovery of failed trailer vs failed tow vehicle. I think most will move your trailer to a place of safety. But generally you seem to officially need the caravan club membership versions to get the trailer fully recovered. I'm sure some individual agents are more helpful than others and I'm sure it depends how many other jobs are involved. But also likely depends if a low loader is involved.
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Old 10 July 2016, 13:39   #7
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Yes. It looks as though the AA have 2.3mtr (7ft 6inches) width restriction but no length limit.

So your MLs gearbox failed? My MLs gearbox didn't fail, but I'd be struggling to think of anything else on it that didn't.

Diff lock malfunction, active damping failure, air suspension failure, Diff lock overheat, wheel bearings, parking brake stators, ESPS failure, ABS failure, air con, glow plug control module, radio failure (Cause by a faulty rear light fitting!!) and of course RUST.

I'd thought a car that cost what that one did would have lasted longer than 75K mls.
On the positive side it's gone
Mine had 145000 on, it's now gone. Loved driving that car but I virtually rebuilt the thing. Brakes,discs,calipers,injectors (4 of 5),central locking,wiper motor,alternator,wheel bearings (3), widow switches,fog light switch,EPS, air con, rust on the doors. Now got a Sorento auto, fingers crossed...
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If the boat and trailer will fit on the recovery truck you won't have a issue as far as I am aware
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Green flag clearly have not got a clue, you do not need to join the caravan club if under 7m in total as per their own website. Weight and width rules also apply.

I have not found anyone yet who will cover me unless i join the caravan club.

Looking for options though.
it was the rac who said I would have to join the caravan club .greenflag said there was no problem and my trailer was covered and would be recovered to either my destination or home
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Old 10 July 2016, 14:14   #10
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Try breakdown direct they provide trailer cover as standard. They are internet based and are part of Axa.
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Been with Britannia rescue for a few years, never had to use them but paperwork says they will recover trailer.....
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breakdown direct looks decent but the policy doesn't mention they will recover if the trailer is the issue, i suspect they won't-

If the vehicle you are in breaks down while you are towing a caravan or
trailer, we will recover the vehicle and the caravan or trailer, as long as the
caravan or trailer is not more than:
• 8 metres long;
• 3 metres high; and
• 2.55 metres wide.

greenflag (with caravan club cover) will recover if the trailer is the issue and no limits on the trailer.

the AA policy is an option, means deflating tubes for some but worth doing to get recovery, i don't think they will recover if the trailer is at fault though?
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Old 10 July 2016, 17:33   #13
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The AA put my trailer on a flatbed when the wheel fell off and I drove the car home. They brought the boat & trailer right to my door .
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i don't know when you had this but it doesn't seem to be covered now as their terms state-

"Breakdown assistance is only available for cars, vans, minibuses or motorcycles"

"Assistance will also be provided for a caravan or trailer which was on tow at the time of the breakdown"

https://www.theaa.com/resources/Docu...ns-current.pdf

perhaps the rules have changed recently with AA?

i am just going to join the caravan club for a month and get green flag i think. you don't need to stay a member to get the cover, only to get started you need a membership number.
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I've been an AA member for years and have just contacted them for clarification. As long as the trailer is attached to the car at the time of breakdown and falls within their load limits its covered for breakdown.


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Old 11 July 2016, 04:03   #16
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I've been an AA member for years and have just contacted them for clarification. As long as the trailer is attached to the car at the time of breakdown and falls within their load limits its covered for breakdown.


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I did the same.
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I'm in the camping & caravan club and use their RAC cover Arrival
Just had the renewal for two people on the policy £163.86

Just called and got it for £121.71
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Does the RYA not have a deal
With a breakdown sevice?
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Old 11 July 2016, 13:54   #19
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I asked when I took my greenflag policy out if the trailer will be fully covered and they said yes it comes as standard with the policy no need to join the caravan club. I put both myself and my mrs on personal cover so we are covered whatever vehicle we are in although all our personal and business vehicles are named on the policy
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