small-list-digest Monday, June 7 1999 Volume 03 : Number 140



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FTE Small - Re: AAA - Long Post.
FTE Small - Another Towing Question
Re: FTE Small - Towing Trailers
Re: FTE Small - Towing Trailers

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Date: Sun, 6 Jun 1999 19:56:25 -0700 (PDT)
From: Bill Ciocco
Subject: FTE Small - Re: AAA - Long Post.

I have been away on vacation last week and have just gotten to my email. I hope this thing has not
been worn out. I went from Charlotte, NC to Dothan, AL on to Panama City Beach and back to
Charlotte, NC

While on vacation, I used a triptick from AAA both ways. On the way down, the triptick was missing
necessary detail that I only knew because of previous experiences. There is an area that requires
4 turns to get from one road to another. All four of these roads were missing on the triptick.

Once in Panama City Beach, my wife's car (not a Ford) stalled and would not start. I called AAA.
This is the first time in 8 years that I needed to be towed. The women on the phone said that the
wrecker would be there in 45 minutes; it was 5:15 pm.

6:30 pm I had not seen a wrecker. I called AAA. They put me through to dispatch. Dispatch gave me
another number to call. I called they put me through to another dispatch. This dispatch contacted
the wrecker service and told me it would be at least 8:20pm until they could get to my car. I was
glad it was not my wife alone on an interstate when this happened.

I called a local garage that was recommended by two locals that were in the area. They could pick
up the car that night or in the morning. It was 7pm by now so I had them get it in the morning and
cancelled AAA.

On the way home from Panama City Beach, we had another triptick. They routed us differently. I
thought that it was a quicker way due to the fact that we were not needing to go through Dothan.
This route was 2 hours longer than if we would have just gone back through Dothan. Aside from
that, it was missing a connection between two roads and we ahd to stop and get directions. I am
glad I was not travelling in the middle of the night like I ussually do. This turned a 9 hour trip
into almost twelve.

The mechanic at the garage explained the AAA pays $12 for a tow. Everyone else pays $25. AAA goes
to the bottem of the list. This garage will not even tow for AAA, though they only charged me $25.
He recommended two clubs - Cross Country, and AllState. He said they pay best and quickest. He
also said that you get better service with a club than without. With a club they get paid even if
you get your car started and leave before they show up; they are more likely to accept calls that
they know they will get paid for.

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Date: Sun, 06 Jun 1999 21:59:02 CDT
From: travis swinny
Subject: FTE Small - Another Towing Question

I'm thinking about buying a 87 ranger 4x4 and i was wondering if it would
have any problems towing my drag car to the strip. I live in the central
illinois so are not a lot of big hills. It's not a big trailer at all. But
my dad won't let me use his 96 f-150 any more because i'm putting to many
miles on it parents :-) So i'm have a big problem here because i have no
truck to pull my car and i don't have a lot of money to buy a full size
truck. PLEASE HELP!


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Date: Sun, 6 Jun 1999 23:41:15 EDT
From: Ding060297 aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Towing Trailers

You should be alright towing ....
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Date: Sun, 6 Jun 1999 23:44:17 EDT
From: Ding060297 aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Towing Trailers

I might have towed 8000lbs for a short distance but i wouldn't recommend it
for a any longer than from a parking lot to another parking lot....Not only
is the truck not designed to carry such weight its not safe SO DON"T DO
IT>>>>>>>>>
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