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Old 06-25-2016, 10:40 AM   #1
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MAINE help/info/advice needed ASAP

We have started our full-timing experience off on the wrong foot. It's been just three weeks since we drove out of Colonial, and we are definitely feeling down.

Besides some other issues, our main problem is that our tow vehicle was t-boned last week and is out for the count. Our 4 month old tow vehicle. Our tow vehicle that has less than 11,000 miles on it. It is currently at a Ford dealer in Portland and they will begin work on it next week. The estimate says there is about a month or more of work to be done on it. Sigh.

Our dilemma is that we are now stuck at the KOA near Gardiner, Maine. When we landed here, we were going to stay just to the 20th, and then move on to a less expensive campground for 10 days, and then slowly make our way, via cheaper state parks (with some dry camping thrown in) to Colorado.

We need help/advice on two things:
1) is there any campground near Augusta (family lives there and we want to stay fairly close) that is cheaper than KOA, may have an opening for us for a month or longer (despite the upcoming holiday weekend), and is full-hookup? We need full-hookup as, without the truck, we will be unable to tow it regularly to a dump station.
2) does anyone know where we can rent a big enough truck (we have a 2016 Classic) to tow it to said campground, or of someone we could hire to do the towing for us?

And, no, neither our insurance, nor the other guy's insurance will pay for us to just stay here at the KOA. The other insurance will pay for the tow to another campground.

The KOA owner is getting antsy to know just what our plans are. I wish we had answer for her.


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Old 06-25-2016, 10:52 AM   #2
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You might download the AllStays app, and see what you find in the area. It is inexpensive, and includes lots of information on campgrounds and other items of help and interest to RV'er's.

It would seem to me that insurance should pay for a rental truck while yours is out of commission, as this is your only source of transportation.

Minus that, paying your KOA expense seems in order, along with a rental something to get you around to meet basic needs, as you are stranded in place because of the accident.

Talk with your agent perhaps his/her supervisor, and get them on it.

While you are at the KOA, ask them about a Honey Wagon, or other pump out service for your holding tanks. These are pretty common.

Lastly...don't despair.

We call these things "a test", to see what we can handle and what we're made of.

You have set out on this adventure because you're made of strong stuff, so don't forget that.

One day, you'll be entertaining others with these stories of your early days.

Chin up, do what you need to do, it will get better.

Keep us posted here.


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Old 06-25-2016, 11:20 AM   #3
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Ask the Ford dealer for a loaner/rental truck for a day or two to move the trailer.
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Old 06-25-2016, 11:24 AM   #4
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You probably thought of this, but with that much work to do on your truck, can you get your agent to work with the at-fault agent to total the truck? Does that give you enough money to buy another truck and move on?

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Old 06-25-2016, 11:25 AM   #5
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Are you an Elk? There's an Elk club in Augusta that allows camping.

Other close options according to AllStays could include:

Gardiner, ME:

Vassleboro, ME:

Augusta West:

I've never been to these but that's the beauty of the AllStays app. Sorry to hear of your accident. Hope everyone is ok. Good luck!
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Old 06-25-2016, 12:03 PM   #6
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augusta truck rental - Enterprise Truck Rental

The standard tow vehicle rental source is usually Enterprise.

There is a Passport America site in Palmyra. It's located on a golf course and reasonably decent size. Worth checking to see if you can work a deal. We found the road at the bottom of the park to be too wet to use and traveled against the direction arrows to stay on a firm surface.

Good Luck. Pat
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Old 06-25-2016, 01:49 PM   #7
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Ara, Sorry to hear your plight. I sounds like you are OK then, just in a pickle.

Surprisingly they did not total your TV.

Foggy Bottom campground and marina
331 Maine Ave
Farmingdale, ME 04344
Small 17 site park with FHU's, close to you.

We just came from Maine and in Lower VT heading to Lower NH (outside Rochester) next week. But now, about 4 hrs from you.

Ryder rents trucks as well. Maybe even a 3/4 ton.

If you can't find any help, please reach out to us. I've got a F350.

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Old 06-25-2016, 04:49 PM   #8
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MAGGIE - Thanks for the advice AND the encouragement! We do have a rental car, it's just so little I'm not sure it could pull a Radio Flyer wagon, let alone our Classic. And, at the moment, our site at the KOA has full-hookups (whew!).

MOJO - Thanks for that idea!! I will have to try them on Monday!

ISBRODSKY - Because our truck is so new with so few miles, it's worth is "too" high to total. We have a minimum of about $20,000 right now, although it could get closer to $30,000 when they start to pull it apart. But... To total it, it would need about $40,000 in damages. Totaling it would be SO much easier for us. Ah, well... We're in the Lord's hands.

STEVESUEMAC - I had already checked out two of those campgrounds, but they are full up. I did call the third place, and it is a strong possibility. Thanks!

PAT - Thanks for your advice on Enterprise. I know they have trucks, just not sure if they have a big enough one.

SPHERE GUY - Thank you so much for your offer!! But we'd hate for you to come all that way back to this area. You deserve a reward for being so generous! And thanks for the advice on Ryder.

While I can do some calling this weekend, some of this will just have to wait until Monday.

And, yes. All of us came out of this unscathed. (Physically!)
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Old 06-26-2016, 12:50 PM   #9
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Look up Searsport Shores Campsite. On the coastline. They have full connections and can pump black water at all sites.
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Old 06-26-2016, 01:23 PM   #10
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Unless you were carrying 800 lbs of stuff in your box, a 1500 size anything with 280 - 300 HP (which will also have the torque to match) is enough to pull your trailer the distance you need to go. Might not be your first choice as a TV but it will do the job.
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Old 06-26-2016, 04:34 PM   #11
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So the Birches is the only other close by that I can think of. I live about 5 miles from the KOA so I might be able to help you out if you are moving local and my TV is big enough for your AS?
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Old 06-26-2016, 05:17 PM   #12
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I live 5 miles from KOA. I could help tow. Let me know. Also here is another link to a campground on a local lake. Foggy Bottom is also a good thought. They are the closest.
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Old 06-26-2016, 06:26 PM   #13
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Sorry to read about your plight and unfortunate start to your adventures. We are fellow Airstreamers and we live about an hour away from Gardiner. We would love to talk with you about possible ways we might help (tow vehicle etc...) Please feel free to call at your convenience. Jeff and Robin Brawn (207)975-2168 Jeff's cell; and I will respond as soon after I receive a message as possible if I am unable to answer when you call. Best wishes for good solutions to your challenges.... :-)
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Old 06-26-2016, 06:41 PM   #14
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The insurance company should rent a pickup for your use, at least in Montana they do, I would try demanding it.....or trade your wrecked one in for a new one.....

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