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Old 03-31-2012, 07:55 AM   #15
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Old 03-31-2012, 11:01 AM   #16
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Got the pm. Thanks. For those of you who tried U-haul, were you up front with your intentions? I called the 800 number and they had no problem setting me up with something to tow with. I am wondering if I'll encounter problems on pick up now. Thanks.

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Old 03-31-2012, 11:20 AM   #17
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That is exactly right. I had a truck and trailer reserved once. Flew all the way out there, paid for the taxi to the rental place and when I could not provide the vin number that matched a car or truck going on the trailer, I was denied service. The happy note was I got some awesome Memphis BBQ while I waited for an open seat at full fare on a return flight. Very expensive lesson for me.
It is about liability and not being covered by insurance under yours or their policy. Towing things is a very grey area. You are going to have to break the policy, lie to the people, and say nothing about towing something when you pick up. I am just not sure it is worth doing all that lying. I personally am too paranoid to take those risks.
The PM you got would have you on your way home by now. The guy offering gets off on being unlike most people and actually finds pleasure in helping others.
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Old 04-01-2012, 02:39 PM   #18
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anyone beside me curious how this turned out?
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Old 04-01-2012, 08:39 PM   #19
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Had the family reunion thing to do yesterday and today, tomorrow will be interesting to hear from the Ford dealer about just how long the truck is out of commission for and have some fun and take my daughter to the zoo. Tuesday will be the test with U-haul. The 800 number said all would be ok, but will I get the bait and switch like you did. I will give an update Tuesday when I know, but I have to say thank you from the bottom of my heart for the kindness displayed by complete strangers offering to go out of their way to tow me, just shows how great a group this is. Thanks.

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Old 04-01-2012, 08:45 PM   #20
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Eric, when I broke down and went to U-Haul I made the mistake of telling them my tale of woe...as soon as they heard I wanted to tow something it was over. So if you have no alternative...don't tell them what you're doing...and pray you don't get into an accident.
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Old 04-02-2012, 01:54 AM   #21
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U-Haul rental for towing availability

hi, Eric,

I walked into the U-Haul Moving & Storage Center in Nanuet, NY, on Saturday afternoon where they told me that they rent their 10' truck that is rated for towing 5,000# and is equipped with a 2" ball, an electric brake controller, and a 7-pin connector, and that there was no issue with pulling your own trailer.

didn't think to ask about whether the ball is on a fixed mount, or a bar into a receiver? hopefully a receiver, so you can use your own bar and ball easily. you might have to readjust the bar for proper ball height?

I find I do better dealing with a "U-Haul Moving Center" rather than a "U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer", so if there's one of those nearby that you can use, I'd try there first.

(one exception to that would be Timmy's Service Center in Westwood, NJ. Tim Hampton and his team are first rate! and Tim probably has forgotten more about towing than most people know.... )

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Plan B ??

Eric,

there are two Airforums members in the Dover, DE area, and another member in the Bridgeville, DE area that offer "Courtesy Parking".

perhaps you could try reaching out to them for a place to park your trailer? and maybe they'd be good enough to pull you from Smyrna to their home, given that it's not very far? (comparatively, at least!)

if you want search for them, go up this page to "Community" and then "Members List", then click "Search Members" and "Advanced Search". then select "DE" from the State dropdown, and "Yes" from the Courtesy Parking dropdown, and finally "Search Now"

this might make your life much easier?

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Old 04-03-2012, 04:17 PM   #23
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Looks like parts to fix my truck are more available now than I was led to believe may have been the case. I am being told now my truck should be good to go Thursday evening. Sent the fiancé home on a train today, and will be staying in the area with my daughter until then, just didn't make sense to go home today as planned to have to come back Friday when the one person who had to be in Massachusetts is on their way. So, spent some time in my company's Philadelphia office today, and we will see what the next few days will bring. Quite a pain, and waste of vacation days, but things look far better than they did Friday.

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Best wishes, Eric.

In my experience, with cars/trucks in overall good condition with proper maintenance, transmission failures are the major mechanical source of trip disruption. As you have found, usually the best way forward is to find a local shop that can replace the transmission.
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Old 04-03-2012, 05:22 PM   #25
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I want to say that all of those that tried, should be very proud of themselves. I am honored that so many of you had the same notion as me. I have had my Airstream Spirit really seriously tested lately, and some of you have given me part of it back. I want to sincerely thank all those that wanted to help for renewing my faith in my fellow Airstreamers. Godspeed to all of you (said with a very heavy heart).
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things look far better than they did Friday
Excellent! Now you have another story to tell around the campfire....
And after all the bills are paid it might even become a funny story.
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