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Old 08-12-2019, 03:58 PM   #1
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Hypothetically- truck dies while mid-trip, how do you move your fifth wheel?

Does the trip come to a stop until the truck is repaired/replaced?

Do you want a (who freaking knows)?

Hire a shipper on U-ship?

I need to know! My baby got her learner’s permit and we only have the one vehicle.

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Old 08-12-2019, 04:06 PM   #2
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If I was full timing like you I would probably just stay in the area until it is resolved. May need to find someone to move it to another site/campground depending on availability.

Then just rent something to use while waiting.

Need to get back to the office is more complicated
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We were at Holiday Sands on the Outer Banks, NC two summers ago when a toy hauler was pulled in to the spot next to ours. TV unhooked and left leaving behind a happy couple that I just had to talk to out of curiosity. Turned out their truck broke down on the ride down about 90 miles from the campground. AAA hauled the truck to a local mechanic and the rv to the trailer park. They had a Harley in the toy hauler they could get around on til the truck was fixed, which was only a couple days.
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Old 08-12-2019, 04:39 PM   #4
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What does you baby having a permit have to do with your truck breaking down?

And yes... the trip comes to a stop if your truck breaks down. Fix or buy a new one and get your baby one also... then you will have a spare truck....
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Does the trip come to a stop until the truck is repaired/replaced?

Do you want a (who freaking knows)?

Hire a shipper on U-ship?

I need to know! My baby got her learner’s permit and we only have the one vehicle.

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Oh I feel for you Doug. My youngest is in drivers Ed for a few more weeks then gets his learner's permit. I have actually been working with him since he was 13 so he is in a good place experience wise.
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Old 08-12-2019, 04:58 PM   #6
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What does you baby having a permit have to do with your truck breaking down?

And yes... the trip comes to a stop if your truck breaks down. Fix or buy a new one and get your baby one also... then you will have a spare truck....
I think Doug is being a gracious father in his choice of words. I fully understand what he means.

BTW Doug, that's a great pic of her. Tell her she must get her mom's looks.
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Ooooh such a pretty girl! Never mind the truck - I see many late nights in your future lol!
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Thanks everyone. Yes, she gets her looks from her Momma but man does she get her sarcasm, wit, and humor from me. Makes me want to club her from time to time! I’ve long said I couldn’t live with me... and now I have 2 mini-mes.

And yes- the boyfriend stage. We entered it. She dates the son of an ex-fulltime family. We stopped in the area they’re living in and he has his license. It was a hard pill to swallow to let her go on a date where he drove off with her! Boys are dirty.
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It was a hard pill to swallow to let her go on a date where he drove off with her! Boys are dirty.
Sounds like he may not ever want to accept an invitation from you to go hunting pythons in the Everglades. Lol
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So, back to your hypothetical question. We actually had it happen. Luckily we were close to our destination. What did we do. Called the local RV dealer and asked them if they'd come get it and tow it to their yard and we'd pick it up later. Even offered to pay them to tow it.

Guess what? Yep, they came and got it and towed it to their yard and we picked it up and went on our way when the truck was fixed. They didn't even charge us for towing it.

Yeah, we bought our next RV from them!
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MAN !!! I thought I was the young guy out here. My youngest of 4 is....30 this year and I'll have my fifth grandchild in February. Now I'm feeling OLD !!!

How bad is the truck Doug ? Time to retire it ? Find a dealer that will make a double deal...one for you and one for her.
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MAN !!! I thought I was the young guy out here. My youngest of 4 is....30 this year and I'll have my fifth grandchild in February. Now I'm feeling OLD !!!

How bad is the truck Doug ? Time to retire it ? Find a dealer that will make a double deal...one for you and one for her.


Ha! My younger kid is 7. Brute of a boy. Has made me rethink everything I thought I knew about child-rearing.

Fortunately, this is all hypothetical and more of a lark on my kid getting her learner’s permit and learning to drive on the sole vehicle we own that pulls my house around!
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The upside to this Doug, is once she learns on that big truck, she will be able to drive most anything after the fact.

Unless she is like my daughter who cut her teeth in my 2500 Ram. She says she will never own a truck. She's had two Honda Accords since then.
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find a local rv park or campground and strike up a conversation with the owner of another trailer who has the vehicle to help you - for some cash, of course, though they'll probably do it out of the 'bond' between RVrs... you never know.

There's many things you can do to overcome a perceived 'situation' that you have a worry about, but the chances are you'll never have such an issue.
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The upside to this Doug, is once she learns on that big truck, she will be able to drive most anything after the fact.

Unless she is like my daughter who cut her teeth in my 2500 Ram. She says she will never own a truck. She's had two Honda Accords since then.


This is about the only time I wish it was a manual transmission. I learned to drive on Toyota clutches and always said that if you can drive that, you can drive most anything out there.

It was really nice when my girlfriend’s mom had a Toyota Supra with a manual transmission. That thing was fun to drive!
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Not so hypothetical. A few years ago our truck broke town on I-5 in northern Cal. Good Sam sent two rescue vehicles, one with a 5th wheel hitch and the other was a roll back. While waiting I called the closest Ford dealership (30 miles north) to let them know what was coming. The trailer was towed 30 miles south to the campground where we had a site reserved, and the truck was taken to the shop. Repair took 2 days which left us with the question of getting 60 miles to the shop to pick up the trailer. No rental cars in the area, so we found a taxi for the 60 mile commute. Trailer and TV were reunited. Obviously this could get much more expensive if the truck needed to be replaced or required major repairs, but things do happen on the road and full-timers as well as the rest of us need to follow the Boy Scout motto: "Be Prepared." There's always a solution, but it might be very expensive.
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This is about the only time I wish it was a manual transmission. I learned to drive on Toyota clutches and always said that if you can drive that, you can drive most anything out there.

It was really nice when my girlfriend’s mom had a Toyota Supra with a manual transmission. That thing was fun to drive!
I hear you. I have hired employees who cannot drive sticks and when one comes in the shop either I or the customer had to pull it in.

I cut my teeth on my brother in law's 1970 manual three on the column gm truck and my sisters Toyota.

It is a less common breed of vehicles than of yesteryears, and honestly I don't miss them. Prefer the automatic all day everyday.

What would be fun and probably show the generational gap, is to have like an undercover hidden camera tv show and stock a car rental business with vehicles only with manual transmissions. It might be fun to watch how many couldn't drive one and their facial expressions when they get in.
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Truck stopped dead

Happen to us on I-95 in Flagler Beach area. Road service sent two trucks, one to take our truck to a repair facility and one to pull our 5th wheel to a local campground. Stayed 4 days while they replace the fuel pump. Picked up the truck after $800. and it quit again driving back to the campground. Two more days and they figured it was a grounding strap. No credit for the mistaken fuel pump replacement.

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It is a less common breed of vehicles than of yesteryears, and honestly I don't miss them. Prefer the automatic all day everyday.

The night in snow and ice that it took me 3+ hours to drive 60 miles, I never wanted another manual transmission.

I then used that car for a week with a 55 mile round trip in stop and go traffic for commuting to work.
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The only time we ever broke down while towing a trailer was while we were literally leaving the campground on a Sunday.

We had a Suburban and were pulling a pop-up. The problem turned out to be the battery in the Suburban. Luckily the CG owner was nice enough to drive us to a local parts store to get a new one.
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