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Does anyone have any recommendations for breakdown cover?

I am thinking that I can lessen the feeling of anxiety I get whenever my Jeep engine falters, or refuses to start by getting breakdown cover, and I may actually start to use it more. Up to now I’ve always been able to repair stuff on the roadside, but I don’t think my luck will last forever, and that’s probably also making me reluctant to take it very far.

I generally drive a Jeep & trailer,  but also want to take my Carrier out on the occasional organised road run around Salisbury Plain (weighs less than 3.5t, but can’t really class it as a car!).

Does anyone have any experience of provider’s reactions to military vehicles, good or bad before I go with the RAC or AA?

Many thanks.

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Yes! - to my cost - may years ago I had to use recovery for my the GMC and trailer - although there was no quibble regarding the GMC....they would not take my trailer as they didn't have the appropriate hitch for it and it would have required an additional recovery truck as my GMC filled the one they sent - eventually a mate recovered the trailer for me but be aware if you are towing anything - many will not recover the towed item - always check with your insurers - better to ask the question now than when stranded at the roadside - as for which company to recommend - there's no definitive answer - shop around for the best deal - I use Haggerty for my insurance and a separate company for recovery as my current GMC is classed as heavy recovery - i.e. wont go easily on a beavertail !

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I seem to remember that Jack on this forum had an experience to remember when his GMC was hitched up and towed home backwards, which caused one of the front wheels to come off?

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I don't recall that - but I guess its one of the joys of owning the bigger vehicles - they are a bigger pain when they go wrong ! Ha Ha

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Wasn't there discussions regarding the type of hitch the trailer had as some wouldn't fit the recovery vehicle

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I use a gang called Autohome, costs £110 per year for my Militant. Thankfully I've never had to call them out, but I know a couple of people that have, and they appear to be very good. When I signed up with them, there were very specific questions about the type of vehicle, size and weight etc, including any regularly towed trailers. Worth giving them a call for a price.  0800 371280

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Hi I use Autohome for my Chevrolet C60L and have had no problems apart from the Ben Hur trailer that I tow , The firms they use for the recovery do not have the right tow bars so will not recover the trailer ,. Autohome is limited to £1000 total cost of recovery . For my Morris Commercial C8 GS I have a Flex Plus account with the Nationwide Building Society this gives me free unlimited recovery for my C8 and my 110 Defender and any car I am a passenger in , It also provides recovery for my living van as this has a 50 mm ball hitch even though it weighs around 2 1/2 tons , This account gives me free holiday insurance as well all for £13 a month

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4 hours ago, LarryH57 said:

I seem to remember that Jack on this forum had an experience to remember when his GMC was hitched up and towed home backwards, which caused one of the front wheels to come off?

The cause of the wheel coming off was likely because the wheel was running backwards. This is the reason for having left hand and right handed threads on wheel studs, so they should not unscrew when driving forwards.

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