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Re: waiting for AA recovery
« Reply #15 on: 16 April 2018, 11:44:45 »

Wareham to Looe, and back can be done within driving hours... Gatwick to Looe cannot.

Rightly or not, Andy's car will be relayed.

Must say, that I am a bit surprised that the first driver didn't drag the car to Cobham services :-\
He had the bar on and was just about to get me to make a mark on his tablet when the screen went red and vetoed the tow because the Galaxy weighs 1895kg and his towing limit was 2000kg **sigh**

.. which isn't relevant if towing a vehicle to a "safe place" anyway.  ::)
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Re: waiting for AA recovery
« Reply #16 on: 16 April 2018, 12:58:23 »

Indeed, you or I could have legally dragged any car off the motorway with a ratchet strap...

Cobham services would have been the next but one exit, so whilst not technically legal, you could reasonably argue that it would have been the most sensible course of action as the services there are 24h, have accommodation and would thereby be the most suitable nearest refuge for a family travelling with small children ::)
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Re: waiting for AA recovery
« Reply #17 on: 16 April 2018, 12:58:48 »

Wareham to Looe, and back can be done within driving hours... Gatwick to Looe cannot.

Rightly or not, Andy's car will be relayed.

Must say, that I am a bit surprised that the first driver didn't drag the car to Cobham services :-\

You misread me, DG - the journey home was from Looe to Witham, Essex, which he did in one lump. It certainly saved me petrol!  :)

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Not legally  ::)
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Re: waiting for AA recovery
« Reply #18 on: 16 April 2018, 13:22:53 »

Wareham to Looe, and back can be done within driving hours... Gatwick to Looe cannot.

Rightly or not, Andy's car will be relayed.

Must say, that I am a bit surprised that the first driver didn't drag the car to Cobham services :-\

You misread me, DG - the journey home was from Looe to Witham, Essex, which he did in one lump. It certainly saved me petrol!  :)

Ron.
Not legally  ::)

'A few years back' could translate to being before driver's hours regulations coming in to force.  I mean, he is old and senile so yesterday could have been 1974 in his mind :D
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Re: waiting for AA recovery
« Reply #19 on: 16 April 2018, 13:27:25 »

A mate of mine broke down in his kit car a couple of years back - in Glencoe. A local recovery driver turned up and took him back home to Staines in one hit, then declined a cup of coffee, turned round and drove back!
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Re: waiting for AA recovery
« Reply #20 on: 16 April 2018, 13:34:53 »

A mate of mine broke down in his kit car a couple of years back - in Glencoe. A local recovery driver turned up and took him back home to Staines in one hit, then declined a cup of coffee, turned round and drove back!
There's the thing, if the car is light enough to keep the 3.5t flatbed below 3.5t, then you can do this perfectly legally... 
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Re: waiting for AA recovery
« Reply #21 on: 16 April 2018, 13:37:57 »

A mate of mine broke down in his kit car a couple of years back - in Glencoe. A local recovery driver turned up and took him back home to Staines in one hit, then declined a cup of coffee, turned round and drove back!
There's the thing, if the car is light enough to keep the 3.5t flatbed below 3.5t, then you can do this perfectly legally... 
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Indeed, and the car was a Robin Hood so probably sub-600kg. I have a recollection that what turned up was a double car job with a crew cab, though, so likely 7.5t.
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Re: waiting for AA recovery
« Reply #22 on: 16 April 2018, 13:51:13 »

Wareham to Looe, and back can be done within driving hours... Gatwick to Looe cannot.

Rightly or not, Andy's car will be relayed.

Must say, that I am a bit surprised that the first driver didn't drag the car to Cobham services :-\

You misread me, DG - the journey home was from Looe to Witham, Essex, which he did in one lump. It certainly saved me petrol!  :)

Ron.
Not legally  ::)

'A few years back' could translate to being before driver's hours regulations coming in to force.  I mean, he is old and senile so yesterday could have been 1974 in his mind :D

I do mean just a few years back and it was a small recovery vehicle with just room in the cab for me and SHMBO and similarly just room for my car on the back.
However, I don't apprecaite the "old and senile" insult, thanks.

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Re: waiting for AA recovery
« Reply #23 on: 16 April 2018, 15:27:31 »

Wareham to Looe, and back can be done within driving hours... Gatwick to Looe cannot.

Rightly or not, Andy's car will be relayed.

Must say, that I am a bit surprised that the first driver didn't drag the car to Cobham services :-\

You misread me, DG - the journey home was from Looe to Witham, Essex, which he did in one lump. It certainly saved me petrol!  :)

Ron.
Not legally  ::)

'A few years back' could translate to being before driver's hours regulations coming in to force.  I mean, he is old and senile so yesterday could have been 1974 in his mind :D

I do mean just a few years back and it was a small recovery vehicle with just room in the cab for me and SHMBO and similarly just room for my car on the back.
However, I don't apprecaite the "old and senile" insult, thanks.

Ron.

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Re: waiting for AA recovery
« Reply #24 on: 16 April 2018, 17:34:11 »

I'm glad you're back safely Andy H :y.  Mrs TB tells me it was stressful when we broke down in France. Me, being me, was unconcerned, and I told her not to worry, and as soon as we get home, you'll tell people, and find its realtively common.  She still reminds me frequently that she is yet to meet anyone else who has broken down abroad, and had to come home in a hire car.

Now you just have the worries about the car getting back - not that I expect any issues, but its worrying none the less.
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Re: waiting for AA recovery
« Reply #25 on: 16 April 2018, 20:12:57 »

A mate of mine broke down in his kit car a couple of years back - in Glencoe. A local recovery driver turned up and took him back home to Staines in one hit, then declined a cup of coffee, turned round and drove back!
Broke down in Ilfracombe when i had my Mk3 Granny (radiator let go). Local dealers in Barnstable didn,t have one so was driven back on a transporter with a crew cab as there were four of us. He drove us from North Devon to Bury St.Eds, dropped car off and went straight back :o. Not only that, he dropped Mum and Dad off in Haverhill too. Think my old man gave him 20quid which was a fair bit in those days, He was supposed to be riding at a Moto cross meeting so that really screwed up his weekend. Nice guy too. :y
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Re: waiting for AA recovery
« Reply #26 on: 16 April 2018, 21:45:10 »

I'm glad you're back safely Andy H :y.  Mrs TB tells me it was stressful when we broke down in France. Me, being me, was unconcerned, and I told her not to worry, and as soon as we get home, you'll tell people, and find its realtively common.  She still reminds me frequently that she is yet to meet anyone else who has broken down abroad, and had to come home in a hire car.

Now you just have the worries about the car getting back - not that I expect any issues, but its worrying none the less.
Thanks  TB
Just had a call to say that the thing is now in Plymouth and should be delivered within the hour.
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Re: waiting for AA recovery
« Reply #27 on: 16 April 2018, 22:00:37 »

It illustrates the value of breakdown cover. Glad you got back home safe and sound . :y
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Re: waiting for AA recovery
« Reply #28 on: 16 April 2018, 22:27:24 »

Thanks to everyone for wishing us well.

The Galaxy has returned.

The local garage are booked up solid until next week so I suppose I am going to have to fix it  :( (and rediscover the sad truth that 50% of the bolts on a VAG TDi are B-starred-bolts >:(

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Re: waiting for AA recovery
« Reply #29 on: 17 April 2018, 03:37:59 »

A mate of mine broke down in his kit car a couple of years back - in Glencoe. A local recovery driver turned up and took him back home to Staines in one hit, then declined a cup of coffee, turned round and drove back!
There's the thing, if the car is light enough to keep the 3.5t flatbed below 3.5t, then you can do this perfectly legally... 
 :D

Add to that Recovery vehicles used to be Tacho exempt and its easy enough to do long recoveries in the old days... I did my fair share :-X ::)
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