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Old 10-01-2002, 05:19 PM   #15
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Tow Service.......Storage Charge

>>"One difference between the Affinity service and AAA is that AAA will tow you anywhere you ask them to (within reason), but the Affinity service tows you to an authorized service center - probably the tow truck's origin.">>.........

The tow trucks love :lol to tow you back to the 'authorized service center' if it's their lot, cause that's where the second chapter of the horror story begins.........STORAGE CHARGE:O .

This is where the towing services REALLY make their money!

Probably won't happen to a Casita owner, but they hope you will pile up a large storage bill or just not come after your vehicle cause after something like 90 days a new title can be issued and the vehicle auctioned of to a 'brother-in-law' type third party.

.....this is not meant to reflect on Affinity, just wrecker service in general, while not 'crooked' it's a pitfall one should be aware of:weep .
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Old 10-01-2002, 07:33 PM   #16
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Towing Problem

To Pine Cone Don. fortunately, our van was ready the next day and I was waiting at the RV lodge all hooked up, thanks to the host, named Michael. If any of you are ever in Mormon Lake, please plan to stay at the Mormon Lake Lodge RV Park. I don't know what I would have done without Michael. The tow driver after 30 minutes of trying to get the Casita off the flat bed, just let it fall. He missed the electrical hook-up by just a hair. The back end was up against the center isle and the front end was way off to the right. When I said, "can't we straighten this up a bit," he replied, "I ain't foolin' with it no more, I gotta get back to Cottonwood." I felt thankful that he hadn't damaged the underside of the Casita, so I wrote the check and let the dogs out while Michael straighted the Casita and hooked everything up.
Thank you all for your responses.
Darline
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Old 10-23-2002, 12:27 PM   #17
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Towing problems solved!

Yes, I have the perfect solution. Buy a Toyota Tundra & never break down again! As the country song goes....
Chrysler fights for survival and so does General Motors. Ford perseveres with better ideas but everyone drives Toyotas!
Good luck, Joe Manzi in New Jersey.
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Old 10-23-2002, 12:33 PM   #18
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Towing solutions.

Rodney Dangerfield quips, "He has no luck with any of his cars". They are always breaking down. So he bought the perfect 2nd. car-
A TOW TRUCK!

He then adds, they can never steal my car - its always on the mechanics lift. My car only goes up and down - never back or forward!
Sunmitted by JOE MANZI in New Jersey.
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Old 10-24-2002, 08:31 AM   #19
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Dead Battery & towing.

One thing you could have done to avoid all this nightmare of towing & flat bedding was to use the battery in your Casita & temperorily install it in your van. It a good heavy battery, about the same size & will more than take you to some place where you could have your alternator replaced. Then once repaired switch the batteries back. Elimentery Dr. Watson. MANZI
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Old 10-24-2002, 02:35 PM   #20
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Spare Battery

More than once, I've pulled the house battery off the trailer, taken it up to the truck and used it to start the truck. Wingnut connectors are a good thing from that standpoint.

Pete and Rats
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Old 10-27-2002, 09:11 AM   #21
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using the trailer battery?

Help me out here:

Normal Casita wiring has both the tow vehicle and the trailer battery being charged by the altenator.

If the altenator quits (and you don't notice the red light), the car runs until its battery is run down. In the absence of an isolator or diode between the altenator and the trailer battery, the trailer battery is also going to run down along with the car battery.:cry

If you've disconnected the trailer battery to restart the tow vehicle you've probably just allowed time for the battery(ies) to recover enough to start the engine, but without a working altenator, you won't go far with two weak batteries.

Now if your trailer battery was fully charged, not connected or, in use, it'd be great for emergencies.

What am I missing?!:chin
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Old 02-25-2003, 07:37 AM   #22
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murphy's law I guess

Sorry to hear about your recent tribulations. :cry

I'm new to the board, with a question posed on another thread regarding tow vehicles. One of my considerations is a 1989 Vandura V8 (350 engine). I believe your model may be a V6, but just the same, despite your recent problems, has the van been good to you?
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Old 02-26-2003, 10:13 AM   #23
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Towing with a Vandura

To Lenny,
Our tow vehicle is a 1991 2500 Vandura with the large V8 engine.
We have had nothing but great success with this vehicle. It tows the Casita as if it weren't there. Do not know why the alternator failed on that one trip. We had no trouble before or after. It's a mechanical thing, you know. Good luck with your van.
Darline:wave
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to Darline

Thanks for the reply - I guess, all vehicles break down no matter how reliable. Just curious, do you have the roof conversion type and if so, what is your height clearance?
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2500 Vandura

Hi Lenny,
We do not have the high top, therefore we can park the van in our
carport. Did I mention before, :wave we love our van?
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