PostPosted:Fri Nov 14, 2014 8:29 pm
Who belongs to the AA and has breakdown insurance? We were given membership as a gift when we purchased our 1996 Isuzu Journey 7m bus some 8 years ago. On a number of occasions we thought about cancelling it but thank goodness we didn't. We were in the South Island 2 weeks ago when out of the blue the clutch slave cylinder burst the seal and that was at Punakaiki and on Labour weekend Saturday. Fortunately I could start the motor in first gear and we got to the motor camp where right out side was a public phone box (no cellphone coverage at Punakaiki) so called the 0800 number on the AA card. A roadside assist person arrived and told us he could not do anything and would arrange a tow to a repair garage. He called Westport and was told there were no tow trucks large enough to take our bus as this could not be flat towed and had to be loaded onto a transporter. Same reply from Greymouth. We tried local parts suppliers in Westport and Greymouth for a slave cylinder or an overhaul kit without success. The only available transporter was in Christchurch 300km away and we were out of options. The transporter arrived to pick up the bus the next day (Sunday) with a loan car on the deck for us to use so we headed for Christchurch. The total tow bill was $2021.77 of which the AA paid the maximum of $1500.00, offered us accommodation and a rental car, both of which we did not need, they were fantastic. The tow company, Warrens Electrical in Christchurch loaned us the car until I could replace the part which I had to adapt to fit but is still working fine, $36.00 from Butlers and made for a Nissan Patrol. Some of the most beautiful places to visit in our country are often remote, far from instant help, often along way from home so the moral of the story is you never know when or where you may need help so be as prepared as you can be. I am so glad I kept the AA motorhome plus membership going and I would highly recommend it to anyone.