Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Searching for a Tow Truck Service

Hey neighbors!

I have a story I want to share with you.  As you all know we travel quite a bit.  As a matter of fact for several years we actually lived on the road traveling from state to state with a pull behind travel trailer.  Now with that many years on the road, you can rest assured we had our lot of break downs and flat tires.  We have spent more than enough time parked by the side of the road waiting for assistance.  "San Jose Tow Truck Service, How can we help you?"  I don't know how many times we heard a message like this.

We have had tow trucks come out and change tires, both on our tow vehicle and our travel trailer.  It is scary sometimes sitting by the side of the road in an unfamiliar town waiting for repairs.  Sometimes it was a quick repair, other times we had to wait for quite awhile.

One of the worst times we had when we needed a tow truck was when we were traveling up the east coast with a home made cargo trailer behind us.  It had been a flatbed with metal railings at about 2 ft. high, and sides (5-6 ft high) had been added along with a roof.  The trailer was a 5x8, and that did not include the tongue.  Anyway we were traveling along when disaster struck.  We were at least able to pull in to a parking lot, only to find we had a broken axle.  Well, first thing we did was checked for a place that could order and replace the axle.  We found one, but it would take a couple of days to get it in and they could not come get the trailer, we needed to bring it to them.  OK, call a tow truck!  Not quite as easy as it sounds.  We explained our situation very clearly to one company and they were sure they had it covered.  The tow truck showed up and the driver could not believe they had even sent him out.  He quickly explained that the only way to move the trailer was on a flat bed.  Ummmm....this was not sounding very good!

We finally found a company that had a flat bed, that believed they could help us.  They showed up, lowered the back of the flatbed and managed to pull it up on the bed.  They then used all kinds of chains and straps to secure it in place.  We followed them to the repair shop and the whole way I was so afraid our trailer was going to come loose and land on it's side on the side of the road.  Needless to say, it made it there and the repairs were completed on time.  That is one towing experience I hope to never go through again!

Have any of my neighbors had a unique or funny towing experience?  Feel free to share with us in the comments.

Disclosure:This is a sponsored post for D & M Towing and Transport, however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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