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AAA for starters..

Gold membership.

The 100 mile tow will get me close to home, at which point my wife will pick me up.  I'd use that model out to 200 miles or so from home: get towed 100 miles and have my wife meet me there.

Any further and I'd think about a hotel room.  I think AAA might have some sort of breakdown insurance that will cover a rental car, but I might be recalling incorrectly.

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Just to clarify, what he meant was I should drive it until these pads are shot and then it's time to replace the rotors.  On the other hand, I may just throw another set of pads on and see how long I can keep it going.

Also, for the record, I'm a decent mechanic and have been fooling around with engines since I was a kid.  What I don't have are a decent set of tools or a place to work on stuff.  

never meant anything bad- I'm sort of a decent mechanic myself :<img src=:'>

if you are thinking they won't stop you or will wear out- throw in a new set of pads- surprising what new pads, even with worn rotors, will do

heck- even brand new vehicles break down-

one gets thinking about it to much might just as well never travel far from home- eh

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one gets thinking about it to much might just as well never travel far from home- eh

That's exactly what I'm talking about.  The last thing I need is another thing to worry about.  Especially ones that put a damper on bird season!

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I guess my iPhone will be good for something.  Had to get a new flip phone for the wife and the sales person was pushing a tablet on me.  It was nice for $199 but the extra $30 a month killed it.  That and the fact that I haven't bought new hunting boots in 4 years.

I spoke with Karl and grudgingly said he'd do the labor for $325 if I went out and shot all the bolts with some penetrating lube ahead of time.   Ordered the parts kit for $307 and added a blower resistor for another $30 because right now the heat only works on full blast.

So hopefully I'll get the old hoss trailworthy for less than $700 - which will be well worth a little extra piece of mind.

But still, please answer if you see a 908 area code number on your caller ID.

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I've always found that people are super gracious and accommodating, but ten I tend to work on laws of karma and to do unto others.

That being said, when anyone has gone outta their way to help me I try to buy them a six pack, lunch, dinner - whatever it may be.  Just embracing the "pass it on" principle.

Having a big freakin' wad of cash and using it sparingly helps too.

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Well, Karl called and it's done.  He said it was a nightmare job with all the rust, road grit and well...I couldn't understand all of the curse words he used, but it's clear that he didn't have much fun doing it.

$300 for parts

$420 for labor

I think I'm going to give him an even $500 and hope he returns my call the next time the SHTF.

With any luck I'll be driving this baby another 100K.  Knock wood.

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Another option is to buy a used vehicle and have your current vehicle shipped home.  Not exactly a budget option, but that's what I got stuck doing coming back from South Dakota a few years ago.

We hit a deer with my Suburban on a secondary highway about 50 miles east of Tomah, Wisconsin at 6:00AM on a Saturday morning on our way back to Michigan from South Dakota.  It set off the air bags and completely wrecked the radiator.  We waited several hours for a wrecker and had it towed about 30 miles to the nearest Chevy dealer.  We then waited until noon when they opened and found out that they didn't have a radiator and couldn't get one until Tuesday at the earliest.

There wasn't a rental car place for nearly 100 miles, and even if there was, we didn't have any way of getting there.  I'd already been gone for a week and it was imperative that I be back to work on Monday morning.  That reduced our options considerably.

I asked the dealer to see the cheapest three vehicles on the lot that would have enough room for two hunters, four dogs, and a cooler full of pheasants.  He had a vintage Jeep Wrangler, a Toyota Four Runner with 100,000 miles and some rust, and a pretty clean Ford Conversion van painted in Green Bay Packer colors with a custom Packers interior (seats, carpet, the whole 9 yards).  They were all about the same price.  The van was clearly the best vehicle but also the most difficult to resell in lower Michigan.  The Jeep would have been the easiest to resell, but it was simply too small and did not exactly inspire confidence in its ability to drive another 600 miles at highway speed.  We settled on the Four Runner.

Buying the car involved having money wired to a local bank so that we could pay in cash.  After that, we were on our way.

I ended up selling the Four Runner for $600 more than I paid for it, but had to re-title it and pay sales tax in Michigan in order to do so, so it was pretty much a wash.  It cost  $800 to have my Suburban shipped back and took over a month to find a hauler with a partial load willing to do it at a discount.  It was still cheaper than spending a weekend and buying the gas to have someone drive me back to get it.

We were going to stop to pick up the deer we hit on the way out of town as some sort of minimal compensation for our troubles, but of course, it was long gone.

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I don't have time to read entire thread, but many I did gave good advice about maintenance and things to carry.  A tire plug kit and small DC powered compressor have saved me before.  One thing I might add if it has not been covered is I rely on my SPOT locator for breakdowns where I have no cell coverage.  Forunately I have not had to use it, but the peace of mind is another reason to have one.  Mine is a first generation with 3 buttons.  One say "OK- Honey I'm doing fine and really am where I told you I would be".  Next says "HELP- stranded without cell coverage, call local police with my coordinates, not an emergency.  The last is 911 which calls authorities.
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Scratch, nice to hear you are fixed and ready to go.  

You may already do this... but consider tucking $100 away each month for your next maintenance.    $1200/year buys a good chunk of dependability on an older vehicle.

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ugh, spent 10 hrs broke down saturday with the dogs. my 30 minute hunt ,20 miles from home was all day affair. could have been much worse. my cell phone ran out of juice while dealing with the insurance company. (didn't have a cell phone charger) luckily my neighbor is a transmission mechanic.  i beefed up my tool kit and picked up a cell charger. i'm also buying  a $20 tracfone as a spare to keep in the car. my friend had his phone die this weekend. he was draging a deer, and a sweaty shirt was enough to kill the phone. i also added a tie out cable for the dogs. the truck didn't take very long to heat up. i see a spot in my near future. tow companies seem very relient on GPS. not having a physical adress makes things much more difficult.
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BdU, what a kick in the nards!  When I started this thread I wasn't looking for people to actually break down and figure it out.  I'm glad you survived it and thanks for your report.  The $20 Tracphone advice is a good one and I may do the same.
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mr Murphy is a MOFO . i'm usually better preparred for trips over 50 miles. i broke down in a very suburban area.  i delt with 4 different tow companies. dealing with call centers and dispatch was horrible. unless i had direct address or gps #, i might as well been broken down on the moon. stupid linkage cable snapped. car wouldn't turn over,  i wouldn't have been able to fix it with all the tools in the world.  i hate vehicles. newer car w 50,000 miles broke last week. used vehicle checked over by mechanic dies this week. without the kindness of dog owners, i would have been up the creek.
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Kansas Big Dog

Just got back from wandering around.

Mileage on the Stallion when I left.

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Mileage when I got back last night.

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Only added 1 quart of oil. Just shy of 4000 miles.

Good boy Stallion.  He is in the shop getting his oil changed as we speak.

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