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A genaral breakdown of advice please. I own a Toyota Rav 07 model, and have just bought a new Bailey Pageant Provence Caravan. My car is covered for (unlikely) breakdown through the 'Club Toyota' who are affiliated to the RAC. I understand that this recovery service will deal with any caravan problems if they arise as a result of faults with the car; but assume that if it was necessary to change a wheel on the caravan I could not expect the RAC to do this. At the age of 65, I do not feel I want to be bothered with this task. Furthermore, if an impact on the caravan results in a serious problem, the RAC would not offer any help. . I have been in touch with the May Day service who have quoted me £62 for UK cover on both the car and caravan, which in itself seems very reasonable, although until the renewal date on my Toyota cover, I will be doubling up on the cover for the car !! May Day also say that if I was to request cover in mainland Europe, there would be an extra premium; which tonight they are unable to give me any quote on.

 

I really need the help of you experienced guys out there please. If the RAC cover in the U. K. and Europe is adequate, and they would help me out in the event of a problem with the caravan, I would not object to any payment up to £500 for their services; but the thought of being stranded somewhere with a caravan and a broken axle does cause me concern. What do you think is the best course of action please. John

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Hi John,

 

Welcome to the forum.

 

I have had RAC cover on my cars for a number of years, a couple of years ago I had a tyre go flat on the caravan whilst pitched at the CC site at Tewkesbury.

 

On ringing the RAC, they said provided I have a spare wheel for the caravan with me, they were happy to come out and change it.

 

Which they did.

 

GPS

 

 

 

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I've long since disregarded the car manufacturers breakdown cover as inadequate for my overall needs and simply bought Mayday at £62 which gives me everything I need.

 

The double journey cover, accident cover and driver illness cover all make Mayday excellent value.

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Agree with previous posters - we have Mercedes "cover" but pay for Mayday, much better service. We also take out the CC Red Pennant when travelling abroad. May not be the cheapest but IMHO are the best.

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Agree with previous posters - we have Mercedes "cover" but pay for Mayday, much better service. We also take out the CC Red Pennant when travelling abroad. May not be the cheapest but IMHO are the best.

 

I agree . .. we have 'Skoda Assist' but pay for Mayday too to cover the 'van.

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Same here. I have Kia Assist, plus a years cover via Discover on both car and 'van. .............still keeping up the Mayday though, and I always take Red Pennant when travelling abroad.

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I did lots of reading about cover and it was one of the main reasons we joined the CC. When looking at all the reviews mayday always came on top. A lot of firms would not insure us anyway because our van is over 23 foot. We also have a automatic car so we had to consider that too. Sometime piece of mind is worth that little bit more.

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C&CC or CC breakdown cover are probably the best, But it gets expensive if you require euro cover But again probably the best,

 

However I use CSMA Britannia premium service which covers the car & the caravan independantly Ie will attend/recover the van if there is a fault ON the VAN independant to the car, downside they will not recover from a campsite or in the case of an accident (this is down to your car ins). Cost is under £85 inc CMSA membership & euro cover

 

I was happy with the compromise

 

Most other car recovery policys will only recover the van or attend to the van if the car is the primary problem

 

PS it,s easier than you think to join CSMA you can join if you have a relative in the civil service (police Fireman etc)

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Hi,

Citroen Assist (The AA) cover a roadside repair to the 'van but not recovery so i pay for the recovery section of Mayday,

Regards,

Ian.

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I had a front spring snap over the cold spell, I phoned mayday & they took it to my local peugeot specialist.

 

I mentioned that I'm glad it didn't go whilst we were away with the caravan, he said it wouldn't have been a problem, but as the car had to have a suspended tow, they would have had to use two recovery vehicles to get us home.

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I had a front spring snap over the cold spell, I phoned mayday & they took it to my local peugeot specialist.

 

I mentioned that I'm glad it didn't go whilst we were away with the caravan, he said it wouldn't have been a problem, but as the car had to have a suspended tow, they would have had to use two recovery vehicles to get us home.

Once Mayday/Green Flag know what the problem is, they usually sent to most appropriate vehicle - to cope with caravan and car with wrecked front suspension they sent us a flatbed recovery truck and winched the car on and then hooked the caravan on the back of the truck.

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Once Mayday/Green Flag know what the problem is, they usually sent to most appropriate vehicle - to cope with caravan and car with wrecked front suspension they sent us a flatbed recovery truck and winched the car on and then hooked the caravan on the back of the truck.

 

As soon as Mayday knew it was a Peugeot with a collapsed front suspension they sent for a suspended tow truck, if they had tried to put it on a flat bad it would have ripped off the front panel.

Paul B

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