Tow service from the playa?

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Tow service from the playa?

Postby bauhaus » Mon Jul 26, 2010 10:11 pm

Just in case the car doesnt start, has anyone been towed off the playa? I have AAA premier membership, 200free miles, then 100free the next day. Do tow trucks drive to the playa?

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Postby dragonpilot » Mon Jul 26, 2010 10:24 pm

Call AAA and ask them. They are very helpful.
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Postby AntiM » Mon Jul 26, 2010 10:26 pm

I've heard they do. Most cars start after the week of sitting unless the battery has been used to power crap all week.
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Postby bauhaus » Mon Jul 26, 2010 11:11 pm

this would be a VW we are talking about.... Yes I should call AAA, but I have a feeling it would be like asking a rental center if they have 4x4s and getting the "yes we have SUVs"

I will call them tomorrow and find out what they don't tow out of.

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Postby geekster » Tue Jul 27, 2010 1:00 am

Which reminds me ... when the body rusts off that old Toyota pickup, I want to put a fiberglass body on it shaped like a large toe. Then I want to pull up to people stuck on the side of the road and ask ... "Need a toe truck?"

Really, that has always been one of my life's ambitions. I am easily amused.
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Postby Playa Foot » Tue Jul 27, 2010 3:54 am

There is a steady stream of tow trucks entering the playa during exodus. I have seen the AAA logo on most if not all of them, be sure to bring your card.

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Postby teardropper » Tue Jul 27, 2010 4:37 am

Yeah, check on that. I didn't think they towed "off road", which BRC is.
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Postby Sham » Tue Jul 27, 2010 5:55 am

geekster wrote:I want to put a fiberglass body on it shaped like a large toe. Then I want to pull up to people stuck on the side of the road and ask ... "Need a toe truck?"

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Postby gaminwench » Tue Jul 27, 2010 9:56 am

There is a VW Camp, with mechanics and aficionados all together in one spot.
AAA comes out of Reno, it ain't cheap.
Maybe try starting the engine a couple of times during the week....

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Postby dragonpilot » Tue Jul 27, 2010 9:58 am

Shambala wrote:
geekster wrote:I want to put a fiberglass body on it shaped like a large toe. Then I want to pull up to people stuck on the side of the road and ask ... "Need a toe truck?"

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Shammy...you beat me to it! That thing has been around Seattle for centuries!
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Postby phil » Tue Jul 27, 2010 10:09 am

teardropper wrote:Yeah, check on that. I didn't think they towed "off road", which BRC is.


There's a difference between the 'free' tow service and towing. :-> Call your AAA and ask what they can tell you about their coverage on the playa during Burning Man. It may not be free, but you absolutely can get towed. Because of all the towage going on, you may have to wait.

Here's some information from last year:
http://www.cieux.com/bm/playaHelp.html
We get conflicting reports on availability of various services, so keep in mind that things change and mileage varies.

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Postby ConnieH » Tue Jul 27, 2010 10:23 am

bauhaus wrote:this would be a VW we are talking about.... Yes I should call AAA, but I have a feeling it would be like asking a rental center if they have 4x4s and getting the "yes we have SUVs"

I will call them tomorrow and find out what they don't tow out of.


LOL!! My VW died in the Exodus line last year - a tow truck passed by so we flagged him down, he was otherwise engaged, but said they do come out there. Problem is getting a cell signal to call them :? (or you could hitch a ride into town, I suppose, and maybe meet the tow truck there) I finally got through to my insurance company by doing the cell phone dance, then promptly lost them :evil: My trouble turned out to be dust in the alternator, a guy offered to give us a jump, but it didn't work and battery wouldn't charge - a handy fellow tapped the alternator three times with a hammer and it started right up.

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Postby lucky420 » Tue Jul 27, 2010 12:27 pm

AAA also comes out of Fernley...

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Postby Sham » Tue Jul 27, 2010 4:52 pm

dragonpilot wrote:Shammy...you beat me to it! That thing has been around Seattle for centuries!

Sorry about beating you to the punch.
By the way, Shammy sounds so high schoolish. Can you refer to me as Sham-wow?
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Postby theCryptofishist » Tue Jul 27, 2010 7:26 pm

Shambala wrote:
dragonpilot wrote:Shammy...you beat me to it! That thing has been around Seattle for centuries!

Sorry about beating you to the punch.
By the way, Shammy sounds so high schoolish. Can you refer to me as Sham-wow?

That might set a dangerous precedent. Soon we'd have "Ygwow" and "Kernel Killwow" and "FishWow" and "AntiWow" and "MyLarryWow" and "Doc PyWow."

Or is that Doc PowWow?

Anyway, I'm sure that if you think aobut it for a bit, perhaps in our "time out until you conform to Fishy's will box" you'll agree with me.
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Postby ygmir » Tue Jul 27, 2010 7:45 pm

theCryptofishist wrote:
Shambala wrote:
dragonpilot wrote:Shammy...you beat me to it! That thing has been around Seattle for centuries!

Sorry about beating you to the punch.
By the way, Shammy sounds so high schoolish. Can you refer to me as Sham-wow?

That might set a dangerous precedent. Soon we'd have "Ygwow" and "Kernel Killwow" and "FishWow" and "AntiWow" and "MyLarryWow" and "Doc PyWow."

Or is that Doc PowWow?

Anyway, I'm sure that if you think aobut it for a bit, perhaps in our "time out until you conform to Fishy's will box" you'll agree with me.


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Postby Sham » Tue Jul 27, 2010 7:53 pm

theCryptofishist wrote:Anyway, I'm sure that if you think aobut it for a bit, perhaps in our "time out until you conform to Fishy's will box" you'll agree with me.

Fine, I will conform.
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Postby gyre » Wed Jul 28, 2010 3:21 am

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Postby Captain Goddammit » Wed Jul 28, 2010 6:27 am

Actually that isn't Ed Lincoln's original "Toe Truck" that you saw at Fairview & Mercer forever, that's the newer version built a few years ago. The original has much better shape to it and would probably easily get a Mutant Vehicle license!
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Postby Captain Goddammit » Wed Jul 28, 2010 6:28 am

Actually that isn't Ed Lincoln's original "Toe Truck" that you saw at Fairview & Mercer forever, that's the newer version built a few years ago. The original has much better shape to it and would probably easily get a Mutant Vehicle license!
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