Monday, January 21, 2013

Why boondockers need roadside assistance - a pictorial






OH NO






Annie feels sheepish, but she didn't do anything baaad. She has nudged, prodded, insinuated, and flung the Duck into the most amazing places you can imagine, and in twenty-one months, this is the most intractable problem she has encountered. And, she tracted it anyway.

Joe the Towman Taylor (not his real name) is a nice guy. Born in Queens, raised in Tucson. He wanted to stay until we got the Duck into a parking space for the night. He said, "In case you get stuck again, I'm already here." You see his point, so we didn't get up on our high horse. He helped us get reasonably level before he would leave.

We have Coach-Net. Good Sam is another alternative. I'm not saying one is better than another (although AAA has a bad reputation amongst RVers). Here's the skinny for boondockers: Coach-Net restricts service to ≦ 100 feet from a "maintained" road. Neither of them knew what that really is, but Annie provided a street address and that worked.  

I knew I should be worried while we waited, and I do worried like a pro, but all I could think about was how beautiful it is here. I stared at a rising half-moon in the cloudless afternoon sky and I couldn't be tense. More, please.


Allison asked us for the location of our last Tucson BLM boondocking spot. 


32.158822,-111.116157


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45 comments:

Contessa said...

Holy duck sh*t!! Been there, done that. Honest it really could have been worse like your back tire under the sand up to your belly. Wanna see the photos?

Actually that is a great shot of the err... 'event'.

You did very well holding it all in.....wake us when you are sober.

Teresa Johannesma Wood said...

Ouch! So how far were you from a maintained road?! Yaaa for Joe! Don't feel bad Annie - it happens to the best of them! Really!

The Good Luck Duck said...

LOL, literally! Thanks, Contessa.

The Good Luck Duck said...

Officially, we were in the middle of a maintained road! Hurray!

Russ Krecklow said...

All that comes to mind is .... OOPS!

The Good Luck Duck said...

That's ALL that comes to mind, Russ? A lot more than "oops" came to Annie's lips.

TexCyn said...

would that be wow or woah? woahwowsers! and you got a good tow dude = score! i just realized that if i don't use uppercase on the cell phone, that it promises not to double type, nor steal characters and stick them in the middle of a sentence. aren't you grateful? your character is saved. hallelujah. or sumthin' like that.

Allison said...

Oy! That looks painful. Thank you for mapping the previous boon dock.

klbexplores said...

The stuff nightmares are made off. Wake me in the morning! PS... glad you made it thru with all (or most) of your feathers!

klbexplores said...

And another thing.... it would be an awesome post if you could put together a little light reading for us newbies with the pro's and con's of the different travel assistance programs when your little duckling hearts return to normal pitter patter.

TravelBug-Susan said...

Oh no! Glad you were able to have a tow truck get you out.

Good thing those spiky cacti did not flatten your tires too!

Bob said...

It's bound to happen, especially with that much overhang.

Of course you do realise I'm referring to the RV?
*snort*!

waka waka, I'm here all day, be sure and tip your server.

sierrasue said...

Wow!! How long is your RV anyways. That thing looks scarry to drive. I would be afraid you might get into a lot of predicaments with all the boondocking you do. LOL!! Love your cactus photos !!!

About triple AAA, I got my Jeep Grand Cherokee stuck deep in mud. Called triple A and alltho it was only about a hundred feet off main road, they would not help me. Finally some guys in a jeep and another guy in a truck came and wenched me to the jeep which tied onto the truck and the two of them managed to pull me out. I was in deep, all the way to bottum of door on one side and past bottum of door on the other side. What a fiasco. That lake bed looked dry on top but it was pure mud under that crusty top.

Page said...

I guess the Duck's feet need to be slightly more webbed.

Sherry said...

I must say that you are clearly only a junior league worrier. We Olympic types have a lot to learn from you. Was this the result of pursuing a noble cause- the perfect boondocking campsite to pass on to your readers?? If so, hazzah!! If not, too bad. And also, what Page said.

Nancy said...

Glad you got out of that and I hope you didn't spill your margaritas! Hee!

The Odd Essay said...

Only you ducks could find a cactus to express that "Oh No" feeling. Glad you got out without further mishap.... you might not be able to find a cactus that would express THAT feeling.

Judy and Emma said...

Oh NO, Mr. Bill!! What a sinking feeling...

Peter + Beatrix said...

I guess I wouldn't even drive our Chevy van into this sh*t. Good you got out again

Gaelyn said...

Hey, you're suppose to drive around the cacti not over them.

Rick Doyle said...

I'm betting the tow-truck driver is enjoying telling that story to his co-workers around the coffee table!!

Sure glad your cellphone worked - now, that would have been a real disaster!

Jeannie and Eldy said...

Ahhhhh, the joys of boon docking...but we don't..We admire people who do so we have nothing to say other than glad you had a great tow truck driver to get you out, and you are none the worse for wear....

JO said...

S..t happens. While you were stuck Lucy and I were at Lazy Daze drooling over rigs and I said look at the moon. At least you didn't break anything. I don't know if you remember Sassy running over the curb because of a huge hole in the road. She did some damage to her rig.

I love the picture of the cactus perfect effect.

Laurie and George said...

Oh my. Won't let George read this..he's not too happy with the 'dirt on our RV' thing. I'll never get him to boondock if he reads your post :)

Fulltimervgalisa said...

I didn't realize your rig was a big as it was until I looked at the pictures of it stuck. I never thought about having to tell them where I was to come help while boondocking. Yikes! I have a new something to think about when boondocking in the future. The one thing about not being with the Circus anymore is, I don't have the elephants to pull me out anymore. They have a special harness that can put on them and they are our tow trucks. I had one elephant that came back and I gave her a loaf of bread for pulling me out. Now that's my kind of payment....lol..ah, the good ol' days. :0)

Kimbopolo said...

Glad you got extracted! And that no permanent damage was done.

The Good Luck Duck said...

Thanks, Kim!

ELEPHANTS! That will be the greatest thing I read today, Lisa! Annie now wants to travel with one. Will one be enough? Maybe two, to be safe.

HAHA! Dirt on the RV. Yeah, he's not quite ready, but don't give up. :D

Jo, I do remember Sassy doing that. Tell Lucy we didn't hurt the property (much) and we'll cover up the drag holes. :o) What rigs did you find to buy?

Jeannie, what doesn't kill you gives you a good story to tell.

Rick, I hope so! And would you believe they think they can dry-camp in that rig?? We thought the same thing about phone service. Luckily, we had checked out the property earlier (so we'd know exactly how to maneuver, you know) and found 4G coverage.

Over, around. What's the diff, Gaelyn? Actually, those guys were hanging pretty darn close to the road and caught a ride. I got them off the screens with my special cholla tool.

P + B, the roads in are fine (unless you wouldn't pinsripe the van). We fell victim to a ditch we misunderestimated.

LOL, Judy! That's just what I thought when I saw that cactus. OHH NOO!

Sharon, the other cactus is elusive, but I know he's out there. Glad we didn't need him!

Nancy, raise your glass to the sippy cup!

Sherry, it must have been the St. Johns wort doing its job. I can pack on a worry like nobody's business, and I don't need a good reason. Unfortunately for the warm glow of the story, I can't pass this boondocking site on because it's private property. :(

Page, the webs get installed this afternoon.

Sue, that sucks about AAA. THIS is why they have a bad RV rep. I suspect that the tow truck drivers don't mind helping once they get there. The trick would be getting around the dispatcher. Is that what happened?

Oh Bob. Wah WAH WAH. If it jingles, it's not a tip. Yes, there's a fair bit of overhang there. And then there's the RV.

Susan, we were worried about that, too. I suppose a spine could position itself just right.

Karen, thanks for the suggestion. I'll do a little research. It was scary at first, it's true.

You're welcome, Allison! That one is not so treacherous.

Cyn, lower-case is a small price to pay for those other concessions. Thank you. And, it was almost "WOE!"

The Good Luck Duck said...

Oh, SierraSue, it's 38.5'.

Cheryl said...

I've seen the exact thing happen at the BLM parking right next to the VFW just outside of Yuma. Although I'm sure you'd rather it not had happened, you both came out fine (that's why you have insurance coverage).

Tell Annie not to fret - I'm sure I couldn't drive that big mama-jama you two have and tow a car too!

Enjoy the spot and the nice warmer weather! :-)

The Good Luck Duck said...

Thanks, Cheryl! Yes, I don't fault Annie at all, either - you see I'm not driving it anywhere! It's a beautiful spot, and I don't see how on earth the weather could be better.

Tesaje said...

Yikes! There's a lesson in there bout watching your behind.

The Good Luck Duck said...

A BIG one, Mary. HINDsight, and all.

Phyllis said...

OOPS! I thought those things would give us options to go anywhere! Isn't that what the salespeople say?

intrepid-decrepit-traveler said...

Hmmm... it does look baaaad. Jimmy said, OMG, when I showed him the pictorial. Then he said some other words....

All's well that ends well?

wheelingit said...

OH MY GOODNESS! I was JUST thinking about this very thing today. We have CoachNet & I saw the 100-foot rule so I was wondering what the hell we would do if we were boondocking and got stuck. Leave it to the ducks to lead the way...haha. Glad you got out OK.
Nina

JO said...

I looked at a tab tear I love them after the sticker shock we ran for the car. Well sorta ran. Lucy is the first person I've met that I can out run. Poor kid. We are haeded for AJ Friday.

JO said...

I guess you know I ment headed.

The Good Luck Duck said...

It's okay, Jo - it looked Latin.

Tabs are extremely cute. Annie watched a man get out of his truck, unhitch, then push his Tab into place. In case of bear attack, Lucy is pooched - is that what you're saying?

Nina, I always figure that with rigs our size, we're never really more than 100 feet from a "road." It's not like we're going to overland.

That's funny, Nickie, because Annie said some other words, too! I wonder if they were similar.

Right, Phyllis! Tell 'em anything, then tell 'em 100 feet.

sierrasue said...

Actually , the tow truck driver was very fast to tell me that he had a friend with a tow who would come get me out of the mud for about $280...I promptly reported him to AAA. Not sure what happened after that.

Where the Wind Goes... said...

Tee Hee Hee. Tee Hee Hee. Tell her I made sparks in her honor the other day and women screamed :o)

The Good Luck Duck said...

Sue, do you mean he came all the way out, then wouldn't provide covered service, THEN tried to extort $280 from you?

Nicole, you made Annie jealous. :D

sierrasue said...

Yup. Thats what he did !! Extortion. Lucky for me some nice guys came along shortly after. Men, always ready to help out a lady in distress. One of their best virtues.

Blars said...

I can sympithyze, I've used my coach-net twice in the last few months, and both were off of BLM roads. First for a jump start, and the second for getting me out of sandy dirt I had sunk into. Coach-net dispatch seems to need a set of BLM road maps.

One trick a freind helped me with (a couple of years ago) when the rear-end was stuck was to inflate the air shocks to maximum, it let me get enough traction to back out and not need a tow truck that time.

Stillhowlyns Travels said...

That is a seriously big rig...but, hey, so will be the moon, soon!

Paul and Marti Dahl said...

Wow. You handled that challenge with you usual humorous outlook on life. Good for you. And good that you have Coach Net! Smart Ducks. :c)

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