Brother had a rough night. Sept 17, 2021 17:20:51 GMT -5
Post by laknox on Sept 17, 2021 17:20:51 GMT -5
Sister-in-law, who's from Alberta, had gone home for a month to visit kids and grandkids, and used their Reflection FW to quarantine, and live, in while she was there. She grew up towing a large horse trailer with living quarters, so the 35' FW wasn't an issue. So, brother flew to Great Falls to meet her and they headed home. Last night, they were on AZ 93, between Wickenburg and I-40, pulling up a hill when, BANG! Truck bucked and suddenly stopped. They pulled over and noticed a brush fire burning behind them. Grabbed a shovel and the extinguisher and got it out before checking the truck. Couldn't figure out what, exactly happened, as it was getting dark, but it was catastrophic. Long story short, no tow companies from Wickenburg, 54 miles to the south would come pick them up, despite being AAA companies. They ended up calling DPS and =they= made a call, which stirred up a company that had trucks in the tiny burg of Wikieup, a few miles N of where they were broken down. Because they didn't not have RV coverage, they faced leaving the FW on the side of the road and he called me. Even though I have a 2500, I was willing to tow at least to Wickenburg, though I'd've towed it all the way to our shop, about 80 miles, if my truck looked OK. I made it about 5 miles N of Wickenburg before he told me to turn around and head back. Anyway, the call from DPS stirred up a tow truck who was willing to load up the truck on the flatbed and use the stinger to tow the trailer, but the LWB CC F350 was just too long and he could not turn with the FW on the stinger. Luckily, one of his co-workers happened along and they took the FW. So, $1,300 and 9 hours later, they got the truck and trailer to our shop. When he was able to crawl under and look at the damage, he found that a new inspection port had suddenly appeared in the side of the block. So far, I've been =very= good and have not said one word about driving a Ford, though he =was= driving an '05 6.5l diesel, which is known to have issues. Anyway... They made it home, safe and sound, if more than a bit exhausted.