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    Default Western Kansas Breakdown

    I am a volunteer captain in Eastern Missouri and I was recently informed that my cousin, also a volunteer in my department and a career firefighter lieutenant in a neighboring agency (& IAFF brother), was on his way back to Missouri from Colorado where he was returning from vacation with his mother-in-law, wife & 2 young children when the transmission in their 2001 Ford Taurus failed them and they are now stranded in Western Kansas (Goodland, KS) with a dead car, luggage, and two kids under 10 years old. He is not sure how he is going to get his family, much less the car, back to Lincoln County Missouri north of St. Louis but could certainly use any suggestions or favors from a fellow firefighter that area.

    Please let me know if you guys come up with anything. They are holed up in a motel right now and are considering renting a U-haul or something and putting the kids up front and having the 2 remaining adults ride in the very stuffy cargo section of the truck just to get them home. A better idea would be welcome....especially since the weather is forecasted to turn hot over the next few days.

    Thank for any help, I can be contacted @ netowen@hotmail.com . I also have a cell phone # for him if someone wants to contact him directly since I'm several hundred miles away.
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    Seriously, call one of the major rental companies. Rent a four door pickup truck with a receiver hitch, go to u-haul and get a car dolly. put the car on the dolly and tow it back in relative comfort of an air conditioned rental.

    Riding for several hundred miles in the back of a closed up u-haul truck sounds not only incredibly dangerous but pretty damn stupid if you ask me.

    On a side note, I blew the tranny out of my taurus wagon, got it replaced and less than 10K miles later it started to go again. I rapidly got rid of that piece of crap after that.

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    Default Rental

    I think they were planning to do that, however, they can't find a trailer anywhere near them now.

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    Default Still Stranded

    On the other hand, would someone experienced in pulling trailers want to make some quick cash for getting them back home? I don't know what it would cost but they need to figure out something pretty quick...

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    Are you a AAA member or is some else close to you? You can give your AAA credits to someone else for tow purposes and other needs.

    Good luck.

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    AAA will help you if he is a member. Did he go by any fire house and seek some assistance? Most Brothers will help out another in some fashion.

    Normally it is against the law to ride anyone in the cargo area of a uhaul, or other type truck, trailer or in the trunk!!
    Stay Safe and Well Out There....

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    Quote Originally Posted by owen6205 View Post
    I am a volunteer captain in Eastern Missouri and I was recently informed that my cousin, also a volunteer in my department and a career firefighter lieutenant in a neighboring agency (& IAFF brother), was on his way back to Missouri from Colorado where he was returning from vacation with his mother-in-law, wife & 2 young children when the transmission in their 2001 Ford Taurus failed them and they are now stranded in Western Kansas (Goodland, KS) with a dead car, luggage, and two kids under 10 years old. He is not sure how he is going to get his family, much less the car, back to Lincoln County Missouri north of St. Louis but could certainly use any suggestions or favors from a fellow firefighter that area.
    Here's my suggestion:

    Leave the mother-in-law in Kansas.
    Robert Kramer
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    "Everyone goes home" is the mantra for the pussification of the modern, American fire service.


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    Default Still Stranded

    That's funny! We are still working on it, they do have AAA but not nearly enough points for any significant towing distance. We are trying to plan for someone to leave from here and go out there for the 11 hour + trip, unless we figure something else out. Thanks for all the input, especially about the mother-in-law!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MemphisE34a View Post
    Here's my suggestion:

    Leave the mother-in-law in Kansas.
    Haha.

    Still need somewhere to put the wife....
    "You see things and you ask, 'Why'? I dream of things that never were and I say, 'Why not'?

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    Default Rental

    Also, they are unable to find a pickup to rent anywhere remotely close to there. Kinda reminiscent of John Candy's Planes, Trains, & Autos!

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    Quote Originally Posted by FyredUp View Post
    On a side note, I blew the tranny out of my taurus wagon, got it replaced and less than 10K miles later it started to go again. I rapidly got rid of that piece of crap after that.
    Have 162000mi on a 1991 wagon with no repairs other than brakes/tires. No trans maint. at all. Must be you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CdnFD24 View Post
    Haha.

    Still need somewhere to put the wife....
    I'll come get your wife! :-)

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    I have been able to use my AAA for friend's vehicles. Hopefully you can do the same.

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    Greyhound bus station! I did that in a pinch once and it was cheap

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    Default Still Stranded

    We have a few family members on their way out to meet them and pick them up now, so I think we will be able to get it worked out. Thanks for the input.

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    AAA will only tow a few miles, they will not tow a long distance unless you are willing to pay standard towing rates. Then you run into where does everyone ride?

    Uhaul says they have a tow trailer in Goodland. Sometimes the local dealer won't admit to it for a one way rental, because they want to keep it close. Uhaul corporate keeps track of them though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by neiowa View Post
    Have 162000mi on a 1991 wagon with no repairs other than brakes/tires. No trans maint. at all. Must be you.
    Well la de freakin dah for you.

    I drove highway miles and the tranny lunched itself at about 90K miles. The Ford dealer warranteed it and the tranny they put it began to slip with around 10K on it. As I said I traded it in instead of fighting over another transmission.

    My mom's taurus sedan was a maintenance and reliability nightmare. In fact in the end it started on fire.

    My former mother in law's taurus sedan was notorious for idling at 35 miles an hour and the dealer, in fact 2 dealers, we took it to couldn't fix it.

    I am glad you are having good luck with yours. My opinion may vary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FyredUp View Post
    My opinion may vary.
    I disagree. Your opinions never vary!

    I am now a past chief and the views, opinions, and comments are mine and mine alone. I do not speak for any department or in any official capacity. Although, they would be smart to listen to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by neiowa View Post
    Have 162000mi on a 1991 wagon with no repairs other than brakes/tires. No trans maint. at all. Must be you.
    Was it a Pinkly Taurus ??
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    Default Underway again

    Thanks for the input and ideas, we ended up sending 2 family members out there and they are all on their way back now with our truck, a trailer and car (which they would probably sell pretty cheap now). Thanks again all.
    Rodney

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