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Thread: H.O.T.E.L.: Help for folks who need a hand on the road

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    Not just tired..... RETIRED!!! pmmjarrett's Avatar
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    USA - NC

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Beletti View Post

    I'd like to hear from anyone who has "made the call" to any helpers in programs like this that they are involved in (trucks, Gold Wings etc.). I'd like to know how it worked out.

    On it works. While the site caters to all diesels, the largest group of enthusiests are the 83 - 94 7.3 IDI crowd. We also use what we call the B.O.O.B. express (Brotherhood Of Oil Burners) to move large items that are hard or expensive to ship to members by moving it ourselves between members.

    That site is a pretty close knit group and most members personally know other members there. Many of the active users have been on the site for years.

    I have had another member near me bring over an appropriat sized engine stand and help me pull the 7.3 engine from my 2000 F350. He also helped me rebuild my turbo.

    Myself I have driven 400 miles to help another member assemble a short block and install it and get his truck running. He put me up in his camper for the weekend. Another member had picked up his heads and taken them to his machine shop to help him save money after ventilating the lock on his engine and things were not looking good.

    Also have moved a transmission for a member on the final leg from Indiana to Georgia as it was on my way when I was delivering a trailer. Tranny had passed hands twice before I got it as it was pushed southeast. It's slow going sometimes but if you ain't in a hurry it works well.

    I have personally met members from Georgia to British Columbia and many places in between. Well worth the time and effort to get set up.
    Heartland Owner by Proxy.

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    Sundance Owner roazo's Avatar
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    You can count me in too
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    USA - MI

    You can count on us also to be a provider and user. We have 30 amp service and water available. A large pole barn that you can pull inside for repairs or whatever also available with concrete floor, air compressor and air tools etc. Great Idea!!
    Jim Rotman
    Grand Haven, Mi
    2019 Silverado 1500LT
    2018 Sundance XLT 189MB
    2008 3055 Bighorn (gone)
    HOC Member Number 1076
    2009 Rally Site #475
    2011 Rally Site #475

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    Senior Member ct0218's Avatar
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    USA - NC

    Count me in as a provider. I can provide most all services, and my location on the SE side of Great Smoky Mountain National Park and adjacent to the Blue Ridge Parkway puts me in a highly traveled area. I can also advise on accessible service and repair facilities, and travel routes thru the mountains.

    Clark and Gail Thompson
    2003 GMC 3500 Duramax/Allison, 4x4, CC LB
    2006 Mt Rushmore #2896

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    Founding Oregon Chapter Leader-Retired ziggy's Avatar
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    USA - OR

    We'll be providers.
    Mark and Kristy
    Founding Oregon Chapter Leaders-Retired
    Kona (GSD), Harry and Katie (Dandie Dinmont Terriers)
    2019 RAM 3500HO Dually
    2015 Landmark 365 Key West
    Klamath Falls, Oregon

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    Senior Member Cheryl's Avatar
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    USA - WV

    As long as the info is kept private to owners, I wouldn't mind having my phone number listed. If anybody is traveling (and doesn't have access to the internet) and breaks down or has rim/tire failure, etc. I would be more than happy to use my internet to help them find local help. Happened to us last July - fortunately my son was at home and looked up a parts store for us.
    As for the hands on help, we don't live near any interstates or any other major highway, so I doubt if anybody would ever be near us, but if they are, we would be glad to help in anyway we can.
    Nelson & Cheryl
    2005 Heartland Landmark Golden Gate #33
    2005 Dodge Dually Cummins Turbo Diesel 6-speed

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    USA - VA

    Count me in too as a provider.
    John and Charlotte
    2009 Landmark Augusta
    2008 GMC 2500HD Duramax crew cab
    Firestone airbags/ 20K Reese hitch
    6500 watt Onan / 2500 watt inverter / Four 12v batteries in slide out box tray
    3 great kids and 2 German shepherd dogs

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    travel bug
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    CAN - AB

    Count us in as providers and users. We have room for rv's, place and tools to work on trucks if need be and of course hospitality.None
    Garry & Bev
    2011 Tiffin
    previously owned 3055rl Bighorn 2008
    Windy southern alberta

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    travel bug
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    CAN - AB

    Geeksrus.......we'll be expecting you for coffee when you pass by our way.
    Garry & Bev
    2011 Tiffin
    previously owned 3055rl Bighorn 2008
    Windy southern alberta

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    Senior Member imchud's Avatar
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    USA - OH

    WOW!!! What a great post -- count us in as providers and users.. I don't have a shop or much of an area (except for a drive way) to work on a Camper... But I can help with a lot of different things including turning a wrench, changing a tire, offering coffee and of corse a beer

    Tom 56 & Linda 54
    My Crew:
    Tammy 34 - Christopher 33 - Sandra 30
    Our Future Campers:
    Olivia 8 years - Braelyn 4 years - Carter 4 years
    Lydia 3 year old - leighton 2 - Hudson 1 year

    2009 -Big Horn 3385
    2010 Ford F250 S/D 5.4 L

    Life's too short - Go Camping.........

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