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    Senior Member davebennington's Avatar
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    USA - FL

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

    I have an idea for people who are on the road and need assistance of some kind. This would be only for Heartland owners.

    If we could create a list that includes your name, state, and phone number, as well as what type of help you can provide example: directions, fuel, parts, tools, a place to stay, or just for a cup of coffee, also how far you are willing to travel to provide this help. The rules could be simple as the caller who needs help would have to identify them self as a Heartland owner by providing vin number or some other means that we can work out. How many people would be interested in signing up to provide assistance to fellow Heartland owners? This idea comes from the Turbo Diesel Register web site that I also belong to. Every year they update the list adding and deleting names so if you sign up it would be for a year.

    Below is some basic rules I suggest to follow.

    To the Caller: While the services offered are first and foremost for
    emergency situations, there may be the times when you simply need
    advice or a break from traveling. Please state whether an emergency
    exists or not. And while socializing with other Heartland members can be
    a legitimate reason for calling a number in the Heartland Travel Companion
    book, it is the callerís responsibility to be sensitive to, and aware of,
    the individual limits to that socializing, as presented by the host.

    To the Volunteer Host: We suggest that you ask the caller for their
    Heartland member number and determine the need. Extending your
    services and/or hospitality is at your discretion. It is not possible
    for the Heartland Owners Help Line to control the use of the system or to
    be responsible for that use. We can only urge that members not
    abuse the system in any way.

    Thanks for listening to my idea.

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    Heartland: Director of Owners Interests jbeletti's Avatar
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    USA - CO

    Please weigh in on Dave's idea but do not provide any personal data within this thread. If this ideas gets some traction, we'll devise a way to make it work.

    Thanks for the idea Dave.


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    Founding New Mexico Chapter Leader TRAVELER07's Avatar
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    USA - MI

    Dave, Great idea to help ease the nerves while traveling! And we would be willling to help if we are in the area as we are soon to be fulltimers. TRAVELER07
    Last edited by TRAVELER07; 10-16-2008 at 09:29 AM.

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    Sounds like a great idea, we use to do something similar with a canine rescue club we belonged to and it worked great, we would be interested.

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    Still kickin and screamin krehlert's Avatar
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    Sounds great, count us in!
    Karl & Regina Ehlert (and our 3 boys)
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    Arkansas Chapter Leader-Retired bsummit's Avatar
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    Sounds good to me. It could really help in case of emergencies.
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    Founders of SoCal Chapter Bob&Patty's Avatar
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    I'm up for it, sounds good. Bob
    Bob (Old cranky), Great wife Patty, 5 great kids, 11 grandkids

    Callie the wonder dog (we are still wondering) and 1 crazy cat "Baby" (RIP at 18 years old). Callie misses her Kitty.

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    Sure!!! Sounds Great
    Gary & Diana
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    Past North Carolina Chapter Leader trdeal's Avatar
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    Sounds great. Count us in.We will be glad to provide any service we can provide.
    Last edited by trdeal; 10-15-2008 at 08:14 PM.

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    count me in
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