We Interupt Today’s Heart Warming Story To Laugh At “Someones” Pain!


Yes .. that’s Paul Harrison next to the tow truck.The towing industry knows Paul.

Reporting from the side of the road. DEAR GOD WE CAN NOT MAKE THIS STUFF UP! That’s right. From the side of the road. Paul and Karen Harrison in their new GMC.. Here is Karen’s email .

After a 2200 mile trip and successfully launching “Kabot’s Habit” into Table Rock Lake, the GMC decided once again to go into limp mode.  We drove about 4 miles per hour to our accommodations and arranged for roadside assistance to come and rescue us promptly at 8:30 this morning.  Hopefully they can properly diagnose the problem this time and fix it for good.  Otherwise it will take Paul 4 months to drive back home to Canada…

Despite the break down, its still Woody Boater time. Paul and Karen out for a run



33 replies
  1. Greg Lewandowski
    Greg Lewandowski says:

    I’m glad Paul and Karen made it to their destination this time. Kabot’s Habit looks a great as she did when she lived in Algonac. It’s clear she is being well cared for!

    • m-fine
      m-fine says:

      Who would be dumb enough to take on that job? The price would have to be high enough to buy a new truck…for every leg of the trip!

    • Matt B
      Matt B says:


      Wait til later this week when I drop in the Gar Wood in at the international boat show. The boat has only been in the water twice following it’s 5 year restoration. Once to do a shake down(let’s just say it didn’t go well or as planned) and once floated off the trailer just long enough to mark the water line. Anything could happen! Let’s just say I won’t be asking Paul to help launch the boat :~)

  2. floyd r turbo
    floyd r turbo says:

    The zone rep for “Gov’mint Motors” needs to be all over this, its embarrassing. Maybe she doesn’t like being weened off Petro Canada or Tim Horton’s.

    Glad this didn’t happen to you while “the Habit” was on the hook on the way down. Hope the rest of your trip is trouble free.

  3. Jimmuh
    Jimmuh says:

    I was all ready to chuckle at Pauls continuing transportation problems, but then I thought a constructive post might be more appropriate: check out the refurbished Magirus transporter of Konrad Borries from Berlin… http://pinterest.com/pin/43276846390551695/
    Multiple trouble-free roundtrips from Berlin to Italy, carrying the LAST Tritone, #258. I drove with Konrad in Italy last week; the truck is quite reliable, but tops out at 80kph.
    Paul, maybe it’s time to find an old COE and “build one for you”!

    • MikeM
      MikeM says:

      Might be a great revenue generator for WB…..the house always gets a cut.

      And yes, I’m willing to make a wager….how about a round of drinks at Tavare’s this spring?

  4. Paul H.
    Paul H. says:

    The truck will be fixed by late tomorrow, and best part of the story is we spent the day on a great 82 mile cruise while the truck was looked at. Happily the Sea Skiff ran perfectly, like a watch the whole day.

    This truck problem manifested itself on the restart immediately after unhooking the trailer after launch yesterday. I shudder at the thought of the mess if it had happened in the middle of nowhere ND, SD etc. on the way down. Not real impressed……

  5. Jim Staib
    Jim Staib says:

    Does the Canadian Warranty still cover lodging and meals? My 6.5 turbo broke down in Nova Scotia in the mid 1990s. Had it been a Canadian sold vehicle they were willing to pick up my expenses. (not beer)

  6. Bill
    Bill says:

    GMC garage mans companion ever since they pulled that bankrupcy stunt and turned the stock i had in this loser company into toilet paper i will never buy another one of their products. fords from now on

    • Rick
      Rick says:

      All this GMC trash talk. I’m on my second Yukon XL. This year I trailered NY to MI and back, trailered round trip NY to TN and moved my daughter back to school (there was an entire area of just shoes). Last year I used it to move my son to Boston, couches and everything. It rides like a dream and uses E85 with here is $1/gal cheaper than regular. I love it. Maybe they send the lemons to Canada?

      • MikeM
        MikeM says:

        I’m with Rick….I love my 1 ton Duramax……tows like a mutha and looks good doing it. I saw a lot of Powerstrokes on the side of the road when I drove from Oregon to NY a couple years ago but I don’t want to get into that debate.

  7. brian t
    brian t says:

    Kabot’s Habit looks great !

    Is this the same vehicle that spent nine years stuck in the snow and later dropped the driveline and uh, what am I forgetting? Any idea as to what part crossed the Mason-Dixon line this time ?

  8. ranger
    ranger says:

    sorry paul, karen…

    i was already laughing even before i clicked on the link…

    hope the return trip is uneventful…

    the skiff looks great and glad you had a great day o the water…

    again sorry about the giggles, i know, it ain’t funny…but…

  9. Jim Godlewski
    Jim Godlewski says:

    Sorry to hear about the truck problem. Get her fixed and I’m sure you will be good to go. It’s a nice one for sure. GM gets my vote……
    Just for the record I have a 2011 AWD Chevy Express passenger van and this thing is awesome for everything. Room up the wazooie and the AWD is incredible. Michigan winter is no match for this vehicle.

  10. Paul H.
    Paul H. says:

    Truck fixed, MAP sensor connector and an NOX sensor replaced. Great service from Roadside Assist and the dealership. More importantly, a fabulous day on the Table Rock Lake today with great boats and great people. That is what it is all about, and why I continue to make these lengthy trips…..

  11. Jim Godlewski
    Jim Godlewski says:

    Paul, Glad to hear you had a good day as well as no surprise the dealership took care of the problem. GM strives for customer satisfaction….

  12. Randy Rush-Captain Grumpy
    Randy Rush-Captain Grumpy says:

    Got to say I feel lucky compaired to paul. Maybe it was all that cheap $4 us gas. No worrys paul, your money is worth more than ours now!

    • Paul H.
      Paul H. says:

      Randy – about 820 litres of diesel to get down here, but at least the repairs were all warranty. Fuel costs about the same in Calgary as in the US now.

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