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Old 06-20-2014, 06:09 AM   #1
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Good Sam Club vs. AAA?

I'm considering purchasing a travel assistance membership. I'm aware of Good Sam Club and AAA. Are there others anyone would recommend? Between these two, which do you prefer? Thanks (Airstream wannabe)

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Old 06-20-2014, 06:14 AM   #2
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I am with AAA and I have not needed assistance since we bought the Airstream, but I like the publications and routing available through AAA. When I had teenage drivers we relied on AAA assistance a number of times with good results.
I did try out Coach-net and their routing and documents were way inferior to AAA.

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Old 06-20-2014, 06:22 AM   #3
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We had AAA and switched to Good Sam. We called them once for a flat on the trailer and once for a truck problem where the truck had to be towed. We were extremely happy with the fast, friendly service.
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Old 06-20-2014, 06:40 AM   #4
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Thank goodness, we've not yet had to use one of these!

Know that if you are going to buy a new Airstream, it will come with one year of Coach-Net coverage which is very well regarded by those who have used it. The annual cost of Coach-Net ranges from $69 to $139 depending on the level of coverage you choose.
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Old 06-20-2014, 06:42 AM   #5
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Hello fellow Streamers. I had AAA a few years back and was on the road on vacation when I lost all my oil due to a mechanics blunder. Called AAA and they would not deliver oil. They would deliver most anything else but not oil. Fortunately a fellow camper stopped and went to town and bought me 6qt of oil. I now have Good Sam, they will deliver oil.
I keep a basic AAA policy but use it for maps ect only.
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Old 06-20-2014, 07:40 AM   #6
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I don't think that one is better than the other. I have AAA and used them several times for the AS and a motorhome. If you do a search here, the consensus is that location and travel routes have a lot to do with the level of service from GS or AAA.
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Old 06-20-2014, 07:41 AM   #7
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I have Good Sam. Last week I had a flat on the left rear my truck while towing my AS. I called Good Sam and an hour and 20 minutes later I was on the road. The service person escorted me to the nearest gas station as my spare was low. He also called to justify that the spare was sufficient to handle towing until I could get a replacement.
All paper work was done on his I-phone.
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Old 06-20-2014, 02:29 PM   #8
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I've had both, prefer Good Sam to AAA. I am only a member of Good Sam because of the roadside assistance program. In my opinion and's that much better.
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Old 06-20-2014, 02:58 PM   #9
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I have Good Sam.

One trip I was on the Washington DC beltway, and my engine had a serious problem. Good sam dispathed a tow truck that came a disconnected my 4wd driveshaft, and double headed my truck and airstream to the nearest campground about 15+/- miles away. He backed me into the space and left me for the night.

After making arrangements for the repair, he came and got me, the wife and truck and took us to the garage. This was the next day.

No money other than tip was exchanged.

I suspect it will take a lot for me not to have Good Sam.
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Old 06-20-2014, 03:41 PM   #10
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We have AAA, but I'm considering Good Sam when we switch. Sometimes it's better to deal with someone whose specialty is those with RV's and Travel Trailers.

On that note, I'm really surprised how many of you are still using AAA's routing and maps service. I would of thought that had died in this day and age of GPS and smart phones.
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Old 06-20-2014, 06:31 PM   #11
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We have Good Sam, and have used it a couple of times for flat tires. Usually service was good. Last summer, however, north of Las Vegas, heading to Reno, I had a left rear wheel bearing fail. We were out of cell phone range, Good Sam, couldn't find anyone within 75 miles of us to help deal with the problem.
This was an isolated incident, and I'll let it pass.
HOWEVER, during the past several years, I get very tired of the constant barrage of junk mail ads, with all of their insurance offers. We've been getting them almost weekly.
Prior to Marcus Lemonus, as president, the company was much better.
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Old 06-20-2014, 06:47 PM   #12
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I have AMA coverage - included for free with membership ($35) and auto-renew, and covers RVs as well as autos. Only used it once, for a jump start, but no hassle at all. They also offer trip routing. I once had AAA gold, but the camping guides were poor, with incomplete listings - seems only that paid listings were included.
Gives me just enough peace of mind.
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Old 06-20-2014, 06:56 PM   #13
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The truth be known it's probably the fact that whatever service you use, Good Sam or AAA, the person coming out to assist you will be the same tow outfit. I actually have both. My worst experience was with Good Sam; had a flat on our AS 60 miles from Moab. I called and it took them 1 1/2 hours to get there. Then he couldn't fit his hydro bottle jack under the axle. Lucky I had a wood chuck that I used as a ramp, then he didn't have the right size socket for his air gun, so I lent him mine. In that process, the cheap SS cover on the lug nut stripped so we used my Visegrips to pry off the cover. The nut under was another size socket, so I lent him that too. Finally got away 3 hours after calling. The next day, I had another flat just outside Ozona, TX and I just changed it myself, in 20 minutes. That's when I decided to ditch ST tires and go to 16" wheels, Michelin LT's and changed out all my lug nuts to solid SS. Oh, and I also bought a Trailer Aid ramp in case I needed to rotate my tires.
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Have both the top level AAA and top level Good Sam. One or the other is going to be around if needed. I also carry a Satellite phone for the remote areas where cell phones are useless.

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