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Old 02-29-2008, 09:55 AM   #1
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AAA vs Good Sam road service

I am considering dropping AAA emergency road service and switching to Good Sam ERS. Does anyone have an opinion on which one is better??

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Old 02-29-2008, 10:06 AM   #2
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I've got both. For the small additional cost it's well worth it to me to make sure where ever I am one of them will have local support. So far have only used the AAA equivalent for my area and they were great.


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Old 02-29-2008, 10:11 AM   #3
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I've been a AAA member ever since I started driving, so when I bought my Airstream, I upgraded to AAA+RV. The coverage seemed to be the same as Good Sam, but I have heard pros and cons on both sides. My "Brand Loyalty" will keep me with AAA for now.

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Old 02-29-2008, 10:15 AM   #4
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Here's a thread from 2005 that talks about this:
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Old 02-29-2008, 10:17 AM   #5
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I've been a member of CAA (same as AAA) since I first got my drivers license. Their service to date has been flawless.
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Old 02-29-2008, 10:52 AM   #6
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We belong to Good Sam's because of their extensive coverage; it we break down, they tow both the truck and the AS to the nearest repair center; it the repairs will take longer than 24 hours they will tow the AS to the nearest campground, how cool is that?
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Old 02-29-2008, 12:22 PM   #7
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I like the part about Good Sams, unlimited tow millage
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Old 02-29-2008, 12:39 PM   #8
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I have both, but would keep Good Sam if had to choose. They did a great joib for us one Sunday morning in the middle of nowhere.

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Old 02-29-2008, 01:26 PM   #9
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Aaa Rv+

Just a note, if your with AAA and you don't have the RV+ package they won't touch your RV. Many people make this mistake. We have AAA RV+ and (knock on wood) we haven't had to use it yet. AAA RV+ is $159 a year. You only get towed for 100 miles for free. Tons of details at the AAA website.

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Old 02-29-2008, 03:03 PM   #10
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We have RV Roadhelp from Allstate and have been VERY pleased with it. It's about $100 a year and covers anything we drive. If you have a breakdown, it pays to take you and anything you are towing to the closest place that can fix your vehicle, not just within a certain mile radius. Brad broke down in the F250 towing a flatbed trailer and they towed him and the trailer to a shop in the next town. Turns out they couldn't fix the truck, so RV Roadhelp had him and the trailer towed to a city about 30 miles away that could handle the problem. No hassles, no problems. They also came out and changed a tire on the 310 moho when we were trying to get it home right after we bought it and an inside rear tire developed a huge blister. I would recommend them to anyone.

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Old 02-29-2008, 03:10 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by 1953 Flying
I like the part about Good Sams, unlimited tow millage
Not sure what part od Good Sam you belong to. I needed them this summer and they would only tow me to the closest "Stealer" and the closest campground. That tow was free but the the lacking dealer of Sam's choise distroied my engine even after direct instruction on what to do. Only cost me $10,000 in total.

By the way it took them 2 1/2 hours and several calls to redirect the driver to find me on route 84 in Conn. given that I had originaly given then a MILE MARKER. It turned out I was stopped less than 1/2 from the drivers house. The first location they towed me to had been out of buusniess for 6 months. The dispatcher said that was there obligation and only after the driver got on the phone was he allowed to continue to another location.

After that disaster I dropped them and went with AAA and had a $500.00 tow, to the location of my choise, done within the first week of membership
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Old 02-29-2008, 06:04 PM   #12
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After over 18 years of good service as a member of AAA, I just dropped their AAA +RV last week. Good Sam ERS covers all my vehicles/drivers and the AS, should the TV break down. I posed the question to AAA, in writing or in person, on a national, regional, and local level, "What exactly would you do with the AS if the TV broke down", and received different, or ambiguous, answers from all. Further resaerch indicated the level of their service may depend on your location at the time of the event. That's just not good enough. The AAA maps were nifty, but have become less relevant with GPS. My new TV also has road service covered by the manufacturer for five years.
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Old 02-29-2008, 06:35 PM   #13
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I was a AAA member for 20 years before I bought the Airstream. In those 20 years I used them only 3 times in-state for towing and was 100% satisfied so I upgraded to RV Plus to cover the Airstream. Coincidentially I had to call for gas while out of state (waited 3 hours btw) within the first month of having the RV Plus plan. AAA immediately dropped me back to their basic plan (no RV, no Plus)

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Old 02-29-2008, 07:57 PM   #14
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Not happy at all with AAA+RV and will probably add Good Sam coverage soon. We broke down on the way home from Yosemite last summer (right on US 99) and AAA at first said they would tow the TV but not the Airstream. They wanted to leave it right alongside the highway, just a few feet out of the traffic flow. When the Highway Patrol arrived they considered this a dangerous situation. We had to argue with AAA on the phone for about 1/2 hour before they agreed that our coverage also included towing of the trailer. Once that was settled, they towed us (truck and AS) to an appropriate repair facility. Since we were not in our home area for AAA coverage, we had to pay for the entire towing cost and submit a bill for reimbursement. To their credit, AAA reimbursed promptly and without further difficulty. Seems from this experience that AAA is very good locally but not so good when you are far from home.

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