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Old 08-20-2016, 12:38 PM   #1
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What's The Best Roadside Assistance Company

I just received my AAA renewal bill. We own a 28 ft. Airstream FC and tow it with a 2015 GMC 2500. I have AAA Plus/RV but I am not sure that this is the best roadside assistance offered. I purchased it because it was easy and it was the only one that I knew anything about. Before I pay the renewal premium I would like to find out what other AS owners think is the best roadside assistance offered and why they thing that it is best. I insure my AS with Progressive and I think that they have some type of coverage included, but I am not sure.

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Old 08-20-2016, 02:45 PM   #2
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I have that and Good Sams. Never had to use either, so I can't comment on which one is better. Since I was already a AAA member, adding the RV was cheap and a no brainer.
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Old 08-20-2016, 05:54 PM   #3
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we have AAA with up to either 100 or 200 mi towing, I do not remember which and the RV coverage. It runs a bit over $200 per year. but this year I needed a tow when a thief drilled a hole in my gas tank. One tow, one jump start, one gas run a year more than covers what I think we would pay in a direct private pay situation.
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Old 08-20-2016, 06:17 PM   #4
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Old 08-20-2016, 06:23 PM   #5
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According to their advertising (and my weak memory) Good Sam's will tow you to the nearest RV repair service without mileage restriction.

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Old 08-20-2016, 06:33 PM   #6
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What's The Best Roadside Assistance Company?

Hi, I had Good Sam and still have basic AAA. But in answer to your question, my answer is Ford.

I have been with AAA for decades and can't remember the last time that I called them for my vehicle.

I got a good deal on Good Sam just before my Alaska trip and with an old high mileage 12 year old Lincoln, I thought it was a good deal. Renewal fees were too high so I didn't renew with Good Sam.


I bought a brand new Ford F-150 with factory extended warranty so Ford road side assistance will be my choice to call especially while towing.

AAA will be used for my Lincoln and my wife's BMW if ever needed.
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Old 08-20-2016, 07:39 PM   #7
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We have CoachNet on our Foretravel MH, and when it sells and we get the Airstream we'll keep it. We broke down once and they towed us almost an hour to Joplin Freightliner who said they could fix the problem. They couldn't, so we were towed another two hours to Big Cabin, OK where the problem was finally fixed. Most of that distance was on the toll road, and we didn't even have to pay the toll for the MH (we did for the Jeep that we were driving). The first thing they say on the phone is "Are you in a safe place?"
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Old 08-20-2016, 09:37 PM   #8
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The best value in roadside assistance is an AMA membership with annual auto-renew. They subcontract it to one of the national companies, and it gets you all of the expected benefits for your car or motorcycle, and covers RVs. I've used it for towing a car twice, and a jumpstart once. Quick and courteous service - better than the AAA that I used to have. It also includes trip planning services. All for $50/yr. You don't even have to have a motorcycle -it's free with your auto-renew membership.
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Old 08-21-2016, 01:10 PM   #9
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I've been an AAA member for decades & have never used it except for obtaining maps & travel books --- until recently. After getting my AS last November, I increased my AAA coverage to their RV Premier plan, at $165 annually.

The until recently: Alta & I left Seattle last June to drive to the Lewisburg, WV rally. Going over a mountain pass on the border between ID & MT, my truck sprung an oil leak, so we hobbled to the top of the pass, shut down, & called AAA. We were probably an hour from civilization. Several hours later, a flat-bed tow truck arrived, put the truck on the flat-bed, & towed the trailer. The driver asked us whether we wanted to go to the nearest service station, around an hour away, or the closest Ram dealer, in Post Falls, ID, on the ID/OR border, several hours away (on the other side of ID). I asked for his recommendation; he recommended going to the Ram dealer, which we did. Upon arrival, I asked him for his charge. "No charge --- covered by AAA." The tow truck driver had some 4 hours in this tow, portal to portal. I shudder to think what that tow would have cost without AAA or the likelihood of being towed to the Ram dealer at no charge with some other insurance plan. When it came time to renew my AAA membership a month or so ago, I didn't think twice about cutting them a check.
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Old 08-21-2016, 01:22 PM   #10
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I was not aware of the roadside assistance feature with AMA membership. To qualify requires a 3-year membership with automatic renewal, at $149, & entitles a member, among other things, to free towing up to 35 miles. While the AAA RV Premier membership is more expensive, at $165 annually, it entitles a member, among other things, to free towing up to 200 miles.
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Old 08-21-2016, 01:32 PM   #11
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I was not aware of the roadside assistance feature with AMA membership. To qualify requires a 3-year membership with automatic renewal, at $149, & entitles a member, among other things, to free towing up to 35 miles. While the AAA RV Premier membership is more expensive, at $165 annually, it entitles a member, among other things, to free towing up to 200 miles.

What is AMA? (in this context)

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Old 08-21-2016, 01:55 PM   #12
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Hi from AZ. . . We have the Good Sam roadside assistance & had never used it. . . until last month ! ! ! My TV quit pulling our AS up I-17 in the middle of nowhere AZ, &we called Good Sams 800 #. The twits on the phone were awful. . . It took an hour & a half & 4 calls to get them to assign a ticket to a service provider. . . as we sat beside the hwy in 100+ temps. . . once finally assigned the tow truck got there in about an hour & a half, and was GREAT. Pro driver, put my tv on the rollback, hooked the AS to the back & off we went. The closest place happened to be a small town Ford dealer (that's ANOTHER story) that was about 25 miles away. Had the folks at the call center been more professional it would have been a decent experience.. . . hey, you asked. . . . . . regards, Craig
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Old 08-21-2016, 02:10 PM   #13
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I had never in my life used AAA or any of them. My youngest started driving 2 years ago and I got an offer from AAA. I figured, for the price, why not. In the first 6 months his car was towed twice (accident and a stupid oil change mistake on my part) and he locked his keys in the trunk 150 miles from home.

He went overseas last year so I didn't renew but I did get the new rate offer in January; too high. They want to cover all 3 of us under the plan and for that I'll roll the dice. I would have to have 3+ tows to go over the price of a local tow. Or he can lock his keys in the trunk 2.5 times for the same price. He came home in June; so far no problems.

I asked about adding RV coverage and the price went up too much again. I'm pretty handy and resourceful, I've always been able to get myself out of a pinch with rope and bailing wire. As long as I'm still fairly fit, I'll do without. I might consider it in another 5 years or so.
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Old 08-21-2016, 02:25 PM   #14
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I retired six years ago, and bought a 1976 25 footer, to pull with a 2004 GMC 2500. Had never had AAA or any of them, used the insurance company deal a couple of times. Right before I left on my first trip to Oregon, I bought AAA as an impulse buy one night. Traveling, a couple of months later, the brakes locked up on the trailer in Little America, WY. Panic set in, finally remembered AAA and called them. Helpful, they determined what was needed, and sent a flatbed truck and trailer within 2 hours, loaded truck and trailer, and hauled me back to a RV repair shop in Green River WY, who repaired the problem and checked the rest of the brakes. I figure the tow would have cost $1200 or so, best investment I have made in a long time. I figure I'm ahead of the deal for several years.
This last July, lost the transmission in my truck west of Denver, again AAA was there in a couple of hours, took it back to Denver to a shop of my choice. about a $300 tow. I guess if you drive a 12 year old truck and pull a 40 year ol AS like I do, it is a good deal.
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