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Old 01-25-2010, 11:04 PM   #1
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AAA roadside assistance?

Just wanted everyone's thoughts on who they use for roadside assistance. Today I renewed my AAA for our cars, and it occurred to me to ask about RV roadside assistance. They do offer it, so I signed up for the year, an extra $80. What do you all use, if any?
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Old 01-25-2010, 11:14 PM   #2
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Old 01-25-2010, 11:21 PM   #3
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As I understand AAA does not cover RVs. Maybe a rider is available. I use Good Sam Club for roadside assistance which is RV friendly and reasonable.
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Hi, I have AAA basic roadside assistance for my cars, but nothing for RVs; [my trailer] except for credit cards. AAA has different rules and policies for road side assistance in different states, so I would go with Good Sam. Good Sam towed my brother's SOB motorhome and saved him big bucks. What I mean about different policies in different states is that it is not where you buy it, but where you are when you need it. Towing distances may be different in Oregon compaired to California.
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Hi, I have AAA basic roadside assistance for my cars, but nothing for RVs; [my trailer] except for credit cards. AAA has different rules and policies for road side assistance in different states, so I would go with Good Sam. Good Sam towed my brother's SOB motorhome and saved him big bucks. What I mean about different policies in different states is that it is not where you buy it, but where you are when you need it. Towing distances may be different in Oregon compaired to California.
I wasn't aware of the different state coverage issue. Good to check into and know before we leave on a trip. We too have AAA (w/RV coverage)also, but have not used it yet for our AS. We added it when we purchased our AS. We also have the motorcycle towing. The regular towing for the autos has always been great. We have been AAA members for 34 years.

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Old 01-26-2010, 05:55 AM   #6
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How often, in those 34 years, have you needed AAA? I found that when I needed them, so did everyone else. Because so many were calling for assistance, it took them hours to respond to my needs - then when they did arrive, the driver had no idea where the battery was located in my car. I discontinued AAA nearly 40 years ago and have used Good Sam since we purchased our AS. I've never had a need to call them, but a neighboring SOB in an Ohio campground had a flat tire a couple years ago and called for Good Sam assistance. In less than thirty minutes they had help and we were located in the country 10-15 miles from the closest anything. I was impressed! I will continue with my Good Sam Roadside assistance as it protects my wife and myself in anything we are driving! I find it to be much better than AAA.
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Old 01-26-2010, 06:14 AM   #7
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Old 01-26-2010, 06:39 AM   #8
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We had CAA (almost the same thing as AAA, just in Canada) Plus RV. Have never needed the RV portion thank goodness. My in-laws had used it several times while travelling in Florida due to a faulty tire rim that kept blowing (they had a 5th wheel SOB).

They were pleased with it.

I suspect that AAA has better coverage than CAA, even though I was under the impression that it was identical. I was travelling in upper state New York (in a car) when the fan belt broke on the interstate, kinda in the middle of nowhere. I pulled over and phoned CAA who directed me to the local AAA agent. She started telling me what kind of coverage I could expect, such as hotel for the night if necessary. Then she went "whoops - sorry - you're CAA - you don't get that coverage". So I found out that even with what I thought was the top level of coverage, I couldn't get little extras that AAA members received. I was then told that only "Premier" members could get that extra coverage.

Well, how do I sign up for Premier? I asked.

You can't. You have to wait and get invited to join Premier.

I had alot of time to think about all this, because the tow truck driver took 6 hours to arrive (beautiful sunny summer day - have to wonder why it took so long).

At any rate, I tend to think that it's good to have, but don't count on it for everything. I suppose that's true for many things in life, eh?
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I have AAA Plus RV and have been extremely satisfied, though, I have yet to have either of my trailers towed. I pay for both of my kids to have their own cards, and it has paid for itself the last two years. The "plus" part has to be added in order to get the "RV" part. The "Plus" part pays for alot more miles per each towing, which makes a huge difference.

I was stuck with a dead tow vehicle in a campground in the boondocks of Maine last summer, my car was towed over an hour away, and they arrived, prepared to pick up my trailer as well. I stayed with the trailer, though, and my car was delivered back the next day.

I have been very pleased......
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I have CAA Plus RV - which I think is pretty much the same as AAA Plus RV.

One of the things I like about it is that the "Plus" also gets me coverage on our motorcyle.

A flat tire - especially rear - on a motorcycle can be a touch thing to deal with on the road if you are unable to plug it. In practical terms it would mean moving the bike with a tow truck or flatbed to the nearest motorcycle shop. I don't believe that your average gas station would deal with a motorcycle if the tire needed to be removed.

So far I have been lucky - no flats yet - probably just jinxed myself!


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How often, in those 34 years, have you needed AAA? I found that when I needed them, so did everyone else. Because so many were calling for assistance, it took them hours to respond to my needs - then when they did arrive, the driver had no idea where the battery was located in my car. I discontinued AAA nearly 40 years ago and have used Good Sam since we purchased our AS. I've never had a need to call them, but a neighboring SOB in an Ohio campground had a flat tire a couple years ago and called for Good Sam assistance. In less than thirty minutes they had help and we were located in the country 10-15 miles from the closest anything. I was impressed! I will continue with my Good Sam Roadside assistance as it protects my wife and myself in anything we are driving! I find it to be much better than AAA.
We use them on average about 2x's per year, usually for things like a dead battery or flat. Have had to use it for tows also. They always arrive within about 30-45 min, and have always been helpful and pleasant. As I said before we have not yet had to use it for the AS. As a side note the service calls have always been in California. We even used it for a friends car that was in a remote area and had it towed to his home (also remote). We informed them of the tow need when calling for the tow service and since we had the "premier" level of service (200 miles) we could get it towed the distance without any trouble.

They have been great. Since we have 2 cards between us, we are entilted to 4 tows/calls per year each. No problems here, but maybe it's different in other areas. Luckily we haven't had to use it in other states yet.

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We just received a AAA mailing that we were considering. However, it states they tow 3 miles for free - then you get a "special rate".

Anyone know if the Plus version overcomes that limitation. Maybe Good Sams would be the better route....
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I thought the tows are usually a 7 mile distance on the standard service. You'd have to call and inquire about the specifics in your area.

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I wasn't aware of the different state coverage issue. Good to check into and know before we leave on a trip. We too have AAA (w/RV coverage)also, but have not used it yet for our AS.

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From experience, I can verify that. I was also a long time member of AAA. and then Plus RV, until I heard of some inconsistencies in their towing policies based on your location. I looked into it by contacting the local, regional and national AAA offices, and got three slightly different answers. The question was... "If my tow vehicle were to break down, would you tow both the TV and the trailer to a safe location"? The best I could determine was that the level of service did indeed depend on where you were at the time of the breakdown.

Since I tend to wander around when I travel, it would be too cumbersome to get information by specific location, and there's no way of telling where and when you'll need them. So, I went with Good Sam ERS, and haven't regretted it at all. They gave a clear answer to my question, their service has been quick and professional, and it's consistent across the country.

I had a good run with AAA too. Their service was good and, until GPS, those maps were useful. Don't forget your vehicle insurance company. Sometimes for a small fee, you can get road service through them.
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