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Old 01-16-2012, 11:03 PM   #1
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Ok I am getting ready for my first trip in my first motorhome, and just want to make sure I get to Odessa Tx from Russellville AR. A couple folks told me I should go with CoachNet. I see their website offers unlimited towing which I am sure there must be some fine print somewhere. I know AAA RV Gold will go 100 miles.

I am curious if any of you have ever had to get towed from the middle of nowhere with a club, if youhad a good experience or a bad one I would like to know what to do to make sure I have the best coverage I can have....just in case.

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Coach-net is a great choice. However, I believe their "unlimited towing" is to the nearest repair facility, no matter how far it is. Thankfully, we have never had to use it. They also have other roadside assistance (change tires, etc.) that make it well worth the money.
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Old 01-17-2012, 08:55 AM   #3
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AAA Gold saved our butt this past Fall. They didn't have to go very far, I think it was about 30 miles, but it didn't cost us a cent, and there was no hesitation on the driver's part about taking it. The State Police dispatched them!
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Before you consider AAA RV Plus towing and roadside assistance be aware they do NOT have coverage in a large part of the country. Ask their agent exactly where they do and do not have coverage. Request a map. Coachnet would be a better choice I believe for trouble with your RV. AAA is fine for your car but not so good for your RV.

I had one need for my AAA RV Plus and it was a total disaster. We now have Coachnet. Haven't needed it yet but all the feedback I read is good for them.

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Old 01-17-2012, 11:26 AM   #5
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I have AAA and Good Sam.
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AAA stonewalled my buddy and his DP.

Our DP has been towed three times in 10 years by Coach-Net or Good Sam and all was good.

One time near Glendive Montana on Hwy 94, we were unable to be towed because the closest capable truck was +150 miles away.

They tried to send a local flat bed which did not work, and then a mechanic, which did work.
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Old 01-17-2012, 02:35 PM   #7
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With our other motorhome we had Progressive Ins. and must say the road service portion was excellent. Had to use them three times but only once for towing. The towing incident was kind of a laugher. Stopped for gas in Winslow, AZ, after filling coach wouldn't start. Starter was bad. Called Progressive and the road service truck was there within 30 minutes. They hooked up and I asked "how far do we have to go?" The driver looked across the street and pointed. I said you must be kidding and he said "NOPE" they'll put the new starter on right there. Now that was luck. I guess I just told a story here as I didn't answer how far they would tow but usually it's to the nearest repair facility. As I found out. Our other experiences were fine as well, only for tire service.5
We have CoachNet with this coach and have not had to use them yet and I hope never have too.
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Been towed 3 times in my DP's. Coach Net will tow you to the nearest authorized repair facility; not back home. In my case, all locations were either Freightliner or Cummins dealers (before the CAT engine).

No complaints (other than having to be towed 3 times).
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I've been towed twice thru Good Sam. Once in Atlanta by lifting the front tires and disconnecting the drive shaft. Once about 30 miles north of Nacogdoches, Texas on a flatbed to Foretravel.

Both were good experiences.
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Unlimited to the nearest qualified repair shop, if, for some reason, they can't do it, then it will be towed to the next one without cost to you.
Have had CoachNet since at least 2000 but have never needed them yet.
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I've been towed twice thru Good Sam. Once in Atlanta by lifting the front tires and disconnecting the drive shaft. Once about 30 miles north of Nacogdoches, Texas on a flatbed to Foretravel.

Both were good experiences.
The preferred method is to remove an axle and put a cover plate over the hole. But most just remove the driveshaft.
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Before you consider AAA RV Plus towing and roadside assistance be aware they do NOT have coverage in a large part of the country. Ask their agent exactly where they do and do not have coverage. Request a map. Coachnet would be a better choice I believe for trouble with your RV. AAA is fine for your car but not so good for your RV.

I had one need for my AAA RV Plus and it was a total disaster. We now have Coachnet. Haven't needed it yet but all the feedback I read is good for them.

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So, curiosity piqued by this comment, checked with AAA regarding their coverage area. I'm informed this service is available anywhere in the US as well as Canada. If they can't help because they aren't set up with any local towing companies, they'll reimburse for covered expenses? That works fine for me. Does anyone have any first hand knowledge to the contrary - including specifics?

Will be heading out soon on a rather long trip and would like to iron this out ahead of time. Long time with AAA and would like to stay with them if possible?
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Sounds like they told you exactly what I posted. They do not have service everywhere and in those areas they don't you are on your own to find someone to help you and they will then supposedly reimberse you.

The one time I used them we had a flat rear tire on our Class C. I was very specific telling the person that took the call exactly what rig we had and what we needed. The service truck they sent did not have a jack that would work on the rear axle as it was a floor jack with a long handle. I had a bottle jack he used. He did not have a socket wrench to fit the lug nuts. I gave him mine to use. By the end of that day I cancelled AAA and contracted with Coachnet.

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Old 01-25-2012, 04:27 PM   #14
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Signed up for Coachnet last night, thanks!!!
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