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Old 02-27-2013, 03:34 PM   #1
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AAA vs Good Sam

Hello Everyone~

I'm getting ready to renew my AAA membership, but I'm considering switching to Good Sam this year because of my newly acquired fifth wheel. Do any of you have a recommendation on which company is better for vehicle and RV road side assistance coverage? AAA will be quite a bit more expensive from what i understand. Any input is much appreciated!

Thanks!
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Old 02-27-2013, 03:47 PM   #2
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Good Sam left me on the side of the road for hours two times. The last time was because they were haggling with a tow truck drivers rate for towing my DP on a Saturday night.

After that I switched to AAA. Broke down in Casper, WY and AAA had a tow out there very quickly!
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Old 02-27-2013, 03:48 PM   #3
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AAA road services for RVs are very limited, so read the fine print... then read it again. Most likely you will need either tire service or a tow(trailer or truck). When my motorhome had a blowout on the rear, first AAA refused service unless I had an inflated spare, then they couldn't find a serviceman in their network willing to jack up my motorhome. Buyer beware.
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Hello Everyone~

I'm getting ready to renew my AAA membership, but I'm considering switching to Good Sam this year because of my newly acquired fifth wheel. Do any of you have a recommendation on which company is better for vehicle and RV road side assistance coverage? AAA will be quite a bit more expensive from what i understand. Any input is much appreciated!

Thanks!
I had to use Good Sam a few times when I had my old Winnebago, service was 100%, call them 3 times the same day with tire related problems always the same good and courteous service, I have signed in for a other 3 years.
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Old 02-27-2013, 04:01 PM   #5
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AAA left us stranded on I-15 within sight of the CA/Nev state line because they could not decide if we were in their Southern CA or Northern CA-Nevada service area. We sat on the road edge for 5 1/2 hours. Then they initially refused to acknowledge that we had RV service even tho' our card was so endorsed and the CHP dispatcher told them so. After numerous calls (thank goodness for cellphones) a kindly AAA rep cut through their bureaucracy and got us help with two flats on our 5th wheel trailer.
We are happy with Good Sam now (prompt, competent response with no billing surprises) but CoachNet is another alternative.
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One more good point to go with Good Sam, would be there emergency iPhone, iPad and android application, let's not forget that Good Sam are RV specialist, one more thing that you could check in to, with my new Cruiser I was given a one year free road assistance with Coach-Net ????
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Old 02-27-2013, 09:03 PM   #7
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Coach-net would be my choice, but GS is ok too.

If you want AAA, make sure you get the special RV package and not vanilla AAA road service. Some states may not have RV services, though (AAA is a set of individual state-run deals, so there is not one nationwide plan).
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I had AAA RV & Good Sam once. Well I thought I had AAA. It turned out they printed the wrong expire date on the card.

When my truck lost itís antifreeze I called AAA. I was informed I had to renew first over the phone and then they would help me. I then called Good Sam and all was well.
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AAA is not the same nationwide. The have regions, some with differing rules and requirements. GS is truly nationwide, as is Coach-Net. Do not merely accept my word, do your own homework before deciding, it's your money.
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Good Sam for me all the way. Years ago, my husband and I had a flat tire on our 5er. Called AAA. They would not even talk to us because the flat was on the 5er. Called Good Sam. We were not members at that time. They were more than happy to help. They got a repair guy to come out in the pouring rain with a new tire for us. They called us to make sure the repair guy had come out and stayed on the phone with us to make sure we were happy and OK. When we got home, I immediately signed up for Good Sam and have been with them ever since.
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AAA is not the same nationwide. The have regions, some with differing rules and requirements. GS is truly nationwide, as is Coach-Net. Do not merely accept my word, do your own homework before deciding, it's your money.
Lets not forget that both Coach-Net and Good Sam give a very good service nationwide and also in Canada ,but Like I said earlier Good Sam for me
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Old 02-28-2013, 07:56 PM   #12
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I have Coach-Net (discounted price through FMCA).

What I love about them:
~No mileage limit, cost. If it is 250 miles to a service center for your RV or car, then that is where it is towed.
~Covers every vehicle that I am driving, renting, borrowing or traveling in (such as being in a friends car).

See the attached breakdown of coverage.

I have the platinum coverage and got it for three years as it made it cheaper than AAA car only.

I have used them and their customer service is fantastic, they called me back to check on me and called to let me know that the truck was five minutes from my location. They are awesome!

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Been with AAA. Switched to Good Sam.

Biggest reason? ALL of my family is covered to drive ANY vehicle for less cost than just my one AAA membership for me and my RV and my wife and her car.
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Paying for the Good Sam ESP was the only serious mistake I made, as a first-year RVer. They ignored both me and the Better Business Bureau.
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