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Old 06-17-2014, 05:35 PM   #1
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Good Sams Road Side Towing??

Does this work and is it $70 a year?

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Old 06-17-2014, 05:39 PM   #2
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It'll cost you $70 if you never need to use it. It will save you hundreds if you do. No different than any other type of " insurance ".


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Old 06-17-2014, 05:41 PM   #3
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I have used Good Sam road side twice. Was very pleased with them both times. Would not travel without it.
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Old 06-17-2014, 07:32 PM   #4
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Good Sam and Coach Jet are both popular and well commented. I have had both and used services via both. Both did well.
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Old 06-19-2014, 05:21 PM   #5
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When we bought the 5vr in 2002 and took our first 6 week, 8,000 mile trip to Yellowstone we purchased the Good Sam's Roadside Assistance. The truck was new and the rig was new but not worrying was worth every penny. I think the cost was about $90. I now buy 3 years at a time and don't have to worry about it running out and you get a discount. We used it in LA when I locked us out of the truck on I10. Husband had a meltdown, I said no problem I have the Good Sams card in my purse Then we used the service for a blowout on the way back from an irv2 rally in Gatlinburg TN. Also we had a blowout in New Mexico. O' I almost forgot the transmission failure on our way to the Arizona rally. We only arrived 4 days late to the rally By the way we put 220,000 miles on that old truck, at least one third of those miles were pulling the 5vr.
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Old 06-21-2014, 08:14 AM   #6
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Homeless: I've had it for 20+ years, never used it, so it also works great as a preventative. (Without it I would probably be hitchhiking by now...) Guess I better find some wood to knock!!
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Old 06-21-2014, 08:48 AM   #7
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I've used it once and would advise that you read the fine print, with this one or any roadside assistance, regarding how far they'll tow you in addition to where. On my platinum plan I get towed to the nearest qualified repair facility which I think is loosely defined. In my case they would have towed me to the nearest mechanic but not the Ford dealer. The nearest repair facility wasn't qualified in my opinion to work on diesel trucks. To get to the Ford dealer I had to pay for the difference in miles between the two shops. I'll probably stay with them when I renew but I'll be sure to get the plan that let's me tow to my qualified
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Old 06-24-2014, 08:06 AM   #8
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I have the GS ERS. I haven't used it.....yet. Hope to never use it but sure wouldn't travel without it.
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Old 06-24-2014, 09:00 AM   #9
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I have a Coach-Net Premium Plan. I used it last month when I had a blowout 400 miles form home. The tire tech they chose came out and installed my spare (95 - 90% humidity). There was no charge for the service. Coach-Net answered promptly, called me back to advise when the tire tech would be on site, verified after the tire was changed that I was satisfied with the service.

After this experience, I put on a tire pressure monitoring system. The first sign I had that one of my trailer tires was flat was seeing pieces of rubber flying off the trailer when looking in the rear view mirror.
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Old 06-24-2014, 10:18 AM   #10
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We have it, used it once for a blowout in Fla on New Years day. The service answered the phone right away, called me back when they had a roadside service that would come out (about 15 min). Told me approx how long it would take for them to get there, called me back to make sure that they had arrived. Called me back again later to make sure everything went smoothly and that we were OK and back on the road. After watching the guy change the tire on my MH in the 95deg heat with the hot sun beating on him on the side of I95 I will always carry it. With all his proper equipment It took hin a good half hour to do it. I could have done it myself, it would have taken much longer and I prob would have had heat stroke. Well worth the $70.
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Old 06-24-2014, 11:15 AM   #11
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We have used our GS Roadside a couple of times, and it is WELL worth the yearly fee. Just to tow a big motorhome 1/2 mile was $350.00.
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I've used Good Sam twice in the past 2 years. Both were tire related. On the last call, just a few months ago, there was no service facility nearby that was part of the Good Sam network. The GS Rep gave me her direct phone #, then called around to establish a connection with a local vendor. After about 45 minutes, GS had a new vendor on the payroll and 45 minutes after that, I had a Tech at my side.

Cheap insurance. Well satisfied.
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Blew a transmission in Alpine, Tx and got towed to Odessa, Tx. They towed me to a qualified repair shop.
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It'll cost you $70 if you never need to use it. It will save you hundreds if you do. No different than any other type of " insurance ".

In my case it didn't save me anything, it cost me thousands.

I got stuck on the side of a snowy Interstate in WV for 4.5 hours with no heat while GS haggled with the towing companies over whether they'd take a GS call (at greatly reduced rates) or leave us there while making better money pulling folks out of ditches. GS will not budge over their set rates. Finally the storm had subsided enough that someone was willing to tow us. Problem was the driver didn't have the proper tools with him (I didn't know this till much later) and so didn't disconnect the driveshaft. He then spent the 40 minute drive to the repair shop showing me how impressive the power of his wrecker was, how it could easily hold 60 mph with my coach trailing behind.

The wait meant we got to the repair shop just as they were closing, they promised up & down they were going to pull a vehicle out and put my non-winterized coach inside where it was warm. It was also 30 minutes after the car rental places closed, off to a hotel for the night.

A week and $5k later I got my coach back with a new tranny, and a mess of frozen burst pipes from sitting outside in well below freezing temps.

Oh, and when I went through the box of parts I got back from the rebuilder, it was obvious 95% of the damage was from 40 mile tow at 60 mph. The issue with the TX in the first place was a broken snap ring.

It would have been a 3 hour $400 to $500 repair if not for the nice folks at GS Roadside Assistance.

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