The Long, Long Trailer Trip
Originally Posted by MinnesotaJill
I can't figure out if this Good Sam Roadside assistance program is any better than say .... AAA.
see post #44 on Page 4.
I paid extra
to have the RV endorsement added to my existing AAA account.
My breakdown in Kansas was on a 2 lane country road with no shoulder that dropped into ditches on both sides as deep as the trailer is tall. I had to pull into a stranger's driveway to get off the road. When I called the AAA number, they said I only had basic coverage for just the Odyssey and refused to consider the trailer at all. I would have had to leave the trailer in that driveway.
But in Southern California the trailer was no problem. I once called AAA for a breakdown on I-5 between LA and San Diego. They sent a flatbed truck with a hitch and transported both car and trailer. They dropped the trailer off at home and took the car to the repair shop.
In Kansas, they sent me a small crane-on-the-back tow truck who's driver was dumbfounded to find that his customer had a trailer that AAA never mentioned. I wound up having to drive the Odyssey and the Fiber Stream
13 miles at slow speed due to the misfiring engine to get to this guy's shop. I had to pay for towing over AAA's 7 mile limit even though the tow truck never hooked up, just lead the way.
There is no one national AAA. There are regional AAA "clubs" that are the members of the AAA, but you the customer are only a member of your local "club." You're taken care of within your region, but outside your home region you're at the mercy of whomever you get transferred to on the phone. Membership in AAA does not fully cover your breakdown expenses unless you buy the top tier most expensive membership with all of their itemized extra charges. An "RV" endorsement to the regular AAA membership doesn't mean much.
With Good Sam's Emergency Road Service, there are no distance limits, and there are no out-of-area exceptions, and there are no itemized extra charges. Whatever is needed to get your car AND your trailer delivered to repair facilities is fully covered. If an overnight is needed, delivering your trailer to a suitable campsite is included.