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Old 10-25-2018, 10:49 AM   #1
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What are you using for road service? Iíve had Good Sam for years but itís gotten expensive. Looking for suggestions. Thanks
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Old 10-25-2018, 10:57 AM   #2
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What are you using for road service? .
I use a service called DIY. There is no charge for labor, only parts.
With strict attention to routine maintenance, inspections and your fuel gauge, for these little trailers there is little likelihood that roadside assistance will be needed much beyond a tire change, which it just so happens I had to do on my last trip.

So the cost is just not worth it to me. Now as I get older, that might change, or if I had a huge rig that was more likely to break down, maybe.

Note that I am not talking about coverage for help towing after an accident where it is a case of damage so bad that you can't move the rig.
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Old 10-25-2018, 11:02 AM   #3
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I use a service called DIY. There is no charge for labor, only parts.
With strict attention to routine maintenance, inspections and your fuel gauge, for these little trailers there is little likelihood that roadside assistance will be needed much beyond a tire change, which it just so happens I had to do on my last trip.

So the cost is just not worth it to me. Now as I get older, that might change, or if I had a huge rig that was more likely to break down, maybe.

Note that I am not talking about coverage for help towing after an accident where it is a case of damage so bad that you can't move the rig.
I agree with Gordon on this one, everyone should know how to change a tire ,replace a fuse and check their fuel gauge. Anything more major than that and road service won't help you anyway other than providing a tow.
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Old 10-25-2018, 11:14 AM   #4
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I agree with Gordon on this one, everyone should know how to change a tire ....
While we agree... I do recognize that some people are physically not capable of changing a tire or other things like that. But generally the benefit of a roadside service is not in line with the costs when it comes to a little camper. It would be good perhaps to first define the services you absolutely need vs those that you don't.
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Old 10-25-2018, 11:16 AM   #5
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I use a service called DIY. There is no charge for labor, only parts.
With strict attention to routine maintenance, inspections and your fuel gauge, for these little trailers there is little likelihood that roadside assistance will be needed much beyond a tire change, which it just so happens I had to do on my last trip.

So the cost is just not worth it to me. Now as I get older, that might change, or if I had a huge rig that was more likely to break down, maybe.

Note that I am not talking about coverage for help towing after an accident where it is a case of damage so bad that you can't move the rig.

Ditto...


Except for the fact that Ford has free road service for my TC, including towing and gasoline delivery for the duration of the warranty, it includes the trailer. Oh! and towing on my vehicle insurance.


Other than that I have saved the premiums for road service for fifty years which means I have a slush fund in case I ever needed it, which I haven't so far.
Also, I have made it a habit to provide roadside help for stranded motorists over my entire adult life.
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Old 10-25-2018, 11:20 AM   #6
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While we agree... I do recognize that some people are physically not capable of changing a tire or other things like that. But generally the benefit of a roadside service is not in line with the costs when it comes to a little camper. It would be good perhaps to first define the services you absolutely need vs those that you don't.
Also agree, i do forget sometimes that we have a diverse age range of members here.
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Old 10-25-2018, 11:31 AM   #7
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We have AAA and have been more than satisfied with the service. Tried Good Sam for awhile but didn't like their policy of choosing the destination if towing is needed. AAA allows us to do that within the 200 mile limits of our policy. We've had to use towing for breakdowns more than once, in all cases for problems that couldn't be solved in the field.

We can and do change our own tires most of the time rather than wait for the guy to show up. "We" of course in its imperial form; Mr. Big Strong Man gets to do the job while I look on in my supervisory capacity. When I'm alone I'm more likely to call the company to do it since despite having the knowhow, the tools, and the willingness to tackle the job I lack the strength to get the @#$%^@ lug nuts loose so must wait for a substitute Big Strong Man to happen by, hopefully in a mood to help the damsel in distress lol.
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Old 10-25-2018, 11:44 AM   #8
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I lack the strength to get the @#$%^@ lug nuts loose so must wait for a substitute Big Strong Man to happen by
My wife has the same issue, the trick that works for her is to stand on the end of the lug wrench and kind of bounce up and down. Good trick for an emergency.
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Old 10-25-2018, 11:59 AM   #9
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We have AAA and have been more than satisfied with the service. .... I lack the strength to get the @#$%^@ lug nuts loose so must wait ...
How about a pipe to slip over the lug wrench to gain leverage... if it is possible to get enough leverage a child could get them loose.

As for AAA, I have also heard of people waiting hours for them. Always good to have a back-up plan and DIY might be the one.
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Old 10-25-2018, 02:32 PM   #10
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I bought Good Sam before our trip to Alaska, as I did not want to be in the middle of nowhere without some service agreement.

At the same time, my main effort before the trip went into maintenance: tested all batteries (replaced the one in my TV), replaced all wheel bearings, all new tires, etc. I also made sure I had all the tools necessary to do the basics on the road myself. One problem service agreement or not, when you are in the middle of nowhere, do not expect a quick response. Instead, being ready to do yourself is a better option.

I've always used the "jump on the lug wrench" method to loosen lug nuts.
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I've always used the "jump on the lug wrench" method to loosen lug nuts.

Should probably wear a medical alert if you do that.
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Old 10-25-2018, 05:34 PM   #12
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In a pinch, you can use the jack on the lug wrench to break the lug nuts loose before lifting the vehicle .
Its usually the "pros" at the tire place who over tighten them in the first place.
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