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Old 01-29-2014, 08:57 AM   #1
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What do I need?
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I'm just not sure what I need to be prepared for. I will be driving an older Chevy Blazer pulling a new Parkliner. While changing a flat or jump starting a dead battery are great services, I think I am more concerned about breaking down miles from a repair shop.

If I get a roadside plan for the Blazer, does that cover what I'm towing as well? If not, who sells plans that cover both?
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Old 01-29-2014, 09:04 AM   #2
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Check your local AAA, some states it will cover your rv, some they will not. With Good Sam road service, they will send 2 tow trucks, one for your tow vehicle and one for your trailer and tow it to nearest cg. I was with AAA but in Pennsylvania they not cover trailers, just motorhomes. Also check you insurance policy, some include towing.
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Old 01-29-2014, 09:08 AM   #3
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I use Good Sams Road service. First year you usually get a good sign up deal. Covers towing vehicle and trailer. My older F-250 broke down towing a 20 ft. flat bed equipment trailer, they contracted a big roll back to pick up my vehicle and trailer . He put the truck on the rollback and towed the trailer to my house. A friend of mine who has an older motor and has then change tires for him on the road all the time. (Another story here.) Huck what part of the state are you located?
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Old 01-29-2014, 09:20 AM   #4
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AAA has a RV option that can be added to their standard policy, cost me about $20 extra over the premier policy I already had. Good Sam has a policy that is supposed to be good, usually they have a price reduction deal when you first sign up, but I've heard that the price increases when it's time to renew. I'll see, as I joined about 6 months ago. Never used either service. No wait, one time used AAA to have daughters car towed home about 15 miles after it was rear ended. You never know what will happen on the road, so some sort of policy may be comforting. I've heard some car insurance polices may include roadside assistance. I've done enough road call service on big trucks to know that a driver far from home is happy to only make one call to get help.
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Old 01-29-2014, 11:26 AM   #5
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AAA has a RV option that can be added to their standard policy, cost me about $20 extra over the premier policy I already had. .
True Bob but some people here have mentioned that while traveling have found that the AAA trailer towing policy may not work out well in some states/provinces.
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Old 01-29-2014, 11:49 AM   #6
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True Bob but some people here have mentioned that while traveling have found that the AAA trailer towing policy may not work out well in some states/provinces.
I never had to use it so can't testify as to how good AAA may be. Same with the Good Sam policy. Hope I never have to find out. Past work experience has shown me that how good the service is depends on who is doing it. Many times I had to locate road service for my locations' trucks that were out of my area at the time, it can be quite a challenge!
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Old 01-29-2014, 12:32 PM   #7
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What do I need?
Who do you recommend?

I'm just not sure what I need to be prepared for. I will be driving an older Chevy Blazer pulling a new Parkliner. While changing a flat or jump starting a dead battery are great services, I think I am more concerned about breaking down miles from a repair shop.

If I get a roadside plan for the Blazer, does that cover what I'm towing as well? If not, who sells plans that cover both?
Both Good Sam and AAA will cover the trailer if that coverage is purchased. (AAA Plus RV) You can even add coverage for motorcycles if you own any.

We've had AAA for ages but for comparison recently did a year's experiment with Good Sam. Though perfectly satisfied with the several calls we made for their service, we've decided to return to AAA for one main reason: AAA offers a destination-of-your-choice option that Good Sam does not.

That is, AAA coverage in our case covers towing up to 200 miles to a destination that we pick. Doesn't matter if it's home, a shop, a campground. Whereas Good Sam's equivalent covering the same distance adds the qualifier "to the nearest facility where repairs can be made". And they do retain the right to send you to an in-their-network garage. This didn't prove a problem for the several calls we needed over the year, but we decided that we like the greater flexibility of choice offered by AAA.

I should say that all of our experience with either service so far has been limited to Washington/Oregon/California. We've never encountered the kind of geographic black-hole-of-no-coverage referred to earlier so don't know what to say about that.
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Old 01-29-2014, 01:25 PM   #8
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I have AAA premier plus with the RV coverage I live in California so itís a no brainer for me. Even if there was an issue with coverage or not in some areas at least when you call them they would still send help. Help and an empty credit card is what you need not what it costs. Pay the bill and submit it to AAA for reimbursement. A tow service without a credit card is useless. A credit card without a tow service will still get the job done its just harder to get help out in the middle of no place when you have no clue who to call. You defiantly want to think when youíre out there and get properly towed up front. Getting your rig towed to a storage yard or some fly by night mechanic when you need a welder and then get towed again to the right place is gonna cost you big time the second time around. Oh by the way carry a GPS so you can give an exact location of where to find you, it can make a big difference on how long it takes to find you in the middle of no place. Know how to read mile markers on the highways you travel on. Keep your cell phone charged and carry a charge cord that works in you car with you.
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Old 01-29-2014, 03:16 PM   #9
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Good advice from Steve on knowing where you are. I can't count how many road calls I was involved in where the driver didn't know where he was. Usually they were going from point A to point B, and anything in between was of no concern. I would have to play detective before I even got in the service truck. On another note; today I got an offer in the mail, (about for the 10th time), from Good Sam for "Travel Assist" insurance. It is for medical assistance referral, will fly in a relative if you are in the hospital, take care of a pet, medical transportation to get you home, and even have your RV returned home if you can't drive. First year cost, $80. There's some people here in the campground that look like they may need it any day. A week ago some lady fell out of their camper and is still in the hospital, broken ribs and punctured liver, another guy has had a brain tumor and can't drive his motor home. You never know!!
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Old 01-29-2014, 08:24 PM   #10
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Oh dear - I guess we should check what coverage we have! I know we have CAA for the vehicle, the trailer has damage/theft insurance - not a clue about coverage for towing.
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Old 01-29-2014, 08:39 PM   #11
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AAA sometimes has a delay period before coverage takes place. I have had AAA since my first Studebaker Connestoga Wagon, and have always had excellent service. But go for the RV coverage, that's a must



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Old 01-29-2014, 09:09 PM   #12
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I just contacted my agent today as I got the renew bill in the mail today. I asked them about Road Assistance. I'm with The Heartford Co. They told me I already have it included in my policy. It was an additional 8.00 per vehicle per year. I asked them what it covers. Only 75.00 for towing, and I have to pay out of pocket upfront for the services and bring in the slip and I get reimbursed. Well, 75.00 doesn't cover much. I thought it was sort of a joke. When I asked if I could increase the coverage, she said no. I guess 75.00 is better then nothing, but I'm not impressed.
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AAA works well within your local area IF your local automobile club recognizes RV coverage. I found out the hard way that AAA is *not* a national or international company, but a loose confederation of *local* companies, each with their own policies. My AAA company is "The Automobile Club of Southern California." I got awesome service in San Diego, Los Angeles, and Palm Springs. One episode I was only charged $50 extra to have my car and trailer towed from Long Beach to San Diego, the trailer to my house and the car to the mechanic.

Totally worthless in Oregon, Arizona, and Kansas. The "RV" endorsement was ignored in those places, they only cared about the tow vehicle and wanted me to just leave the trailer on the side of the road. They never told the tow truck driver that I even had a trailer in Kansas, even though I was quite clear about it on the phone to them.

I now use Good Sam's Emergency Road Service, and buy 5 year membership renewals, as that keeps the per year cost down. Their national response is as good as AAA's limited Southern California local response.
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AAA works well within your local area

Totally worthless in Oregon, Arizona, and Kansas. The "RV" endorsement was ignored in those places .
I don't know how/why your policy would differ from mine, Frederick, but I've used my AAA service twice in Oregon, both times for both trailer and tug. No questions asked, and no extra charge-???
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Old 01-30-2014, 06:56 AM   #15
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I was with AAA in Virginia. When I had a blowout on a fully loaded (including two cats and a bird) pickup on I-95 in North Carolina 39 miles from the Virginia border, it took nearly four hours for them to come help me. It was very uncomfortable in 95 degree July, and really scary with the truck barely in the median and all the big rigs whizzing by. Needless to say, I've found other insurance for this type of situation. If you have USAA, their service is excellent, and they do have RV insurance.

And that's also why I'm buying the spare tire for my new Lil Snoozy. That recently inherited pickup didn't have one.
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I have heard (on other forums) that Good Sam will NOT tow you if you have showdogs...not pets, showdogs. That may only apply to the class A/B/C people though.

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Oh dear - I guess we should check what coverage we have! I know we have CAA for the vehicle, the trailer has damage/theft insurance - not a clue about coverage for towing.
Hazel I have found that in order to get your trailer towed using CAA Roadside assistance you need to purchase the "Plus RV" membership.
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I believe that the AAA of SoCal policy is to reimburse the member up to the limits of the original coverage when the local "Club" has different coverage.

At least that was what I was told when I asked about out of state coverage. I have had AAA for over 35 years and never had an issue when I needed road service out of state, including with RV's.

But always ask/verify if you don't know, different clubs may differ.



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we used to be with CAA but switched to good sam about 5 years ago. the first year we had our trailer, luckily without needing to use our CAA coverage, we found out that we could get better tow distances and have our trailer towed for a better rate than CAA...of course, that was the "newcomer discount" at good sam. this year, our coverage, which just is up for renewal this month, is $130 for total coverage of all of our vehicles plus any trailer, for both of us.
if we got CAA coverage, it would be a comparable amount without the trailer coverage. so, to us, it's a no-brainer that we'll go with good sam.
we've had 2-3 times per year that we've utilized them...little things that required a tow to a local garage (we've always been able to specify where we wanted the car towed to). always excellent response time and excellent customer service.
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Old 01-30-2014, 06:01 PM   #20
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Thanks to everyone that has contributed. I'll start making calls next week.
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