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Old 03-30-2019, 02:17 AM   #1
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AAA or Good Sam or???

We are getting ready for a 2 week plus trip in May. I thought I would check with AAA on what is covered when I tow our TT.


First they said it would be an extra $40 on top of $120 for "plus" membership for my wife and I. This would give us RV Plus Or some such stuff.


My next question was:
What if I break an axle or two and my trailer can no longer be towed normally? What will AAA do for me.

Answer: "they will do the best they can.......they cannot guarantee that our trailer will get towed/flat bed by AAA to a repair shop" WTFO!


So my question. What does everyone else have or use for emergency services??


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Old 03-30-2019, 10:30 AM   #2
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I have AAA because I have had it forever (when I worked it came in really handy since I traveled) ... But, the RV is not covered-truck is. When I had one of the china bombs give up, AAA called the nearest station and got someone to come out and I had to pay 20 bucks. I also have roadside from my american express card and my insurance through farm bureau (which I have never used). I'm pretty sure AAA would not be able to have someone that could help you out in case you broke an axle. I'm going to be interested to hear what everyone else says.
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My dad has had Coachnet for 25 yrs .. he is 84 .. sold 5'er a few yrs back but still has the coverage .. they were always great he broke down in Virginia and they towed the truck and camper to the Chevy dealer .. when he got there the dealer was already waiting and took the truck in right away .
they will send what ever tow vehicles are needed to get the job done ..
don't quote me but $175 a year ...all vehicles in the household including Motorcycles and campers..
P.S. he hit a pot-hole and took out a rim in his car last week on wonderful Massachusetts roads... they were there with in 45 min to change tire ...
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Old 03-30-2019, 12:09 PM   #4
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We got a good Sam when we got our voltage toy hauler we had to use it at Disney in Orlando Fort wilderness when we had break issues good Sam was fantastic to deal with We set up an appointment time for them to pick it up so we could enjoy ft wilderness ( have to make the best of the situation ) they sent heavy heavy tow out there to take it to our repair facility Very nice people to deal with on the phone I let the campground know what was going on I have a tow picked it up no issues Bill would’ve been $690 we paid nothing.my family have AAA Which I won’t give up for the cars but we will continue our good Sam with our fifth wheel
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We got a good Sam when we got our voltage toy hauler we had to use it at Disney in Orlando Fort wilderness when we had break issues good Sam was fantastic to deal with We set up an appointment time for them to pick it up so we could enjoy ft wilderness ( have to make the best of the situation ) they sent heavy heavy tow out there to take it to our repair facility Very nice people to deal with on the phone I let the campground know what was going on I have a tow picked it up no issues Bill would’ve been $690 we paid nothing.my family have AAA Which I won’t give up for the cars but we will continue our good Sam with our fifth wheel

That is good to hear. I have read way too many horror stories about Good Sam. So under consideration.
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My dad has had Coachnet for 25 yrs .. he is 84 .. sold 5'er a few yrs back but still has the coverage .. they were always great he broke down in Virginia and they towed the truck and camper to the Chevy dealer .. when he got there the dealer was already waiting and took the truck in right away .
they will send what ever tow vehicles are needed to get the job done ..
don't quote me but $175 a year ...all vehicles in the household including Motorcycles and campers..
P.S. he hit a pot-hole and took out a rim in his car last week on wonderful Massachusetts roads... they were there with in 45 min to change tire ...

Have not heard about Coachnet. Will check them out.
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I'm going to be interested to hear what everyone else says.

Yes, be interesting to see what the Forum thinks about this.
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I've been relying on AAA RV Plus for about 4 years now. I've had flat tires caused by rubber valve stems failing (another story) and they've been great at changing the tires for me and recommending local tire shops to get repairs.
While driving in the mountains of Colorado I had a bearing failure that damaged the axle (yet another story). Since the wheel was coming off the hub the situation required a special low-boy tow that required us to stay overnight at a local hotel till one could be acquired. The next day the tow service loaded up our trailer on the low-boy and hauled it 20 miles to the repair shop that AAA identified. That shop looked pretty sketchy so they suggested an auto-repair shop that did trailer repairs and we took it there. It took them a month to get a new axle from LCI and replace it though they did a good job on the repair.
Based on my Colorado experience I got the impression that AAA doesn't see a lot of RV related calls for help but overall I am happy with AAA.
Of course I have heard the horror stories about AAA but I guess I've been lucky.
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I've been relying on AAA RV Plus for about 4 years now. I've had flat tires caused by rubber valve stems failing (another story) and they've been great at changing the tires for me and recommending local tire shops to get repairs.
While driving in the mountains of Colorado I had a bearing failure that damaged the axle (yet another story). Since the wheel was coming off the hub the situation required a special low-boy tow that required us to stay overnight at a local hotel till one could be acquired. The next day the tow service loaded up our trailer on the low-boy and hauled it 20 miles to the repair shop that AAA identified. That shop looked pretty sketchy so they suggested an auto-repair shop that did trailer repairs and we took it there. It took them a month to get a new axle from LCI and replace it though they did a good job on the repair.
Based on my Colorado experience I got the impression that AAA doesn't see a lot of RV related calls for help but overall I am happy with AAA.
Of course I have heard the horror stories about AAA but I guess I've been lucky.



Thanks for that info.


Any idea why it took so long to get an axle??


Did you happen to get any pictures of the "low boy" tow rig?? Interesting to see that.


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I think the repair shop originally planned on replacing the axle with one of the more common brands but then realized that LCI specs were not all that common so they had to go with the expensive LCI axle after all. LCI then probably had to do a custom job to meet the specs of the orignal axle which probably involved getting the job in the schedule queue.
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