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Old 06-24-2014, 08:15 AM   #1
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Road-side Assistance

As far as Roadside Assistance. I started with Good Sam 9 years ago, AAA did not offer trailer coverage at the time. I looked at it again briefly a few weeks ago, Good Sam is a good deal cheaper, at least where coverage for 2 is concerned and comparable mileages.
FWIW, I had read a story once upon a time about roadside assistance, there are really only 2 or 3 companies that do such. Companies like Good Sam contract out the coverage to these 3rd parties. AAA is the exception, they do their own.

Have yet to actually use the coverage, but it makes me feel better.
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Old 06-24-2014, 08:54 AM   #2
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[QUOTE=padlin;56844] AAA is the exception, they do their own.
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Must be different in MA (or, perhaps, New England as a whole) because in MD AAA contracts out also for roadside assistance.

I had read somewhere that a remotely-based AAA, say CA, may not honor, or fully honor, another AAA franchise's coverage and that all (or at least generally) AAA do not cover one's trailer if the tug breaks down.

So for roadside assistance, I'm leaning heavily toward GS (although I'll keep the AAA for our vehicles).

For loss/liability insurance on the trailer, I'm still up in the air but leaning toward GS. AAA charges us a minor fortune for the house and cars. I assume that coverage on the trailer would be similar.
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Frederick Simson, scale guy on FiberglassRV had a problem with AAA in California. Had AAA for years and covered his trailer. Broke down outside of CA and AAA wouldn't provide coverage for the reason Abby mentioned above. Read the fine print!
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Frederick Simson, scale guy on FiberglassRV had a problem with AAA in California. Had AAA for years and covered his trailer. Broke down outside of CA and AAA wouldn't provide coverage for the reason Abby mentioned above. Read the fine print!
Thanks for that info Donna! I will have to read the fine print. I have AAA plus and did not even think about the out of state coverage issue.
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Old 06-24-2014, 11:57 AM   #5
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Thanks for that info Donna! I will have to read the fine print. I have AAA plus and did not even think about the out of state coverage issue.
That would be a really raw deal if you lived in Rhode Island.
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Old 06-24-2014, 02:06 PM   #6
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We also have AAA for our auto roadside assistance and GS for our RV roadside assistance. While we've used AAA many times, I wasn't comfortable with their explanations of what they would (and wouldn't cover) outside of the state. Plus, we have friends from Australia who are here in the U.S., camping for five months. They checked with AAA about coverage and were turned down. Good Sam welcomed them with open arms and, in fact, have already helped them out several times with some issues. To me, that's going the extra mile.
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AAA is the exception, they do their own.
Must be different in MA (or, perhaps, New England as a whole) because in MD AAA contracts out also for roadside assistance.
The organizations in Canada which are affiliated with the American Automobile Association (AAA) are collectively the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA). There in generally one per province. They seem to provide their own assistance facilities in major centres, contract to private companies to provide CAA-branded services (i.e. trucks with CAA logo on them dedicated to auto club service) in smaller centres, and contract to other private companies otherwise (i.e. Fred's Towing shows up when you call CAA).

Our expectation is that we will receive service from the local affiliated club when we are outside of our home territory. Our home is Alberta (Alberta Motor Association), and when I called for assistance in Hope, British Columbia the BCAA sent a local towing company - no problems. This was not an RV call, but I don't know of any reason why the RV support provisions would not be honoured. This situation certainly appears to vary by location.

Good Sam presumably works by contract, rather than operating its own equipment fleet.
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With AAA there is not universal coverage, the coverage is determined by each state, such as Maryland AAA is totally different than Pennsylvania AAA in what is covered. I dropped AAA when I bought a trailer because in Pennsylvania it must have a motor to be eligible. Went with Good Sam.
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Old 06-25-2014, 03:27 PM   #9
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For the Canadians, is CAA enough or do you find needing additional third party (like Sams club as example) when in the lower 48?
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Old 06-26-2014, 09:56 AM   #10
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Wanted to chime in here too that some cell carriers also have roadside assist, now have I ever used mine - nope but didn't see anything in fine print that would indicate they wouldn't cover the RV (basically mine says it covers any vehicle I am in at the time). Guess I'll go back and dig thru some more just to see. Have heard good things about Good Sam though.

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