Straight up the I-5. North of Sacramento it is a lovely drive. There are mountains around Shasta, really, but it is freeway all the way so you really don't need to concern yourself with going slow and driving careful. People will easily pass you. A few short sections were it may drop to one lane each way, but still an easily drive. Also mountains in Oregon north of Ashford. Still, freeway driving. Plenty of places to stay at RedBluff, Ca. Then a couple of nice campgrounds at Weed. Seven Feathers RV park Casino in Oregon is 5 star. Fuel stops on the 5 are frequent. I enjoy the drive.
Often great salespeople work at very poor dealerships. Often, although the dealership and the service center have the same name and share front office activities, they are in reality two separate corporations. This limits liability, the used vehicle sales may be a third corporation.
But like any service you contract, if you do not get what you want, find someplace else.
For Winnebago warranty service, call Winnebago and ask for assistance. For basic repairs, post with location specifics for yourself and ask for recommendations. Winnebago also has a WIT website for Winnebago Itasca Club members. To find a mobile technician, check at a local campground, they usually have a card for a few mobile guys (or gals) and my experience is they are good, as the campground does not want to recommend a problem.
Sadly, when we purchased our Winnebago Adventurer some 14 years ago, a letter from an attorney was required to get the dealership to respond and complete the promised corrections and upgrades. Luckily, we had the promises in writing.
Best to you, and happy trails.
I am certainly not defending Good Sam, but this story is beginning to develop many facets. I have used GS roadside assistance for a tire change on my car. No complaint. I would expect the tire change to be included in roadside assistance if you have a mountable spare...many of us don't. Repairing a tire would be like any other roadside "repair" not required to get you to safety, and would be out of pocket. But who would repair a tire with a steel belt showing? The technician could and would be held liable if he repaired the tire and it blew on the way to the next stop. I don't believe any legitimate shop will repair a tire with sidewall damage. I just think there are some things missing. I have no doubt the contracted roadside assistance shop padded their profits a bit.
Pick one and try it.
Either will give you good or bad service depending on the circumstance and you will have people who swear by or swear at each service.
Either way READ the brochure/contract and understand what you are entitled to.
Seems to me most dissatisfied people are dissatisfied because they do not know what they bought.
Also be aware that both GSRA and Coachnet look for the lowest cost option for service that they can find in the area. This means that although you may be able to see a service provider 100 yards away the service provider they use may be an hour away. If you are the type who cannot sit back and wait for service to come you may be better off paying out of pocket for service. That way you are in control of your situation.
I have had nothing but good service from GOOD SAM ROADSIDE but remember the people they and coachnet dispatch are independent business so results can vary
Service will only be as good or bad as the local contracted provider. It my be excellent, or you may be asked to wait for hours on end, even till the next day for a truck to reach you on a major highway. (Coachnet did it to me...plenty of people say the same about Good Sam)
But for about $100 a year, you get a single "first" number to call. If help comes, great, you win. If not, you search for a mobile truck service, pay for it yourself, and write a negative review.
So like the guy said, pick one. I now have Good Sam.
I was happy towing with my Demco KarKaddy II, which I used for 25 years. I now tow 4 down. Never had a problem, other than a blown tire. The tire was a standard size, easy to replace, Demco rapidly supplied paint and a new light so I could make the dolly good as new.
For 40+ years I have used a mobile mechanic (many of them) or local independent shops. With the shops, I would bring in the RV, have them diagnose and order parts, and bring it back when they are ready to work on it. My few experiences with dealers after purchase have usually resulted in the RV getting a lot of sunshine waiting for parts.
Pulling a 70 year old toad might be a problem, it should probably be in or on a trailer.....Age is relative. Some people should not be driving at 50, some should never drive. I have met 80 year olds who drive just fine.
I personally try to avoid the Cajon Pass so the 138 to the 15 would not be my choice. For me, 14 to 210 to the 15 works fine, it is a bit longer but usually has less traffic. You can still get into a mess on the 210 around Santa Anita. Once on the 210, if it jams up, you can take the 605 to the 10 or the 5 as alternates. But I usually just stick with the 210. I really dislike the drive south from the LA area to San Diego as there are so many choke points along the way. Good Luck.
I lived in Tucson in the last 60's. We made a trail of baking soda and boric acid powder across and behind all our cabinets. We always put our socks in our shoes when we went to bed. We always flipped the covers down before pulling the covers up. And we still had bugs.
We drive the SoCal gusty winds all the time. Gusts can often exceed 60mph. There are plenty of photos of big rigs on their side on the Cajon Pass. I've driven on a head wind that made my awning vibrate on the rig. The answer is not in tire pressure, it is speed. Just slow down. Sometime you might have to drop you speed to the 40-45mph range. Think back to high school physics, you have the vectors of your speed plus the angular velocity of the wind.( or something like that, it's been a long time since high school physics). Anyway, slow down and enjoy the drive.
Living in SoCal, where daytime temps often exceed 100, I have found the Thexford with formalin to be most effective. When traveling to campgrounds with septic systems I will often skip treatments to avoid adding formaldehyde to their tanks, but when staying home, or at a resort with sewers I stick to the blue stuff.
Just remember that the safe will keep "honest" people out. It will stop the petty thief. If someone thinks there are valuables available they may do a great deal of damage trying to steal the safe. You can hide the safe under the couch, in the back of the closet, in the back of a compartment, but that makes it harder to access. Personally, I follow the KISS principle. Keep it simple (insert your own appropriate word).
Half way points: As suggested earlier, I really like a night or two in Las Vegas. That still leaves 281 miles to the San Fernando Valley, so about 310 miles to Malibu. Calico Ghost Town KOA is right off the 15 near Barstow. It is large, and kept very nice. It is a dirt and gravel campground. We've stayed there many years ago when we used to take the kids to Calico, but we still drive by it regularly and it is still well kept. From Calico to Malibu will be perhaps a 3 hour drive, depending again on traffic once you hit the city.
A previous motorhome was a 38fter with a 454. We towed a mid-sized olds wagon on a towdolly and almost all of our trips were through the western mountains. I think you will be ok however don't expect any speed going up hill in the mountains. If I remember correctly, I drove the steeper grades in 2nd and 3rd at 35 to 40 mpg or less, and sucked fuel. A 5k hitch was pretty standard. I bet a good hitch shop can rate it for you. Get good brakes on the trailer, I believe required in Canada, because the disk brakes on the motorhome just won't cut it on the mountains.
That's too far a drive for me, but it can be done. I would, and have, headed north at Kingman, Arizona to Las Vegas. It is a very nice mostly divided highway and with the bridge you no longer have to cross the Dam. Then head west on the I-15. Take the I-15 to the 210 West to catch the 405 to Malibu. Mileage wise it is a long drive. If you hit traffic it becomes a very long drive. Sunday from LV to LA can be horrible. If you hit rush hour on the 210 you will crawl for a long way, but the chance is less than the other inbound freeways. The 405 over the Santa Monica Mountains to the coast is usually packed, and often worse than packed. We usually plan on an hour to 1.5 hr drive from our home to LAX, 30 miles away.
Personally, I'd do Grand Canyon to Las Vegas. Enjoy the evening. Then head for the coast early on a weekday morning, reaching the 210 about noon to 1pm.
This morning I signed up on a new peer-to-peer website noted in the FMCA magazine: RVILLAGE.com it is not associated with FMCA
When I first entered the address in the browser I incorrectly typed "RVvillage.com. This lead me to a CampingWorld sponsored page, perhaps just a held address. Personal, I find this disingenuous.
I guess there are lots of "holding" companies who would sit on the address until someone pays a ransom, so perhaps CW is doing the RVing world a favor. I guess it all depends on intent.
Wow, thank you NSA for the clarification. I too am a happy ReadyBrake user, and with my new motorhome I purchased replacement cables from NSA to install in the new towcar. (new car new cables, just seemed like a good idea). I found the gal at NSA most helpful when making the purchase.
Again, thank you for your public reply. I trust your customer, the originator of the post, will work with NSA to reach a reasonable outcome.