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469whj469

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Posted: 03/14/12 07:36am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I would use either Coachnet or Good Sam for emergency road service as they are for RVers and both seem to have there followers. You should not have to pay for the service and then seek reimbursement. Both Good Sam and Coachnet service pay then directly.

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469whj469 wrote:

I would use either Coachnet or Good Sam for emergency road service as they are for RVers and both seem to have there followers. You should not have to pay for the service and then seek reimbursement. Both Good Sam and Coachnet service pay then directly.
As do most of the others such as AAA and Allstate. I think the only ones that require you to seek reimbursement are the auto insurance companies with tow benefits.

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Moved from 5th wheels to GS Roadside service.
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I have had a ton of experience with cross country and they are not good. We moved to Allstate even though it was more costly to the company. I felt like I wanted to have a product and a service that I would want to take care of my mother. I never wanted to think about her being stranded on the side of the road. What has amazed me about them is how quick they answer the calls for good sam members and how responsive they are when I have a member issue. They always take ownership of anything that goes wrong.


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jetenbu wrote:

Coachnet will cover all your vehicles also.


Hello Jetenbu, I thinks you are absolutely right.

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Good Sam vows that they will send as many trucks as necessary. For example if you have a truck and travel trailer and the truck has issues. They will send 2 trucks, one for your truck and one for the travel trailer. (if necessary). I imagine others do it also, but don't know.


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wbwood wrote:

Good Sam vows that they will send as many trucks as necessary. For example if you have a truck and travel trailer and the truck has issues. They will send 2 trucks, one for your truck and one for the travel trailer. (if necessary). I imagine others do it also, but don't know.


And it is true. A few years ago I managed to drive over some road debris in CO that flattened all three of the tires on the right side of my duelly. Why the trailer tires went unscathed is a mystery. The company GS called sent a flatbed wrecker with a D/A Chevy on the back. The driver unloaded the Chev, we unhooked the 5er, pulled my truck onto the flatbed, then hooked the 5er to the Chev. I drove the Chev 50 some miles to the shop.


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I wouldn't leave home without Good Sam Roadside Assistance. Cancelled CAA many years ago because GSRA is so much better. Haven't had occasion to use the service in US but have done so in Canada several times. Can't say enough good things about it.

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My family owns a towing service, and while I don't know a whole lot about what is or isn't covered by various road service providers, I can elaborate on the actual towing of TVs and trailers.

There is nothing wrong with towing the truck and trailer combo together, as long as the driveshaft is pulled on the TV. This does, however, require a larger truck in order to lift and pull the combination safely. For instance, the wrecker that towed ficodek's truck is barely rated for towing the TV, let alone the trailer as well. The wheellift on that wrecker, in addition to the short wheelbase, makes it extremely overloaded.

We have wreckers that are considerably larger than that truck, and even larger than the one in Mile High's picture that we use to tow combinations. With this in mind, we rarely tow combinations. We have a pickup truck with a fifth wheel in it for the FWs, while I have an Excursion that I bring out to tow travel trailers.

Another way that I have towed combinations in the past is with a flatbed. You put the TV on the bed, while using the wheellift to pull the trailer. This also allows the use of the trailer brakes, making the whole combination much safer.


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So my question is this:
Good Sam has regular and Platinum Roadside.
Coachnet has Gold and Platinum Roadside.

Looking at both I'm not sure I see an extra $20-30 a year difference for Platinum. Can anyone convince me to spend the difference?

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