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NONE of the towing services own a single wrecker.

They hire contractors, and often the contractor works with several tow services. Mostly they are independent or small businesses.

Where and when are big factors.

I-95 on a holiday weekend, it will be a long wait because the actual tow trucks are busy, and as mentioned, they get to the higher paying jobs as a priority.

If you breakdown on I-10 in far west Texas, it is going to be a long time. I've seen a truck that had to drive over 150 miles one way to get to a service call.

But how the towing service deals with that on the phone is a factor. We've been happy with Good Sam Platinum the five or six times we've used them over the past 10+ years.

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Sign up for the HIGHEST level of service they have. It does make a difference.


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AAA has its own tow truck at facility on rt 55 in Durham. May have more than 1

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I don't think AAA owns any trucks. They might contract with some providers who will put a AAA logo on the door. But I doubt AAA owns the truck.


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Why spend $75-$150 annually with AAA when you can get the same tow services with a $10-$20 towing rider on your Progressive, GEICO, USAA auto insurance policy?

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They own the truck. Driver lived next door for awhile.

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joelc wrote:

Mike: Never was stood up by Coach-net, but was denied service from GS years ago on RT. 95. Would not tow me off highway or advise even where I could get replacement tire. Stranded for entire week-end.


I dropped GS over 25 years ago when they left me stranded on the side on a busy road on a holiday weekend. I have had coachnet since then and have had to use them several times. Always very professional, frequent call backs to verify service and usually prompt roadside response... of course the response time is determined by where you are and proximity of a qualified service provider, but it's always been a reasonable duration before the service arrives.


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I have never had any problems with AAA. In fact the response has always been good and rapid but I have only had one call for the RV. At the time I was over 100 miles from the nearest town with service. Still the response was less than 2-3 hours including close to 2 hours of driving time.

I wonder if the OP tried to use standard AAA coverage in order to deal with a broken RV. I pay well over $100 per year for premier service to cover my RV. It covers towing up to 200 miles which is almost always going to be sufficient.

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mr_andyj wrote:

I was stuck 3 days once. I finally got a flatbed and a family member to help. Family towed trailer.
In the past I was able to get aaa to send a flatbed and also tow the trailer.

Yes, they use contract tow companies, or whoever they can hire to do the job. aaa just calls the tow company and pays them, they do not have a tow company.
tow truck drivers make money towing, not dealing with your nightmare rig that will take them away from multiple tow jobs. They will turn down hard jobs.

Truck and camper will need two trucks, one to tow truck, one to tow camper, or need a big flatbed for the truck and to be able to tow the trailer behind it. Not every tow truck has a ball hitch. Sounds like your trailer is big, so would be too big to tow with a truck on the flatbed too.

If all you want is to get off the interstate and into the nearest parking lot then a small tow truck can do it (tow your truck with your trailer still attached) and the driver might do it, and maybe that area the police will not try to interfere. If you want towed 10 miles then a proper legal, safe setup is required.

These are considerations for RVers who put a lot of miles in. Break downs will happen. Getting towed is easier in small rigs. You all might eventually need a tow.


A medium or heavy duty wrecker can tow a truck and trailer as a unit. Been there and done that...about 60 miles, and VASTLY heavier than ANY RV combination!


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Cummins12V98 wrote:

OP, perfect example of why I will never buy any towing supplement.

I have towing on my RV and Tow rig. If I need service I would call a nearby company get the job done, pay them and receive reimbursement in a few days.


What do you mean by " I have towing on my RV and Tow rig " ???

I've never heard of anything except a towing supplement like AAA or Coach net


Just what I said. I have towing coverage on all vehicles boat motorcycle and RV thru mi insurance company. It’s cheap.


Ohhhh,,, so you pay for it through your insurance company. I didn't even know that was a option. I doubt it would make any difference in speed and service though. They are going to use the same tow truck drivers no matter who you pay.

BUT !!! it might be cheaper.

I will have to call my agent someday and ask about that. Thanks.

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mr_andyj wrote:

I was stuck 3 days once. I finally got a flatbed and a family member to help. Family towed trailer.
In the past I was able to get aaa to send a flatbed and also tow the trailer.

Yes, they use contract tow companies, or whoever they can hire to do the job. aaa just calls the tow company and pays them, they do not have a tow company.
tow truck drivers make money towing, not dealing with your nightmare rig that will take them away from multiple tow jobs. They will turn down hard jobs.

Truck and camper will need two trucks, one to tow truck, one to tow camper, or need a big flatbed for the truck and to be able to tow the trailer behind it. Not every tow truck has a ball hitch. Sounds like your trailer is big, so would be too big to tow with a truck on the flatbed too.

If all you want is to get off the interstate and into the nearest parking lot then a small tow truck can do it (tow your truck with your trailer still attached) and the driver might do it, and maybe that area the police will not try to interfere. If you want towed 10 miles then a proper legal, safe setup is required.

These are considerations for RVers who put a lot of miles in. Break downs will happen. Getting towed is easier in small rigs. You all might eventually need a tow.

Truck and camper do not need two trucks. I have a 36ft 5th wheel and my transmission went out once on a trip. I was about 10 miles from the RV park I was going to. I have Good Sam Road Service. They sent a wrecker and he hooked on to my ford with the 5th wheel still attached . He towed me to my campground and I had a pull through site. He pulled me through my campsite. Stopped where the 5th wheel is suppose to be. I unhitched the 5th wheel from my truck and set it up for the wife. Then we went and dropped the truck off at the transmission place. Then he took me to the rent car place for me to rent a car till my truck was repaired. When we pulled into the campground, I felt like a celebrity . The way everyone from all over the park came over. They had never seen a wrecker pull the truck and 5th wheel all at once.

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