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Old 01-29-2009, 01:22 PM   #11
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Default Re: CAA/AAA Emergency Roadside Assistance

I think that GS Road Service exists only in cyberspace. They do not seem to have any local offices.

I suspect that they have contracts with Road service companies throughout North America and when you call in they just dispatch the service in your area and tell them to send the bill to them. Alternatively they might require that you pay the bill and then present it to them for payment.

Is there anyone out there with the GS service who has had to use it?

I seem to recollect some earlier discussions on another forum - perhaps it was RVnet?
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Old 01-29-2009, 02:20 PM   #12
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We have AAA. Our first year we had a flat tire and they came out and changed it. I was going to do it myself but for the life of me I could not break the new lugnuts. I've heard there might be problems with AAA but I doubt so with normal road service like tire changing and battery jumping. They might have towing problems in that they might not tow you to a place where you can get proper service, especially for Sprinters, I suspect. We may get Good Sam for backup for full RV service and for other things they offer in the package.

Historically for our cars we have been very happy with AAA. We have a driveway with a 200 ft. 12% slope up to the street and many of our guests over the years would not make it up and slide off into the plowed embankment and get stuck. Our local AAA guy knew us. I could call him and would come right out and wench the cars up. That doesn't happen as much now. We have AWD vehicles, paved the drive with asphalt and keep it cleared better now. The underlying south facing blacktop does a good job of warming up and melting the ice and snow even in very cold temperatures.
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Old 10-31-2009, 03:03 PM   #13
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I had an in-tank fuel pump failure on my 37 foot class A rig in the Sierra foothills, got on my cell phone and called AAA road service. They dispatched a large wrecker out of Auburn and towed me all the way to Reno, Nevada. My out of pocket expenses for the towing were about $400. It would have been about $700 had I not had my roadside insurance. I installed an inline fuel pump in Reno and finished my trip up and drove it home, dropped the fuel tank and replaced the defective pump with a higher volume pump and have put 5000 miles on the rig since then with no problems. I highly recommend the AAA roadside service though as the driver was prompt, efficient and very careful not to damage my rig with the removal of the driveline and the tow-harness attachments that it took to tow my beast over the Sierras.
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Old 10-31-2009, 04:33 PM   #14
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I bought the Good Sam package. It seemed to be ok when I talked to the Rep. Hope its good if I need it.
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Old 10-31-2009, 11:54 PM   #15
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We also switched to GS ERS last month, after the CAA renewal came in and was around $170/yr.
I thought about it and while I haven't had any reason to switch other than the price, I think the
CAA/AAA prices are so high to pay for all the "extras" that they are hooked into, that we never
use like the trip packages, and the cruises, and all the discounted passes and repair services and
so on. I think being affiliated with all that extra stuff must cost them a fortune in discounts, so
they have to increase their membership prices. I think all GS ERS does is the basics of emergency
road service, and that's why their prices are lower. They concentrate on what I need, not what I
might use or want, if I had a larger family (kids) and liked Disney and other theme park stuff.
GS was about $90C/yr exchange rate included.
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