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Old 05-06-2013, 08:33 AM   #11
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I have Good Sam. Before I got into RV'ing I never had road service before. Bought the RV and have used GS three times. One with my son's car on the way out to our camp ground over Memorial Day weekend, one when my motorcycle died on me and one to change a tire on my old Allegro MH which had a bolt sticking out of the right front tire after arriving at a COE campground near Wellsboro, PA (beautiful!). I get a little laugh out of the MH experience. The service provider called and asked all of the pertinent info, rig, tire size, location and conditions etc. Took 3 hours for them to arrive having had to come from about 60 miles away. When the repair truck came it only had equipment to work on big rig 18 wheelers. The bottle jack was way to big to fit under my axle, so I raised the wheel off the ground with the leveling jack. Tech had no sockets under 1 inch to remove my lug nuts, so I gave him my 15/16's socket I carry to check the lugs on my tow dolly. Socket was 1/2" drive and of course tech did not have a ratchet to fit my socket so he had to use mine. However, he did have a huge 4 or 5 ft. breaker bar to fit over my ratchet so that helped. I did make the tech get the full mount spare out from under the bed and mount the wheel he took off on to the tire carrier on the rear of the MH, which off course he needed to use my socket again to tighten the wheel. Tech was a nice kid, maybe 25 and really felt like a dork that he didn't have the proper equipment to do the repair. I still tipped him $20 for the effort.
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Old 05-06-2013, 08:42 AM   #12
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I was carrying a unmourned spare but when the tire went it did a lot of damage. Bent the steel mount for the mud flap, I had to hire a welder to come heat it up and bend it somewhat back straight. As the tire was leaving from under the motorhome it ripped the spare tire and tore through the rear rock guard. Also the wiring harness for slides run in that wheel well and it wrapped those wires around the axle.
I hope this damage was covered by your insurance!
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Old 05-06-2013, 08:49 AM   #13
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I appreciate everyone's input. Can some give me an idea what good Sam charges for coverage? The only reason is I do not go far from home, we have only gone once a year to a destination more than a hour away. So I am not sure if coverage would be good for me, but want to check into it.
I was carrying a unmourned spare but when the tire went it did a lot of damage. Bent the steel mount for the mud flap, I had to hire a welder to come heat it up and bend it somewhat back straight. As the tire was leaving from under the motorhome it ripped the spare tire and tore through the rear rock guard. Also the wiring harness for slides run in that wheel well and it wrapped those wires around the axle.

Just curious. How old were the tires or miles?
Did you hit something that damaged the tire or do you think it over heated and ripped apart by itself.
How much pressure was in it whenit blew?
How fast were you driving when it did the damage?

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Old 05-06-2013, 08:49 AM   #14
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I have USAA auto insurance. I carry the "Towing and labor" rider on my policy.

It covers "Provides emergency roadside assistance (such as towing, flat tire changing and delivery of gas)" for 6 dollars per vehicle per six months.

That includes our 5th wheel.

If We should have a truck breakdown, the coverage allows the truck to be towed to a repair facility and the camper to be towed to a local campground while the truck gets fixed.

I just used the coverage to get my 2WD truck out of some soft sand when we stopped for dinner (disconnected) and got buried to the frame trying to get out.

Total out of pocket (zero) and the roadside assistance person stayed on the phone with us till they had a local tow company who could respond within 30 minutes and called back several times to make sure they DID get to us in the agreed time (15 minutes as it turned out). They then called back again to make sure we were good to go and there was no damage to the truck that needed taking care of.

All in all, that ONE call paid for all the premiums I have ever paid for the service, IMO.
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Old 05-06-2013, 09:33 AM   #15
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Just curious. How old were the tires or miles?
Did you hit something that damaged the tire or do you think it over heated and ripped apart by itself.
How much pressure was in it whenit blew?
How fast were you driving when it did the damage?

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The tires are about 5 years old. I didn't see anything in the road when it went the tread of the tire came apart, there was only the side wall was left. there where at the manufactures tire pressure had checked before we got on the road. We where on the hwy traveling about 65. Sounded like a gun went off in the motorhome. We where able to drive off the hwy and pull to a side road and out of worry of putting to much weight on the other tire I lowered the leveling jacks while we where waiting for the repair truck. I have USAA they called out road side asst. buy they did not have the equipment to change it.
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The tires are about 5 years old. I didn't see anything in the road when it went the tread of the tire came apart, there was only the side wall was left. there where at the manufactures tire pressure had checked before we got on the road. We where on the hwy traveling about 65. Sounded like a gun went off in the motorhome. We where able to drive off the hwy and pull to a side road and out of worry of putting to much weight on the other tire I lowered the leveling jacks while we where waiting for the repair truck. I have USAA they called out road side asst. buy they did not have the equipment to change it.
What was the pressure when you checked them? 90psi?
Just may have been age.
I'm in Arizona and the ambient heat and sunlight does the damage here.
I cover my tires when stored to maybe help a little inthe life expectency.
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Old 05-06-2013, 09:45 AM   #17
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I have USAA auto insurance. I carry the "Towing and labor" rider on my policy.

It covers "Provides emergency roadside assistance (such as towing, flat tire changing and delivery of gas)" for 6 dollars per vehicle per six months.

That includes our 5th wheel.

If We should have a truck breakdown, the coverage allows the truck to be towed to a repair facility and the camper to be towed to a local campground while the truck gets fixed.

I just used the coverage to get my 2WD truck out of some soft sand when we stopped for dinner (disconnected) and got buried to the frame trying to get out.

Total out of pocket (zero) and the roadside assistance person stayed on the phone with us till they had a local tow company who could respond within 30 minutes and called back several times to make sure they DID get to us in the agreed time (15 minutes as it turned out). They then called back again to make sure we were good to go and there was no damage to the truck that needed taking care of.

All in all, that ONE call paid for all the premiums I have ever paid for the service, IMO.
Thanks for this post Herk! I have USAA for home and all of my vehicles. I didn't speak with them about RV coverage, but I will now.
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Old 05-06-2013, 10:13 AM   #18
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When I called them the person I talked to was VERY good and asked me questions I would have never though to ask (like whether I was connected to the camper, whether I was "on pavement" or off) when I asked why they needed to know, she said it was because she wanted to make sure who she called out had the correct equipment to help me the first time.

Since I was stuck in a very hard to get to spot in the restaurant's "back" parking lot, they needed a flat bed with a winch instead of a wrecker to pull me out of the sand and back onto the paved area.

She got lots of Kudos from me when her supervisor followed up the next day and asked about how she handled my call. LOVE USAA.

Sorry to hear Frank's service person was not as aggressive in figuring out what the call out service needed to bring. That was not my experience.
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No one here carries a jack and an impact gun?
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No one here carries a jack and an impact gun?
No. I have GS. let them change it. At, I think $129 per year, I will let someone else handle it.
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