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Old 09-26-2016, 06:21 AM   #11
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We had AAA when my father in law was in a nursing home. He had a
wheel chair van. One clear sunny Sunday noonish we went after church
to take him to lunch. The van had a flat. I called AAA and got the recording-your call is very important to us. please stay on the line.....
I waited 10 minutes with no answer on a pay as you go cell phone! I hung up
and called back and got the same. I changed the tire myself. When I called the local office to complain - you guessed it- I had to wait on hold a long
time again. When they finally got on the phone they offered no explanation but they do have upgrade service that answers sooner??? I cancelled them.

Most all roadside assistance companies are going to be good and bad depending
on the location, time of day, and mood of the driver at that time.

I figured if AAA Louisville wouldn't answer the phone on a clear Sunday how bad will they be on a stormy rush hour when I'm sitting on the side of
a busy expressway???

I called Good sam to get some routing help and was told they basically punch in my destination and print a Google type trip tic.
At least AAA still has state by state Tour Books which are great. We miss those
but not much else as my wife prefers Google or Bing home printed trip tics better
than AAA.

Sometimes I like to sit and study a PAPER map over my coffee in the morning. For that reason I often stop at state welcome centers and grab a free DOT map.

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Old 09-27-2016, 06:10 AM   #12
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AAA doesn't offer RV coverage here in New England. I had to join Good Sam.


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Old 09-27-2016, 12:25 PM   #13
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In California AAA costs $21.75 per year on top of your regular AAA membership.
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Old 09-29-2016, 12:08 AM   #14
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Another caution about roadside service is that NONE of them is likely to be allowed to provide service to you if you are on a toll road. Most toll roads have exclusive contracts with specific towing companies and they are the only ones allowed to assist you on the turnpikes. I believe that their service only includes towing a vehicle to service at the nearest exit and they will not help you change a tire.

I discovered this when my car had a tire problem on a toll portion of I-80 and both Good Sam and AAA told me that they were not allowed to perform roadside services on the toll road.

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Old 09-30-2016, 06:57 PM   #15
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x3 or x4.. we have AAA plus RV as well and used it Labor Day for 2 screws in 1 of my tires. I believe it was $30 more a year which is well worth it.
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Old 09-30-2016, 06:58 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by timfromma View Post
AAA doesn't offer RV coverage here in New England. I had to join Good Sam.
Yes they do. I'm in NH and I have RV coverage and used it Labor Day weekend to change out a tire on our 40ft 5th wheel. They were at my campground in 45 minutes after the call.

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