Good Sam vs. AAA for RV’s: Which Has a Better Road Assistance Plan

When taking your RV out on a road trip, having a roadside assistance plan is a smart idea.  Good Sam Roadside Assistance and AAA are two well-known companies that offer roadside services for RV travelers.  Since we travel full-time in our RV, I’ve researched these two companies and would love to share what I’ve learned with you.

Good Sam vs. AAA for RV's: Which Has a Better Road Assistance PlanGood Sam Roadside Assistance is designed with RVers in mind.  Its benefits include: unlimited towing mileage, no restrictions on emergency roadside calls, and all family members included at no extra charge. 

AAA membership offers roadside services for RVs too, but only as an add-on to their Plus and Premier membership levels. AAA members may enjoy more discounts with 3rd party vendors, but they have more restrictions on their actual roadside services.

If you want to learn more specifics about each company’s programs, read on.  I’ll break down the major points to help you make a decision on the best RV roadside assistance plan.

Good Sam Roadside Assistance for RV’s

With Good Sam, there are two levels for roadside assistance: the Standard or Platinum plan.  While the platinum plan offers members more discounts on car rentals and hotels, the benefits listed below are for both levels of membership.

Benefits of Good Sam

1. Unlimited towing, no mileage restrictions

RV travelers often find themselves in remote or rural places.  If there’s a breakdown, the closest repair station could be hundreds of miles away.  This benefit from Good Sam gives a lot of peace of mind to an RVer.

 

2. All family members included in your plan

You can add all of your family members to your roadside assistance plan.  No matter who is driving the RV at the time services are needed, they are covered, without extra charge.

3. No limit to the number of times you can use their service

This is a big difference between the AAA and Good Sam roadside assistance plans.  With the Good Sam plan, you won’t be sitting there, wondering if you should use one of your limited number of calls on the current situation.  All roadside services are covered, even if it exceeds four calls in a year.

4. Other services provided at no extra charge

In addition to towing, other services Good Sam Roadside provides includes free fuel and fluid delivery, battery jump starts, tire changes, and locksmith services.  If needed, a qualified technician will come to your location and assist with any of these services, at no extra charge.

5. Trip interruption services provided

Good Sam’s Standard plan offers trip interruption benefits that usually only belong to premier level memberships.  Their trip interruption services cover up to $1,200 in food, lodging, or other expenses incurred if an accident happens more than 100 miles from home.

How much does the Good Sam plan cost for RV’ers?

For the coverage that Good Sam Roadside offers RVers, the cost is reasonable.  At the time of writing this article, their website listed $79.95 as the yearly cost for their standard plan, and a $114.95 annual fee for the platinum plan.

AAA – Triple-A Roadside Assistance for RV’s

As I mentioned earlier, AAA is first and foremost an automobile club. They have established a great reputation with their membership program which includes roadside assistance. When you want to cover an RV, however, it gets a little more complicated.

RV coverage is an add-on option

Depending on which state you live in, RV coverage is only available as an add-on to AAA’s Plus or Premium level memberships.  You cannot get roadside service for an RV with the Classic level membership.

Benefits of AAA

Members are covered in any vehicle

One benefit AAA members enjoy is being able to call for roadside assistance even if they aren’t in their own vehicle.  This is a great benefit if you are traveling with friends, or are not using your own vehicle on a regular basis.

However, most people who want roadside coverage for an RV trip are going to be driving their own vehicle.  Therefore, this benefit doesn’t feel as significant in most situations for an RV traveler.

Membership discounts at many locations

Over 100,000 locations offer discounts to AAA members.  These discounts include rental cars, theme parks, hotels, movie tickets, concert venues and some RV parks.  Some of these discounts may come in handy as an RV traveler, but others (hotel, rental car) may not be used as often.

Additional member services are available at your local AAA office with membership.  These include passport photo service, free travel planning, and DMV services.

Full range of services provided

Like Good Sam Roadside Assistance, AAA offers towing, battery jump starts, tire changes, fuel and fluid delivery, locksmith service and trip interruption expenses.

Limitations of AAA

Upon reading the details of AAA’s Plus RV and Premium RV plans, the main drawback is that most of the services have limits.  Anything over their stated limit is going to cost the customer extra.

Towing

Let’s take towing for example.  Under the AAA Plus RV plan, up to 100 miles are covered free.  With the AAA Premium RV plan up to 200 miles are covered for free.  Miles past that will be paid out of pocket.

Locksmith

AAA roadside service includes up to $100 (Plus RV) or $150 (Premium RV) in locksmith expenses.

Winching service

If your vehicle becomes stuck and needs to be pulled out, winching services will be provided for up to 1 hour (Plus RV plan) or 2 hours (Premium RV plan).

Number of emergency calls allowed

All AAA membership plans allow for a total of 4 emergency roadside calls per year.  Any additional calls within a calendar year will incur additional charges.

How much does it cost?

Varies by state

This is another area where AAA gets complicated.  The rates for roadside assistance seem to vary by state.  Even on the website, you must enter your zip code before you can see pricing options.  With my California zip code, I was quoted $91/year for the Plus level membership and $119/year for the Premier level.

RV coverage is an add-on to premium level membership

As mentioned earlier, RV coverage is an enhanced feature that can only be added to a Plus level or Platinum level membership, for an additional fee.  So first, calculate the cost of your Plus or Platinum membership, then add on the fee for having an RV.

Associates cost extra to add to the plan

Adding “associates” (family members) to your membership requires an extra fee of $83/person.

Our final analysis

As an RV traveler, it seems that Good Sam Roadside Assistance is the better choice.  Their assistance program offers all of the same roadside services AAA does, but with fewer restrictions and fewer hidden costs than AAA.

Good Sam’s Roadside Assistance offers more peace of mind to RVers.  No matter where you are, you can rest assured that someone will come to you.  If towing services are needed, you also don’t need to worry about how far away the closest mechanic is located.

Best of all whenever you need roadside services, you can call.  There’s no need to wonder if the current situation is going to “waste” one of your four annual calls.

Other roadside assistance plans

Although this article focused on the two major players in RV roadside assistance, there are a few other options out there.  If you want to further research the subject, I’ll name them here.

Coach-Net

Coach-Net is another company that was started to serve RVers.  You can visit their website to obtain a quote for their roadside assistance plans.

Allstate

Allstate is another well-known insurance company that offers memberships for RVs.  If you already own insurance through Allstate, this may be an option you want to check into

Motor Club of America

Motor Club of America (MCA) claims to be the largest roadside assistance service company in the US and Canada.  Through their website, you can contact an agent who can give you a quote on their membership plans for RV coverage.

We hope that this information was helpful in navigating the pros and cons of RV roadside assistance.  Even though we recommend Good Sam as our preferred choice, we hope you will find the plan that will give you the most peace of mind so you can enjoy your travels.

This Post Has 23 Comments

  1. Christopher Carr

    I am thoroughly impressed at your unbiased and thorough explanation of the differences between AAA and Sam’s Club. This article has been very helpful for me as a new RVer and soon to be full time. Thank you very much for writing this review!

    1. Anne

      Glad you found this helpful, Christopher! Thank you for leaving us this nice comment!

  2. Tom s.

    One other difference that there seems to be is that AAA will only chang your mounted spare when you have a flat, I saw nothing on their website about bringing a tire if you have a big class A that doesn’t have a spare. Good Sam does bring replacement tires.

  3. Jimmy fletcher

    My biggest problem with good Sam is only family members, son’s or daughters over the age I 26 have to have their own membership, even tho they are using your vechicke and camper for mabey just one trip a year.

    1. Anne

      Interesting point, Jimmy. Thanks for bringing this up!

  4. Kelli Hiebert

    Thank you so much for this article! I’ve been having difficulty bouncing from site to site trying to compare the different memberships and YO!!!! It is very confusing!!! This article has taken a lot of confusion out of this process! Thank you!

    1. Benjamin Minick

      Kelli, we are so glad that we could help. Keep stopping by for new posts.

  5. Al

    I was looking for the AAA Plus RV price – not quoted here. How much is the extra fee?

    1. Benjamin Minick

      Al, thanks for stopping by! You would have to contact AAA specifically for that information.

    2. Meg Long

      $35 for AAA Plus RV. Not sure if that is $35 for each person on our plan (4 of us). We are in NY

    3. Jeff

      I believe we pay $139.00 p/yr in WI plus an Dd on fee for my wife. This is for the AAA RV Premium package,

  6. George Nobbs

    Great site. This is very helpful and is going to make a big difference in my decision to change coverage.

    1. Jacob Self

      Thanks for the kind words, George! We’re so glad to hear that you found this post useful in helping you decide between coverage plans. Please continue to stop by for more helpful information!

  7. Dennis

    We have had a Good Sam Roadside Assistance policy since 2014. Three weeks after we bought our first ever camper, (and the policy), the transmission in our pickup totally failed. We were fifteen miles from the nearest town. We called them and they sent two trucks. One to pull our camper to a safe storage facility and one to tow our truck to the dealership. This was February, snow on the ground. Total cost to us was $00.00
    It was a great feeling to have this taken care of and no cost for all the towing involved. I would endorse the GSRA policy. My opinion, but from real-life experience.

    1. Jacob Self

      Thanks for stopping by, Dennis. Wow, it sounds like Good Sam really took care of you and your family! We appreciate you taking the time to let everyone know about your positive experience.

  8. Tayla Sands

    We have a 43 foot 5th wheel and AAA RV plus. Our Ford F150 transmission failed outside of Greensborough NC. We are from California….AAA sent a cool looking semi tow truck that towed the F150 with the 5th wheel attached. It stopped by a KOA nearby and dropped the 5th wheel then towed the F150 on to the dealership. We camped for a week while the tranny was replaced and then continued on our way only for the transmission to fail a week later on the border of Colorado. AAA sent another semi tow truck and towed the pair to ATS diesel where we were headed to have the transmission the Ford dealer installed checked. The NC Ford dealership installed the transmission wrong and we camped in the parking lot of ATS diesel for another week.

    AAA RV Plus towed us to our repair place of choice and that is worth the trade off of cost and limited number of tows. When i read GSRS’s terms, they tow to the nearest repair location. I don’t know about everyone, but I’ve been to RV repair shops that appear to be backyard traps. It concerns me that i don’t have approval of the “nearest” shop for repairs. But that is my 2 cents.

    1. Josie

      You towed a 43′ 5th wheel with an F150? and now you’re giving your two cents? LOL

  9. William

    The biggest reason I have AAA Plus RV, is they will tow me anywhere I want to go within 100 miles for free, if I want to be towed to my home or if I have a repair shop that I prefer, there is no extra charge.
    With Good Sam they will only tow you to the closest repair shop, so if that is 5 miles and you want to be towed to your home instead, then you have to pay for all towed miles over 5 miles, the up side to good Sam is if the closest shop is 300 miles away, then they will tow you all the way, but I’m sure they will find one closer, and you do not have any say in what shop they take you to.
    I will keep my AAA, and I think it is much better for about the same price. Most of the time, I want to be able to pick where I get towed to, I prefer to work on my own vehicle most of the time.

    1. Jacob Self

      Thanks for the comment, William! It’s always great to hear firsthand experience.

  10. Adam

    Good Sam’s is very very misleading. It is not unlimited miles for rv pickup. It is to the closet safe place. Our Fifth wheel they actually told us it was only free to the Wal-Mart parking lot because it was the closet safe spot. It cost us an additional $125 to pull it 20miles. And it took hours for them to pick it up

    1. Jacob Self

      Thanks for sharing your experience with our readers, Adam.

  11. Carlos Flores

    I drove my Subaru from my home in Covina ca.to a Subaru dealership in La Puente ca.
    To have the rear axle serviced. The dealership repaired the axle and I drove it home.
    The next morning I found the center axle nut laying on the driveway, the axle shaft had broken off making the car inoperable so I couldn’t drive it to the dealership for warranty work. I called Good Sam towing that I had at the time. They came to my home but told me they would only tow the car to the nearest repair shop even though I showed the driver the invoice from the dealership. I got on the phone with Good Sam and explained the situation but they did not care and did not tow the car to the dealership. I had to rectify the problem with the dealership on my own. I switched to AAA and have no regrets.

    1. Jacob Self

      Hi, Carlos. Thanks for sharing your experience with Good Sam and AAA.

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