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This is the third time they cannot perform. 1st was getting a flat tire fixed on my motor home. I got it done a lot faster myself. They called me the next morning to set it up while I had it all set up the evening before and they were on their way when Good Sam Road Assistance called. 2nd was a battery issue. They could not support my problem. Got it taken care of myself. They could not help. Now towing my Corvette. They gave me repair shop about 120 miles away. It's about 150 to the house. I told them to tow it a facility near my house and I will pay the difference. They wanted around $650. The person I was talking to was confused, did not really appear to know how to handle the situation and could not answer some of my questions. Called AAA. They towed it for a lot less. I had 100 free miles of towing and they were on the spot in less than 15 minutes. The Good Sam roadside service is really questionable.
I had a flat tire on my fifth wheel trailer, and called Good Sam Roadside Assistance to have it changed and repaired. If I'd just had them swap out the spare tire, it would have been a free service call. But I was busy, and figured I'd get a reasonable deal if they just took care of it. NOT!! I was billed almost $700 for the service call and one new tire. I checked with the company they sent out, and had I called them direct, my costs would have been $368. Good Sam contracted out the service call, and the sub-contractor nearly doubled the cost to me. Some insurance! Just be very aware that the basics are all you want to use, lest it cost you way more than it should.
For $112 a year you get VERY LITTLE. They don't give you a document that clearly indicates all they pay is the initial fee for whatever company comes out to you. We had a flat tire on our RV in storage. They paid ONLY for the repair company to come out. We had to pay $87 UPFRONT for estimated labor cost to fix the flat tire! This is not what is expected. And there is very little material provided so you can understand what is paid. I'm not sure what they actually pay if you have to be towed. I am guessing the actual towing cost is yours too.
They probably pay for somebody to arrive on site -- and then you get stuck with cost to tow. Don't think of this as anything like AAA road service - it's not. All is it is them calling somebody and paying a very small portion of the cost - just enough to get somebody there. Then you're on your own. If they properly disclosed this it wouldn't be such a big deal, but they don't. They advertise it like you are going to get tire repair, towing, etc. And you don't. Plus, they are very rude. When my husband called back (in shock) and asked them to explain why we were paying $87 the employee very nastily said "the labor, the labor " -- "the labor". Very rude.
Over a year ago I bought the (Platinum) service for my daughter who was traveling across the US in a camper. Platinum is unlimited towing! While driving through Odessa, Texas. She heard a strange noise, did a responsible thing and pulled over, and called GS. They sent out a tow truck not a flat bed. The driver towed her front up! Her back tire came off and totally wrecked the back fender and back of her camper and bent the wheel. She was held up in a hotel in the middle of nowhere because of it and had to come out of pocket for this expense. She had to go through her insurance company to get relief! Because of their towing company she had to pay a $500 deductible and hotel costs! Good Sam virtually left her homeless. THEN THEY CANCELLED her. I called and complained when they cancelled and you could not speak to any kind of manager or owner or president and were only given an address to write.
They people were not helpful at all. She had called twice before for a flat tire. Then they sent a letter giving her 10 days notice of cancellation, and the letter was received AFTER the ten day period! She literally had no roadside service (unbeknownst to us and her). This company is not credible and not worth paying for. They are not inexpensive and don't ever call them because they will cancel you or send out a joke of a company to help you! They are very wrong to cancel at random when you use them! They do not use reputable towing companies either. Go elsewhere! Buyer beware! WRONG! Good Sam is NOT A GOOD SAM!
I receive a cancellation letter from Good Sam Roadside Assistance stating that my family of 4 membership has been canceled due to my very few claims since 2013. I am shocked! I guess we pay for roadside assistance we are not suppose to use. You wait hours for anyone to come and help just to jump your battery and the customer service is awful. Using AAA for now on! WARNING. DO NOT GET A MEMBERSHIP WITH GOOD SAM. MAJOR RIP OFF!!!
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We have been Good Sam members since 2001 and have used Roadside Services for at least 12 years. We have never been dissatisfied with them until yesterday (1/16/2016). The U-joint on our Jeep came off and we were stranded on I-17 19 miles from our house heading to Phoenix in AZ. We called Good Sam to send a tow truck. We waited an hour and a half before Arizona Recovery and Towing got to us. While on the phone with GS, the operator informed us AR&T would be taking our vehicle to a garage in Mayer, AZ. We live in Camp Verde and since I am a mechanic, we wanted them to tow us to our home. The operator said it would cost us another $66.00 and wanted a credit card #. We have never been charged extra to tow our vehicle home, and we have used GS many times.
On top of that, the tow driver informed us we owed an additional $5.00 for extra mileage. GS has usually used Alpha Towing and we have never been charged out of pocket. We are very disappointed with how GS handled this call. I asked GS to call Alpha Towing and for some reason they wouldn't. Although we are basically happy with GS, we would like to know why they charged extra. (We previously had our motor home towed about 40 miles in Yuma, AZ and there was no additional charges to us.)
I have been a Good Sam Platinum Member for about 6 years. On December 30, 2016 Good Sam cancelled me. My wife, Myself and Son are on my membership. All of a sudden they cancelled me. They advised me they cancelled me because I had two dead battery jumpstarts and two small vehicle tows in 2016. I suppose if you use their service they will cancel you. I have maybe used them 7 times in 6 years. So Wrong. Tried to talk to them. Very Disappointed in them. So Wrong.
We just became Good Sam member earlier this year. Sunday 11/20/16 after church our car stalled on I-20 in MS. We called Good Sam for a tow to the only mechanic that was open. GS said it would be a 90-minute wait. We alerted the mechanic that a tow truck would come after 90. He said he had to close soon, but he'd wait. 90 mins later, no one came. We called GS. They gave us the phone # to contact Wolfs towing (WT). We called WT. They said it would be another 20. We told the mechanic of the delay. He was not happy but would wait. 20 later no one came. We called WT again. They let our call go to voice mail. After 2.5 hrs, WT called us and said he had another pickup in Byram, another city, and did not know when he could come to tow ours. We told the mechanic. He said he had to close the shop. We called GS to cancel and told them that WT said they had another pickup in another city before they could come.
GS put us on hold and contacted WT. They lied to GS and said they'd come in another 20. We explained to GS that was NOT what they told us. The mechanic was closed. Where could we tow the car to on Sunday evening? Monday morning we called GS to reschedule a tow. Georges towing (GT) was fast. They came, but we found out the car had been VANDALIZED overnight. We felt violated. The driver told us to call police. We did so. He said he couldn't wait. We asked him to tow our car to a parking lot nearby and we'd pay him cash. He drove off leaving us and the vandalized car on I-20. We called SG back. They said the car is now vandalized. We had to pay them $130.25 for them to schedule another tow. Give them our credit card number first. We asked to speak to a supervisor. She told us the same thing: WE HAD TO PAY FOR THE TOW. We called a local towing company ourselves and had it towed to the mechanic.
Who in the world would want to pay GS $130.25 to have it towed after all the nightmares they put us through??? If WT came as they said in 90, or even after the full 2.5 hours they made us wait, our car would have been towed to the mechanic. It would have been locked up safely for the night. IT WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN VANDALIZED. We now had to pay for the tow, to repair the smashed window, to clean up the total mess in the car, to repair our car, and the thieves took the $100 emergency cash we had in the car. We will cancel GOOD SAM on 12/3/16 and tell everyone about our terrible experience with them. We WILL NEVER do business with GS again.
We used to have AAA but it seemed expensive, especially to all our college aged kids and my wife. Good Sam was much less expensive and seemed to have better coverage. Plus, you are paying for just the Roadside assistance (who really needs "Trip-tix" anymore?). In the four or so years we have had it, we have used it several times. The time it takes someone to arrive pretty much depends on where you are and the time of day, but in each case we were able to get our vehicle moved to a decent service facility and never had to pay an additional dime.
Just this morning I was pulling my car out of my driveway and all of a sudden it transitioned into neutral but it was supposedly still in drive. In fact, EVERY gear was neutral. I was stuck. I called Good Sam and in less than an hour my vehicle was on a flatbed headed to my repair shop. I have the app on my phone and those of my wife and kids, and all of them have used it at least once. A small price to pay for the peace of mind of knowing someone will come if you need help.
Recently needed a jump start for wife's car. Called Good Sam Roadside Assistance for help. First of all the response was a recording not a person... "All our operators are busy with other customers, we will be with as soon as possible!!" Well when you're blocking traffic you sure don't want to hear that! When they finally did answer, about 4 minutes later, they asked a long list of questions for information they should have already had. At the end of the long list of questions, they ask me to wait again while they contacted someone to help. After another long wait, they told me that someone would come help in about 45 minutes!! I was 2 blocks from a AAA Texaco station?? I hung up and called the Texaco station. They were there in 5 minutes or less. When I had AAA I never had these kind of frustrations. I am dropping Good Sam today and going back to AAA.
[First: This is the original review I posted on campingworld in June 2016 where I purchased the membership. 4 weeks later campingworld decided to delete ALL reviews and stop the review system, so they can hide any bad experience. It was replaced by Q&A page. This is hilarious. Instead of any help or making their system better, they just deleted all the bad customer reviews. Check out google - it is very very hard to find any REAL customer reviews by people, you only find paid reviews from bloggers, where you are not allowed to comment.]
Here is my review: I have Good Sam Roadside assistance for RV and travel trailers. My trailer had a problem on the campground, the leveling system would not work, so I could not hook it up to my truck again to tow it by myself to a repair station. I called Good Sam. My call took 45 minutes - I was waiting in the line at least for 30 minutes alone, while the guy was trying to find a service that can help me. They said they wont tow me, they will only find a service that comes, makes my trailer level and then I tow it to the repair. Ok.
I had to call them back 2 times, because he did not find such a service. In the end, after 1:30 hours I got a call back from Good Sam: They will only pay for a service driving to the campsite. Then it will cost $150 an hour, and take around 2 hours, for leveling my trailer. So it would cost $300, just to hook the trailer to my own truck and tow it into town (by myself). I gave up on them, may too expensive. I drove back and extended the leveling jacks by hand (took me one hour with a wrench and 5 blisters on my hand - with the right tools from a service mechanic it would be a job of 10 minutes). I am not going to sign up for good sam ever again. They are useless. The only service you can get from them is a jump start or tire change.
Sent someone to change two tires that had blown out on our RV. We were stranded out a small town and it took a long time for the person to show up. When he did, he was very proficient in changing the tires. The RV had sustained some damage to the outside and he helped us to fix that also until we could get it professionally looked at. When we were stranded with tire trouble, we called Good Sam and found out our policy had lapsed. However, as soon as we got reinstated, they helped us. Although it took some time, our tires were finally fixed and we were on our way.
Good Sam offers varying types of coverage depending on what you need for your RV. You can get a basic coverage or a premium coverage that pretty much covers anything that could go wrong when you're traveling. We've only used Good Sam services once while traveling. Since we were so far away from a metropolitan area, it took quite a while to get service. I feel confident that if we had been in a more populated area, the service would have been faster.
Their after hour rates were comparable to other company's rate, while their day time services seemed a bit higher depending on what you needed. Their agent that helped was very polite and helpful and held a conversation with me while He was working and I was just standing there watching. They could have offered a ride to a destination or offered to take you to a rental car location or garage. I had to find my own ride which was a bit of an inconvenience. They have provided assistance to me both during business hours and after business hours. They arrived earlier than they said they would which was a bonus.
I thought it would be much more expensive than it was. It ended up being rather cheap actually. The driver was also especially nice. He ended up being incredibly friendly and comforting. The service overall was just stellar. The lady on the other end of the phone when I called was really, really nice. She took my information and assured me that they would take care of everything. It was a big relief to speak to someone so helpful. It seems like the price was covering everything I needed taken care of. The standard of care I received was above what I was expecting at that point in my adventure. They were not only available, they had my information and were on the way within minutes. They made every effort to get to me as quickly as possible and even apologized for the wait when they got there.
The value was very cheap for what was offered. I was surprised and very happy to realize that. Most companies charge a lot more. I would highly recommend it. Customer support was great. Talked to a nice lady that was very helpful and wanted to make sure all my needs were met. I was happy. All my problems were fixed and I was a very happy customer because of it. There is tons of coverage options, and I was very easily able to find one a coverage that fit me and my family. I was able to pick as much coverage as I needed and as less as I wanted also. Which I felt was great. It was easily available and had no issues about where I lived. I'm glad they were available also because they were the only good company around. While I was looking I saw they were available in most states.
Having it is a great assurance in the back of your mind, but you hope you never needed it. When did, it made me feel less worried about future problems. The employees are all nice. They are all wonderful and I never had a single person treat me badly or made me feel unimportant or not valuable to them as a customer. My coverage gave me peace of mind. My vehicle isn't always as up to par as it should be and being stranded on the road is a horrible feeling but with roadside assistance I don't have to worry if I have a flat tire or lock myself out or run out of gas. This service is available 24/7 and it's a great feeling knowing that there is someone there for you in your worst moment of vehicle failure and a friendly face.
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Known for its roadside assistance services for RVs, boat trailers and motorbikes, apart from standard passenger vehicles, Good Sam Roadside Assistance offers support in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.
- Unlimited towing miles: Members can get their vehicle towed to the nearest repair shop without worrying about towing miles.
- Travel-interruption expenses: If a vehicle breaks down 100 or more miles away from home, the service pays for expenses like food and lodgings.
- Automatically family coverage: All membership plans come with automatic coverage for spouse and children below 25 years of age.
- Discounts: Members are entitled to discounts at repair shops, car rental services and at more than 7,000 lodgings.
- Medical help: The service helps members find medical and legal help in case of emergencies on the road.
- Best for Good Sam Roadside Assistance is best for families with multiple drivers, frequent vacationers and adventurers. It is designed for RV owners too.
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