RV Roadside Assistance

RV roadside assistance is different from typical automobile towing as RVÂ’s require larger tow trucks, cannot go on a flatbed, and sometimes require two trucks if the RV is towing a vehicle. Insurance policies for RVÂ’s also differ, as does AAA coverage so you have to shop around for companies that offer RV emergency road service, such as Good Sam. If you have the good fortune to break down by or in an RV park, you will often find fellow RVers will come to your aid.

RV Roadside Service

RV roadside service is available through a number of reputable companies across the United States. Just about any tow company can provide emergency assistance as long as they have the right equipment; itÂ’s find the right insurance that is a little harder. Allstate and Progressive offer RV insurance and they may offer a discount if you bundle it with auto, home or life insurance. Good Sam specializes in RVÂ’s, has a good reputation in the traveling community, offering coverage as well as assistance.

A Lonely Feeling

My first motorhome was an old Winnebago and I was a single woman, which as I know now was a recipe for a potential disaster.

Less than a week on the road the first time, I experienced my first (notice the "first") all-nighter on the side of the road. I didn't have the CB connected yet (before the days of cell phones), so my only hope was creating a big sign and putting it in the back window hoping a passing motorist would call for help.

After a long long night, help arrived following a call by a trucker to the highway patrol who called a local roadside service. Being at the mercy of the crook, who kept trying to get me to go back to town so he could "fix" the problem, I paid him for a new battery (not aware that he had disconnected the alternator from the battery, so it wouldn't charge) and drove on. Figured it out once it got dark and the lights got dimmer and dimmer, until I had to pull off. Thankfully, I was only 20 minutes from my brother's and help.

Unfortunately, that wasn't the first time I spent the night on the side of the road. Now, I tell everybody, get insurance that provides roadside assistance, and don't be a victim to circumstances.

By the way...I did have a big, blue-eye dog that looked really scary, so I wasn't totally alone...although he wasn't much of a mechanic.

Allstate Motor Club

RV roadside assistance with Allstate offers 24-hour assistance for you and your spouse by calling a toll free number. The policy covers:

  • Road and Towing Service
  • Delivery of Fuel
  • Help with Lockout
  • Tire Changes
  • Unlimited towing to the nearest service facility
  • A round the clock personal assistant
  • Discounts of up to 50 percent at participating hotels, restaurants, entertainment venues, car rentals and retail stores.

This insurance is in addition to any other insurance you may have so the cost is on top of the premium you already pay.

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Progressive

Progressive offers RV roadside assistance slightly above that offered by Allstate. The insurance covers the towing of your RV to the nearest repair site and pays for necessary labor due to:

  • Mechanical Malfunctions
  • Electrical Problems
  • Lack or Loss of Fluids
  • Bad Tires
  • Battery Issues
  • Lockouts
  • Inclement Weather or Road Conditions within 100 feet of the road

In addition to covering your RV, this policy also covers anything that your RV is towing, even if it has other insurance. You do not pay anything out of pocket, except your monthly or yearly premium and the 24-hour, seven-day-a-week roadside assistance is available in the United State and Canada.

Good Sam Emergency Road Service

RV emergency road service offered by Good Sam is affordable, reliable and has an A+ rating by the BBB. The company offers a standard or platinum package, both of which cover the full cost of the tow and repair expenses as long as you are in the United States, Mexico or Canada. Dispatch operators work all day and night so you can contact them whenever your emergency occurs. In addition to these services, the platinum RV roadside assistance plan offers:

  • A Technical Assistance Hotline if you want to do work yourself
  • Discounts on hotels, motels, car rentals and regular RV or car maintenance and repairs
  • Assistance Buying a New or Used Vehicle
  • $1500 Trip Interruption
  • $5000 Theft Reward
  • Computerized Key Retrieval
Good Sam Roadside Assistance

Good Sam also provides Concierge Service to give you directions or locations of campgrounds, fuel, dump stations or anything else you might need on the road.

RV US and AAA also provide RV roadside assistance along with other companies across America. If you plan on taking a road trip in your RV, donÂ’t hesitate to get RV insurance, as the tow alone can cost over $200 while an assistance call has an average price of $175 to $250 and this is if the tow company is able to help you; any necessary repairs quickly increase your expenses.