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RE: Pulled the trigger...What can I expect?

I have had and used both GS and AAA. I also have had Coachnet but never used them. The general breakdown that I have found is as follows: GS/Coachnet - when you call for service, the first thing they will want to do is send a mobile mechanic to your location to fix the problem. If the mobile mechanic cannot fix the problem, or you can convince them that sending one is a waste of time, they will then attempt to locate a shop that will accept your rig. Once they have a shop confirmed to accept your rig, only will they then start calling to find a tow truck to move your rig. That means they won't schedule the actual tow until the shop is confirmed. On weekdays, this is usually not a problem as the shops are open. But late nights, weekends, and holidays, they are unlikely to be able to reach a shop to get confirmation, so you will be sitting for a long time while they confirm a shop, and then even more time for them to then engage a tow truck. However, if you are in an area unknown to you, they do all the work for you in locating a shop that will take your rig. You do not have to make the calls yourself. AAA - they do not care where you have it towed. You call, you tell them where to tow it, they send a tow truck. If you are fairly local and have a known shop or want it towed to your home, this works well. Simply because AAA isn't concerned with locating a destination, but just obtaining the tow. If you are in an unknown area, then you have to find a destination before they will tow you. The AAA Premiere will tow you up to 200 miles. HOWEVER, that mileage is based on a standard tow truck rate. The tow truck required to move a motorhome has a higher rate - so you may get less than 200 miles. Each company has its own rates, and they can vary greatly. In addition, some will charge the mileage from their home base, to you, to the destination, and back to their home base - significantly reducing the actual tow mileage. Personally, I suggest getting both. AAA Premiere runs about $120-200 (for 1 or 2 members) per year and you can use it for any of your vehicles or any vehicle you are driving. It gives you one 200 mile tow and three 100 mile tows per year. GS/Coachnet is more expensive but offers unlimited towing. Between the two different types of roadside service, you are most always able to get towed by one of them. Between GS and Coachnet, Coachnet gets better marks. GS tends to fail at the call center point. If you can get past the call center and actually get the truck dispatched, then you are unlikely to have additional problems. The other thing to remember with all roadside assistance is that the longer the tow distance, the less likely they can engage a tow truck. That's simply because towing your rig 200+ miles (4+ hours) and then driving back to their home base on the contracted rate doesn't pay enough. They will get more money by making multiple local tows during that 4+ hours. So, the further you want your RV towed, the fewer tow companies will be willing to accept the job. I hope that helps. There are areas,cities and states that don't provide AAA towing service. Check with AAA before you make your decision.!!
MarkTwain 07/28/22 08:58pm Good Sam Roadside Assistance
RE: Pulled the trigger...What can I expect?

Well, after several years and getting our financial affairs in order, we have finally bought an RV. It was her mom and dad's who have reached an age where they didn't want to travel any longer. It is a 2007/8 Tiffin Allegro Bay 35TSB. It is in outstanding condition (her father is retired Army Aviation and was very meticulous on the maintenance of the RV), and looks almost new. Okay, he recommended that we get the Roadside Assistance from GS. He said that the two times he ever had to use it, they came through with no problems. Now, I've been in the forums for several years and have read both the Good and Bad concerning GSRA. As the RV is a class A, I purchased the Platinum Complete Package. The cost wasn't that much more and it covers almost everything (yes, I know it doesn't cover stuff like the fridge, water heater, A/C's, etc) So, what should I expect from the coverage? The customer service person I spoke with while mostly knowledgeable about the subject, kept referencing the Platinum + version was the top tier of the packages offered. Although, reading about it in the email I received, The Complete package is the top tier of service. Yes, I have read the horror stories of being stuck on the side of the road for 3 weeks waiting for the agent to try and get someone to come out, or that after the tire was replaced and the customer didn't keep the tire and only took pictures of it, GSRA would not reimburse them for the repair/service (I asked the CS agent about this very thing and she affirmed that only a picture was necessary). I know that there are other Roadside Assistance programs offered by other companies, but my concern is "what should I expect" when and if I need the service. Sorry for the long post...Thank you all for any info. "YOU HAVE EVERY THING TO GAIN AND NOTHING TO LOOSE" IF YOU ARE BROKE DOWN ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD AT 9 AT NIGHT, WHAT IS YOUR ALTERNATIVE:):)
MarkTwain 07/28/22 01:54pm Good Sam Roadside Assistance
RE: Driving from Ventura to Palm Springs through Pasadena

Hwy. 210 to 10 is the most direct. BUT!!!! the time you make the trip is critical. I used to start a 3AM in the morning or 10PM at night on Sat. or Sun. to avoid all the daily commuters going to and from work. Be sure and run with your lights on and allow 3 times the distance behind cars to avoid rear ending anyone.
MarkTwain 07/21/22 07:47pm Roads and Routes
RE: TT When Solo....OR Truck Camper?

A truck camper with a toilet and shower would meet all your needs for solo camping.
MarkTwain 07/10/22 01:06pm Travel Trailers
RE: Two tires: A tough decsion

Yesterday we returned from our most recent trip, and seven miles into the trip ... kapow! Blowout. :-( I'm at the point where I want to get fresh tires all the way around before our long trip at the end of the month, but I can't quite decide which tires I should get. The trailer's GVWR is 7660. The tires are 205/75R14. The original tires are Kendo Karriers, rated to 2200 pounds at 75 psi. It seems like the big favorite around these parts is the Goodyear Endurance, but they're rated at 2040 pounds at 65 psi. Both are load range D, both are 8-ply, so it seems the most significant difference comes down to the load capacity. Pros and Cons: * Pro for Karrier: Higher load capacity. * Pro for Endurance: Seems to be a favorite of many. * Con for Karrier: I've alraedy replaced two prior to yesterday's blowout. Confidence in Karrier is declining. * Con for Endurance: I'm giving up some load capacity if I replace all four. So ... do I get the "better" tire and sacrifice some carrying capacity? Or, any other tire suggestions? (etrailer.com shows Westlake as another option, which I've never heard of.) Good Year "G" tire is what have used for years:)
MarkTwain 07/06/22 11:15am Travel Trailers
RE: New Member, need your advice!

Good day everyone! I just signed onto this site to educate myself and look into options. I live in Texas but work 6 days in a row here in San Jose California and I fly back to Texas for the remainder of my eight days off. My current rent is $1500/month renting a room and I figure it would be worthwhile to invest that $1500/month on a RV, trailer, camper, or any mobile vehicle I could use as a temporary housing while I work my 6 days here in California. Thus I am seeking advice and recommendations as to what is available out there. I would need a unit that has a kitchen, bathroom, shower, heating and cooling, fridge, power source, etc. I currently drive a 2020 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road 4x4 that I do take on overlanding trips and I use a ground tent so I am not new to off the grid lifestyle. Lets hear it guys! Thanks in advance! A few questions for you to answer which will help you in your RV world. 1. How long due you plan on keeping your current job and home location? 2. what will you do after your current job stops? 3. will you continue living in your current location? 4. Will you be a solo RVer, if not how many others? 5.Do you see yourself becoming a full time RVer? 6. I would look at Class C RVs to see if it would meet your current needs. If not, then look into Class A RVs. 7. Is $$$ an issue, if so, how much do you want finance?
MarkTwain 07/05/22 11:38am Beginning RVing
RE: Winter 2022/2023 trip plans changed!

Have traveled Mexico Mainland / Baja 16 times. Looking for company and joint safety. Send private message for planning the trip if interested. rocmoc n The Great SouthWest Contact the Baja Vagabundos travel club in Rio Vista, Calif.
MarkTwain 06/25/22 06:24pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Where have all the members gone on this forum?

Couldn't figure any other place to ask this question... I've been here since 2005. Have no idea how many posts I've done during that time. Back a several years ago I could ask a question about something and get numerous answers quickly. In the last couple of years I've noticed a very real decline in the activity on RV.NET. So, where has everybody gone? Other forums, Facebook, etc. Can't afford the price of Fuel:(:(:(
MarkTwain 06/20/22 09:16am General RVing Issues
RE: Goodbye China Bombs, Hello Made In The USA

9,000lb trailer with load range D tires which came on the trailer. I just had my second blowout in only a few hundred miles. Time to go to load range E in a Goodyear Endurance. Thinking the D is not heavy duty enough & thinking I need to go Goodyear. It will be nice to tow without worrying about my tires. :):):):):):):)
MarkTwain 06/17/22 09:36am Travel Trailers
RE: New member looking for 1st TT!

JIMNLIN Sorry, total girl here. Thought I'd said, 1500. Also, our trips will mostly be long weekends. Occasional week I suppose. Sadly we have a while to go before retirement, by then I suspect we'll be looking at larger vehicle and tt. ?? With a 1500 truck, I would look at the smaller Lance trailers for weight.
MarkTwain 05/24/22 09:33am Travel Trailers
RE: New member looking for 1st TT!

Hello campers! Total newbie here, headed out to what looks like a good place to purchase our first TT on Friday. Truck we'll be using is husbands 2014 Dodge Ram 5.7 Hemi. 2 WD 8 speed. Any general recommendations on brands, sizes? We know ( ok, he knows ) a bit about tow weight etc. Most trips will be him, myself and our dog. Would like ability to take 2 adults along occasionally, also one grandchild. We want at least one slide out and def a dedicated bed, not the table or bunk for us. Husband takes very good care of our vehicles, his biggest concern is transmission and not wearing it out, at least not real fast! We do plan to be traveling mountain areas sometimes. Not sure if a signature is added but in case it's not, I'm Dianne, husband is JD. IMHO, I would recommend you look at the Lance trailers. I would suggest the 24' or 30' trailer. depending on the length of time you normally are out for an RV trip. If longer than 2 weeks I would choose a 30' TT. Trailers can get pretty claustrophobic. In addition the larger the trailer the larger the black and grey tank capacity. Under 30 gal. tanks fill up pretty quick, especially with 3 adults and grandkid which means more frequent dumping unless you have a sewer connection at your site. Recommend a Reese Dual Cam hitch for trailer for stability (wind from 18 wheelers) and ease of hooking/unhooking. You also want 2 propane tanks. New trailers tend to come with low quality tires. Personally I threw away the original tires and bought good tires. Get the biggest tire that will fit your trailer, i.e. E or G rated tires. I would not tow with C or D rated tires. Next buy a good Emergency Road Side Service policy i.e. Good Sam, but there are others. Buy 30 to 50 amp adapters and 50 to 30. Buy a good surge protector for the trailer electrical system, don't buy a cheap one. Buy a 15' and 10' sewer hoses. a stack of 2' levelers and a good sam block ramp to raise a flat tire or just call good sam to change the tire.
MarkTwain 05/23/22 10:03pm Travel Trailers
RE: What do you need to cross the border into Mexico

I know I need insurance for my car, but do I need a passport to cross for the day? Going into Mexico without a passport is not a problem until you return to the U.S. and you are asked for it.
MarkTwain 05/17/22 09:40am Snowbirds
RE: What do you need to cross the border into Mexico

Check with your insurance provider to see if the vehicle is covered in Mexico, some companies cover some do not, and make sure it has medical coverage. All State does cover for a few miles in to Mexico. A passport or border crossing card will be requiered upon return to the U.S. or other document that proves you are a citizen, drivers licence are not proof anymore. Do not take any weapons in to Mexico at all! Also do not purchase medicines without a valid perscription. Althow small amounts of mariguana for personal use are legal in California and Mexico and related drug parfenelia, under federal laws they are ilegal, if you use leave all at home and do not bring any back, if the K-9 snifs it out you are done. Otherwise engoy the trip, it is a different world Next post down deals with travelling to Mexico and the requiered documents for a longer and further travel in to Mexico. navegator If you have a lien holder on your vehicles, you will need a written document from the lien holder allowing you to take it into Mexico.
MarkTwain 05/17/22 09:36am Snowbirds
RE: New Jersey to California

the trip back is even more fluid then the trip out.... im going to ride glacier and ive learned not to try to plan rides on a particular day because weather might not go along with your plans...lol we have been to Mt Rushmore during previous Sturgis trips so its not really on the radar for this one. we are going to bring our passports and i would like to drive back through the different providences of Canada...however i carry a handgun on the coach and im not sure how they handle that... but i guess thats another thread!.....lol Before you enter Canada, have your gun mailed to a postal box in the city you will re-enter the U.S. Pick up gun there.
MarkTwain 05/09/22 09:55am Roads and Routes
RE: New Jersey to California

My wife and I are heading out to California from New Jersey. We should be headed straight out to Columbus, OH then snake down to Joplin, Missouri, to Amarillo, Flagstaff to see the Grand Canyon on our way to San Diego. Then to the Pacific Coast Highway. We are interested in any any comments from the forum regarding "not to be missed" sites, restaurants, small charming towns, etc. Can't wait to hear from you. Personally l avoid any where from San Diego to Los Angles!! Congested traffic and crazy drivers, especially with an RV!! From Ariz. start your Pacific coast adventure from Santa Barbara north. By pass San Francisco unless you park your RV in an RV Park for a couple of days. The pacific coast north to the Oregon border is great. Instead of San Diego and L.A. I would do the whole Oregon coast!!
MarkTwain 05/07/22 05:52pm Roads and Routes
RE: Hemet, CA to Klamath River RV Park, CA

Driving over the Golden Gate with a trailer coming from S.F. would not be a choice for me due to traffic and congestion. An alternative but longer trip plan if crossing the G.G. is that important is to cross over at Vallejo over to 101. Go south until you find an RV park near the G.G. bridge, unload your trailer to stay overnight. Then drive across the G.G. bridge and make a day of it by going to Fisherman's Wharf for a great fish dinner.
MarkTwain 05/01/22 10:11am Roads and Routes
RE: extended fuel tank for C class

It depends on whether you have a gas or diesel. Larger fuel tanks are easy to find for Diesel engines but not for gas. "Transfer Flow" in Chico ca. 1-800-442-0056 is a great company. I have had 4 different tanks installed. It usually takes 1 day in their shop to install. They can also ship a tank to your shop nearest to you.
MarkTwain 04/26/22 05:37pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: best route from Barstow to Pismo Beach, CA

I have looked at Google and it does look like a fair amount of twisty curves on 58. We head to Pismo Monday morning and I'm still undecided. I'm now liking the looks of the long straights on 46. I do appreciate all the suggestions and recommendations. Monday after my coffee I'm going to have to make a decision! Go hwy. 46. Easy route for RV's. There is a McDonalds on the edge of town for breakfast with parking on the right side of the hwy 46 with room for a big RV parking.
MarkTwain 04/17/22 05:19pm Roads and Routes
RE: best route from Barstow to Pismo Beach, CA

Thanks everyone. It looks like 58 or 46 is the preferred route. How much further is it to go north to 46 and then backtrack to the 101? From 58 north on 99, it is about 15 miles.
MarkTwain 04/15/22 09:38am Roads and Routes
RE: best route from Barstow to Pismo Beach, CA

58, 99, 46, 101 all good truck routes. Check fuel prices at Lost Hills, Arco usually lower. MarkTwain - Did you mean N on 99? Yes, north on hwy. 99 and then west on hwy 46 through Wasco to Hwy. 101, then south to Pismo.
MarkTwain 04/13/22 10:09am Roads and Routes
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