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Old 07-01-2013, 02:09 PM   #1
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Discount Clubs

Interested in anyone's experience and opinions of the assorted discount clubs out there and if any are worth joining, i.e. Campers World, Good Sam, etc. We have AAA and will upgrade to the recreational vehicle package for roadside coverage. I'm 62 and will get an Access Pass and also retired military. We just picked up our new Jayco and will be underway on our first journey in 2 weeks, so if there is a good group to join, I'm interested. Thanks
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Old 07-01-2013, 02:14 PM   #2
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We've got Good Sam and Passport America memberships. It doesn't take too many stays to pay for either. They've both got their plusses and minuses. GS is only 10% PA is 50% but the number of days or days of the week are usually limited and the parks we've stayed in haven't been "top tier", none have been bad tho.
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Old 07-01-2013, 02:17 PM   #3
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Before you upgrade your AAA do a bit of research. AAA is not the same in every state, and some areas cannot handle towing RVs and trailers even if you are paying extra for the RV plan. I've heard good things about CoachNet and Good Sam's roadside assistance. FWIW, we have AAA RV and its fine in WI.
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Old 07-01-2013, 04:38 PM   #4
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In California AAA didn't offer RV towing.

I havnt joined any of the other clubs you mention. Looked into them but didn't feel I'd get the value out of them.
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Old 07-01-2013, 05:28 PM   #5
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we are members of good sam. you must be a member to get the sale prices at camping world
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Old 07-01-2013, 09:49 PM   #6
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Ii am a member of good sam as well and feel that I get my money back on the discounts at Camping World and the parks are just a bonus. I am also a member of KOA and like every campground that I have been to. I highly advise looking at both of these.
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Old 07-01-2013, 09:49 PM   #7
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There is a difference between campground DISCOUNT clubs and roadside assistance memberships. I think you are getting a mixture of reviews here because some companies like AAA and Good Sam offer both. Which type membership are you asking about?
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Old 07-03-2013, 10:51 AM   #8
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Not sure how to clarify. Most if not all clubs I have researched offer benefits anf discounts to members, i.e. AAA offers roadside assistance, as well as discounts at motels, some parks etc. Just trying to get feedback on which clubs offer the best service, benefits, discounts, etc.
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Old 07-03-2013, 09:24 PM   #9
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The membership in AAA will get you discounts at some RV parks (I also got automobile insurance discounts but their RV insurance is high). AAA also offers a separate RV roadside assistance program for an additional cost. I don't have it and have not heard very many good reviews about it. Good Sam has a discount card available for purchases that will get you discounts at Camping World as well as RV discounts at many parks around the country. Good Sam also has a separate roadside assistance program that is supposed to be very good. I have it but and fortunately, have not had to use it. The other roadside assistance program, that comes to mind, is Coach-Net which I have also heard is very good. I have that one provided through Jayco for one year when we bought our 5er. Fortunately (again) I have not had to use that one either. The one really weird thing about the Coach-net program is that it is only valid if the truck is hooked up to our 5th wheel. Passport America is a discount card available for purchase in order to get discounts at their member RV parks. I have found it to be worthwhile but each participating campground offers different discounts. Like, only certain discounts on certain days (like Sunday through Thursday for example) or maybe only a two day discount or maybe only certain time of the year. I used it out in Williams, AZ last year for a 5 night stay and the discount more than paid for the subscription. I know that there are others out there but those are the ones I know of. If you are looking at a specific discount program or roadside assistance policy, you may want to post a question about that one particular program in order to get the largest number of opinions. Most of the time you'll get "the good, the bad and the ugly" Good luck in your search and welcome to the Forum!
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The membership in AAA will get you discounts at some RV parks (I also got automobile insurance discounts but their RV insurance is high). AAA also offers a separate RV roadside assistance program for an additional cost. I don't have it and have not heard very many good reviews about it. Good Sam has a discount card available for purchases that will get you discounts at Camping World as well as RV discounts at many parks around the country. Good Sam also has a separate roadside assistance program that is supposed to be very good. I have it but and fortunately, have not had to use it. The other roadside assistance program, that comes to mind, is Coach-Net which I have also heard is very good. I have that one provided through Jayco for one year when we bought our 5er. Fortunately (again) I have not had to use that one either. The one really weird thing about the Coach-net program is that it is only valid if the truck is hooked up to our 5th wheel. Passport America is a discount card available for purchase in order to get discounts at their member RV parks. I have found it to be worthwhile but each participating campground offers different discounts. Like, only certain discounts on certain days (like Sunday through Thursday for example) or maybe only a two day discount or maybe only certain time of the year. I used it out in Williams, AZ last year for a 5 night stay and the discount more than paid for the subscription. I know that there are others out there but those are the ones I know of. If you are looking at a specific discount program or roadside assistance policy, you may want to post a question about that one particular program in order to get the largest number of opinions. Most of the time you'll get "the good, the bad and the ugly" Good luck in your search and welcome to the Forum!
I have Passport America and when I get to a park that has restrictions and I am outside of the permitted discount period I generally ask if I can have the PA rate anyway. Sometimes I get it and sometimes I don't. I have always figured is the most they can say is "No!"...:-)
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