Good Sam Club Membership Benefits
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Wow, Good Sam Club really offers a LOT of different membership benefits, more than one might realize. They are well known for their campground discounts, but they also offer so much more.
Let's take a look at what kind of RVing benefits you can get through a Good Sam Club membership and what else Good Sam offers to make your RV life easier or better.
The Good Sam Club Review
By purchasing a Good Sam Club membership, you will receive a multitude of benefits. These benefits range from fuel discounts, to free dump station uses, to 10% off participating campgrounds, and more. You also sometimes get discounts on other purchases and services that they offer.
A Good Sam membership is a pretty good deal if you utilize the participating dumps, gas stations, and campgrounds regularly. I (CA Kelly) started off with a 2-year membership with Good Sam. Can't say if it paid for itself, since I only mostly used it for gas discounts and an occasional Camping World purchase. I have not renewed. I just don't use the benefits enough to make it worth it.
But that's just me. If you make a lot of purchases, and want to utilize some of the other MANY Good Sam club benefits, it can very much be worth becoming a member.
Good Sam Roadside Assistance Review
Right off the bat, figuring out the Good Sam Roadside Assistance benefits was difficult. Or was it that we made it difficult by diving in so hard?
Why? Because we looked at EVERYTHING listed on the Good Same Roadside service site. They include brochures on their pages talking about programs that they don't really offer anymore, or that you have to call for, like the Platinum Complete Plan. Yeah. Weird for the consumer/reader.
Why are these things listed on the site? When we spoke with Good Sam Roadside, the said that some are there for people who have an old plan that is grandfathered in... not sure why they don't state this fact ON the site. (Between the time we started our research till our publish date, Good Sam finally added the Platinum Complete Plan to their 'find a plan' section, so that's helpful.)
Granted, you do have to hunt for these other Good Sam towing plans. Don't pay any attention to anything on the site but the 'Find A Plan' section. They offer three RV roadside assistance plans.
Three RV Plans (one that covers trailers and two that cover ALL RV types, including motorhomes):
- Auto + RV Standard Plan (Trailers)
- Auto + RV Platinum Plan (Motorhomes)
- Auto + RV Platinum COMPLETE Plan (Motorhomes)
This is pretty simple at least. If you have a trailer (travel trailer, fifth wheel, pop-up, etc) then you choose the auto+RV Standard Plan. If you have a motorized RV, you get the auto+RV Platinum Plan. If you want ALL THE coverage, purchase the auto+RV Platinum Complete Plan.
Tire & Wheel Protection Plan
As part of their roadside assistance offerings, Good Sam has a standalone plan that covers your RV's wheels and tires if they become damaged due to various road hazards and need to be replaced.
Included in the Good Sam Tire & Wheel Protection Plan is flat tire repair (other plans covered in this section only offer replacing a flat tire with your spare), tire replacement (if it's damaged beyond repair), wheel repair or replacement (if damaged beyond repair), including mounting and balancing of the new tire(s).
With this supplemental plan, you are allowed 2 'incidents' a year (unlimited number of tires/wheels per incident, but there is a $750 maximum amount per incident). HOWEVER, your RV or auto tires must have at least 2/32" thread left, so they cannot be bald. Makes sense! Your tires need to be in serviceable condition to be covered.
The Good Sam Tire & Wheel Protection Plan is offered as part of the Roadside Assistance Platinum Complete Plan, so if you opt for this RV roadside assistance plan, you don't need to also purchase the standalone Tire & Wheel Protection Plan.
Auto + RV Standard Plan (Trailers)
With the Good Sam Roadside Standard Plan you will benefit if you break down in any way. They offer:
- RV Towing Service (includes covered autos)
- RV Roadside Service (includes covered autos)
Good Sam Roadside Assistance pays 100% of the towing fees up to the nearest service center. Doesn't matter how far it is, they still cover the whole cost. There are no pre-set restrictions or dollar limits. They do not charge additional for additional drivers. Your whole family will be covered.
If you break down, they will tow BOTH your tow vehicle and the RV or trailer. They cover cars, trucks, vans, SUV's, boat trailers and motorcycles.
Currently, Good Sam Roadside Assistance is offering the Standard Plan (towable RVs only) for $79.95 per year. (Stating that the 'normal' cost is $129.95.)
RV Roadside Service
If you are broken down but it's fixable on the spot, roadside service is what you need. You will be covered in North America, Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.
With the Good Sam Roadside Assistance coverage, you get benefits such as:
- Bringing you a spare tire
- Jumpstarting your battery
- Fixing your flat or tow you to get it fixed
- Get you back in if you are locked out
- Medical referrals if you get sick
- Bring you gas
- Trip interruption assistance
Good Sam Roadside is partnered with over 40,000 independent towing specialists and service providers so no matter where you are, there will be somebody available to help you.
With the Good Sam Roadside Assistance Standard Plan you will also get 15% off at all AAMCO transmission centers.
Auto + RV Platinum Plan (Motorhomes)
If you have a motorhome, then the Good Sam Roadside Platinum Plan is for you. You get all the same benefits as the Auto + RV Standard Plan, but covers motorized RVs.
Additionally, this plan also covers leased, borrowed, or rented vehicles (including RVs) as well as multiple RVs. You MUST have this plan if you have a motorhome. The non-platinum roadside assistance plan will not cover motorhomes.
Auto + RV Platinum COMPLETE Plan (Motorhomes)
The Good Sam Roadside Platinum Complete Plan builds upon the 'regular' Platinum Plan and adds two additional coverages (both available as standalone purchases). The Platinum Complete Plan is a great way to bundle different plan types and get a discount in the process.
In addition to all the normal Platinum Plan coverages, the Platinum Complete Plan offers the following:
- Tire & Wheel Road Hazard Coverage - the same coverage offered by the standalone Tire & Wheel Protection Plan is bundled up in the Platinum Complete Plan. This protects your RV's (and covered auto's) wheels and tires should they become damaged under normal usage and need repair/replacement.
- Emergency Travel & Medical Assistance Services - the same type of coverage that is available under the standalone Good Sam Travel Assist plan is bundled with the Platinum Complete Plan. This coverage helps you if you have a medical emergency while traveling and need assistance with medical evacuation, transportation, RV/vehicle return, etc.
Good Sam Extended Service Plan Review
The Good Sam Extended Service Plan (ESP) is not an RV extended warranty, but rather mechanical breakdown insurance.
Included with your Good Sam ESP plan is a free 22-point inspection at Camping World. This benefit is unlimited so you can take it in before every camping trip if you'd like for peace of mind.
The Good Sam Extended Service Plan is backed by an A-rated underwriter. It's an insurance plan that YOU own (just remember it's a service plan as opposed to an RV extended warranty).
So what is covered in this RV service plan? We thought you might ask. As stated on their website, the Good Sam Extended Service Plan covers:
"Most major RV components. Transmission, drive axle, suspension, steering, brakes, engine, heating and cooling systems, generator, refrigerator, range and oven, electronics and electrical, L.P. gas, water heater, waste system, water system and fuel delivery."
For your specific type of RV, you can find out on their website HERE for what is and what is not covered.
The Good Sam Extended Service Plan also helps you out if you break down. They cover unexpected travel costs for up to 5 days in the event of a breakdown. They give $100 for up to 5 days to cover lodging, food, etc. They also give $60/day for up to 5 days for a rental car. However, you cannot get rental car reimbursement if you are covering a towed vehicle (for example, a travel trailer).
The Good Sam ESP is transferrable to a new owner, making a sale even more attractive.
Good Sam RV Insurance Review
Good Sam Club offers insurance for your RV. What's better about using Good Sam for insurance than a traditional insurance company? Well, they know RVs.
Therefore they offer special benefits that don't some with traditional insurance companies.
Say you full-time... they offer coverage for full-timers. Say you full-time but you want to stay in an Air BNB for a month or two. Good Sam insurance will allow you to suspend the coverages you don't need while you aren't using it. Additionally, they cover permanent attachments such as awnings and antennas. Traditional insurance companies do not.
You can get one insurance policy for both your RV and auto(s) and you can get up to a 20% discount for combining policies. They cover personal belongings that are in the RV. These are just a few of the insurance benefits Good Sam offers.
Good Sam Travel Assist Review
Good Sam Travel Assist basically gives you medical help while on the road. Seems they should have called it 'medical assist.' This coverage helps you out if you have any medical issues on the road and cannot continue your trip. It does things for you that your medical insurance will not.
Like what? Say you go to the hospital in an ambulance, Good Sam Travel Assist will tow your RV back to your home address. If you have a pet with you, they will transport it to your home.
Good Sam Travel Assist will cover your emergrency medical transportation. It will cover flights home after an emergency for you, your spouse, family or even traveling companion.
It's really like having a medical concierge. They take care of you and your family if you have a medical emergency. They even keep up with you and monitor your treatment.
You can purchase a single, family or couple plan. They are VERY affordable and we highly recommend this benefit if you are on the road a lot.
When we researched for this page, they were having a sale for a limited time on the plans. (Single, couple, and family) So obviously Good Sam Travel Assist goes on sale from time to time. If you are in no rush, watch for sales and you could save some dough.
Good Sam Credit Card
Geez louise, Good Sam even offers a credit card that earns you relevant reward points.
Naturally, you get points for purchases at companies they own such as Camping World and other family brands. You get gas points. There is no annual fee.
Of course you have to qualify to get the card.
To sum it up, Good Sam offers a LOT of benefits and features that appeal greatly to RVers. Many more benefits than just the Good Sam Club does alone. Depending on your situation and lifestyle, many of these could save you a ton of cash and/or grief.
The benefit of using this club is that they know RVing and RVs. They are the biggest RV club in the world. Good Sam has been around since 1966.
Now you know what you do or don't need from Good Sam. Now, get out there and Camp On!