Almost everyone with an RV looks into buying an RV emergency road assistance plan. Why? Because we may need help if our complicated motor home engine has trouble, if our tire blows out or heaven help us, if we run out of gas or lock ourselves out of our unit. No, we won’t be able to use the plan that we use for the family car, so let’s dive into the world of RV roadside assistance programs.

Some programs by name are:
• Good Sam Club road service
• Camping World Roadcare
• AAA Plus RV
• Allstate Motorclub Emergency Road Service
• Coach-Net
• Progressive

What do these roadside assistance plans actually cover? The most basic plans will get you a tow to a service center. If your problem does not require a tow – ran out of gas, need a jump-start, tire change – a basic plan provides help on the spot. More advanced plans can help with your RV’s slide outs, heating or something of a similar more complex nature.

If you’ve had your RV less than a year, check your dealer contract (before taking your road trip) to see if a plan was included free for a limited time or if you actually purchased one when you bought your unit. Plans cost anywhere from $100 – $200 per year. But don’t buy based just on price. Really look at the services offered and whether the plan meets your specific needs.

Do research online and by talking with other RV owners. Remember that the plan is only as good as all the service people connected with them. That means from the person that answers your call for help to the facility that will repair your unit. You want to make sure that the people who work on your RV are RV-industry technicians. These are things to discover when you’re doing your research on plans.

You also want to check whether the plan covers multiple drivers, rentals, unlimited calls for lockouts and fuel delivery and the like. Of course, you want to make certain that you have your plan card with you when you travel – in your wallet or your purse is a good place to keep it.

A few websites to get you started with your online research are:

RV-Info.Net
Rand McNally blog
RVing On a Budget.com