If you go RVing, sooner or later you're going to hear about the Good Sam RV Club. With over 1 million members, it's hard to keep a secret. The club started in 1966 as a way fellow RV campers could help one another out while traveling the country. It's now the largest RV club in the world.
The Good Sam Club, short for Good Samaritan, has 1,500 localized Chapters throughout North America where members go camping, socialize, and volunteer in their communities. In addition to Chapters, the club has other RV camping get-togethers such as statewide Samborees...and the largest RV event of them all is the Good Sam Rally, which thousands of RVers attend from all across the continent.
In 2012 the Good Sam Club joined forces with Camping World, the largest retailer of RV products, RV services, and new and used RVs. Now one of the benefits of joining the Good Sam Club is a discount at Camping World stores.
Members also receive discounts on camping fees, fuel, RV publications, RV shows, and Good Sam Club services. Services offered by the club include roadside assistance, extended RV warranties, insurance, RV loans, emergency travel assistance, and a mail forwarding service.
Fighting for the rights of RVers is another goal of the Good Sam Club. By taking on issues such as access to public lands, defining motorhome lemon laws, and tackling anti-RV parking ordinances the club works to make RVing safer and more enjoyable.
By becoming a member you'll receive a long list of benefits, some that save you money, others that make RV travel more fun, enjoyable, and worry free. I've been a member of the Good Sam RV Club since I started RVing in 2009. The low annual membership fee is well worth the benefits received which include...
The Good Sam RV Club offers a variety of services tailor made for the traveling RVer. Here's a quick summary of what's available.
The club offers roadside assistance plans for RVs and autos. The RV plans provide heavy duty towing for your motorhome, travel trailer, or 5th wheel. Help is also available when you have a flat tire, become locked out of your vehicle, run out of fuel, or need a roadside repair. The club's staff of certified RV technicians is at your disposal when you need technical advice.
The Club offers RV and auto insurance, travel medical insurance, health insurance, and life insurance. Good Sam RV Insurance plans go beyond regular auto insurance by offering coverage for personal belongings & permanent attachments, reimbursement on emergency expenses for travel, lodging & food, and a reduced rate when your RV is in storage.
Unlike an RV manufacturer's warranty, which splits up the length of coverage for various components, the Good Sam RV Club simplifies things by offering coverage on all major components for the same length of time.
In addition to paying for parts and labor when a component fails, these plans also cover extra expenses that pop-up due to a breakdown, such as car rentals, lodging, and dining. Both new and used RVs can enroll.
Loans are available for new and used RVs. Refinancing is available on current RV loans. Full-time RVers are offered financing too.
The Good Sam RV Club offers a unique service called TravelAssist. It's sort of an all-in-one package that provides help in all kinds of situations you may find yourself in due to a medical emergency. The service lends a hand for almost anything from paying for emergency medical evacuations, to helping you track down lost luggage.
The club's mail service will receive your mail and forward it - when, and where you choose. Many full-time RVers use a mail forwarding service such as this as it is the only way they can receive mail while on the road. With the premium plan you'll have a virtual mailbox that enables you to check mail online. Any mail you don't want will be shredded, and if you receive any important documents you'll be notified by email.
From local Good Sam Club Chapters consisting of a few RVers, to big continent-wide RV Rallies where thousands attend, the Good Sam RV Club brings RV enthusiasts together for fun, charity, learning, and of course camping!
Organized by location, there are 1,500 Good Sam Club Chapters in North America. Chapters go RV camping, hold social events, and volunteer in their communities. Anyone can start a chapter, as the Good Sam Club says "All it takes to launch one is five or more RVs and a spirit of fun."
Samborees are large statewide social gatherings of 50 to more than 500 RVs. Most U.S. states and Canadian provinces have one each year. In addition to socializing and entertainment, they often include educational seminars and RV exhibits.
Good Sam Rallies are the largest RV events in North America and are held 2-3 times a year. These four day RV get-togethers feature big name entertainment, informative seminars, new RVs and RV products, product giveaways, youth programs, a dog show, and more.
That's the Good Sam RV Club in a nutshell. Check it for yourself by visiting the Good Sam Club web site.
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