Is Good Sam Worth It?
Posted in Reviews on August 29, 2018 Last Updated on August 29, 2018
Whether you’re just starting out, or a seasoned RV’er exploring the discounts, everyone eventually wonders about Good Sam. Keep in mind, Good Sam offers several products, each one being a totally different service.
If you’re looking for Good Sam’s Roadside service, with no limit towing to the nearest service center or their Insurance through National General, we have a blog post Which RV Insurance and Roadside Assistance Are Best for Full-Time RV Living.
If you’re looking for information on the Good Sam Club, which offers discounts at various locations, then you’re in the right place!
One of the first discounts Good Sam likes to mention is their fuel discount.
At the time of this posting, Pilot is offering $0.03 off each gallon of fuel, with their FREE rewards card. Good Sam is offering $0.05, with their paid club membership. If you purchase 100 gallons of gas, that’s an additional $5.00 in savings using the Good Sam card. While this can add up, we have found Pilot/Flying J often, although not always, to be more expensive than many other places to buy fuel.
At the time of this posting, the fuel range in our current area in Virginia is $2.47-$2.89, according to Gas Buddy. Gas Buddy also shows the nearest Flying J being priced at $2.47 (not including the discount) – making them currently one of the lowest prices in this area to buy fuel.
Camping World Discounts
If you walk in to any Camping World, you will see the little “Club Price” tags hanging all over the racks. These tags let you know that if you’re a Good Sam member, you’ll get that lower price. The catch is, Camping World is often, almost always, more expensive than any other big box or online store. Here’s a few examples at the time of this posting:
The Rhino Extreme 15′ Sewer Hose Kit is $4.00 cheaper on Amazon at $46.11, with “damaged box” options as low as $38.15.
A Camco RV Roof Vent Cover will cost $1.50 more + shipping.
The big price differences come in with items like LED bulbs. Most campers will use the 921 style of LED bulbs, which are (approximately) a whopping $8.00 PER BULB cheaper on Amazon.
Don’t forget to check out our post on testing various types of LED bulbs in our RV!
RV Park Discounts
We haven’t used Good Sam in quite some time but, when we had it, we rarely used it for park discounts. We always call around and find the best deal, and the parks we chose were rarely Good Sam parks.
Discounted and Free Dump Stations
The final main discount we’re going to cover are the free and discount dump stations you get with your Good Sam membership. Some Camping World locations have a dump station you may use. When we were members, we needed to dump *and* were near a Camping World once. We used the dump station, which was difficult to get to and had several sewer hoses lying about – one of which broke while using it, I should have known better.
Your membership also gets you a discount at Pilot and Flying J RV dump stations. We do use these on occasion but, often, there are cheaper or free options available as well that we use instead.
So, is Good Sam Worth It?
If you will be frequenting Pilot/Flying J, and you want your RV gear right away and will be buying it from Camping World, then a Good Sam Membership may be for you. Otherwise, I find it hard to justify paying for the membership.
What do you think? Do you have a Good Sam membership? Love it? Hate it? Let us know in the comments!