We currently have AAA Premier RV roadside assistance. This is the highest level of AAA ($172). We chose this level because it offers towing up to 200 miles of towing, free fuel delivery, 1-day rental car and up to $1500 trip interruption insurance. Our Dodge Durango has not been a reliable vehicle (reasonably named Unreliable) in the past and has seemed to fail us at the *most* inopportune times.

1) In the middle of the road 2) While we were trying to leave to show our house during the selling process 3) At Chehalis RV Campground & Resort on the day we were supposed to leave 4) On highway while towing our travel trailer (see full story here).

Though we did not use our AAA services in all the situations, the customer service experience was always exceptional, the calls were not counted against our 4 services a year and we couldn’t have been more grateful that we invested in this service.


Another place to check if you need roadside assistance is with your insurance carrier! Some carriers include RA in your policy and some (GEICO) tack it on as an extra charge.


I have not tried this Emergency Roadside Assistance so I am unable to provide personal experience. I have read and watched many many many reviews that are mixed.


Did you know that some credit cards offer benefit like free or discounted emergency roadside assistance up to a certain amount of miles. This can really save your butt. We used this one time when the Durango wouldn’t start after going to the movie theatres.


Try not to get too discourage and upset during a breakdown, blown tire or running out of gas. It’s best to make decision with a clear mind. Each situation is different and breaking down can be stressful which causes us to be a less patient and a lot more defensive.

A few tips to help prevent and manage this situation that we try to follow:

  • Make a pre-trip and post-trip inspection checklist to catch any issues ahead of time if possible
  • Consider a Tire Pressure Monitor System to become aware of a deflating tire asap
  • Tire Inflator
  • Making sure you have a charged cell phone
  • Purchase an portable battery charger in case you have a long wait
  • Check that your emergency roadside assistance is active
  • Have the emergency roadside assistance number saved in your phone
  • Purchase an emergency roadside assistance kit for safety
  • Let someone know where you are, where you are going and an approximate time you will arrive. Should something go wrong this might aid in locating you.
  • Hangry Kit (not even lying, this will save the poor soul that stumbles upon someone like me when if I were to become hungry)

A few other items to consider having in your vehicle



The Garnica’s absolutely love the Chehalis Thousand Trails location! A park ranger has always been available right when we pull in. The ranger who greeted us for the first time, who is also the one we see the most, has gone above and beyond to help us with pick a private area to park as well as giving us a jump when our vehicle failed to start (read that story here).


There was plenty of large private spaces to choose from with water and electric hookups, fire pit and bench. Each time we were able to pick a spot and inform the rangers which site we chose. During the winter months they close several loops which happened to be our favorite spot (tear!)


If you want to take a nice hike, bike ride or saddle up on horseback, there is no shortage of trails in and around the campground.

We are not seasoned at all for hiking a found the inclines very mild. Then again we stopped frequently to pick the yummy berries that lead the way on each side. YUM!

Hidden Views

We stumbled upon this lovely scene while getting lost in Chehalis’s 300 acres of campground.

Just beyond the grass is a huge grassy slope the kids rolled down…okay so did we!

Children’s Play Area

If you kids are link ours, they love to play at parks. This one is really, really basic, but the kids had fun none the less.

Bathrooms & Showers

Shower for an hour….Think again! These bathrooms were outdated, but very clean thanks to their policy of making multiple rounds to check, clean and stock the bathrooms.

We took showers near loop B and to be honest they were pretty cold. I froze my honey-buns off and my son refused to get in lol

Tip: the showers near the family lodge have warmer water!

Recreational Room

Foosball, basketball, pool and video games! Adults and kids are bound to strike up a competitive game sooner or later. We had fun several times in the game room rights next to the laundry facility.

Dog Park

They have a fenced dog park! 15-20 minutes in Batman and Robin couldn’t take it anymore. They ran and played and attempted several times to escape!

Dump Stations

There are two dump stations. You will find the first one on the right side before you pass any sites.

The other is off to the left after loops A & B. This station is on a hill so make sure to apply your emergency break!

We’ve never had to wait to dump and other visitors do a great job at cleaning up!


If a game of Horseshoe or a match of tennis is your thing then you are in luck.

They have both here!

There is also a basketball court not pictured so the family is bound to have some kind of fun.


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Slip & Slide

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Interested in a Thousand Trails membership? Check them out here.