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Old 07-07-2016, 10:45 AM   #1
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Extended warranty

The dealer is pushing the extended Forest River cabin warranty on the Berkshire XL 40 I am picking up next week.
Is it a good warranty to have or a waste of money like many of these warranties are? In my prior experience, trying to get a car repaired under these warranties are an exercise in frustration and disappointment but this one might be better.
I would welcome any feedback

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Old 07-07-2016, 10:55 AM   #2
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I didn't know that Forest River offered a 'cabin' warranty on motorhomes. Tell us more.
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Old 07-07-2016, 11:10 AM   #3
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Sorry I misspoke, it is with Portfolio not Forest River
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I bought the same warranty from the same dealer. I bought it for a thousand of what they were asking. I believe I paid 2300 for it. I have never used it. I bought my Moho in April of 2012. I am close to Elkhart so lots of my repairs were taken to them. If u was in California and didn't attend the Goshen rally the warranty company would have paid to replace
Washer
Dometic fridge
Tecama toilet
Jack antenna
That's 5000$ for just that.
I have a couple of years left in it but remember to talk them down.
They also push the paint protection. Stupidest money I ever spent.
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Old 07-07-2016, 04:04 PM   #5
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Jacques - Like anything else that you buy, you have to know what you are getting, have price compared and got references. I am not sure that you will get the best price by buying through a dealer. There is also no hurry; you have a year to decide.

I have mixed emotions about extended warranties and have only gotten them for very few items. For the moho, my DW talked me into one and I got the Xtra Ride policy from Wholesale Warranties. It is for 72 months, unlimited mileage and $200 deductible for $3,300. I guess the thoughts of the propane refrige going would justify the policy. So far the policy paid $1,000 for a hydraulic slide cylinder.

You need to understand the subtleties of extended warranties. They have fixed rates for each type of repair, wherein the service garage may want more; which then comes out of your pocket. For know fixes to problems, it is easy. However for intermittent problems with the cause not known, the extended warranty isn't going to pay for finding the cause; they will pay for fixing. Some sporadic problems can take an enormous amount of labor to find.

My advice; do not rush
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Old 07-27-2016, 07:47 PM   #6
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I bought a used 2009 Berk in 2014 for $95,000 and a Goodsam service contract for $6,000. I did not feel comfortable with such a high dollar purchase without some assurance that the vehicle was in good shape or could be repaired if not. The cost was rolled into the cost of the rig, which was discounted a couple thousand additional to make the cost of the warranty seem fair. 2.5 years later, I have had good customer service experiences with the warranty company, which has paid for:

Radiator fan clutch replacement
Serpentine belt (associated with above, belts are not included if they fail alone)
Wardrobe slide cable repair (twice)
Turbocharger replacement
Complete hydraulic hose replacement
Inverter/charger repair
Exhaust manifold
Slide out rubber seal replacement (all of them)
Bed slide mechanism replacement
Ice maker repair
Dash AC repair (although that still leaks!)
Air brake control valve replacement
Other lesser defects

In most circumstances, I chose the repair shop, and they did the work and charged the cost to the warranty company, less my $100 deductible. Sometimes, I would pay out of pocket and then submit for reimbursement. No issues from the warranty company. My estimate of these repairs is almost $20,000. I'd say this plan was well worth it. I have another 7 months and 10,000 miles left of coverage. Without the plan, I would feel like I bought a lemon. Perhaps I did, but the coverage has kept me happy and on the road. I feel like so much of the rig is new, I would not hesitate to sell the coach to a friend and would expect to remain friends!
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I bought a Goodsam service contract for $6,000.
What is the period of your Goodsam Contract. In the past I have gotten quotes from Goodsam and they have given me annual premium prices of $4500. That is $4500 every year. I figured for that price I could bank the money and be self insured so to speak.

If I could get a five year contract for $6000 I would jump at it. The diesel is not cheep to repair.
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The original term of the coverage was 3 years or 36,000 miles.

I did shop a plan yesterday for this 2009 coach to pick up where the above term ends. That figure was $6,000 for ONE year. My hope is all the gremlins are gone, and I agree that you would be better off banking that money and self-insuring.
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