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Old 05-31-2013, 12:18 PM   #1
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Extended Warranty Coverage

We Did It!!!! I just purchased a 2014 390RB-60 which we'll pick up in a couple weeks.

The dealer offered an extended warranty from Interstate Star RV called the 'Diamond' package which covers nearly everything minus the normal exclusions. Seemed like a decent policy, however the price quoted for it with the extra tire coverage was over $10k (!!!???).
Obviously too much money.

I am torn between buying an (affordable) warranty or self-insuring (sounds a little risky-but we did buy a nice coach). I certainly can't (won't) do $10k.

Anyone have any experience with Interstate or Easy Care warranties? I had Good Sam on my last coach and was not happy with them.
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Old 05-31-2013, 12:34 PM   #2
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Another Thought

Also wondering why, on a RV of this level, a GPS is not offered / installed instead of a simple Jensen radio. I asked and was told that GPS wasn't even an option since it is all sold aftermarket.

Anyway we'll probably go with the Rand McNally 7720 - looks pretty nice!
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Old 05-31-2013, 12:40 PM   #3
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Congrats on the new coach and welcome to the forums!! $10k is a lot of money for an extended warranty. Can't give you any info on the company they want you to go with but there are a number of posts where the company refused to pay for certain repairs and I'm sure that there are other posts where the warranty really helped. The only thing I can suggest is to do a search to see how others fared with the warranty.
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Old 05-31-2013, 01:06 PM   #4
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10k can replace alot of things, also you need to look at what has 2, 3 year warrenty on installed items that FR just put in like hot water heater, furance etc. we bought ours new, got most of the bugs out in first year under FR warrenty and now just self insure everything else. You didn't mention how many years of coverage?
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Old 05-31-2013, 01:06 PM   #5
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That 2014 BERKSHIRE 390RB-60 is one beautiful coach!! $10K for an extended warranty??? Who are they trying to kid. Most extended warranty plans have so many loopholes in the fine print. And dealers make a hefty profit from these plans. IMO you'd be better off sticking some $ in your own savings account to be used if and when you need it.
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Old 05-31-2013, 03:46 PM   #6
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Manufacturer's Warranties

My dealer is pushing the extended warranty (of course) but I am thinking that with the manufacturers warranties I might be able to self-ensure.

Does anyone know the basics of what is initially cover by the manufacturers?

From what I've read, Freightliner covers the chassis components for 3 yrs/50k miles; the engine for 5/100; the trans for 5/200, etc. The Whirlpool appliances are probably 2-3 years each. So what am I really getting by laying out all the money for an extended warranty?

As stated in some of the replies (and thank all of you) it seems like a better plan to keep the money in hand. Since it is a high end Berkshire, am I right to feel confidant that between build quality and the manufacturers warranties, we are in pretty good shape for at least the first few years. By then the bugs are worked out and I'm still holding the $$ that would have gone to an extended warranty for any needed repairs.

Sound like a good plan?? OR Based on the experiences of Berkshire owners - is a warranty recommended?
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Old 05-31-2013, 04:05 PM   #7
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When you pick up your HM, there will be operations and installation manuals on just about everything FR put in the unit. They all spell out different warranty periods for each item, from leveling jacks to in dash radio. Don't hold your breath on getting just one manual from FR that covers the entire HM, just get a file set up to holds the manuals in some kind of order so you can find them later. Best of luck and happy travels.
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did your dealer offer an interest rate discount if you got the extended warranty? same thing as paying points on your mortgage to bring down the interest. mine did on my purchase.
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Old 05-31-2013, 05:18 PM   #9
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Extended Warranty

Sorry - I forgot to post the term of the warranty.

The $10k quoted was for a 7 year warranty.

Got the dealer down to $7600 today for the same coverage - may be a little more room - still working it.

But - based on the replies I received I am still considering doing without.

**** Just got a call from the dealer and they are willing to go as low as $5000 for 7 years full coverage with the tire road hazard protection.

Feelin' froggy here and might jump on this one. Any advice or comments greatly appreciated since I have to call them back by 6pm eastern time.

Thanks!
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Also wondering why, on a RV of this level, a GPS is not offered / installed instead of a simple Jensen radio. I asked and was told that GPS wasn't even an option since it is all sold aftermarket.

Anyway we'll probably go with the Rand McNally 7720 - looks pretty nice!
I have a Rand McNally 7720 and love it. Got it at Camping World and used it across country... 3000 miles and it was a life saver. I HIGHLY SUGGEST it. I even see Big Tractor Trailers using it. 5 out of 5 stars for me. I love mine.
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