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Old 05-10-2019, 07:08 AM   #1
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Extended Warranty...maybe?

I knew that there would be offers made during the F&I portion of closing the deal.

And of course one item that I knew I would not take out "When" offered was the extended warranty. And I was quick to turn it down when the subject was brought up. I was told the suggested price of the warranty and almost fainted. Then, the price offer drop was dramatic, but I opted out. We chatted a little longer and came back to the extended warranty and I was asked it I would be interested in it at $2,500 for the 5 year/50,000 mile Diamond level plan. This is on the STAR RV vehicle service contract.

Now I find myself reconsidering as to taking it or still walking away. It does include towing (up to $1K) and road side service which means that I could cancel my GS Roadside policy. That alone would save almost $500 over the next 5 years, making the extended warranty cost now close to $2K.

What say you the masses, Jump on it, Run from it, or go enjoy an adult beverage and chill out?
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Old 05-10-2019, 07:36 AM   #2
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If you're handy and a do it yourself'er maybe no need. I on the other hand am not as handy, plus there is a lot of peace of mind that comes with a 1 or 2 hundred dollar deductible. On my last extended warranty, I could bunch several small issues into one claim, so it was well worth having someone do the repairs, especially if you have a good shop or technician. Just my opinion.
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Old 05-10-2019, 07:39 AM   #3
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I knew that there would be offers made during the F&I portion of closing the deal.



And of course one item that I knew I would not take out "When" offered was the extended warranty. And I was quick to turn it down when the subject was brought up. I was told the suggested price of the warranty and almost fainted. Then, the price offer drop was dramatic, but I opted out. We chatted a little longer and came back to the extended warranty and I was asked it I would be interested in it at $2,500 for the 5 year/50,000 mile Diamond level plan. This is on the STAR RV vehicle service contract.



Now I find myself reconsidering as to taking it or still walking away. It does include towing (up to $1K) and road side service which means that I could cancel my GS Roadside policy. That alone would save almost $500 over the next 5 years, making the extended warranty cost now close to $2K.



What say you the masses, Jump on it, Run from it, or go enjoy an adult beverage and chill out?
Now if you buy it now, it's really 4 years for 2500.00. You would use your manufactors warranty the f rist year. Then it kicks in, also they are famous for hassling a repair, is it worth it to me no, but it could be to you. Also in the second year of ownership just about every appliance is cover the manufactors but with out labor included. Also I do not know of any that will cover adjustments. Does this also cover your power train? If not for sure I would walk away..you asked so this my opinion on them.... Hope you never need it, and you will never even have to use your first year by FR.
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Old 05-10-2019, 07:45 AM   #4
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I bought the warranty, because even though I am handy, my DW isn't. If something happened to me, she'd have something to help keep the RV going.

The other thing to think about is the service center at the RV dealer you purchase from. If they are good, and they get things fixed quickly and correctly, it can be a very good thing to have the extended warranty. If they are terrible, it is a worthless piece of paper. The one we use is very good. So, we decided to take it. Not at the first price, though. We ended up paying only about 50% of the original price they offered it to us for.
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It does cover the coach and powertrain. I am pretty handy with a set of tools and YouTube, but there are a few jobs that I simply don't have the tools for. Such as slide out repairs which comes to mind because on our 5th wheel we had to replace the entire system on a small slide out to the tune of near $3K. Needless to say I despise Schwintek slide out systems.

And yes, it really does equate to a 4 year/50K mile plan since the factory warranty covers the first year.

I don't make a habit of taking out extended warranties. I did however on my 2013 F350 PSD, which has a history of the radiator going out around 40K to 55K miles. The Ford ESP was less than the cost of a radiator replacement.

Also took out the Ford ESP on the wifes Taurus SHO which just expired with no claims against the ESP warranty. So yes that was wasted money with the exception of peace of mind. Maybe not even peace of mind as I never really gave it a thought the whole time.
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Well it sounds like you made your mind up, so go for it...
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I did.. The main reason was I purchased 1000 miles from home and figured I would have issues getting service. I have an "entry level" RV so service requirements will be minimal. So far it was a waste of money(cause I haven't needed it). I have app 5 years to go as the 6 year(I think) warranty begins at the end of the factory warranty...I clarified that.

In the end it's like all other things, you have to feel good about it. Camp on!

One other thing.. If I purchased a complicated RV as your (proposed Berkshire?) I would definitely want one. Way too many things to mess up.
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Forest River gives you a one year Coach Net roadside service with your purchase.
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Old 05-10-2019, 08:59 AM   #9
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Forest River gives you a one year Coach Net roadside service with your purchase.
From what I have read and understand, Forest River and Coach Net Roadside have parted company and no long gifts a free year of roadside.

Before I went and took delivery of the Berkshire I jumped on line and added it to my Good Sam tow and roadside in place of our Wildcat 5th wheel.

I don't plan on renewing my Good Same Roadside in the future. Think that if I don't purchase the extended warranty I will go with Family Motorcoach .
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Well it sounds like you made your mind up, so go for it...
Still weighing it out in my mind. I have 90 days to decide.

And then there is the tire warranty/road side service available for another $320 if I am interested. In the event of a needed tire repair it will be done at no charge. If the tire cannot be repaired it includes the new tire mounted and balanced.
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