I have a huge decision to make in the next week or so. I bought my Georgetown 3 month ago from what I clearly say is a not so honest dealer
. We rented RVís the last 5 years and we wanted to make it official. Well we learned that we are an RV family for sure. I did my homework and the RV was 20% below market price and I got another 15% off that but I knew there was a reason and I would take some of those savings to fix and upgrade it the way I want. And just to make sure I don't have a huge cost overrun I purchased an extended warranty (I read about how most feel about them but I Purchased one a while ago on my old car and it saved my butt). So I figured this will definitely help me again. Boy was I right.
So before I upgrade the furniture and flooring, as I have a great flooring guy and found a good deal on furniture, I wanted to make sure that I'm not having any major problems before I put big investments in it as whoever owned this RV looked like they just lived in it and didn't care about the furniture and didnít do anything to it except upgrade the front TV.
Well the trouble didn't take long to show up with bad tires that the dealer paid 1/2 to replace and I found a great deal at Costco and got me some great Michelins before I took the family out for our first trip. At the same time the stairs motor burned out and the dealer send me a new one and paid for the installation. So far so good.
A couple of weeks later the water pump looked like it was wired wrong which damaged the pump and one call to the warranty company from the Mobile RV guy Kevin that we found and everything was fixed in 1 week. I found Kevin, an old RV expert that I'm convinced could fix anything on my RV, but he is not cheap. Since the warranty is picking up the tab, why not get the best, so my thought went....
Two month later (last week) one of the slide outs that was acting up started to move out when the RV is parked and I got freaked out that it would do that while I'm moving so I put a few 2x2's to hold it in place to secure it and parked it. We also noticed that the dash AC was not working well so we added that to the list. I called good old Kevin and he diagnosed the whole thing and came up with a $2900 estimate for the cylinder change to the slide out, the AC and a couple small issues we found. The AC should really be half but he explained that the compressor was the main issue and he may be forced to replace the hoses, flush the entire system in order for the manufacturer to warranty the whole job. Not clear on all that, but that is between him and the warranty company as Iím sure they will push back on that and I think Kevin is reaching here but we will get there when we get there.
When Kevin called all that in, to no one's surprise the warranty company said well if it's over $1,300 we need an inspector. I knew that so I was expecting it. We are now waiting for the inspector to show up to see what he says as I'm expecting the inspector to agree with most repairs but may ask Kevin to just replace the AC compressor and not do all the other work that ran the bill up another $1,000. I'm expecting an interesting discussion there....
So the bigger question is it worth keeping this clearly fixer-upper to make it great since I have the warranty for another almost 4 years or should I just fix it up enough and sell it and get a do over. I think after the repairs so far and the new tires I will get most if not all of my money back. If I keep it I'm expecting that I will be using more of the warranty. I don't think they will or can terminate the contract, but I got to check and read the fine print. I do have to look into if I have a lifetime cap as I'm sure I will be using more of the warranty specifically in the next year to work out all the kinks and should anything major occur then I may use it again. I personally don't mind having Kevin work out all the issues as he is a mobile guy and I just have him go take care of it while I'm at work and I just go inspect that everything is working and take it out after its fixed.
What does everyone think I should do?