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Old 01-05-2018, 02:54 PM   #1
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Extended Warranties

Hi Everyone

For those in the Midwest and east hope you are staying warm in this freezing weather.

It is time for me to consider extending my "extended warranty" plan and want to get opinions from this community..."pro's" and "con's" and which company you would recommend.

Thank you so much
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Old 01-05-2018, 03:12 PM   #2
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What kind of warranty is it and how old is your trailer?

Most of the time, you are better off putting the money you would've spent on the warranty into an account. Then if you need repairs, you have the money to use. If you never need any repairs, you get to keep your money.
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Old 01-05-2018, 03:22 PM   #3
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Most extended warranties have pages of exclusions or reasons why the insurer can reject claims. You are usually better off banking the money and using it if necessary. In addition, the rates paid by many of the warranty companies is lower than the going labor rate. Even if your claim is approved you may go to the end of the line at a repair facility.
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Old 01-05-2018, 03:29 PM   #4
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Additional Extended Warranty info

I have a 2011 Georgetown 357....with 11,000 miles.
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I have a Cedar Creek 2015 that I purchased from Tom Johnson/Camping World thatís not worth the paper itís written on, I wish I had that 2,000 bucks back.
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Old 01-06-2018, 05:50 AM   #6
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Extended warranty is a great deal for those that sell them. Very few people have claim(s) that add up to enough to break even. It's like insurance.
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Extended warranty is a great deal for those that sell them. Very few people have claim(s) that add up to enough to break even. It's like insurance.
On our previous fifth wheel we purchased an extended warranty and had to replace two cracked storage tanks, fix a leak from the toilet to the black tank (along with all the insulation in the under-belly due to the leak), replace a plastic "squirrel cage" fan in the furnace that disintegrated, and replace a Schwintek motor in our bedroom slide.

Those repairs added up to about $450 more than we paid for the extended warranty policy from Star RV / Interstate. They always paid off with no issues...no delay and the repairing RV dealer never had any real issues getting approval. I believe one time there was a dispute over a half-hour of work, but they got it worked out.
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Old 01-07-2018, 02:18 PM   #8
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Any one else actually used theirs, I have seen several good post about Cornerstone, now a good one about Interstate Star (the one our dealer uses) We pick up a new Cedar Creek 36CK2 this next Saturday.
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Old 01-07-2018, 02:48 PM   #9
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I've used the Good Sam Extended Service Plan successfully once. The second time I tried, the defect wasn't covered (non-impact frame damage) as they indicated that frame damage is typically a result of a road impact and thusly, my RV insurance should cover it. Unfortunately for me, there wasn't an impact.
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Old 01-07-2018, 02:50 PM   #10
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The jury's still out on my extended coverage from Protective Asset Protection by XtraRide. I bought a 5-year policy in June of 2014. I had never used it. I showed my paperwork to an RV service dept. which had installed my slide-out toppers a couple of years ago. They told me my warranty company was good and I wouldn't have any problems.

The trailer is now at their shop and the warranty company has approved the following:
1. Installation of a new 13.5K BTU A/C unit. I have to pay $88 shipping for the unit.
2. 1 new bare axle (not axel). Shop says the axle appears to be bent. My complaint was that the RF tire had begun to wear on the outside edge. Shop will use my hubs, brakes, wheels and tires and will do normal bearing/brake maintenance.
3. New water pump to the replace the original with an often stuck anti-reversing/check valve.
4. New LED light fixture at the bottom at my stairs.
5. New black tank valve cable.

The company declined to pay to have a strip of flooring reglued in the landing at the top of my stairs. I'll fix this.

I'll have to pay the $100 deductible. Coverage of these issues will more than cover the cost of this policy. I say the jury's still out since I don't have the trailer back (awaiting parts, etc.) and haven't paid the final bill. We'll see. I think I pretty happy!
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I recently discontinued my coverage with Good Sam because they continually raised their annual rate until I was paying $2,700 a year.... That's with a $500 deductible - used it twice last year - $583 & $572.... Guess who payed most of each bill, plus I had to argue with them to get them to pay anything....

Changed to Coach Net 5yr plan at $1,200 annually with a $250 deductible.... Plan even includes roadside assistance at no additional charge....
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Old 06-21-2018, 06:06 AM   #12
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I usually don't buy extended warranties (service contract) but I did on my last fiver. $1800 for 6 years, with Route 66. Never had to use it yet, but with it's 2 a/cs, frig, furnace, converter and other big ticket items I felt ok with it.
My theory is, if you can easily write a check any day of the week to buy a new frig, a/c, furnace, etc, Or, on a motorhome, buy a new transmission, engine, generator, a/c, etc.... Then you don't need extended warranty. Otherwise, a few $ a month isn't bad for peace of mind.
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I recently discontinued my coverage with Good Sam because they continually raised their annual rate until I was paying $2,700 a year.... That's with a $500 deductible - used it twice last year - $583 & $572.... Guess who payed most of each bill, plus I had to argue with them to get them to pay anything....

Changed to Coach Net 5yr plan at $1,200 annually with a $250 deductible.... Plan even includes roadside assistance at no additional charge....
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Old 07-23-2019, 07:07 AM   #14
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Check Warranty Conditions For Sure

Greetings!
New OR Extended warranties can be worthless from our experience. We just bought a brand new Chaparral in another Province and after returning home to Manitoba, found that:
1: Some Dealers will NOT honour the Warranty unless you purchased the RV from them;
2: Others require an up front fee of at least $120 to check out the issue. Then they contact Forest River to determine if the issue is covered.
In our case the issues fully qualify, one with the slide out not working properly and secondly, the DSI light staying on for both propane and electric water heating.
Good luck everyone!
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Anybody out there had any experience with Viking extended warranty on motorhomes?
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Old 11-01-2019, 07:48 PM   #16
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Extended warranties are only as good as the warranty company AND the service dept that performs the repairs. Both have to work together to make the extended warranty repairs.

Obviously, if you self-insure you can pocket the profit - and you choose who performs the repairs and at what cost.

Having owned nothing but A-frames and pop-ups, self-insuring looks more attractive as the maximum loss is nowhere near as high as with large RVs. The Cool Cat is the most expensive item on the A-frame, and costs less than $1K to replace. And I can do most repairs myself.

The PDI and quality of the service dept at the selling dealer is everything if you are going down the self-insure route. It's up to you and the dealer's service dept to get all the issues dealt with before purchase (ideally) or at least during the 1 year warranty.

my thoughts and my experiences, may very well not apply to you
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