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Old 03-28-2015, 11:39 PM   #1
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My husband and I are new to this forum and haven't been for many years. We are adopting 2 of our grandsons, ages 12 and 5 yrs old and decided we needed to do some things with them; camping and road trips. I am disabled and don't leave my home except to go to dr. appts. so thought this would be good for me as well. We just purchased the cherokee grey wolf 26dbh and are supposed to take possession on April 4th. I think these dealers saw us coming as there were so many things that were wrong on our contract and what was told to us. I feel we paid too much for the trailer to begin with but we do like the floor plan and feel it will be great for us as well as taking any other family members with us. They offered to throw in the hitch pkg and then was charged for it; supposed to be getting that price back. The 3rd party warranty we were charged $2391 for 7 yrs, GAP ins. $920 and duratain $1772. I have already sent an email to the dealer and told him to cancel the warranty and the GAP insurance. I am going to try to get the 2nd yr warranty that you have talked about here. Now, what about GAP ins.? How do you all feel about it? Did I make a mistake cancelling it? and the duratain? We had a used motor home before when we went someplace but this is our first travel trailer that we have purchased new. We can't afford to make any costly mistakes due to our situation...we just wanted to get the "He-- out of dodge" for awhile as one would say. Any help or feedback would be appreciated.

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Old 03-29-2015, 07:56 AM   #2
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The gap insurance pays the difference between what you owe on your trailer and the value of your trailer, should you have an accident. For instance, if you owe $2,000 on your trailer and have an accident where it is totaled, but the trailer has a market value of $1,000, the gap insurance would pay off the extra $1,000 that your insurance company would not cover. Without gap insurance you would be responsible for paying that $1,000 difference. Gap insurance might be especially important if you over paid for your trailer when you purchased it.


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Old 03-29-2015, 08:23 AM   #3
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Spring Fever,
The explanation by Camping Gator is basically correct. As your unit depreciates, it covers replacement value in the event of loss. Policies can be VERY different.
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At age 72 and having been the VP of indirect ( dealer ) lending for the largest bank group in Florida, 630 branches, multi billion $ portfolio, with 40 years of dealer finance experience, I personally believe all purchases have RISK. Only YOU can assess the RISK you are comfortable with. Match that risk with cost ( risk vs reward) and assess the likelihood of occurrence and make an informed decision that fits your family. Yes, dealers can make commissions from sales. That does NOT make them BAD by any stretch. You want your dealer around when you need them. ( and you will ).

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Old 03-29-2015, 09:32 AM   #4
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I would skip the 'warranty', skip the duratain (had to look it up as I have never heard of that before) and check with your trailer insurance company about the gap insurance. There are some policies that have full replacement coverage (for the first few years) in which case no gap coverage would be needed right away, if at all.

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Old 03-29-2015, 09:38 AM   #5
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Welcome to the forum.

X2 on the warranty. I am just not a big fan of them. Too many exclusions and arguing over what is covered and getting paid Others may feel differently but that is JMHO.


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Old 03-29-2015, 09:38 AM   #6
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Check with your insurance company since it may already cover GAP.

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Old 03-30-2015, 04:47 PM   #7
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I could be wronge but I believe u have a 30day grace period with a bank to cancel a loan,since u haven't took possession of that camper I would call ur bank and see if u can get out of ur problem

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Old 03-30-2015, 04:55 PM   #8
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If your trailer is brand new, (you didn't say) you get 1 year bumper to bumper from Forest River, and you can buy the 2nd year for I THINK 200 (may be less than that). Don't recall, but didn't seem like much to me so I bought it and it paid for itself.
2K for an extended TRAILER warranty seems pretty dang high to me. Better cover everything for 5 or 6 years at least for that price.
Actually that is more than I paid for 6 years bumper to bumper on my chevy truck.
Don't know what the duratain is, so can't comment on that
As for the GAP insurance, as stated above, that is up to your RISK factor and check with your insurance company about what they would actually do if you totaled it.
You might be able to buy replacement insurance from them cheaper than that.
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Old 03-31-2015, 02:05 AM   #9
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We cancelled the duratain (hopefully), dealer said he had a call into the company who is doing all the things to get the trailer ready. Hope he doesn't come back and say it has already been done. We also cancelled the warranty and are going to check on the 2nd yr one that was discussed in this forum. We kept the GAP as our insurance won't cover that, but will cover comprehensive and collision. I checked around with different insurance agencies and it was less expensive to stay with our insurance and take the GAP ins that the dealer offered. If we do go to the east coast, I would feel more comfortable with the GAP ins., hopefully nothing will happen, but better safe than sorry. The trailer is new 2015, so we do have the 1 yr warranty on it already. I looked over our contract some more and found that the dealer charged us 9% sales tax on the extended warranty instead of the 6% that he said he was supposed to charge us. He said the funds would go back to our loan company so have to make sure he sends it all to them as well as the duratain funds. We are still supposed to get a check for the hitch that we were charged for. I hope this all gets done soon as I am really getting frustrated with all of this. We are supposed to pick up the trailer on the 4th of April and I am thinking we shouldn't pick it up until all the funds are returned on our loan that are owed back to the bank as well as the check that is owed to us. I had asked the dealer two days later about cancelling the deal as I thought the law here was that we had 72 hours to cancel a contract. I was told that is only on things like vacuum cleaner sales, etc. My husband and I decided to go ahead and just take the trailer as we do like it, but some other things need to be done that we were told would be done before we take possession of it. Anyhow, just trying to figure out where to go and if it is feasible to head to the east coast with our time frame. No matter what, I am sure it will be fun and relaxing once everything gets done and we get on our way in June.
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Old 04-04-2015, 08:17 AM   #10
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Please check the other threads about the cheap China Bomb Tires.

Bite the bullet and go buy some real tires from a reputable tire dealer.

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