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Old 04-16-2009, 09:18 PM   #1
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RV Extended Warranties

I would like to see what people think of the extended warranties out there. I have received two quotes: one from Good Sam and one from GoRVer. The GoRVer is about $1825 for 5 years and covers most everything. Good Sam is about $1300 for two years. It covers a lot too but seems to have more restrictions.

I'm new to the RV world so I'm fairly new to these organizations. Is one supposed to be better than the other? GoRVer says they have been around for 20 years.

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Old 04-16-2009, 10:11 PM   #2
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I have never been a big believer in extended waranties but there are those that are. I would be very careful to read the fine print and make dang sure what they cover and what they don't.

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Old 04-17-2009, 10:45 AM   #3
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I agree. I don't normally buy extended warranties but on an RV it seems like there are a lot of things to break.
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Old 04-18-2009, 06:35 AM   #4
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I do not like them, I think they are a waste of money. Now with that said, I purchased a used (1time) 08 Cardinal. Non of the warrenties transfer so with so much that could go wrong on a new trailer I purchased. Have not had to use yet. I think each case is different and you have to look at the trailer history and how much work you can do and go frome there.
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Old 04-18-2009, 11:52 AM   #5
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I think it depends on 3 things; (1) The complexity of your particular RV; and (2) Are you physically able to repair stuff yourself; and (3) Do you have the know-how (handiman) abilities to fix stuff yourself after researching the repairs needed. Only then can you weigh the pros and cons of an extended warranty. That's my 2 cents worth! Randy
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Old 06-04-2010, 07:40 AM   #6
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Great advice on the warranties. It seems like an awful lot of money to spend when your only going to use the rv a couple of times a year.
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Old 06-04-2010, 01:00 PM   #7
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My warranties are just about gone too so I checked when I received one of those mailings with Good Sam (and I have their roadside asst. - good stuff!) but the pricing was off the chart. For what they wanted each year, I could pay for some decent repairs. My coach has less than 7k on it now and most of it's use is during the spring/summer for racing trips. I just couldn't justify it. Also, while on the subject you should check your insurance. I had mine with my regular car insurance and recently moved it to Progressive with my same agent. Saved me a bundle of money.
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Old 06-04-2010, 01:23 PM   #8
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I don't care much for extended warranties. I'm sure every once in a while, in certain instances, they may pay off. For the most part, the warranty provider will come out ahead. I usually take my changes doing without.
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Old 06-06-2010, 07:03 AM   #9
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FWIW, the umbrella ESP's/Warranties are typically at a 40% m/u at the dealerships, as compared to what you can get off-the-rack (third party)..... so I wouldn't ever consider getting them from a dealership at time of purchase, unless you've already gotten third-party rate to negotiate with.

The idea of "extended warranty" on something being assembled from components that are purchased in pallet-to-warehouse quantities, and awarded to the lowest bidder is probably fantasy. IMHO the ESP just lock's you in to what dealership is going to take yr money when you need service. Cheap fasteners will need to be swapped with stainless, the sun will degrade external plastic components, heater elements/coils will foul, seals will separate, the 2-mil paint will eventually rust through ....all part of the joys of ownership.
If you haven't already ...take a look at the "not covered" section.... Typially thats 90% of what will go wrong with your unit in the first 10 years ..LOL

I've found that the labor rate almost always exceeds the cost of the components being replaced & some dealerships (especially here in Florida) will hold you hostage with daisy-chain repairs on non-ESP covered items, that they "must complete prior" to addressing the issue on the warranty part.

Finally, RV parts are fairly cheap & rarely "technologically significant". With some basic tools, a DIY attitude & some research-time on a helpful forum; you can do most repairs yourself. It's also been my experience on RV's/Trailers that when a lot of items fail, they fail catastrophically; so your just going to have to access/remove the component ....not actually "repair" it.

I guess if you can find a ESP that covers parts & labor, it could be worth it ... but I think regular DIY repair/maintenance on the unit & extended manufacturers warranty on the "big items" (a.k.a. "deluxe Items" on some policies) in your trailer would be a more cost effective route.

Again .... all IMHO & I'm only speaking in regard to TT's/FW's/towables ..... no experience with having to maintain/service a self-contained unit or big coach.
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Old 06-06-2010, 10:36 AM   #10
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We bought an extended warranty because of past experience and the numerous posts I see about stuff breaking. We are starting our 3rd year with our TT and have used the extended warranty twice; broken slide trolley and a bad water pump. So far, we have about 1/3 of the warranty price back. It will be interesting to see whether we break even. My guess is that it will be close. And if anything "bigger" goes, like refrig, air cond, water heater, etc, my guess is that we will come out ahead. Only time will tell. We got a 5 year warranty thinking that we will want something else in 5 years. It's all a crap shoot isn't it?

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