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Old 08-12-2013, 09:15 PM   #1
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Extended Warranties

I need some good advice about extended warranties. Our new Solera was delivered today. We are scheduled to pick it up next Monday (19th.) The dealership called and wanted to know ASAP if we are getting the extended warranty. It looks like it would be the Star RV Diamond 7 year. With a $100 deductible and tire protection the total would be $4690. Not quite sure what the rush is about our decision. Is it possible to get a warranty on just a big ticket item like the chassis and just pay for the minor items out of pocket?

Audrey

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Old 08-12-2013, 09:47 PM   #2
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Put the $4690 in a savings account. Even with todays lousy interest rates you'll be ahead. Dealers get a commission on these extended plans which is probably what the rush (pressure) is all about.
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Old 08-12-2013, 09:48 PM   #3
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I just went through the same thing. I did not pay for it for a couple reasons

1-You have a one year warranty on the coach.

2-Your truck has a 3 or 5 year warranty.

3-Our Allstate insurance has road side assistance.

4-Im a do-it-myself kind of guy.

5-I hate leaving my unit at a dealership to do warranty work that takes them three weeks to even look at it and then order parts.

They tried to talk me into that warranty three different times. They'll hit you up again in Orlando at the pick up.
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Old 08-12-2013, 10:27 PM   #4
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You can always wait and if you still want one you could buy one from Good Sam. I don't know whos is better but I have never bought one on any RV that I have bought. They are betting that you are not going to have problems and you are betting you are. They only cover items that have a tendency to not go bad and they are the experts at knowing what to bet on.

This is IMO
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Old 08-12-2013, 10:38 PM   #5
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My rule of thumb has always been, if you can write a check any day of the week to replace a transmission, a/c compressor, engine, rv frig, rv a/c, landing gear, etc... then you probably don't need an ext warranty.
However, i did buy one on this, my 3rd rv. Its thru route 66 and was around $2000 for 7 years. $100 deductible unless you get work done at rt66 dealer, then its $34 deductible. I'd at least check other ext warranties before shelling out $4500. You came to the right place for info. Wise folks on here.
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Old 08-13-2013, 11:01 AM   #6
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I got the extended warranty. Financed my unit and extended warranty gave me lower interest rate and paid for itself plus.
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Old 08-13-2013, 01:04 PM   #7
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Thank you all for your advice. I didn't even consider using the warranty to get a lower interest rate. I guess my main worry is having a Mercedes chassis and not being covered.

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Old 08-13-2013, 09:55 PM   #8
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We got the hard sell for a three year extended warranty when we purchased our Sunseeker in September, 2010. We declined and we've had only minor problems.

Most of the appliances have a two year warranty.

Onan generators have two year warranties on everything and longer on "major components". You can download the warranty from the Onan website.

I don't know about the Mercedes chassis, but our 2010 Ford E450 chassis has a three year bumper-to-bumper and a five year powertrain warranty.

Considering the above, you are paying for extending the warranties beyond the manufacturers' warranty, not a three or seven year warranty.
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