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Old 08-14-2009, 11:41 PM   #15
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Extended warranty = piece of mind

However the 200 deductible seems high.

We have the extended on our rig which comes with a 50 deductible if repairs are done at the selling location and 100 any where else.

My brother bought a 9 year old rig and purchased the extended warranty. His repairs have exceeded the warranty cost in the first year so he is quite happy and has had no problems getting everything covered.

The extened warranty details exactly what it will and will not cover. ie it will not cover leaky slide seals.

My parents had a 15,000 dollar repair covered under the original engine warranty. ( broken crank shaft ) you can put your 3000 in the bank as suggested but it might need to sit there collecting interest for many years to pay for a big claim.

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Old 08-15-2009, 07:24 AM   #16
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Bought an expensive DP and got the 7 year/70,000 miles for less than $1500.00. Split the cost with the dealer. Piece of mind for $1500.00 is cheap.

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Old 08-15-2009, 10:20 AM   #17
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Service contracts (extended warranties) are bought for peace of mind. Pay close attention to the exclusions. An example is that Good Sams CSP exclusion does not cover rubber parts and seals. When I bought my diesel pusher I negotiated with my dealer after getting my best price to include the 7 yr/100,000 mile as a condition of sale. There is a huge mark up for the dealer on these policies. Mine is a Platinum bumper to bumper policy that has very few exclusions.
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Old 08-16-2009, 06:06 AM   #18
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Looking at the Good Sam warranty I noticed something that was kinda a red flag. On the refer, you must take it in to be cleaned and serviced once a year for the warranty to be in effect. I do all my on mtc but that doesn't count. You have to pay somebody to clean the burner, check for wap nest, etc. I'll take my chances.
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Old 08-16-2009, 07:00 AM   #19
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We elected to get the extended warranty . The one we were offered was Route 66, so far I am satisfied. Our Adventurer only had 8 months left on the factory warranty, and that was only the drivetrain. To date we have had a few problems, with no problem with claims. The cost of repairs to date were close to 700.00, and our warranty is 7yrs or 72k to me that's piece of mind. We like "buck62" negociated for the warranty. Remember they want that unit sold as much as you want the unit. You will never know unless you play a little hardball.
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Old 08-16-2009, 07:42 AM   #20
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When I bought a 4-year old Itasca, I got a service contract. In the 3 years I owned it, the cost of a few repairs more than covered the amount I paid.

I had a $200 deductible and would save up repairs. The $200 applied for each visit, regardless of what was repaired. Among the majors:

New toilet (twice, don't ask, )
New dash AC compressor and service
New refer cooling unit

plus a whole lot of small things. And this was in a MH that was in good shape!
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Old 08-17-2009, 01:18 PM   #21
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When we bought our 1994 Adventurer in June 06, we also bought the Route 66 Classic coverage ( $2,000, 4 years or 48, 000 miles). Since then it has covered complete rebuild of generator (~$4, 000) ball joints, harmonic balancer, furnace repairs, new step motor, new convertor/charger, plus a few things I've probably forgotten.

Has a $100 deductible unless I go to Route 66 dealer, then deduct is only $34. ($100 - $ 66).
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Old 08-26-2009, 08:02 PM   #22
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I bought a 2002 MH in 2006 -- it did not have good maintance records with it so I went for a 4 year, 48,000 extended warranty. I have recovered about 3/4ths of the cost of the warranty with another year to go. Had two major repairs for chassis components that went out and would have been major bucks out of my pocket. Just be careful of the warranty you get. In my case I have had zero rejects by the insurance company. (knock on hard wood ---- my head).
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Old 08-27-2009, 11:07 AM   #23
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I used to sell extended warrantees; not on motorhomes but on high dollar electronics equipment. I would not and have never purchased an extended warrantee myself. They are designed to make money for the seller not to protect you. These companies spend big bucks designing a policy that usually covers things that will not break until after the warranty period has expired. For the short term things that will break they exclude them.

It was funny that I could sell a 36 month policy and then see how the equipment didn't fail until about 39 months.

Take the policy money and put it in the bank. The odds are that you will come out ahead.
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Old 08-27-2009, 02:48 PM   #24
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I am in favor of buying this piece of mind with a motorhome, something I have invested in with each rig I have purchased. Through the years we have been in and out of a few class A rigs, only one was purchased new and the others were pre-owned.
Couple of interesting side notes to these policies, the older your rig is the more expensive they become and the dealer has a fairly substantial mark-up built into the price he is quoting.

Different policies carry different deductibles, so it is always difficult to try and compare apples to oranges with the various policies.

I may just be a bit too anal when it comes to my equipment, but I tend to have the slightest of problems corrected. I have used every policy purchased for one thing or another.

For me, it is a piece of mind that I have been able to successfully negotiate a reduced cost on with every rig I have owned.

Wheel and deal a bit with them, worst they can do is say no. Search the internet for stand alone policies, you may find a better deal than the dealer is offering.
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I am buying a 2006 Travel Supreme next week. I signed up for the Good Sam Gold Extended Service Plan. I noticed that it does not cover "pre-existing conditions". A used RV has wear. I supposed they could argue that anything that fails in the first 6 months was pre-existing".

Has anyone had problems with Good Sam declaring that a failure was a pre-existing condition that you felt was not right?

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Old 08-28-2009, 04:50 AM   #26
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Has anyone used, or heard of someone else who used, a service from RV Insurance Solutions called RV ProCare?

Seem to cover most items.

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Old 08-28-2009, 05:44 PM   #27
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We do not even buy them on new MH's.
Found from GS that unless you keep a receit of everything you do to the MH. The Ext. warranty is void.
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Old 08-28-2009, 06:26 PM   #28
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Update on my original post

Well, I just checked back and see there have been quite a few more responses.
Just to let you know, while at the dealership almost 2 weeks ago now, we were still waffling on whether or not to buy the warranty. Tried to get them to reduce the price, but no go. After much stalling, with us still not making up our minds they came up with the statement that we could buy it and then we would have a 30 day cancellation period with no fees attached to cancel. (apparently there is a $100 fee, but we were told by two different staff members that the dealership pays that, not us)
So we did go ahead and buy it on that basis.
Since then I have been trying to check the internet for similar policies that I could compare, but the couple that I emailed for quotes still have not replied. So I don't know what that is about? Maybe they only sell through dealers?
I did check with Good Sam Extended Warranty as we are members, but their quote is actually a good bit more than the dealership's.
Still in a quandry. A number of years ago I worked in lending (loans and mortgages) and we were told to push the life and disability insurance policies. We all knew that even though the coverage was good, people would have been able to get the same insurance much cheaper elsewhere. Obviously, we were selling it because our lending service made good commission on it, just like the RV dealers and those warranties.
If there is anyone in Canada that has managed to purchase an extended warranty on their own I would be really interested to hear the details as I am having no luck on my own.
Thanks everyone for all the replies - I can't believe the help we as newbies have been given on this forum.

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