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Old 03-31-2015, 04:12 PM   #1
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Good Sam extended warranty

Bought a new coleman TT from cw last year,factory warranty run out in march,thinking about getting there extended warranty ,looking for any reviews on it,good and the bad,ty

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Old 03-31-2015, 04:46 PM   #2
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Normally not a fan of extended warranties or service contracts. Especially as you have experience/history with the RV. You will come out ahead long term being self insured. Put the same money in a 'repairs savings account' for when/if ever needed.


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Old 03-31-2015, 08:01 PM   #3
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Old 04-01-2015, 05:08 AM   #4
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If you don't think an extended warranty is needed. Look in the Cummins postings. You'll see a guy who's engine blew. A $29,000 fix. OUCH! But before getting a Good Sam plan, shop around. There's others that are a lot cheaper, and a lot less hassel when needed. www.wholesalewarranties.com is one.
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I would shop around, sold my class c last Aug, and in Sept. bought a used class a from Camping World in Arizona drove it back to Iowa, the battery disconnect solenoid was bad, took it to the Camping World here and it was there for 2 months, the first month they said it was waiting on Good Sam to authorize the work the second month it was the distributers fault they were closed for the holidays, closed for inventory, whatever, get the unit home and 2 weeks later almost have a fire in the electrical bay because they installed wrong solenoid and it burns up taking the B.I.R.D with it that was mounted directly above it. It goes back and has been there another 2 months, they claim they installed the correct one the first time but later admit they didn't waiting on parts again. After coming up with a compromise I will get it back by the end of the week.
Pretty sad deal when I have owned this unit for 6 months and it has spent 4 at CW for a $70 disconnect solenoid.
I'll have a hard time going back to CW for anything.
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Old 04-01-2015, 05:40 AM   #7
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Extended Warranty

We have had several TT and not a lot of issues with them for maintenance, and many we could do ourselves....so never had an extended warranty on them and all were used.

Bought a used Class A DP last year....and we did buy the extended warranty because of the complexity of them. The warranty companies are a hassle, many service centers hate working with them, and mine is in the shop right now for a leaking radiator (that needs rebuilt...not repaired). Warranty cost me $5000 for 4 years and right now I will be a little over the $5000 in repairs paid for by the warranty with 3 years to go.

Just know, they do not cover diagnostics costs generally (and that can be a significant cost)....so we have paid quite a bit out of pocket on top of what was paid by the warranty. And....we are now 3 weeks into the radiator saga and they required an inspection this time, so are hopeful today the authorization to repair will be coming through.

Check out the warranty terms THOROUGHLY before you buy and understand what you are getting. When I was looking, I actually had one company give me a quote and a brochure only. When I asked for a copy of the warranty to read it, they refused saying that would be like giving me the contract.

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We bought a GS extended service contract when we bought our MH from Camping World. The ESC cost us $4,800 for 3 years on our 2000 MH. Expensive_ yes, but that was 2 years ago and the ESC has already paid-out $4,000 in covered repairs to the coach portion of the MH, the chassis has never needed any repairs so far.
For instance, the outside mirrors on our MH were both replaced due to bad motors- $1,300 ea.
I didn't buy the ESC to save/make money, I bought it to limit my losses.
That motor repair previously referred to was $39,000 total, $29,000 is his out-of-pocket cost after Cummins paid $10,000.
That said, a trailer has a small fraction of things to break or fail compared to a motorhome. I probably would not buy an ESC for my trailer because appliances come with a 2 yr warranty, and if properly cared for will usually last over 15 years.
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Originally Posted by Ramets View Post
If you don't think an extended warranty is needed. Look in the Cummins postings. You'll see a guy who's engine blew. A $29,000 fix. OUCH! But before getting a Good Sam plan, shop around. There's others that are a lot cheaper, and a lot less hassel when needed. www.wholesalewarranties.com is one.
That's us!
Yep, the selling lot said they didn't have the paperwork but I had 30 days after the sale to buy the policy. The engine blew on a Sat. and the paperwork arrived the following Monday so too late for us to buy it!
Would have been over $8,000 for the 4 yr/50,000 mile policy. Expensive but would have been cheaper in this case (if they had covered it, probably would had called it a "preexisting condition" and refused to pay).
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[QUOTE=Ray,IN;2493882]We bought a GS extended service contract when we bought our MH from Camping World. The ESC cost us $4,800 for 3 years on our 2000 MH.

This is exactly why you should shop around. Our ESP is with www.wholesalewarranties.com called XtraRide. We also have a 2000 MH, and it was $4100 for 4yrs. w/$100 ded., and includes gaskets & seals. We've needed them three times, and each time everything was handled perfectly.
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On a travel Trailer I personally would not opt for a warranty mainly because I would fix things that went wrong. It really depends on the extent of the warranty you are purchasing. Not many things can go wrong with a TT that you would not be able to purchase. Now if you are not the hands on type person and prefer to have someone else fix it then the warranty may be for you. Its always a gamble and usually they win but there are the rare occasions unfortunately that it may work in your favor. Good luck and hope you never have to use it and enjoy camping for a long time to come!
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Old 04-03-2015, 06:24 AM   #12
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Good Sam extended warranty

I also bought a 4 year service contract 3 years ago on my 02 DutchStar. I also bought from Wholesale Warranties, and they have been smooth and professional at every turn. To date I have filed 5 claims and they have paid for it all ( more than my premium cost) with very little quibbling.

However..... Your inquiry is regarding a travel trailer, not a motorhome. In my case it is perhaps worth noting that 4 of the 5 claims involved the chassis/engine. Only one (failed roof AC/heat pump) involved the coach portion.

But, certain truths still apply. If you decide to buy a contract, consider it carefully and buy a good one. As with many things, if you buy the cheapest available you will wind up with exactly that.

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