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Old 04-30-2012, 11:40 AM   #1
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Maintenance extended warranty

I've read many post on why not to buy etc, however, is there anyone out there that has used an extended warranty? If you have what was the result?

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Old 04-30-2012, 12:02 PM   #2
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I have with mixed results. The first company I was with went out of business, was reviled on this and other forums, yet paid me for the three occasions I had to use them. My current company has denied two claims so far but has given me a two year membership in CoachNet.

I'm one of those who buys the service contract for peace of mind. I don't have the skills to repair things when the break so this makes me feel better.

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Old 04-30-2012, 12:06 PM   #3
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I can't say anything about extended warranties in the RV industry, but I am recently retired from the medical device industry where we made more money selling extended warranties than selling product. I would expect that the RV industry in no different.

You could think of it as a form of insurance. On average, the you will pay the insurance company more than you will collect. On the other hand,it might save you from a huge bill.

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Old 04-30-2012, 06:20 PM   #4
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Just recieved an extended warranty deal from Good Sam, any one use them?
My coach is still at an age where there will cover it. Are they worth it for this type of investment.
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Old 04-30-2012, 06:47 PM   #5
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We have had National Warranty of Florida since we purchased our current motorhome new. The warranty company has paid everything that they were supposed to without hassle. We have not had major issues with drive train but the warranty has paid to repair an inverter/convertor, an electric awning, replace some defective electrical outlets, repair a wheel seal, fix a rooftop air conditioner, and replace a 50 Amp electrical cord. I am certain the financial arguments regarding the wisdom of self insuring are true. We negotiated ours with the motorhome purchase so the cost of the warranty was well below retail, and have been satisfied with it.
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Old 04-30-2012, 06:57 PM   #6
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Last fall when we got our coach I took over the XtraRide contract from the previous owner, last month they replaced the exhaust manifold on my coach with no questions asked. Covered everything but gaskets, shipping and the infamous "shop supplies". PO said they covered a brake job for him with the same no hassle service.

YMMV but I'm very happy with them.
The above post is just my experience/opinion which is worth exactly what you paid for it.

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It's insurance, pure and simple. You don't invest in an extended warranty - you buy it to protect from the risk of large, unexpected, repair bills. If you expect to make money on it, you are quite likely to be disappointed.

I came out about $1000 ahead on my most recent policy, which just ended. On the previous one (different coach). I had only two claims but the amount was less than the premiums, which is to be expected.

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