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Old 07-31-2014, 12:02 PM   #1
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Hello, My name is Ben. I am 60 years young. My wife Caryn and I just bought our first Rv. The Rv is a 2004 24' Itasca Spirit with 21,000 miles. Being new to this lifestyle I thought a Forum loaded with experienced R'vers would be a good thing to do.

We live in Montgomery, IL and travel to California two times a year usually. It will be a new adventure for us, trying out the abundant Rv sites along the way. I know "nothing" and I have ordered a few books about Rv travel and maintenance. Happy to be here and look forward to learning.

I do have one question out of the gate! I bought my used Class C at Collier RV in Rockford, IL. The extended warranty they suggested that covers everything except the body of the motor home is $4,250.00 for 2 years or 30,000 miles. That seems extreme to me, but I don't know. Should I get a dealers warranty or is that something that is a bad idea? Thanks, Ben.

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Ben and Caryn, Glad you're aboard. There are numerous threads here regarding extended warranties. IMO you have to decide if you can cover the cost of covered repairs out of pocket, or, if you will need assistance. A lot depends on the rig you have and if it has been maintained correctly. Enjoy your adventures and be safe.

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Old 07-31-2014, 01:30 PM   #3
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That's a question that's difficult to answer, I've move your thread to give you a better chance at more answers.
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Old 07-31-2014, 01:42 PM   #4
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We are newbies too, and when we purchased our travel trailer we were hounded to buy the extended warranty, plus roadside protection, plus fabric protection, for a total of $9,000 additional dollars. We declined. I know there is a lot of "fluff" built into the amounts quoted to provide a commission (thus extra profit) for the dealer. So far, we are finding quotes substantially less than what we were quoted at the dealership.
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Old 07-31-2014, 02:48 PM   #5
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Hi Ben & Caryn! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

Congrats on the new rig! Personally, I don't go for extended warranties.

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Old 07-31-2014, 03:19 PM   #6
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Hi Ben & Caryn

Glad to have you here with us.

The subject of extended warranties has been discussed a lot. Those that have used them are thankful they bought it. I have taken the money I would have used on the warranty and put it in a bank. If I break down I'll use it for the repairs. I have had my MH for 6 yrs and only spent about $500 in repairs so I've come out ahead. However it's a call you need to make.

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Old 07-31-2014, 04:06 PM   #7
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I don't buy warranties.

Put that $4,200 in the bank.

I suspect it will still be there after two years.
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The "next"time" I will negotiate to have an extended warranty thrown in.

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Old 07-31-2014, 04:38 PM   #10
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Welcome to the best site in the RV community on line. Many areas in which you can participate. Do some checking around, that's a very healthy price for a two year gig. I would suggest seeing if there is a drive train warranty available.
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When you break it down how much are you going to use it in a 2 year period? How think the odds are on your side.
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If I had a class A I would probably get an extended warranty....but a C class...Probably not...put it in the bank and self finance your own warranty......think about a coachnet or good sam emergency roadside package though.....we havent used it yet but others have and saved money and time....its about $150 a year......for camp grounds check out rvparkreviews.com.....its a review of CGs written by rv'ers....and if you run in to any issues while camping ask a neighbour....rv'ers love to help each other out......
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Update: We purchased a warranty for our travel trailer through Wholesale Warranties. Coverage for our trailer for 7 years was $1400. Compared to what the dealer offered at three times the cost ($6,500) for only 4 years of coverage I think we saved a lot of money. Good Sam was $2500. Since we are pulling a trailer, we know we don't have to worry about things like drive trains and engines. The reason we purchased the coverage is for the water heater, A/C, refrigerator, slide out etc. which if anything goes wrong with those items in the next 7 years, the warranty would pay for itself.

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