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Old 03-15-2011, 12:55 PM   #1
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We are in the process of buying a 2008 Allegro Bay and the dealer wants to put "Permaplate" inside and out on the coach. He says you don't have to wax for years. Does anything know anything about permaplate? $1995 for a 35 ft coach?
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Many years ago our Class C was Permaplated-I thought in retrospect it was a toal waste of $$$ and made the carpet almost impossible to keep clean. Possibly the product was applied incorrectly, but I didn't see any big benefit.

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Same scam as car dealers who apply $5 worth of fabric guard and 10$ worth of "sealant" to the paint and charge you hundreds. What you do is just raise their profit margin.
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Old 03-15-2011, 05:40 PM   #6
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We are in the process of buying a 2008 Allegro Bay and the dealer wants to put "Permaplate" inside and out on the coach. He says you don't have to wax for years. Does anything know anything about permaplate? $1995 for a 35 ft coach?
You can find Permaplate under the code name BS
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The Permaplate is really a good product......that is at putting your money in the dealers pocket. The dealer and sales person love to sell this stuff as it is really dirt cheap to them and is a really high profit item.

I'd tell him that you did not see any turnip trucks in town and you did not fall off of one.

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It is a good for nothing product, however the dealer loves the return on investment!

Say no!
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Ditto. Use a good UV polish and you will do fine.
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We are in the process of buying a 2008 Allegro Bay and the dealer wants to put "Permaplate" inside and out on the coach. He says you don't have to wax for years. Does anything know anything about permaplate? $1995 for a 35 ft coach?
I have never waxed our 2005 Allegro Bay, and it still looks better than many newer coaches. Clear coat used today holds up very well. Save your money. Use a good grade wax if you want to, but you may not even need that unless you feel you need some exercise.

Use a few throw rugs inside in high traffic areas to keep carpets clean. Use Scotchguard if you want. I clean our carpets with Capture about 3 times a year, and they still look pretty good even though we are full-timers and live in the coach 365 days a year.
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Well, guess I'm gonna be the "odd man out" relative to this PermaPlate topic. We did have our 08 rig PermaPlated and gotta say we've been particularly pleased. Exterior upkeep using a sheepskin pad on an extension pole and simply non-wax soap & water solution has kept our rig exceptionally nice all these years and we are real full timers!! The finish remains glossy and flaw free with no buying power buffers, no buying wax products, no spotting, and....a good rain will often do the job on its own !!

Now, I'll admit that when someone elects to use some product, whether this one or any other thing, they often become advocates for what they bought, simply because they bought it and often whether or not that product ended up being a good one. Pride of ownership...er something like that. WELL, in this case, all we can say, is that we like it and believe this product to be a great investment, particularly with regard to retaining the value of our rig when the time comes to hang up the keys.

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We bought our 2006 Ford Escape new right off the truck. The salesman tried to sell us the protectant and said it was re applies every year for free, I think is was about $1000. I refused and took delivery without the treatment.

Every year I get a notice that the treatment is due for the free application and I took it down the first year and what I got was a pitch for other services during the half hour it took to apply the coating. I haven't gone since and I can't tell the difference.

It was just an excuse to get me in as a captured audience once a year for the sales pitch.

Sure glad I didn't buy it.

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Keep in mind if you include that $1,995 + tax in your financing, you will be paying interest on that for the length of the contract. You might want to calculate that out to contract pay-off. There are many free online amortization calculators.
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