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Old 06-18-2015, 10:26 AM   #1
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Warranty on Private Sale

I'm a fulltimer and have a friend who wants to buy a used Class A or C but doesn't have a ton to spend thus will be getting a bit older rig. Can she get a warranty if she buys from a private party? If so, please let me know where.


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Old 06-18-2015, 10:35 AM   #2
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You can check web sites, like Good Sam , they do offer coverage , but hard to get anything for units over 10 years of age.
Look in the services drop box, for extended RV warranty info.
EDIT: I see Good Sam has a 15 year , 80,000 mile limit listed under , Qualifications.


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Old 06-18-2015, 10:57 AM   #3
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You can get a warranty.... It'll be expensive. Having just talked to an owner with an 04 Revolution that had a warranty when he bought it 3 years ago (cost $6k) - he said he'd never do it again. His warranty charged a deductable of about 100 bucks, which didn't cover any sort of service call, and then they paid out basically at the lowest price for any part/item that can be found online...

For a 10 year old rig, she should spend the money on a good inspection, and getting any chassis maintenance back into spec. Cash reserve on the rest, as the warranty isn't a good bet.
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I think, for most folks, that the warranty does not pay off. I know there are exceptions to that, but I believe the majority may agree with me!
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When we bought our MH(see below), we also bought an extended service contract from Good Sam; 3 years for $4,800, including the seals and gaskets rider. Expensive_sure. That was in April 2013, today the contract has paid-out just over $4,000 for covered repairs/replacements. Was it worthwhile, IMO yes. None of the needed repairs/replacements were for the chassis, all were for the house part; for instance both heated remote mirrors, the remote motor failed. replacements, including labor were #1,3xx each.
One of our members had to have the motor rebuilt in their new-to them MH, no extended service contract; bill was $25,000.
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She can get an extended service contract, which is not in any sense a "warranty". It merely agrees to pay for some or all of certain types of repairs, basically "repair insurance". What it covers and how much it pays is determined by the lengthy fine print of the contract, but people are often disappointed when it comes time to pay for a repair. They were expecting 100% payment and bumper-to-bumper coverage and are shocked to learn that even the best repair insurance policies are almost always substantially short of that.
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Also keep in mind most ESP's won't insure an RV over 15yrs. old.
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I'm a fulltimer and have a friend who wants to buy a used Class A or C but doesn't have a ton to spend thus will be getting a bit older rig. Can she get a warranty if she buys from a private party? If so, please let me know where.

She should be able to get a "warranty" if the vehicle is not real old. Different companies have different guidelines/policies and it is a real good idea to read and understand the policy if she gets one. There seem to be many exclusions in those types of policies. If it were me buying an older used RV I'd get a policy for at least the first year. I've done that and for me I better than broke even on the policy cost versus repair costs. I later dropped the policy because I became comfortable that there would not be more major repairs and so far so good.
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Old 06-23-2015, 10:10 AM   #9
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Want a warranty?.....Buy New Motorhome or a toaster!

After market warranties are too often a rip-off...BEWARE!
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Exclusive vs Inclusive EWs are worth knowing about.

The cheaper ones are Inclusive and list what they cover. While that sounds good, know that replacing a failed tranny seal might be covered, but getting to the seal isn't, nor is the tranny fluid that leaks out, etc, etc.

An Exclusive warranty covers everything except what's listed. More expensive = fewer surprises and disappointments.

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