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Old 08-29-2016, 06:44 PM   #1
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"Coach only" service contract

We're torn on which extended warranty, aka service contract, we should get. Should probably know our situation first though. We have a 2013 Fleetwood with an in service date of October 2013. Most things have passed although we have until October for certain drivetrain items and two years on top for a couple things like frame rails, etc. The vehicle only has 18,000 miles. I wish I could say we had meticulous records, but we don't. That said, certain things stand out like personal notes left inside and an obvious pride of ownership that went beyond the dealer just cleaning it up to look good.

So, here's our dilemma. The "coach only" contract covers many things we may be worried about and things that I can see breaking, failing, etc. That exclusionary policy excludes engine, transmission, drive axle, cooling, steering, chassis a/c, chassis & engine electrical components, along with usual exclusions on the motorhome policy. We'll be getting one or the other for our peace of mind. Of course, the coach only policy is about $2900 vs. $3900 for the full policy, both with a $200 deductible. The main reason we're torn is that on every forum, every dealer, and most with any knowledge in between, the big sell of the DP is the diesel engine. Comments like 50,000 miles is just breaking it in. Or, those Allison transmissions will last forever.

Thus, our question is not whether or not to get a policy, but in our situation with a low mileage 2013, is it worth a $1000 for those engines that should never go bad with good maintenance? (As a side note, do those prices sound about right? (although this is not our main question))
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Old 08-29-2016, 11:15 PM   #2
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I can't imagine purchasing an extended warranty contract that excludes everything that involves the chassis/engine/drive train. We've owned our coach for about 18 months now - and the only warranty claims we've submitted have been in regards to a problem with the air suspension. The "house" stuff - while no doubt expensive - seems far more predictable than the BIG $$$ expenses associated with chassis/engine/drive train issues.
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Old 08-30-2016, 09:12 AM   #3
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Search Mr d and his ecperience.

He picked up a top line country coach and was waiting for some test results to come in while on a trip from acquisitiin.

The specific engine had a fault that failed to tune of maybe 30k?

Nothing inside the rv can cause yiu to be dead in the water...If it has 2 ac then one can it hut if it fails.

Engine blows is different...

However low mileage and 3 years old may have manufacturers warranty in place but you need to get the vin and follow up with the manufacturer to confirm.

If buying this as a used unit warranty may or may not be transfered so seek written documentation transferring warranty to you.

Also confirm what service records are needed to insure warranty is in good standing.

Seek a service plan that covers what warranty does not.
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Old 08-30-2016, 09:29 AM   #4
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Not sure about this, but Allison used to have a lifetime warranty
to the original purchaser of their transmissions. As stated above...
check manufacturers warranties.
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Old 08-30-2016, 11:26 AM   #5
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Diesel engines and trannys usually have at least a 5 year warranty.

I have to agree with SpaceNorman. It seems to me the things at risk for a really expensive repair are chassis, not house. An injector pump or radiator nearly always costs a lot more than an a/c or water heater.

If the purpose for buying the contract is peace-of-mind, I think I would buy the whole package for the $1000 difference between coach-only and everything. Everything or nothing, but not something in between.
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