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Extended Warranties for Class A Diesel Motorhome


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#1 DennisSolow

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Posted 20 March 2014 - 10:48 AM

I own a 7-year-old Class A diesel-powered motorhome. what is a good extended warranty?

 

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Posted 20 March 2014 - 10:57 AM

Dennis,

Welcome to the forum. There are several good extended warranty companies out there and a few that are no so good. Check this forum for the topic extended warranties and you will get a perspective of good and bad. Also you might check with the service department in a few RV dealers in your area for which companies pay on-time etc.
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Posted 25 March 2014 - 11:49 AM

Good Sam Extended Warranty doesn't cover anything.

 

My experience with Good Sam Extended Warranty (which is actually written by QBE Insurance of America, a company in Australia) has been totally unsatisfactory.

 

If you have an older motor home (mine is a 2006 model), you will likely find out that a lot of items that you would think are covered are not.

 

My most recent experience is with the leveling jacks on my 2006 National Tropi-Cal. The jacks are made by Power Gear, a well-known name in the industry.

 

The motor on my leveling jacks went bad and has to be replaced. After a long series of phone calls and e-mails and ordered parts, I have learned that the original equipment motor for the leveling jacks is no longer made. And the replacement motor for the jacks does not fit the manifold assembly of the original motor.

 

That would seem to be a simple issue of ordering a new manifold to fit the new motor. And obviously, that would seem to be covered under my Good Sam Extended Warranty because there is no way that the new motor would fit the old manifold. And therefore, the jacks will not work.

 

However, I soon learn a new wrinkle in the legalize of the Good Sam Extended Warranty. According to their agent, they will only pay for the replacement motor for the jacks because that is the only thing that has gone bad.

 

It makes no difference that the motor does not fit the manifold and replacing the motor in and of itself will not make the jacks work. The manifold must be replaced in order for the new motor to be able to operate the jacks.

 

If this makes sense to anyone, I'd like to know.

 

I have an extended warranty which covers the jacks, but because the company that makes the jacks no longer makes the same pump/manifold as was originally installed, my warranty will not cover getting the jacks back to working order because only the motor went bad, not the manifold. And the manifold does not fit the new pump. And they won't pay for the manifold that goes with the new pump.

 

Doesn't make sense.

 

This isn't my first negative experience dealing with the Good Sam Extended Warranty.

 

My first experience involved a slide out that stopped working. The slide stopped working because of water intrusion and resulting deterioration of the floor beneath the slide. Come to find out that the Good Sam Extended Warranty doesn't cover this because, as I was told by the Insurance Agent, I didn't sign up for option of Seals and Gaskets.

 

So, the next time I renew my policy, I add the option to cover seals and gaskets.

 

Then this year I have a problem with a different slide. This time, when the repair facility goes to get authorization for coverage of the repairs, I find out that the Seals and Gasket coverage that I was told by the Good Sam insurance agent I needed to cover the cost of the earlier slide out repair does not cover anything on the slides.

 

The bottom line, if you are considering Good Sam Extended Warranty on your motor home, have your lawyer look at the policy and be sure you understand that basically, you are buying an extremely limited policy and that there are more exclusions than coverage.

 

And don't expect the Good Sam Extended Warranty to cover anything that may go wrong with you RV.

 

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Posted 12 April 2014 - 01:08 PM

I have pro trek extended warranty.  Two repairs to RV both mechanic and RV specialist very happy working with pro trek to do repairs.


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Posted 12 April 2014 - 03:35 PM

I too purchased an extended warranty from Pro Trek from Wholesale Warranties.  Recently had problems with my Allison transmission and all repairs were handled in a professional manner.  Check with Wholesale Warranties for pricing for your rig.


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Posted 17 April 2014 - 07:00 PM

After researching EWs and pricing them, we decided not to get one.  At the cost of some of those annual premiums, you could pay a lot of out of pocket expenses.


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#7 kentluebbers

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Posted 25 June 2014 - 06:03 AM

I would like to hear some more opionions on Extended Warranties.   We have a 2012 Forest River have looked at a couple of EWs options.   One is the one offered by Wholesale Warranties.   Anybody had any experience with this provider.   They seem to cover about everything according to the salesperson.

 

Thanks for your comments.

 


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#8 Elkhartjim

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Posted 25 June 2014 - 06:38 AM

Extended warranty companies are in business to make money.  Read the contract as most of them  have as many holes in them as a 10# onion sack.  The salesman is being totally honest.. they cover "about" everything.  Find out what they don't cover, you may be surprised.

 

I, like many others, chose to be self insured. Just make sure you read and understand any contract before you sign.


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Posted 25 June 2014 - 09:45 AM

I used Good Sam for my last 3 MH.

No problems, everything I’ve turned in has been covered

On things that got a little iffy, they would normally split the cost (50/50)

I’ve had my best luck letting the dealership handle things with Good Sam


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Posted 26 June 2014 - 07:30 AM

I also decided to bank the premiums. My BEST ESTIMATE was for $3400 premium for a 2 YEAR POLICY! This was with a $500 deductible! I decided that was entirely too high. And this was the best price from one of the less desirable companies. I had some estimates that were $5K. In the first year I spend, maybe, $100 for repairs. So even if I have to pay $3K this year, I am even. I realize this is defying the odds. I large repair would really hurt. That's why I consider maintenance so important. Even though I only traveled 5000 or so miles this year, I had the engine oil and all filters replaced after a year, using higher end Rotella oil (could not justify the price of synthetic oil). Maintenance can minimize your exposure to those high cost repairs. I guess it's up to each individual whether these insurance policies are worth the expense. On my 8 year old used high end coach the cost was just too high. Had the premium been considerably lower I probably would have gotten the policy.


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