In order to get the most out of living the RV lifestyle, it’s important to be informed. Whether it be staying in-the-know on maintenance tips, getting the best campground recommendations, or stocking up on money saving advice, the more knowledgeable you are the more prepared you can be for the many twists and turns of life on the road. One common speedbump almost every RVer will face is an RV failure, and many travelers prepare for this by investing in RV extended warranties. Strengthen your RV protection education with our “4 Things You May Not Know About RV Warranties”:
1. They Actually Have a Different Name
While the term “RV Warranty” is simple to reference, the correct name is actually Extended Service Contract. The name is true to definition, because the contract is covering mechanical failures on your RV for an extended amount of time, past the manufacturer warranty. When purchasing new, RVs are typically covered for 1-3 years under a manufacturer warranty and as time goes on, the components on those RV’s become more vulnerable to failure. Extended service contracts address this concern by continuing coverage on RV’s for typically 1-7 years and providing assistance in paying for repairs. However, there are many benefits to having an extended service contract in conjunction with an existing manufacturer warranty.
2. Pre-Inspection Is Vital
One of the best pieces of advice potential RV owners can learn is that pre-purchase RV inspections are essential to the buying process. At Wholesale Warranties, we require RV inspections before extending coverage for a few reasons. First, the inspection protects RV buyers, as they are able to discover costly pre-existing failures about their RV before buying it, protecting some from an ill-advised purchase. Additionally, we require inspections to rule out any pre-existing conditions that will not be covered by the warranty. RVs that fully pass inspection will have documented proof that no failures existed at the time of purchase of the warranty, aiding customers and our internal claims staff in smooth claims processing.
3. How Warranties Work on the Road
It is never fun to suffer a breakdown, especially when you’re out on the road. Luckily, RV extended warranties can take the stress out of these highly unfavorable situations. With the warranty contract in your vehicle, you can easily locate the contact information for your warranty company, give them a call to receive pre-authorization for repairs and begin the process with warranty-approved shops. Every scenario is different, but in certain cases RVers can also enjoy trip interruption benefits like meal and lodging reimbursement, and, best of all, walking away with paying only the deductible.
4. How Much Money They Can Save You
If you’ve inquired for a warranty before or have explored our website, you may have an idea of how helpful an extended warranty can be for your RV budget. RVers have saved thousands with the help of their RV warranty in the face of high repair costs and labor rates. Components as big as the engine and transmission, or as small as the microwave or television, can be covered with certain policies and save RVers some serious cash. Other items such as slide outs, refrigerator, and generator also run at costly repair rates, and with a warranty the only cost covered by the RV owner is the deductible.
Peace of Mind is Key
The one thing we hope all RVers know is how valuable peace of mind can be on the road. Those who purchase RVs have a desire to travel or be out in nature, and worrying about covering repair costs shouldn’t be on your to-do list. Get information on how to protect your RV here or read more about warranties on our blog. Happy RVing!
John Yelland says
Extended warranties are a great idea,
However it has been my experience has been that an extened warranty is not what we think it is when we purchase them.The cost of these warranties are way to expensive, and don’t give what they promise.
Staci Ritchie says
Thanks for sharing your thoughts! Unfortunately, many extended warranty companies in the past have operated poorly, and offered policies that their customers didn’t understand. Our mission at Wholesale Warranties is to provide reliable coverage at fair prices, and to offer each of our customers a full education on the policy they are buying. We are dedicated to providing realistic expectations for exactly what will be covered–and what won’t.
If you’re interested in getting more information on the policies we offer, I’d suggest checking out our free RV Webinar series, which provides a detailed overview on how extended warranty policies work.
Phyllis Rabalais says
We have learned the hard way about Extended Warranties. My suggestion is that you NEVER purchase one that ties you to the dealership where you purchased your RV unless you have previous knowledge that the service department is better than the sales department. Our policy stated that we had to use the selling RV service center if we were within 100 miles, most say 40 miles. Since this was our first motorhome we did not gather enough information about the service center. We took way to much for granted. That was a very big mistake. Minor repairs have taken no less than 21 days and it took them 3 months to get our coach road ready from the very beginning. We have finally found a repair center out of their 100 mile range and are so happy with their timely service.