Welcome and congrats on the new rig. I also carry a pretty large assortment of tools with spare filters, belts and misc items (screws, bolts, nuts, tapes, fuses, hose & hose clamps). I know that I would be pretty upset with myself if I was stuck on the side of the road for the lack of a simple handtool. Regarding insurance, I have always maintained RV specific insurance and currently have GEICO.
05 Travel Supreme Envoy
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I have a close match to your coach. Join FMCA if you would like to. Lots of info and rallys. I also belong to Freightliner Chassis owners club. WIT is the other club from Winnebago. I have been on 2 tours with them. Chicago and New York. They were great. Freightliner has a great owners school in SC. I know a ton of info on the coach and chassis. Who can PM (private message)me anytime.
Good Luck and enjoy
From one Gator to another...welcome aboard! Anything I say now will be redundant based on other posts but will agree with the others on three items: (1) Have an emergency roadside assistance policy. Most, including myself, prefer Coach Net. (2)Depending upon your 'mechanial ability', a tool box (in my opinion) is a must. Do a search on this site for tool box and you'll get a ton of suggestions regarding recommended contents for the tool box. (3)Our auto insurer (Farm Bureau) does not insure motorhomes so we went with Progressive. We've had one claim (stolen steering stabilizer - can you believe it) and had no problem.
Enjoy you new coach and keep an eye on this forum. You'll (like me)learn a lot.
Enjoy your new coach and all the good times you'll have using it!
We carry a complete basic tool box; extra fuel, oil and air filters; basic electrical needs (fuses, bulbs, meter); have Emergency Road Service; basic maintenance fluids; a collapsable ladder; a good tire gauge that will reach the inside duals; and basic exterior cleaning polishing supplies.
We have our coach insurance through GMAC. I'd get quotes from serveral insurance carriers.
Go here with your RV's Winnebago serial # (not the VIN, the Winnie #) and you can get a listing of every part used to build your specific coach, right down to the nuts and bolts. Cross-references with the Winnebago part # and is very useful when you need parts.
I have found the best insurance rates are thru companies that specialize in RV's. I carry most tools necessary for small repairs. Light bulbs need changing, have replaced a vent motor fan, replaced a toilet water valve. You never know what might go wrong and it is usually inconvenient to move the MH to a dealer for simple repairs.
2002 DutchStar 350 Cummins/Spartan Chassis, 2012 Ford Explorer
If you know how to use the contents of the tool box, by all means carry one with you. I believe any MH will require maintenance that will give you opportunity to use the tools which in turn saves money on labor. With my tool box I've replaced shower valve, hydraulic leg, aqua hot, water pump and more.
As for insurance, We contacted Progressive and secured a policy directly from them. At renewal time We contacted Farm & City Insurance Services who provided a quote from Progressive for the same coverage we bought directly and saved almost $500 per year. http://www.rvadavantage.com A change of home address likely contributed to the savings.
Hey Gator, also let me Welcome you to the forum. If you are new to ownership of a diesel, read everything you can about your motor and transmission. Oil changes 14 to 17 quarts of oil, tranny will require service every couple of years also.
Tools, if you are handy with tools, I am still adding and subtracting from mine.
Insurance GEICO for ours, you have progressive and they should give you a 2 vehicle discount.
We have emergency road service with Good Sam Club (life Member) and also with GEICO.... hope we never have to use either
There is just a wealth of knowledge available on this forum, so if you have a question just fire away
Anyhoo again, welcome and most of all ENJOY
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