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Posted: 12/11/19 02:44pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If you decide to buy, ask for a copy of the policy. It's an insurance policy, not a warranty.
Read it and find the exclusions or what is not covered. Then decide if you want to give them your money.
Some think the 'warranty' is a good deal. Others think it is a waste of money.
Only you can decide what is best for your situation

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doghouseman wrote:

I am new here and I am surprised most of you guys recommend not getting a new RV with warranty.

I bought a very old boat a few years ago and it was my first boat. Looking back I wish I had a warranty on it because it was impossible to find parts for the boat and I spent more time working on the boat than I did actually sailing.


Noone is recommending buying a "very old" RV, in general.
Apples to oranges.
The point is, most warranties are a year. How much is that worth to you? How much do you do yourself? How long can you leave it at the dealer for warranty work?

Buy new folks are proud of their purchases and their ability to afford it. Buy used folks are hopefully the same. Diffrnt stroke for diffrnt folks....


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Boats & RVs are somewhat similar. Both are full of third party stuff which can be had from all kinds of aftermarket sources. Boaters seem to be more self-sufficient. It has been a few years since anyone got off a boat to walk for help. Whatever happens the boater has to deal with it.

JMO but buying a very old anything is not a good idea, unless you like to spend money & constantly be fixing things. I am in the lightly used, still relatively new club. Doesn't matter. Boats or RVs. Either way the first owner gets to face all of the new unit issues &, in boats especially, pays for all of the add ons that simply must be had.

After a year or two he discovers that he has bought the wrong boat/RV again, wants out because the latest & greatest something else has caught his eye. This is where the person who has done the research steps in & gets something almost very new for a steal of a price because somebody else ate the biggest hit on depreciation.

In 38 years I have bought 5 boats. Two were new. Both rare & fore very specific reasons. Three used at 1 year old, 4 years old & 6 years old. Not much of a different story for the RV. Multiple years of research then the waiting game for the right model to pop up.

Got lucky & got it. Only 6 months old. Truck & trailer together. The new buyer had bought a huge mistake & wanted out.

Bottom line, know what you want. No compromises. Be prepared to go a great distance to get it. Don't buy new but get as new as can be found.


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lot of good info , just remember buying a new rv and getting the work done are to different things ,your new rv could sit on the dealers lot for months waiting on a $5.part and two hours to install it. learn to do repairs yourself its part of rving.

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An old boat with a warranty? Anchors away.


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What good is a warranty if you have to wait weeks/months for a repair? New RV have more issues because of less quality/control over old RV's .. and I doubt that disputed much. Well maintained older RV has already had all the small problems resolved (often by the owner) and the typical problems associated with older RV are easy to identify if one is knowledgeable.


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doghouseman wrote:

I am new here and I am surprised most of you guys recommend not getting a new RV with warranty.


The reason for that is an RV warranty is not like an automobile warranty.

Buy a new car or truck and you have access to a nationwide network of franchised dealers with factory trained techs, sophisticated diagnostic equipment, and well stocked parts departments. If you have a problem, you go to any dealer you choose and your vehicle will be repaired. You will probably be offered a loaner.

RV buyers enjoy none of these perks. Dealers are independent businesses who do as they wish, and many will not work on a unit they did not sell. Some will do it, but you go to the back of the line. Any major repair is likely to require prior factory approval, which may take a while, and many will involve a wait for parts. It's not uncommon to hear of new RVs spending weeks at the dealer. And dealers vary greatly in their commitment to customer service, as well as the competence of their techs.


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Over the years I've bought a number of 20-30 year old "project" RV's, and in every case I've been able to find exact or adaptable replacement parts for the mechanicals. Body parts can be more of a problem, but even there I've always been able to find or fabricate anything I needed.


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I am new here and I am surprised most of you guys recommend not getting a new RV with warranty.
I bought new, partially because of the warranty. Some of the folks recommending buying used are capable of dealing with many warranty issues themselves, but not everyone has the time, skill or inclination for that. Others like the savings from letting the original owner take the big depreciation hit. What’s available new & used will also vary depending on what your preferences are and where you live. Consider your options, and do what works best for you.


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doghouseman wrote:

I am new here and I am surprised most of you guys recommend not getting a new RV with warranty.

I bought a very old boat a few years ago and it was my first boat. Looking back I wish I had a warranty on it because it was impossible to find parts for the boat and I spent more time working on the boat than I did actually sailing. Seems like the same logic applies to an RV????

Are there any good RV warranties out there are all they all bad?


Having bought both boats and RVs and knowing people who have bought both new...

I wouldn't recommend new unless it's just for the new smell (which is plastic off gassing).

Every one I know Boat & RV has lost a big chunk of their first season to warranty work. In the north, that can easily be a full year of use.

Problem is warranty work typically comes after the paying work. So they fit you in when they have time. If you show up cash in hand, they will take care of you or you can move on to the next repair place.

I suspect, you are confusing buying a piece of junk boat with buying used. Did you get a survey before purchase? Anyone competent will recommend a full survey before buying a large cruising boat...this includes new boats...there are just too complicated to wing it unless you are very knowledgeable. We've had 3 large cruising boats including full time on them for a total of 14yrs...I wouldn't think of buying another without a survey.

Both our boats and RVs bought used have had no major issues. Plus with used, if it's minor (say a small dent), I'll probably just live with it because it doesn't bother me and it doesn't hurt the functionality.


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