Put simply, an extended warranty is an insurance policy on your travel trailer, a measured safeguard against pricey, unforeseen repairs. They generally cover repairs and/or regular maintenance for an agreed upon length of time. They thus can be termed as service contracts since they are sold separately and come at an additional cost.
You may choose to buy an extended warranty either at the initial time when you are purchasing your travel trailer or opt to get one further along the road after using the trailer for some time. For those who are keen on being prepared for any eventuality then, an extended travel trailer warranty may just be what you need. To get the best offer, it is advisable to take into consideration certain factors.
The first thing you need to do is to find out the extent to which your travel trailer is already under warranty and then consider if the coverage is in tandem with how long you intend to own the travel trailer. If it is a new rig, then you should pay close attention to the factory warranty before deciding on whether to get an extended warranty. In the event that you are buying an old rig, you should find out if the original factory warranty is still in effect. You can also check if the manufacturer offers what are termed as certified used programs which extend original factory warranty terms on pre-owned vehicles.
The next thing you need to take into consideration is the overall reliability of the model that you are purchasing. Even though this is not a fail-safe method of looking at the future well being of your travel trailer, it is a rather safe way of predicting the kind of repair bill you should be looking at after a while. This is bound to give you an idea on the service demands of your unit.
Extended Warranty Provider
Extended warranties have been the subject of many negative discussions over the years. In this regard, it is highly recommended that you take into consideration the company that’s behind the warranty you may be considering. Typically, an extended warranty can be backed by third party (independent) warranty companies or by the vehicle manufacturer.
Unfortunately, even though third party warranties tend to be cheaper, a good number of them have been found to be shady and practicing some form of dishonest business practices. It is therefore always advisable to stick with manufacturer’s warranties wherever possible and if you have to use third party warranties then take your time to investigate their past records and get testimonials from their past and present clients.
You should also take into consideration the nature of the company’s policy deductible before you sign your policy documents. Apart from taking into consideration the amount, you need to get some clarity as to whether the deductible is per repair or per visit. This is because a per repair deductible does apply to each and every serviced part whereas a per visit deductible , each visit to the shop is bound to cost or run you a fixed amount regardless of how many parts you need repaired. This small difference does have a significant effect on how much you end up spending and paying.
Lastly, you should pay close attention to what is covered and what is not covered in the extended warranty you are considering. Confirm if the warranty does cover wear and tear as well as breakdown. If you opt for a breakdown policy, the warranty will cover only parts that breakdown, this is not very desirable since most parts don’t really breakdown. On the other hand, wear and tear cover extends to worn down parts that need repair.
Travel Trailer Extended Warranty Companies – Recommendations
Here are some of the leading travel trailer extended warranty companies readily available in the market. They include but are not limited to the following:
1) Warrantech Automotive Inc
Mailing Address: 2200 Highway 121, Bedford, TX, 76021
Phone Numbers: 1-855-298-8626
Web URL: http://is.gd/ZrsGtR
Other Products: apart from extended warranties, the company does offer what it calls the orange, yellow, green and blue plans which come with roadside assistance, hotel discounts, rental car benefits etc.
2) Automobile Protection Corporation (EasyCare)
Mailing Address: P.O.Box 88230 Atlanta, GA 30356-8230
Phone Numbers: 800-538-4181
Web URL: http://is.gd/tzuzXI
Other Products: the company does offer a variety of plans and products such as limited warranty, guaranteed asset protection, vehicle service contract amongst a host of other products and services.
3) Nationwide RV Assurance
Mailing Address: 15301 Venture Blvd, Bldg B, Suite 310, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
Phone Numbers: 800-311-4790
Web URL: http://is.gd/mrwABM
Other Products: the company does offer its clients a wide variety of products and plans such as motor home warranty, 5th wheel and travel trailer warranty, trucks and SUVs warranty as well as Auto warranty.