Tuesday, March 29, 2011

I pick her up on Friday, and a couple of questions for you

WELCOME to two new Followers:  PMichelleTaylor and CJsKidsClub.com!  Thanks for following Me and My Dog.  You don't list blog sites, so I'll just say welcome, and I hope you enjoy following along with me and Katie as we venture into Full-Timing!

I have an appointment to pick up the Sunseeker on Friday at 9:30 for the walk through.  Just to let you know, I had some comments concerning making sure the tires are good (by the numbers on the tires), the generator and other things working well, etc.  I talked to my Service Adviser yesterday and he said they put the new tires on when they did the first detail/check of the coach.  So they literally ARE brand new.  I asked him if they would make sure she was tuned up, had an oil change, etc., and he said everything is done before they put her on the lot for sale.  Everything on her, mechanical and otherwise, is examined and it has to be at least 80% or it's replaced.   I'm assuming that's why they put on new tires.  So that made me feel better.  They seem really service oriented.  Hopefully I'll feel that way down the road, but so far, so good.  In fact, I've been very impressed.  : )

I decided on Progressive for the insurance, mainly because the response was much quicker than the other carriers and the first year's quote was lower.  So that's done.

This is a short post because I have a couple of questions for you guys, and I'm not getting much from the forums I've checked.

I would like to get an extended warranty - the gal I talked to at the dealer is going to see what she can do to get me something less expensive, but I decided to get some quotes on my own. I've got one from Good Sam so far and it's much less than the dealer's.

I'd appreciate any comments about who you have, recommend, would NOT recommend, etc.  There are lots of sites when I Google Extended RV Warranty, and I'd like just three more quotes.  I'm not sure if the companies listed in my Google search are reputable.

One thing that bothered me with the Good Sam quote was that the last page is a disclaimer from Good Sam in large type that the insurer is not licenced by the State of California. These companies are called "Nonadmitted" or "Surplus Lines" insurers.   Any opinions about this?

I've submitted my application for a storage facility that is 1.5 miles from my house, that will be nice and close.  

I'll keep you updated as things progress. Should have more info tomorrow.

From me and Katie, have a great Tuesday, everyone! : )


  1. Sounds like you are asking all the right questions. Is there any way any of it is put into writing? Like a list of what was replaced?

    I know we all trust RV salesmen because they always look out for our interests above their own. :~)

    I am following your purchase very carefully so when our time comes we will sound like we know what we are doing!

    But if things are as they seem, you got a beauty there.

  2. I think you will be very satisfied with Progressive. Can't help you with the extended warranty. Would your ins agent be able to help you with this, since it would be your ins. co. that would save if you have a warranty?

  3. 1 - new might mean haven't rolled down the road before and have no mileage on them BUT with RVs, tires tend to last 7 years or less regardless of mileage because of their exposure to the air. A lot of people thought they had "new" tires simply because they had no real mileage on them and then found out that the tires were actually manufactured 4 or 5 years ago and had been sitting in a warehouse or on a lot somewhere.
    2 - extended warranty. Most people on the forums seem to be pretty happy with the Good Sam service. You have to be real careful with both warranty's and insurance because price is not the only issue. You want to make sure you have a reliable company that actually understands and properly covers RVs. There is a lot more involved than with a car especially if you travel a lot or full-time. Think about all you will be taking in the RV that you would not take in a car.
    3 - The other commenter is right on track. Get everything they say they did in writing. Dealers, even the nicest ones, tend to be your best friend until the RV is in your name instead of theirs.
    4 - Can't wait to hear about your shakedown trip.

  4. I went ahead and paid for an extended warranty. I don't want to have to be forking out tons of money should there be a problem somewhere down the road.
    I think like most things you'll find people who agree with extended warranties and others who don't. It's peace of mind for me.

    Did you get my email(s) about my California trip?

  5. I just found your blog.
    Your rig looks great. I love the rear kitchen and the sofa. Good luck and many happy travels.
    I have my rig insured by the same company as my house, car, and trialer in the mountains. Also bank with the company and have a cd there. So I get really good rates with them.

  6. I bought an extended warranty on my 5th wheel, AND on my diesel truck. The truck blew a head gasket last fall (pulling the camper), was in the shop for 6 weeks, the bill was $6500, and my cost was the $100 deductible. Haven't had to use the warranty on the 5vr, so can't say how well it works (I also bought thru Good Sam), but I'm REALLY glad I have it. And...may have missed it, but are you considering emergency road service? I have that too...I wouldn't be able to change a tire on either the truck or trailer. Sounds like you're doing everything right...keep up the good work! Deanna

  7. Hi. Just stumbled upon your blog. You live in San Diego? And...getting a new RV....how exciting. How much do our travel?

  8. I worked in the car business for many years and people tend to get more worked up about extended warranties than they need to. They are simply insurance. Like every other sort of insurance they are a great buy if you need them and a lousy investment if you never have trouble. In this case one seems like a good idea and as another poster said, use an established company.
    I have been in the awkward position of having sold an expensive warranty and a year or two later when the company goes under, there is no coverage except what the selling dealer will provide.

  9. Are you sure that Progressive covers Full Timers?
    That takes a special policy.

    If you don't have the right coverage, you could be out of pocket if you had a claim.

    Millers Insurance Agency: http://www.millerrvinsurance.com/ is the one usually recommended for, and by, Full Timers.

    Happy Trails, Penny, TX

  10. Good luck in your new adventure. looking forward to reading about all the places you visit.

  11. Very nice RV. Just got a Class C Coachmen Freedom Express and love it. I camp solo with my 2 cats and 2 dogs.

    Didn't get the extended warranty with the purchase of the coach but did purchase a one year warranty with Good Sam for a fraction of the cost quoted by the seller. Also purchased Road Side Assistance with Good Sam. My insurance is with the company that has my home and car. I don't plan to full time but do intend to travel for several months of the year.

    Looking forward to reading your blog.


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