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Old 03-07-2015, 10:30 AM   #1
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Dealer Prep Items

While we are waiting to take delivery of our new 20MRB the dealer wants to sell some extra items. Not a big surprise. Seems like quotes for stuff I plan to do myself (WD hitch, brake controller) are on the high side.
First is the Tyron tire protection system - supposed to keep damage to a minimum in the event of a flat tire. $1500. Not going to go there.
Next was an interior and exterior surface protection. Some sort of sealant for the exterior and I'm guessing Scotchgard on the interior fabric. $1100, mostly labor they say. Anybody had this done? Was it worth it?
Lastly is an extended warranty. Not a believer, but would appreciate any input.
Of course tacking this stuff onto the financing has minimal affect on payments, but it is still money out the door.
Thanks in advance.
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Old 03-07-2015, 10:59 AM   #2
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It all depends on whether you are a do it yourselfer or not.
My opinion? No to extended warranty, interior or exterior surface protection, tire protection system. You don't need them, and you can wax your own TT if you want to.

The WD hitch and brake controller - you can install these yourself or have your local mechanic do it, and probably for a lot cheaper. Check with your mechanic and if the dealer can give you a similar price, then have him do it, unless you want to do it yourself.

While your monthly finance payment will be minimally higher, by the time you are done, you will probably have paid way more than the initial up front costs because of interest. Put that money into going camping!
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Next was an interior and exterior surface protection. Some sort of sealant for the exterior and I'm guessing Scotchgard on the interior fabric. $1100, mostly labor they say. Anybody had this done? Was it worth it?
I wouldn't do it. Keep the exterior clean and waxed with a quality automotive wax and it will last many years before showing signs of aging. As for the interior, we never had any kind of fabric protection on our 10 year old hybrid and it still looked like new. We cleaned up any spills or stains promptly and never had a problem.

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Lastly is an extended warranty. Not a believer, but would appreciate any input.
The way extended warranties were explained to me many years ago is like this: it's a wager between you and the manufacturer that nothing will go wrong with the unit during the life of the warranty. You're betting the price of the warranty, and they're betting the cost of any repairs. You win if the cost of repairs exceeds what you paid for the warranty, and the manufacturer wins if they don't. The odds are greatly in the manufacturer's favor. When we negotiated the price for our new 24FBS, the dealer offered the extended warranty and we turned it down without a second thought. Jayco builds a quality unit, so the chances of a few thousand dollars' worth of warranty work needing to be done in the next few years is pretty minimal, IMHO.
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I would also decline on the sealants and extended warranty, etc.

However, I am surprised they are trying to rake you over the coals on the weight distribution and brake controller. Dealers usually give a good discount on the hitch work as a thank you for choosing them for your coach purchase.

I sold my last trailer last fall and let the WDH go with as I wanted to upgrade to trunnion bars with integrated sway control hitch. When I bought my new unit last month they sold me my Equalizer installed for $375.
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Old 03-07-2015, 11:39 AM   #5
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I would have them install the break controller and the WDH, but the others I would pass on...
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For the brake controller they want $250. I ordered a P3 with wire harness for $140 on Amazon. Should be plug and play.
The WD hitch is a Eaz-Lift - costs about $240 . They would install it for $450.
I am pretty handy twisting bolts so the install should be easy. Still trying to figure exactly the brand/model of WD hitch to purchase.
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Normally the brake controller is 2 self tapping screws, plug and play harness and a fuse that has a place to be but not installed by vehicle manufacturer. I would install the reciever on my truck but I would purchase the hitch from the camper dealer and let them set it up. Mine would have to be an Equalizer.
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The dealer had told me they would exchange my bars for heavier ones for free but when their bars were different they gave me a great deal on a new w/d hitch and installed it and the sway bar unit i brought in for free .... I would also pass on the other items ...if it ain't gone bad in two years odds are it won't ... Tires I replace every 5 years and interior on my old one never showed wear even with the dogs and the kids on rainy weekends... Wax the exterior and it should be fine also
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sealants and extended warranty.. KA-FLUSH$$$$$$$
Keep your money in your pocket..
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The brake controller is easy. It is plug and play. The hardest part is finding a spot to mount it.

The wdh, personally unless you have the large torque wrenches let them do it, it is worth the money. If I recall correctly some of the bolts need to be torqued to 600 foot pounds.

The rest of the items, I would skip.
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