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Old 04-27-2011, 06:49 PM   #1
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Extended Warranty (Interstate Star RV)

I have a newbie question.
Has anyone ever purchased an extended warranty through Interstate Star RV for their Jayco TT?

We are buying our 2011 26BH from RV Direct, and they are trying to sell us this extra coverage. It is the diamond level of coverage.

We were just wondering if it was worth it, and if anyone has anything positive or negative about the company/warranty.

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Old 04-27-2011, 08:58 PM   #2
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IMHO extended warranties, with all their exclusions and fine print, aren't worth the high price.
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Old 04-28-2011, 07:57 AM   #3
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Take the $$$ you would pay for the extended warranty and put it in a separate bank acct.. use that to pay for repairs.. YOU WILL BE THE WINNER
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We pretty much got the same advice as Seann and Wiscampsin offered above. We opted not to buy the extended warranty so can't help ya with your inquiry.
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Old 04-28-2011, 10:28 AM   #5
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Take the $$$ you would pay for the extended warranty and put it in a separate bank acct.. use that to pay for repairs.. YOU WILL BE THE WINNER
Agree. Like many, I said NO to the high cost of extended warrany as well.

I then took that "saved dollars" and bought items to "proactively" better my TT. For example, Surge Guard "power protection", high cost ProFlex RV sealer ( http://www.geocelusa.com/php/retail/..._product_id=39 ) to re-seal its 11 windows (because factory dry fit gaskets don't work in the long run), a Black MaxAir roof vent (over the kids betroom) a White MaxAir vent (over the bathroom roof vent) and much better brake wiring. Also "dark limo" tinted my son's large bedroom window - so bright morning sun doesn't wake him up too early. My TT is a 2006 (5 years old) and it needed NO mechanical repairs. Only "better then factory" upgrades and general maintenance cost tasks - that no base or extended warranty covers.

For me, "I won the odds" in the long run as well...

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re: Window dry seals. Manyt have mentioned they do not hold up in the long run. I accept that with no problem (heck, look how well windshield wipers hold up) but how long is the long run. I don't like messing with things during the warranty period, especially if they "ain't broke," unless it's really necessary.
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re: Window dry seals. Manyt have mentioned they do not hold up in the long run. I accept that with no problem (heck, look how well windshield wipers hold up) but how long is the long run. I don't like messing with things during the warranty period, especially if they "ain't broke," unless it's really necessary.
Dry fit "rubber seal" windows could last 20 years and cold only last 2 years - just like rubber strip on auto windshield wipers. On my 2006 Jayco TT, the factory window rubber seals only lasted 4 years. Of the 11 windows, 3 were leaking. And, 1 was leaking really bad. And on year 4, I didn't even notice the leak - because it was inside the walls (where it couldn't been seen). I'd recommend Re-seal windows the "old school way" with soft puddy (instead of rubber that goes hard and cracks over time) after the warranty time period is done. re: If I bought another TT (any brand) that used dry rubber seals, I'd re-seal on its year 3. Re-sealling RV windows (as shown in: ) isn't that hard of a DIY project. Especially if 2 windows done each weekend.

When it comes to leaky windows, remember that when a floor is soft or a water stain on the inside panel is seen, "it's too late". Damage from leaking window is already done. And, some warranties (especially extented warranties) only cover the cost to repair the broken item. They do NOT cover the cost of the repair from the broken item's Collateral Damage. So, they pay for new rubber seals on the windows but you have a huge "out of pocket" cost from its internal massive water damage repairs. Remember... Flipping cost saving / pump out faster bean counters are every where. They use rubber seals at factory because it costs less. The proper way to seal a window (even a house window) is with soft puddy type material and ensure it goes deep into the cracks (of the window's outer frame and its supporting structure opening). To me, removing the factory rubber seal and resealing the windows the "old school" method is the proper way. I've seen before and after results on my TT with my own eyes....

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One window gasket did not survive the first camping trip.. leaked like a sive.. the dealer of course replaced it using putty..eventually I will have to do the rest
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Looks like a window reseal will be one of my earlier mods. Fortunately, it doesn't rain much here.
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Take the $$$ you would pay for the extended warranty and put it in a separate bank acct.. use that to pay for repairs.. YOU WILL BE THE WINNER
Even better than this... take the amount of every proposed extended warranty you are pitched whenever you make a purchase ... electronics, vehicles, appliances, and put it into a money market savings account. You'll win in a major way.

W's are a numbers game. The Warranty companies profit on it, so can you. But to make a decent amount of money (from yourself) you have to contribute to this account as regularly as you would if you really purchased warranties.
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