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Old 01-07-2013, 06:12 PM   #1
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Advice prior to delivery: Extended Warranty, Coatings, Accessories, etc...

Oh, wise and experienced ones:

We've put the deposit down on our Swift 154BH. We will finalize with the dealer later this month with our cashier's check in hand and take delivery at that time. Before that time, we can make some decisions on some options, and I'm wondering what people think about:

extended service agreement (84 months total $1295)
Tire and Wheel Protection ($295)
Paint/Fabric protection ($995)

At this point, I'm most inclined to think yes to extended service and tire/wheel protection and no to paint/fabric - we have a small child, and I'm well acquainted with both a carpet/fabric cleaner and my sewing machine when things get dire.

Also considering having the bumper reinforced so we can use a bike rack safely - Do we have the dealership do this, or find another local welding type shop to do this work?

Any accessories you strongly recommend picking up at delivery?

Thank you in advance!
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Old 01-07-2013, 06:23 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum! There are differing opinions on this but I did not go with any of the extended warranties,(would hold the $1295 toward a future repair if it even ever happened), would never even consider a paint protection package. Not sure just what the tire protection package includes, but $295 will more then buy two more tires for your trailer as the 154BH is a single axle unit if I recall correctly.. As for things to get, your trailer may have a RV starter kit which would have some cheap basics but here is a thread on the "top 10 must haves list", which goes a bit further then that.

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Old 01-07-2013, 06:24 PM   #3
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This is only my opinion, so don't base your decision on in. I honestly don't believe extended warranties are worth their cost.

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Old 01-07-2013, 06:51 PM   #4
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Pass, save the money for if repairs are actually required. $1300-$2600 will pay for a lot of repairs, and this will be considerably more if you finance it alone with any loan you may have for the TT. Remember this is for things like a fridge, AC and/or a Furnace going out, major repairs assocaited with accidents will be covered by you Comp/Collision RV insurance. Make sure you by stand alone RV insurance that comes with "vacation liabilty". Don't just add it to your auto policy that only provides coverage when hitched.

The real expensive issue is water intrusion, not covered under any warranty. Good old fashion preventive maintance is your best defence against this.

Buying exented warrantys are a gamble. By purchasing you are betting things will go bad and the insurance company is betting they won't. Personally I would rather bet on the side that things will work as expected.

My 15 month old JayFlight has had 1 minor issue, the DVD player would freeze occasionally; it was replaced no questions asked by the Jayco 24 mth warranty just last month. I think most of this type of stuff will be discoverd in the first 24 months.

Lastly, will you really own this TT for 7 years? We thought we would have ours 5 years, but now we have added a kid the older ones want to bring friends and cousins so we are starting to think about the upgrade. May not happen overnight, but we certainly won't have ours for 7 years and it seems most people don't. 7 years is a long time, especially as you individual circumstances evolve.

Oh, congratulations on the TT. I hope you and your family love it yours as much as we love ours.
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Old 01-07-2013, 07:27 PM   #5
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Always fun to get a new TT. Congrats. One of my best accessories is the electric tongue jack. You'll find out why after hitching and unhitching your trailer a few times.

http://www.pplmotorhomes.com/parts/r...ngue-jacks.htm
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Old 01-07-2013, 07:37 PM   #6
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Also....I'm not a fan of bikes mounted on the back of a bouncing TT. Maybe try and fit one of these TopPop bike racks that fit over the Propane tanks on the TT tongue. No welding should be needed. I've seen these racks in use and they're top quality. Canadian eh.
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Old 01-07-2013, 08:00 PM   #7
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Thank you all so much. You've confirmed some of my suspicions and inclinations. I should have stated I'm only "very slightly" inclined to say yes to the extended warranty and wheel/tire plan.

Thank you LilBigFoot for the great suggestions. I haven't see the front tongue bike mounts; I'll have to look for one. We have a mount for our TV that doesn't use the bumper at all, so we may see if it works with the TT.
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snip...... Also considering having the bumper reinforced so we can use a bike rack safely - Do we have the dealership do this, or find another local welding type shop to do this work?.... snip
Reinforcing the rear bumper is a good idea when considering a bike rack, but I would check directly with Jayco (not the dealer) and see if there are any warranty implications. The challenge with many bike racks is keeping them from moving for/aft while in tow.

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I agree on saving your money on the warranty. If you read the Jayplus brochure really close, how many of those things covered actually apply to your trailer. After I read it I counted 5 things and of those 5 things you usually figure them out in the first 2 years. Good preventive maintenance will go a long way to making sure your trailer is always in tip top shape. I just went through all of this recently with my new 2013, it is all very fresh in my mind.

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Old 01-08-2013, 02:22 AM   #10
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Well we bought the extended warranty. Ours cost us 2500 dollars and the way ours works is Jayco covers us for the first two years. The next 5 are covered by the extended warranty. If at the end of those 7 years and we haven't made a claim we get 2000 dollars back. Should something happen towards the end of years 6 or 7, we would have to consider using the insurance and forego getting our 2 grand back. Essentially costing us 100 dollars a year for coverage if we don't make a claim or having to loose that if we do. Not sure if we would do this again but we had a loan for the trailer and did not want to have to make payments on it should something happen to it and us not able to afford to have it fixed. Hope this makes sense.
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