RV Warranties – Do You Really Need Them Or Not?

RV Warranties. There’s a lot of opinions about them out there. Both pro and con. But this article is going to cover whether they are needed or not.

First of all, lets ask, what is an RV extended warranty anyway? Well, it’s a name that’s been given to something that doesn’t apply the way it should.

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RV Warranties And Insurance

Think of it this way though. RV warranties are really RV repair insurance.

Now let me ask you this. Do you have auto insurance? Or do you have health insurance?

Do you have insurance on your RV so that if you got into an accident or collision it would be covered?

Well why do you have those kinds of insurance? And why do you pay those premiums? Nobody likes paying premiums, do they?

Well, when you have any form of insurance, your monthly premium is a monetary loss that you are accepting. And you’re accepting that small loss every single month.

Why? To protect you from a catastrophic loss. Such as a really big expense. One that could really put a dent in your finances. Or even wipe you out all together.

What Is Insurance For?

So let me ask this. If at the end of the year you have not gotten into an accident in your passenger vehicle that cost more than your premiums that you paid for the insurance, did that insurance fail you?

Or at the end of the year, if you didn’t go into the hospital and have a major surgery that cost many thousands of dollars more than what you pay for premiums for your health insurance, did your health insurance fail you at that point?

Well, no we don’t look at it that way, do we? Why? Because what insurance is designed to do is give us peace of mind in case such an event does happen.

It provides us with less anxiety and worry financially speaking. And I think you’d agree with me that we’ve got enough things to be anxious about and worried about in today’s world.

So it’s really good to have some things that lower the level of anxiety and worry. And insurance is what can often do that.

Are RV Warranties Worth The Cost?

Now insurance, and this is really important, is not an investment. We must understand that. That’s what your monetary investments are for.

Insurance is actually a hedge or a protection, like a fence or wall, around your investments. And around the money that you have saved. Because it’s protecting you from big losses that could really wipe you out financially.

So is RV warranty coverage or extended warranty coverage worth it then? Well almost everybody has insurance for their RV. Usually collision insurance for traveling down the road.

And if you don’t have that, then you’re really asking for some problems and trouble.

Well here’s the truth. You are much more likely to have a large RV repair bill in the thousands of dollars, than you are to have a collision in your RV.

And it’s not if, it’s when, you’re going to have a major RV repair bill. RV’s are expensive! They’re not cheap!

They are much more expensive than a passenger vehicle. Or almost anything else that you’re going to drive. So it makes sense to have protection from those very large repair bills.

What Do RV Warranties Cover?

Now let’s talk a little bit more about some other practical aspects of RV warranties. And answer some questions about it.

First of all, what do RV extended warranties cover? Well, they can cover pretty much what you want them to cover.

So if you want to have almost everything covered, there are comprehensive policies for that.

However, suppose you have a higher risk level. And there’s certain things that you’re okay with accepting not having coverage for.

Well, there are warranties and programs that can allow you to save some money. And they exclude some things out of the warranty coverage.

Do RV Warranties Cover Everything?

The next question is, does it cover maintenance items like tires and brake pads and things like that? No, it doesn’t. Because that is your responsibility.

But what RV extended warranty coverage is for, is for breakdowns or repairs. Things that fail, something along that line. That’s what they are there to care for.

Will they pay for labor as well as parts? That’s a good question. A lot of people think they just pay for the parts. But no, they’ll pay for both labor and parts. Although there’s usually a deductible.

Again we’re talking insurance here. And we’re all familiar with what deductibles in insurance are. So there’s a deductible that you cover first. And after that the warranty takes care of both parts and labor for you.

Where Can You Use An RV Extended Warranty?

Where can you use these RV warranties? Well the good news is that in most cases you can use them at almost any licensed RV repair facility across the U.S.

Now let me say this. I have an extended warranty on my RV, on my 2004 Newmar diesel pusher. Yes siree!

I have an extended warranty on it, even though it’s really almost 20 years old. In fact, especially because of that. Why? Well, once again my friends, it gives me peace of mind.

Now I have used the warranty several times already. But you know what? Even if I didn’t, it would give me peace of mind.

Because when you have a diesel engine in an RV, especially diesel pushers, if anything goes wrong with that engine, like a catastrophic failure, well then you better get your wallet out.

RV warranties can help with expensive diesel engine repairs
RV diesel engine

It’s going to be tens of thousands of dollars for you to repair that. So I feel much better having shifted that risk to the insurance company instead.

Now I’m hoping that my engine never has any problem like that. I’m hoping that there’s nothing major on my RV that’s going to break down. Something that’s going to require thousands and thousands of dollars.

But I have the peace of mind if that happens. Then I don’t have to come up with a huge expense out of my pocket. And that is a good feeling to have.

Where Can You Buy RV Warranties?

Now the final question is, where can you get an RV extended warranty? You’re going to see a lot of extended warranty companies advertising. But let me make a recommendation.

I personally support Wholesale Warranties. They have a great reputation, a stellar reputation, among RVers and the RVing community.

And so I feel that they are a company that’s going to deal with you right. And help you find what’s good for you. What’s going to make you pleased with their service.

Now Wholesale Warranties doesn’t just sell one warranty, their warranty. Actually what they do is they shop for you.

They have several companies that they choose from. Companies that they feel are the ones they can trust for their customers. And all of these companies that they use are rated “A” by A.M. Best.

Now what does that mean? Well, A.M. Best is a ratings service for the financial strength of insurance companies.

So if a company that provides insurance is rated “A”, it has the very best financial stability. And that’s the only kind of company that Wholesale Warranties will do business with.

They’re not doing business with fly-by-night companies. Or shysters. Because they have several companies to choose from.

And they can find a warranty that meets your needs. That meets the criteria that you’re looking for.

Conclusion

So my personal recommendation is to talk to Wholesale Warranties. See what they have to offer. You can’t lose anything by just talking to them.

See what the cost is that’s involved. Is it something you can afford? Is it something that you feel is worth peace of mind?

For me, an RV extended warranty is definitely worth peace of mind. And especially in motorhomes I feel that’s the case. But you can make your own decision.

Have safe and happy travels!

More Of The Best Vehicles To Flat Tow Behind Your RV

This article is about more of the best vehicles to flat tow behind an RV.

Because a couple of months ago I wrote another article about flat towing vehicles. I also made a video about it too. And it became very popular.

In that earlier article, I covered the vehicles that are the most popular for flat towing. And sure enough, that was a great list for a lot of people.

Read my first article about the best flat towable vehicles

But I got a lot of requests for more flat towable vehicles as well. So that’s what I’m going to cover here.

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Also, the ones I’m going to cover today are vehicles that are pretty much made within the last five years or so. So they’re recent vehicles.

There’s a lot more that are older ones but I just don’t have the time to cover all of them.

Keep in mind too, that not all versions of these models I’m going to talk about are flat towable. Some are, some aren’t.

So it’s going to require a little bit of homework on your part to determine what is flat towable and what isn’t. But I’ll cover that later on. So let’s go ahead and get started on the list right now.

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My List Of The Best Vehicles To Flat Tow

We’re going to start to go through the list alphabetically. And we’ll start at the B’s. Because Buick makes a really nice smaller flat towable SUV called the Envision.

And if you’re looking for something smaller but has a lot of nice features, the Envision could be a very good choice.

Now let’s move to our next manufacturer which is in the C’s. And that’s Chevrolet. They make a few vehicles that are flat towable too.

Let’s start with the Sonic. Now the Sonic is one that I heard a lot about in the comments on my last video on this subject.

Chevy Sonic - one of the best vehicles to flat tow
Chevy Sonic

A lot of RVers said, “Hey we use the Sonic and it’s really great!” And sure enough, it’s a small, great economy car. So that would be a great way to go to keep your RVing costs down.

Best Vehicles To Flat Tow – More Chevy’s

But now lets go to the other end of the spectrum from the Sonic. And maybe you want want to tow something heavier. But not one of the full-size trucks I mentioned in my first article about flat towing.

Well then, Chevy makes the Suburban. And the Suburban is a big SUV that has all kinds of features and luxuries.

Chevy Suburban
Chevy Suburban

So if you want to tow something a bit heavier, it would be a great thing to tow. Just make sure that your hitch and your drivetrain can handle that kind of weight.

Next on the list is the Chevrolet Traverse. Now the Traverse is a larger SUV. But it’s nowhere near as big as the Suburban. And it has a lot of nice little features and luxuries in it too.

Chevy Traverse - one of the best vehicles to flat tow
Chevy Traverse

So maybe you want something bigger. But not quite as big as a truck or say a Suburban. Well then, the Traverse could work very well for you.

Ford’s List Of The Best Vehicles To Flat Tow

Now let’s move on to the next manufacturer on the list. This one also makes several models that are flat towable. And that’s Ford.

The one we’re going to start with first is one that’s almost a brand new model. It actually has a history that goes back many years. But they’ve reintroduced it. And that vehicle is the Bronco.

New Ford Bronco
New Ford Bronco

The new Bronco has only been out for a couple of years now. And it’s a great alternative to the Jeep line of vehicles. Especially the Wrangler.

So if you want something that will take you off-road. Something that will take you out on trails that are way out there, the Bronco could be a very good choice for you.

Next on Ford’s list is the Ford Edge ST. It’s a smaller, sporty little car.

Ford Edge ST
Ford Edge ST

And maybe you like to have a little sporty car to run around in. Especially while you’re parked in one place. Then the Edge ST could be a very good choice for that.

Next up is a smaller SUV. It’s the Escape hybrid. I heard about this as well in the last video’s comments. And lots of folks are using them to very good advantage.

Best vehicles to flat tow - Ford Escape Hybrid
Ford Escape Hybrid

Again it’s a smaller SUV. So there’s going to be pretty good gas mileage and economy that comes with it.

Finally Ford makes the Fusion hybrid too. And it’s a smaller, sportier type of car. So if that is what you’re looking for, it could be just the ticket for you.

GMC Makes The List Too

Moving on down our manufacturer list is GMC. And GMC makes a vehicle that is very similar to the Chevrolet Suburban in almost every way.

It’s the Yukon. Once again maybe you’re looking for something bigger. Something that can really take a lot of people around with you.

GMC Yukon
GMC Yukon

And you need a lot of cargo area in the back to carry things as well. Then this vehicle could be a very good choice for you. So consider the GMC Yukon.

A Couple More Of The Best Vehicles To Flat Tow

Next on our list is Lincoln. And Lincoln actually makes a passenger vehicle that is flat towable. It’s the MKZ hybrid.

Best vehicles to flat tow - Lincoln MKZ Hybrid
Lincoln MKZ Hybrid

Now most of the vehicles I’m talking about on this list are SUV’s and really smaller cars. Well in this case, Lincoln has made a really nice passenger car or sedan that is towable. So be sure to consider this vehicle as well.

Last on our manufacturer list is Nissan. And Nissan makes a couple of models that are flat towable.

First of all, we’ll talk about the Sentra S. Again, this is a small car, with very good gas mileage and so on. So it would be a very good choice for economy because it’s a lighter vehicle.

Nissan Sentra S
Nissan Sentra S

Next up is the Nissan Versa S. Again a smaller car. But a little bigger than the Sentra S. And it has a lot of features in it as well. But it’s still very economical to drive too.

Nissan Versa S
Nissan Versa S

So those are the manufacturers and models I wanted to cover with you here.

Don’t Forget Manual Transmission Vehicles

Finally, let me mention this. Please remember that many manual transmission vehicles out there are flat towable too.

There are some that may not be. But a very large percentage of manual transmission vehicles are flat towable.

So just check the manual before you buy it. And make sure that it is flat towable first.

The problem is that they seem to be making fewer and fewer of these manual transmission vehicles year after year.

So you might have to hunt a little bit to find one. But it could be a very good choice for you if you know how to drive a manual transmission vehicle.

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Getting The Best Vehicles To Flat Tow

Now something else I want to cover with you. And that is about some homework you need to do if you’re thinking about flat towing.

Number one, before you buy anything make sure you read that vehicle’s owners manual first. For almost every vehicle, there’s an owner’s manual that can be downloaded somewhere online.

So get it and go through it. See what it says about towing for that vehicle. And make sure that it says it can be flat towed before you buy it.

If you’re still in doubt, talk to your car dealer. Or even call the manufacturer themselves That can be done for sure.

And they’re usually happy to talk with you about these situations. Because they want you to be happy with the vehicle you buy. So it is a way to get more information.

Base Plates Are Important Too

Secondly, make sure there are base plates available for the vehicle that you’re going to buy.

A base plate is what you put on the vehicle to attach to the tow bar that tows that vehicle. Well, some base plates are more popular than others.

And so some may not even be in stock. Especially with the supply chain issues that we have these days.

So before you buy, make sure that it is flat towable first. And then make sure that the base plate is available for it.

Otherwise you’re going to sit for a while with no capability of towing. At least until that base plate becomes available.

Best Vehicles To Flat Tow – Match Your Hitch

Lastly, make sure that you match your vehicle to the hitch. And make sure that you’re not overloading the hitch on your RV or your Motorhome either.

Then make sure that you’re well within the towing capacity of the RV as well.

One of the best places to find a base plate and hitch for your RV and towed vehicle is Etrailer.com They pretty much carry almost any kind of tow bar, base plate and hitch you could want.

Conclusion

Now if you do all of these things. If you go through and you use the list we’ve talked about.

And you’ve done your research online and maybe even found some other models as well. Well then, you will most likely have success in finding the vehicle that’s right for you.

Then if you’ve made sure that it is flat towable. And you’ve got the base plate lined up as well. And all of these issues are taken care of. Then you could have a great flat towable vehicle at that point.

A vehicle that will take you anywhere you want to go in your RV travels.

Have safe and happy travels!

How To Get RV Servicing You Can Trust Wherever You Go

Getting RV servicing or repairs wherever you go is an important thing to know. And this article is about how you can find the best mobile RV techs, shops and facilities. Even if you’re in a strange area.

No matter what kind of RV you have, sooner or later you’re going to need some repairs. But what’s the best way to get it repaired? And who do you trust with your RV? Those are good questions to ask.

Now maybe you’re a weekend RVer, and you have a home base that you operate from. Well then you may already know some of the RV techs in your area. And where the best RV facilities are in your home area.

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Finding The Right RV Servicing Techs And Facilities

But what if you are away from home when you need RV servicing or repairs? What do you do then?

Or what if you’re a part-time RVer? So you’re on the road for months at a time. What happens if you need repairs on the road?

Or what if you’re a full-time RVer? Which means you could be anywhere in the country with your RV when it needs RV servicing.

How do you know how to find the mobile techs and facilities in that area? And get a good one to work on your rig?

The internet is filled with stories of RVers complaining about the RV servicing that they got. And how it really wasn’t up to par.

So what we want to do is to be able to find mobile techs and facilities. But also find ones that we can trust as well.

Now I have a couple of resources to share with you in this article. And the first one that we’re going to talk about is called MyRVResource.com.

It’s actually kind of a one stop shop for all things related to RVs. And there’s categories on the website for RV mobile techs, and RV shops or facilities.

So let’s go ahead and take a look at how you can use that site now. Just click on this link to go to that page and follow along as I guide you through it.

RV servicing  - My RV Resource home page
MyRVResource home page

You should be on the page now. And as you can see, it says that it’s like the yellow pages for RV servicing.

And boy is that right. Because look at all of the categories that you have available to get information about RVs. They are all listed on the home page.

But we’re going to focus on just two of the categories right now. The first is mobile RV repair. And the second is RV repair shops.

Now let’s just go through one of these categories and see how it works. Because they all function pretty much the same.

So go ahead and click on the mobile RV repair category. When you do, up comes a map. And looking at the map you can see that there’s mobile RV techs listed all over the country.

So let’s just kind of zero in on Arizona, for instance. And especially the Phoenix area.

Using An Example To See How It Works

Now let’s go to eastern Phoenix. And you’ll notice that we have about a half-dozen mobile RV techs listed there.

And then when you click on any one of the little icons, up will come the name of the business. Then you can click on that and it’ll take you to the next page.

There you find the contact information for that mobile RV tech. And everything that is listed about that particular tech, if you want to contact them. Including the phone number of that company.

Or you could just select the button entitled “Contact This Company”. And it takes you down to a form at the bottom of the page. You can then fill it out and contact them about RV servicing for your rig that way too.

Now of course, you can also leave a review on this page too after the work is done if you like.

So that’s really how easy it is to use MyRVResouce.com. And if you go back to the home page, you can do the same thing with the RV repair shops category. Or with any of the other categories as well.

But it’s very quick and very easy. And it’s simple to be able to find all of these mobile techs and repair shops that they have listed. No matter where you are in the country.

What About Reviews Though?

All right. So that’s MyRVResource.com. Now let me mention that it’s kind of a newer website. It’s owned by Jason and Lisa Carletti. And they are NRVIA certified master RV inspectors in the central Florida area.

They have produced this helpful RV servicing site. And they’ve made it available for everybody to be able to get quick resources for almost anything they need for an RV.

And I have to say that it’s a really helpful site. But it’s also not been around very long.

So although there’s a lot of resources there, you may find that there are not as many reviews as you would like to see for the businesses listed there.

So how do you get the reviews? Well if there’s no reviews through MyRVResource.com, take the name of the tech or the facility and enter it into Google. And you can look for reviews there.

Very often you’re going to find the reviews for that business on Google. So you can find out what’s available in the area for RV servicing by MyRVResource.com.

And then you can find out the reviews for each resource either on MyRVResource.com or through Google. That way you can know whether it’s someone that you really want to do business with or not.

My Second RV Repair Search Resource

Now let’s move on to the second resource. And that is RVServiceReviews.com. It’s a great resource for RV servicing.

RV servicing - RV service Reviews home page
RV Service Reviews home page

But just mainly for RV repair facilities or shops. It doesn’t really have a listing of mobile techs, as far as I can tell.

But it does list a lot of RV servicing facilities across the country. And I mean a lot of them.

There are also lots of reviews for each facility. That’s because that site has been around for a while.

So let’s go ahead and let’s take a look at RVServiceReviews.com and see how it works. Go ahead and click on this link to take you to that page and follow along here as I explain it.

How To Find RV Servicing Facilities On This Site

Once there, you’ll see that there’s various ways to find the RV servicing facilities you need.

First of all, you can do a search for RV shops on the home page with various parameters. Or you can choose from the map instead by clicking on the states listed. Or just click on the actual listing of the states provided there.

Now once again, let’s just go to Arizona and see what’s found there. Once you do, just look at all of the facilities that are listed there for RV servicing on the next page.

Now the RV shops are listed initially in alphabetical order. But if you select the link at the top for “Search By Location”, you can order them by city.

Then you can go through and find the service facilities that are in the area where you’re at.

Now the list will tell you what kind of work they do on RVs. But in addition to that, you have another whole column for reviews as well. And that’s a great thing to have!

Using Another Example To See How It Works

But let me give you an idea about how the reviews actually work. So let’s go down here to a facility in the Phoenix area called Massey’s Diesel and RV Repair, since it has lots of reviews.

Once you click on their link, you can look at all the reviews here for Massey’s. Now some of them will go back several years. But in many cases you’ll get some newer ones as well.

However, by looking at the reviews listed, you can get a feel for the kind of work that they do.

And you’ll find all the pertinent information about the company is listed too. Along with their contact information. The email is listed, the phone number, and so on

Now once again, if you want to get more reviews, just go to Google. Then you can put in the name of the RV servicing facility. And you can take a look at the reviews that are there as well.

So it’s actually very easy to find a facility for RV servicing using RVServiceReviews.com. And you can get the RV shop’s reviews as well at the same time.

Conclusion

OK, so that’s the two resources I wanted to share with you in this article. MyRVResource.com and RVServiceReviews.com.

I believe that if you use these two sites and use them properly, you should be able to find mobile techs and shops for RV servicing almost anywhere you go in the country.

And it’s comforting to know that you have that kind of information available to you. You also can access reviews too, either through these sites or through Google.

That way you can make sure that you know who you’re dealing with. And whether you want to do business with them or not.

So be sure to bookmark these websites in your web browser. That way you’ll have them handy for the next time that your rig needs RV servicing. No matter where you may be at the time.

In the meantime, have safe and happy travels!

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