I’m glad I spent this past summer working at an RV dealer (in Wyoming) – it taught me to EXPECT equipment failures in my 5th wheel (as if I didn’t already KNOW it from 3+ years on the road!) As I watched the parade of travel trailers, fifth wheels, and motorhomes pass through our service department, I resolved to get an extended warranty BEFORE I resumed my travel this autumn (which started on Sept 8).
About 18 days after leaving Casper, I ran into trouble – I was in Lonesomehurst Campground, near West Yellowstone – attempted to raise my landing gear on my last morning, and FAILURE. They were slipping (the gears) so badly, I had to manually raise the landing gear – NOT a fun solution – especially since I had few alternatives as Lonesomehurst and West Yellowstone are among the most remote regions in our nation!
What did I do, and how did I proceed… this video tells the story – so, sit back, enjoy and then read below the video for some closing thoughts…
Concluding thoughts –
When it comes to the inevitable repairs you’ll have to do on your RV, it all begins with preparation – mentally and with “protection”. In this case, I KNEW when the landing gear failed, it would be a month of ‘back and forth’ (at a minimum) to get them fixed. With that mindset, at least I was not going out of my mind when the repair sequence turned “non-linear”. Further, I had done my homework, my fifth wheel is nearing 4 years old, I KNOW there is more to be repaired ahead of me, so, I opted to get an “extended service contract” – but before I chose one, I insured that they would cover the most likely issues I anticipated running into AND they had a reputation for paying claims – this is something several do NOT score well on! My choice of an American Guardian warranty saved me OVER $500. – and on my first claim and only weeks after purchasing it!
As I mentioned in my video, I can help to get your RV covered should you wish a good warranty policy. Also, again, hats off the the folks I mention in my video at D&D RV and at Lippert.
If you found this information helpful, please do leave a comment below – or if you wish to commiserate as you have experienced a ‘non-linear’ repair – feel free to leave a comment!
About the Author (Author Profile)Alan Sills is a full-time RV'er and has been since 2011. A science educator at heart, Alan has realized that its important to maintain an income stream while "on the road". He writes about RV life, RV issues, and living an entrepreneurial lifestyle.
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