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!