Guest post from Wholesale Warranties explaining year-end changes. You can also learn more as we share our actual experience using our warranty: RV WARRANTIES IN ACTION: DEFINING COVERAGE & SHARING OUR EXPERIENCE
With the end of the year looming, it's time to take stock of your RV protection options. Locking in your RV warranty quote before the year runs out should be at the top of your list. Today, we’ll be going over some important details on year-end changes for coverage, and how an extended warranty can protect your life on the road.
When to Buy
If you haven’t already locked in coverage, it’s a great idea to check into warranty options before the year runs out. With every new year, your motorhome or towable RV is considered a model year older. This means that on January 1st, the RV industry considers all rigs one year older, regardless of when they were purchased or put into service. As vehicle age is a large component in pricing and eligibility for RV extended warranty coverage, this can result in big changes to the options and pricing available for your coach. This is why it’s so important to lock in your quote and save some money!
Are RV Warranties Worth the Investment?
It’s a tough question to answer. Every RVer is different, and we are all comfortable with different levels of financial risk. That said, there are a few things we can be certain about:
Your RV will break down. Mechanical and electrical failures are bound to happen. It’s inevitable and a less glamorous reality of RV ownership. Research shows that 30% of RVs will suffer a major breakdown by the second year on the road. By the fifth year, that number increases to 80%. By the eighth year on the road – nearly every RV will see a catastrophic failure.
We also know the cost of those repairs is only going up. With more RVers on the road, traveling in RVs that are more complex than ever before, the demand and skill level required for repairs is staggering. This has shown an increase in labor costs and part time over the last several years, and it’s unlikely that trend will slow down.
RV warranties are built to help you out in these exact scenarios, when you’re staring down an unexpected and costly repair bill. Why not have a warranty company, like Wholesale Warranties, pick up the tab instead? Having financial protection against a hefty repair bill allows you to worry about other important things—like planning your next trip!
If you’re considering a policy, we recommend getting a quote from our friends at Wholesale Warranties. They are a leading provider of RV extended warranties direct to consumers. Their goal is to offer superior coverage, unmatched customer support, and an extensive education on warranties so you can feel confident when choosing an extended warranty for your motorhome. We have personal experience with this company, and can attest to their customer service and coverage.
Let’s dive back into these year-end changes. Depending on the type of rig you have, eligibility might look different after the first of the year! Generally speaking, motorhomes will be eligible for coverage aged if they are aged 20 model years and newer! If your rig is 16 - 20 model years, you will be limited to powertrain only coverage. For towable RVs, 15 model years and newer can get full, comprehensive coverage! If you’re close to one of these age brackets, you’ll want to lock in coverage before it’s too late.
Putting miles on your rig is the fun part—it means you’ve gotten out there and explored! But keep an eye on that odometer. Mileage is another big component of RV warranty pricing and eligibility. For instance, all comprehensive options are only eligible for coaches with less than 100k miles, with coach coverage (interior only, no powertrain options!) ending at about 125k. This can vary depending on the warranty company you choose, but it’s important to keep an eye on your mileage. Simply put, the higher your mileage, the costlier your policy will be!
A Policy That Fits You
Everyone has different lifestyles and needs, but we think it’s important to know your options. Working with an education-forward company like Wholesale Warranties can be a great step toward deciding what policy is right for you, and when to lock in that coverage. Remember, your deadline is January 1st of the new year! Click here to get a free quote, and learn more.
You can also learn more as we share our actual experience using our warranty: RV WARRANTIES IN ACTION: DEFINING COVERAGE & SHARING OUR EXPERIENCE
1/25/2020 Update: We renewed our warranty this month!!! We can have peace of mind for another 3 years! We have been so happy with Wholesale Warranties, the service and the coverage that we also purchased a 3-year warranty with them on our tow car at the end of 2019. What I didn't realize or think about is when pricing a warranty, it is based on the model year of your RV so on January 1st your RV is another year older. So, you'll save on your warranty price by purchasing it before year-end. Get your quote today at Wholesale Warranties! All you have to do for a quote is fill out a form. They are a no pressure company with great customer service!
Or learn more on Wholesale Warranties guest blog explaining year-end changes. RV WARRANTIES: ELIGIBILITY, UPCOMING CHANGES, AND MOREHere is an Update on Our Coverage:
In early 2020 our washing machine quit! I am happy to say it was covered by our warranty including taking out the window to get the washing machine in! The only issue is the washing machine has many more "bells & whistles" to learn and my dryer is "old".
Our TV Satellite dish was repaired. Like many with COVID we did not travel for the last year. However, we are ready to go in the spring and have the comfort of know our Extended Warranty is great!
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As full-timers since 2009, we’ve experienced a lot of what it takes to live the RV life. Unfortunately, one of the less fun experiences every RVer will inevitably face is suffering a mechanical breakdown while traveling. Whether the repair needed is large or small, a few things are always true: RV breakdowns are disruptive, frustrating, and costly.
First Published November 2018. Updated November 2020.
Many times, someone living in an RV full time has gone through the process of getting rid of many of the items they had accumulated during their lifetime. In an RV they don't have a lot of storage and they don't have a lot of storage and they don't have a lot of room for knick-knacks. For that reason, unless you know they have a specific need, I would most often suggest you get them a consumable item. Some examples
If you are a full time RV'er and don't agree or have other ideas you think should be added, please let me know. Happy Gifting! I have become addicted to Amazon Prime since COVID. I think they were wondering about me at the RV office with all the packages I was getting!
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Most people say there's nowhere to camp for free in Texas. We have found a few and one that even has full hook-ups at no charge. Wheter you are headed south for the winter or just looking for a few days to get away we recommend these four places. All free or under $12!
Granbury Texas - Last spring as we were working our way to Dallas for a meeting I had we found that the Brazos River Authority oversees Lake Granbury where there are a few free boondocking opportunities.
In the spring of 2019 we were making our way from the Alfa Owners Club Rally in Fredericksburg Texas to Mineral Wells to watch my grandson drift and then we had a couple weeks before I had to be at a meeting in Dallas. In our search to find a place to stay we found Lake Granbury less than an hour away.
Lake Granbury is operated by the Brazos River Authority which was created by the Texas Legislature in 1929 as the first government entity in the United States specifically for the purpose of developing and managing the water resources of an entire river basin. (History Lesson if you travel with children.) Today, the BRA water supply system includes 11 reservoirs scattered across the 42,000-square-mile river basin. Three of the man-made lakes were built, and are owned and operated, by the BRA. The other eight are owned and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The BRA reservoir system includes: Possum Kingdom Lake, Lake Granbury and Lake Limestone. All three lakes have some type of primitive camping. (no hook-ups). The parks do have restrooms.
2020, a year that will remain in our memories for a long time. I don't know about you but I've become a hermit. At first we had a lot of items delivered to our home. This has been the year we have definitely made use of our Amazon Prime membership. It seems like we have a package coming in at least weekly if not more often. My husband is now running needed errands however there are items that I need that he's not confident he'll get the "right" one. So what do we do? Amazon!!! In fact I have deodorant and a new hair brush being delivered today. So you bet I'm going to be keeping an eye out for needed items or maybe I should say wanted items on Amazon Prime Day.
As they say, if you haven't heard of Prime Day or Amazon Prime you might be living a sheltered life. But here's the basics:
First if you are not already a Prime Member you can sign up for a 30-day free trial using this link. You have to be a Prime Member to get Prime Day deals. This deal includes free shipping and Prime Video for 30 days!
Gift & stocking ideas for children who camp
Kids who love to camp love finding something camping related under the tree or in their stocking on Christmas morning. Here are some ideas, some are even good for adults!
If you love Christmas like I do Branson is the place to visit in November & December!!!
silver dollar city
Travel Channel refers to them as “The most illuminated Park on Earth”. They have over 6 ½ million lights… they are everywhere, so I would have to agree! They always have shows in addition to rides however this time of year the shows are Christmas-themed. We saw “It’s a Wonderful Life”, the Living Nativity and the Spoken4Quartet and they were all fantastic. We also enjoyed “Rudolph’s Holly Jolly™ Christmas Light Parade.
Spring Creek Park
Spring Creek Park, a Harris County, Precinct 4 park is a wonderful, well-maintained park in the Northwest Houston, TX area, and it has a bonus for RVer's! They have 8 full-hookups, FREE camping sites with 50 amp electric, water & sewer. You can only stay 7 days in a 30 day period. It's great for snowbirds passing through on their way to South Texas for the winter, someone who will just be in town for a short time or someone attending one of Tomball's many awesome events. The only downfall, which isn't really one for us, is they lock the gates to the park at 10 pm and you can't get in or out. If you have kids they have a great playground. They also allow tent camping and have showers and bathrooms. Reservations must be made in advance by going to their website: Spring Creek Park.
We’ve lived in our RV full-time going on the tenth year. We’ve entertained family & friends and with any household furniture, our RV furniture was definitely showing a lot of wear. We had replaced our two European recliners with ottomans with a theater room recliner and even though we paid over $1,000 for it, it was also showing wear and we just weren’t happy with it anymore. Plus I wanted a second chair. The only reason we didn’t like the original recliners was the Ottomans always seemed to be in the way.
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Do you dream of traveling full-time(FT)? You can join us on our RV journey sharing places to stay, visit and eat and other how-to and tips. Jim and I (Becky) have been living in our Alfa RV F/T since 2009. Join us and experience the lifestyle, ask questions and share your experience and desires.