There is a lot of worry about owing an RV whose manufacturer is no longer in business, but the fact is, most people with out an extended warranty were paying out of pocket for repairs after first year anyway.
Mesa, AZ (Vocus) March 6, 2009
As the economic storm rages on, each week reveals new casualties and the RV world definitely hasn't been spared. With many manufacturers struggling and many closing there doors, customers are left wondering what will happen if their RV manufacturer is next.
The RV industry showed signs of decline as early as 2007 with closures of many RV manufacturers. An unofficial list of manufacturers that closed their doors in or around the last 2 years:
National RV Holdings
Western Recreational Vehicles
King of the Road
Sunline Coach Company
If you share concern with many RV owners out there that your manufacturer has gone out of business or could be going out of business, here are a few things to consider:
- Most products are only covered by a 1 year factory warranty, and it covers structure. After that warranty runs out you are either running on an extended warranty or paying out of pocket for repairs. This is where extended warranties can come in handy and you can get coverage in many cases up to 7 years.
- Most of the parts in your RV are made by a variety of third party companies and not your manufacturer. Manufacturers generally just assemble RV's, using parts made by parts manufacturers. Most of those parts are still going to be available for years to come at parts houses.
- Any reputable RV repair facility can pretty much repair any make or model RV, much like an appliance repairman can repair your dishwasher.
"Extended warranties can cover your RV up to 7 years. This would help cover an RV owner seeking factory warranty covered repairs," says Clint Ethington, manager at Pedata RV Center. "There is a lot of worry about owing an RV whose manufacturer is no longer in business, but the fact is, most people with out an extended warranty were paying out of pocket for repairs after first year anyway."
For More Information:
For more information on Pedata RV Center or current trends in the RV industry contact Clint Ethington, General Manager, at clint (at) pedatarvcenter (dot) com or by phone at: 1-888-545-8314 or 520-807-0900. Or visit Pedata RV Center online at http://www.pedatarv.com.
Pedata RV Center
Phone: 1-888-545-8314 or 520-807-0900
Email: clint (at) pedatarvcenter (dot) com
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