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Old 06-11-2024, 02:07 AM   #1
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Question 5 year Extended Service Plan & Environmental Protection Program

I'm wrapping up what I think is a good deal on a new 2023 Thor Tellaro price wise (36% off of MSRP). However, at closing a lot of extras were offered to us (BTW we didn't close today). With respect to the 5 year extended service plan we were offered and which seems pretty comprehensive in coverage (but also expensive), I'm concerned about deductibles, partial payments, and thinking it may be wiser to put away some money for a future expensive repair. With respect to the environmental protection plan (something resembling a ceramic coat but not really) sprayed on the exterior and an interior Banoyl treatment on the fabric (like Scotchguard), I'm thinking we could do something similar ourselves and a lot cheaper. Am I thinking correctly? Any recs?

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Old 06-11-2024, 02:27 AM   #2
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I'm wrapping up what I think is a good deal on a new 2023 Thor Tellaro price wise (36% off of MSRP). However, at closing a lot of extras were offered to us (BTW we didn't close today). With respect to the 5 year extended service plan we were offered and which seems pretty comprehensive in coverage (but also expensive), I'm concerned about deductibles, partial payments, and thinking it may be wiser to put away some money for a future expensive repair. With respect to the environmental protection plan (something resembling a ceramic coat but not really) sprayed on the exterior and an interior Banoyl treatment on the fabric (like Scotchguard), I'm thinking we could do something similar ourselves and a lot cheaper. Am I thinking correctly? Any recs?
That's the smart path.
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Old 06-11-2024, 02:35 AM   #3
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I'm wrapping up what I think is a good deal on a new 2023 Thor Tellaro price wise (36% off of MSRP). However, at closing a lot of extras were offered to us (BTW we didn't close today). With respect to the 5 year extended service plan we were offered and which seems pretty comprehensive in coverage (but also expensive), I'm concerned about deductibles, partial payments, and thinking it may be wiser to put away some money for a future expensive repair. With respect to the environmental protection plan (something resembling a ceramic coat but not really) sprayed on the exterior and an interior Banoyl treatment on the fabric (like Scotchguard), I'm thinking we could do something similar ourselves and a lot cheaper. Am I thinking correctly? Any recs?
You can invest that $10k and do a sheise load better than filling the dealers wallet.
I was offered that too, and declined- then the finance guy started saying stuff like- "Any work you do won't be as good as ours"... uh huh. Wife almost fell on the flloor with that comment.

The Promaster is covered by Ram, 30k miles/ 3 yrs afaik, and any components in the coach won't add up to that fee, unless they all fail at once, and labor eats up all that anyway.

Environmental protection plan?
Do it yourself. Save your money.
If you are not up for fixing things- get help from a mobile tech and pay him instead. I have one I use for rooftop stuff on my 20L and is a LOT less expensive than that ESP. I do all my own electrics and body work. Dealer does the rest, LOF, suspension work (added Sumo springs) inspections, etc.
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Old 06-11-2024, 02:37 AM   #4
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We didn’t buy an extended service plan, environmental protection plan, or tire & wheel coverage for our 2022 Class C Quantum.
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Old 06-11-2024, 06:01 AM   #5
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I'm wrapping up what I think is a good deal on a new 2023 Thor Tellaro price wise (36% off of MSRP). However, at closing a lot of extras were offered to us (BTW we didn't close today). With respect to the 5 year extended service plan we were offered and which seems pretty comprehensive in coverage (but also expensive), I'm concerned about deductibles, partial payments, and thinking it may be wiser to put away some money for a future expensive repair. With respect to the environmental protection plan (something resembling a ceramic coat but not really) sprayed on the exterior and an interior Banoyl treatment on the fabric (like Scotchguard), I'm thinking we could do something similar ourselves and a lot cheaper. Am I thinking correctly? Any recs?
Put the money in a savings account to pay for potential breakdowns and higher an DV dealer to wax and scotch guard the DV for about 1/4 the cost. Outfit the RV with the money saved.
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Old 06-11-2024, 06:46 AM   #6
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I actually made it a pre condition of Sale with Sales / Finance Manager to not be hassled with any of the Finance Managers sales pitches. I refused to put down deposit or schedule a flight until they confirmed in writing (via email) They agreed but stated they would have all of their paperwork and they would simply select decline in my presence and I would get copies of the same.

I recall they asked for $7,000 over 5 years. I didn't pay but took it a step further, every year I gave myself $1,500 to just buy stuff if I had no required service that would have been otherwise covered by ESP. By year 3, I had bought all of goodies and toys I needed. Any issue I had was covered by Mfg (Kwikee) and WBGO took care of the rest even when warranty was officially over. In November 2024, It will be exactly 5 years. The only repair / claim I thought I may have had was when a hood bracket sheared off and was lost. I was later told it would not have been covered by the warranty as it was due to Mfg Defect. The RV was out of warranty, but WBGO sent me all of the parts and I paid $500 to my Mobile Tech out of pocket to have both sides redesigned so as to not ever lose another.

With that said, if the ESP plan has been $1,500 - $2,000 I may have listened to the pitched. But in general it is like gambling in casino, it is never a good bet, but some people win and the casino exploit those winnings to get more suckers to pay
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Old 06-11-2024, 09:21 AM   #7
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Thanks for the info!
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Old 06-11-2024, 09:24 AM   #8
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Good info. Thanks. I'm thinking about washing it real good and putting a nice polish wax job on it at least once or twice a year. I can park it under an overhang at my barn (like a carport) to protect it from most weather elements.
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Old 06-11-2024, 09:26 AM   #9
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Thanks. I like the idea of using a Mobile Tech to handle some issues I can't.
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Old 06-11-2024, 09:29 AM   #10
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Thanks. I'm a do it your seller but a little intimidated by a lot of the electrical jargon I see on Thor Forums. I can Scotchguard the fabric and polish and wax the vehicle, including the roof.
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Old 06-11-2024, 02:16 PM   #11
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Thanks. I'm a do it your seller but a little intimidated by a lot of the electrical jargon I see on Thor Forums. I can Scotchguard the fabric and polish and wax the vehicle, including the roof.
I am very familiar with the 20L and 20AT wiring- redid my 20L and moved batteries up, re-routed all wires and removed about 50# of battery boxes and excess wire. PM me if you have any questions- take lots of pics.

When we got ours, you couldn't see the floor by the Combimaster or by the Shunt! Now all tidy as can be with all I had to do.
I tell people not to buy Thor unless you are a DIY-er and can do electrical, plumbing, and radio repair... :-) Add house building to that too.
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Old 06-11-2024, 02:53 PM   #12
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Thanks so much! I have most of those areas covered except radio repair, ha! On that note, am talking with Ram Connect on perhaps getting the autostart feature via cell phone. I want to make sure it will work with the Thor Tellaro and not mess up software, etc.
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Old 06-11-2024, 04:21 PM   #13
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Wax is old technology.
This works on glass and everything in a way rainX does.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B06WV...b_b_asin_image

Wax is now a personal therapeutic and not the best route except for the mental inner
'nannananana be one with the ball'
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Old 06-11-2024, 05:58 PM   #14
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Thanks so much! I have most of those areas covered except radio repair, ha! On that note, am talking with Ram Connect on perhaps getting the autostart feature via cell phone. I want to make sure it will work with the Thor Tellaro and not mess up software, etc.
You can also use places that install remote/ autostart for comparison. Dealers are usually more. Auto accessories places are ones to check. None are likely to have RV wiring, but they do have access to all makes for chassis wiring.

Ram dealer will likely tell you they don't mess with the RV part as well. There are certain things they won't touch in mine. I find my OBD plug undone after oil changes so be sure that is still attached after any visits to the dealer. I guess they use their diagnostic tool and forget to re-attach.
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Skip all the add-ons from the finance department and invest the savings in an RV fund.
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Old 06-12-2024, 11:33 AM   #16
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We bought a new Vegas in 2016. First long trip had issue with converter (30 amp wired wrong) I troubleshot and fixed myself. When got home cancelled Extended warranty and had it applied to balance.

New RV has manufacturers warranty, nothing extra.
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Old 06-15-2024, 06:20 PM   #17
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Hi James,

If the offer you that Protection plan IS because they plan to make money with you…
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Old 06-15-2024, 09:19 PM   #18
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I'm wrapping up what I think is a good deal on a new 2023 Thor Tellaro price wise (36% off of MSRP). However, at closing a lot of extras were offered to us (BTW we didn't close today). With respect to the 5 year extended service plan we were offered and which seems pretty comprehensive in coverage (but also expensive), I'm concerned about deductibles, partial payments, and thinking it may be wiser to put away some money for a future expensive repair. With respect to the environmental protection plan (something resembling a ceramic coat but not really) sprayed on the exterior and an interior Banoyl treatment on the fabric (like Scotchguard), I'm thinking we could do something similar ourselves and a lot cheaper. Am I thinking correctly? Any recs?
I own a Ď22 Tellaro, and after fixing the niggling, myriad factory WC issues, am really enjoying it. We got a great price on a floor model, and purchased the extended warranty, with the reasoning that for an extra $7500(not the 10K another poster mentioned) I got a vehicle that comes with a 5 year comprehensive warranty. I do not wish to handle my own RV repair, and I like that I can use it anywhere, from any qualified RV repair shop. . I am a first-time RV buyer, and I donít really know what I donít know, so it made sense. I did not get the Environmental plan, I keep everything clean inside and use a very high quality wax twice a year. I also did not get the tire plan, WAY too expensive, all you are doing is paying more than half the price of a set of tires you may not need. I understand what other experienced owners feel about EWís, but peace of mind does have a value.
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