The Importance of Purchasing a Service Agreement

Photo: Diana Leblanc

Photo: Diana Leblanc

OK guys, I know some of you will think I am a little crazy, but I just bought a new RV.  No, not a brand new RV.  It’s a 2012 Winnebago View, but it’s new to me.  After all, I am RV Nana, I would never buy new.  There are too many great buys in the used market.  I have loved my 2008 Roadtrek (RV NANA 2) and was not really in the market to upgrade.  One day I was out on the sales lot appraising a 5th wheel as I opened the back blinds to get a little light in the RV, this View sitting there in our detail area.  It was love at first sight.

I had recently gone to an RV event with my daughter and sister  and the Roadtrek was  just too small. We actually rented a cabin and an RV site for the 5 days to have enough room for the three of us. What’s wrong with this picture?  I have loved the Roadtrek but I knew it was something for short trips and I am hoping to travel a little more this year.

The View has two slides and enough headroom to stand up and even take a shower in  it.  I felt like I was cheating on the Roadtrek by even looking at another RV.  I guess this tells you how crazy RV Nana really is.

I was excited to make the purchase but decided to wait a couple of months  to sell the Roadtrek.  Now, I own two RVs.  Again, what’s wrong with this picture?   I had the complete demo and I was so excited. I got it home and had 24 hours of exciting, frustrating, tearful, anxious hell.  A dear friend, who is also an amazing mechanic, helped me juggle all the cars home so I could start the exchange of “stuff” from one RV to the other.  I had just had a brand new 30 amp outlet installed by the garage and I was eager to turn everything on and make the big move.  I plugged it in and heard a loud pop.  There was no electric in the RV.  I immediately called the electrician and made plans for him to come out the next morning.  I backed the Roadtrek in next to the View and began the transfer.  Being a bit of a slow learner, I plugged the Roadtrek into the same outlet and, surprisingly, it worked great.  I was puzzled.  It had all worked fine at the dealership.  What was I doing wrong?

Photo: Diana Leblanc

Photo: Diana Leblanc

The View has a generator, but I was afraid to turn it on because none of my neighbors were in town and I was afraid of what might go wrong.  I waited until m my mechanic friend came over the next morning.  He was also shocked by the outlet and could not determine why I had no electricity.  We started the generator and, within seconds, I smelled smoke.  OMG.  I was suddenly thinking I had made a huge mistake.  I grabbed the fire extinguisher, he started tearing into the cabinet and we discovered that the inverter had “fried”.  Not sure how or why, but it was history.  All I can say now is “thank heavens for service agreements”.  I am always preaching the importance of purchasing a service agreement and, of course, I had purchased one myself.  There was no rhyme or reason to how or why it went out, but I am so thankful  it happened in my driveway.  Now, it has been replaced, I only paid $200 deductible and I am preparing g for my first adventure in the new RV NANA 2.

One small obstacle and I am now ready to start my next chapter.

See you on the road soon.

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