Ask any long-time RVer about extended service plans and warranties and you’ll probably get one of two responses:
- Not worth it, I’ve never had anything break on my RV
- Yeah definitely a good choice, saved me so many times
Whether or not an extended service plan works for you depends on several factors.
Everything Breaks, Sooner or Later
Mechanical breakdowns on your RV can be stressful and expensive.
There are many things that can malfunction including refrigerators, air conditioners, water pumps, slide-out controls and awnings. Not to mention the engine, the transmission and all the associated mechanical parts.
Often times it can be a hassle to submit claims and deal with warranty administrators.
Third party shops can also be tough to work with. Since many of these are one-off repairs you could be on the receiving end of over charges and poor work.
The aim of Good Sam’s Extended Service Plan is to unburden you, saving you time, money and hassle.
Service Plans are More Than Warranties
Good Sam’s Extended Service Plan is different than an extended warranty. And in many ways it’s better.
An extended service plan is mechanical breakdown insurance that will be there for you when large ticket items break or stop working.
Think of it like catastrophic healthcare insurance.
Sure, when you need small things taken care of you can probably foot the bill.
But when you need a kidney taken out (like I did), hysterectomy, or some other – typically surgical – procedure, you need insurance.
Most people don’t have 10-50k sitting around for big ticket medical bills.
Good Sam’s plan is the only RV plan backed by an A+ rated insurance underwriter, so it complies with strict insurance regulations.
Bottom line: even if Good Sam goes under, you WILL be paid for your claims.
To date Good Sam ESP has paid out more than $90 million in claims to Good Sam customers.
Can You Afford Not to Get an Extended Service Plan?
You may have heard of self-insurance.
Self-insuring means that you can properly estimate future – and uncertain – repair costs, and pay for those costly repairs out of pocket if need be.
It’s great because it allows you to pocket the premiums that would otherwise be going to your insurer.
But what if you’re not rolling in dough? What if you can’t afford to self-insure and pay cash to replace the major components in your RV?
Sometimes it’s not worth the fear or anxiety that you feel when you’re stuck writing a big check that you could have had somebody else pay for.
Not All Service Shops are the Same
Good Sam is unique in the RV repair industry.
They’ve got an alliance of Preferred Providers to take care of you and your RV. These providers – located nationwide – are only available to ESP members.
2,000+ repair facilities stand ready to provide you with a dependable network so that your work gets done efficiently and correctly. ESP will even help you get in touch with the closest facility to you.
These preferred providers offer a minimum 10% discount to all Good Sam ESP members, accept direct payment from Good Sam for covered repairs, and stand behind their work.
Two partners in their Preferred Provider Network, Camping World and AAMCO now offer disappearing deductibles to ESP customers.
The longer you go without a claim, the lower your deductible becomes.
Extra Benefits Come With the Good Sam ESP
Camping World has over 100 locations that offer Good Sam Extended Service Plan members $50 off their deductible when you take your rig in for repair on covered components.
You can also receive exclusive member-only discounts offered by AAMCO.
With over 750 locations, AAMCO not only repairs transmissions but also hundreds of specialized RV mechanical components. You can save up to $100 off your deductible at select AAMCO locations.
Good Sam Extended Service Plan is a policy that YOU own, not the dealer or manufacturer. Here are some of the many valuable benefits:
- Good Sam pays for your repairs – at any repair facility*
- Parts and labor are covered
- Pay as you go, not all at once
- Travel benefits such as hotel, meals, and rental car reimbursement
- Lock in rates from 3-7 years on new policies
- Multiple deductible options
- Free 22 point RV inspections
- Adds value to your vehicle- transferable if you sell
Next time your RV needs major repairs, don’t wish you called Good Sam ESP first.
Call them now at 800-746-7478 or visit GoodSamESP.com.
*Less deductible. All program benefits are subject to limitations set forth in the current terms and conditions. ESP is available to U.S. residents only. Designed for the Good Sam Club by Affinity Brokerage, LLC. To qualify for coverage, RVs must be 15 years or newer, motorhomes with less than 80,000 miles; cars, trucks, and SUVs 15 years or newer with less than 100,000 miles.