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Extended Warranties

Our subject this week is Extended Warranties. It is a rerun of show number 367. John had a few medical procedures this week, so we’ll be back with all new material next week. We are quite fortunate to have with us Chris Yust, RV insurance specialist and agent. Chris was our guest once before for one of our most downloaded podcasts all about RV Insurance. Her company is C and C RV Insurance and the website is .

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Controversial subject

This show is a complement to the earlier one. This time the primary subject is the RV Extended Warranty, or Extended Service Plan. This topic has become somewhat controversial with some folks questioning the cost of the premium as opposed to what they can set aside themselves for repairs. We’ll look at both sides.

We start with the difference between an extended warranty and an insurance policy. One point brought up early on is to check out any company offering an extended warranty with AMBEST, an independent insurance rating agency. Look them up at . Then we move forward to purchasing a dealer extended warranty, or not.

We discuss the difference between an inclusionary policy and an exclusionary policy and why the exclusionary one is best.

We get into claims and how they are processed with extended RV warranties. This includes the interaction between us, the customer, and the insurance company and the repair shop. This can be quite an involved process and the customer needs to understand it completely.

Next up is deductibles, that amount of your hard earned money you must pay when the work is done. Then we cover renewals, transfers, and cancellations.

Throughout this interview we stress that you must Read the Fine Print! Read your policy or contract.

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Gathering RV Rally

We do our podcast live at the Gathering RV Rally. Just like last year, we set up our recording equipment on stage and did our entire show in fromt of our Gathering RV Rally audience. We had an awesome time!

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Huge Surprise

At about the 42 minute mark on the show, My son came into the clubhouse riding a Rad Power eBike. Mike Tishler, an attendee at last year’s rally, read a beautiful tribute to Kathy and me about what we do for the RVers who listen to our show and how we give them great insights into the RV lifestyle. Then he presented that very eBike to us. We were blown away to say the very least! That was the most surprised I have ever been.

We’re on You Tube

Our friends and rally presenter Jim Guld from the Geeks on Tour videoed the entire show and live streamed it on You Tube. Check it out by searching on LTRVD Gathering

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RV Insurance

We interview Chris Yust all about RV Insurance. This is a rerun of show number 253. Between the upcoming rally and the currently happening hurricane, we didn’t get a new show up this week. Next week we’ll record our show live at the rally with questions from the rally participants.

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RV Tips

RV Tips is the subject of this episode. From the mail to the end, we feature subjects and RV Tips that all RVers can use.

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Email Tips

In the mail segment, we discuss such things as “where is the sweet spot in choosing a used rig that won’t lose too much value when resold in 3 or 4 years?” John talks about input on the Mobile RV Academy from a recent graduate who can now fix most RV issues that pop up.

We received information on a new GPS enabled product that can protect your RV by alerting you of movement of the rig and can also track it. The company is WHRZT as in where’s it? Check it out at .

Another interesting question that came out of email from a listener is how do you deal with bridges with low weight limits on the way to a campground. Some states, particularly in the west, have maps of bridges and their weight limits. I need to research this issue more.

A comment on our show about slide room maintenance brought out the fact that lighter weight rigs like Class C’s built on a Ford E-450 chassis will experience some chassis flex when certain wheels are elevated with blocks in order to level the rig. This can cause slide rooms to not travel the entire length of their mechanisms and bind up until the flex is removed.

Road School Moms

Kathy and I will be live on the “Roadschool Moms” broadcast done by the folks at Fulltime Families. The show will start about 9:15 PM Eastern time Sunday evening the 2nd of October. The link is

Boondocking Tips

Both of us talked about boondocking and where you can and cannot dump grey water. This was a good discussion on how to get both holding tanks to need dumping at nearly the same time.

RV Rally Tips

Kathy and John discussed how to enjoy an RV rally. Lots of good RV Tips here.

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RV Storage Tips

RV Storage tips are the main subject of this podcast. Since we are in Autumn going into winter, we also discuss winter camping. Check out our web page on this at

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Industry News

There is a new quality initiative by Jayco to put American made Goodyear tires on all of their RV’s. That’s good news and we hope other manufacturers follow suit. We also talk about the new “Aire” series of 5th wheel trailers by DRV that all can be towed by trucks with single rear wheels. That fills a need long overlooked. Anyone attending our Gathering rally and staying for 30 days can get a good deal on golf cart rentals by calling Razor Carts at 815-378-9888.

Batteries and propane system storage tips

John tells you what should be done with your RV batteries during storage periods whether you remove them or leave them in the RV. We discuss how to keep your propane regulator from becoming invaded by insects.

Water system storage tips

Next up is all about how to secure all your fresh water components for long-term winter storage. We discuss low point drains, water heater draining, winterizing kits, and RV specific antifreeze. We also talk about securing tour holding tanks for winter storage.

Engine and Fuel System tips

John discuses winterizing the fuel tank and fuel system on motorized RVs. This goes hand in hand with how to do engine maintenance prior to storage.

refrigerator storage tips

Kathy talks about what to do with food storage areas and refrigerator. She also discusses interior insulation and methods to prevent insect and rodent infestation. These RV Storage Tips should help you to prepare your rig for its winter sleep.