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Old 09-15-2016, 09:31 AM   #1
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Extended Warranties

Fellow Airstream Crew:

I am pondering on whether or not to purchase the extended warranty on both the Dometic fridge and AC. I have a 2015 FC FB. I know these warranties invite opinions from both sides of the spectrum....whether it's a new car or a toaster. But sometimes I need to hear from folks who have had their units for many years...I struggle with "heck...these are supposed to be top of line appliances"... And then read that some newer units have crashed. So open to suggestions!



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Old 09-15-2016, 09:44 AM   #2
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I have a 2008 Classic 25fb manufactured 6/07 so its really nine years old. The fridge and A/C still work fine.

If its a Dometic warranty and not 3rd party, is at least 5 years and not expensive it might be worth it. A fridge replacement would be $2k with labor I'm guessing, A/C would be about the same. Your 25fb have two A/Cs?

Have you had any warranty work performed on them up to now?


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Shooting Craps and Parts Warranty: taking the Odds

I Play the 'Free Odds', when shooting Craps in a Las Vegas Casino. That is your extended warranty.

I used my Air Conditioning for a couple weeks in Las Vegas when it was 110 to 120 outside. Usually we would not go into an area with excessive heat, but needed to be there one July. Had I added up the hours we use the AC... probably very little in two years.

I use the refrigerator all the time while on the road. There is very little to go wrong with one. The parts are simple and durable... if you make it past the original warranty period!

In two years we have used the AC for 12 days out of a possible 730 days. Having the insurance would not be a good fit for me.

You live in a more humid area and if you camp where power is available... that is a different story. I would like to believe that those notices that Dometic sends out would probably tell me that it is to their advantage, like the Casino, to insure your units AFTER the factory warranty. If they have the edge, they will take your 'insurance wager'.

Our 2006 refrigerator had a coil weld break and the ammonia leaked out, the first year of traveling. It was replaced by warranty, but labor was at our cost. I replaced the entire refrigerator and kept the warranty parts as... spares. Never had another issue during the 8 years we owned it.

Our 2014 International AC and Refrigerator have performed well.

Warranties are playing at a Craps Table. Dometic supplies the table, dice, chips and dealers. What are the Odds of needing it? Do you 'play often'?

Up to this point... we are money ahead by not having an extended warranty. For companies... this is the easy money.
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