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06-17-2015, 06:28 PM
we are brand new to this forum. We are trading in our 2013 Airstream for a 2009 36 ft. Mobile Suite. I have talked extensively with the former owner and have not discovered any surprises as yet. We are also exploring the possibility of a Good Sams Extended Warranty. We would appreciate any input on our purchase as far as things to consider when evaluating the condition of the Mobile Suites, and any input on the Good Sams Extended Warranty.


06-17-2015, 09:41 PM
I have an '05 and twice considered a GS warranty--seemed like too much money for too many fine prints...
I know of a guy who has had the GS and it has proven to have paid for itself over several times.
As with any legal contract, you really need to understand what is NOT covered--there are many way to wiggle out due to the details if you do not follow the instructions for repairs/claims to the letter.

And, of course, welcome to the forum.


06-18-2015, 09:43 AM
Check out the pricing, as your 5th wheel is 2009.

Most of the bugs should be out of your trailer at this age. If your plan is limited i.e. camping on holidays and weekend., I do not think it is worth the expense.

06-18-2015, 04:52 PM
Thanks for the advice.

07-08-2015, 11:38 AM
Very interesting. We also are in the process of moving from our 2014 Airstream to full time in a Mobile Suites. The adventure is in process.

07-08-2015, 01:52 PM
There are trade offs like everything. We went from very simple but somewhat cramped, to very complicated and huge. After a while I hope to feel more comfortable with all the hydraulic systems plus the sheer size of the trailer.

07-10-2015, 01:25 PM
We have considered several types of extended warranties over the years including Good Sam. Since I can do most of the repairs on our rigs, just cannot warrant the cost. Our 2006 Mobile Suites has been pretty trouble free since we bought it new in 2007. The only major issue was just this past spring when the refrigerator cooling unit leaked. Instead of repairing it, we replaced the RV frig with a residential frig. I know that some day other systems will need replaced or repaired but I figure what we have saved in warranties will more than cover those costs since I will probably due the labor.

07-10-2015, 05:40 PM
Thanks. I hope I never need to use it, but most likely we will. Also thinking about Coach-net road side assistance.

Rick and Debbie

07-10-2015, 07:34 PM
We carry extend a ride for extended warranty. They have been excellent.

We carry Good Sams road side service again excellent.

07-10-2015, 09:14 PM
Thanks. I will need to compare Good Sam's roadside assistance with Coach-net. I was impressed when Coach-net sent a low boy trailer to pick up a member's Mobile Suite and carried it and the truck to the next repair shop.


07-11-2015, 01:54 PM
Good Sams is good for a low boy dolly, i know from experience.

07-11-2015, 02:53 PM
Thanks. That is another great option to consider.

07-12-2015, 12:36 PM
I have had 2 serious breakdowns with my tow vehicle--both times GS performed well in getting correct equipment to tow both units. First time, 2 trucks, one each for truck and trailer; most recently, one truck towed everything in while hitched up.
No complaints with GS road side assistance, have no experience with Coach-Net, but hear it is good also.

07-12-2015, 12:39 PM
Thanks. It is great to hear there are ways to get the trailer into a service facility if the worst case scenario happens.


07-13-2015, 09:08 AM
Just a word of caution GS will tow you to the nearest trailer repair facility of their choice. Just make sure that the facility is able to do the work properly.
From experience I would rather pay for a retow to a shop than pay the cost of a bungled job.
Bungled is a word I chose rather than cursing.

07-13-2015, 08:28 PM
My experience with GS and my major tows has been that they are pretty flexible when you tell them you want the vehicle taken to a dealer shop, not nearest shop. As to the trailer, that might be the case, but never had to experience that. My latest adventure--the engine blew in my 450--I was able to choose a Ford dealer in a larger city that was somewhat farther, and the fiver to an RV park of my choice in that city.
Not sure how far you can push this request, but has worked so far for me.
There is also some degree of liability on their part if you are forced to take their choice of shops and the repair is 'bungled.'