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RE: Budget for dependable used class c

I went with a ex rental unit (smaller than what you are looking at, but the same idea). I got it for a good price then I put the savings into upgrades that I wanted and mechanical checks and work. I now have a trusty unit that fits my reliability needs for less than many other units that I would not be as sure with.
Photomike 05/20/18 11:48pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: approx fuel left when light comes on???

Thanks for all the replies!!! Sounds like it’s a mystery. I generally never allow it to go under 1/4 tank, but since it is new I am trying to get an idea of the range and what not. I guess only poor planning and bad luck will I truly know how far I can go :) Like others have said try not to get it down that low for a number of reasons. For me I have always tried to fill by half if for nothing else than a break from driving. The other big reason is that in an emergency under half limits your options a lot more. I have had to detour to a road that was more miles and with no services. With a generator having to spend an extra day or two in a place that you can not easily get to a gas station (packing up and driving to get fuel only to return to the campground is not fun) or getting stuck in traffic. With having lots of fuel not a problem. I guess a lot of that goes to my be prepared mentality. Even today I have three vehicles my dd and two RV's and they all have their tanks full just in case.
Photomike 05/17/18 09:07am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Tinting Windows on TC

My Northern Lite came that way when I bought it. During the daytime you could not see in AT ALL even from a foot away!! At night with lights on inside it was easy to see in.
Photomike 05/14/18 05:57pm Truck Campers
RE: How to make use of space where generator was?

I went to a welder and for what he charged to weld it and paint it I could not have bought a piece of flimsy plastic for that price. If you are looking look for a small welding shop like a one person operation. The big ones won't give you the time of day for a small project like this. Here are some pictures of mine and some other mods ***Link Removed*** FYI I still have the old battery box there, I need to find a tool box that fits it as it is a perfect location for tools or oil or even a small can of gas. Do you have any pictures of your new battery storage area? This is exactly what I'm looking at doing. Would love to see how it's mounted/welded. I can see that something is bolted to the old battery storage sidewall. I also found a loose wire on the roof. It's 16 or 18 AWG, can't quite see. I'm adding 200w of solar panels if I can make it fit but I haven't decided how route the wires down yet. I saw that charging LED on the panel on mine and I still have to investigate what's behind it. What kind of charge controller is there if at all. I plan on using my own that I purchased already. If you have any info about it please send it my way. Only pictures are the one in the above link that I have. What we did was to use the bolts that are under there for the generator. Four bolts that have the heads embedded so they do not turn. Welded the frame and installed. It is bolted to the battery tray to prevent it from wobbling side to side, a little extra stability. Do you have a solar panel on top of the air conditioner? The only extra wires that I know on the roof would be from this. I am not sure what the charge controller is. I have never dug into it. If I added any more solar I would use my own controller.
Photomike 05/13/18 06:57pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: How to make use of space where generator was?

I went to a welder and for what he charged to weld it and paint it I could not have bought a piece of flimsy plastic for that price. If you are looking look for a small welding shop like a one person operation. The big ones won't give you the time of day for a small project like this. Here are some pictures of mine and some other mods 19G mods FYI I still have the old battery box there, I need to find a tool box that fits it as it is a perfect location for tools or oil or even a small can of gas.
Photomike 05/13/18 11:09am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Hallmark Flatbed Camper

Well about time for US Truck Camper manufacturers. Flatbed conversions are the what we have been doing for the last 30yrs. Pickup Bed TC’s are very very rare Hallmark Flatbed TC’s Four Wheel Campers has been building a flat bed model for a couple years now. Yes I know, the bulk of the manufacturers still build for a Pickup bed. When I first started showing flatbed conversions in Australia. on this forum I was getting bizarre comments like, the Camper would “ fall off”:S Majority of trucks in north America have boxes. The number of flat bed trucks that are used is so low that most manufacturers would never sell one if they had a model available. I was looking at going that way years ago for the extra storage and floor space.
Photomike 05/10/18 08:01pm Truck Campers
RE: Unimog becomes an Off Road Class C

Most people that sing the praises of a Unimog have never driven or paid for one. I would love one but they have a lot off issues, and a lot of benefits, but I don't think the benefits are for everyone. Benefits RuggedOff road capableRoomyParts readily available in most countriesFuel readily availableServiceable by owner or mechanics in many countries Drawbacks SLOWNOT fuel efficientRough rideBIG (try to go down some standard roads)Expensive to buy and run If I was going to drive around the world and a tank was not available a Mog would be my second choice :B I have seen many that I love, have seen some converted to using bio diesel they make themselves to cut down on fuel costs and would not argue if someone gave me one, but most people do not need one including me!
Photomike 05/09/18 12:29pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Roof replacement is a "normal maintenance item"?

I think a lot is the dealer trying to drum up extra business, but I think a lot is also many techs at the dealerships have no idea what they are talking about.
Photomike 05/09/18 12:18pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: The future is Electric...

Electric Motor home?? Wonder if and what the price will be.
Photomike 05/08/18 11:41am Around the Campfire
RE: Ford Transit Truck Camper

Van conservions are expensive and really cramped. These are much better rigs for longer trips. I actually prefer my van conversion for longer trips. I use it more than I did my truck camper and the class C as driving it is so easy. Less weight and all the luxuries of home. So far I have about half invested in the van with the conversion and the price of a new van then if I would have gone with another truck camper. Still have the Class C for trips closer to home and when I am staying in one place for a long time.
Photomike 05/08/18 09:54am Truck Campers
RE: TC Report Coffee Pot Lake

That is a Yellow Headed Black bird. A sure sign of spring :B
Photomike 05/07/18 12:01pm Truck Campers
RE: Ford Transit Truck Camper

Better yet just convert a van, many more benefits than going the other route Van Conversion
Photomike 05/06/18 10:39pm Truck Campers
RE: Convert to tankless?

I thought of this the other day, many times we run the hot water heater in a low setting (prevents burns and saves some fuel) but it also requires us to use more hot water to keep it hot. If you turn up the tank heater your wife would be able to mix more cold water and extend her shower time that way. Also like the low flow shower head idea.
Photomike 05/01/18 01:13pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Buying a Former Rental Class C. How many of us out there?

As for the RV part, It's coming along nicely and we are now outfitting it with all our goods and I think I'll test all the coach systems completely this week as it's still winterized. I noticed that CC uses an air compressor and not anti freeze in their units, I haven't found all the drains and valves and it looks like I'll have to add in an anti-freeze "T" or learn how to use the air compressor to do it. Any one have tips for me on this one? Also, underneath where the old decals were is nice and shiny and the older exposed areas are oxidized a fair amount, is it possible to polish the exposed areas up enough so that the old decal outlines are not so noticeable? I'm also working with a decal company and I'm going to remove the Majestic Branding and go with something else, I just haven't decided what graphics to use. The wife and I call the unit "The Rental" as we usually find a name for all of our RV's but I don't want the RV to scream RENTAL to the world. Maybe we should decal it in Oilers colors. :D Look for the water tank, mine had a T inside the cupboard at the water tank. There should be a low point drain towards the rear and back (at least it is on my 19G). I used a 3m product for boats to polish mine. That helped to smooth out the old and new finish. Oiler's colors would automatically lower resale :B :B
Photomike 04/30/18 01:34pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Apartment look in a Class C

They are nice (love the last one). I am getting tired of so many of the RV's all have a C&C router look. It is like they all copy one another, the "look what we can do" is getting so cookie cutter. Although a lot of the changes an the same price is a direct result of being able to cut out so many the same with no labor involved - so I understand what they have gone to that.
Photomike 04/28/18 08:29pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: the road from Spokane to Banff and Jasper

I have driven the Ice fields hundreds of times and there is only one really big hill that will challenge you. The road is used by all sizes of RV's and if you take your time you will be fine, there is a pull off at the bottom and you can let any traffic past. It is fully paved with a small paved shoulder all the way. Spring is the worst time because of the pot holes but they are looked after by October :B :B :B
Photomike 04/24/18 08:45am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Buying a Former Rental Class C. How many of us out there?

Also thanks to you Photomike for your response. I will be sure to take it on a good roadtest before making a decision. Did you find that CC did the full refurbishment that they advertise they perform? I am not that mechanically inclined and really wouldn't know what to check for to determine whether the seals are good etc. Would it be a good idea to pay for someone to come and check it over? A previous post a while back said it was not necessary with CC (or maybe it was CA) because of their refurbishment process. From what I found and what my mechanic found checking it a week or so after I got it home the mechanic part was all done, but the house part was lacking. I think the mechanic part was done as they do have to do an out of province inspection before selling it and they do warranty the vehicle part of it for 12 months and if that was not done according to what was suppose to be done that would be an issue. I also think the coach part is a different crew that looks after that. They even put a new rear bumper on it as there was a dent in the old one. I did take it to my mechanic as soon as I bought it (actually bought it, tossed in some gear and spent a night at Chain Lakes then came home), not because anything stood out but I just wanted piece of mind and wanted to get anything wrong claimed on warranty ASAP. As I mentioned in other posts other than the alignment that was all he found (now that I think about it there was a bulb on the license plate burnt out as well). CC covers some things on the engine but not everything Coverage If you have a mechanic locally that you trust I would run it past him if you are not confident. For a couple hundred bucks you would have an experienced eye to set your mind at ease.
Photomike 04/23/18 10:23pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Service Disaster?

Put a dehumidifier in your rig and a fan to circulate the air. You need to start the drying process before you get mold. Yes! Problem is that many places will only do EXACTLY what you tell them.
Photomike 04/23/18 05:42pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Buying a Former Rental Class C. How many of us out there?

Hi Photomike...I was hoping you would be among those to respond.I believe you had bought from the Cruise Canada dealer in Calgary which is where we saw the 23A Majestic unit.If for no other reason than the price this will be my focus. Yes the other unit was at Fraserway. I know you bought the 19G unit recently which also has the Ford V8 and from what I have read this engine is fine for the 19 foot Majestic. The 28A Majestic has the V10 so I am just not sure if the V8 is adequate for the 25 foot one.We haven't got to the test drive stage yet. Any tips as to what I should look for? Thanks. Cannot help with the engine other than to say mine is amazing in the 19G. Last year was on the highway and a guy past me in a passing lane just as it was ending, pulled in front of me with only inches to spare and lost control of his truck. I had two choices - hit him or swerve around him. I pulled out saw I had a little room and floored it and that little motor home took off like a shot and got me past him and back in my lane faster than a sports car. They seem to be smart when building the units so I would think that the engine is the right power, take it out and try it only thing you have to loose is some time. As far as dealing with CC take your time, check it our REALLY closely and be picky. Seeing you are in Calgary take it for a good long drive, hit some rough roads and hills and make sure that it has no issues. Test everything like the air, heater, water heater, etc. The units are amazing, difference is in how they are used and cleaned up for sale. I know that it is usually in the fall that they have the most units for sale as they are coming off the summer rentals but I am not sure if buying now is better or worse as they are gearing up for rental season and want to dump units that are on the lot so they are not sitting on them over the summer. They do have a rental program that applies your rental (or part of it) to the purchase. If you get it narrowed down to one unit see if you can take it out for a night or two.
Photomike 04/21/18 10:21pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Buying a Former Rental Class C. How many of us out there?

Hello, I am brand new to this forum and the first thing I would like to do is give IAMICHABOD a big thankyou for starting this thread. Had I not been able to use this as a resource in doing my research I'm sure I would never have considered buying a former rental unit. Now I have decided this is the way to go for the reasons indicated throughout these pages. I do not retire until next year so there is no urgency in buying one but it would be nice to get one sooner than later. I live in Calgary Alberta and there are a couple of places that sell former rentals. None however appear to sell any with the Chev engine so I am limited to the ford engines. I am looking at something between 23 and 25 feet long so I can keep it behind our house. I saw a couple of units today that look interesting. One is the 23A from CC that has about 160,000 km on it. It is 25 feet long and has the ford V8 engine. It does not have a generator. The other is an ALP adventurer that has about 90,000 less km and has a generator as well as the ford V10. However it costs about $15,000.00 more. So the first question I have:is the V8 sufficiently powered to take the 23A through mountain drives? Also is it really necessary to have a generator? Thanks and I'm sure I will have a few more questions as my search progresses. If one of those is from Fraserway RV..... RUN and do not stop running. I can fill pages of issues that they have and I have only taken a couple for test drives from them.
Photomike 04/21/18 07:10pm Class C Motorhomes
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