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RE: Buying a Former Rental Class C. How many of us out there?

I can't remember if anyone posted the information previously, but here is a link to the Cruise America BUYER RESOURCE Page. Currently it goes back to 2007 models. It has MANUALS for the Ford Chassis and Thor or Four Winds. Also, as previously posted, you can register on Thor website for more resources. Thor RV Owner Resources Cruise America Buyer Resources 2007-Present https://www.cruiseamerica.com/help/resources/buyer-s-resources https://www.thormotorcoach.com/owner-resource/
CwglIndn 07/07/21 12:29pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Buying a Former Rental Class C. How many of us out there?

ONE YEAR UPDATE: Bought our 2015 23a beginning of last year just as COVID hit and I think we got the best price just before everything in RV industry exploded. This update is based on some reading for the last 10 or so pages. Summary: We love our RV. Upgrades: Installed rear camera over the rearview mirror. Nice wood cover/ cutting board. Stove cover. TPMS VERY IMPORTANT! Chrome steps into cab. Front mud flaps -VERY IMPORTANT for finish. Added brake controller and 7 pin trailer connector. -Put turn pins on our stove vent to stop it from flying open and popping off in high winds. Problems: 1) as stated in prior post generator circuit board caught fire and leak in water on first day was repaired by CA. 2) The bumper rear detectors were cut and missing, but electronics present. Solar is wired. 3) Refrigerator stopped working on AC, but still works on gas-will check later. 4) Had a bad leak from where the awning was installed in the back and had to seal with Silicon. CHECK the install of your awning! Leaked down to the bed and I woke up wet. 5) We noticed, before rain, that the front clearance lights were not fully sealed, used silicon. CHECK THESE SEALS 6) we also have major smoke only on Arizona steep inclines, but we were towing a lot too. Wish it was a E450. If it continues we will use our powertrain warranty to check it, but we have 4 more years. 7) Rear "mudflaps" are loosening and brace is failing. We did not buy the interior warranty and we are glad with our awning and powertrain warranty purchases. about 9MPG average and we have put about 5k miles with short trips. We use a basic RV surge protector, and have plastic drive up blocks for leveling. Also use a water filter for filling.
CwglIndn 06/17/21 09:21pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Buying a Former Rental Class C. How many of us out there?

So far the information and opinions on the extended insurance have been straightforward and honest. So I will add this,of the more than 130 members here on this thread there have been no reports of any CA units that have had an engine,transmission or generator failure. I did find on 2 occasions that El Monte RV did honor their warranty This One and Here They both happened in the Warranty period that was given to them when they bought the unit,not an extended warranty. FWIW, my sales contact at El Monte told me, when I asked about drive train extended warranties, that they used to offer them, through the same company that CA uses. The reason they stopped, and just went with offering their own 12/12 power train warranty, is that he wasn't aware of any case in which the extended warranty company actually paid on a claim - which, of course, made for unhappy customers. Just a reminder, I did report a generator circuit board fire the first day, but CA repaired with no issues. I skipped the RV warranty, but took the powertrain because it was a small cost compared for 5 years when we typically do 5-6k mile usage per year. like about $400 per year is nice. CA did state to me the reason they got a great deal on the powertrain was because of their service monitoring with Ford allowed for lower costs. But I agree no one here has had a power train issue. Although I think I may have a compression issue that I will check on soon.
CwglIndn 01/31/21 10:11pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Buying a Former Rental Class C. How many of us out there?

Update after owning our CA 2015 23a since last March. Backstory: bought fully refurbished from Las Vegas, drove home and immediately had a generator circuit board fire which was repaired by CA, along with a waterline leak and smoke detector. Also got the power train warranty and an awning. We have done a long 3 week 3000 mile trip, and many short trips. Only big mods were side steps, mud flaps, VanTop rear camera, tire pressure monitors, trailer brake controller and a 7 pin trailer connector. Little things include TV mount, wood sink cover, stove cover, brace bars in cabinets and a large bar across the top cab to hold supplies steady. Driving: Been great, we struggle steep 7% or higher grades and will get smoke if I push it too hard. Our tow says 5k capacity, but towing a 2500lb horse trailer empty really slows on those steep hills. I plan to get the engine pressure checked to make sure everything is good while I have the warranty. Inside: We have had some insulation disappear on the bottom of the door, which really increased noise, luckily I had some weather strip left. A clasp on the drawers broke and we had to replace. A rear mud flap and its support got pulled into the tire, probably in strong wind, still have to replace. Had to do minor caulking in bathroom and exterior mainly for prevention, especially around the front clearance lights. While driving in high winds the stove vent flap got pulled out of it's plastic socket, as i didn't have time to check on the highway I duck taped it shut. Later, after pealing the duct tape off, I was able to pop the vent back into the socket. I want to add a vent tab (like non-automatic vents) to switch the vent on and off (then I'll have to remember to slide it open). Everything is pretty routine, and the only significant issue is our refrigerator no longer works on electric. I think I know the issue (possible heating element or loose connection) but gas works fine. Recently did our 1st 5k oil change. Only regret is we wish it was a E450 instead of E350 because towing is really important to us. Might add better stabilizer bars, primarily to rear later. Also might try to steal horsepower with better exhaust or intake, but not anytime soon. Level towing or light hills are fine with about 4300lb horse and loaded trailer. Good luck all!
CwglIndn 01/31/21 09:59pm Class C Motorhomes
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