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

Hi I ordered a 28a2017 through the Manassas va. Location . Anyone have any information about getting an inspection in that area . They say they are refurbished in Mesa Az. And then driven to va. Via .hired driver or 1 way rental. Has anyone purchased extended warranty and attempted to use it . Should I expect or ask for anew set of tires . Should batteries be new ? Do they do a complete trans mission fluid change with a new screen. So you ordered an RV from them without having them answer any of these questions/concerns? You're far braver than others :) Extended warranty - search the forum. There is already plenty of information on this topic. Tires - mine came with new or at least newer tires, but you should ask your point of contact at C.A. Batteries - mine came with a new vehicle battery and not a new coach batter, but you should ask your point of contact at C.A. Trans fluid change - Mine came serviced, but you should ask your point of contact at C.A. The common theme is that "your mileage may vary" and you should reach out to the person that you just bought it from rather than the forum. Your experience may vary from my experience which may vary from Bob's experience which may vary... Edited to add - as you can see from the above reply to your post, your mileage WILL vary!
TwistedGray 01/22/21 01:16pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Buying a Former Rental Class C. How many of us out there?

I created a Facebook group for 19G owners and/or those interested. If you are a social butterfly and want to join here's the link - https://www.facebook.com/groups/402432987512698.
TwistedGray 01/19/21 05:17pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Your Favorite Boondocking Pics

Nice pics. Oh how I wish we could go out for some camping right now. Thanks! I was fortunate enough to find this dispersed BLM spot, and it's about 75ish miles from home so reasonably located. A fair amount of single lane, unpaved, too, but it's well maintained. We'll see how well maintained after we get a week's worth of rain this coming week though... We were also treated with abnormally warm weekend. In fact, it's in the mid/high 70s right now...back down to the 50s in a few days with the rain. With everything closed, we are grateful for BLM lands.
TwistedGray 01/18/21 04:41pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Buying a Former Rental Class C. How many of us out there?

Let me explain a little more in detail. We are both Senior Citizens, 80 and 72. For the last few years we've been driving our SUV to various destinations and en-route staying in Hampton Inns. At our destinations we usually stay in AIRbnb properties for up to a week. As we get older it becomes more difficult to drive long distances in a car(SUV)having to stop every so often for bathroom breaks, food, and resting. The same difficulties entail when we get to our destination and having to use our car to get around. With a small motor home we can drive to our destinations and explore at our destinations in comfort. Still staying overnight at Hampton Inns and AIRbnb's will maximize our comfort over staying in an RV Park at night. No hooking up, unhooking, leveling, dumping the black tank a lot, lack of Wi Fi and TV, and putting up with typical noise to include rug rats and animals in RV Parks. If we did stay in RV Parks it would have to be in the higher end parks or adult only parks where the price would approach that of Hampton Inn and AIRbnb properties. I don't mean to sound officious. When you get to be my age you are not much interested in going along to get along. Only what's best for yourself and your partner. No one will ever complain about more detailed information especially when you're asking for recommendations. You've helped to confirm my suspicions : ) Yes, I think the 19G would be just fine for your use. It has everything you need and more should you ever need it. Just remember that you are also going to be doubling your gas expenses compared to your SUV. Small size, very maneuverable through cities, plenty of headroom, all bathroom amenities, small fridge/freezer (aka cooler), a dinette area to have lunches/dinners, a small two-burner stove top, and turning the dinette into a bed would provide a temporary napping area. I know you old folks love your naps (completely kidding here), lol. Have conversed in person and via email with the Cruise America Sales Manager and he emailed me both of the Extended Service Agreements for powertrain and coach. The Cornerstone Service Agreement seems to cover everything, powertrain and coach. The United Service Protection covers only the powertrain. CA told me that the Cornerstone Agreement covers only the coach even though it shows the coverage for both. If the Cornerstone Agreement did cover both then I would not need the United Service Agreement for an extra $1,800. Can anyone clarify this for me? You can see by the agreement itself that it does cover both. My only comment here is that most people do not buy extended warranties as they're rarely used (you can search this and any RV forum and find the same). You will also find that Cruise America is a pushy when it comes to extended warranties; whereas, other companies don't. There is a reason... My two cents is to save the money you'll spend on the warranties and have it on standby should you need it, and in the interim either go through it yourself with a fine tooth comb or pay the $ for an inspection. If you are missing a screw, a tab is broken somewhere, something is lose, etc make sure to note that with your C.A. contact. From everything I have read online and experienced myself, they are good when it comes to meeting the buyer's expectations. Last thought - If you are going to buy it, buy it when you are ready to go on a trip to maximize the likelihood of breaking anything on the verge of breaking. Okay, really the final thought ... a lot of people might recommend that you look into El Monte RV's used fleet as well. While they are more expensive, they are usually a better quality, and they have complete maintenance history as compared to C.A. which provides you with nothing.
TwistedGray 01/18/21 02:54pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Class C Campsite Photos. Show your stuff.

Tough to get views like that out a motel/hotel window ;-) Even if you could, it wouldn't be that quiet ; )
TwistedGray 01/18/21 12:26pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Class C Campsite Photos. Show your stuff.

Williams Hill San Ardo, California https://i.imgur.com/vMWMA1l.jpg https://i.imgur.com/PBMla8x.jpg https://i.imgur.com/867VgiY.jpg https://i.imgur.com/7kKTYtr.jpg
TwistedGray 01/18/21 11:27am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Buying a Former Rental Class C. How many of us out there?

One of the pet peeves that I have with the 19G bathroom sink is that it leaves very little room to get under the faucet with your hands. It would be nice if the spout sat further out and/or higher up or the basin was deeper and had a similar shape to the kitchen sink. I assume it'll be easier to replace the faucet, but considering that the shower head is mounted to the faucet system, I am not sure. That is going to annoy me though, so something has to change there.
TwistedGray 01/18/21 11:26am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Buying a Former Rental Class C. How many of us out there?

We had a quick look at the 19G a few years ago and thought the loft bed area was pretty small. Are you sleeping up there or in the dinette? The loft bed is a queen size bed, so plenty of space. We slept in the loft bed area just fine with a 4 inch mattress topper. There is plenty of room to get comfortable without feeling tooooooooo claustrophobic even with removing four inches of height in lieu of comfort. We are only up there to sleep...if we just want to lay and lounge, the dinette serves that purpose. In the summer we'll probably split it (wife up top and me on the dinette) just to stretch out more and to not get too hot.
TwistedGray 01/18/21 11:22am Class C Motorhomes
RE: RVing in the winter

2,700ft 40F Mattress topper Sheets (duh) Thin blanket on top of sheet, duvet and comforter on top of that, and a quilt on top of that We were HOT underneath all that while the RV's internal temp was about 55F without any heater running
TwistedGray 01/18/21 11:18am Class C Motorhomes
RE: ~Post your campsite photos here~

With all the state, regional, and national parks are closed to overnight stays I found a BLM spot somewhat nearby. Williams Hill (San Ardo, CA). The road becomes dirt for the last 10ish miles or so, and I was happy to find it in pretty great condition all things considered. https://i.imgur.com/vMWMA1l.jpg They have something like 5-7 developed spots with picnic tables, fire rings, and overhead canopies, but there are also about a dozen large open areas that you can camp, too (without the tables, ring, ...). We ended up right outside the main developed area in a nice level spot. I didn't use the makeshift fire ring you can see in the photo due to the pines nearby and the ground being littered in pine needles. I don't need that in my life... https://i.imgur.com/PBMla8x.jpg The cat did well on the trip mostly sleeping in his cubby until we arrived. https://i.imgur.com/867VgiY.jpg Nice sunsets on top of the mountain (crispy 40F at night). https://i.imgur.com/Ee76aJ6.jpg Can't complain about waking up to this view. https://i.imgur.com/7kKTYtr.jpg
TwistedGray 01/18/21 11:16am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Your Favorite Boondocking Pics

With all the state, regional, and national parks are closed to overnight stays I found a BLM spot somewhat nearby. The road becomes dirt for the last 10ish miles or so, and I was happy to find it in pretty great condition all things considered. https://i.imgur.com/vMWMA1l.jpg They have something like 5-7 developed spots with picnic tables, fire rings, and overhead canopies (no hook-ups but they did have a pooper), but there are also about a dozen large open areas that you can camp, too (without the tables, ring, ...). We ended up right outside the main developed area in a nice level spot. I didn't use the makeshift fire ring you can see in the photo due to the pines nearby and the ground being littered in pine needles. I don't need that in my life... https://i.imgur.com/PBMla8x.jpg The cat did well on the trip mostly sleeping in his cubby until we arrived. https://i.imgur.com/867VgiY.jpg Nice sunsets on top of the mountain (crispy 40F at night). https://i.imgur.com/Ee76aJ6.jpg Can't complain about waking up to this view. https://i.imgur.com/7kKTYtr.jpg Former Cruise America rental https://i.imgur.com/sC8XYGI.jpg
TwistedGray 01/18/21 11:13am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Buying a Former Rental Class C. How many of us out there?

Thanks for the response. Yes, I have read over this thread a couple of times. However, just wanted more assurance from folks that may have bought the 19G specifically and what their pros and cons were for that unit. Just this week we stopped in at the CA Orlando facility, looked through the 19G, 23A, and 28A, and spoke at length with Jason who is the sales manager. We are most interested in the 19G due to its small size and subsequent maneuverability and also it seems to fit us quite well. Being very senior citizens I want to be able to park and travis areas where a larger unit would be a difficulty. We are not like most RV people. Really not into the RV lifestyle such as boon docking, RV parks, rallies, etc. Our purpose for a motor home is to get us from point A to point B comfortably and to be able to explore comfortably when we get to point B. For the last few years we have stayed in AIRbnb's and will continue to do so even with a motor home. The difference in expense is not really that great with decent RV parks now approaching the price of some hotels. I guess just different strokes for different folks. Where will you stay during these jaunts between A -> B? All of the places you're not really interested in? Do you just want the extra headspace and lounge areas? If so, perhaps a converted Sprinter van might suite you needs better. Have you thought about that? Or do you want all the amenities even though you'll use them sparingly? As far as the 19G is concerned, it is small but it is also kinda a perfect size for a couple (plus an animal or two or a child if you're into that). I can see it getting crowded quickly with more than that for longer than a few days. It has everything you would need between your Points A / B (shitter, shower, stove, bed, fridge (aka cooler, ...). I'd say one of the things I'm not thrilled about is that the grey water tank is NOT independent of the black water tank (at least on newer ones) meaning if you need to dump one you have to dump the other. I'd prefer to dump independently. Another thing I'd like to change is allowing you to run outlets without the generator running. Kinda annoying to wake up and decide if it's too early to run it to make tea/coffee...don't wanna ruin people's camping trip by being woken by my generator running for 5min because I'm jonesing for a hot tea. Move space on the stove top would be nice and better controls on the burner. It seems the left is LO and the right is HI. It doesn't seem you can run either on hi or low. A second duct for the heater could improve it, too. Running it in the sleeping area would be nice, but with insulation on the windows, a cover on the front glass, a comforter and a quilt, we get hot (in sub-40° temps) under the blankets. In fact, I was sweaty last night, and the ambient temperature in the 19G was 53-55°. Better storage design for the areas that are not in use such as the seat next to the door. There's nothing under it, but you don't have access to that area without some cutting. There's no under seat space for one dinette seat, but the other side has about 40% space for odds and ends. There's no easy way to access it without modifications. That's all I can think of now... My cat is on my lap, we're under the blankets, and my wife is reading a book as we sit sprawled out on the dinette bed. No complaints!!
TwistedGray 01/17/21 09:40am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Buying a Former Rental Class C. How many of us out there?

For those folks that have bought a 19G unit from Cruise America how do you like it? Does it afford enough room for two senior citizen adults. Most of the time I don't believe we would be using RV Parks as we normally like AIRbnb properties. Just interested in using the 19G traveling to and from and exploring wherever we land in comfort. Q. How do you like it? A. First thing you oughta do is go back and read through some pages in this thread (if you haven't)...nothing but happy campers, I'd say. I don't recall seeing a post from someone who regrets their purchase of a 19G from Cruise America. Q. Enough room for two? A. Short answer - yes. Have you been in a 19G? If not, go inside one with your spouse and see how easily you two can get into and out of the over the cab bed. Don't they have a location local to you? Q. (not a question) Just interested in using the 19G traveling to and from and exploring wherever we land in comfort. A. Here's where you lost me. If you are just going to stay in an AirBnb and not a campground then what's the point? Or are you saying that your AirBnb locations would be so far apart that you need something to sleep in in the interim as you drive between separated AirBnbs?
TwistedGray 01/15/21 11:57am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Anyone rent out their camper?

Outdoorsy.com is a site that will give you an idea of what people charge for their units, and it will walk you through the pricing structure. It's AirBnB for RV's.
TwistedGray 01/07/21 10:54am General RVing Issues
RE: Life expectancy of a small C class.... Ex Rental

Well gentlemen, "and ladies if any of you around reading this ultra-exciting topic ;) " (Blah blah blah) Lol, sounds like you'll be picking up a 19G soon. They certainly have been rented this year; I know a few cross-country travelers (in a 19G). Look into the ACTUAL inventory of those units at the nearby Cruise America facilities. You'll likely find there are none, and you will have to fly and drive back. You'll be reimbursed up to $300 in Uber/Lyft and flight cost. Mesa has them in stock, Newark had one a month ago, and Vegas had none. Otherwise you can "order" one and wait about three to four months for them to refurbish it. Definitely DO NOT but a non refurbished one. Form over the +10% for peace of mind and to have them cover the issues that you WILL find. Hopefully I'll have ours done this time next week from a paint/comfort perspective.
TwistedGray 12/15/20 01:29pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Life expectancy of a small C class.... Ex Rental

Not once have I encountered a renter who had even heard of Tow Haul much less been provided with any of the many benefits of its use. Use it or don't your call. Again, that's great news because they've left the vehicle in tow haul mode. It's not a matter of "use it or don't, your call" when every single renter of a Cruise America RV (according to you) has never heard of tow haul mode. By that response, no one has ever taken it out of tow haul mode WHICH IS A BENEFIT TO THE NEW OWNER of the RV. This is a GOOD thing, wouldn't you agree?
TwistedGray 12/15/20 10:37am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Life expectancy of a small C class.... Ex Rental

When in fact by default they are always in the tow/haul when started and stay that way unless overridden by the renter.:S or by someone that ends up in the drivers seat trying to show them how dumb they are. How does that even come up casually, in a conversation?
TwistedGray 12/14/20 11:06pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Life expectancy of a small C class.... Ex Rental

The only matter at hand is, given you mentioned your "senior" age. Make sure you can deal with sleeping in the over-head bunk. Most seniors have trouble, even seniors in good shape. My wife and I are 62 this year (in good shape) and we are very happy to be sleeping on the main floor. An over-head bunk would be an issue, especially during mid-night potty interruptions. They could consider a telescoping ladder. Our old rooftop tent had one, and I've thought about using one in here. If it'll fit behind the drivers seat, it's worth a look.
TwistedGray 12/14/20 10:31pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Life expectancy of a small C class.... Ex Rental

In talking to a number of renters about Tow Haul we usually end up in the drivers seat where I show them the button on the end of the shift lever that activates TH. Funny thing is it always functions just as it should...on and off. :S :R I read the manual twice, saw a thread about it or a comment on it, and then I went to the Google machine. If it were OFF but default, that would be a concern.
TwistedGray 12/14/20 10:24pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Life expectancy of a small C class.... Ex Rental

If its a 2017 chassis, it should have the V10. That was a gap year where the V10 only was offered. But it may have been built on a 2016 chassis, which should have the 5.4L. Starting in 2018 the 6.2L V8 became the base engine. Anyways, I wouldn't hesitate to buy one, provided the coach is in good condition. Those miles are nothing for the chassis. The 19G especially seems well-liked by people who buy them. FWIW - I bought my van from Enterprise with 105,500 miles and I have 495,000 now. Chassis and coach trail two years behind, so the 2017 Majestic 19G sits on a 2015 chassis (fyi).
TwistedGray 12/14/20 06:43pm Class C Motorhomes
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