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Bitcoin, The key to solar is will you be in the sun? If yes, then 100 watts will charge your batteries enough to put back what you use for TV, laptop, and (LED!) lights. You could install 200 watts and call it good. But I agree, let's not turn this into a solar thread. Suffice to say, you can install solar, it will do what you need if you are in the sun, and it will cost probably $2.00 to $2.50 per watt when all is said and done.

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I was at Safeway today and saw a Cruise America pull up. Totally unlike me I walked up and started chatting with the people. Nice people from Brazil on a two month rental along the Pacific Northwest. They love their RV vacation but mentioned that their Cruise America RV has a bunch of problems. I told them I want to buy one from Cruise America and the lady said she would not .. yikes!! She showed me the door did not close well, there was some foam coming off somewhere else, the thingies on the gas stove one places the pots on to cook were loose and she said mentioned some other issues.

Sounds like they are not well maintained .. or was she just unlucky.


Or that people are such fragile snowflakes these days. Sounds like about 30 cents worth of "problems". Door adjustment is 60 seconds with an allen wrench, loose foam is a few inches of double sided tape, stovetop grommets are a dime a dozen.





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Posted: 12/17/16 11:04am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hello Everyone, Op Here.
Well it has been a bit more than 5 years of ownership of my Former Rental and my 5th consecutive successful Thanksgiving trip, so I thought a progress report may be in order.

I have used it in many different ways, from camping in FHU RV Parks to dry camping in our state parks, casinos, boon docking, or traveling to events. From my home base here in Southern California It has been to Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Oregon and Washington.

With my Portable Solar and a Few Mods to make it more user friendly I am confident and comfortable that I can go where I want for as long as I want.

In 5 years and close to 14000 miles I have encountered only small problems but nothing major. Just Routine Maintenance and the usual upkeep needed to make sure that all seams and openings are sealed and everything is tight and weather resistant ,washing, waxing, oil, filters, and fluid changes.

All of the appliances, refrigerator, stove top, oven, microwave, furnace, water heater, A/C, all have been trouble free and worked without fail. They are all the original ones that came with the RV when new, I have the sales packet from Fleetwood, and it contains all the warranty info with serial numbers and I have checked them all. Only 2 things that are not original, the on demand water pump, it was replaced by El Monte RV about a year before I bought it and the converter/charger that I upgraded to a 4 stage one.

All doors, cabinets and drawers are tight and working as they should, the fit and finish is still very good. Even all the tank sensors work! The Onan generator has been trouble free with over 900 hours on it, just routine maintenance and running it monthly under load if has not been used, to make sure that it stays that way.

The Chassis part has only had 2 small problems, one a slight over heating problem that was solved with the installation of a Severe Duty Fan Clutch and the other was a small leak in the transmission tail shaft seal that was replaced at the 100000 mile checkup. Not too bad for a vehicle that is over 10 years old, being put in service as a rental for 5 years in Feb. 2006 and has over 100000 miles on it.

From what I have read in all the posts here, is that most everyone has had the same experience, the ones that have had a problem had it taken care of quickly by the dealership or warranty,as on This Page and I have not seen the same track record with the ones that bought new or used.

A RV that, unlike a new unit that will take a big hit in depreciation once you drive it off the lot, not to mention the problems that some have had that arise from shoddy workmanship Like This or when buying a used unit that may not have been properly maintained or cared for.

I want to thank all the members that have contributed to this thread, not really a Club; there are no dues, rules or rallies, gatherings or get-togethers. I am sure they have helped others and maybe learned a few things along the way.

What we may have in common though is getting the most for our hard earned money and getting the best value for it. A safe, reliable, well maintained RV that suites our needs and budget and will continue to do so.
I am hoping that others have had the same experience and will tell us about it.
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The newest report is right here

* This post was last edited 01/26/19 12:01pm by IAMICHABOD *   View edit history


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I'd say anyone hoping to buy a trouble fee Motorhome that they should stay renters. It's not going to happen. These things will fall apart sitting on the side of your house. They are built light and crappy mostly using sub par construction. I consider mine always to be a work in progress. If you don't like to tinker these can be a huge financial drain. If your willing to do the basics and not afraid to get your hands dirty a little they can bring you joy and happiness. Love our Class A. Hopefully after this next rental season we will sell ours and buy another.


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Mocoondo wrote:

Bitcoin wrote:


I was at Safeway today and saw a Cruise America pull up. Totally unlike me I walked up and started chatting with the people. Nice people from Brazil on a two month rental along the Pacific Northwest. They love their RV vacation but mentioned that their Cruise America RV has a bunch of problems. I told them I want to buy one from Cruise America and the lady said she would not .. yikes!! She showed me the door did not close well, there was some foam coming off somewhere else, the thingies on the gas stove one places the pots on to cook were loose and she said mentioned some other issues.

Sounds like they are not well maintained .. or was she just unlucky.


Or that people are such fragile snowflakes these days. Sounds like about 30 cents worth of "problems". Door adjustment is 60 seconds with an allen wrench, loose foam is a few inches of double sided tape, stovetop grommets are a dime a dozen.


I have to say that if I flew in from Brazil to rent a unit and paid good money I would not want to be buying tools and taking to the RV with an allen wrench or doing anything else to the vehicle for that matter. It's accepting crappy service like that which makes companies continue to dump on consumers .. just my two cents.

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IAMICHABOD wrote:

Hello Everyone, Op Here.
Well it has been a bit more than 5 years of ownership of my Former Rental and my 5th consecutive successful Thanksgiving trip, so I thought a progress report may be in order.

I have used it in many different ways, from camping in FHU RV Parks to dry camping in our state parks, casinos, boon docking, or traveling to events. From my home base here in Southern California It has been to Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Oregon and Washington.

With my Portable Solar and a Few Mods to make it more user friendly I am confident and comfortable that I can go where I want for as long as I want.

In 5 years and close to 14000 miles I have encountered only small problems but nothing major. Just Routine Maintenance and the usual upkeep needed to make sure that all seams and openings are sealed and everything is tight and weather resistant ,washing, waxing, oil, filters, and fluid changes.

All of the appliances, refrigerator, stove top, oven, microwave, furnace, water heater, A/C, all have been trouble free and worked without fail. They are all the original ones that came with the RV when new, I have the sales packet from Fleetwood, and it contains all the warranty info with serial numbers and I have checked them all. Only 2 things that are not original, the on demand water pump, it was replaced by El Monte RV about a year before I bought it and the converter/charger that I upgraded to a 4 stage one.

All doors, cabinets and drawers are tight and working as they should, the fit and finish is still very good. Even all the tank sensors work! The Onan generator has been trouble free with over 900 hours on it, just routine maintenance and running it monthly under load if has not been used, to make sure that it stays that way.

The Chassis part has only had 2 small problems, one a slight over heating problem that was solved with the installation of a New Severe Duty Fan Clutch and the other was a small leak in the transmission tail shaft seal that was replaced at the 100000 mile checkup. Not too bad for a vehicle that is over 10 years old, being put in service as a rental for 5 years in Feb. 2006 and has over 100000 miles on it.

From what I have read in all the posts here, is that most everyone has had the same experience, the ones that have had a problem had it taken care of quickly by the dealership or warranty, and I have not seen the same track record with the ones that bought new or used.

A RV that, unlike a new unit that will take a big hit in depreciation once you drive it off the lot, not to mention the problems that some have had that arise from shoddy workmanship Like this or when buying a used unit that may not have been properly maintained or cared for.

I want to thank all the members that have contributed to this thread, not really a Club; there are no dues, rules or rallies, gatherings or get-togethers. I am sure they have helped others and maybe learned a few things along the way.

What we may have in common though is getting the most for our hard earned money and getting the best value for it. A safe, reliable, well maintained RV that suites our needs and budget and will continue to do so. I am hoping that others have had the same experience and will tell us about it.


Thanks so much IAMICHABOD for the update and for all the other posts regarding solar and more, I was looking at Renogy earlier today.

I am due to head out early in the New Year on a rental from Cruise America for ten days from the bay area to AZ and back. It will give me a better idea of what it's like living in one and help me make a final decision.

I will update as I find out and experience more.

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Hello, All:

I'm a Noobie and plan on Purchasing a Former Rental RV from Cruise America this coming month (Feb 2017) out of the Orlando, FL. location. My experience with the RV World has been great as I have rented from Cruise America in the summer of 2014 and 2015. Both times we received, next to new units. Both times we went with the Class C 28A. After figuring that we spent about $5,000.00 for 14 days, each time we rented, we decided to finally dive in and purchase a unit (gotta same some $$$ mulah) and be able to travel more often. Monthly payments for one year would actually be less than renting a unit for only 14 days.
Plus my little ones really enjoyed the RV. When we didn't rent one this past summer they were bummed. So my wife and I are really excited.

Also, just a quick mention. I have read through the entire 63 pages of this Forum and I saw how many posted about the abuse from renters and how they don't treat the Rigs very well and stuff. Well I know from personal experience that Cruise America will charge the customer for every nick and scratch they find on that unit. In fact a damage deposit is due upon the reservation of the unit. They also charge a hefty fee if the unit is returned and it is not cleaned inside and out. I remember that I did a lot of research online and educated myself as to Dumping tanks, Running the Gen., hooking up to landlines and on handling the RV on the road. I learned so much that I was able to educate the dude who rented it to me (LOL). My unit would actually look better, when I returned it, than when they gave it to me.

All in all it was good fun being on the road (drove cross country) and we couldn't be happier about purchasing one. By the way, we have decided to go with the Majestic 28A E450 with the V-10 Triton. I don't really like the slideouts (less to maintain plus kids will probably keep extracting and retracting LOL) and I'm not too fond about marble counters and big tv's as IMO it will simply just add more weight to the unit.

Glad to join this forum and happy trails to everyone!!! Will post pictures of the 28A soon.


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Steve, welcome to the club! I bought a 2009 28A last year and love it! Keep us updated on your purchase.

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STEVE-OTR Welcome to the forum and to the Former Rental Club. A nice write up on your experience with Cruise America. When you get your RV please come back with some photos and your thoughts. You will be #78 on the list.

Did you know about the Rent To Buy Program that they offer? It may be a bit late to get it but it might not be a bad idea to ask being that you spent so much money on your rentals.

Good Luck and have some fun!

* This post was edited 01/28/17 01:53pm by IAMICHABOD *

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Thanks for the Welcome socal77 and IAMICHABOD!!!

Yes, I actually heard about the program and I do intend to ask CA if they will honer some kind of discount. Doesn't hurt to try right? Who knows, maybe they'll throw in a latter or awning for free (wishful thinking).

I do wish they had the maintenance logs but being that I am DIY kinda guy I'm really not too worried about it. My biggest issue is the engine. Can it get me from Point A to point B even in the most extreme conditions? Reliability is a Big deal for me. I have heard nothing but great things about Ford's Triton V-10 on the e-450 chassis. I gotta say that when I rented I was impressed by the way the engine handled Colorado's mountains as well as Utah, Arizona and California. It even did very well in the extreme heat on I-15 as we drove through Nevada and we were pretty loaded (8-passengers= 3-adults, 3-teens and 2 toddlers). Tanks Full and a plentiful food storage in the back too.

I always carry a box of tools with me and am ready to fix anything on the fly. Even fixed the main entry door that wouldn't really close on one of Cruise America's rigs that I rented. Also fixed a fuse panel that would not stay closed.

So back to the Ford Triton V-10. I know of the spark plug issue. I guess the engine would have a tendency to spit out plugs (early models I believe, built before 2000) so I am not too worried about that as the unit I'm looking for will be a 2012 or 2013. I also saw some you-tube videos on the proper way to remove and replace plugs for the Triton V-10 (heard from a few that busted the plugs because they didn't have the right removal tool). I believe I can handle that. Earlier this year I thought about a 28A unit that CA had for sale in Manasses, Virginia. It only had 97,000 miles on it but I figured I'll just go for a unit that is just a little bit over the 100,000 mile range. This way I'll know for sure they did the required Timing Belt change at 100,000 mile interval. I've done timing belts on most of my vehicles but prefer it to be done already and I'll know it will be good for the next 100,000 miles.

Sorry I got carried away on the write up. I will post pictures soon.

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