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Posted: 03/12/20 10:27am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

campingalan wrote:

Just wanted to let anyone that is on the fence know....

I was in Phoenix doing my annual work training. I've been lurking this thread for a couple of years, so the day I flew in to Phoenix, I paid the Cruise America facility there a visit.

They currently have a $3100 saving off of their normal prices right now until the end of March.

I'm under the impression that they don't haggle very often; so this seems like a decent deal.


Thanks for sharing this. It looks like a great time to buy if you are thinking of buying a Former Rental.You are right they don't haggle on the price.

So did you put your deposit down on one? [emoticon] [emoticon]

It looks like the other majors are also having sales too.


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IAMICHABOD wrote:

campingalan wrote:

Just wanted to let anyone that is on the fence know....

I was in Phoenix doing my annual work training. I've been lurking this thread for a couple of years, so the day I flew in to Phoenix, I paid the Cruise America facility there a visit.

They currently have a $3100 saving off of their normal prices right now until the end of March.

I'm under the impression that they don't haggle very often; so this seems like a decent deal.


Thanks for sharing this. It looks like a great time to buy if you are thinking of buying a Former Rental.You are right they don't haggle on the price.

So did you put your deposit down on one? [emoticon] [emoticon]

It looks like the other majors are also having sales too.


Awesome! Hopefully some folks can take advantage of it.

No....no down payment yet :-( I am on what I call the Big 3 plan-- pay off house, pay cash for both kids' college, and modernize our car fleet. The fleet is taken care of, 2 more college payments (done in Dec 2020), and should have the house paid off shortly after college payments are complete. Then, I'll get serious about getting a rig. I'll be back in Phoenix in March 2021......that may just be a great time to visit Cruise America again!!


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Has anyone installed Running boards on a Majestic 28A . What part # Where did you order from . I have a 2011 RV

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We are Truck camper people for over 20 years, and bumper pull camper before that. After searching in vain, for a decent truck camper within 600 miles for the last 3 months, we decided to look at Class C's, under 25' for national park access. No matter if it was a dealer or a private seller, I noticed prices varied a lot, new could be cheaper than used and all had some issue involved.

We had been reading about the Cruise America for a while and after one more disappointing trip out of state decided to check one out in Mesa. They have (had?) a 2016 23A Majestic scratch and dent model, no graphics and only service checked, damaged upholstery, lots of scrapes and not repainted or re-caulked with 130k miles. They were selling it for $24,000 AND they would not give the $3100 off on it. But in Las Vegas they had a refurbished 2015 with 113K miles for only $775 more. We loved the looks of the refurbished units. The scratch and dent reminded us of both owner seller and RV lot models, but the refurbished looked great.

So we put down our deposit, we are getting a flight rebate to go to Las Vegas to pickup, probably next week. We will go for the awning, but we will skip the warranties (chassis $1798 and $1806 for RV parts) Can't wait to see how the sales tax is handled. I will look into an inspection, probably at camping world. Depends on what is open with all the quarantines for Covid.

This quarantine will probably affect our August vacation plans too.

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CwglIndn. Welcome to the Forum and the Former Rental Owners Club.

It sounds like you did your homework and the refurbished one sounds like a much better deal,the awning is a very good idea. The Warranties are a bit steep for what you get,I assume they still come with the 3-Month/3,000 Mile Limited Warranty. That fly/drive perk is a nice one,others here have used it and it worked well for them.

That may be enough to get by for now if there is any immediate problems. Do look into an inspection, anything that is found may still be covered by warranty. Also go thru the unit and if you find anything wrong make them fix it before delivery,they seem to be very good at that from what I have seen here in this thread.

After delivery and your trip home please come on back and tell us how it all went,problems,fixes,any information that may be helpful to the others here.

Again welcome and good luck and hopefully your August vacation plans will work out.

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IAMICHABOD wrote:

CwglIndn. Welcome to the Forum and the Former Rental Owners Club.

It sounds like you did your homework and the refurbished one sounds like a much better deal,the awning is a very good idea. The Warranties are a bit steep for what you get,I assume they still come with the 3-Month/3,000 Mile Limited Warranty. That fly/drive perk is a nice one,others here have used it and it worked well for them.

That may be enough to get by for now if there is any immediate problems. Do look into an inspection, anything that is found may still be covered by warranty. Also go thru the unit and if you find anything wrong make them fix it before delivery,they seem to be very good at that from what I have seen here in this thread.

After delivery and your trip home please come on back and tell us how it all went,problems,fixes,any information that may be helpful to the others here.

Again welcome and good luck and hopefully your August vacation plans will work out.


Any suggestions on common issues from these THOR 23A units? I know my way around common RV appliances and I intend to test everything out.

Nevada just issued a shutdown order, but we can still finish the deal. Cruise America stated I could have an inspector come out, but I have not been able to find one yet. The ones I did find, their reviews were not very good. I think with this short notice I will have to just do my own long inspection.

SO ANY Common issues on this unit would be helpful. I will also go back through the forum to see if I can find anything.

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Car rental. I don't know at what age car rental companies start to renew their rental fleets but here in the United States many car rental companies take their used cars and sell them at auction or like in the case of Enterprise Rental

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I cannot find any common issues on this model,but reading thru this thread you may come up with something.I know it is A LOT to read but there are a quite a few suggestions there to look for.

I think that a few things that cropped up were, window screens,missing knobs and water leaks on faucets also worn front end parts, all of these were taken care of before delivery.

One big thing is to look at the tires and make sure to look at the Tire MFG Date to see if they are old,others here have had them replaced before delivery. More than 4 years is too old,in my opinion.

I found when I was looking that the tread on the outside rear dual tires looked fine but when I got down and looked at the inside ones I noticed that they were worn more. I think that they changed the outside ones to make it look better and hid the inside ones.

Good luck on all of this and have safe travels,let us know how it works out.

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Just Got home to Tucson From Las Vegas, Arrived at 8:30 spent an hour looking over the RV with two Cruise America guys. They really helped me look over and demonstrate everything, including the new awning.

When I got home 6pm same day to Tucson, I was showing my wife and the generator cut off three times when I was starting it. Then we smelled a fire. I went out, didn't see anything and started the generator from outside. HOLY COW the circuit board caught on fire and was sparking. I shut it off.

I left a message for Cruise America in Vegas to see what the could do. He repeatedly told me if I had any problems in the ride home or in the next 30 days that Cruise America in Phoenix could help me out.

We will see. Meanwhile, I will be checking on the circuit board.

REST of the RV was AWESOME, NEW TIRES, NEW water and Sewer hoses, Paint was awesome, Engine clean and detailed. Nothing major, except it caught on FIRE!

I will update Later.

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Holy Cow is right!! I would be very interested in the out come of this.

Other than that it seem that you are happy with your purchase,new tires sounds really great as does the rest of it.

I will put you on the list of Former Rental Owners on this thread you will be #115 [image]

Congratulations on the new RV,I sure hope Cruise America will step up and honor their warranty.Please let us know how it goes.

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