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I have been reading this topic for quite some time. We finally bought our Thor Majestic 23A from Ron at Cruise America in Everett, Wa on September 19th.

I had the unit checked at a local shop before purchase and they found it needed an oil and transmission fluid change, new coach battery and needed new wiper blades.

All were fixed without an issue. I was happily surprised the coach battery was an AGM type.

Overall the unit was cleaner and in better shape than I was expecting. The four hour drive home was uneventful.

The first changes I will do are to add backup and side cameras and running boards. It is hard for my wife to get into the cab.

The seats are a little worn. Should I get new seats, seat covers or get the seats reupholstered?

Thank you everyone for sharing.

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PDXview,

Welcome to the Forum and the Former Rental Owners Club you will #128 [image]

It is great to hear that they fixed all the things that you wanted and the addition of a AGM battery is a great upgrade.

For the backup camera,one member here put one on his Majestic,this may be of help to you.Back Up Camera

As for the seats,my covers were worn and the foam was also worn out,I replaced the cover and the foam,it is like having brand new seats.

After a lot of looking I found this place,The Seat Shop they had it all at a reasonable price and they had a very good video on how to do it. If you can't find what you want you can give them a call,the staff is very helpful.

There was a member here that put a set of running boards on but I can't seem to find that post,maybe someone will come along with that info.

Again Welcome,have fun with that RV and the camping season,please come on back and share anything or if you have any question just ask.


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Cruise America normally gives you seat covers for the cab. Call the sales guy and he'll get you in touch with the warranty guy. They'll mail you things you find wrong and bigger things they'll have you go to a shop and they work with them. Most things they will work with you on without question. Anything that is basic maintenance will probably not be approved. In my case, that meant the starter and spark plug/coil tune-up that came up.


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We're about to take the plunge and purchase a used RV from CA. We're really excited!
We're purchasing through the Mesa, AZ location.
Quick question - we will want to get it inspected prior to final purchase. I've reviewed Yelp for RV Inspectors in the area but does anyone here have a recommendation for the Phoenix/Mesa area?

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Wayne

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OnlyHellYes wrote:

We're about to take the plunge and purchase a used RV from CA. We're really excited!
We're purchasing through the Mesa, AZ location.
Quick question - we will want to get it inspected prior to final purchase. I've reviewed Yelp for RV Inspectors in the area but does anyone here have a recommendation for the Phoenix/Mesa area?

Thanks!
Wayne


I used EagleRV in Mesa, nice guy, has a mobile RV repair van. He met me there and went through the RV. I have post about it in here some where, probably 10-20 page back. Just found him at rveagle.com
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OnlyHellYes

Welcome to the Forum and a future member of the Former Rental Owners Club!

I see that MtnBikeMarty has beat me to a recommendation for a inspector,great job Marty for helping other members.

I had archived RV Eagle from a previous post in case it may be needed.

When you get your Former Rental please come on back and tell us how it all went and your experience and any other tips.

Again welcome and good luck on the purchase.

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Cruise America normally gives you seat covers for the cab. Call the sales guy and he'll get you in touch with the warranty guy. They'll mail you things you find wrong and bigger things they'll have you go to a shop and they work with them. Most things they will work with you on without question. Anything that is basic maintenance will probably not be approved. In my case, that meant the starter and spark plug/coil tune-up that came up.


The seat covers I received were not new, actually has a cigarette burn in one of them. They are clean and unstained though!
I have identified a couple items since being home for a week or so. I took it to my independent shop for an estimate to fix/repair the skylight, leaking kitchen faucet, trim on the outside panel not covering the panel. The shop called CA warranty who said they will ship new parts and or pay for labor to fix/repair. The shop said they didn't even question it! I did not pay for the extended, this is just for the 30-day 3,000 miles warranty. Very happy with the 19G so far!!

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OnlyHellYes wrote:

We're about to take the plunge and purchase a used RV from CA. We're really excited!
We're purchasing through the Mesa, AZ location.
Quick question - we will want to get it inspected prior to final purchase. I've reviewed Yelp for RV Inspectors in the area but does anyone here have a recommendation for the Phoenix/Mesa area?

Thanks!
Wayne


Hi Wayne

I used a Dave Matson many years ago and the email address was dave@rvsmartllc.com. My only comments are that he would not look underneath (crawl around as I would have and checked steeering linkages etc) He did however get my costs covered by me getting the reduced price and also items fixed.
May I also suggest you ask for the grey tank to be filled up to the valve flush position (not just tank full indicator) as we found we had a leak here later at the seal between the tank and RV body.This became noticable when boondocking and then driving so the tank sloshed around when full and liquid leaked.

Hope all goes well and you enjoy your RV

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Hello Guys.

Thank you so much for all the information on this thread.

I am traveling to Vegas to pickup a ex-rental 23a from Cruise America.

I have a question about buying a pre-inspection/ non refurbished unit.

Does anyone have any information or suggestions on that?

Difference between a refurbished unit and non refurbished unit is $3,000. SO i am making up the cost by buying the $3700 warranty.

What do you think?

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contagiouz989 wrote:

Hello Guys.

Thank you so much for all the information on this thread.

I am traveling to Vegas to pickup a ex-rental 23a from Cruise America.

I have a question about buying a pre-inspection/ non refurbished unit.

Does anyone have any information or suggestions on that?

Difference between a refurbished unit and non refurbished unit is $3,000. SO i am making up the cost by buying the $3700 warranty.

What do you think?


I would say a bad idea UNLESS you know a lot about RV's. A refurbished unit from what I know has things replaced to "usable condition". So you may be doing little repairs like fixing hinges, repairing water pumps, etc. to get a usable unit.

The warraty does not cover wear and tear only breakage.

I would check into this more before taking the leap.


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