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

Coming up on a year and still going strong. Some new tires, some new pinstripes (from a careless renter) and over 7k new miles since we purchased it. We towed waverunners to Mojave this summer and more recently our CanAm X3 Max to Ocotillo on a 14' trailer. Nearly 187k miles as I type this. The rentals I've had have nearly paid for the RV within a year. Not a single major mechanical issue so far. I've fixed the floppy passenger mirror issue, vacuum loss when climbing hills affecting the dash vents, and will change the oil for the second time this weekend. There's no oil consumption and no drips or issues of any kind are evident on the bottom of the motor. I've dealt with several plumbing issues caused by crappy repairs before my ownership. We replaced the shower pan base with a new one and I had to redo the black tank connections and vent. The biggest job by far was ripping out the floor under the toilet in the bathroom to replace all of the plumbing and rotted board from a leaky valve. We had to remove the entire "vanity" and move it into the hallway. This was a 2 day project with some help and I'm glad to have it done. I've added a PS3 and 40" TV with Vizio soundbar to the front above the couch along with a 1500w pure sine inverter so the girls can watch blueray disc or play minecraft while underway. I added hinges to the top of the dinette seat closest to the driver so I could use that storage and also installed the wireless sub from the soundbar underneath. Still thrilled with my decision to buy a high mileage ex-rental. It's basically free for me to use at this point and will start making me money in the spring. I have 3 more renters scheduled starting in March. In the meantime we will continue to enjoy it.
TRM1 11/19/19 08:34pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Buying a Former Rental Class C. How many of us out there?

Quick update for us as well. I put a Vortex fan in the bathroom. Easy to install and moves a ton more air. I read that someone put louvers in the bathroom door so they could run the fan with the door closed. I'm going to try that. Fixed a wonky black tank issue. Long story short, the PO had the tank removed at some point and when it was reinstalled they didn't thread the toilet piping back into the black tank correctly. After a fun job, it's all cleaned up and no mystery odors. Installed a memory foam mattress from Amazon. Way, way more comfortable. Installed Hellwig sways front and rear. This is a no brainer. If you're on the fence, do it. Seriously, do it. There is no longer any sway from passing trucks. Crosswinds have minimal effect. Even when parked there's an improvement when people are coming in and out or moving around. Highly recommended. These plus the Bilsteins completely changed my family's attitudes towards riding in a big vehicle. Ordered all new glazing for the windows from This job sucked, but it looks way better now and I'm sure things are sealed up tighter. Added a U27-12XP Valence Lithium Battery 12V 138A house battery I got from a buddy for cheap. Still working on solar solutions but we haven't gotten close to running it down yet. We still do generator for microwave, haven't needed the AC yet. We've taken it out 5 times now and it's functioned flawlessly every time. For what I have in it, it's perfect.
TRM1 05/29/19 12:23pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Hellwig or Roadmaster

Hellwig for sure. Easily installs with hand tools and makes a HUGE difference, especially if you do Bilsteins as well.
TRM1 04/23/19 09:36pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Gun or Tears -- HELP PLZ!!!

So, final verdict is to dump the batteries, get new ones, laugh, and move on. Okay. I think the money is, at this point, worth the headache of continuing to try and sort out these batteries (with one missing two sections of two terminals). Thanks all! No, the final verdict is slow down, figure out where you're at, sift through the BS and the good info and then move forward. The way I read your posts is like you gotta leave x country tomorrow morning and can't stop or ever come back, lol. First, are you aware your camper has a battery charger in it? Plug the camper in, batteries charge or stay charged. There's about a .01% chance I'm wrong about this, and I'm sure some rvnet expert will tell me it is physically possible to buy a camper without a battery charger, but please dont. Campers have battery chargers. Second, did you really arc off half the battery posts or is that an exaggeration? It does not seem like there would be that big of a DC current draw when hooking your batteries back up. If it really did weld/melt stuff, was the fridge/heater fan, bunch of DC stuff "on" when you hooked them up? It shouldn't spark like that, even hooking up positive last. 3rd, how do you know you need new batteries? Have you tried to fully charge them? (Remember 2 days ago, they were froze solid like bricks....but they weren't apparently) Do they hold a charge? They should be sitting at 12.5-12.6 volts a few days after charging, with NO draw on them. This is not a big deal. Worst case you killed a couple batteries by leaving them set out for a couple months in the winter, not being charged. Brand/type? Go buy some batteries (if you need them), deep cycle, any flavor and go camping for a few years and then figure out if you want to become master camper electrician battery goooroo. Best advice in this thread. I'll go one further and say the batteries won't even need replacing.
TRM1 04/17/19 08:04pm Beginning RVing
RE: Night stops with RV

As a relative newb to the RV lifestyle, this thread is immensely entertaining. I can see why it's an annual event. You kids get off my lawn!
TRM1 04/17/19 01:54pm General RVing Issues
RE: Buying a Former Rental Class C. How many of us out there?

Add us to the list! This thread helped tremendously, so thanks to everyone who has participated. Like many before me, I initially dismissed a rental, but after doing a lot of reading and searching I realized that buying a rental is a much safer bet than many private party transactions. We just purchased a well-loved and well-used 2007 28A from the second owners, who were Swiss. They purchased it in 2014 with 110k miles and owned it for 5 years, putting ~70k miles on it driving all over the US and Canada. They were very meticulous about upkeep and I have a 2" stack of service history. Before we took delivery, they sewed new curtains and even embroidered a pillow for us. They are amazing people and loved their time in the US. I spent 2+ months searching for "the one" and cross shopped new Thors (50k on "sale"), 20-30K private party and dealer rigs, and way, way, way too many private seller Craigslist deals. I looked at over 25 RV's and drove 11. Suffice to say I did my homework. Ultimately I narrowed my search to an inexpensive first RV to be able to customize to our tastes (my wife would like to do new flooring, upholstery, staining the cabinets, etc.) while being able to buy outright. I wanted a rear walk around queen, e450 platform and service records. Included are a new roof ($5k, paid for by insurance in 2017!), coach water pump/heater, services on all water systems, propane, fridge, generator, etc and all new tires within 15k miles. They even installed a bidet! They flew back and forth from Switzerland and stored it in socal at a relative's home when they weren't using it, and utilized a local shop to ensure every trip was without issue. Before each trip he took it to the shop and told them to fix anything it needed, so I'm sure they loved when he showed up. :) The inside and outside are in excellent condition overall. There isn't even any weeping oil on the block, pan or transmission. Mechanically I have receipts for a new fuel pump and filter, plugs and coils, radiator, ball joints, and lots of miscellaneous fixes commensurate with a rig with 179k(!) on it. I went through the underside front to back and made a list of items it needed to use for negotiation, but it wasn't much. It has a reman transmission, but otherwise it's all original. I have no fear of the high mileage since the V10/5 speed combo is tried and true and all the research that I've done points to this being one of the best drivetrains Ford has ever put least after they got the sparkplug issues resolved. I have a Land Cruiser with 245k and a Sequoia with 170k...neither has had anything beyond preventative servicing done and I would hop in either to drive to NY right now if necessary. My primary focus so far has been suspension. We've installed Bilstein HD shocks and steering stabilizer and have Hellwig front and rear sways coming. My wife and girls don't like the rocking motion so I'm doing my best to eliminate it. Bushings on the sways are perished, so looking forward to an immediate improvement. Just the Bilsteins made a huge difference, and if you haven't replaced your steering damper, you should. When we took the stock one off it clearly had no damping left in either direction. I drove the same bumpy road before and after and 80% of the deflection and bump steer are gone. The rest I attribute to a front sway bar that isn't even connected with the I beam at this point. Future plans, in no particular order: Solar LVP flooring and wife's touches throughout New mattress (anyone tried a ZINUS? Fantastic fans (or a knockoff) Maybe an awning, although I have an EZ-UP TPMS/New stems/tires for peace of mind Possibly a tune once I drive it fully loaded up a few mountain passes Trying to find a solution for being 6'5" in a shower made for someone under 5'. I literally cannot stand up straight New window glazing (have the sample kit, just need to order and install new stuff) Tint all windows Thanks for reading. I'll be spending all my free time lurking. :) Here's a link to my google drive if you'd like to see photos. EDIT: Guess I'm too noob to post links. You'll need to copy and paste.
TRM1 03/21/19 02:49pm Class C Motorhomes
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