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MtnBikeMarty

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Whelp I may be joining your ranks, if all goes well I will be looking over a Thor Majestic 23A from Cruise America. I am a first timer and am new to owning an RV. These rental models really appealed to us with their simplicity. I felt like it would be a good fit for us with our limited RV'ing knowledge. I did RV as a kid with my parents but now its time for me to do the same with our children. I gotta say thank you guys for all the good information in here. I've been reading over all the posts in here to help calm my nerves. Man buying an RV feels alot like sipping from a fire hose. So much information and opinions. Its hard to weed through it all. Wish me luck, any last minute advice before I hopefully pull the trigger?


Racerboy,
Go for it! There's a lot of great info here in the 148 pages, take some time and go through it, a lot are quotes repeating the original question. But in a nutshell: skip the CA extended warranties (put that $$ in a rainy day fund), if new to RV's like me, hire a third party to inspect it prior to taking delivery, if you're thinking of a awning, go with theirs, it's a basic manual awning but their installed price is better than you can get elsewhere, take it on a shakedown outing as soon as you can to test out and familiarize yourself with everything, then get it into CA and they'll fix most anything (my refrigerator light blew out and and one verticle window was missing the clips to hold it open, they fixed both in a quick 30 minute appointment).

BONUS Info: If you're in the Mesa AZ Cruise America, there's a museum of minibikes in their service waiting area, that the founders started collecting minibikes they grew up on. We had a Honda Trail 70 and neighbors had a Trail 50, CA had several in mint...way kool, made the wait time fly by as I looked at the 100 minibikes.
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Racerboy76 wrote:

Whelp I may be joining your ranks, if all goes well I will be looking over a Thor Majestic 23A from Cruise America. I am a first timer and am new to owning an RV. These rental models really appealed to us with their simplicity. I felt like it would be a good fit for us with our limited RV'ing knowledge. I did RV as a kid with my parents but now its time for me to do the same with our children. I gotta say thank you guys for all the good information in here. I've been reading over all the posts in here to help calm my nerves. Man buying an RV feels alot like sipping from a fire hose. So much information and opinions. Its hard to weed through it all. Wish me luck, any last minute advice before I hopefully pull the trigger?

Yes there is lots of good info here in the forum and many other articles and books around. Just jump in and enjoy. The one good thing we did was to decide to spend out the extra on all the things we wanted for our fit out and comfort at day one. Never regretted buying solar panels and fitting for boondocking in fabulous places. OPaid for themselves with all the money we saved on camp site fees. Great comfortable camp chairs even if they cost more etc! We lived in Spain when we brought our Rv and made it our American home for up to 3 months at a time just flying with walk on bags [emoticon] Have a look at the photos on our web site for all the places we went for inspiration.


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That is interesting,my new Safe-T-Alert has the MFG Date stamped on the back side just as the one that I replaced that was a bit over 5 years old according to the MFG date that was stamped on the backside of the old unit.
The original one that was in the RV when I bought it had a MFG Date that was over 6 years old when it failed.


IAMICHABOD: Thanks for the photo which leads to me now standing corrected! Found the manufacturing date on my replacement unit. The date was actually printed on the faceplate of the old unit rather than on the back as they are doing now.

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IAMICHABOD: Thanks for the photo which leads to me now standing corrected! Found the manufacturing date on my replacement unit. The date was actually printed on the faceplate of the old unit rather than on the back as they are doing now.

That is great to know.What was the MFG Date on your new one?Hopefully it is fairly new.


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Racerboy75 Welcome to the Forum and a future member of the Former Rental Owners Club!

I hope all goes well with your inspection and maybe ownership of a Former Rental.

I know that there is a lot to sift thru here but as you can see there are some very helpful members here,if there is anything that you have questions about just ask or send me a PM,I have a lot of stuff archived so I can go back and see if there is anything I can help with.

Please come on back and tell us how everything turned out. The Twilight Zone,I like that.

Again Welcome and good luck with everything!

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Picked up our CA Thor Majestic 28a in Mesa on February 17th, and drove it about 1900 miles home over a week and half. Love it so far with no issues during the trip. This forum was a big influence in our decision to purchase from CA.

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Jecraig4734,Welcome to the Forum and to the Former Rental Owners Club.
I will add you to the Happy owners club, you will be #136 [image]
It sounds like you gave it a real good shakedown cruise,good to hear it all went well.

It is great to hear that the Forum and all the members that have contributed helped you in your choice to buy a Former Rental. That just shows how well this Forum has helped others by the free flow of ideas and good information.

Again Welcome and come on back if you have any questions or observations you would like to share.

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I am wanting to add some dc outlets to the bedroom. I found some wires I would like to tap into, I think they go the cargo lights in the back bay. The wire colors are white, gray with white stripe, and white with black stripe. Anybody know which is positive, negative, and ground?

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Jecraig4734 wrote:

I am wanting to add some dc outlets to the bedroom. I found some wires I would like to tap into, I think they go the cargo lights in the back bay. The wire colors are white, gray with white stripe, and white with black stripe. Anybody know which is positive, negative, and ground?


I can't tell you which wire is what, although my guess is the wires with the stripe is the ground-but test this first-so I would suggest you get a multimeter/circuit tester to check wire polarity. There is no neutral in a 12v circuit, only positive (hot) and ground (negative).

If you're just looking to add a dc circuit for a modest load, (dc charger, radio, lighting, etc.), you could tap into one of the light fixtures in the bedroom area. The light circuit is of two wires (hot and ground), 12V and the circuit is always hot. The switch on the light fixture turns the light on and off. Just tap into the wires between the house battery and before the light switch, and you'll have constant power from your house battery.

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There are two sets of these wires. They each go to the back corners of the rv. Could they be for the taillights/turnsignals? Why would there be three in a set?

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