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BalluffBucket

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SJ-Chris wrote:

Gray/Black waste tank upgrade???

I have two 2015 Thor Majestic 28a units purchased from Cruise America.
I've made many upgrades and find them to be well built/maintained.

One thing I wish was different is the waste water storage tank capacities. I believe they are about 25 gallons each (black/gray). With just a few people camping they fill up pretty quick. Has anyone upgraded these to larger capacities? Just curious if that is something easily doable and if anyone had any experience to share on the subject.

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I am in the same boat and wondering the same thing. I didn't see any replies on this topic. Any progress? Our family was able to go three days with very mindful monitoring but it was a pain!

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eldel wrote:

Got the right hand side of the 28a just about done. Once we get the final positioning of the table (folded down in this picture) sorted out then we finish the electrics and the dinette goes and is replaced by work area and cupboards. Oh - and the wine rack :-)



Hi Eldel - if you could provide some details and links for where did you get those chairs; I would really appreciate it. This would be the mod I would love to do (i.e., get rid of that couch and replace with two swiveling chairs). Thanks in advance.

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Hi all. Questions about Cruise America Thor Majestic 23A coach battery.

1) What manufactures, size and type battery did your 23A come with? Mine came with a a Lifetime AGM Deep Cycle Group 31.

2) Was your battery just on the battery tray or did it come with a strap and/or any protection from road debris/elements?

3) Have you replaced your battery and if so, what did you decide to go with? Did you stay with an AMG or go the traditional flooded deep cycle?

* This post was edited 06/05/21 09:22pm by texasvwnut *


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IAMICHABOD wrote:


Are those all new seats? That table apparatus in the foreground of the picture looks pretty heavy duty,I have not seen anything like that,Is also used to lift something? How does it work?


Actually the black item in the foreground is a chair lift - for transferring people from wheelchair outside to grey swivel chair inside. The table you can kinda see between the seats.

I got it from https://travelliftchair.com/

It's a bit noisy as it's a powered screw thread so I need to build a sound deadening box for the power unit at the top.

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Hi Eldel - if you could provide some details and links for where did you get those chairs; I would really appreciate it. This would be the mod I would love to do (i.e., get rid of that couch and replace with two swiveling chairs). Thanks in advance.


The chairs are these ...
https://www.discountvantruck.com/rvhighbackcaptainsseats/motorhomefurnituresedona-iS.htm

Note that the front passenger seat is a massive pain to fit. To get enough room for it to swivel you need to mount it in and back - which means you end up having to remove the central storage (note the cup holders) and create a custom mount to put the swivel mount on. Having said that - it's awesome when you can use it.

I should point out that I merely provide the requirements and the money for most of this. I'm incredibly fortunate to have a local business that does RV customization.

On another note - was anyone here in the Tetons this week? I saw another 28a in Colter village.

I can report that 2x205W solar panels and 2*100Ah Li batteries are quite sufficient to run all our power needs with no generator. Including kettle, coffee maker, microwave etc. Not the AC though - that needs shore power or the generator.

It's also plain that these units are designed for single night stops between hookups at most. Like others I find the tiny grey water tank a pain. That's going on the winter to-do wishlist.

Also - for those wondering about a TPM setup - I had a rear inner fail (valve stem seal) on the outbound journey this week and the alarm allowed me to pull over before anything catastrophic happened. 2 items of note for this incident
i) coach-net claim that they can tell where you are from the phone - well not this week they couldn't. Despite me initiating the call from their app I ended up having to explain in excruciating detail where we were. They still got it wrong - despite it being the only gas station for 20 miles.
ii) try not to need emergency service on reservation territory - they had a huge issue finding anyone permitted to work there. It took 6 hours and they had to ask the local emergency services for advice.

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texasvwnut wrote:

Hi all. Questions about Cruise America Thor Majestic 23A coach battery.

1) What manufactures, size and type battery did your 23A come with? Mine came with a a Lifetime AMG Deep Cycle Group 31.

2) Was your battery just on the battery tray or did it come with a strap and/or any protection from road debris/elements?

3) Have you replaced your battery and if so, what did you decide to go with? Did you stay with an AMG or go the traditional flooded deep cycle?


1 & 2
My 23A came with a new (what the salesman said) group 31 AGM which just sat on the battery tray-no tiedowns.

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I've thought about replacing it, as I have no idea how many recharge cycles it's gone through and it seems to loose it's charge, especially when it sits for a few weeks. I've put it on a battery charger if it sits longer than this time period. If I were to replace it, I'd go with another AGM, and add a second battery and a solar panel. You shouldn't mix a flooded and AGM batteries, and I like the idea of no maintenance of the AGM. The Lithium's are just too expensive for the way I use my coach.

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The importance of a TPMS: tire pressure monitoring system. I recently bought a used 30' Class C with 111k miles on the clock from Cruise America. Prior to sale I had performed the perfunctory safety checks, especially on the tires, ensuring they were within 3-5 years from manufacturing date, had good tread, no sidewall cracks and were aired-up appropriately. However, the coach lacked a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS)--and I thought NOTHING of it. "No big deal," I told myself. I'll religiously check the pressure prior to every trip and that's good enough. That is, until the fateful day recently when I discovered, while parked at a rest stop, that my outer right rear dually looked mighty low. It was a Sunday and I was in Penrose, CO. Fortunately, I found the owner of a tire shop working on his day off and he kindly agreed to put some air in my tire. "Whoa," he said. "Your outer tire is low because it's bearing all the weight that should be shared with the inner dually. And THAT tire is flatter than a pancake. Unrepairable."
Whaaa...? Folks, only minutes earlier, I had driven down a treacherous mountain road out of Westcliffe, CO. One with lots of curves, aggressive drivers and a need for reasonable speed. How and where that tire failed I have no idea. And my ignorance of the situation needlessly imperiled me and everyone else on the road. One failed tire could easily have led to two, loss of control and--well, your imagination of a disaster is as good as mine. As I listened to the tire man I began to shudder with the thought of the catastrophe I had miraculously been spared. And how a TPMS is no longer a luxury in my mind. It is an absolute necessity. I'm no longer an indolent wise guy. I got a clue. And I hope you all do, too.

* This post was edited 06/21/21 10:46am by Hoerschel *

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ONE YEAR UPDATE: Bought our 2015 23a beginning of last year just as COVID hit and I think we got the best price just before everything in RV industry exploded. This update is based on some reading for the last 10 or so pages.

Summary: We love our RV.

Upgrades: Installed rear camera over the rearview mirror. Nice wood cover/ cutting board. Stove cover. TPMS VERY IMPORTANT! Chrome steps into cab. Front mud flaps -VERY IMPORTANT for finish. Added brake controller and 7 pin trailer connector. -Put turn pins on our stove vent to stop it from flying open and popping off in high winds.

Problems: 1) as stated in prior post generator circuit board caught fire and leak in water on first day was repaired by CA. 2) The bumper rear detectors were cut and missing, but electronics present. Solar is wired. 3) Refrigerator stopped working on AC, but still works on gas-will check later. 4) Had a bad leak from where the awning was installed in the back and had to seal with Silicon. CHECK the install of your awning! Leaked down to the bed and I woke up wet. 5) We noticed, before rain, that the front clearance lights were not fully sealed, used silicon. CHECK THESE SEALS 6) we also have major smoke only on Arizona steep inclines, but we were towing a lot too. Wish it was a E450. If it continues we will use our powertrain warranty to check it, but we have 4 more years. 7) Rear "mudflaps" are loosening and brace is failing.

We did not buy the interior warranty and we are glad with our awning and powertrain warranty purchases. about 9MPG average and we have put about 5k miles with short trips. We use a basic RV surge protector, and have plastic drive up blocks for leveling. Also use a water filter for filling.

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Hoerschel wrote:

The importance of a TPMS: tire pressure monitoring system. I recently bought a used 30' Class C with 111k miles on the clock from Cruise America. Prior to sale I had performed the perfunctory safety checks, especially on the tires, ensuring they were within 3-5 years from manufacturing date, had good tread, no sidewall cracks and were aired-up appropriately. However, the coach lacked a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS)--and I thought NOTHING of it. "No big deal," I told myself. I'll religiously check the pressure prior to every trip and that's good enough. That is, until the fateful day recently when I discovered, while parked at a rest stop, that my outer right rear dually looked mighty low. It was a Sunday and I was in Penrose, CO. Fortunately, I found the owner of a tire shop working on his day off and he kindly agreed to put some air in my tire. "Whoa," he said. "Your outer tire is low because it's bearing all the weight that should be shared with the inner dually. And THAT tire is flatter than a pancake. Unrepairable."
Whaaa...? Folks, only minutes earlier, I had driven down a treacherous mountain road out of Westcliffe, CO. One with lots of curves, aggressive drivers and a need for reasonable speed. How and where that tire failed I have no idea. And my ignorance of the situation needlessly imperiled me and everyone else on the road. One failed tire could easily have led to two, loss of control and--well, your imagination of a disaster is as good as mine. As I listened to the tire man I began to shudder with the thought of the catastrophe I had miraculously been spared. And how a TPMS is no longer a luxury in my mind. It is an absolute necessity. I'm no longer an indolent wise guy. I got a clue. And I hope you all do, too.


I used to live in Colorado and I know the roads you were driving on. They require all of your attention no matter what type of vehicle you're driving.

I just made a post about checking the tire's tightness of the valve core into the valve stem in the general class C section. Perhaps your flat was caused because your valve core was loose and allowed the air to leak? (I thought I was making my post in this section). My tires hold air much better now since I did this simple little bit of maintenance.

* This post was edited 06/25/21 12:20pm by Booner *

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INSTALLING RUNNING BOARDS ON A MAJESTIC 23A

Many pages back on this thread, someone asked about putting running boards on their RV. It can be done! I put a pair on my unit yesterday and it is so much easier to climb into the cab now, and I have a 36" inseam.

I purchased the Running Boards, or as they call them Step Boards for a company called Carid, online, and the model was the 7 inch wide, 36 inch long "Luverne." At least on a 23A, you have 37 inches from the rear of the front tire well to the front of the coach and the boards I purchased were 36 inches long and they fit with plenty of clearance from the front tire.

The instructions left a little to be desired, but after spending a little time in trial fitting the mounting brackets to the underneath of the cab, I was able to figure out their instructions. The model I purchased included everything I needed to do a complete install, but the company neglected to provide instruction for mounting the running boards to the mounting brackets, but I figured it out. If you do some digging around on the Carid website, they do provide instructions.

It took me a couple of hours to do the complete install and I was able to do it myself. I'm very happy with the running boards. It's so much easier to get in and out of the cab, plus I think the boards will act somewhat like mud flaps and keep the lower door panels and lower front of the coach a little cleaner.

link--> https://www.carid.com/luverne-truck-equipment/7-grip-step-black-step-boards.html?urlId=79288326

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Booner, #130 on the list of happy owners.[image]

Thanks for the update of your Running Boards Mod on your Rig.

A picture of it would be pretty helpful to the other members,if you have not done this before,This Link will walk you thru it. It really is pretty simple once you have done it.

I have also made a CLICKY to the link for the Running Boards to make it easier for the others.

Thanks for coming back and sharing with the group,it will be very helpful to the others,I am sure.

Keep them coming [emoticon]

* This post was edited 07/05/21 03:40pm by IAMICHABOD *


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