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TheHound

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Posted: 09/04/17 03:33pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks for the great insight everyone. Will certainly update when we have narrowed our choices. Cheers!

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The ad in the first post is not far from the 2004 we bought in 2008. Ours is an E350 only 20 feet long. It was a former rental with 80 000 km. We actually enjoy sleeping upstairs on the cabover, which would not suit everyone, but sure keeps the length and weight down. With 833 kg cargo capacity I never have to think about weight. The tires are lightly loaded, the engine doesn't have to work hard. The rear overhang has never touched down while we drive into all our favourite boondocking spots. It fits easily in the driveway. We have never towed a car because this MH parks like a van, no problem parallel parking on a street. Mall parking lines are a little too narrow and short but it's not a big deal. My 12 foot utility trailer with four kayaks loaded Is not felt. I figured 4.25 km/L = 10 mi/gal US; it goes nicely from Grande Prairie to Jasper on a full tank which is 400 km.

I would accept an extra 2 feet of overhang to get a real shower.

In its 9 years and 25000 km with us it has never been in a garage or RV shop. Unfortunately it took me 8 years to run eternabond over the joint from cabover to metal roof and around the vents so we did get a bit of water dripping during heavy rains several times. Tires of course and it has a date with a good mechanic for spark plugs in a year or two. It is a Canadian Adventurer, which is a low end RV but no problems with the appliances other than a leaky tap on the bathroom sink.
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We had this fairly remote campground by the Peace River all to ourselves last week.

* This post was edited 09/14/17 10:25pm by Harvey51 *


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Posted: 09/15/17 01:58pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

donn0128 wrote:

Used, there is no warranties, so condition is paramount. Most all Cs your looking at will be on Ford E350 cutaway chassis.

That is true on a used unit from most dealers and private parties.

If you buy a Former Rental they come with a 1 year or 12,000 mile power train warranty and 30 days on all major appliances.

There are more than 90 happy members that have bought one.

TheHound wrote:

Hey folks,

First post here after doing a ton of lurking and reading including the FAQs. Very helpful but I am looking for some specific input please.

We are planning to rent one this October to check out the fall colours and if we enjoy the experience, make a move on an older used class c and then upgrade when we retire.

I see that you are renting,if it from Cruise Canada,they have a Rent To Buy Rebate Program That is very attractive.


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Posted: 09/16/17 03:14pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

To the OP. Any ad that says: Certified and Etested is usually a scam. What exactly is certified? BTW: The B class unit you posted are problematic.

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Harvey51 wrote:

The ad in the first post is not far from the 2004 we bought in 2008. Ours is an E350 only 20 feet long. It was a former rental with 80 000 km. We actually enjoy sleeping upstairs on the cabover, which would not suit everyone, but sure keeps the length and weight down. With 833 kg cargo capacity I never have to think about weight. The tires are lightly loaded, the engine doesn't have to work hard. The rear overhang has never touched down while we drive into all our favourite boondocking spots. It fits easily in the driveway. We have never towed a car because this MH parks like a van, no problem parallel parking on a street. Mall parking lines are a little too narrow and short but it's not a big deal. My 12 foot utility trailer with four kayaks loaded Is not felt. I figured 4.25 km/L = 10 mi/gal US; it goes nicely from Grande Prairie to Jasper on a full tank which is 400 km.

I would accept an extra 2 feet of overhang to get a real shower.

In its 9 years and 25000 km with us it has never been in a garage or RV shop. Unfortunately it took me 8 years to run eternabond over the joint from cabover to metal roof and around the vents so we did get a bit of water dripping during heavy rains several times. Tires of course and it has a date with a good mechanic for spark plugs in a year or two. It is a Canadian Adventurer, which is a low end RV but no problems with the appliances other than a leaky tap on the bathroom sink.
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We had this fairly remote campground by the Peace River all to ourselves last week.


Thank you for sharing and that's a nice camper you have there. Great to hear it's treated you well.

We are looking for something very similar for all the reasons you stated. Perhaps a touch bigger so we can have the bed at the back. We have 11 acres north of Toronto with zero services so a big part of this rental is to determine how well it would serve there and for some travelling with the SxS.

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moisheh wrote:

To the OP. Any ad that says: Certified and Etested is usually a scam. What exactly is certified? BTW: The B class unit you posted are problematic.

Moisheh


Not sure about that certified thing either lol But etested is important as by law here in Ontario your vehicle must meet certain emission standards.

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IAMICHABOD wrote:


I see that you are renting,if it from Cruise Canada,they have a Rent To Buy Rebate Program That is very attractive.


We just confirmed our rental for 5 nights with Motorhome Escapes Canada. We will be in a Thor Chateau 23U. Hope that's a decent rig.

We looked at the other local rental options and most had a strict no pets policy.

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Hound,

We are very experienced RVers;four truck/camper combos, full-timing in a 38 foot diesel pusher, and now a 23-1/2 foot Winnebago Minnie, Class C.

The advice given so far is spot on --- "condition" is critical when buying a used RV. Especially check the roof, cab, cab lights etc. for leaks. Also make sure everything works.

Like you, we decided that a short Class C would best suit our needs --- small enough to drive and park and get around in without needing a tow vehicle --- roomy enough to live in.

Do your homework. RV's are built to differing quality levels. The Thor you are renting is at one end of the quality scale. We test drove a brand new Thor. Empty it had more squeaks and rattles on the highway than did our 2002 Minnie when the Minnie was full of pots and pans and other personal effects.

The Thor will have a FLAT, Rubber roof (Either EDPM or TPO, both wear out after 10 or 12 years). Our Minnie has a crowned, fiberglass roof.

The devil is in the details. Ask questions. Do your homework. Good Luck.


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Posted: 09/20/17 06:49am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

TheHound, Seeing that you're from Toronto, and may experience some cool weather....take a look at the Bigfoot MH's. Though you will have to buy used! Made right there in Canada, they're one of the best class c's for cool/cold weather use! We ended up with a 26Sl, which is slightly longer than what you specified, but has pretty amazing room and storage. The quality of construction/cabinetry, etc. seems to as good or better than most. The original owners (cross country skiers), used it down to a minus 17 F with the water system in service. One of the "very few" units with enclosed/heated tanks. We haven't been able to "cold" test it yet (as we just recently got it), but will in a month or so.

They are on the E 450 Ford Chassis, and are "not" inexpensive. Also, be careful with the V-10 Ford engine produced prior to 2004, as they had a poor head design, and had a history of "blowing" out spark plugs. Just for piece of mind get a unit that is an 05 or newer, as some 03/04 engines may have been used in a later model RV. As an example, generally speaking... a 2006 unit will have an 05 chassis. Also, another in going with an 05 or newer will likely get you the 5 speed auto transmission.

Good luck on whatever you choose.

* This post was edited 09/20/17 06:58am by memtb *


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