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Old 06-12-2016, 03:21 PM   #1
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Edjucating myself on future RV purchase

I'm looking at buying a used rv. Budget $28,000. Needs 28' or under. Needs to be able to tow 4000Lbs. would like a walk around bed. Have been looking at something like this but am interested in similar C's with less mileage - Cruise America: Thor Majestic 27G

or this - Cruise America: Thor Majestic 23A

I was wondering if the 350 v 8 is enough power to pull the trailer as opposed to the other 450 v10?

This is from the manual in the Cruise America site.http://www.cruiseamerica.com/buy/buy...ies_Manual.pdf
I think the chassis are 158''? According to the list both would work however it would be nice to hear some real life experience.

Any advice?

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Old 06-14-2016, 08:48 AM   #2
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Rented a 28' V10 before from them for 3 weeks, and currently have a Class A diesel.

4K is a lot of weight as a tow for those. You need to pay close attention to the vehicles stated Gross combined capacity, and then subtract out it's actual loaded weight (coach, your belongings, people/food, fuel, water, etc), to arrive at the maximum possible tow weight. This assumes the metal in the hitch is rated at equal to or more than that tow weight.

I have seen some coaches that are close to maxed out on actual weight by themselves, which would leave little tow capacity.

You can take vehicles to a truck CAT scale, and it costs about $10 to get weighed, very simple/quick process. Four corner weigh is ideal, but at a minimum put the front axle on one pad, and the rear axle on the 2nd pad. I would suggest doing that on ANY vehicle I was contemplating purchasing. Also pay attention to the individual axle ratings, as well as tires.

As a side note, that is a lot of miles on those sale units. And if the wear and tear inside is anything like the unit we were given, they are not aging gracefully. The unit we were given turns out was low on oil (stuck out in the middle of nowhere looking for oil and thank goodness for a trucker), and tires were low on air (we ended up with a flat due to leaky valve stem). I would also look around at privately owned units, where the owner took pride in it's care.
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