Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 02-18-2019, 06:47 PM   #1
Bronze Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2019
Location: Louisiana
Posts: 21
Default Carado Banff

Ok guys,

Iím thinking of getting a Carado Banff since it looks like it may be a steal soon. Yes I am aware of quality issues, and yes I am aware of everything concerning Hymer which may make the warrantee pretty much useless.

A little background first : This will be my first RV, I will not be living in it full-time but instead I will be a weekend warrior for at least several more years until my fiancťís daughter moves out of the house and he can join me on more extended trips.

I was actually planning on getting an RV six years ago to full time in, but I came across a 100 year old Victorian house for $10,000. I have spent the last six years renovating this house, where I completely gutted the kitchen, installed all new electrical since it was outdated and not up to code, and installed completely new pipes for incoming water and even replaced all of the sewer pipe.

My point in telling you my life story is so you all have an idea of my skill level. Carpentry work isnít my best, but I can certainly make do if itís something as simple as installing cabinetry. Plumbing is a piece of cake, and electrical work scares the bejeesus out of me. However, my brother is an electrician, my mom is a mechanic, and my dad owned a construction company. While I have plenty of people to assist me with any problems that arise, not a single one of us has any idea about the particular systems on an RV.

The reason I am thinking about the Carado Banff is because it has the exact layout that I want and Iím not paying for overpriced interior furnishings like granite countertops which I do not want or need. I used to have a very old Dodge grand Caravan so Iím pretty familiar with a Dodge engine. However, mechanical work is my least favorite activity so I really want something with a brand new engine. That is why I am considering this particular model even though I am anticipating having to work on plumbing and electrical systems myself. I do NOT want to buy used with my first RV and deal with an older engine. I know many of you would probably suggest that I look for used, so Iím just putting that out there that this is not an option for me. Also, it probably sounds like I should do my own mods to an existing van, but I do work a lot of hours and I really donít have time for that kind of project. I do feel like Iíll have time to fix different issues as they arise, however.

Someone posted earlier today that there is an RV dealership in Florida which can get the parts for the Ekotrek from the vendor since itís not actually proprietary for Hymer. ThIs is actually the dealership I was considering going to since itís the closest one with the Carados. Iíve also seen some positive reviews of them in this forum. So, thatís good news.

My questions are :
1. What system issues have Carado owners had with their vans?
2. Is the chassis warranty covered by Dodge since itís on the Dodge Promaster chassis, or is that Hymer as well since theyíve modified the engine with Ecotrek? This may sound like a stupid question but I really have no idea exactly how that works.
3. How easy is it to access different electrical and plumbing systems in this particular model? Iím a female at 5í1Ē so I have small hands to get into tight places, but donít have the best hand strength.
4. With an MSRP of $86,000 for the fully loaded vans I want, what is a good deal considering warranty issues? Before the Hymer news, I was thinking of offering $55,000 (35% off MSRP) with the goal of getting them to $60,000 (30% off). In light of recent news, Iím now thinking I should offer much lower but Iím not sure how much to take off for the warranty. Any suggestions or if you feel comfortable telling me how much you paid I would greatly appreciate it.

Also, if anyone has any suggestions for potential problems that I may not have considered or have overlooked, I appreciate your advice on that as well.
__________________

TinyTink is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-18-2019, 06:54 PM   #2
Site Team
 
avanti's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 3,267
Default

The chassis warranty will be Dodge, excepting only the RT mods. Aftermarket modifications have no effect on the basic OEM warranty, unless those mods actually CAUSE the issue.
__________________

__________________
Formerly: 2005 Airstream Interstate (Sprinter 2500 T1N)
Now!: 2014 Great West Vans Legend SE (Sprinter 3500 NCV3 I4)
avanti is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-18-2019, 07:03 PM   #3
Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2015
Posts: 1,113
Default

You better get on the net and search dealerships. Many are lowering their prices to 40% off and they are selling quckly!!

Go for it... you've got the skills and/or back up skills.

The parts will be out there. And ex-Roadtrek people are out there offering help in parts searches if needed.
__________________
Mumkin
2019 Roadtrek Simplicity SRT (almost a Zion)
2015 Roadtrek 170
2011 LTV Libero
2004 GWV Classic Supreme
mumkin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-18-2019, 07:23 PM   #4
Bronze Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2019
Location: Louisiana
Posts: 21
Default

Thanks Avanti. The Dodge warranty is the one I really want. Feeling much better about this purchase now.
TinyTink is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-18-2019, 07:25 PM   #5
Bronze Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2019
Location: Louisiana
Posts: 21
Default

Thanks mumkin! I was actually thinking about getting one in the summer because I need a few months to get the down payment together, so hopefully I will be able to find one still.
TinyTink is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-18-2019, 08:08 PM   #6
Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2015
Location: Oklahoma
Posts: 360
Default

I think Mumkin is right. Find the money somehow. I’d be really surprised if there is a new one to be found come summer. OTOH, if you really can’t find the money and even though you said no to used, by summer there may be owners without your skills panicking and trying to dump their practically new units before something happens they can’t fix.
__________________
2014 Promaster 136" Self-Build

Build Site: www.msnomersvan.wordpress.com
Travel Site: www.woodworkingtraveler.wordpress.com
MsNomer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-19-2019, 03:36 PM   #7
Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2015
Posts: 1,113
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by TinyTink View Post
Thanks mumkin! I was actually thinking about getting one in the summer because I need a few months to get the down payment together, so hopefully I will be able to find one still.
They will very likely all be gone by then and you would be in the position of having to wait for a used one to show up. And there are not that many of them out there. I noticed yesterday that there are a few of them in the inventory of Sunshine State RVs in Florida. They are not posting prices, but if I were you and seriously interested, I would call Nick there and ask his advice. He is one of a handful of salesman that I have a great deal of trust in...
__________________

__________________
Mumkin
2019 Roadtrek Simplicity SRT (almost a Zion)
2015 Roadtrek 170
2011 LTV Libero
2004 GWV Classic Supreme
mumkin is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT. The time now is 06:34 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.