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Old 06-21-2014, 12:40 PM   #1
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Hi folks,

I would appreciate any first hand information you can give me about the Tuscany 45LT. I've seen videos on the many changes made to the 2014 model and would like to here any personal observations from the owners.

Thank you,

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Old 07-27-2014, 10:23 PM   #3
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Well, isn't that a helpful answer!

We have a 2014 Tuscany 40RX -- from the same line of coaches, and with most of the same features, except for the tag axle. This is our second Thor DP, as it replaced our 2008 Mandalay 43A. The new coach, like the one it replaced, isn't perfect, but we believed (and still do) that of all the coaches we looked at (a lot), it offered the best bang for the buck. And in our experience, we know that Thor will back it up with excellent service.

We picked up our coach at Motor Home Specialist in September, and immediately made an appointment at the factory service center 3 months down the road. Unfortunately, our experience with dealer service (particularly in fixing items under warranty) has generally been poor, but our experience with factory service has been excellent.

Others may have had different experiences with Thor, and particularly Tuscany, but that's mine.
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Old 07-28-2014, 07:19 AM   #4
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I have the 2014 Tuscany 44MT. It's on the same chassis as the 45LT. I have owned two other Thor products, 2011.5 42RQ and a 2000 Damon Intruder. Since I've owned the 42RQ (2011) I have not spent one dime on repairs. I take it to the Thor Service Center in Elkhart for any repair work needed. Have only had the normal problems we all have in the first year. I looked at several brands of coaches when I purchased all three of my coaches new. Thor is the best bang for your buck, hands down in my opinion. Not knocking other coaches, they all have their problems, just my opinion.
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Old 07-28-2014, 07:44 AM   #5
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Brand selection

We have a 2014 Tuscany XTE, it is a solid coach, we have just had two weeks on Vermont and NY roads and I am impressed with the power and handling, once you know how to handle the tranny on the steep and winging roads.

My word is there is no perfect coach, the Thor is the best bang for the buck. The factory is very helpful and responds to problems quickly. Dealers are another issue, if you find a good one marry him. We have yet to find a good and I do most of my own repairs.

Good luck with your purchase.

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Old 07-28-2014, 09:36 AM   #6
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I have the 2014 Tuscany 42WX. This is my 3rd DP and 1st with tab axle, what a great ride and bonus of little to no wind push. We spent alot of time looking at all the manufactures and as others said I believe Thor produces the best unit for the money.
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Old 07-28-2014, 09:42 AM   #7
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That seems to be the overriding story of the Tuscany "Best Bang For The Buck" and "Best Value"! Owners with few exceptions really like their Tuscany, especially with the tag axle.

Non owners say "it's the devil incarnate"!
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Old 07-30-2014, 11:43 AM   #8
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We bought our 14' 45LT at the end of last Nov. We have had some cosmetic things go wrong but the only things that affected operation was a fresh water pump and an engine brake issue that was a Freightliner thing not Thor. Turned out to be a faulty throttle sensor. We spent about 10 days in Elkhart for warranty work. The full ten days was because of weekends and Whirlpool not Thor. The service center had everything done that was their responsibility but Whirlpool needed to fix the ice maker in the fridge and that took a part they did not have. The folks in Elkhart are great. Steve Reed is the person to contact.

We have put on about 2800 miles on the rig. We are very happy.

We are now in Rapid City SD and got here going through some hefty southern crosswinds. The tag axle made it almost nothing to drive through. Very easy coach to drive. The 60 degree wheel cut is really handy. That extra 5 degrees is a difference maker in my opinion.
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That is very good news LDMcK,

The very first brochure I ever saw was the 2014 Tuscany 45LT and my first reaction was WOW! Since that time I've read a lot and hopefully asked some good questions.

You mentioned the 60 wheel cut and I understand that makes a huge difference from the standard 50/55.

I'm happy to hear you're having good success with your Thor, its a great looking coach!

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I was parked next to LDMcK at the Thor service center and I gotta say the Tuscany is a beautiful looking coach.
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We have had fewer problems with our Tuscany than I expected. Many caused by my inexperience. Winterizing is very difficult, but everything else has worked pretty well. We had the usual initial list, but after that repairs have been few and minor.

My wife characterizes it as a "Buick". Not the finest on the market, but a lot of luxury and features for the money.
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I am sure the tag axle and more powerful engine add significantly to the driving experience, but I am not at all disappointed with the Freightliner chassis and Cummins 360 ISB setup. In fact, I have found the coach to be quite stable in our 1st 2,000 miles of driving.

We have had very few problems but one or possibly two in particular will require warranty repairs. For a new coach, I would say we are pretty lucky considering some of the stories about new coach delivery problems and that dreaded "1st year" of debug. Price does not seem to be a factor as those beautiful Anthem coaches has had their share of defects as well. I know we are not clear of that debug period, in fact we may be in store for more problems but for now, we've had an enjoyable summer. and look forward to a very long and enjoyable relationship with this motorhome. When the time comes, we will consider an upgrade but for now, we are very happy with our purchase.

I loved the tag upgrade, but we had a severe, strict length limit of 40 feet. No regrets at all, we love our coach.
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Thought the Tuscany was it....until

I read the recent Motorhome Magazine article. Now I'm not so sure as the article listed far too many shortcommings. Yes it is still on the list, just not the shortlist.

Perspective owners should really get their hands on the article. I imagine Thor is a big advertiser and not too happy with the article. For me, I cannot believe Thor would have delivered such a poorly prepped vehicle for testing.
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[QUOTE=foodsman;2104434]Hi folks,

I would appreciate any first hand information you can give me about the Tuscany 45LT. I've seen videos on the many changes made to the 2014 model and would like to here any personal observations from the owners.

Thank you,

Harry[/QUOTE]
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I read the recent Motorhome Magazine article. Now I'm not so sure as the article listed far too many shortcommings. Yes it is still on the list, just not the shortlist.

Perspective owners should really get their hands on the article. I imagine Thor is a big advertiser and not too happy with the article. For me, I cannot believe Thor would have delivered such a poorly prepped vehicle for testing.
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Do you have a link to this review? I couldn't find this article via a web search.

Thanks!
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