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Old 12-20-2018, 08:53 PM   #1
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Calling All Thor Aria Owners

Hopefully in the next couple years, my wife and I will be able to upgrade from our ACE to a DP. Don’t get me wrong, we love our ACE but we’d like to move up to bigger and better before making an extended trip through the mountains out west in a few years. I’ve had my eye on the Thor Aria 3901 as I absolutely LOVE that floor plan. But I research my purchases (especially big ones) for at least a couple years before I pull the trigger. Aria owners out there, what can you tell me? What do you love, like, dislike, or hate about your Aria? Would you buy it again? And is there really that big of a difference between the Aria and the Tiffin Allegro Red? Or the Phaeton? If so, what are they (and please don’t just say “fit and finish”. If at all possible, please be more specific). Specifically, how is the price difference seen in the differences in the products? How do the Freightliner and Spartan chassis compare? Is the Atlas foundation as big of a deal as Thor makes it out to be? Sorry for so many questions...
Any info is greatly appreciated! The Aria 3901 seems to have it all, but I don’t want to sell myself short on a DP. Thanks everyone!

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Old 12-21-2018, 06:33 AM   #2
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The Aria 3901 was on our hot list last year. Initial demand was very high hence not a lot of good deals on the 3901. The current Venetian J40 is the same floor plan but with the ISL400 and the Allison 3000 transmission.
If you live in a colder climate the wet bay heat in the Aria's and Venetian's is worthless. There has been a basement water leakage issue too. Other than that you pretty much get what you see. The 2019 Aria's seem to have Aquahot so the wet bay issue may have been solved.

Last year it was easier to get a great deal on a Venetian than an Aria. We ended up with the T42 for basically the same price the dealers at the 2017 Indy FMCA rally wanted for a 3901. YMMV

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Old 12-21-2018, 07:47 AM   #3
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Originally Posted by z3406 View Post

The 2019 Aria's seem to have Aquahot so the wet bay issue may have been solved.
Actually it is the 2019 Venetian and not the Aria that has Aqua Hot.
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Old 12-21-2018, 01:12 PM   #4
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Thanks GM
I looked and looked the other day and couldn't find if the Aria had a furnace or not. A closer look today at the spec page on the web site and yes they all have furnaces a some sort of tankless water heater.

The 3901 has a single 35000 btu unit.
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Old 12-22-2018, 11:33 PM   #5
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I have and love my Aria 3901, it’s our third Thor and would buy another. Z3406 is correct, if you could buy a Venetian for similar money I would. Aqua hot would be great.
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