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Old 08-14-2014, 04:49 PM   #1
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1st time RV buyer? 2015 Coachmen RV Freelander 32BH Vs. 2014 Thor ACE 30.2

2015 Coachmen RV Freelander 32BH Vs. 2014 Thor ACE 30.2

Not sure if we should stick with a Class A or if Class C's are OK. Heard that they were under powered. We live in CO so will be doing a bunch of passes so lots of climbing in altitude. We plan on towing a Jeep Rubicon if that helps. Thanks in advance for any advice. Want to make the right decicion and not newbie mistakes! Probably cross-posting in Class C forum unless not allowed.
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Depends on the size of your family and the sleeping space needed. I went from a 2005 coachmen Freelander to a 2015 thor windsport. I like the space of the class a better. I believe the 30.2 is the bunkhouse ace model and you still get the drop down bed but I believe you will find the class C cab over bed more accommodating and you can use it for storage. Both I'm sure have the triton V10 and it is a beast. I would look at the gross vehicle weight of each and compare towing capacity.
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What Jeff said! Good luck and welcome to the forum.
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2015 Coachmen RV Freelander 32BH Vs. 2014 Thor ACE 30.2

Not sure if we should stick with a Class A or if Class C's are OK. Heard that they were under powered. We live in CO so will be doing a bunch of passes so lots of climbing in altitude. We plan on towing a Jeep Rubicon if that helps. Thanks in advance for any advice. Want to make the right decicion and not newbie mistakes! Probably cross-posting in Class C forum unless not allowed.


I wish we would have rented different coaches before we bought.

We would have learned a lot.

We like state and national campgrounds, not modern RV parks
and our 41 foot Diplomat has a hard time getting into the smaller places.
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Both are entry level coaches. I have never been a fan of Thor products, although they seem to have somewhat better reputation than they used to have.
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Old 08-17-2014, 12:32 PM   #6
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Thanks everyone! It is just such a big purchase! I think we are going to go with a class A just not sure which one!
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If you are looking at a Class A from what I've read don't buy new. Way too much money. You can buy a 5-8 yr old coach and save like 50% off new one. I'm looking at Class A now and I really like Country Coach, Beaver, and Safari coaches as my top 3 picks! Look em up, prices aren't horrible for a used coach...
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Be sure to check out Tiffin gas coaches. You will be sorry if you don't.
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Old 08-17-2014, 05:53 PM   #9
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I would go with the Class A, one big reason is they generally have a bigger CCC...Alot of Class C's are really close to max weight capacity with just water and people. The Class A also has a bigger engine even though they are both V10's. we spent two years looking, driving and comparing. Don't be afraid to go with a little more than you wanted to spend, usually it's well worth the extra money.
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Old 08-17-2014, 06:50 PM   #10
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We have Itasca 35 j class A and pull CRV all over colorado without problems. Jeep will weigh more than Honda, but Ford V 10 does good job.
I think some of the slowest climbing I've ever done is Phoenix to Flagstaff. Sometimes only going 40ish, but DP not quite in cards yet
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