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Old 05-13-2016, 09:55 AM   #1
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Buying another Class A

I'm one dissatisfied Thor class A owner. Had it for two years now and its been in the shop for repairs longer and more times than I've been on the road with it, something is always breaking every trip out. Time to trade it for another brand/model. But I'm not sure which class a model brand I should get for under $200k. I like the layouts in a lot of the models but I can't find any pros and cons or reliability on the models that I like. I'll never go for another Thor product again, and don't even get me going on Campers World, lol. Any suggestions out there?
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Tiffin or Newmar

Quality, value, and customer service.

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And Monaco.

If buying used don't dismiss Craigs list and e-bay, but as always buyer beware and common sense.

In your price range and used perhaps Entegra, Newell, Foretravel and American Coach.

I would consider a builders reputation and buy used over new with not so sterling reputation. JMO.
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All of them can have issues from time to time, but to be in the shop for extended periods of time is ridiculous. We spent a little more to get our Newmar, and are really happy we did. We had heard all the great things about Newmar, and our dealer told us it would be very unlikely we would experience break downs as you have had and being in the shop for extended period of time. Even with all that and reading all the horror stories you read on IRV2, we were skeptical but went with Newmar.

So far we have owned ours for a little over two years, put over 12,000 miles on it, have spent over 150 nights in it camping, both full hookups and boondocking. We have only had to take it in twice during the original warranty period, one for some minor adjustments and a switch replacement, and the micro wave recall. Both times we stayed with the MH, watched what they did so we could make the adjustments if ever needed again, and took the MH home the same day. Now that is what I call a quality built MH, and quality service. I hate to bring any of my vehicles/RV's into any shop for any reason, let alone to let it sit there for an extended period of time.

So the bottom line is you get what you pay for, so do your research like you are doing. At the base price starting point for MH's, spending a few thousand more will get you a quality MH that you love. We love our Newmar, and if we ever buy another MH it will definitely be a Newmar.
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I'm one dissatisfied Thor class A owner. Had it for two years now and its been in the shop for repairs longer and more times than I've been on the road with it, something is always breaking every trip out. Time to trade it for another brand/model. But I'm not sure which class a model brand I should get for under $200k. I like the layouts in a lot of the models but I can't find any pros and cons or reliability on the models that I like. I'll never go for another Thor product again, and don't even get me going on Campers World, lol. Any suggestions out there?
I spent a long time looking for a nice new motorhome. Originally wanted a Thor Outlaw. After searching, I found that any rig under $300k seems to be pretty cheaply built. I ended up with a garaged 2008 Itasca Ellipse with 9k miles on it. Way nicer for the money than anything new...

Like stated above, Tiffin, Newmar, Winnebago are the brands to look at.

My favorite right now is a Tiffin 37AS. Short, 450 Cummins ISL, cool floor plan, but way more than I want to pay lol.
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We had a '98 Santara that was like the OP's except that I did the repairs. After a thorough investigation we ordered a Newmar Dutch Star. Then a couple years later we ordered a second one and kept it for 13 very satisfied years. Should have gotten another one rather than the Magna!
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I spent almost two years looking before I decided I wanted a Newmar.
I never regretted that decision.
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1) Don't buy new. Let someone else deal with the nitpicky problems in the first year or two. Let someone else eat the depreciation.

2) Select the most robust, highest quality coach brand you can find to meet your needs, then move back in time until the price point matches your budget. Quality lasts. Quality stands up to usage. Using your own described experience to compare, you'll be far better off with a 12 y/o Dutch Star than a new Thor.


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we've had trouble with our Thor as well and just gave up after 18 months and have arranged to trade if for our new Tiffin 32 SA. Looked at Newmar and Winnebago as well. Tiffin won for us.

No more entry level. We should have "bought our last RV first" like so many recommended.

Shop, look and drive until you find what you want. I got completely blindsided when the wife and I decided to check out a dealership about 3 hours away to look at the Tiffin she decided we should go ahead right then....

It's still a Ford chassis, but the issues we had should have been caught at Thor or at least by the dealer after the long drive from the factory.

no more Thor for me, either.....
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Our Itasca Sunova is pretty much considered entry level but i have to say that, for the price we paid, it's been a pretty good rig. The fit and finish was what swayed us back in 2003.

This is kinda unusual but the thing that has give us trouble is the chassis itself. The Workhorse, with the brakes and spark plug issues has been a pain. The coach itself has held in there good with, so far, none of the exterior, interior, or appliances ever giving us any trouble.

We have been pleased with our Itasca so i suspect the higher up models to be even better.
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You can get a brand new newmar VLDP for under $200K. Great coach.
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Our Georgetown, bought used (1yr,3000miles) has been almost problem free on the Forest River side. Ford replaced the AC compressor. If I had to replace it, I would look at a Berkshire, but only the one with Hydraulic slides.
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