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Old 09-29-2014, 07:14 AM   #1
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Choosing the right RV

I'm trying to decide between 2 RV
Class A diesel. 2005 holiday rambler ambassador with cummins diesel or a 2005 Thor Mandalay bay 38b with a Cat diesel. Any input would be appreciated.
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After having a diesel and a gas now, we much prefer the gas. The maintenance on a diesel is about twice (or more) than a gas. Ride on the diesel was a little better but the gas is good too. For me, I can work on the gas model if I had to, the diesel not so much. If we were going to do it again, we would get another gas coach.
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Old 09-29-2014, 07:45 PM   #3
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After having a diesel and a gas now, we much prefer the gas. The maintenance on a diesel is about twice (or more) than a gas. Ride on the diesel was a little better but the gas is good too. For me, I can work on the gas model if I had to, the diesel not so much. If we were going to do it again, we would get another gas coach.
I respectfully don't agree. I do most of my own work on my coach. This is the third dp. Cummins and Allison are hard to beat but that is just my opinion. Getting the fluids tested (I happen to use Blackstone labs) is a good way to know the condition of your rig. But, as a fulltimer I may have different requirements and expectations than you. I like the ride and features of a dp, though many gassers are very well appointed.
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After having a gasser for 14 years and now a diesel for a couple of months I would never go back to gas.
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Oops, sorry. Post removed as it's not relevant!
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Thanks for input but my post was not about diesel vs gas. Both coaches are DP. Trying to decide between the 2 brands
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I had a CAT engine and had my share of issues. On thing to keep in mind is CAT no long makes on road engines so service of on road CAT engines is slowly declining and parts are getting more expensive and scarce. Not a deal breaker, but something to keep in mind
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Thanks for input but my post was not about diesel vs gas. Both coaches are DP. Trying to decide between the 2 brands
I wouldn't touch a Thor.
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I wouldn't touch a Thor.

Sorry, but that comment is like saying that you wouldn't touch GM vehicles because you don't like a certain brand within the realm. Thor is a holding company that bought a lot of different brands/manufacturers, and it has very little to nothing to do with how they are put together.

The comment confuses would-be buyers.

I'll put my Mandalay up against all other mid-range MHs around, including HR. I'd also go with a Cummins over a CAT for reasons previously stated. Both coach brands the OP is considering are fine.

P.S. that said, I pulled the Thor stickers off of my coach and, oddly, never found a single "Four Winds" sticker on it. "Mandalay" is all that is on it.
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Sorry but after seeing all the problems and the way Thor treated my buddy with his Pallazo I wouldn't touch anything Thor. If your going to your name on it stand behind it. JMHO
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I have read, on this forum, more negatives than positives concerning Thor products. Winnebago industries has it's problems but, for the most part, they work with the customer to resolve issues.

That said, as far as chassis is concerned I will repeat; Cummins/Alison and Freightliner and Onan for the generator. None are perfect but all have great reputations, and used even in the big money rigs. Customer service and parts availability are to be considered. When you buy a coach consider if the company has a good and functioning service line for you. Because I have had two Winne products I can speak directly to this about them. YES. Forest City, IA is available for service at the Winne facility or phone support. As far as other manufactures go? Others more familiar with them will need to comment.

Choose your brand wisely (as I see you are trying to do). Then pick the model/floor plan, year, etc. I drove 1200 miles to buy this coach. It is not without issues but we still love it.
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I think that Thor today is not the Thor of 2005. I would be hard pressed to compare the Pallazo problems of today to what was produced back then.

I know the Holiday rambler should be pretty rock solid - you never hear too much about the 05 Mandalay. I would think some deep searching on this site and google directly on both models would prove useful to you.
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RotnRose, I don't know if this helps or not, but when we were down to two brands we were interested in, I spent hours on this site looking under the Owners Forum for the specific brands that I was interested in. What I compared was what problems each brand had, complaints from owners re getting them fixed, and how many owners were bashing their own brand either due to quality, service, warranty work, or how they were treated by the dealers or MFG customer service people, also how many people praised their brand vs the other. Once I did that it made my decision so much easier. Take your time looking and don't rush into anything it's alot of money to spend on whatever you buy...Good Luck
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RotnRose, I don't know if this helps or not, but when we were down to two brands we were interested in, I spent hours on this site looking under the Owners Forum for the specific brands that I was interested in. What I compared was what problems each brand had, complaints from owners re getting them fixed, and how many owners were bashing their own brand either due to quality, service, warranty work, or how they were treated by the dealers or MFG customer service people, also how many people praised their brand vs the other. Once I did that it made my decision so much easier. Take your time looking and don't rush into anything it's alot of money to spend on whatever you buy...Good Luck
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