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Old 10-13-2016, 10:05 PM   #15
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The story is not so simple as FourWinds being acquired by Thor...so, any Thor hate has no place here.

Mandalay Luxury Coach was an autonomous premium maker (like Airsteam has been since acquired by Thor in 1980 or like the Entegra - Jayco relationship). The companies operated separately for years, even after Thor Industries acquired controlling interest.

Damon was part of this mix too and our Damon is trouble free (knock wood).

These motorhome brands were only streamlined into Thor Motor Coach after the 2010 name change.

See: Thor Industries, Inc. - About Thor - Our History

And, like said above these brands used standard and quality components and little to no one-off systems for everything from slide drives to water heaters...all still in business and easy to repair/maintain.

FourWinds/Chateau is still the best selling line of Class C's in North America...Surely not the 2013-2014 (first year) Palazzo fiasco.

We would not hesitate to look at any Mandalay or FourWinds made RV.

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We have a 2006 Mandalay 40E. Absolutely love it.

In my opinion it is a better built coach than the same era Winnebagos and Itascas that we looked at.


Thanks - that makes 3 good and 0 bad reviews
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The story is not so simple as FourWinds being acquired by Thor...so, any Thor hate has no place here.

no hate for Thor. No nothing for Thor. All I said was they don't have a great reputation from all I have been reading.

Mandalay Luxury Coach was an autonomous premium maker (like Airsteam has been since acquired by Thor in 1980 or like the Entegra - Jayco relationship). The companies operated separately for years, even after Thor Industries acquired controlling interest.

i have been through buyouts and usually the group that takes over impose their will on the purchased company. Rarely for the better. MCI Worldcom and Level 3 Communications are great examples. I know about acquisitions and the bloodletting is usually terrible with negative impacts on customer satisfaction.

These motorhome brands were only streamlined into Thor Motor Coach after the 2010 name change.

See: Thor Industries, Inc. - About Thor - Our History

Damon was part of this mix too and our Damon is trouble free (knock wood).

And, like said above these brands used standard and quality components and little to no one-off systems for everything from slide drives to water heaters...all still in business and easy to repair/maintain.

FourWinds/Chateau is still the best selling line of Class C's in North America...Surely not the 2013-2014 (first year) Palazzo fiasco.

We would not hesitate to look at any Mandalay or FourWinds made RV.
at makes 4 who like or would buy a Mandalay rig and no negative responses

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We've had our 2006 Mandalay 40F for 3 years. Absolutely love it. Previous owner took very good care if it and we are doing the same. People don't believe it's a 2006 when they see it. Had no problems at all in the 3 years we had it. I've heard many people with brand new MH of different makes that are have many problessings of any kind and they are new. We've seen many new models and we ate not even thinking of changing for a new one. If the one you are looking at fits your needs and floor plan I would say go for it my 2 cents
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i have been through buyouts and usually the group that takes over impose their will on the purchased company. Rarely for the better. MCI Worldcom and Level 3 Communications are great examples. I know about acquisitions and the bloodletting is usually terrible with negative impacts on customer satisfaction.*Thanks
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This is a stereotype that does not fit Thor Industries. They have used a "decentralized management" structure for decades. Their brands even compete against each other in some segments.

This can be seen at this moment, with the recent Thor acquisition of Jayco/Entegra Coach. The founding family (the Bontrager's) are still in charge and nothing is expected to change from the design department to sales and service centers. But, these entities will be immediately more profitable because of the massive buying power they have joined with Thor for everything from stripped chassis to interior light bulbs.

As far as a Mandalay Coach, there is very little that the owner would need now from the factory. Most all systems could be serviced by the average RV or chassis maker's (probably Freightliner) service center.
But, info can be sought here:
https://thormotorcoach.com/owner-resources/
And
https://thormotorcoach.com/document-archive/?cat_id=14

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One thing I find interesting is that the seller has this listed as a 40D model and another poster above has a 40E model but the link you provided above for Mandalay models shows only a 40B & C model.
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Should be a good unit, ours was the lower price unit four wins and it's been good.
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