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Old 10-18-2018, 11:06 AM   #1
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Looking at 2019 Thor Hurricane, 38 ft, with 26,000 GCWR. It is powered by 6.8
Ford Trition V-10, 320 HP with 460 Torque and 6 Speed Trans.

Has anyone had any experience with this engine in a similar weight capacity? Is it adequate for this weight while towing older Honda Pilot? Thanks in advance.
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That engine will do fine. The chassis is the best part of any Thor product.
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Old 10-18-2018, 11:27 AM   #3
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Carlos, thank you so much. Answers my biggest concern.
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Old 10-18-2018, 11:46 AM   #4
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The engine/transmission combination will get you and the Hurricane anywhere in North America on improved roads (paved). Good probably both will more than likely outlast the house built around it also.

Regarding towing a Honda Pilot you'll need to run the numbers. At a bit over 4,000 lbs. you could bump up against the 26,000 lbs. combine weight limit (GCWR) IF you load the coach to it's maximum of 22,000 lbs (GVWR).
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The engine/transmission combination will get you and the Hurricane anywhere in North America on improved roads (paved). Good probably both will more than likely outlast the house built around it also.

Regarding towing a Honda Pilot you'll need to run the numbers. At a bit over 4,000 lbs. you could bump up against the 26,000 lbs. combine weight limit (GCWR) IF you load the coach to it's maximum of 22,000 lbs (GVWR).
You might also double check the size of the hitch to ensure its strong enough for the weight of the Honda.
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Old 10-18-2018, 05:58 PM   #6
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We have the Ford chassis with the V-10 and 6 speed in a new Winnebago and it works fine for us. Not quite there with the tow behind (we have the car just not the equip) but I have no doubt it will also be just fine.
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We have a 2017 Fleetwood that is about 33í in length with this drivetrain and it has performed flawlessly with our toad (2017 Ford Explorer Platinum). Verified by CAT scales we were right at the limit of manufacture specs when fully loaded for week long trips. The toad itself with a full tank of gas came in at 4,987lbs. We had no problems climbing or descending the passes all over the PNW, we didnít win any speed records going up the steep passes like Blewitt but never impeded traffic and was able to pass the 18 wheelers trying to make the climb.
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Get the actual weight of the coach off the sticker inside. Then get the carrying capacity, which should also be on the sticker. Then subtract the weight of your passengers, water, etc. that aren't included on the sticker. Then subtract the Honda weight that exceeds 4K lbs (if the Honda weighs 4,500 lbs then subtract 500 lbs). That will give you the reserve carrying capacity for food, clothes, etc.



I suspect you may have a capacity issue since the coach is 38 feet so run the numbers first to be sure. We have been looking at new coaches and have found a few 38 foot coaches we like, but the carrying capacity ends up less than 400 lbs due to the weight of the coach and my towed vehicle weighs 4,600 lbs.
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I think engine and tranny are good but there are several post people not happy with Thor.
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Have a friend with a Thor Challenger and it's less than a year old. He tells me something always breaks when on a trip. He also says it's so noisy he can't carry on a conversation with his wife. FWIW, I'd stay far away from Thor. If you want to check out the best made Class A gas motorhomes look at Newmar Canyon Star and Tiffin Open Road. They're more money but the build quality is far superior to anything Thor builds.

All Class A gas motorhomes built in the past few years have the Ford chassis and Ford V-10. In 2016 the transmission was upgraded from a 5 speed to a 6 speed.
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I Have a 2016 Newmar Canyon Star Ford F53 chassis, 26,000 lbs on 22.5 tires , great RV , drives great , high quality Gas coach . Lots of CCC , cargo carrying capacity, tow a Honda Fit
Newmar is one of the best !
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The Pilot is going to go more than 4,500#'s. We towed a '05 Ody and unloaded it went over 4,500
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