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Old 02-07-2016, 09:10 AM   #1
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Low chassis an issue?

I am looking to purchase my first coach and specifically looking at a 2013 THOR Palazzo 33.1. Noticed the low ground clearance, is this an issue I should be concerned about?
Thanks for your insights.

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Old 02-07-2016, 09:23 AM   #2
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Ride height of a class A chassis should only be a concern if you have a steep driveway or are considering taking the RV off road for boon-docking.
If you're always on good roads the height should not be a real problem.

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Old 02-07-2016, 09:24 AM   #3
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Not an issue. If you are looking under it at a dealer or owners lot it wont be aired up. Air springs bring the coach up plenty high enough. My wife complains the step is to high when stopping during a travel day.
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Old 02-07-2016, 09:27 AM   #4
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I guess I should have asked because , I'm not sure about the model you've asked about.

Is the unit equipped with air suspension?
If so was the system aired up when you saw it?
Air suspension will raise the coach approx 4" for travel.
EDIT: I see that t55watson , said the same thing while I was away typing.
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Old 02-07-2016, 09:42 AM   #5
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I would not be worried, I worry more about the overhang behind the rear wheels. Unless you are going off road, were it is bad no worries just pay attention. My family rarely "pays" to camp but boon dock in the wood all the time, 3-10 miles of forest service road and then 150-300 meters off that with no issues. If you are worried about something get a ground guide or walk it your self. Oh and watch your height and enjoy!
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The Palazo is a Freightliner chassis most likely the XCS same as our Winnebago 34T. They do sit lower than the Ford F53/59 gas chassis even when aired up for travel. Have them dump the air and inflate again and you'll see the difference.

99% sure it has the Schwintek/LCI slides. Read up on them before you go back. With the engine running run them in and out 3 or 4 times while wife/whomever watches from outside. Looking for smooth operation, front and rear extend/retract evenly and no abnormal noises or binding. Inspect the wormgear tracks attached to the side of the slides when extended, checking for abnormal wear.

During roadtest while creaks are normal listen for any loud creeking/snapping/popping from slide area. This in addition to a full body and chassis checkout. Review maintenance records and make sure the owners manuals are present for ALL components.

There are many owners here better versed to advise you. Check NADA price guide and web search for comparison pricing.

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Here is some good reading, I would pass just because of the slides.
RV.Net Open Roads Forum: Thor Palazzo The Good Bad And Ugly Please
RV.Net Open Roads Forum: Winnebago, Schwintek In-Wall Slide-Out system - Problems ??
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Many thanks for the advise. We will be sure to read up on the slides and will go over the coach with a fine tooth comb. 😎
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45k miles and never an issue, and we love the single step on this XCS lower chassis

by the way, per someone else's note about slides, the engine cannot be on when trying to run the slides in/out
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generally no concerns, but i have seen in one occasion that an rv was trying to turn to a grocery parking lot where was higher than street; its hitch plowed the street and stuck. a cop came over and blocked the road, calling a tow truck to do the job...

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