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Old 02-24-2014, 01:13 AM   #1
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New member help--maybe a Palazzo 33.3

Hi, I'm in the market for a new DP and it needs to be short. I'm a dragracer and tow a 5500 trailer. We will be taking grandkids on the road, probably 2 at a time. I've been reading these forums and doing research for a few months and would welcome opinions. I've seen the 2014 Thor Palazzo 33.3 which is a suitable floorplan and price but having reservations on the issues I read about.
The quality of build is better than a lot of coaches in that price range and higher for that matter. The chassis/engine seems to be a common one for several builds too.
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Old 02-24-2014, 04:27 AM   #2
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Old 02-24-2014, 07:04 AM   #3
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Why don't you look for a nice used coach with enough towing capacity to tow your trailer. Look for something like a Tiffin Phaeton 36QSH - it will be a better built and cost you less than a new Palazzo.
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We had looked at them and the wife did not like the storage in the kitchen (could not get a pot in). You mention the GK's you will need to check the top bunk weight if they are teenagers. Sofa bed is an air mattress.
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We initially were looking at the Palazzo back in the fall and ended up with the Forest River Legacy. Similar floor plan and is a little bigger at 36ft and change. Bunks are nice sized with individual tv's and has the drop down bunk up front which if I'm not mistaken my paper work rates it at 550lbs with a real mattress built in. Queen bed in back, table turns into bed and jack knife sofa bed.
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Old 02-24-2014, 10:08 PM   #6
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Thanks for the replies. The key here is short, and towing. After the 20 foot trailer gets on there it gets a bit long for my liking. I'd buy a 30'DP if I could find one.
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RV.Net Open Roads Forum: I was an IDIOT for buying a Thor Palazzo!!!

Might want to review, all 38 pages.
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Dang. beat me to it. I have looked at all 38 pages and no way would I think of one with that type of slide system.
We know someone that has had there Palazzo in the shop for over 6 weeks
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Old 02-25-2014, 01:29 AM   #10
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I'm going to put off the purchase for a while, do some more research! I'm not in that much of a hurry.
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Good idea. I wouldn't touch the Palazzo until they work out that slide motor issue.

As far as the length: I'm guessing you want to stay short for maneuverability in some places you frequent? On the highway, the longer the coach the better the towing experience with a 20' trailer.

Also, look at the Super C class. Some of those come in shorter lengths and are really set up for towing.
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I have a 33.3 Palazzo and love it , great mpg, I get 11+ mpg towing 3500lbs
There have been a few problems with the large slide on some units but Thor is taking care of it . some of the horror story's you here about can be with any named coach that you are buying from a bad dealer that cant work on them .
I was just reading about the bad crack problem in the side's of some Tiffen's have in some of there coach's so it dosnt matter what the problem is as long as the dealer and manufacturer stand behind it and fix it

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Old 02-25-2014, 09:59 PM   #13
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Was talking to the dealer about the Palazzo slide issue. They have a tech from the factory at the dealer doing upgrades on all the Palazzo slides. I suppose they acknowledge the issue now.
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I would suggest you do the research as you said, I have not had any slide issues myself ( think maybe because I level the coach first as per instructions). I have read other mfgrs. With slide problems as well. Good luck

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