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Old 04-21-2012, 08:50 AM   #15
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I finally made a decission...

After driving a Georgetown, Daybreak, Thor ACE and a hurricane.

I finally decided on a Winnebago Vista, I pick it up today.

Thanks for all the replys, they were helpful.


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Old 04-22-2012, 03:09 PM   #16
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Personally, I would buy a used SOB (some other brand) before I bought a Hurricane or any Thor product.

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Old 04-22-2012, 04:06 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by patpro23 View Post
We looked at a brand new Hurricane because it had bunk beds for the kids. However, after driving the brand new model and doing a little research, we found that purchasing an older coach (in our case an itasca) was the better move. We have more features in our older coach than the brand new one has, and after installing lots of upgrades we still saved thousands over the new one.

However, I will admit that the warranty on the new coach is a nice thing to have when taking long trips.

Good luck either way.
All the warrantees will not do you any good sitting on the side of the hiway.

Plus how many miles a year do you plan on driving? I think most do 5,000 a year? So your years will run out before your miles.

Best of luck with your decision.
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Old 04-22-2012, 08:35 PM   #18
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We looked at the Thor , even though it was brand new we decided to go with a 2007 Winnebago J-35. It is 35 feet long and a ton more space than the Thor. We are so glad we went with the Winnie. But the Thor was very nice for its size. Our Winnie has the bunks which comes in very handy.

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Old 04-25-2012, 12:55 PM   #19
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We just bought a 2012 Thor Hurricane 33G model with bunks for the kids. We've taken it on two relatively short trips and no major issues. I've heard for an entry level RV that they are pretty good. We loved the floorplan and the full body paint and other features like tv's for the kids, side view camera's etc., that made this purchase a great buy compared to other RV's of this size in the industry.
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Old 04-25-2012, 01:03 PM   #20
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Originally Posted by Ignoredyeti View Post
After driving a Georgetown, Daybreak, Thor ACE and a hurricane.

I finally decided on a Winnebago Vista, I pick it up today.

Thanks for all the replys, they were helpful.

Keep us posted! Congrats!!! What model did you get?
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Old 04-25-2012, 04:52 PM   #21
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All makes and models have good and bad characteristics to them. I had a 2004 30 ft sightseer for 3 months too small. Got a2004 35 ft sightseer Loved it. Had more problems due to design issues to mention. Great RV Traded in march for 33c 2011 sightseer. I am in love !!! It has been the shop for the of march and back in Friday All things small but I am a perfectionist so every little thing I want fixed. Some big issues
too. Jack that goes on its own a hot start problem. But I do regress. It is not if the it has problems but Due they get fixed and then is it what you want r to go and go and go in!!!
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Old 07-25-2012, 11:43 AM   #22
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We have had 2 new class a Winnebagos in past years. Starting in the 70's. We now have a 2007 Hurricane & think it's wonderful. Every bit as well made as our previous class A's. Good power, good breaking, could use a little better gas milage but..... We especially love our floorplan with the huge bank of windows on one side, giving us a larger bathroom with 2 points of entry. Have fun choosing.
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Old 07-25-2012, 12:32 PM   #23
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As others have said, there are positives and negatives with every RV floor plan. Figure out the floor plan which works for your needs, and enjoy.

We bought a new Tiffin Allegro 35QBA because we wanted the bunks. We are very happy with our choice.
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Old 07-25-2012, 07:45 PM   #24
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Thor has many entry level trailers and motorhomes. So as noted, you ar ebuying a Chevette, so do not expect Cadillac quality.

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Old 01-15-2013, 10:09 AM   #25
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I really appreciated all the shared experiences here! Based on the feedback, it feels that I have about a 50/50 chance of a Thor having significant issues that will need to be taken care of within the first year. Part of me is almost willing to go in with this knowledge because of the price point and the fact the floor plan, length and style is exactly what we want. The Thor lists for $129k but they will give it to me for $85k. So I guess the question becomes, is it worth paying an extra $30k for something like a Winnebago that might not be exactly what we want floor plan-wise but have less issues? I guess the other question I have is what else can I get for $85k that is under 35 feet and sleeps 8? The Thor has the slide-down bed thing in the cab which we prefer over the bunks because the kids are in their teens and we want to keep their sleeping quarters coach separate from the bedroom. I'd like to explore more options so any suggestions at this price point would be appreciated.
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And I am willing to go used too with that $85k.
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Old 01-29-2013, 07:40 PM   #27
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I had a Thor Hurricane 2003, 35ft, from 2003 to 2013. It was avery good MH. Yes we had problems but nothing major. Best advice...keep up the maintenance. We took it cross country 3 times. Two towing an Escape Hybrid...flat towed. Ford V10 did quite well, of course in mountains slowed way down. Normal for a gasser. Bought a larger MH beccause going into retirement in a year. Most important..if floor plan is what you want or need and the price is right...go for it. That is what we did...both times. Never looked back or had any regrets.

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