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Old 04-13-2012, 08:12 PM   #1
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Should I buy a Thor Hurricane?

I was looking at a 2012 Hurricane 32D, Should I stay away from this brand?

Need help wanting to purchase soon...

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Old 04-13-2012, 08:24 PM   #2
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One way to judge brands, is how well they have kept their resale value.
Take a look at the NADA Guide for resale price information.

Keep in mind most new RVs are sold at a discount off the MSRP. Often as
much as 30%. How much of a discount are you getting? You could extend
the warranty, with something like Good Sam's ESP. That's what I would do
if I was buying a Thor RV.

Have you considered a towable RV? I think they give the RVer the most
bang for your dollars. There are also more towable RVs to chose from.
Along with 5 makers of tow vehicle, as opposed to just Ford and GM, with
chassis of motorhomes.

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Old 04-13-2012, 09:17 PM   #3
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Here are a few links that may help you.
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Old 04-13-2012, 09:31 PM   #4
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We had a 2007 34N Hurricane and really enjoyed it. We had no problems with the MH, but I wanted a larger coach and a DP so we sold the Hurricane.
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Old 04-14-2012, 09:55 PM   #5
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Make sure and test drive it and see if you can handle the rough ride. Traded ours in on a dp for the better ride.
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Old 04-16-2012, 08:19 AM   #6
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We had a 2008 Hurricane 34S and loved it. But since we're retiring soon and heading south for the winter we traded it in for a Bounder Classic 36R. We had very few problems with the Hurricane and took two long trips in it. We were happy with it and now we're happier! Good luck!
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Old 04-17-2012, 12:09 PM   #7
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As long as you understand you are buying an entry level model and not a Cadillac or Lincoln, I see no reason why not.
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Old 04-18-2012, 03:54 PM   #8
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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.
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Old 04-20-2012, 06:31 PM   #9
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Am I dead wrong or did not Thor buy Damon and one other manufacturer??
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Old 04-20-2012, 07:31 PM   #10
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I bought a new Thor family 40' DP. It spent its first 7 months living in a service lot...then after a short trip, another 4 months at the dealer. I went to a Tiffin and haven't looked back.

You're marrying the company when you buy new.....make sure she's the right one for you!
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Old 04-20-2012, 08:06 PM   #11
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Thor is not usually mentioned when talking about quality RV builders but even the quality builders cut corners at their entry point line of vehicles. JMO
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Old 04-20-2012, 08:24 PM   #12
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Go for it. I love mine, 2006 with 77k miles and still going strong. A few minor problems but easy to repair. Bottom line is get the floor plan you like and one that is in your budget. Then have fun making it yours.
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Old 04-21-2012, 07:12 AM   #13
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We had a 2010 Hurricane 30Q on the workhorse chassis. This is a base, no slide model. Ride quality was so-so with steering shake that never cleaned up. Braking was excellent, far better than expected and turning radius was also good. Pulled our car trailer with no problem. Build quality was not great with lots of interior trim issues, wiring run rather randomly with little to no consideration for rubbing on chassis bits etc. In a year it spent more than 2 months in the shop, once for a rear axle bearing failure, another for a trans seal/pump issue (both described by the GM service dept. as abnormal, rarely seen issues) and at the RV shop for a wide assortment of coach related warranty items.

Recently replaced it with a Georgetown bunk slide unit which seems to drive a little more nicely but doesn't turn as tightly or brake as well. Build quality appears better, but it too has had some issues.
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Old 04-21-2012, 07:34 AM   #14
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I believe Thor has always owned Damon. It's just that they now call all of their coaches Thor's as opposed to the other "Damon" name.

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