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Old 03-17-2014, 10:39 AM   #15
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It's really a shame it didn't rain when you were up there, so this leak would have revealed itself. For what it's worth, they have a "rain booth" at the factory (the one across from the service center), to test for leaks. When we took our Tuscany up there, one of the items on our list was a leak above the windshield, which they fixed and tested in the booth. Your leak sounds to me like something a dealer would fix (with input from Thor), but who knows.

The side camera sure sounds like a loose wire. Even with your history, I wouldn't get too worked up about that.

And ignoring the Thor haters, these are really minor, and typical, new coach issues. Good luck, and keep your sense of humor!
I'm even trying to see what it will take to fix the leak myself after advice from Thor. If all it will take is a little caulk I can do that no problem. I have a pretty good idea where the water is coming in at the window seal. I compared the left side to the right side and the left side definitely looks like something is a miss in the seal area. I just hope it has not entered in higher up on the coach. I have no problem with the camera deal too so long as Thor gives the procedure on how to access it.
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Old 03-17-2014, 05:57 PM   #16
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Blues,

Someone already mentioned that bad luck is the only kind you seem to have, but you sure deserve to catch a break soon.
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Old 03-17-2014, 08:45 PM   #17
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Blues... Don't sweat it. Get it fixed, ring it out and enjoy just in time for RV season.
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Old 03-18-2014, 12:15 PM   #18
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OMG!!! I can't believe Thor didn't catch this issue with their Rain Booth. They sent our 33.2 through the rain booth when our coach was there in February for slide repairs. "Rain issues" wasn't even on our list of problems, but Thor ran it through anyway. They also fixed a star rock chip on our windshield without us even mentioning it.

So far, the big slide seems to be working fine! The shipping company (arranged and paid for by Thor) picked up our coach on January 29, 2014 (from our driveway!!) and the coach was driven to Elkhart, In for slide repairs. The slide repairs were done, and the coach was driven back to us and in our driveway by February 19, 2014!!! That is 3 weeks to pick up the motorhome, drive it all the way to Elkhart, fix slide then drive the motorhome all the way back to Louisiana to deliver it to us!!(2088.2 miles round trip)! So, I really don't know WHY it took our local RV dealership (1 hour away) 6 WEEKS to repair our slide!! (and the slide repair was done wrong anyway!!)
No, we haven't been happy with the slide issues on our 33.2 but I can say Thor has stepped up to the plate to get the slide issues fixed. The whole slide issue might just be a victim of a bad design, but Thor seems to be wanting to get it right for us!
Yes, Thor needs to do better on Quality Control before a coach leaves the factory, but from what we can see, the people actually doing the repairs at the factory seem to know what they are doing!!

I am sorry you are having troubles with the new coach. Rick and I were really hoping you would have good results this time. Hopefully, Thor can get it right for you!
Keep us posted.

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Really something!
When we were at Thor for our service (slide repair), the coach was put through the rain booth twice before they would let us have it back.
I hope and pray your problems are fixed and you can get back on the road.
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Old 03-18-2014, 06:11 PM   #20
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I was told the 35.1 was ran through the rain booth. After hearing that, I am really at a loss. Where the water runs off the roof, it runs right down on the middle of that window and that's where the water is leaking in. I just can't believe it. I am going to caulk it myself. If that fixes it I will make that off my list. It just beats the heck out of me that I need to start caulking on a motor home that has 1K miles on it.

Did I also mention that the fluids were bouncing out of the jack reservoir in the front and the power steering fluid in the rear? In both cases the fluids are bouncing out through the caps. The fluids are not over filled. Is this supposed to happen?
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I was told the 35.1 was ran through the rain booth. After hearing that, I am really at a loss. Where the water runs off the roof, it runs right down on the middle of that window and that's where the water is leaking in. I just can't believe it. I am going to caulk it myself. If that fixes it I will make that off my list. It just beats the heck out of me that I need to start caulking on a motor home that has 1K miles on it.

Did I also mention that the fluids were bouncing out of the jack reservoir in the front and the power steering fluid in the rear? In both cases the fluids are bouncing out through the caps. The fluids are not over filled. Is this supposed to happen?
Blues:
One of the facts of RV life is that often defects just don't appear in a factory inspection, only to present themselves after bouncing down the road a few hundred miles!! Should be an easy fix. Leave the inside frame off for a while and run a dehumidifier to get rid of residual moisture. Your mirror camera may be related to the leak!

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Old 03-20-2014, 07:29 PM   #22
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I've bought (4) new motorhomes in past 20 years. A few things I've learned (some the hard way)
1. Research the unit you are interested in. Find out what problems have been seen. Forums are a great help.
2. A unit may be fine when it leaves the factory, but problems will appear as it bounces down the road to the dealer. Expect post delivery issues.
3. Insist on a complete PDI/Walkthrough before you drive it off the lot - once you do, it's yours.
4. RV sales have seasonal peaks. Don't buy in March/April/May and act like you're the only customer they have.
5. These coaches are an assembly of parts from various suppliers. Much of what goes wrong reflects back on those suppliers, who are responsible for their various warranties.
6. Don't expect dealers who carry a dozen different brands to stock a full line of parts for each brand.
7. When you find a problem, call your service manager and make an appointment to bring it in - saves a lot of anguish waiting. Meanwhile, use the coach and enjoy.
8. Make FRIENDS with service people - they are your lifeline. I keep a glove box full of $20 gift coupons for various restaurants and hand them out for a job well done. Believe me, they'll remember you next time you're in. Works better than a cash tip!
9. Your attitude toward them will determine their attitude toward you. I've been in shops where an angry customer is giving a tech a hard time, and get's a response like "we'll get to it when we can," then turn to me and in the next breath say "when do you want it back, Mr. T"?
10. Don't go in with an "intermittent" problem and expect the tech to be able to find it. Sometimes they can, but more often not, and it'll need to get worse before they'll find it.
11. Like #3 above, if you've had service work done, insist on a test drive before you take it back.
12. Have fun!
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Excellent advice!

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My advice is don't take it in at all unless it is a major problem. In my experience dealers and non factory service centers will make it worse than what it was before the problem.
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Water Leak

Check the roof. My 33.1 leaked in seam where the roof & front cap were joined together. The water ran down the wall above the center of the drivers side window.
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My advice is don't take it in at all unless it is a major problem. In my experience dealers and non factory service centers will make it worse than what it was before the problem.
Amen! I can totally vouch for that.
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I finally got a chance to take a picture of the bad seal. I have since caulked it and I used black silicon caulk. Can't tell it's been caulked. You can clearly see where the seal is bad. This is just piss poor assembly. There is no excuse for it.

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It's hard to accept any vehicle manufacturer putting something like this out the door, and no I do not dispute your word that they did.
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