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Old 05-24-2018, 09:52 AM   #1
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I am trying to do as much research as I can before I take the plunge on buying my first RV whether that be used or new, I have been looking at local sites like PPL and Best Preowned RV here in the Houston area and the one thing that is very confusing to me is how does one tell if an RV is a basic model or if it is a higher end model, say like a Thor Chateau can be 24S or 24T or some other letter or letters at the end, I presume they mean something like XL and XLT does on a truck but is there info online that would tell one what these definitions are ?
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No real way to tell from the model designations. You'll have research each manufacturers lineup and decide for yourself what you want and can afford.
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Try going to the manufacturer's web site to determine the differences.
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Old 05-24-2018, 10:19 AM   #4
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No real way to tell from the model designations. You'll have research each manufacturers lineup and decide for yourself what you want and can afford.
Yep! when we bought our 2955 RL Montana, I thought it was 29.5' but it's actually over 32'. You have to do your home work.
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Yep! when we bought our 2955 RL Montana, I thought it was 29.5' but it's actually over 32'. You have to do your home work.
X2!

Definitely go to shows, dealer lots, etc. and look at as many models you can. Look at manufacturers websites.

Determine you needs, budget, floor plan, fuel desired. Usually if you are going motorhome Diesel pushers are more at the higher end of the luxury range than gas (luxury and quality add weight).

In trailers - not so easy to tell. Usually price determines luxury.

I would look for the best floorplan you can afford. almost anything else inside can be changed. ( we have remodeled the bedroom, changed to theater seating, and now the captains chairs along with many minor mods in ours. We love the floorplan though!)

FWIW
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Hi ! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

I agree with what others have said.

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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you can tell by the quality of the interior furnishings. upper end has nicer counter tops, fixtures, furniture .......
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No real way to tell from the model designations. You'll have research each manufacturers lineup and decide for yourself what you want and can afford.
MR. D, why are you shouting?
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After you research try and hit an RV show where you can see many makes and models ....getting a feel for the floor plan you need/want goes a long way to narrowing down available choices as well as gives an indication how well built a particular line from a manufacturer is. Obviously pricing is somewhat an indicator of quality. We been looking for two years now and have a pretty good handle on what we want finally but it took 3 RV shows and 5 dealer visits to whittle that down.
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What I have found when I was researching for a motorhome that the number was the approximate length and the letter was the floor plan. Small differences I am sure, so take a look.
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A 24S or 24T or whatever combination of letters and numbers, normally refers to the RV's floor plan. Not normally anything to do with how basic or high end the RV is.

I just realized I pretty much just wrote the same thing as CampFire Junkies.
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A 24S or 24T or whatever combination of letters and numbers, normally refers to the RV's floor plan. Not normally anything to do with how basic or high end the RV is.



I just realized I pretty much just wrote the same thing as CampFire Junkies.


Great minds!
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Great minds!
I think it's just old age and reading comprehension issues on my part.

Actually I wrote this same reply about an hour ago. I guess I forgot to actually post it.
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how does one tell if an RV is a basic model or if it is a higher end model, say like a Thor Chateau can be 24S or 24T or some other letter or letters at the end, I presume they mean something like XL and XLT does on a truck but is there info online that would tell one what these definitions are ?
That is one of the struggles of comparing units. We found when we were shopping (we actually never stop looking) that some manufacturers the numbers will coincide with length but others will not. We also found that we could spot quality almost as soon as we walked in or sometimes even from the outside of the rig. Outside look at thickness of the storage doors and quality of the latches. Inside furniture, flooring, cabinets and countertops are places where quality shows. Once you start opening and closing things cheap shows itself in my opinion.

Good luck. Research and hitting all the shows and dealers can actually be fun in addition to hard work.
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