Originally Posted by RVGeek
$45k is really too high. I paid $53k new (2015 model), and had the privilege of debugging it! It's about there now, and I'm starting to feel relaxed going out, but we did discover another leak this weekend.
I agree the layout is very good and the bed is 80" long (but 54" wide). Thor is now including a TV, porcelain toilet, electric awning (though the gear train was a problem with mine), glass shower doors and several other items standard. The spare tire is an option! There is a storage location in the basement for one, and I bought a wheel and tire separately for about $150. It's a must; I had a defective valve stem in remote NM and it came in handy.
Thor makes the 23U in several brands. if you go that way, I suggest you make sure the dealer will commit to fix the bugs.
Thanks, I have no plans of buy new, due to the pesty problems.
I can't really figure how much the 2011 chateau would be worth.
I have been reluctant to go with a big engined models, due to mpg, but I guess the sprinter/Ducato, are not going to be affordable for a long time yet...
I wish they had to have a MPG rating to go by. Smaller with a big engine does not seem to be any different mpg than large with the same engine mpg