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Old 10-22-2016, 06:22 AM   #1
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Question Alternative to The Thor Axis/Vegas?

We are shopping for our first MH and really like the Thor Axis 25.3. We really like most everything about it. the wife really likes the size and floorplan and I like the idea of the Class A body on the Class C chassis. The main thing I don't like about it the build quality. This one seems to be more of a budget coach that uses lesser quality components and construction methods. Can anyone recommend an alternative that is a class A body on a class C chassis that is less than 30ft? Or make me feel better about the Axis build quality?
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I submit that the Axis/Vegas is in a rather new and slim market segment...very small Class A's
Very common in Europe but not so popular in North America. Here, big Class B's are much more common.

The only other RV that is very similar, that I know of is the Winnie Via:
https://www.winnebagoind.com/product...5/via/overview
The price point on the Via is MUCH higher than the Vegas/Axis and the MB Sprinter Diesel chassis is a big part of that price.

About the Vegas/Axis...they are well-built but not glitzy. The "box" construction is the same vacuum-pressure-heat bonding process used on all TMC motorhomes. TMC sees the buyer as a young family or part-timer that wants to have more facilities at a destination close to home. These are not aimed at full-timers or long-term users.

The chassis is the venerable E-Series Ford with indepedant front suspension (rides much better than the Ford gas Class A chassis) and interior systems are all very common to many other RV's... very easy to repair and maintain. Literally, these components are in tens of thousands of RV's.

If you can live with the spartan interior of these "RUV's" the MUST KNOW for buying new from ALL makers right now is that they are making RV's as fast as they can due to demand. Anything that is not perfect might pass on the delivery process to the buyer. And RV dealers typically do not repair issues until a buyer sees it and demands repair. Even if they say they do an inspection...don't just trust the dealer.

Like a new home construction, the new RV buyer MUST create and demand repairs from a "punch list" developed at the PRE-DELIVERY Inspection (PDI). DO NOT TAKE THE RV until these things are fixed. The PDI must be complete and check every system from the headlights to the plumbing.
This way, the sales team will ensure the RV does not just sit awaiting warranty repairs.

Then, after pick-up, the buyer should "camp" in the RV at a place close to home (like your driveway) looking for anything missed in the PDI. Warranty repairs are common in new RV's.

Hope that makes sense,
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Scarab0088,
Thanks for the comments. We are about to give up one the Axis. We are now leaning to something like the Winnebago Vista 29VE. It is a bit pricier, but we think we would probably be trading in the Axis in a year or two for something like it anyway. I think I have talked her into the idea of getting our second one first. It will save money in the long run.
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