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Old 11-10-2013, 09:32 AM   #2325
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so I ordered a new front plate for the coach , it's my 5 year old daughter favorite saying when we are driving " changed it a little bit from "are we there" to " RV there "
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Old 11-10-2013, 09:36 AM   #2326
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so I ordered a new front plate for the coach , it's my 5 year old daughter favorite saying when we are driving " changed it a little bit from "are we there" to " RV there "
I like it!
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Wholesale price means a wholesale trade allowance. We had a similar scenario when we looked at trading out 2011 Itasca Impulse Silver 31JP with 11,000 miles. At that price range, assuming you have a similar 30 foot Class C, I would expect 45 to 50K on trade. You will probably get more selling, but, that can take quite some time. I would expect to pay about $100K with the trade for the Palazzo. If those numbers work, as they did for us, I would jump on the deal. The upgrade to a rear diesel from a Class C gasser is a world of difference. Quieter, better mileage, better ride, more room, more towing capacity, better handling and the list goes on.
Any advice on how to get the local deAlers to be a little more competitive? I prefer to buy local but so far haven't had much luck negotiating locally. Dealers 1000 plus miles away have been a different story.
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Wholesale price means a wholesale trade allowance. We had a similar scenario when we looked at trading out 2011 Itasca Impulse Silver 31JP with 11,000 miles. At that price range, assuming you have a similar 30 foot Class C, I would expect 45 to 50K on trade. You will probably get more selling, but, that can take quite some time. I would expect to pay about $100K with the trade for the Palazzo. If those numbers work, as they did for us, I would jump on the deal. The upgrade to a rear diesel from a Class C gasser is a world of difference. Quieter, better mileage, better ride, more room, more towing capacity, better handling and the list goes on.
Any advice on how to get the local deAlers to be a little more competitive? I prefer to buy local but so far haven't had much luck negotiating locally. Dealers 1000 plus miles away have been a different story.
have the other dealer's email you an estimate on the coach and bring that to your local dealer . and then see what they can do
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I like it!
Thank's , I will say my wife thought of the Rv there yet " it's cute "
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Wholesale price means a wholesale trade allowance. We had a similar scenario when we looked at trading out 2011 Itasca Impulse Silver 31JP with 11,000 miles. At that price range, assuming you have a similar 30 foot Class C, I would expect 45 to 50K on trade. You will probably get more selling, but, that can take quite some time. I would expect to pay about $100K with the trade for the Palazzo. If those numbers work, as they did for us, I would jump on the deal. The upgrade to a rear diesel from a Class C gasser is a world of difference. Quieter, better mileage, better ride, more room, more towing capacity, better handling and the list goes on.
Any advice on how to get the local deAlers to be a little more competitive? I prefer to buy local but so far haven't had much luck negotiating locally. Dealers 1000 plus miles away have been a different story.
I have no negoting advice but I do suggest that you consider Total Value RV in Elkhart, IN. They are great to work with and you will find other reasons to visit Elkhart over the years. Thor customer service center, rallies (FMCA and Thor Diesel Club) plus it is not too out of the way when heading West on trips. It is 600 or so miles from your current location but well worth the trip to get a good deal.
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Thumbs up Thor service

Just picked up our 33.1 from service at Thor. We've gone through 3 recirculating fans on our refrigerator. They seem to last about 3 months and then burns out. When the fans goes out the refrigerator will not cool down and the ice maker fails to work even though the freezer is cold. While we were at the TDC rally Thor suggested we let them contact Whirlpool and see what they could do. They have more pull them we do. Whirlpool sent a factory tech down from Benton Harbor and replaced the fan again. All the electric systems in our coach checked out fine. Whirlpool gave us a direct contact number to call if we have problems in the future and the warranty was extend. Whirlpool will be researching reasons for the failures and finding ways to deal with it.

While we were at Thor our coach was given a good check out and a few things that they found were fixed at no charge. We had been getting water in the bathroom and hallway area when we drive in the rain and at no other time. They resealed around the shower drain and areas under the bathroom. They removed the bed and platform to resealed around the engine area as we were getting small amounts of black soot in the drawers next to the bed. They checked several other things which I won't fill up this space with. All-in-all, we are very happy with how we were treated and will go back in a flash when we need service. A big thanks to Steve Reed.

Our 33.1 serves us well and we don't see a need for a bigger coach even though we've looked.

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I have no negoting advice but I do suggest that you consider Total Value RV in Elkhart, IN. They are great to work with and you will find other reasons to visit Elkhart over the years. Thor customer service center, rallies (FMCA and Thor Diesel Club) plus it is not too out of the way when heading West on trips. It is 600 or so miles from your current location but well worth the trip to get a good deal.
I too would recommend Total Value RV. We drove all the way from Florida to make the deal with them because they gave me a substantially better deal than any dealer in Florida. The did what they said they would, my coach has not given me any problems and we stayed the a couple of days checking out things.
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Sometimes I think a few negative posts can have have a bad influence on potential buyers. I know it almost did for me. Us satisfied owners need to be as vocal as those who are not.

We now have have almost 3,000 miles on our 2014 33.2 without any major problems. Yes, I have a baggy with about five screws in it and have found a place to actually put a couple, but I did that on my previous coach as well. I have tightened things up, secured a couple of cabinet doors, but ...

We love the floor plan, starting with the mid-entry door. The slide goes out and the slide comes back in. So does the awning. Frig is large and very cold. A/C makes the whole unit cold and the heater makes it warm and the bathroom toasty. If you are going to have toasty in cool weather that is where you want it. Generator turns on every time I push the button. I love the idea of the factory doing a post deliver inspection and plan on taking advantage of that in the spring. There are Freightliner locations up and down the interstate. So far we have only waived at them as we go by, but it is very comforting knowing they are there. The price was right.

We are very happy Palazzo campers.
Factory post delivery inspections??? What's the story on this?
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The shower stall on my 36.1 was terrible. The faux tile (plastic) was not well attached to the wall. They attach it with double sided tape. It adhered to the wall paper covered front and side wall but not the rear, wood paneled wall. So not just the fixtures but the whole wall moved in and out over 1/2". I went overboard and pulled that wall away and replaced the 2 sided tape, cleaned the wood wall and reattached. If you remove the drawer under the wardrobe, you can see the back of the fixture attached only to the faux tile. I cut a piece of .090" aluminum with 2 slotted holes to drop down over the back of the fixture to hold it in place. It's a little more complicated than it sounds in that one sentence. The result was to hold the fixture from moving fore and aft. I'll try to get you a picture. BTW- Tom Overton expressed surprise over the lack of support for the fixture.

How about the rear wardrobe? Ours kept popping out with every bump and turn. The retaining clip is insufficient. Overton said there was no fix. Someone told me of holding shut with a clothes rod running side to side. I made a screw with a drawer pull knob, similar to the fridge retention screw to keep the wardrobe closed.

We really love the coach. We like the rear bath and the side entry door. Regretfully, there were a lot of nuisance issues that I had to fix. I'm holding my breath that the slide will continue to work.
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Thanks Jim.

I thought something like that would work. I have only had my 36.1 for a couple of weeks and have not made any trips yet so I can not respond to the wardrobe issue yet. I am looking to replace the pantry shelves with a slide out pantry.... another project..
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Thanks Jim.

I thought something like that would work. I have only had my 36.1 for a couple of weeks and have not made any trips yet so I can not respond to the wardrobe issue yet. I am looking to replace the pantry shelves with a slide out pantry.... another project..
We thought about the pantry thing...but you lose space with slides and drawers.
If the rear bath wardrobe behind shower doesn't stay in call Dave's Claremore RV (800-341-0114) ask for Greg the service manager. He can tell you the catch he uses and where it does best. It has never moved again. And I40 in NM & AZ is almost a dirt road in places!
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We are scheduled for Camp Freightliner February 10-11 (both February classes are full). Thought we would "kill two birds with one stone", and have our six month chassis service at the same time. Oops, I purchased my 2014 33.1 at the end of July. The chassis was born in February and the box in May. I will be having my one year chassis service done instead. My six month service should have been done in August right after purchasing the unit. Just an FYI for new owners.
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Factory post delivery inspections??? What's the story on this?
So the rumor goes on this post, if you make an appointment at the factory they will not only address your punch list, but will go over the entire coach and work on things you did not even know was a problem. It is a PDI, but a post delivery inspection, not a pre delivery inspection. Look back and you will find posts from owners that had things repaired at the factory even though the warranty period was over. Don't expect that, but they do occasionally do it.
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So the rumor goes on this post, if you make an appointment at the factory they will not only address your punch list, but will go over the entire coach and work on things you did not even know was a problem. It is a PDI, but a post delivery inspection, not a pre delivery inspection. Look back and you will find posts from owners that had things repaired at the factory even though the warranty period was over. Don't expect that, but they do occasionally do it.
I may be headed for the factory soon. I'm getting real short on patience with all the stuff on our coach. I love the looks and the floor plan but the QC guys must have been hung over the day mine came through! The guys at Dave's RV are trying (I think) but things just keep coming up. It's been in the shop 1/3rd of the time we've had it!
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