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Old 03-24-2017, 02:10 PM   #1
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Thor chateau coach 22b

We are interested in the 22b and would like to know from anyone who has one and there comments regarding structural and any issues. Also positive comments
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Old 03-26-2017, 02:46 PM   #2
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I really hate to say bad things about any product so I will just tell you our experience without comment.

3 years ago I rented a new (Less that 5000 miles at the start) Thor Chateau Bunkhouse just north of Atlanta Georgia. My wife, daughter, son-in-law and three grand kids headed out for a 3 week trip to Colorado. The rear of the front slide fell off before we reached Chattanooga. This dumped the spice bottles from the spice rack behind the slide so the slide would not open until I managed to rake them all out with the broom handle.

The next day the bottom of a kitchen drawer containing only single 12 inch iron skilled had fallen off so the drawer would not open.

By the time we returned to Atlanta, there was not an intact drawer in the unit. Either the bottom fell out or the slide that held the drawer had fallen off the back wall making the drawer sit at a skewed angle.

There was not enough room between the engine hump and the seat for a foot so climbing into and out of the passenger seat required climbing over the hump or over the seat.

The engine hump got so hot you could not lay your leg against it to drive and it drove like you were driving down a tight rope. Meeting a tractor trailer on a two lane road was a new experience each time. I was very glad my son-in-law insisted on driving most of the way.

With less than 6 miles per gallon and a 25 gallon tank that you could not use because the generator would stop at 1/4 tank, we did not pass many filing stations along the way and it struggled up the mountains in Colorado.

When I returned the unit, I apologized and offered to pay for the damage, but the lady processing the rental said no payment was necessary. She went on to volunteer that it happened to all of them. She said she asked the owner to quit purchasing those units, but he claimed he got a good deal and just fix them as needed.

I would like to think this was a one time occurrence and I have no reason to believe that it was anything else. I would like to think Thor just had a bad day at the factory, but I really don't know.

Otherwise we had a wonderful trip with many great memories and lots of pictures. The kids are still taking about the fun we had.

- Jerry
My wife and I would travel full time, but we have to sleep occasionally.
2001 Tiffin Allegro Bus 40 ft DP named the Wild Eagle
Followed by the Eaglet - A 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee.
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Old 04-07-2017, 09:45 PM   #3
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I have had Class A, Class C, and now the 2017 Class C 22B with the bedroom slide.

1. The six speed transmission is great. The engine and trans now really match up nice. No more old school down shifts.
2. The coach is small and is very nice to drive with very few rattles.
3. The pop out bedroom is small but it works out for us.

Cabinets are nice and close tight.
Flooring great with no carpet.
Tinted windows nice
New style led interior lights very bright.
Exterior gel coat very good.
This coach is not a 30 footer but it is very nice to drive and travel.
Smallest RV we have owned and so far it fits us the best. We do not like to sit around RV parks for weeks. We tend to stay a couple days and onto the next place.
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Old 04-10-2017, 10:53 AM   #4
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We have had our 23U for three years, only small items. One big problem was the house water pump going out. the seal was leaking out of a tale tale. went all over the floor. the dinette wood didn't like the water. bought a new water pump with accumulator. Yes you will some issues nothing big.
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Old 04-10-2017, 11:09 AM   #5
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Not familiar with that particular unit, but I think it is interesting that some RV rental outfits have stopped buying and renting out any RV with a slide. Their web site stated reason is that the vast majority of issues are slide related.

Now - finding any RV without a slide in today's market - that is a pretty narrow selection.
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Old 04-18-2017, 09:28 PM   #6
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I just drove mine today about 100 miles to a near by city and still amazed at how much power this unit has. It goes up and down hills like a car which is really nice. I find myself driving too fast because it is easy to get up to speed and keep it there. This six speed makes a huge difference on this small class C.
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