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Old 07-02-2020, 10:37 AM   #1
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Thor Class C Quality

Hello all,

I know you get all kinds of answers on this. Thor doesn't have a very good reputation right now but I know a couple people that have newer class A's and love them.

We're full timing in a 43' 5th wheel but in the process of buying a house and downsizing to a class c or possibly a shorter class a.

I've seen quite a few 2014, 2015 Thors in both that look good and have pretty good prices.

Any thoughts on this?

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Old 07-02-2020, 10:45 AM   #2
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Most of what Iíve read here concerns dealer support and warranty issues. Looking at a 2014 through around 2018, you should be able to find one with all the bugs worked out and ready to just enjoy for the duration.
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I understand all brands may have some problems. Never have owned a Thor product, but from what I hear from my RV service owner it may be a good thing you'll have a S&B while the RV is in service. His typical waiting time service is around two weeks, right now its running six weeks plus before they even look at it the first time.

Good floor plans with lots of blitz is great for the showroom, at least in my opinion.
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Sometimes you get what you pay for, sometimes you don't.
Yes, you'll probably get a lot of advice to stay away from a Thor product.
With any Rv, especially entry level models, inspection by an experienced Rv tech is probably the best money you'll ever spend. Take your time, I think you're looking at the right model years.
And, for what it's worth, I've never seen a Thor laying in pieces at any campground yet, contrary to what you may hear.
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Thanks for the replies. We won't buy anything regardless of make without an inspection.
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We had a Thor Quantum that we bought new and had almost three years. One 45 minute repair at the dealer and a trip to the mothership for basically one item, and a few minor ones and we ended up with a few free upgrades in the deal.
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Have a 23u 2017 model. Been a few glitches for sure. Not as pleased as I'd like to be with the warranty service. Had to fix some things I'd rather not have. If you're gonna be happy rv'ing you're going to have to be or be willing to become somewhat handy. Doesn't matter the brand. B4 I bought our thor (new) I was shown some forest river's, winnebagos.. some had bad, glaring issues with roofs, slide holes cut improperly and leaking (brand new deliveries) and other chicanery.

I've known from previous thor experiences (funmover owner) the box section is solid and cab to box no leaks. (Esp if no slides) Thor has the most units I've seen in the rental biz; many over 100k miles when I seen rental co ads to sell well used models. If they'll hold up to that, they'll hold up to me ( and likely you) was my thinking. So far it has.
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I bought a Thor 2020 Daybreak 22GOC [24ft]. I love the floorplan. My previous Class C was a 31ft Winnebago Minnie. Generally speaking, the Winnebago was better quality construction: Interior finish and materials, Exterior undercarriage water sealing, Ducted, quieter AC, and cabintry. My biggest quality concern on the Thor was significant gaps in the lower body/sides sealing which over time could have allowed water damage. The [newer, Chevy, shorter] Thor rides and drives much better.
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When researching class A gas motorhomes, I purchased this publication:

https://rvreviews.net/motorhome-comparison-guide/

It's a bit pricey, but does contain a lot of information and overall ratings. It may provide you with some additional information and possible alternatives.

And, I have no connections or affiliations with the author/publisher of the book.

Good luck in your search!
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When researching class A gas motorhomes, I purchased this publication:

https://rvreviews.net/motorhome-comparison-guide/

It's a bit pricey, but does contain a lot of information and overall ratings. It may provide you with some additional information and possible alternatives.

And, I have no connections or affiliations with the author/publisher of the book.

Good luck in your search!
This book looks interesting and helpful. Maybe a bit too helpful. I'm afraid all that information might just complicate the decision process even more. Lol
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Loved my first Thor class a. But something always broke down and the wait time/repair period was about 3 months to get it fixed after I took it in for repair. The mechs were terrible and unexperienced I'll never go with A Thor again or those shops again. I mean come on man, you buy a $1k plus class A and its in the shop for over 9 months a year...what the hell
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Weíve had our 2018 Freedom Elite 30FE for over two years now. It wasnít exactly new when we bought it but it only had 1068 miles on it, and a good portion of those miles were probably from the factory to the dealer.
There were some workmanship issues with it, but I was able to fix everything myself, so the only time itís been back to the dealer was to install a missing screen. They took care of that while I waited.
We are very pleased with our Thor RV.
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Best advice, service where you buy. Many service centers won’t service what they don’t sell. Stay away from that outfit in Alvarado.
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