As much bashing that has gone on in here the past on THOR products, I really wonder if it will succeed.
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Actually, Airstream built their low profile 30 and 33 Land Yachts for years until the RV community stopped buying them for financial or size reasons. We had a 1999 30' Land Yacht with a 454 Chevy and regularly got 10 MPG.
Avanti buyers will be "boutique" shoppers - and the price will keep it that way. Another "high-line" attempt at downsizing - and with significant innovations and imagination - was the Newmar NewAire. As the first out of the gate in this new market, Avanti gets the attention - but I'm guessing it will suffer because of the things RVers hold dear - like CCC, towing capacity, and interior space - and the price. The number of Views and Navions for sale shows us that people aren't likely to enjoy "new" and "small" too long.
Thor Bashing! It would be one thing to have a great reputation and weather this economy well (and who is?)- but for THOR to change into a quality leader (remember the price range!) AND have one of the industry's best financial performances ... it's outstanding! Thor deserves some respect!
Well, do you guys and gals think these sleek, narrower, shorter, lower, and more aerodynamic class A's with 4 or 6 cycl. diesel engines, will it be a one hit wonder, a flop, or do you think the "Avinti" will spawn other manufacturers to come up with their own high MPG class A,
All the units that have the features we're looking for seem to be in the 38-40 range, but when we were at a recent show we were standing in one of those units with 6-8 strangers who happened to be touring the units at the same time and we couldn't help but notice how we weren't crowded. Since there's only 2 of us we're kind of thinking these units must therefore be bigger then we need (but yet they have the amenaties we're looking for so it's a catch 22).
If the Avanti type unit had the features we're looking for I think I'd concider it for equal money for a 38-40 gasser. For a non-fulltimer it offers advantages in storage, parking etc.. that would likely equal out with it's disadvantages to lack of sq footage. The problem right now is you can get more bang for your buck buying a 2-3 year old "oversized" unit then you can getting a new niche unit like this.
Plus the trap that north american car manufacturors fall into is that they figure small must equal cheap, just because I want something for 2 people that's easy to park shouldn't mean I have uncomfortable seats or plastic trim, etc... Hopfully the RV industry doesn't fall into that trap too.