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Gjac

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Are the units that Thor or Four Winds make for CA or these other rental companies the same as what the average customer can buy from them, or do they use more durable components in these units? I know Thor gets a bad rap on this Forum but it seems like people that buy these used with 100,000 miles on them are pleased with their purchase.

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They are not the same - you have to remember that CA buys them at quantity, and the layout, trim, etc is built to their build spec. I imagine if you could buy an "identical" one from Thor it would be nicer and consequently MORE expensive. I guess another way to compare it would be builder quality homes versus more luxurious models.

Also you can find lower mileage used CA from CA from time to time. Not all of them are sold with 120-140k or more...you can get some with 80-85k.

I hope that helps : )

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Depends who you ask.


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Posted: 11/19/20 05:19pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

MDKMDK wrote:

Depends who you ask.


True,you can buy the same 28A Thor/Fourwinds.But the ones that are made for CA are built to their specs,and they delete some things that you will get on a production model. Window in the door,no ducted A/C,no rear window,TV antenna,among other things.I have been in both and the build and components and construction seems to be about the same.

Here is a Former Rental from El Monte RV. It is the same as a CA unit EXCEPT a few things that I noted and a much nicer interior.

I will note my Former Rental from El Monte RV,a Tioga 26Q build sheet clearly states it is a commercial unit. It is the same as far as all the construction and components that all the others that I test drove that were non Rental.


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Buying used from a rental company will probably get you less problems than buying new, because the rental companies get to fix all the problems!

And yes, C-A does order de-contented versions. They basically skip on the problematic or damage-prone items, like slide-outs and awnings.


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From what I've seen of the units parked next to us...it's mostly stripping out parts prone to breakage. That's what appears to be the extent of the "build spec".

Now if those parts aren't important to you, it can be a good deal.

I certainly wouldn't worry about 100k miles on the drivetrain if everything else looks good. I'd take that in a heartbeat over a 5yr old rig with 2k miles. Engines like to be run. Keeps things lubricated and seals moist. Modern drivetrains are easily good for 200-250k miles with basic maintenance like oil changes.


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IAMICHABOD wrote:

MDKMDK wrote:

Depends who you ask.


True,you can buy the same 28A Thor/Fourwinds.But the ones that are made for CA are built to their specs,and they delete some things that you will get on a production model. Window in the door,no ducted A/C,no rear window,TV antenna,among other things.I have been in both and the build and components and construction seems to be about the same.

Here is a Former Rental from El Monte RV. It is the same as a CA unit EXCEPT a few things that I noted and a much nicer interior.

I will note my Former Rental from El Monte RV,a Tioga 26Q build sheet clearly states it is a commercial unit. It is the same as far as all the construction and components that all the others that I test drove that were non Rental.
If I understand your post the both MH's are built to the same specs, having the same construction processes the same components, the only difference's are some components that are likely to fail are eliminated. Is that correct?

* This post was edited 11/20/20 07:54am by Gjac *

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Gjac wrote:

If I understand your post the both MH's are built to the same specs, having the same construction processes the same components, the only difference's are some components that are likely to fail are eliminated. Is that correct?


Yes that is what I have observed. I seems that about 8-10 years ago CA deleted the rear window and the window in the door. I would say that the non-ducted A/C would be cheaper too and of course no awning.

I was told that the rear window was the first to go as it got broken often, it was an escape window that was opened and dropped. The escape window on the newer ones is on drivers side.

I have a member of my extended family that has a Former CA rental,it has a rear window and it has a window in the door,it also has a Ladder on the rear that I suspect was added by the PO.

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Well, I have the Fourwinds 28A model and absolutely love this layout! I have the rear window, door window, all the normal items since mine was not a rental unit. The fact that the bathroom door swings out to block the rear bedroom/bath from the living area was my major "like" since I planned to use mine with lots of friends on the beach coming in and didn't want to make everyone get out if someone was using the shower or getting dressed in the bedroom. I got to most RV shows when in town and have yet to find a floor plan I like better. At 120,000 miles, mine is a keeper for me!

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Yes, the rental companies (PROPERLY) subscribe strongly to the KISS theory.

Most appropriate for the vast majority of renters who are first timers.


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