Are Thor RVs good? (an honest review)

In this article, we will discuss: Are Thor RVs good? We will review the subsidiaries of Thor Industries and discuss the recalls of some Thor RV models. 

Are Thor RVs good?

Thor RVs is a good brand of motorhomes. Thor Industries is one of the largest American groups in the sector and it has managed to generate a profit of $2.0 billion in the second quarter of the last year, with an addition of $637.1 million in net sales from Erwin Hymer Group (“EHG”), which Thor Industries owns and manages. 

In fact, Thor Industries is the company behind all of these popular motorhomes:

  • Airstream
  • Heartland RV
  • Hymer
  • Dutchmen
  • Jayco
  • Keystone RV
  • Thor Motor Coach
  • K-Z
  • Crossroads RV
  • Redwood RV.

With Thor Industries the above groups have found a partner with the same philosophy, with an entrepreneurial mindset, and a spirit of innovation and quality, priorities for each motorhome manufacturer.

Are Thor RVs worth the money?

To decide whether Thor RVs are good, we have to discuss each model in particular, which would take too long, thus we decided to research each of Thor Industries subsidiaries, and help you decide for yourself whether the group is worth it or not. Check the table below for more information.

RV modelCharacteristics 
AirstreamThere is nothing like an Airstream caravan with vintage air. 
Despite its diminutive size, this caravan is quite complete. It weighs only 1,100 kg. (2,425 pounds), but has a bathroom with a shower, a kitchen with a stainless steel sink and refrigerator, and a large cargo area.
Heartland RVHeartland has a reputation for good, inspiring RV designs, durable construction and always affordable value. Heartland protects your investment with one of the highest RV resale values ​​in its class. 
We can say that nothing beats an original product and that Heartland is a leader in innovation, quality, style and value. 
HymerHymer is the manufacturer of the famous Eriba caravan. These motorhomes can be used at any time of the year for travelling with the whole family, travelling with a company on a fishing or hunting trip;
The supply of water, gas and electricity and the battery lasts on average from two to seven days of autonomous life. 
DutchmenDutchmen campers are good quality and reliable lightweight campers. Dutchmen campers have been under Thor Industries since 1991 and are the second-largest manufacturer of fifth wheels and travel trailers in the United States. 
JaycoThe quality of Jayco products is what makes them particularly reliable. The materials and technology used in the design of their products are of the highest quality. Their products are equipped with: Magnum Truss Roof System, Climate Shield, Solid Foundations, JRide.
Keystone RVKeystones make good quality RVs, camper trailers, fifth wheels and miniature trailers. Founded in 1996, Keystone RV is the leading manufacturer of fifth wheels in North America and a leading manufacturer of caravans.
Keystone RVs are available in many types and sizes of towable products. From ultralight trailers that can be towed by newer fuel-efficient cars and smaller vans to luxurious fifth wheels, Keystone RV has the right trailer for you.
Thor Motor CoachThor Motor Coach are available in many types and sizes of towable products. From ultralight trailers that can be towed by newer fuel-efficient cars and smaller vans to luxurious fifth wheels, Thor Industries has a large catalogue of trailers and campers.
K-ZThe K-Z RVs are very popular and good quality motorhomes. The most attractive K-Z RVs are the Sportsmen classic, the K-Z Spree, the Durango or the Venom V3214DK.
Crossroads RVCrossroads RVs are high-quality motorhomes. 
As one of the largest manufacturers of towable RVs in the world, their incredible volume allows them to offer more high-quality equipment for your money than any other brand on the market today.
Redwood RVRedwood RV is perhaps on the top of the list when it comes to good quality motorhomes. 
They are also called “the pinnacle of luxury” (which should tell you a lot about this Thor Industries subsidiary). 

Now that we have discussed the best of the above Thor Industries RVs, let’s see the least happy cases and discuss how they have managed the next situations.

Thor RVs recalls 

Below we will discuss four Thor RV recalls and what measures were taken.

  1. Thor Motor Coach (TMC) recalls the Four Winds Hurricane and Windsport model RVs from the years 2009 to 2011, Four Winds Mandalay 2009 and 2010, Four Winds Magellan 2010 and Four Winds Serrano from the years 2010 and 2011, manufactured between May 2, 2009, and September 1, 2010.

The affected vehicles are wired to be powered by a generator and are equipped with an Iota SA-50R transfer switch which may fail when exposed to high electrical loads and operated at high ambient temperatures.

When the transfer switch fails to function properly, it can overheat, increasing the risk of a fire.

TMC will advise owners and dealers to replace the Iota SA-50R transfer switch at no charge with a transfer switch from another manufacturer. The recall began on November 23, 2015. Owners can contact Thor Customer Service for more information. 

  1. Thor Motor Coach (TMC) is recalling the certain year 2016 Challenger, Hurricane and Windsport models manufactured between July 31, 2015, and September 9, 2015. 

In affected vehicles, the parking brake actuator may be out of calibration causing the parking brake system not to properly hold the vehicle, even with the parking brake pedal fully depressed. In addition, the parking brake may not fully disengage even when the parking brake pedal is released.

If the parking brake is not fully engaged, the vehicle may roll away unexpectedly, increasing the risk of injury or an accident. A parking brake that gets stuck can cause a wheel end fire.

TMC will notify owners and dealers that will be required to replace the parking brake pedal assembly at no charge. 

  1. Thor Motor Coach (TMC) is recalling certain 2016 Ace, Challenger, Hurricane, Miramar, Outlaw and Windsport models manufactured between July 14, 2015, and October 16, 2015. 

The drivetrain of affected vehicles built on Ford chassis may be relocated out of the “PARK” position without applying the brakes, due to improper shift cable bracket and improper shift cable adjustment.

If the vehicle can be moved in reverse without the brakes having to be applied, the vehicle may unintentionally move, increasing the risk of an accident.

Ford will notify owners of these vehicles on behalf of Thor and Ford Dealers will replace the shift control bracket free of charge and adjust the shift cable. 

  1. Thor Motor Coach (Thor) recalls 12,656 Thor Challenger, Thor Citation, Thor Hurricane, Thor Tuscany, Thor Windsport models from the years 2011 to 2016, the Thor Astoria models, Thor Avanti, Thor Chateau from the years 2011 and 2012, the Thor Daybreak models from the years 2011 to 2014, Thor Outlaw, Thor Siesta from 2011 to 2015, Thor Miramar from 2014 to 2018. 

The vehicles concerned are fitted with double or triple electric steps, Coachstep model, manufactured by Lippert Components. These steps use a particular bolt to secure the gear assembly to the steps. This bolt could fracture allowing the assembly to disengage from the steps. Consequently, the steps may not stay in the expected position and may be unstable.

It causes unstable entry steps to increase the risk of injury.

Thor will notify owners and dealers will install a retaining bracket free of charge to strengthen the operating mechanism and replace all affected bolts. 

Conclusions

While we like to let our readers decide for themselves if a certain RV brand is good or not worth the investment, considering how big Thor Industries are, and that most of our Rv models are made by their subsidiaries, we are gonna go ahead and tell you that yes, most Thor RVs are good and worth the money.

Do you agree with us? Please feel free to share your tips, comments or questions about the content. 

FAQ on Are Thor RVs good?

What are the worst RV brands?

The following are considered the worst RV brands:

  • Thor Hurricane.
  • Coachmen.
  • Gulfstream.
  • Forest River.
  • Fleetwood.
  • Winnebago.

Who is the biggest RV manufacturer?

The biggest RV manufacturer at the moment is Thor Industries. They make conventional travel trailers; fifth wheels; truck and folding campers; and Class A, B, and C motorhomes.

How to choose the right RV?

To choose the right RV, it is also necessary to look at two important criteria: the authorized total vehicle weight (GVWR) and the authorized total weight. 

How to buy a used RV?

To know everything about the past life of your future RV, ask good questions to the salesperson! There are three documents that the seller must give you: registration card, sales certificate and situation certificate … There is no technical inspection for RVs.

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