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Old 05-08-2019, 09:53 PM   #41
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Credit Union is who we use for the few times we finance anything big. We paid cash...not sure if that was smart or not...but it feels good for the times it just sits out there not getting used.
Paying cash is an option, but I'll be in the toy aisle at WalMart!
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Old 05-08-2019, 11:17 PM   #42
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We have used our Credit Union in the past for a few purchases but we had much better interest rates through our bank on our MH. Just shop interest rates and conditions and pick the one that's right for you.

Many years ago I sold Mobile Homes for a while. I made more money on the spiff from the insurance policies I sold and the kick back from the banks than I did on the mobile homes. Also got spiffs from parks for directing the buyers to them for rental space. The salesman will try to tell you he isn't making any money on the deal. Don't believe him for a second.

Good luck and happy shopping. and keep us updated on your search.
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Old 05-08-2019, 11:54 PM   #43
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We have used our Credit Union in the past for a few purchases but we had much better interest rates through our bank on our MH. Just shop interest rates and conditions and pick the one that's right for you.

Many years ago I sold Mobile Homes for a while. I made more money on the spiff from the insurance policies I sold and the kick back from the banks than I did on the mobile homes. Also got spiffs from parks for directing the buyers to them for rental space. The salesman will try to tell you he isn't making any money on the deal. Don't believe him for a second.

Good luck and happy shopping. and keep us updated on your search.
Good info.

Thank you!
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Old 05-09-2019, 12:52 AM   #44
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Told me what???
Told you to look at the 24.1 right here: Hello from Sarasota!
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Old 05-09-2019, 12:54 AM   #45
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Told you to look at the 24.1 right here: Hello from Sarasota!
HA! I had forgotten that! Information overload!!! I bow to thee.
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Old 05-09-2019, 03:20 AM   #46
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Sometimes youíll get a lower interest rate at the dealer because they can bring a lot of business to the lenders. Iíd sure see what rate they can find for you. And also since they make money on service contracts and loans you sometimes can get a better price on the coach itself. On my Freedom Elite I got the price as low as I could with getting up to leave a few times. Then I asked about a service contract and I got the price about $1000 lower. I canceled the service agreement after a year. Next time Iíd cancel within 30 days for a 100% refund. Itís not very nice but it works....
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Old 05-09-2019, 03:21 AM   #47
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I have searched. And searched. I can find hard shell cargo boxes, but none for bikes.
There are pricey options that may accomplish what you need. The Let Go Aero Gear Space 34 is one option I looked at years ago.
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Old 05-09-2019, 03:25 AM   #48
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Another that looks simpler, roomier, and maybe stronger is a big box that pivots. This design may be large enough for our small tandem.
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Old 05-09-2019, 03:31 AM   #49
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From a different angle. The problem I have with all these options is that they add a lot of length to RV, so why not buy longer RV with bike garage? That way rest of added length isnít wasted. Unfortunately, not many options in US.
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Old 05-09-2019, 04:19 AM   #50
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PDI=Pre-Delivery Inspection. Something they are required by Thor to do...at no additional fee. All these reason are why you request a copy of a final, priced out Buyer's Order including every charge before you ever go in. then just sit there with the checkbook and a Glock, shaking your head no-no-no-no-no-no. If you're financing through them, you can expect the "Hot Lights". Make those arrangements before you go in also, if you have that option.
Glock - never thought of that. What a great idea!
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Old 05-09-2019, 12:24 PM   #51
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We have a 2016 24.1. The first year we considered going bigger. Now approaching 3 years we are very happy.

The longest we have lived in it was 2=1/2 weeks at a time.

We bought purposely to tow drag car trailer. The longer wheelbase helps it tow great.

Benefits we did not really consider at purchase was easy to pull in almost anywhere, no issue with gas stations and floorplan usable with slide in.

The simple utility is impressive, check everything at 90 day intervals, gas and go.
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Old 05-09-2019, 12:55 PM   #52
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From a different angle. The problem I have with all these options is that they add a lot of length to RV, so why not buy longer RV with bike garage? That way rest of added length isnít wasted. Unfortunately, not many options in US.
Yes, these three are exactly what I was talking about! I wasn't able to find them doing ANY kind of a search and my LBS even told me that he didn't know of any that existed! I knew SOMEONE had to have made one. Thanks for the pics. You are right, though; they may be so pricey that it's simply not worth it. But, at least I have that option.
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Old 05-09-2019, 12:56 PM   #53
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Sometimes youíll get a lower interest rate at the dealer because they can bring a lot of business to the lenders. Iíd sure see what rate they can find for you. And also since they make money on service contracts and loans you sometimes can get a better price on the coach itself. On my Freedom Elite I got the price as low as I could with getting up to leave a few times. Then I asked about a service contract and I got the price about $1000 lower. I canceled the service agreement after a year. Next time Iíd cancel within 30 days for a 100% refund. Itís not very nice but it works....
Thanks. I'll keep that in mind!
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Old 05-09-2019, 09:41 PM   #54
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Yes, these three are exactly what I was talking about! I wasn't able to find them doing ANY kind of a search and my LBS even told me that he didn't know of any that existed! I knew SOMEONE had to have made one. Thanks for the pics. You are right, though; they may be so pricey that it's simply not worth it. But, at least I have that option.
Yeah, we came to the conclusion that it was cheaper to buy a couple of beater bikes, or ride old ones we didn't care about, than buy an add-on bike garage.

I would still love to see Thor or other RV manufacturers offer floorplans with rear bike garages on smaller motorhomes. Thor has had some motorhomes with rear garages, but I personally think their marketing got it all wrong. The few theyíve produced were fairly large motorhomes, and I expect the need for bikes is greater on smaller motorhomes like Axis/Vegas.

I know I sound like a broken record, but think Thor does read these forums once in a while. If so, they should offer an Axis 24.1 or similar floorplan designed for and marketed to active travelers. A bike garage under the beds like on most of their Hymers would be a great option to have. It would be so simple and inexpensive to build that it seems almost inexcusable that they donít offer such a floorplan.
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Old 05-09-2019, 11:31 PM   #55
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Those rigs for designed for hauling more than just bicycles...
Motorcycles, golf-carts, even the smallest cars: these all quickly come to mind...

But yes: they will easily haul bicycles also!
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Old 05-10-2019, 12:07 PM   #56
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Bob, I wasnít referring to toy haulers designed for larger items. I was referring to the few Thor motorhomes that have been built with rear garages sized for bicycles or smaller items.

The Hurricane 30Q or Damon Avanti 3106 from around 2012 or back are examples. I think most people who like cycling are not as likely to want large or expensive RVs. In my opinion these kinds of bicycle garages are a better fit on compact and cheaper motorhomes.

Garages (not toy haulers) have been discussed before. Maybe now that Thor purchased Hymer they will bring some back.
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Old 05-10-2019, 12:24 PM   #57
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.......cut......We thought for sure that the 25V was the direction we were going, but we really were concerned with the lack of functionality of the cab seats, which left only the dinette for seating in the living space. The cab seats are basically used for driving and that's it. They serve very little purpose once parked. ......cut.....
Thor manufacturers some Ford E-Series Class Cs with swivel captains chairs. A lot depends on floorplan since there has to be room for legs and feet if facing backwards. The 25V looks like a good fit for swivel chairs, so Iím surprised they are not included unless itís to keep cost down. When purchased aftermarket the two swivels could run about $500 or so.

Anyway, if you like the 25V better except for the seats, Iíd ask to see if Thor can install the swivels as an option. Or maybe the dealer can do it. Just a thought.

I havenít seen a 25V in person but like some features of a Class C better than the Axis 24.1. Lower cost is a plus also.
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Old 05-10-2019, 02:29 PM   #58
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Thor manufacturers some Ford E-Series Class Cs with swivel captains chairs. A lot depends on floorplan since there has to be room for legs and feet if facing backwards. The 25V looks like a good fit for swivel chairs, so Iím surprised they are not included unless itís to keep cost down. When purchased aftermarket the two swivels could run about $500 or so.

Anyway, if you like the 25V better except for the seats, Iíd ask to see if Thor can install the swivels as an option. Or maybe the dealer can do it. Just a thought.

I havenít seen a 25V in person but like some features of a Class C better than the Axis 24.1. Lower cost is a plus also.
Actually, we like almost everything on the 24.1 as much or more than the 25V, EXCEPT for the cost! It will probably be 12-15K more, when it's all said and done but the difference in the way it felt on the inside was night and day. Plus, the multiplex wiring was really impressive. Not available on the 25V. We literally had over a dozen things that we wrote down where the 24.1 had the advantage over the 25V; cost, and a slightly better storage down below, were the only ones for the 25V.
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Old 05-10-2019, 02:35 PM   #59
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Bob, I wasnít referring to toy haulers designed for larger items. I was referring to the few Thor motorhomes that have been built with rear garages sized for bicycles or smaller items.

The Hurricane 30Q or Damon Avanti 3106 from around 2012 or back are examples. I think most people who like cycling are not as likely to want large or expensive RVs. In my opinion these kinds of bicycle garages are a better fit on compact and cheaper motorhomes.

Garages (not toy haulers) have been discussed before. Maybe now that Thor purchased Hymer they will bring some back.
I could not agree more. I think the RV manufacturers are just like auto manufacturers: they seem to be scared to death of niche markets. They design a really cool small truck or SUV, but they won't bring it to market because it can't tow 5000 pounds! That's not who it was built for!!! The RV manufacturers seem scared to build something like this, something that one or two very active individuals would absolutely go bonkers over. The only thing that I've seen with anything close to a bike garage like this is on the Unity Wonder RTB, which unfortunately will sell for around $130K. That's going to price a whole lot of people right out of that market.
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Demand dictates Supply...period, in all products. It has nothing to do with the manufacturer "missing something".
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