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Old 08-15-2018, 09:38 AM   #1
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Hello from Michigan, My wife and I have been thinking about a Thor 24.1 for a while now and think we have found the one. The coach is a 2015 with the 350 chassis, could someone explain the differences in the 450 chassis? Should we walk away from a 350 and continue looking for a 450? Lastly if we move forward with the purchase what are the must have upgrades to make it as safe and comfortable as possible. My Wife has interest in driving it sometimes and that will be important to both of us. Thank You for your time and consideration..
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Old 08-15-2018, 10:51 AM   #2
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Hello and welcome from Michigan as well.

By "Thor 24.1" I'm assuming you mean Axis or Vegas 24.1 (since I don't think any other Thor motorhome has that model #). If so the first thing you need to do is download and read Ed's excellent crowd sourced owner's manual:
Link to Ed Felker's Vegas/Axis Manual

The first thing I would do after purchase is get the alignment checked--even though it is a used unit you can't assume the previous owner did that (they should have). After that have fun (my wife drives our Axis frequently).
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Old 08-15-2018, 11:26 AM   #3
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Jamie, Thanks for your input and we will heed your advice, we are seasoned campers having moved to a pop up a few years ago, but are now seeking something more substantial as we have dreamed of exploring this beautiful country at our leisure. We are a couple years earlier than originally thought but are excited to discover wintering roaming the country..
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Old 08-15-2018, 11:42 AM   #4
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The 2015's had the larger windshield that wrapped back into the roofline. There were some warranty claims about it cracking. Later production models, Thor changed the front of the cab and made the windshield a little smaller to solve the problem. Not sure when the change occurred, but if you had them side by side you could immediately tell the difference.

I believe today they no longer build them on the 350 chassis. The 450 much stronger.
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Old 08-15-2018, 12:00 PM   #5
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Old 08-15-2018, 12:03 PM   #6
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The 2015's had the larger windshield that wrapped back into the roofline. There were some warranty claims about it cracking. Later production models, Thor changed the front of the cab and made the windshield a little smaller to solve the problem. Not sure when the change occurred, but if you had them side by side you could immediately tell the difference.

I believe today they no longer build them on the 350 chassis. The 450 much stronger.
For a while the 24.1's were still on the 350 chassis.

Our 24.1 is on the E-350 chassis (when all Axis/Vegas units were on the 350 chassis).

Its basically all about weight: The E-450 can handle more weight. If you're planning on towing something big then the E-450 will be more suited for you; if not then you're fine (our E-350 based Axis pulls a 3800lb car without issue).
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