Go Back   Thor Forums > Thor Community Forums > Thor Owner Classifieds Buy | Sell |Trade
Click Here to Login
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 03-10-2019, 04:19 PM   #1
Junior Member
 
Brand: Thor Motor Coach
State: North Carolina
Posts: 10
THOR #3140
ISO 31L Chateau

We are looking to buy a 31L Chateau.

Thank you so much!



View this ad at Thor Classifieds - ISO 31L Chateau
__________________

__________________
SmithPayne is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-11-2019, 09:52 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
Brand: Thor Motor Coach
Model: 2013 31L
State: Florida
Posts: 1,906
THOR #908
Good luck in your search.

I'm curious.... why have you homed in on that particular model?

Being an owner of one, i have some good guesses I think....
From what I can tell it wasn't a hugely popular floorplan for Thor, and I haven't noticed a lot of other owners here and on another rv forum I frequent. Something I've been puzzled by.

Anyway, good luck....and if you have any questions about it I may be able to help....
__________________

__________________
blw2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-12-2019, 12:55 AM   #3
Junior Member
 
Brand: Thor Motor Coach
State: North Carolina
Posts: 10
THOR #3140
Quote:
Originally Posted by blw2 View Post
Good luck in your search.

I'm curious.... why have you homed in on that particular model?

Being an owner of one, i have some good guesses I think....
From what I can tell it wasn't a hugely popular floorplan for Thor, and I haven't noticed a lot of other owners here and on another rv forum I frequent. Something I've been puzzled by.

Anyway, good luck....and if you have any questions about it I may be able to help....
Thanks, we absolutely love the floor plan, especially the long counter tops. We have been looking for about 2 years and have shy'd away from Thor because of all the horror stories we've heard. But we are having a hard time finding 30'-32' motorhomes with more counter space. But we also want the Chateau over the Fourwinds model because of the leveling system. The only real ynknown to us is how low to the ground they sit. Do you find that to be a problem in more remote arears/ national parks? Any input you could give us would be much appreciated!
__________________
SmithPayne is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-12-2019, 03:31 AM   #4
Senior Member
 
Brand: Thor Motor Coach
Model: Hurricane 31S
State: Virginia
Posts: 108
THOR #4468
Quote:
Originally Posted by SmithPayne View Post
Thanks, we absolutely love the floor plan, especially the long counter tops. We have been looking for about 2 years and have shy'd away from Thor because of all the horror stories we've heard. But we are having a hard time finding 30'-32' motorhomes with more counter space. But we also want the Chateau over the Fourwinds model because of the leveling system. The only real ynknown to us is how low to the ground they sit. Do you find that to be a problem in more remote arears/ national parks? Any input you could give us would be much appreciated!
Almost bought a 31L then found the Class A Hurricane/Windsport 31S model. 32 feet. Nice long countertop, outside kitchen, levelers, etc. 2 years and 8k miles, still loving our Hurricane.
__________________
2018 Hurricane 31S
mpinva is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-12-2019, 07:16 AM   #5
Member
 
Brand: Thor Motor Coach
Model: Chateau 31L
State: California
Posts: 37
THOR #2917
Quote:
Originally Posted by SmithPayne View Post
Thanks, we absolutely love the floor plan, especially the long counter tops. We have been looking for about 2 years and have shy'd away from Thor because of all the horror stories we've heard. But we are having a hard time finding 30'-32' motorhomes with more counter space. But we also want the Chateau over the Fourwinds model because of the leveling system. The only real ynknown to us is how low to the ground they sit. Do you find that to be a problem in more remote arears/ national parks? Any input you could give us would be much appreciated!
We have a 2016 31L and enjoy the extra counter space. Bought it new and we were out in Lasen National Forest a week later. It does sit low to the ground and you have to watch where you are going. The generator exhaust pipe sits lower than anything else. Ours didn't have a levelling system, but at 71 I can still put some plastic ramps under the tires when needed.

Good luck finding one.

DaveClick image for larger version

Name:	20151004_104745.jpeg
Views:	68
Size:	172.4 KB
ID:	16165
__________________
Dave and Chris
US Navy (Ret),
KH2BD
dlbeck27 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-12-2019, 08:09 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
The_Breeze's Avatar
 
Brand: Thor Motor Coach
Model: Chateau 31L
State: Florida
Posts: 663
THOR #12189
Quote:
Originally Posted by dlbeck27 View Post
We have a 2016 31L and enjoy the extra counter space. Bought it new and we were out in Lasen National Forest a week later. It does sit low to the ground and you have to watch where you are going. The generator exhaust pipe sits lower than anything else. Ours didn't have a levelling system, but at 71 I can still put some plastic ramps under the tires when needed.

Good luck finding one.

Dave
Couldn't agree more. It may not have been a very popular floor plan and I'll throw something else out there. Thor bought Jayco. The Jayco 29MV (my preferred choice) is the exact same floor plan with some things a little better thought out: mid-ship TV location, jRide suspension, and believe it or not the toilet. If Thor keeps the 29MV, little sense in have two coaches with almost the same exact floor plan. I couldn't find one with light cabinets and I preferred a street-side bedroom slide out.

I like the fact my bedroom slide is on the street side. It's opposite most others so when the neighbors party late into the night, my bedroom window isn't facing their patio.

I cook a lot of my own meals and the counter space comes in very handy.

It's a little too big for me but I think it's better than being too cramped. Mine's also loaded, right down to heated tanks. The Jayco didn't have as many options and had the same mileage at the same price. That's good and bad. The more options you have the more things there are to break and cost to fix. Gotta take the good with the bad, as they say. It's really nice to pull in and hit the auto levelers.

The only things I dislike are:
1) Toilet height. I'm 6'4" and my feet do not sit flat on the ground. The toilet is located over the wheel well and sits really high. I respectfully suggest you sit on it before you buy one. It might have changed my mind The height can get annoying at times.
2) TV location - the TV can't be pointed toward the dinette area. It swings toward the overhead bunk instead. This is where the Jayco it right. It sits in the overhead bunk and swings out toward the dinette. It's a little frustrating because I like to watch the news while I'm eating dinner.

Good luck in your search and let us know if you have any questions. We'll help you the best we can.


p.s. I highly recommend RV Trader to assist you in your search and RV USA for specs, brochures, etc.
__________________
The_Breeze is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-12-2019, 11:28 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
Brand: Thor Motor Coach
Model: Chateau 35SF
State: Missouri
Posts: 650
THOR #2020
Quote:
Originally Posted by TheBreeze View Post
Couldn't agree more. It may not have been a very popular floor plan and I'll throw something else out there. Thor bought Jayco. The Jayco 29MV (my preferred choice) is the exact same floor plan with some things a little better thought out: mid-ship TV location, jRide suspension, and believe it or not the toilet. If Thor keeps the 29MV, little sense in have two coaches with almost the same exact floor plan. I couldn't find one with light cabinets and I preferred a street-side bedroom slide out.

I like the fact my bedroom slide is on the street side. It's opposite most others so when the neighbors party late into the night, my bedroom window isn't facing their patio.

I cook a lot of my own meals and the counter space comes in very handy.

It's a little too big for me but I think it's better than being too cramped. Mine's also loaded, right down to heated tanks. The Jayco didn't have as many options and had the same mileage at the same price. That's good and bad. The more options you have the more things there are to break and cost to fix. Gotta take the good with the bad, as they say. It's really nice to pull in and hit the auto levelers.

The only things I dislike are:
1) Toilet height. I'm 6'4" and my feet do not sit flat on the ground. The toilet is located over the wheel well and sits really high. I respectfully suggest you sit on it before you buy one. It might have changed my mind The height can get annoying at times.
2) TV location - the TV can't be pointed toward the dinette area. It swings toward the overhead bunk instead. This is where the Jayco it right. It sits in the overhead bunk and swings out toward the dinette. It's a little frustrating because I like to watch the news while I'm eating dinner.

Good luck in your search and let us know if you have any questions. We'll help you the best we can.


p.s. I highly recommend RV Trader to assist you in your search and RV USA for specs, brochures, etc.


We had a 31L and liked it. The two items you mentioned were about the only things we didn’t like. I’m 5’9” so imagine what it was like for me. I felt like Lilly Tomlinson on the big rocker. And that’s the truth.
__________________
pstandiford is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-13-2019, 10:08 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
Brand: Thor Motor Coach
Model: 2013 31L
State: Florida
Posts: 1,906
THOR #908
interesting take on the TV. We personally loved the location of our TV. honestly we don't end up watching it all that much, but we love that it's not in the way of anything....and just simply does not look like an afterthought, like most low end RV TV installs I've seen.

I've always said that the 31L just didn't look good on paper, but really shined "real world". I have not seen anything else, I don't believe in the same length ballpark, class A or C, that has anywhere near the counter top space or the interior cabinet storage volume. Even some A's that are a bit longer don't have this much. The floorplan is just plain good.

Yes the toilet height was something we didn't realize till after buying.... Used to it though...and we aren't full timing, so....

As far as ground clearance... I don't imagine it's any different than any other class C of a similar size, or even smaller ones. We've had it it out in National forests on the dirt roads a bit, and some of our state park CG's have worse roads than that. It does ok for what it is...

The things I don't like... grey tank size is too small and the rear axle is overloaded without even trying. And the 5,000# hitch limit. All reasons I would have preferred Thor's F-550 chassis super c version of the floor plan.

Just as a discussion data point, I'm going to make a point of looking at that Jayco model online when I get some time....
__________________
blw2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-13-2019, 11:00 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
The_Breeze's Avatar
 
Brand: Thor Motor Coach
Model: Chateau 31L
State: Florida
Posts: 663
THOR #12189
Quote:
Originally Posted by blw2 View Post
... grey tank size is too small and the rear axle is overloaded without even trying. And the 5,000# hitch limit.

Just as a discussion data point, I'm going to make a point of looking at that Jayco model online when I get some time....
Ditto on the grey tank. In fact, I'd say the black could use an upfit too. I forgot about those until this morning when was it was time to dump - again. Seems I get a week out of them unless I use the shower (which is every day). Then it's ever two days or the shower pan starts to fill - and I take Navy showers.

I chose the 2017 because it's the same year as my Chateau: https://www.rvusa.com/rv-guide/2017-...n-29mv-tr29440. The tanks are bigger and it holds more propane. It doesn't have the overhead storage. Give and take. Mine are half empty anyway and I'm full-timing it.


p.s. I hope we didn't hijack this person's thread
__________________
The_Breeze is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-26-2019, 02:10 PM   #10
Member
 
Brand: Thor Motor Coach
Model: Class C / Chateau 31L
State: Iowa
Posts: 47
THOR #1763
31L Chateau 2014

We love our 31L. We have made a lot of modifications to it and it keeps getting better. The toilet is high but not a problem to us. I guess the way we look at it is this is ours and we are happy in it. I hope you find what will be a good fit for your family.
__________________

__________________
JoandRandy is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Thor Industries or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.




All times are GMT. The time now is 04:25 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0 PL2
×