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Old 01-15-2020, 11:59 AM   #1
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Palazzo Road Handling

Hey folks,

I’m considering trading up to a Thor Palazzo 36.3 2016-2019. I want one with at least a year with a previous owner and a few thousand miles so hopefully the trips back to the factory and dealer are over. I’m wondering how they drive and handle on the highway? Are they quiet inside? Is it a smooth ride? This would be my first diesel pusher with air ride and brakes. Can some Palazzo owners give me a heads up?

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Old 01-15-2020, 12:50 PM   #2
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We love our 2018 33.2 which is also our first DP and I can tell you that compared to our previous gas Class A (2015 ACE 29.2) it is a night and day difference in quiet, smoothness and handling, which was everything we hoped for.
It takes a little to get use to the shifting and braking operation if it's your first air brake and pushbutton shifting. Some of the things you learn are its important to select lower gear when pulling a steep grade to keep the RPM above 1700 so you don't lose too much speed and to switch the Exhaust Brake on to aid in braking control (works great!).
The Palazzos have very low ground clearance, so be careful entering or exiting driveways anywhere there is a steep approach (some people have had mods done to allow for momentary airbag inflation to lift the front 3-4").
There is a Palazzo Owners Facebook group that can share loads more info.
Welcome and enjoy!
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Old 01-15-2020, 12:55 PM   #3
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Thank you Harvey.
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Old 01-15-2020, 03:44 PM   #4
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the Palazzo line is a great diesel pusher coach, with differing lengths, which can effect the horsepower and the handling...

our's is smooth, with the air bags, and has no issues with torque through the toughest of inclines(try getting up the 25% grade campground at Amicalola Falls State Park GA!), the continental divide at Independence Pass Colorado, etc... all with our toad 'in tow'... you won't even know it's there.

I've also never 'downshifted', as I see little value in that - let the Allison transmission do it for you, though on steep inclines you may want to take it out of 'economy' and let the sifting happen more quickly, keeping the torque and speed higher.

The air bags are what gives a diesel pusher the smooth ride, but they also allow you to 'drop' the house down when you arrive, giving you a firmer foundation, allowing the leveling legs to have to travel less, and allowing the SINGLE outside entry step to be even closer to the ground, for very easy entry/exit....

Generally, too, these diesel pushers will have 'whole house' inverters, larger battery banks, and will have ALL outlets wired to be able to off-grid and still have use of each of them, whether for TVs, satellite receivers, computer and device chargers, fans, etc... so you don't miss a beat regardless of whether you are plugged in, running the large efficient Onan diesel generator, or are off-grid with the Inverter.
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Old 02-03-2020, 01:10 PM   #5
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We’ve had our Palazzo for just a couple of years. We love it. It’s vey quite and for the most part is smooth riding. The diesel has plenty of power. You’re wise ti get one slightly used and to have the bugs worked out.
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