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Old 10-25-2020, 01:49 AM   #1
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New to us what have I gotten myself into :)

We just picked up new to us 1994 Thor M270 with 35,000 miles and 62 hours on the generator. Has a couple known issues but the price seemed to be 'right' so will see how much we need to put into it. I'm sure I'll be posing up a bit with questions as this is our first venture into a motorhome.

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Old 10-25-2020, 01:56 AM   #2
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Welcome to our virtual RV Park!
Congratulations on the start of a really great adventure, and all the smiles you can stand.
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Old 10-25-2020, 02:18 AM   #3
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Congratulations! Enjoy the journey!
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Old 10-25-2020, 06:24 AM   #4
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Old 10-25-2020, 12:17 PM   #5
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Old 10-25-2020, 01:36 PM   #6
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Welcome to the forum. Take a few short duration trips to get used to the various systems and to be sure everything is in working order. Enjoy it.

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Old 10-25-2020, 05:13 PM   #7
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Welcome to the forum. Take a few short duration trips to get used to the various systems and to be sure everything is in working order. Enjoy it.

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Guess the 3.5 hour drive home at 10Pm doesn't quite count as a 'short duration' trip

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Old 10-25-2020, 05:27 PM   #8
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That sort of depends...
Did you stop along the way to cook a late supper and use the bathroom?
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Old 10-25-2020, 06:31 PM   #9
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Glad you joined the lifestyle and found this wonderful forum! Expect to find a lot to fix but remember the systems involved are actually pretty basic. If youíre ďhandyĒ youíll have fun, learn lots and end up with a nice rig. Iíd start by spending an hour or two on the roof on your hands and knees and on a ladder checking for potential leaks. Water intrusion is a number one RV killer and even new ones develop leaks regularly. Youíll be looking for an even, unbroken, well stuck bead of sealant around every window, fixture, seam and penetration. Youíll probably find areas that need to be addressed and youíll want to use self leveling RV lap sealant on the roof and urethane caulk on the sides. Donít recommend using silicone no matter how tempted you may be to do so. Good advice to do several short local trips using every system to build a to do list. Donít forget to have fun!
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Old 10-28-2020, 11:02 PM   #10
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"Hello there!" (Obi Wan Kenobi reference). (Purple flare fired into night sky)
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Old 10-31-2020, 07:31 PM   #11
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[QUOTE=knight13;261339]We just picked up new to us 1994 Thor M270 with 35,000 miles and 62 hours on the generator. Has a couple known issues but the price seemed to be 'right' so will see how much we need to put into it. I'm sure I'll be posing up a bit with questions as this is our first venture into a motorhome.

Welcome to the Thor Nation. Enjoy the ride!
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Old 10-31-2020, 07:55 PM   #12
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Really!
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Old 10-31-2020, 08:44 PM   #13
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Hi, I just bought a 1994 Fleetwood Southwind Model L 33' with 39,000 miles on it with the p-30 chassis 454 gmc engine,it has a onan 4,000 watt generator and I am second owner and it's in mint shape in and out,already took it out camping this last summer and no problems so far,it is mechanical very sound, I got it for 7,000.00 cash.. I don't really know if I paired to much or what it's worth but to me or is this best investment I have ever made..I hope you enjoy yours as well as I do mine!!!!
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Old 10-31-2020, 10:05 PM   #14
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Donít worry

Hello! Welcome to the RV world. We had a class C for two or three yrs and now a 2017 thor challenger and you should know it doesnít matter new or old or $10k or $1.5 M, all of these rigs need one thing or another lol. We had many warranty issues initially and along the way sometimes have done stupid things that then require repair. But this is life on the road! To be able to sleep in your own bed and cook your own food and see the country or family on your own terms is worth the hassles of owning an RV.
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Old 11-01-2020, 04:05 AM   #15
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Really!
Yes still really! I see youíre still stalking me.

Far too much work and continued repairs for what they cost.
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Old 11-01-2020, 12:45 PM   #16
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25 year old truck

In July we bought a 2005 30q on a p32 workhorse chassis
35,000 miles
196 hours on 4000 Benny

All systems in camper worked as new and continue to do so.

But under is a truck chassis.

After a few weeks decided that it was a keeper.

Changed engine and gen oil to Mobile 1
Changed dif oil
Changed coolant
Changed Tran fluid
Bled brakes
Changed hoses and belts
Changed 2 2013 tires.

Put on 3,000 worry and anxiety free miles with a minimum 5 year ownership horizon

Brakes and steering components were great on transfer.

Hope you enjoy yours as much

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Old 11-01-2020, 12:59 PM   #17
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That's a ni e-looking rig!
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Old 11-01-2020, 01:33 PM   #18
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Looks like it will be something to enjoy on the road. Good luck and Happy Trails!!


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Old 11-01-2020, 01:49 PM   #19
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Nice looking coach and you canít beat the price! Enjoy he miles and the adventures
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Old 11-01-2020, 01:53 PM   #20
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This past spring we bought a 2005 Hurricane 30F Class A with only 12,000 miles on the Ford F53 chassis/drivetrain. Only had 32 hours on the onan 4400 generator. I think we slightly overpaid for it as their was evidence of previous leaks on the slide out and under the drivers side window. Also the painted areas on the drivers side have faded and peeled due to improper storage. Not sure what I’m going to do about that as it would probably cost a small fortune to have a repair shop near us repaint the painted portions of the exterior. I’ll probably do it myself in spite of the fact that I haven’t held a spray gun in 15 years!

It rides and drives good. All the systems work as they should. Tows my 24 foot enclosed trailer and race car perfectly. We only used it twice this year, one trip to eastern New York and the other to New Hampshire and all went well.

I’ve already done a bit of repairs and upgrades. Removed the OEM dinette booths and replaced with regular chairs. Removed the jackknife sofa and replaced with a dual reclining loveseat. Removed the club chair and replaced with a euro style recliner. While all of the furniture was out removed all of the interior slide out paneling that showed signs of water damage and replaced with new paneling. Removed all of the pressboard trim and replaced with wood trim. Still have to repair the panel under the driver side window but that will be a spring project. Removed the old analog TV and replaced with a flat panel LED smart TV.

I shared all of this info to show that there are many things that you can do yourself to repair/upgrade your rig to suite your tastes and needs. Make sure you do all required maintenance and your new to you motor home will provide a lot of fun for you!
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