Thor Motor Coach Introduces Supersized Super C Motorhomes

Elkhart, Indiana-based Thor Motor Coach introduces the new 33SW F550 Super C motorhomes.

The units debuted at the National RV Trade Show, November 27-29 in Louisville, Kentucky.

“These new “heavy duty” diesel powered Ford F-550 Super Duty Class C motorhomes will be available in both the Four Winds and Chateau brands, rounding out two of the most recognized and popular Class C brands in the market,” said Joel Grimm, national sales manager for gas motorhomes at Thor Motor Coach

Sporting a Ford F-550 chassis, the 33SW has a gross vehicle weight rating topping out at 19,500 pounds.

“Power comes from a fuel-sipping PowerStroke 6.7L diesel engine flexing a full 300 hp, and hefty 660 foot pounds of torque. That powerful combination, along with the Ford 6-speed transmission allows the 33SW to maximize the 10,000-pound trailer hitch,” said Grimm.

The coach comes standard with an electronic brake controller integrated in the dash, so consumers simply get in and go.

“The HD-MAX exterior offers a sizzling, high-end exterior finish,” he noted.

“Every 33SW comes with a long list of standard exterior features which include a 5.5-kw Onan generator with automatic start, dual 13,500-Btu roof air conditioners, slam latch baggage doors, Bigfoot leveling jacks, and a fully molded, one-piece front cap.”

Thor Motor Coach C 33SW F550 Super C Motorhome

Things get even better inside the 33SW with features which resemble a luxury yacht, instead of a Class C motorhome.

Residential refrigerator, 30-inch over-the-range microwave, Solid surface countertops, solar and privacy window roller shades, and a 1,800-watt power inverter make the short list of game-changing features.

“We are confident this new 33SW will turn heads with the additional living space created using the F550 chassis,” said Grimm.

“Features like diesel power, more maneuverability, better towing capability  and better driving comfort  are what our customers tell us is missing from the larger Class C market.”

Details

Thor Motor Coach Super C Motorhomes

Website: thormotorcoach.com

Thor Motor Coach C 33SW F550 Super C Motorhome floor plan

Thor Motor Coach

Thor Motor Coach was formed when Damon Motor Coach and Four Winds International strategically merged in late 2010. For over 23 years Damon and Four Winds have been building many of the most recognized brands of motorhomes. Thor Motor Coach manufactures Class A Front Engine Diesel motorhomes (Serrano and Avanti), Class A Diesel Pusher motorhomes (Astoria, Tuscany, and Palazzo), Class A Gas motorhomes (A.C.E., Hurricane, Daybreak, Windsport, Challenger, and Outlaw), and Class C motorhomes (Four Winds, Chateau, Siesta, Siesta Sprinter, Citation, and Citation Sprinter).

Thor Motor Coach is a subsidiary of Thor Industries, Inc., Jackson Center, Ohio, the world’s largest manufacturer of recreational vehicles.

Address: 701 County Road 15, PO Box 1486, Elkhart, Indiana 46516

Phone: (800) 860-5658

Website: thormotorcoach.com

Worth Pondering…

I hope you dance because…

Time.

Time is a wheel.

Time is a wheel in constant motion always rolling us along.

Tell me, who wants to look back on their years and wonder where their years have gone.

—Mark D. Sanders and Tia Sillers, I Hope You Dance

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November RV Manufacturer Recalls

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has recently announced six recall notices involving six recreational vehicle/chassis manufacturers— Thor Motor Coach, Tiffin Motorhomes, Dutchmen Manufacturing, Airstream, Inc., Fleetwood RV, and Starcraft.

Thor Motor Coach

Elkhart, Indiana-based Thor Motor Coach is recalling 634 model year 2008-2010 motorhomes, manufactured June 1, 2007, through May 1, 2009 and equipped with an Iota ITS-50R Transfer Switch.

The models affected are Four Winds brand models: Chateau, Dutchmen, Hurricane, Windsport, Magellan, Fun Mover, Presidio, and Mandalay. Wiring connections inside the transfer switch are not adequate and, as a result, the switch may overheat.

An overheated switch could cause it to fail and lead to a fire.

Thor Motor Coach will notify owners and replace the Iota Transfer Switch, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.

Owners may contact Thor at 1-877-500-1020.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to safercar.gov.

Tiffin Motorhomes, Inc.

Red Bay, Alabama-based Tiffin Motorhomes, Inc. is recalling 847 model year 2010-2013 Allegro Bus motorcoaches, manufactured from March 2010 through September 2012 and equipped with a Cummins EPA 2010 ISL engine.

Insufficient shielding between the exhaust pipe and floor may cause possible overheating of the floor above the engine compartment.

If the exhaust pipe in the engine compartment were to fail, the escaping exhaust gases could make the floor area above the engine extremely hot, increasing the risk of personal injury or possibly resulting in a fire.

Tiffin Motorhomes will notify owners, and dealers will install a heat shield, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.

Owners may contact Tiffin at 1-256-356-8661.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to safercar.gov.

Dutchmen Manufacturing, Inc.

Goshen, Indiana-based Dutchmen Manufacturing, Inc. is recalling 740 model year 2012-2013 Aspen Trail, Coleman, and Dutchmen recreational vehicles manufactured from October 4, 2011, through October 1, 2012.

These vehicles may have been manufactured without an exterior vent for the furnace.
Without proper exhaust ventilation, the vehicle can fill with carbon monoxide resulting in asphyxiation. The heat build-up may also increase the risk of a fire.

Dutchmen will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and, as necessary, install an exterior vent, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.

Owners may contact Dutchmen at 1-574-537-0700.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to safercar.gov.

Airstream, Inc.

Jackson Center, Ohio-based Airstream, Inc. is recalling 715 model year 2006-2009 Airstream Classic recreational vehicles manufactured between May 2005 and April 2009.

The brake hose may flex near the fitting on the brake assembly and lead to hose fatigue. Also, during suspension travel, the brake hose may rub on the underside of the trailer.

As a result of flexing or rubbing, the brake hose may fail, causing a loss of brake pressure, reducing braking performance. The loss of braking ability could result in a loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash.

Airstream will notify owners, and dealers will replace and reroute the brake lines, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in early December 2012.

Owners may contact Airstream at 1-937-538-1268.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to safercar.gov.

Fleetwood RV, Inc.

Decatur, Indiana-based Fleetwood RV, Inc. is recalling 842 model year 2010 Encounter vehicles manufactured from November 19, 2009, through May 13, 2010; 2011-2013 Storm vehicles manufactured from May 21, 2010, through September 18, 2012; and 2012 Terra vehicles manufactured from April 26, 2011, through March 13, 2012.

The entry step to the motorhome lacks sufficient support and may become damaged by repeated use.

The step may collapse during use potentially causing personal injury.

Fleetwood RV will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and, as necessary, reinforce the step structural support. The safety recall is expected to begin during November 2012.

Fleetwood RV’s safety recall number is 121025FRV.

Owners may contact Fleetwood RV Owner Relations at 1-800-509-3418.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to safercar.gov.

Starcraft RV, Inc.

Topeka, Indiana-based Starcraft RV, Inc. is recalling 22 model year 2013 Autumn Ridge AR-One travel trailers manufactured from September 6, 2012, through October 17, 2012.

These travel trailers have wire connections in the electrical box that may prevent the wires from being tightened properly.

Loose electrical wiring connections could cause excessive heat which could lead to fire, injury, or death.

Starcraft will notify owners, and dealers will relocate specific wires in the electrical box to allow the wires to be sufficiently tightened at their connections. The safety recall is expected to begin during November 2012.

Owners may contact Starcraft at 1-800-945-4787.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to safercar.gov.

Please Note: This is the twenty-third in a series of articles relating to RV Manufacturers Recalls.

Worth Pondering…

A man who has committed a mistake and doesn’t correct it, is committing another mistake.

—Confucius

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