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Title: 2008 Thor Four winds siesta
Post by: conny and mike on November 03, 2017, 09:15:23 AM
We are looking at a 2008 27' Thor Four Winds,  pros or cons? 97000 miles. California owned in the past. thanks for any info
Title: Re: 2008 Thor Four winds siesta
Post by: Gary RV_Wizard on November 03, 2017, 09:29:04 AM
Fairly heavy use for a motorhome - 6000 miles/year is typical.  There will be the usual concerns with 97k miles on the chassis and whether it had decent chassis maintenance.

As for the house part, what's the condition of upholstery & flooring and cabinetry, any evidence of leaks, etc.?  Appliances and systems all working? Condition is far more important than brand.
Title: Re: 2008 Thor Four winds siesta
Post by: conny and mike on November 03, 2017, 09:33:55 AM
hi Gary! Ad says new generator, awning covers, upholstery, mattress, brakes, tires & flooring
Title: Re: 2008 Thor Four winds siesta
Post by: Alfa38User on November 03, 2017, 10:04:00 AM
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Ad says new generator....

Would that be the 'real generator' (expensive!! and very unusual) or did they mean the engine alternator??? All that "new stuff?? Flooring?? Why was all that stuff replaced in a 2008 unit? Perhaps water damaged?  If so, don't walk...RUN away... Brakes and tires , ok normal maintenance but...
Title: Re: 2008 Thor Four winds siesta
Post by: conny and mike on November 03, 2017, 10:11:30 AM
how would we be able to tell if there was water damage?
Title: Re: 2008 Thor Four winds siesta
Post by: Gary RV_Wizard on November 04, 2017, 01:08:27 PM
Water damage is sometimes easy to see and sometimes difficult. Water stains on ceiling, wall coverings, or flooring is one obvious. Soft spots in the floor (under the floor covering) is another clue. Evidence of re-caulking on roof or side seams is not unusual, but very much of its suggests that looking for further clues inside might be wise.

I too consider that replacing a genset is highly unusual, both because of the cost (multi-thousand dollars) and the relatively young age. That raises a flag in my mind, either false advertising or unusual wear & tear.   Replacement floor covering in an '08 also suggests more than typical wear & tear, but so does the 97k miles.

Few sellers put a lot of money into repairs before selling, so I would ask more questions about when and what was actually done.

All signs are that this rig is thoroughly used. Presumably the price is attractive, but maybe spending a bit more for a lighter use rig would be a better choice? In any case, the signs are that you should inspect the rig carefully and proceed cautiously. Get a professional inspector if you cannot judge for yourself.