Our “home on the road” is a 2017 Thor Windsport 29M. He’s 30’8″ long…and has pretty much all the things we wanted in a rig. Considered a “Class A”, in that it’s shaped similarly to a city bus-flat front with a huge expanse of windshield.
Why class A instead of a Class C? Various things contributed to this, but the biggest decider was that we wanted to be able to see up. In 2015, when this all began, we rented a Class C on our first RV trip. There were just certain things that didn’t thrill us about the layout, and the main one was the “bumpout” bunk over the cab. It blocked our view “up”. Second thing was the chassis on the 26′ we had–it was built on a pickup truck chassis, and the Windsport is built on a truck chassis..
Once we decided on a Class A, then we started looking at some of the details. Mark liked that the 29m was built on a full truck chassis, rather than a van or pickup truck. It’s a Ford F-53. One of the things that kind of pushed us in that direction was just the weight. Hard to explain, but the units built on regular truck or van chassis already come with very close to their weight limit just in the RV build alone. So, you already are at somewhat of a disadvantage there, because it limits what you can add in the way of load. With this being built on a full truck chassis, it gives us a lot more leeway in what we add to the mix. Not that we’re going to load her to capacity by any means, but we definitely have more weight space available than we would have on a Class A.
Then came deciding on an actual layout. We went to the RV show in Tampa in January…and looked at pretty much any Class A RV they had in the size we wanted. We had decided a 30 footer was our limit, both for maneuverability, and for the fact that there a lot of state and national parks that will only allow 30′ or less. (The 8″ would just be the ladder on the back, so we’re good). We looked at some bigger ones but they almost seemed TOO big for just the two of us. Then it came to to aesthetic appeal. And that brought us to 3 very simple items:
- The sofa and the dinette couldn’t be on the same side of the rig. We thought it reminded us too much of a church pew. If we have guests in with the “pew” configuration–everybody’s lined up and conversation is awkward. This way, 2 (or 4) people can be in the dinette, and talk comfortably to the 2 or 3 sitting on the sofa or in the chairs (The cab seats “spin” so can be used as seating too).
- The toilet couldn’t be up on a box. We wanted it flush on the floor. Weird, I know-but I’m short…and if we’re going down the road, I don’t want to fall off. With the “toadstool” toilets, my feet couldn’t reach the floor.
- The bunk over the cab was a definite “item”. We really like that the bunk on this rig is electric, so it rises up to the ceiling. It’s on a key system too–turn the key to on, then hit the switch to raise or lower it. A definite selling point was that in the “raised” position, it’s really not noticeable that it’s there, and it’s a great “safe”–put your valuables up there, then raise it to “closed”, take the key and you’re gone.
So, thus our reason(s) for choosing this rig. I think we looked at pretty much all that are out there. And every time we looked at others, we kept coming back to the Windsport or comparing them to the Windsport. So, we decided that it was THE one. We then waited for the 2018’s to hit the market to see if there would be any changes between the 2017 and 2018. If there were, and it was something we wanted, then a 2018 was what we were going to do. Turns out the differences between the 2017 and 18’s were pretty much non-existent. However…much like in the car market…dealers were hungry to get rid of their existing 2017’s and bring in the 2018’s. So, going with a “2017 leftover” definitely worked to our advantage.