About Our “Wheel” Estate

2017 Thor Vegas 24.1

Didn't make Sense

We thought about purchasing an RV for over 10 years, but still being employed full-time, it just didn’t make financial sense to buy something that would sit in our driveway a majority of the time. Spending a few weekends a year rushing home from work on Friday, packing our gear, hoping for a spot at a campground, rushing home on Sunday, unpacking and cleaning the rig just didn’t sound like a whole lot of fun.

Making a Choice

After retiring in 2014 we headed out for several weeks each winter to take a cruise somewhere balmy and warm. That was a tremendous amount of fun, but unfortunately we always had to come back to the harsh winter of Wisconsin. Finally in January of 2016 after visiting yet another unappealing port in Mexico, we looked at each other and said why are we doing this? There is a big beautiful country we live in, most of which we haven’t seen or know little about. Then and there we decided to revisit purchasing an RV.

Now keep in mind, we have never camped in our adult life. We have however, lived in the country for many years and as often as the electricity went out we may as well have been camping! Deciding on a travel trailer, a 5th wheel, or a Class A, B or C motorhome was daunting.

Why a Thor Vegas?

After visiting numerous dealers and many RV shows around the country, we started to put together a plan on what our perfect RV would be.  Our minds changed constantly, but in the end we both concluded that the Thor Vegas 24.1 RUV (Recreational Utility Vehicle) made the most sense for several reasons.

  • Size: At a little over 25 feet (about 6 feet longer than the length of a Chevy Suburban), the Vegas will fit practically anywhere. The overall height and outside width of the RV is about a foot shorter and a foot narrower than most Class A motorhomes making most narrow roads and low tunnels and bridges a non-issue.
  • Cost: The purchase price of a new Vegas was the same or slightly less than the cost of a new diesel pickup truck. Our local Wisconsin dealer gave us a great discount on a new 2017 model beating several of the large name dealers throughout the country. Plus we felt more confident about getting good service as the dealer was just a few miles from out home.
  • Layout: The 24.1 model that we chose had an ideal floor plan for boondocking. The single slide provided a spacious living area, yet when the slide is in, we can access everything inside the motorhome. It was important to us that we be able to use the bathroom and the bed whenever we stopped for the night even if we couldn’t extend the slide. The twin/king bed design was another selling point. The twins allow us to easily exit the bed without disturbing each other and the king size layout is actually 14 inches wider than a standard king.

Are We Happy?

After 2 1/2 years of ownership we believe our decision was the correct one. The Vegas meets all of our needs and if we were to buy something new again, we would purchase the same thing. We find the Vegas RUV easy to drive, easy to heat and cool because of it’s small footprint and easy to maintain. We have done some modifications to make the layout more comfortable. The sofa bed has been replaced with recliners and the pedestal and coffee table have been redesigned for better space use. The batteries have been upgraded to lithium, solar panels have been added and a 2000 watt inverter provides quality of life. Overall we are very happy with our home.

RUV Specifications

Fuel Type Gasoline
Chassis Ford® E-450
Engine 6.8L Triton® V10
Transmission TorqShift 6 Speed Automatic
Horsepower 305 hp @ 4,250 RPM
Torque 420 ft-lbs. @ 3,250 RPM
EPA Fuel Economy ~9-10 mpg (towing)
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) 12,500 lbs
Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR) 18,500 lbs
Wheelbase 188″
Exterior Length 25′-6″ (306″)
Exterior Height (w/AC) 11.25′ (135″)
Exterior Width (w/o mirrors) 7.83′ (94″)
Interior Height 82″
Awning Size 17′
Fuel Capacity 55

Basic Warranty 12 Months / 15,000 Miles
Structure Warranty 24 Months / 24,000 Miles
Roof Warranty 12 Years
Chassis Warranty 36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Powertrain Warranty 60 Months / 60,000 Miles
LPG 10 gallons (40.9 lbs)
Fresh Water 42 gallons
Black Water 30 gallons
Gray Water 40 gallons
Water Heater 6 Gallon Propane/Electric
Furnace 30,000 BTU
Air Conditioning 15,000 BTU
Exterior Storage 63.5 cu. ft.
Trailer Hitch Rating 8,000
Sleeping Capacity 5
Seat Belt Position 5

2016 Kia Soul

Color Black
Fuel Type Gasoline
Engine 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine; 130 hp, 118 lb-ft
Transmission 6-speed manual
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) 2,884 lbs
Fuel Capacity 14.2
EPA Fuel Economy ~33 mpg