2011 Thor Motor Coach Hurricane 32A
March 4, 2011
Filed under Motorhome Reviews
Thor Motor Coach’s Hurricane continues a very successful presence in the front gas coach segment entering its 17th year of production. It cruises into the new year attracting buyers to the line by offering six distinctive floorplans in five feature-laden lengths. The 32A is one choice in the offerings with a twin-slide plan that offers stay-over accommodations for six and room for entertaining. Depending on floorplan, the model is available with no slide or one to three slides.
With the large cabin slide shared by the Leatherette U-shaped dinette and matching ($761) sofa bed with pneumatic mattress, dark carpeting defines the living area from the galley. Midtone cherry cabinetry and trim give the Hurricane a high-end look accented by the striking dark stone-pattern ed linoleum flooring in entry, galley and bath.
The U-shaped dinette creates a useful dining and entertainment setting that will sleep two. A Leatherette Euro recliner with ottoman is also standard equipment and rounds out the cabin seating along with swiveling Leatherette cockpit seats that can be ordered with the full power adjustment option. A 32-inch LCD TV mounts in hutch-style cabinetry next to the dinette for viewing anywhere in the cabin and the coach is prewired for HD/satellite equipment.
The Hurricane’s proven curbside linear galley design provides more features that should appeal to buyers. A pullout extension creates an L-shaped countertop that doesn’t rely solely on the use of sink and stove covers for added space nor does it block the entry when extended.
Below the pullout are full-extension drawers that should easily handle utensil needs even for long-duration adventures. Under-sink storage provides easy access to the twin-sink plumbing with additional overhead storage for table settings and pantry use. A three-burner high-output stove-and-oven combo is standard equipment, augmented by a microwave above or an optional micro/convection unit. A large pot and pan drawer, often offered in place of an optional gas oven, is standard equipment below this oven. Other standard features are the handy and useful pullout, full-height pantry next to a 6.3-cubic-foot, two-door refrigerator with matching wood door inserts.
The divided bath offers a toilet room with vanity curbside and a 6-foot shower stall with skylight and a swirled glass three-section door streetside. Rather than offering a simple, smooth shower enclosure, Thor has opted to incorporate a decorative faux stone pattern into the surround, illuminated by the domed skylight, with three useful shelves. Linen storage is provided in an overhead cabinet with additional storage in the lighted medicine chest. Another standard feature is a china bowl next to the decorative vanity sink set in the matching laminate faux-granite countertop used in the galley and bedroom.
The cherry cabinetry found in the bedroom with oil-rubbed bronze trim and hardware throughout immediately suggests a coach at a significantly higher price point. The even finish tone and tight joints seen in the Hurricane reinforce that thought. The walk-around queen pedestal storage bed is flanked by eyeglass nightstands with reading lamps suspended from the full-width overhead storage cabinets. Small windows in the slide walls provide cross-ventilation with an optional ($863) second 13,500-BTU rear roof A/C unit that requires the upgraded 5.5-kW generator ($1,921). At the foot of the bed is more handsome cabinetry consisting of a wardrobe with a 43-inch-long clothes bar and six drawers below. A small dresser next to the closet offers a convenient window-width countertop, additional lower drawer space and storage above with room for the optional 19-inch LCD TV.
The Hurricane line is built on the Ford F53 leaf spring chassis and powered by the 6.8-l V-10 Triton three-valve engine coupled to the TorqShift five-speed transmission with its auto-shift point adjusting Tow-Haul Mode. Also standard on the 32A are hydraulic leveling jacks and a slideout battery tray. The standard exterior color is white with the graphic package but one partial paint/graphics package and two full paint/graphics packages are available as options.
The Hurricane 32A’s long list of desirable standard features, eye-catching décor and cabinetry belie its front gas heritage and price point.
Successfully creating a high-end look while maintaining affordability has kept the Hurricane line a popular choice in the gas-A segment. With family-friendly appointments and often-requested conveniences as standard equipment, this is one Hurricane you shouldn’t run from.
Our thanks to Phil King and the staff at McMahons RV in Southern California for providing this motorhome for our review.
Thor Motor Coach
Chassis: Ford F53
Engine: Triton 6.8-L V-10
Fuel: 80 gal
GVWR: 18,000 lbs
Width: 8′ 3″
Height with A/C: 11′ 7″
Int height: 6′ 8″
Freshwater cap: 50 gal
GrAy-water cap: 44 gal
Black-water cap: 32 gal
LP-Gas cap: 20 gal
Base Price: $102,008