Our family took out the Thor Chateau 28Z recently. This was our first trip in a Chateau, and it was noticeably smaller than the Forest River 3011DS (29ft 11 inches versus 32 ft 3 inches in the 3011DS). However, even with about a yard difference in length, we had ample room for our family of four. The Chateau is designed to sleep 7, but that may depend on the size of your travelers.
Reviewing the sleeping lay out, let’s start with the dinette that converts to a sleeping space. Our 9 yr old son had no problem sleeping in the space, but it might be tight if your kids are a bit older or larger. However, the bunk over cab area is quite spacious and does not disappoint. Plus, the sofa across from the dinette converts to a queen. Therefore, if your family has a few teen-age kids, there is ample room for at least 2 in the bunk over the cab, 2 on the queen sleeper, and one on the dinette (2 if they are small!). Including two more adults sleeping in the bedroom this Class C will easily sleep 7.
A couple of other positives worth noting: there are plenty of seat belts for travelers to choose between when riding in the cabin of the RV. The dinette had two seatbelts and the sofa had three, so passengers have good seating choices when riding along. We also liked that the ladder for the bunk over cab could stay down while my son slept in the dinette area. This made it easy for the bunk sleeper to get down and visit the restroom at night, or get a drink from the kitchen, etc. There were plenty of plugs for our electronics in the Chateau as well.
This was also our first time going to an area that had no campsites available. Due to the lack of camp parking & the influx of travelers, we chose to stay in a Walmart parking lot overnight. The Chateau had plenty of privacy blinds and finding a place to park was not an issue at all. My husband had called ahead to ask (just to be safe!) and the manager on duty suggested that we part around the side, so we did. The only surprise we had was in the morning when I walked out – there was a Class A parked in the next aisle over.
To summarize, we found the Chateau very comfy. The few ‘cons’ that we noticed were the turning radius (my husband commented on this while navigating the 2 lane county roads we took to avoid I-65), the lack of stabilizers to help it rock a bit less while parked, and the smaller restroom (as compared to the Forest River 3011DS with the shower on one side and the lavatory on the other).
The Thor Chateau has a few key ‘pros’ that make it an excellent choice for those that want a Class C under 30 feet long. First, it has a very efficient floor plan that allows for good movement throughout the RV. Second, it sleeps 7 very easily. Third, it has an abundance of windows – so for those that like to see outside from their bed, there are windows by every sleeping area (3 in the bedroom!) that make for excellent views from almost every space.
For a smaller Class C with plenty of sleeping areas, the Thor Chateau is worth checking out.
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