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Old 09-01-2017, 09:06 PM   #1
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2016 Thor ACE 30.1 ladder (almost certain affects other models, maybe beyond ACE)

We recently traveled to Oregon (for the eclipse, hooray!) and when I started up the ladder to wash the coach after the trip I noticed that the ladder was loose, and that the heads of some screws were a quarter inch or more from the base plate.

Coach is a 2016 ACE 30.1 which we purchased new less than a year ago. I'm sure the same ladder is held on to other ACE models (and probably beyond the ACE line) with the same screws. The ladder (black) has a pair of mounting plates on the roof (one at the end of each rail,) a pair (screwed to the rear wall, also at the end of each rail) at the bottom, and two intermediate pair (also screwed to the rear wall.) Each round plate was held in place by four black screws.

Getting my screwdriver, I resolved to immediately tighten all screws. After tightening a few, I discovered that two were completely missing. I'm reasonably sure they hadn't been missing before. Worse, the head of another screw came right off when I tried to tighten it. So I suspended my tightening efforts about halfway up.

We are taking it to the dealer for this and other issues - some of which we've been trying to deal with since late 2016. My question is whether anyone else has seen something like this.
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The first time I waxed our coach two heads fell off the screws holding the ladder. Have not repaired it. Probably need to put that on the "to do" list.
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Not the ladder but I had two heads strip off of screws on the rear running lights. Not sure what crap they're made out of but I was loosening them with a hand screwdriver with minimal pressure. Afraid to check the rest, long out of warranty.
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Not the ladder but I had two heads strip off of screws on the rear running lights. Not sure what crap they're made out of but I was loosening them with a hand screwdriver with minimal pressure. Afraid to check the rest, long out of warranty.

They may have been over torqued when installed.
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