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Old 10-14-2012, 10:29 AM   #1
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ACE mods / upgrades

I didn't see a thread pertaining specifically to this. I'm curious to know what mods / upgrades other ACE owners have done or have in the works. If there's already an existing, encompassing thread, please kindly redirect.
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I didn't see a thread pertaining specifically to this. I'm curious to know what mods / upgrades other ACE owners have done or have in the works. If there's already an existing, encompassing thread, please kindly redirect.
Don't know of a specific thread, but here's what I've done to mine so far: (settle down with a cold drink, this could take a while)

1. Removed couch and installed a computer desk instead. (Just two of us, don't need the extra bed).
2. Bought two comfortable swivel/tilt chairs with footrests to replace couch.
3. Installed 2000 watt Inverter so computer equipment has power on the move.
4. Modified TV bracket so screen is angled downwards for better viewing angle.
5. Rewired coach for 50 amp supply (actually 2x30). Installed hard wired surge protector and voltage regulator. See image below.
6. Installed second AC unit in bedroom.
7. Added Tire Pressure Monitoring System.
8. Installed gas struts on all doors on curb side. Thor apparently think we are too stupid not to move the slide with a door open. However.......
9. Installed switches on all curbside doors with an LED beside the slide switch. No light, no move slide.
10. Installed Cheap Handling Fix. (Search it, plenty of threads describing it).
11. Installed Blue Ox TruCenter steering damper.
12. Installed Wilson Cellphone Amplifier
13. Installed Sirius/XM adapter and antenna.
14. Installed Stay a While adapter to run external propane tanks when parked for the winter.
15. Installed See Level II Tank Monitoring System.
16. Installed Turbo Rinsers on black and grey tanks.

There's probably more, but that's the high points. The ACE is very much an entry level MH, a lot of this list would be standard on a more expensive coach. Feel free to question me about individual items.
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I forgot one:
17. Installed laundry chute: Cut a 6 inch hole in carpeted shelf beside the bed, hinged it and mounted a laundry basket on rails in the mega storage compartment.
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bdickson, The laundry chute is a great idea, I'll be adding one of those. Which gas struts did you purchase? Those are on my list, so tired of holding those doors open with my head

I added a hardwire line from the TV to the dash radio to allow use of the house speakers for watching TV(A/C was too loud to hear tv)
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bdickson, The laundry chute is a great idea, I'll be adding one of those. Which gas struts did you purchase? Those are on my list, so tired of holding those doors open with my head

I added a hardwire line from the TV to the dash radio to allow use of the house speakers for watching TV(A/C was too loud to hear tv)
I bought the gas struts and brackets at Camping World. I don't know the brand, but all the stores carry the same selection. I think they are 17 inch struts. I found the inside of the doors was way too soft to attach the brackets directly. There's a picture of my solution below. The metal plate came from the lumber department of Home Depot, I think its a joist plate. I cut it to shape with tin shears and applied a layer of Liquid Nails construction adhesive and a bunch of short sheet metal screws. This gave me a solid mounting point for the bracket. The bracket at the other end is held on by one of the door frame mounting screws and one new screw.

Question for you: how did you route the wire from the TV to the dash radio?
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that is very cool! Would love to see a pic of that laundry shute...
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Here you go....
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Bruce, that is a great mod!
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Bruce, that is a great mod!
Yeah, I got a bucket of attaboys from the DW for that one
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Question for you: how did you route the wire from the TV to the dash radio?

I havn't done a permanent mount for this wire, although it has stayed for a long time the way i have it. I currently just have it run over the view window, it hangs on the shade then behind the couch under the passenger chair to the radio. It doesn't look nice but it works for now till i figure out how to run it nicely. I could run it under the floor attached to the chassis, but its not worth that effort for me yet.

Thank you for the detail on the door i was wondering if those foam doors would support that stress.
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How did you install surge/voltage regulator in storage compartment?
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My water pipes make noise when the pump is running. I fixed that, went to Home Depot and bought a bunch of foam pipe insulators (with the slit and adhesive applied), and proceded to cover all water pipes, hot and cold. Now when the pump runs, it's quiet, no more banging and rattling. I think it cost me around $14.00 to do the entire coach. They are about 5' long, cut them to fit, you need about 8 of them. Easy upgrade and the noise is gone. Takes about 15 minutes.
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The next upgrade will be how to add another tank for Grey water, and double my capacity. That existing tank is seriously too small. I looked underneith, and I think I can fab up brackets to get another tank under there. Spring project...

The 2.5gph water pump needs an upgrade to a 30 or a 3.5 gpm at a minimum. That's a $50.00 fix
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With regards to the Audio from TV to Stereo, I used a wireless Bluetooth transmitter. Don't remember exactly how much, but it was under $50 all in, and no wires. There is a little deal you plug into back of tv and its counter part you plug into front stereo. Its pretty idiot proof.
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