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Old 04-04-2013, 11:51 AM   #1
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hard to see guages 2012 ACE

My Thor ACE is really dangerous to drive because I can not see the gauges on the dash. Has anyone else experienced this problem? If so, what if anything can be done to correct this. I have talked with one other owner and he has this same problem. I can't see the speed, tach reading or any of the others in the daytime because of glare or some reflection. Night time is fine, but I don't like to drive at night.
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Just wanted to say HI, and that my 3 1/2" speedo and tach are a real pain too. Now that I've driven with these small gauges, it's one of the first things I notice on every coach I'm in. Most new units have 6 >7 " gauges with a white back ground , high visibility.
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Really like the virtual dash setting on my RM 7720 for that reason, digital speedo that I can read.
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Old 04-04-2013, 12:41 PM   #3
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Just wanted to say HI, and that my 3 1/2" speedo and tach are a real pain too. Now that I've driven with these small gauges, it's one of the first things I notice on every coach I'm in. Most new units have 6 >7 " gauges with a white back ground , high visibility.
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Really like the virtual dash setting on my RM 7720 for that reason, digital speedo that I can read.
My Thor Challenger has the same dash as the ACE. I also tend to ignore the speedo and use the digital speed on the GPS.
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Old 04-04-2013, 02:29 PM   #4
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Try driving with either the headlights or parking lights on. That has helped me to read gauges on my first MH.
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Where polarized sun glasses... That reduce some of the glare.
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Old 04-04-2013, 02:36 PM   #6
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I can't see the speed, tach reading or any of the others in the daytime because of glare or some reflection.
I don't think I've noticed any glare or reflection, I'll have to pay more attention to that next time and see. Like someone else said, I usually look at me speed on the GPS. I also have a ScanGauge that has MPG, Water Temp, & Tranny Temp, I guess I really never look at gauges that's why I haven't noticed.
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Old 04-05-2013, 12:25 PM   #7
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As the gauges are standard Ford, there is not too much we can do about them. I also use the GPS for speed, but usually check all of the rest of them without problem while driving. Maybe it also depends on how high you sit in the seat and the angle?
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Does anyone know how accurate the gauge is that counts down the miles left with the tank of gas? Last week on our way home from a trip I added a little fuel what I thought I'd need to get home, the fuel gauge read 1/4 tank but the miles left said like 178. That couldn't have been right, then when I got home I completely filled the tank using fuel rewards for $1.00 off a gallon. The fuel gauge said a little less than 1/4 but I ended up putting in 55.4 gallons of fuel, don't the tank only hold 55??? If it had a little less than 1/4 how could I fit that much in?
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H3, the ACE's fuel tank is an 80 gallon tank.
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H3, the ACE's fuel tank is an 80 gallon tank.
Thanks, I think I knew that but forgot, don't know why I was thinking 55. Anyway I still don't think the reading was right on my miles to empty.
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My Harley Ultra has a fuel computer that is conservative. I've checked it several times, when it says I have low fuel(20 miles) I usually have .8 gallons left good for 30 plus depending on my throttle hand.
Our Town and country is conservative as well, and like a dumby I have checked that out several times as well.
Have only put about 80 miles on the Ace, but I'll let you know once I've checked it's computer accuracy when I get a cross country trip in!
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My Thor ACE is really dangerous to drive because I can not see the gauges on the dash. ... I can't see the speed, tach reading or any of the others in the daytime because of glare or some reflection. ...
How weird. I do an instrument scan every few minutes (old habit from flying) and I can see everything just fine.

It must be related to the viewing angle. This would be a mickey mouse fix, but maybe try one of those stick-on anti-reflective plastic sheets that you can get at Office Depot. Probably not a permanent solution, but it might help to define the problem.
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