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Old 01-12-2016, 09:03 AM   #1
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Enough power? ACE 27.1

Thinking of buying an ACE 27.1. We are planning a trip thru the Rocky Mountains. Does this motorhome have good power for mountain driving?

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Old 01-12-2016, 09:20 AM   #2
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Originally Posted by Giffordst View Post
We are thinking about buying ACE 27.1 motorhome . Does it have enough power for mountain driving? Would like to Take it out west thru Rockies.
I don't know about the ACE 27.1 motorhome....but the 250hp 3126 Cat engine in my 24,000 lb coach has no problem towing a 3,100 lb toad thru the Rockies.
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Old 01-12-2016, 09:39 AM   #3
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Originally Posted by Giffordst View Post
We are thinking about buying ACE 27.1 motorhome . Does it have enough powere for mountain driving? Would like to Take it out west thru Rockies.
Not really a fan of the Ace's but....the power to weight ratio is better than most diesels.
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Old 01-12-2016, 09:44 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by Giffordst View Post
We are thinking about buying ACE 27.1 motorhome . Does it have enough powere for mountain driving? Would like to Take it out west thru Rockies.
Welcome to the Forum,
We own a 2013 Thor ACE 29.2 and tow a Ford Focus up and down the Canadian Rockies at least twice a year. It has plenty of power, and is a very reliable powertrain. We love our unit and have put on 23,000 trouble free miles to date.
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Old 01-12-2016, 10:16 AM   #5
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You also need to calibrate your expectations. You are not driving a sporty car or even family sedan. You will be driving with the same engine as most of the other gas A motor homes on the market but a smallish house. You might find a "sportier" DP but no where near the cost of an ACE. Better to be worried about learning how to manage the ACE in the mountains.
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Old 01-13-2016, 08:21 PM   #6
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Yes! The Ford V-10 has plenty of power to get you up the mountain. The newer 27.1 has 362 hp and performs well. If pulling a toad you may notice slower pickup on mountains but the 5 speed transmission will get in the right gear and get you there.
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That's entirely in the expectations of the owner. Our first MH was a 1988 Type B Okanagan. Had a 460 and trailer towing package and weighed 8,800#'s. 0 to 60 times were comparable to a Honda Accord. But we still never got over 10 mpg, even after I added an overdrive to it. The reduction in cruising RPM was nice too.
Every rig we've owned has made it over all the mountains we tried, some just easier and faster than others. The one we have now? Well, now it's "what mountains".
Don't worry, you'll do just fine.
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Old 01-17-2016, 01:55 PM   #8
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Originally Posted by Giffordst View Post
We are thinking about buying ACE 27.1 motorhome . Does it have enough powere for mountain driving? Would like to Take it out west thru Rockies.
Yes it does. And welcome to the forum.
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Old 01-17-2016, 05:02 PM   #9
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Our coach is about the same size,and engine.We went all
through the Rockies pulling a trailer with a motorcycle on it
with no problem.
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You'll make it over the mountains. Expect 35 mph tops near the 11,000 foot summit of Vail Pass.

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Look at my Sig

We live in Utah and travel all over the West and Southern U.S. Lots of Mountains. With the V-10 362 HP Never a problem. You will be fine. My rig is a little bigger than the Ace. see my Signature.
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"Good Power" for you, might not be good power for somebody else. Will it make it...yes.
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Not really a fan of the Ace's but....the power to weight ratio is better than most diesels.
And certainly better than the larger gassers. Not sure if there is any difference in gearing between the larger and smaller F53s though.

In any case, we had no problems in the eastern mountains pulling our jeep this past year (24k chassis, about 21,500#s loaded). Heading to the northern Rockies this year, so please wait for me at the top of the passes !

Just to clarify, yes I have upgraded from the 22k standard chassis on the 31SA to the 24k which gives me a 3600# CCC (which on a Tiffin includes 600#s plus of passenger weight, full fuel, fresh water, and propane), but the chassis itself eats up 500#s of the 2k, so the net CCC gain is 1,500#s, meaning that I would weigh loaded about 21k on a 22k chassis). Just wanted to ensure everyone is on the same page................

Interesting to note that the this 16k GVWR chassis has a 23k GCWR...... I have only a 4k difference at 28k GCWR (which is not an issue for me) which I thought was generally the case on F53s....

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