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Old 10-10-2015, 12:56 PM   #1
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Thor A.C.E First full season of RVing

Hello All, Just wanted to share my season with anyone who owns or is thinking about owning a Thor ACE. I have a 30.1, and let me start by saying we love it. It was our first RV, so we really don't have anything else to compare. We have had some minor issues, but we expected that. That's the first thing you should understand. You will have some issues. From our first trip, we had some slide issues. Come to find out, our master slide control was linked to the LPG/CD gas detector. We had to eventually replace it, but it really wasn't a big deal after we reset the CB a we were able to extend/retract the slides. There were also some minor rattles and squeaks to work out. They were tightened by camping world "a completely different topic, for a different forum." The front Pax window needed to be replaced, and on the most current trip, I had to open up the furnace and bang on it with a screwdriver to get it to work. Minor inconvenience. One more thing, the handling was not the greatest. It's also a bit loud when you are driving. The wind will also push you around a bit, but with 95 PSI in the tires i have found that the ride is good. I will eventually get a diesel pusher with a raised chassis w/air ride. Long story short, the Thor ACE 30.1 has been great for my family. We travel with 3 dogs, "two Yorkies, and one Greyhound", Wifey, and two kids "4/10". It really has been great for us. There is plenty of room when we are driving and when the slides open, I'm always shocked by all the room that opens up. If you have any questions or comments I'd love to hear from you.

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Congrats on the first year. No surprise since the A.C.E. line was the best selling model line of Class A motorhome in North America for 2014. Surely not a Diesel Pusher, but a good balance of features, floorplan and price point

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Hello All, Just wanted to share my season with anyone who owns or is thinking about owning a Thor ACE. I have a 30.1, and let me start by saying we love it. It was our first RV, so we really don't have anything else to compare. We have had some minor issues, but we expected that. That's the first thing you should understand. You will have some issues. From our first trip, we had some slide issues. Come to find out, our master slide control was linked to the LPG/CD gas detector. We had to eventually replace it, but it really wasn't a big deal after we reset the CB a we were able to extend/retract the slides. There were also some minor rattles and squeaks to work out. They were tightened by camping world "a completely different topic, for a different forum." The front Pax window needed to be replaced, and on the most current trip, I had to open up the furnace and bang on it with a screwdriver to get it to work. Minor inconvenience. One more thing, the handling was not the greatest. It's also a bit loud when you are driving. The wind will also push you around a bit, but with 95 PSI in the tires i have found that the ride is good. I will eventually get a diesel pusher with a raised chassis w/air ride. Long story short, the Thor ACE 30.1 has been great for my family. We travel with 3 dogs, "two Yorkies, and one Greyhound", Wifey, and two kids "4/10". It really has been great for us. There is plenty of room when we are driving and when the slides open, I'm always shocked by all the room that opens up. If you have any questions or comments I'd love to hear from you.

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Hmmm, funny my wife gets me to work the same way you got the furnace to work!
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Old 10-10-2015, 05:48 PM   #4
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Congrats,
The ACE is nice. It's good you can figure out how to fix things. Adding Anti-sway bars might help with being pushed around from the wind/semis.
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Welcome to the forum and congrats on the ACE. We had one for three years before moving up to a diesel. Yes, expect a few challenges no matter what you buy. MH's have all the problems of a house on wheels because that is what they are.

As for handling, be sure to check out the Cheap Handling Fix on the Ford blog here at the forum. It makes a BIG difference on the ACE. Also consider the 5-Star Tune for the engine.

Don't worry, this will be the beginning of a grand adventure!
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Im glad to hear you enjoyed your ACE. We have a 2012 ACE 29.2. We put over 15,000 miles on it over the past 6 months (includes trip to Alaska) and could not be happier. However, we too plan to upgrade in the not too distant future.
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I've heard a lot about the cheap handling fix. I've put about 3500 miles on it this summer, and I'm sure when/if I get the fix it will be great. I also agree with the Addisons. I'd love to get something like a 38A Berkshire, or the Itasca pusher around 40 Ft. That will be a little down the road unless I win the lottery.
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So funny!
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Hmmm, funny my wife gets me to work the same way you got the furnace to work!

Sounds like a good idea, depending on what she wants me to work on...
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