Originally Posted by Hat-Trick
Do NOT lift your coach off the ground with the jacks. This will "hurt your coach" per the service manager at the Thor factory....after he saw mine that way in their parking lot. Oops!
x2. The factory manual says not to use the jacks to lift the rig off the ground. When compared to the size post used on heavier rigs, I agree. The posts on my ACE are pretty puny by comparison. I would count on using wood or legos to level.
We have used the drop down bed once, and as someone mentioned, used the couch and small end table/shelf. CW sells bunk ladders, but we also carry a small step ladder that could do double duty. We carry a larger, compact space ladder so that we can clear debris off the slide awnings if we've been where there's a lot of tree debris or snow.
We love our ACE. We've had a few minor warranty issues, but overall it's been great.
We've been out over seventy nights since April 1, and have two major trips coming up. We will have over 100 nights out when we winterize in November. Last year we were out about 75 nights. We got ours June 1 last year. This year we got started on the first weekend in April.
I don't know why they went to push out windows in the 2015. Our 2014 has sliding windows.
You picked a great entry level coach. Our has lived up to our expectations, and it's been a wonderful magic carpet for all of our camping adventures.
One more thing - get a wheel alignment ASAP. The chassis is aligned at the Ford factory, but it is not done again after the coach is built. Load your rig like you're going to use it, and take it to a good alignment shop that can handle an RV. It's worth every penny - it was easier to drive and my tires are wearing properly.
Remember the packing rule - if you put a bowling ball on the right, put one on the left, etc. Try to balance your load as much as possible - it also makes a difference in handling and comfort.