Originally Posted by H3OHIO
We LOVE our ACE! We've had it over 2 years and everything still works great!
I don't feel it's "cheaply" built, but you can't expect a $250,000 motorhome for $79,000
I don't believe I mentioned expecting the quality of a quarter million dollar motorhome, since the Thor A.C.E. certainly isn't a diesel pusher.
However, what I would expect from any motorhome is components that don't crap out in 15 months and documentation that is accurate.
Not only did the Jensen unit die, the water pump died in the same amount of time and it is definitely the cheapest Chinese unit available. And it is installed in such a way that a better Shur-Flo unit cannot be installed easily without major modifications.
The microwave is absolutely the cheapest unit available and the plate inside jumps off the track while driving and is a pain to re-seat so it turns.
Strangely enough, there is no overhead lighting whatsoever in the cockpit. You can't even read a map at night without a flashlight, nor operate the leveler controls from the side console in the dark.
The documentation is a complete joke and totally inadequate. It covers a myriad of different models and there are a number of features in the A.C.E. that are not covered. There was no mention that the D.C. fuse panel is in the base of the bed along with the noisy inverter. Looked all over the coach for the damn thing and the user's manual didn't mention it. The fresh water drain system for the A.C.E. 30.1 is different than all the other models.
Kept wondering why the black water tank filled so quickly. The documentation implies that all sinks drain into the gray water tank as you would expect. NOT so in the A.C.E. 30.1. Thor took the easy way out and drained it straight down to the black water tank. And of course the tank status indicators are a total joke. The gray water tank is always a third full when empty.
In this day and age, with electronic publishing, all manuals and schematics should be available on line for eReaders and download. You cannot get a wiring diagram for your coach, I tried. Did not have this problem with Southwind.
I do not have diesel pusher expectations but I do believe that when I pay $86,000 for a new motorhome that I can get logical interior lighting in the cockpit, a coach water pump that lasts more than 15 months, an extremely expensive electronic display / radio / audio system that is repairable and accurate documentation.
I won't even go into the joke that the dining table is. Have you ever read the labels on the legs?