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Old 05-18-2022, 12:50 PM   #1
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Hi all,

We just looked at a 2015 Thor Ace 30.1 today. Appears to be in incredible shape, low miles, etc.

Looking for some reviews from real owners on value (what would you pay today?) and pitfalls or what to check before committing. This would be our very first RV.

I've seen wide ranging opinions online. Some people insist they are just junk, but others seem very happy. If it is dependent on the unit, I'd like to ensure I end up on the happy side!

I cannot thank you enough in advance!
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Old 05-18-2022, 12:53 PM   #2
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If you are serious about the purchase, spend a bit extra and get an inspection, from a person not affiliated with the place you are buying it from.
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Old 05-18-2022, 01:20 PM   #3
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Absolutely, I have reached out to a dealer to ask if they can provide that service without the bus at their location. It sounds like they would give an opinion on the drivetrain but less so on the cabin or interior if you will.

The unit is currently at a car dealership that does not service RV's, so we hope to establish a relationship with a service center right off the get go.
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Old 05-18-2022, 01:30 PM   #4
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If you search the web you can find a certified RV inspector. I would want everything inspected before buying. Not just the drive train.
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Old 05-18-2022, 01:41 PM   #5
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I had a new 2015 ACE 29.3 for 4 years. It was a pretty nice starter RV for us. You can read on the Thor Forums about the +/-'s. We enjoyed ours, 33k miles. Overall it was nice. Became too small: couch and dinette only made a 60" bed. Seat fabric started to wear. I would check the batteries. Back in 2019, trade in was only $40K and online selling for $54-57K. The 29.3 had the external fridge (greatly missing now) and external propane connector. Never did any of the steering stabilizer mods. It will be affected on highway from truckers, etc.
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Old 05-19-2022, 11:59 AM   #6
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We bought a 2014 ACE 30.1 in Dec. 2020. Overall we have been very happy with it.
The good - Already done was Cheap Handling fix, Steering stabilizer installed, Better radio installed, Upgraded TVs. Everything worked. Even the pleather was in good shape. 30K on the odo.
Expected things - new tires (originals were on), alignment, re-adjusted the steering stabilizer, still a little squirrely so added a trackbar and played the tire pressure game, drives nice now.
The bad - Pleather went downhill really fast, flaking and peeling. Had a wire nut on the water heater get poor connection and smoke. Later lost the WH control board, would not light on propane (replaced with a dinosaur brand board). Found (at least on mine) overfilling the fresh water is a bad thing, had a river coming from under the bed, now only fill 2/3. Onan 4500 started randomly cutting off, under voltage/current/freq. error, Adjusted the run speed settings and all better.
I'm sure there are other things both good and bad but overall we are happy with the rig.
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Old 05-19-2022, 12:11 PM   #7
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I'll Just "Throw this out there" For You to consider..

1st.. View the "tag" lines at the bottom of the responding posters..
To give you an Idea of where they are coming from and the equipment they have.

Keep in mind..
You Do Not Know......What You Do Not Know..'
GET ANY Used RV Inspected by a Knowledgeable Inspector .. BEFORE You Put Down ANY Non-Refundable FUNDS!!!!

ALSO!!! KNOW YOUR BUDGET!!!... Then ADD 15% to it 'Cause Poo Happens!

Buying a motorhome to save money on travel is like buying a boat to save money on fish. [thnx Stu for pointing this out to Me..]

Your 1st coach is simply a learning tool..
When You tour/view "In Person" any perspective coach..
View it First with all slides retracted, then shuck your shoes and do a dry run in the shower, sit on the throne (AND Close the door!), lay on the bed,study the galley(enough counter room/pantry space/pots & pans storage?) Do You have access to all these with slide retracted???
If the coach is fully usable without the slides extended, then give it a second look.
(Think wally-docking,rest areas,truckstops, "Driveway Mooching" @ the kids home,...any where that you cannot/do not have room for the slides to be extended)

BUY USED! & buy one with everything you "think" you want and will need..
IF the perspective coach seems a bit small but still "DO-Able" .......REMEMBER!!!
What seemed small... becomes unbearably TINY after being Coop'd up" for a week or more due to weather...
(AKA.....Cabin Fever)
A coach that is "Too Big" lasts for a week or two..One "Too Small" lasts forever.

And.... You WILL make mistakes and have booboo's We all have.....
Within a year or less, you will discover..about the RV

What you love about the RV...
What you can kinda-sorta tolerate with the RV..
And what you absolutely hate about that !@#$%^%$#@! RV.
Then you can go get what you should have gotten in the first place..
Happy Hunting
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Old 05-19-2022, 04:52 PM   #8
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Is the coach you are considering at Smitty's Auto Sales & Leasing?

Ace 30.1 has the ford gas chassis, very reliable, drives like a truck. I would not be afraid of buying this coach due to "quality". It may or may not be the best choice depending on your intended use.

How much is the seller asking?

What ever you buy, budget $10K for upgrades and repairs.
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Old 05-20-2022, 07:10 AM   #9
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It is at a dealer in Canada. They are asking 100k or $78135 USD
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Old 05-20-2022, 05:25 PM   #10
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You probably already know there are 8 total 2015 30.1's listed on RVTrader. The prices range from $60k to $79K. So you are on the higher end of these.
You could probably spend money and time to visit the ones on RVTrader, but end up just spending money and having registration/tax issues. I would think $70K would be a good point to compromise with the local dealer. Depends if he wants to sell it more than you want to buy it.

For reference, I paid $78K for my ACE 29.3 new in 2015. traded it in for around $50K in October 2019.

Hope you enjoy it if you pull the trigger.
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Old 05-21-2022, 09:03 AM   #11
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Thank you triplewide. Those numbers do help a lot. I assume they are USD (I'm in Canada).

We crawled all through and under and around the unit yesterday. We were unable to find any flaws and I mean that. I brought out an inspector and a master mechanic who got into the nuts and bolts and crawled from one end underneath to the other. It has 27000 miles (45000 kms). It has zero rust. No nicks, no dings. There is an adjustable sway bar at the front, we assume was installed after the fact. Mild cupping on front tires is the most we could even complain about.

The fridge/freezer/stove and microwave look untouched. You know how metal oxidizes when it is heated those first few times? It all looked new. We asked if anything was replaced, but it didn't look replaced. The owner traded in for a newer larger unit and this is what he swapped in.

We did make an offer that was rejected but we have the weekend to decide on the counter offer. When I look at the others listed, they are higher miles or in rougher condition OR the couple that are comparable are basically the same price once I incur the cost to import it into Canada. I think the dealer did some homework and that doesn't bother me.
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Old 05-21-2022, 10:32 AM   #12
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My numbers are USD. As for the cupping, correct tire pressure based on actual coach weights and tire manufacturer charts, wheel balance, and maybe alignment would be my things to check.

A simple way to get rudimentary weights in the US is at CAT certified scales. Via phone app you can weigh your coach for about $15 without having to get out of your coach. Front and rear axle weights, not 4 point weights.

Alignment on my ACE was about $150 in 2017.

Centramatic wheel balancers worked well on my ACE, About $200 as I remember. They have dynamic balance capabilities. Keeps wheel in balance as tires wear, collect mud, etc

Might want to check age of the tires. Probably manufactured in 2014-2015. Many believe tires should be replaced at 7 years.

Here is a thread you might find useful:

A crude index to the thread is on page 98:
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As with all brands of RVs you will find haters and lovers.I would find an RV inspector or a reputable service technician to go over the unit with you. One more thing, rust and water are your enemies.
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Old 05-24-2022, 08:39 PM   #14
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We purchased the identical unit in 2016 with 2000 miles for 65000. Worst purchase we ever made! Great floor plan. Other than that a real pos! Ten different leaks, interior and exterior.Water fill hose leaked at both ends resulting in rot by the bed and delamination next to the fill port. Etc., etc.! Some people have had better luck. Hope you are one!
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