Originally Posted by ThatCrazyOldGuy
OK... Running out of time. (Yeah, REALLY!)
I've been thinking about an RV for a while. Last week I started getting Serious and starting digging hard to figure out what I Need. I'll List them.
1. 2 Person Rig
2. Class A
3. 30' will work
4. As New As Possible.
What I found was a 2014 27.1 Thor. So I drove 2 hours to go look at it. Yes, the Captains Chairs are Peeling (no big deal). 34k miles, super clean. The owners are Ready it Move It. (but what I've Read on the Thor's is Not So Good! Many New Owners Not Happy about Quality of the Rig.)
What I Did Not Do! Discuss this with my GF, who is still working and can't see Retirement. We do not Live together.
After looking at the Thor, I told the Couple "I'll Get Back To You"! So I'm contemplating "Make an Offer But I need to talk to Susan/GF FIRST! Well, after a couple of Scotch and H20's I sent a Text. "What Do You Think About Buying a Motorhome" and I sent the Thor information. Her Response was "NOPE". So I didn't say anything else about it until Wednesday when she came to my house for Dinner. I asked her, why she said "NO". Her reply was "I just don't think we'd use it and if I was going to Buy anything It Would Be Another Boat". (we both have owned big boats for 20 years) Boats Cost Money! Slip Fee, Insurance, Up Keep to the tune of $600 to $1500 a Month. I told her "Well, a Motorhome won't have a Slip and the Insurance Cost is $75 a month". She goes back to the "Well, I'm Still Working...". And she says the 27.1 is SMALL!
My thoughts are BUY IT, Load up on Friday and ROLL on Down The Highway and Back to Work On Monday. (Yes, I am 95% Retired.) Your Opinion on Weekend trips?
Any Concerns on the 2014 27.1 A.C.E.?
What About The Roof? My driveway is loaded with Pine Trees!
(I am a Hands on Guy so I can do almost anything.)
Last but not Least "BUY the 27.1 Or NOT? Discuss it with her and try to convince her or just "Do What The Hell You Want Too"! Wemen!
We have a 2016 ACE 27.1, bought used in 2016 with 2300 miles on it. We always had travel trailers before this RV and the thought was to buy this MH instead of a new TT/5th wheel and new truck to pull it as our 2008 Silverado was getting long in the tooth, and use it to travel the country after we retired. I woulda retired 2 years ago but for the wife. I AM retiring at the end of this year but she still wants to work. Wimen!!
We have used ours frequently for visits to family, kids, grandkids, family reunions, long weekends, week and 10 day vacations. We have over 20K miles on it now.
We love our floorplan. We replaced the "couch" with dual reclining loveseats and created a side table between them and the forward bathroom wall. We had to replace our peeling front seats this spring and got better sitting captains chairs in the process (lotsa 27.1 and 27K owners have made this modification). The bathroom works great with a big enough shower and there's tons of storage in this MH. Like most RVs this size, the single A/C struggled to keep it cool on those 95+ degree days so I added a second A/C in the bedroom this year with a separate power connection.
Things I would look for/test on a used unit:
Test the hydraulic levelers - not necessarily in Automatic mode, manually tilt the coach in all directions to make sure all the jacks work and listen to the motor to see if it is struggling. The motors are cheap and prone to fail if abused.
Take a good close look on the roof, especially at the front and rear seams for cracking of the sealant. Check inside at the front and rear seam area for water intrusion.
Check the walls below the driver's and passenger's windows for "pimples", a sure sign of water intrusion.
Cycle that big slide in and out. Hold the button for 5 seconds after the slide stops moving. When it is out, look underneath it under the sink area for the flex-bag that encompasses all the plumbing and electrical in the slide - it should not be hanging out below the floor.
Check the operation of every appliance on all modes. Fridge on propane and 120 VAC, water heater on propane and 120 VAC, A/C, Furnace, 12 VDC water pump. Start and run the generator and load it with the A/C and microwave. Check the stove and oven. Test the house batteries by starting the generator without the chassis engine running and without being plugged into SP.
Every RV manufacturer has had quality control problems since the big downturn in 2008. Thor is not better or worse than any other manufacturer. The key is to go in with your eyes open and know that, just like a boat, there's always things that need tending to.
Let me know if you have more specific questions about the 27.1.