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sepesce 05-02-2016 06:48 PM

New Owner Axis 24.1
 
Greetings!
In about two weeks, my husband, our teenaged son and daughter and I will be taking delivery of a 2017 Thor Axis 24.1. Our camping experience over the years has been limited to tent camping until 2 years ago, when my back, in no uncertain terms, let me know it would no longer be sleeping in a tent. At that time, we rented a pop up, followed by a Thor Axis. My back was happy and we started RV shopping. After looking at a many Class Cís, we came back to the Axis as a perfect fit for our family. We are now looking forward to some exciting vacations with the family. We have a lot to learn and I know I will be checking out the forum for the voices of experience. This is also the first forum I have ever joined so I am a newbie in more ways than one!
Happy Travels,
Sandy

JamieGeek 05-02-2016 07:20 PM

Congrats and welcome. You'll find many happy Axis & Vegas owners on here.

Be sure to get an alignment on your unit after you have it loaded up with your stuff (and if possible everyone in it as well).

You'll also want to download Ed's Axis/Vegas manual (which can be found in this thread).

vkb 05-02-2016 07:23 PM

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Originally Posted by sepesce (Post 33501)
Greetings!
In about two weeks, my husband, our teenaged son and daughter and I will be taking delivery of a 2017 Thor Axis 24.1. Our camping experience over the years has been limited to tent camping until 2 years ago, when my back, in no uncertain terms, let me know it would no longer be sleeping in a tent. At that time, we rented a pop up, followed by a Thor Axis. My back was happy and we started RV shopping. After looking at a many Class Cís, we came back to the Axis as a perfect fit for our family. We are now looking forward to some exciting vacations with the family. We have a lot to learn and I know I will be checking out the forum for the voices of experience. This is also the first forum I have ever joined so I am a newbie in more ways than one!
Happy Travels,
Sandy

Hi ! Sandy ... welcome to the Thor Forum !
We took delivery on our 2016 Axis 24.1 in January.
There are many Axis/Vegas owners on this site with an abundance of information and you will hear from them.
I just want to tell you...we returned, this afternoon, from our 4th overnight shakedown trip..before we take off for our summer trips. WE LOVE OUR AXIS..and I hope you do too !
Read and take heed of all the information which will come your way by this evening...it is worth its weight in gold !!

Enjoy and have FUN ! Happy Camping !!

Kay

sepesce 05-02-2016 08:02 PM

Thank you for the warm welcome Jamie and Kay. This purchase is a bit daunting but exciting! I do greatly appreciate Ed's information Manual (Thank you too Ed) and recommendations about the alignment. I just called Thor and they are putting on the decals on our coach as we speak. I called them to inquire (based on this thread) about the couch, I thought I was getting a blow up mattress for the couch but can confirm they are no longer using blowup mattresses for the couch. I do have one other question. Does anyone have experience / recommendations for a bike rack for the back of the Axis. We would need one that carries 4 adult bikes. Thanks!

vkb 05-02-2016 08:22 PM

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Originally Posted by sepesce (Post 33513)
Thank you for the warm welcome Jamie and Kay. This purchase is a bit daunting but exciting! I do greatly appreciate Ed's information Manual (Thank you too Ed) and recommendations about the alignment. I just called Thor and they are putting on the decals on our coach as we speak. I called them to inquire (based on this thread) about the couch, I thought I was getting a blow up mattress for the couch but can confirm they are no longer using blowup mattresses for the couch. I do have one other question. Does anyone have experience / recommendations for a bike rack for the back of the Axis. We would need one that carries 4 adult bikes. Thanks!

Sandy...someone, in the last week or so, posted a photo of a vertical bike rack...I searched for the location of the post, but cannot find it...perhaps Jamie will recall where it is...or the person who posted it will surface.

bevedfelker 05-02-2016 10:29 PM

Welcome to the forum. You'll love the Axis. Lots of friendly folks here to answer any questions.

JamieGeek 05-02-2016 11:14 PM

Kay you may be thinking of This post (What Fun, Thank You)

vkb 05-02-2016 11:23 PM

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Originally Posted by sepesce (Post 33513)
Thank you for the warm welcome Jamie and Kay. This purchase is a bit daunting but exciting! I do greatly appreciate Ed's information Manual (Thank you too Ed) and recommendations about the alignment. I just called Thor and they are putting on the decals on our coach as we speak. I called them to inquire (based on this thread) about the couch, I thought I was getting a blow up mattress for the couch but can confirm they are no longer using blowup mattresses for the couch. I do have one other question. Does anyone have experience / recommendations for a bike rack for the back of the Axis. We would need one that carries 4 adult bikes. Thanks!

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Originally Posted by JamieGeek (Post 33529)
Kay you may be thinking of [url=https://www.thorforums.com/forums/f3/what-fun-thank-you-3633.html]This post (What Fun, Thank You)[/url]

Sandy...Jamie has the link to the bike rack on the forum...posted herewith.
use his link to the thread in his reply, directly above..
Kay (THANK YOU Jamie !!)

sepesce 05-03-2016 12:42 PM

Thank you all for the picture of the bike rack. It looks like I will have to do some more research as it appears there are hitch mounted racks as well as ladder mounted racks. I wonder if there is enough space for both, with 2 bikes on each. I know they make hitch mounts for 4 bikes but I have read mixed reviews about them.

Ed, I read through your document last night and WoW, I think Thor needs to hire you. Very professional. Thank you so much for sharing all your hard work and knowledge.

Cosmo 05-03-2016 01:48 PM

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well as ladder mounted racks
I did a bit of research on ladder mounted racks and for two bikes I don't think its a great option. Too many people had the racks bend over time. A custom ladder solution seemed better (see pic). In the end I have decided to add 6" to the back of my motorcycle rack and put the mountain bikes there.

Cosmo 05-03-2016 01:54 PM

This seems like a good soln:

Review: Yakima Hold Up Hitch Mount Bike Rack - Bikerumor

sepesce 05-03-2016 04:29 PM

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Originally Posted by Cosmo (Post 33582)

Thanks Cosmo, this does look good. I have been looking at the Swagman Trailhead 4-Bike Rack for 2" Hitches - Non-Folding Swagman Hitch Bike Racks S63381 .

I like your suggestion as the bikes tires are sitting on a platform and not just hanging.

bandorr2000 05-04-2016 02:01 PM

Welcome fellow New Jerseyan. Hope you have a blast with your new ride.

sepesce 05-04-2016 02:39 PM

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Originally Posted by bandorr2000 (Post 33679)
Welcome fellow New Jerseyan. Hope you have a blast with your new ride.

Thanks! I'm sure you will appreciate were planning to stay as far away from the RT 1 and 95 Corridor as possible!

saddlesore 05-04-2016 05:01 PM

Welcome aboard & many happy trails

saerdna 05-09-2016 12:02 AM

Hello Sepesce:

We're the ones who posted with the tandem hitch-mount rack. It's made by a company called ATOC (Atoc - Draftmaster - Topper Racks). They make a hitch-mount rack called Draftmaster that can take up to 4 bikes - in any combination of singles or tandems.

We've been traveling with long bikes - various tandems and triples - for a while, and these have been the best racks we've come across. We have no relationship with the company other than as a customer.

-Andy

DocMike 05-09-2016 12:32 AM

Sandy,

Welcome to the forum. Lots of ideas and suggestions are on this site. Have safe travels and please share your ideas, problems and solutions.


Doc

Jegdrum5050 05-09-2016 10:29 AM

Welcome from Florida!! Enjoy!

sepesce 05-09-2016 01:07 PM

Thanks for the Welcome Notes. What a friendly community! Our sales guy at Scott Motor Coach said he is expecting it to arrive any day now.

Andy thank you for the detail about the bike rack . Other than the previously posted picture, I had not come across that brand during my research. More to ponder . Regardless of the brand, are there any thoughts regarding bike racks on the back of a RV that would be helpful to know. We currently transport our bikes in the back of my husband's truck :bow:... a little padding between the bikes and off we go.

sepesce 05-19-2016 02:21 AM

It's Here!
 
We took delivery of our new 2017 24.1 Axis last Saturday. We have not been camping yet but am having a grand time checking everything out.

So far the only thing that is not working is the cigarette lighter (old fashion name) It does not have power. My husband thinks it's either a fuse or loose wire.

This forum and the manual put together by Ed and others has been enormously helpful. Thank you again for sharing.


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