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Hi All,

My name is George and my wife (Pauline), Yorkie (Dewey) and I just bought a new RV and it’s our first motor home. It has been quite a while since camping with our kids well over 20 years ago in a TT. We take delivery within the next couple of weeks and are very excited to get in the groove of RVing again. We are picking it up in the Orlando area and driving back to RI. I was wondering if anyone can make a recommendation for a RV GPS app that is as good as the Garmin RV 890, GPS Navigator for RVs? By the generosity of my sister in-law we took a two week run up to Arcadia in her 2009 Fleetwood Pulse and we used this unit to navigate the trip. Really handy!
I’m looking forward to making our new Thor Motor Coach ACE 27.2 travel worthy! If anyone has any suggestions for “MUST HAVES” besides dishes and pans, please feel free to send a note!

Also, I know that when we go to take delivery they are going to hit us up for all kinds of warranty's like- Extended Warranty, Eco-Pro Protection, Road Hazard & Tire Protection. Any advise here would be greatly appreciated. I believe dealers use these warranty’s as a way to pad the sale, maybe i’m wrong…

Thanks in advance!

G, P & The Dewster

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George,

For a new Thor, you should have a good tool kit and look up FMCA, they can be a lot of help. They can help all around.

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No extended service plan / extended warranty is going to be sold that on average pays out more than the buyer pays in; that, after all, would simply put the company selling it into bankruptcy eventually. I'd forego them as a general rule--and doubly so if you would have to get the RV from Rhode Island back to Florida for any service to make use of them.

As far as things to get for outfitting, you probably don't need to go overboard initially. Bedding, basic consumables (TP, paper towels, soap, etc.), a water and sewer hose and sewer elbow, cleaning supplies and tools, trash can and trash bags, lighter for the stove/oven...those sorts of essentials. If you forget something, it is of course entirely possible to purchase it along the way.

For tools, I would get a halfway decent #2 square screwdriver, an adjustable wrench, and a pair of pliers, and go from there. Having all the stuff needed to put on the spare tire--if you have a spare--is also a good idea: a suitable jack, wheel chocks, and a wrench of some sort with sufficient leverage to manipulate the lug nuts. Warning triangles and/or flares are also a very good idea.

I do find I make very good use of a windshield cleaning squeegee.





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DrewE wrote:

No extended service plan / extended warranty is going to be sold that on average pays out more than the buyer pays in; that, after all, would simply put the company selling it into bankruptcy eventually.


Yep.

They don't sell them out of the goodness of their heart.

They sell them to make money - And they can only make money if they take in more in policy sales than they pay out in warranty claims.

Typically, there is a huge profit margin on selling them - Which is why dealers push them so hard.

It's no different than gambling in Vegas: Occasionally, someone beats the odds. Most people don't, because the odds are stacked heavily in the house's favor.

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Congrats on your new rig. I had a 2017 ACE 29.3 and while I had it really enjoyed the unit.

I would make sure you have some type of road side assistance program. Be it Good Sam, FMCA to name a couple. Stay away from the dealer add on's it will cost way more than they are worth.

I would however pressure the dealer for free things like sewer hose, water hose and maybe an extra electric cable.

Do a very good in depth PDI walk through. Get to understand how everything operates. Pay attention to how to winterize the unit where the water heater bypass values are. One of my values was behind a partition. Get to know the importance of slide operation.

The most important part is take it use it and enjoy it

Good Luck safe travels


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Welcome from RI.
I would second the FMCA coverage at least for tire support. Not familiar with your motor home but some. Don’t come with a spare and then sometimes they are just too heavy for the average person to handle. There are other benefits to FMCA.


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Howdy from Swansea.


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Howdy and welcome back to the RV world. I'm always excited for others that get into this way of life. Congrats and let us know how it goes.


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welcome back east tn said that as far a a GPS mine is called a trucker maps


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Welcome one of my favorite places to camp in RI is the Charlestown breach way. What year and how many miles on your MH? knowing this will help with recommendations of things to check.

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