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Old 06-06-2010, 08:04 AM   #1
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ACE Hardware for TT needs

I saw the other thread on Walmart & saw a couple of mentions of ACE when I used the search tool ..... but I've recently become a big fan of ACE Hardware after spending years roaming the aisles of Camping World, Walmart, Lowe's and Home Depot looking for hardware/parts.

I'm lucky enough to have a Camping World within a 30-min drive, and lots of WW/HD/Lowe's in the area .... but I was in a ACE hardware out of desperation recently (trying to get spare RV lock keys made in a hurry) and stumbled on the biggest selection of RV stuff I've seen anywhere else in the area.

It may be a regional thing with all the mobile/manufactured homes we have in FL, but ACE had two complete aisles of RV stuff and the hardware section carried almost every immaginable piece of repacement hardware for my TT (in both galv and stainless).

ACE doesn't have the range of "creature comforts" and "gadgety-gizmos" that Camping World has, and they are about 8% higher than Walmart on comparable items .... but the selection on hardware/parts more than makes up for it.

On top of that, the sales staff in ACE seemed extremely knowledgeable in regard to the items .... and they cut TT keys off standard blanks for under $2.00/pair (had trouble getting anyone else but Camping World to do the copies of TT keys).

I love wandering the aisles of Camping World as much as the next chap .... but I've always found the selection of TT repair/replacement items a little lackng & thought I'd share my ACE Hardware find.

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Old 06-06-2010, 09:29 AM   #2
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Thanks for the heads-up on ACE hardware.

I'm lucky enough to have a Do-It Best hardware store, within 500' of my house, with a Mobile Home and RV sully aisle. Of course, the close proximity helps with those weekend home projects and improvements. I even installed a basket, on one of our bikes for those small item, to make tips there and back.

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Old 06-06-2010, 09:49 AM   #3
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Like many things, I think it depends on the local store. I've seen WMs with horrible RV sections and WMs with great sections. Our local Ace has nothing RV related. Go figure. : - )
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I will have to go and look around at Ace. I don't know if the one near me has much RV stuff but I do know that last fall they had the pink, non-toxic anti-freeze for $3.99/gal with a $1.00/bottle rebate.
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Old 06-06-2010, 11:14 AM   #5
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I am a huge fan of the ACE Hardware Chain. It was in a ACE Hardware store in Naperville, IL where we located & bought the Black & Decker under the counter coffee maker that we just installed in our 1809S Mini Lite. Have a short trip planned for the coming weekend so will get to see just how good of coffee it does make.
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Old 06-06-2010, 01:11 PM   #6
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They aren't all the same just like the Walmarts. Our ACE has an RV section that is about 3' wide and that's it. Mostly just generic stuff. Our CW is about 45 minutes away so after you factor in the taxs and gas money to get there I can get anything online delivered to my door for much cheaper and with a lot less hassle.
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Support your local hardware store!!!! I love Ace for out of the way nuts and bolts. Mine however does not have a large rv part. I think next time I go in I will talk to the mgr about inlarging that dept.
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Old 08-23-2010, 07:05 AM   #8
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To Acara,
I live in Lutz, FL and was just wondring which Ace Hardware you went to. I would like to visit them if you don't mind sharing this info.
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Old 08-23-2010, 10:40 AM   #9
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BB Ace Hardware
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(SR 54 and I 75)
Phone: 813.973.2000
Fax: 813.973.8088
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Thanks. I'll have to take a ride up there soon.

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