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Saint Augustine

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Posted: 03/24/17 06:06pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My wife and I are considering getting back into RVing with the Thor Compass. We are looking for pros and cons from users to help us decide. Would appreciate any comments. If this request is inappropriate I will remove it as soon as I know.
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We looked at the Compass before buying our signature rig. We liked a lot of things about it but for us it wouldn't work.

1 - Didn't want the Mercedes. We live in the hills (pacific northwest) and the small diesel V6 didn't do as well in the hills/winds as we expected. Didn't want to have to rely on it as primary transportation on the road, and it is weak for towing a toad.

2 - A servicing Mercedes dealer was a couple of hours away.

3 - Gas engine was cheaper and easier to maintain, not to mention more powerful.

4 - No cargo carrying capacity, and unless you get the twin bunks model there is nowhere to put anything. We average 160 days a year - the Compass/Synergy was too small.

Don't know what your budget is, but we paid $104K out the door for our rig with an 8 year warranty. Winnebago quality trumps Thor handily I'm sorry to say. Ours has every option except on-demand hot water (didn't want it) and roof solar panel (we'll have a portable).

Plus it has 2600 pounds of cargo carrying capacity, a huge trunk, and can tow a car.

Don't know what your intent for the Thor was - weekends, whatever.

We liked it but it wasn't for us.


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I dont own one so I can not give you the Pro's but I did look at them and the one thing that worried me was the low GVWR of just over 10k lbs on the Transit chassis. With a slide and being full of gas and half a tank of water and 2 people you might be very close to the weight limit. Even if the total is below the limit the rear axle will almost certainly be over. Dont let a salesman tell you it will be fine, take one for a test drive and stop at a truck stop and get a weight. Then you have a real world starting point for adding water, cargo, and fuel if its not full.


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samven1 wrote:

I dont own one so I can not give you the Pro's but I did look at them and the one thing that worried me was the low GVWR of just over 10k lbs on the Transit chassis. With a slide and being full of gas and half a tank of water and 2 people you might be very close to the weight limit. Even if the total is below the limit the rear axle will almost certainly be over. Dont let a salesman tell you it will be fine, take one for a test drive and stop at a truck stop and get a weight. Then you have a real world starting point for adding water, cargo, and fuel if its not full.


Like I said. No CCC. You, wife, pup, three t-shirts, box of Cheerios.

Done.

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Went to an open house at a large RV dealer just a couple of days ago. This {nationwide}, dealer carries the full line of Thor products. After looking at several of their small Class C's the kindest thing I can say is that they are definitely an "entry level" product.

If "entry level" is all your budget permits I would suggest looking for a higher quality used product instead of a new Thor.

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We bought the Gemini three weeks ago. We bought it for traveling, myself and my wife. Wont be towing a toad or camping for long periods. If I settle somewhere for a week I will rent a small car. We wanted something with a bathroom, sleeping area and galley large enough for a couple days provisions. I agree the Thor is entry class but at 63,000 I think it's a good buy. Besides that I am a diesel freak. With mileage reports anywhere from 15.5 to 20 it's a clear choice for me. They are not for everyone but I think it will fit our needs.


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The Gemini and the Compass appear to be about the same machine. What is the difference? You purchased for $63,000. My dealer is asking $75,000. Comments please?
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Saint Augustine wrote:

The Gemini and the Compass appear to be about the same machine. What is the difference? You purchased for $63,000. My dealer is asking $75,000. Comments please?
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https://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/28648762.cfm

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Posted: 03/25/17 09:24am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Did you consider the Winnebago Fuse?

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Will check out the Fuse. Thanks.

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