Elkhart, Indiana-based Thor Motor Coach recently introduced the newest RUVs (Recreational Utility Vehicles) with the unveiling of the Gemini and Compass brands of motorhomes.
These new additions provide even more horsepower to the RUV segment, which currently includes the Axis and Vegas brands.
RUVs are a new line of motorhomes, which take the size of today’s larger SUVs and add the additional benefits of a motorhome.
The Gemini and Compass models are compact and easy to drive, providing maneuverability and greater fuel efficiency.
“We were so excited to finally show the world what has been in the works for the past year at Thor Motor Coach. The opportunity to build on the Ford Transit has allowed us to increase the overall offerings in the RUV segment,” said Jon Krider, director of marketing, in a company news release.
“We think these cool, trendy, and hip new models are exactly what many younger RV buyers have been wanting and we’re sure more people will be excited to get into the RV lifestyle. At Thor Motor Coach we build motorhomes that are made to fit, and Gemini and Compass are aimed to fit a whole new set of adventurers!”
The new RUVs are built on the Ford Transit cutaway chassis. Thor Motor Coach is the first American motorhome manufacturer to utilize this chassis found under many models built for the European market.
The Ford Power Stroke inline-5 cylinder diesel engine has 185-horsepower and 350 pounds-foot of torque, which provides power to traverse inclines. The 6-speed transmission is smooth shifting and comes standard with a manual mode as well as a tow/haul mode.
The skylight above the cab is aerodynamically designed just like that of an automobile’s windshield and bonded in the front cap, which eliminates the need for excessive exposed fasteners.
The standard exterior is Thor Motor Coach’s HD-MAX. The chassis layout and overall engineering on the new RUV models have allowed for multiple exterior basement storage areas, including a partially pass-through bay in the very rear of the coach.
The conceptual interior designs were achieved with outside studio partners like Astheimer LTD from England, who developed the look and feel using their expertise in designing luxury yachts, RVs, and automobiles.
Key features of the new Gemini and Compass RUVs include:
- Chassis: Ford Transit Diesel
- Slideouts: Single
- Length: 23 feet 6 inches
- Keyless Entry System
- AM/FM Dash Radio with CD Player
- Deluxe Heated/Remote Exterior Side Mirrors
- Rear View Mirror w/Back-Up Monitor
- Leatherette Jack-Knife Sofa
- European 2-burner gas cooktop and convection microwave oven
- Bluetooth Coach Radio System w/DVD Player
Thor Motor Coach
Thor Motor Coach was formed when Damon Motor Coach and Four Winds International strategically merged in late 2010. For over 23 years Damon and Four Winds have been building many of the most recognized brands of motorhomes. Thor Motor Coach manufactures Class A Front Engine Diesel motorhomes (Serrano and Avanti), Class A Diesel Pusher motorhomes (Astoria, Tuscany, and Palazzo), Class A Gas motorhomes (A.C.E., Hurricane, Daybreak, Windsport, Challenger, and Outlaw), Class C motorhomes (Four Winds, Chateau, Siesta, Siesta Sprinter, Citation, and Citation Sprinter), and RUVs (Axis, Vegas, Gemini, and Compass).
Thor Motor Coach is a subsidiary of Thor Industries, Inc., Jackson Center, Ohio, the world’s largest manufacturer of recreational vehicles.
Address: 701 County Road 15, PO Box 1486, Elkhart, Indiana 46516
Phone: (800) 860-5658
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