Elkhart, Ind., MAr. 28, 2016 – The excitement continues at Thor Motor Coach regarding their Gemini® and Compass® RUVs (Recreational Utility Vehicles). These new RUVs have been hugely successful with a surge of sales at RV shows in 2016. As the first Ford® Transit equipped motorhome in North America, the diesel chassis provides great advantages, from the fuel efficiency to the motorhome features and driving experience.
“We chose the diesel platform over gas based on the restrictions from Ford on overall frontal area, which affects ratings for EPA and California CARB emission compliance on a motorhome. The diesel allows us to build a motorhome with greater towing capacity and interior livability, which the gas version does not offer motorhome manufacturers. We think being more green makes sense for our owners,” commented Gary Stanton, Thor Motor Coach’s Class C product manager.
Diesel motorhomes are estimated to get approximately 10-percent better fuel-efficiency than a similarly equipped gas motorhome. This can make a big difference when you’re on extended road trips by limiting time spent at the pump. Diesel engines are powerful, especially at lower speeds. The Transit’s 3.2-liter engine packs 350 pound-foot of torque compared to the gas engine which only provides 260 pound-foot. This 35-percent torque increase, at a lower RPM, makes mountains and elevated terrain easy to conquer while saving fuel.
The Transit cutaway chassis is an excellent choice for a number of reasons. While motorhome buyers appreciate space, they also desire compact and easily maneuverable vehicles. The Transit is known for its car-like drive as it provides predictable handling and a comfortable ride. Its efficiency and affordability are other advantages that make it an excellent foundation for a value-for-money recreational vehicle.
For more information on the Gemini and Compass models, visit thormotorcoach.com.
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