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Old 11-13-2020, 10:51 PM   #1
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Question Any videos that take a close look at the new AWD rigs?

Hi everyone- in the local (St. Louis) absence of a rig to look at, does anyone know of an in-depth video on either the Compass or Gemini on the 2020 Transit AWD chassis? I'm trying to see what:

What is the tank dump valve area like?
Where are the black, grey, and freshwater tanks?
Where is the freshwater pump?
What is the house battery storage area like under the steps?
What provision is there for emergency slide movement?
Are there any fresh-water lines under or in the floor?
What does the underside of the rig look like?
What do the various curtains look like deployed?
Does the Rapid Camp feature display current going into the battery?
Is the battery charged through a simple combiner relay or something better?
What kind of probes are used for the lank levels?
Are there light switches in other places than the main panel? Are they multiplexed?
What is the back up if the Rapid Camp system fails to operate?
Can other systems be monitored by the Rapid Camp system?
How many vent fans are there? what are they like? Are they controlled by the RCS? Do they have hoods/covers?
The solar controller looks to be a 10 amp controller, is that true?
Can the Blind-spot system (BLIS) be activated?
Can I send the back-up camera to the big screen in the radio?
What 115VAC-12VDC converter is used? Can it handle Lithium?

Thanks!
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Old 11-13-2020, 11:57 PM   #2
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With that many questions: you should seriously consider a road trip, and find one to look at.
Happy hunting, and good luck!
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Old 11-14-2020, 02:58 AM   #3
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Questions, Questions...

You may be right. My local dealer says "anytime now" Whenever that is...
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Old 11-14-2020, 11:41 AM   #4
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You mean like this video:
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Jamie: You're the BESTEST!! .
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Old 11-14-2020, 02:37 PM   #6
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Jamie, thanks.
I had taken a look at that video and it's great for the new or first-time user to go over how to use the various features of the rig. I am looking for more in-depth info, the kinds of things that might matter if one intends to do more with the coach.
We're on our 5th travel trailer in 25 years and thinking of moving to a small motorhome for the next set of adventures.

(is your Bolt involved in the "voluntary recall"?)
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Old 11-19-2020, 04:54 PM   #7
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If anybody is wondering....

This is the kind of video I'd love to see on the Compass and Gemini:

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(is your Bolt involved in the "voluntary recall"?)
Not really voluntary as my dealer called yesterday: "Bring it in because of FIRE!!!"

Just got back from the dealer: they reflashed it so it only charges to 90%. Saw more Bolts there in a single place than I ever have (aside from seeing car carriers full of them).

(Yeah it no longer lives in the garage.)
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Not really voluntary as my dealer called yesterday: "Bring it in because of FIRE!!!"

Just got back from the dealer: they reflashed it so it only charges to 90%. Saw more Bolts there in a single place than I ever have (aside from seeing car carriers full of them).

(Yeah it no longer lives in the garage.)
I had to ask- I've had two Volts since 2012 and we are close to 100k on our 2014. I think the Bolt looks like a great car and I know GM will get down to root cause soon. Hang in there!
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Old 11-19-2020, 06:27 PM   #10
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I had to ask- I've had two Volts since 2012 and we are close to 100k on our 2014. I think the Bolt looks like a great car and I know GM will get down to root cause soon. Hang in there!
Well the newer Bolts (2020) aren't on the recall list if you're interested in one.

In addition: If everything works out I'll probably be turning my Bolt lease in early when the new EV arrives.
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Old Today, 03:57 AM   #11
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Smile Finally got to see an AWD 2021 Compass up close and personal!

I got a call from my local Thor dealer today and got the news that a 2021 AWD Compass had been delivered that morning. I made arrangements to see it and was able to spend 45 minutes looking it over and talking to the salesperson.

The rig I saw is a 23TE (Murphy bed) in the "Home Collection" interior.
In no particular order:
  • The rig feels spacious with the slide out and had a light, airy feel to it
  • The interior ceiling felt "far away" and not too low to me.
  • There are a lot of lights in the coach, so it should be well-lit at night.
  • All the cabinets had uniform gaps and reliable opening and closing.
  • The bathroom is nicely sized and the shower was spacious (I'm 6"1" and 270#)
  • The TV looks huge rising out of the cabinet next to the door!
  • The door into the coach has a strunt at the bottom that limited opening to ~90 deg. No extra piece to put in place, drop, forget at a campsite, Etc!
  • The couch was comfortable for the 20 minutes I sat on it.
  • The round cover for the sink is lightweight and easy to pick up and remove.
  • The microwave under the counter seemed very low to me.
  • The refrigerator was a decent size.
  • There is plenty of room at the foot of the bed when it's down.
  • The battery box under the steps still has room in it with the stock Group 31.
  • The addition of the physical buttons under the screen on the "Rapid Camp" means you can control lights and things without the touch screen.
  • The dump valves have their own lighted area, can be accessed easily and the compartment has a floor (important for winter camping).

In the short time I had, I did not get all my questions answered and I did not drive the rig. I may go down tomorrow to check it out a bit more.

I did not talk price with the salesperson, so I still wonder if anyone is able to actually buy one for ~$80k.
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