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Old 02-06-2021, 03:11 AM   #1
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Smile Enough with the talking...We got a 2020 Gemini!

So, some of you may have realized we were interested in the Thor Gemini 23TW. I mean, I was asking for some pretty arcane details!

Last week, we put a stop to the endless discussions and decided to purchase a used 2020 23TW from the local Thor dealer. We've been stalking this dealer for nearly two years, talking to the same salesperson, getting to know the company and people. We liked what we saw and when they called me to say they had just taken in a 2020 and it was now on the sales lot, I went down to check it out. A few days later my wife came with me and we agreed, this was the one. We actually drove both a 2021 on the AWD gas Transit chassis and the 2020 on the diesel Transit chassis and agreed we liked the diesel better. So, that was the one we bought.

The overall process was pretty smooth. I made a list of the defects I found in a general look-around, we added that to the contract, arrived at a price, a value for our trade (a 2016 Rockwood 8329SS), and arranged for financing. I picked the rig up on Tuesday of this week.

Seeing our TT get parked and left behind was bittersweet. We liked that trailer a lot but had made the decision to move on. So far, we're glad we did.

I spent the night Wednesday at a local Public RV park, putting away the things from the TT that made sense in the new and much smaller rig, seeing what fit and what didn't. It's astonishing all the stuff I took out of the trailer! My wife brought over take-out Chinese food and our dog, who quickly claimed the space under the dinette table while we ate and planned.

After they left, I continued to putter around, storing things inside (it was WAY too cold and wet outside) and finding a few additional things that needed looking after. I was fairly exhausted by the time Midnight rolled around and quickly fell asleep.

It's funny. I wrote a PDI checklist in 2001 because I wanted one when we bought our 2nd TT and did not find an example that made enough sense to me. Since then, I've used it in purchasing five other rigs and seen it spread across the Interwebs on several forums and such. I get email every year from people thanking me for the checklist and with all that history and using the latest version of my own checklist, I STILL found things I missed the first (and 2nd) time around! Bottom line, I am revising the PDI checklist to account for what I learned this time with another new rig and will make sure the newly-revised version gets out in the world.

Finally, there are more questions to come as I explore the nooks and crannies and design choices of the new rig!

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Old 02-06-2021, 04:19 AM   #2
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Congratulations on the new rig any pictures?
Where in Mo are you from?
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Old 02-06-2021, 05:28 AM   #3
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Old 02-06-2021, 12:05 PM   #4
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Seeing our TT get parked and left behind was bittersweet. We liked that trailer a lot but had made the decision to move on. So far, we're glad we did.
Congratulations.

When we picked up our motorhome we traded in both a 5th wheel and the F-350 we pulled it around with. While we did the walkthrough on the motorhome in a bay at the dealership they pulled our F-350 into the next one over and proceeded to detail it. At about 1/2 way through our walkthrough they had the F-350 so cleaned up and shiny I was almost ready to re-nig on the deal and take it back...
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Old 02-06-2021, 12:32 PM   #5
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Glad to see that you "took the leap"!
Now the fun begins.
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Old 02-06-2021, 01:02 PM   #6
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Welcome and if you have not already done so go to the Thor website, enter you VIN and there you can get all of the manuals particular to your model that can be downloaded and
saved to a flash drive or print them. Do not be afraid to ask any questions or advice on the Gemini.
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Old 02-06-2021, 01:41 PM   #7
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Welcome and congrats on the purchase.


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Old 02-06-2021, 04:10 PM   #8
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Congratulations on the new coach
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Old 02-06-2021, 06:08 PM   #9
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Old 02-07-2021, 02:35 AM   #10
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Thanks for the good wishes!

Now all I have to do is learn how to post pictures and there will be some!
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Old 02-07-2021, 02:37 AM   #11
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Click on the paperclip above the text box. It'll sort of talk you through it...
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Old 02-07-2021, 05:57 PM   #12
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This may be an example of the obligatory "happy couple with the new rig in front of dealership" picture.

If it works, that's us with the new Gemini!
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Old 02-07-2021, 06:09 PM   #13
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First night in the rig, 35 degrees and starting to rain overnight. Sunset across the lowlands near the Missouri River and getting ready to leave in the morning.
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Old 02-07-2021, 06:55 PM   #14
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Congrats on the new rig safe travels & many happy miles
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Old 02-07-2021, 07:10 PM   #15
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Old 02-07-2021, 07:34 PM   #16
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Nice picture. First hug and kiss in the rig will be beautiful
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Old 02-08-2021, 08:41 AM   #17
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Old 02-08-2021, 01:28 PM   #18
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Welcome and congrats on the new motor home. Time to start enjoying the new life style on the road.


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Old 02-10-2021, 11:26 PM   #19
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We have the 24 fs four winds and love it. Congratulations and happy camping!
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Old 02-11-2021, 08:59 PM   #20
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Congratulations, we have the 2020 Gemini SX and love it!


snQUOTEE=Bluetreak;276007]So, some of you may have realized we were interested in the Thor Gemini 23TW. I mean, I was asking for some pretty arcane details!

Last week, we put a stop to the endless discussions and decided to purchase a used 2020 23TW from the local Thor dealer. We've been stalking this dealer for nearly two years, talking to the same salesperson, getting to know the company and people. We liked what we saw and when they called me to say they had just taken in a 2020 and it was now on the sales lot, I went down to check it out. A few days later my wife came with me and we agreed, this was the one. We actually drove both a 2021 on the AWD gas Transit chassis and the 2020 on the diesel Transit chassis and agreed we liked the diesel better. So, that was the one we bought.

The overall process was pretty smooth. I made a list of the defects I found in a general look-around, we added that to the contract, arrived at a price, a value for our trade (a 2016 Rockwood 8329SS), and arranged for financing. I picked the rig up on Tuesday of this week.

Seeing our TT get parked and left behind was bittersweet. We liked that trailer a lot but had made the decision to move on. So far, we're glad we did.

I spent the night Wednesday at a local Public RV park, putting away the things from the TT that made sense in the new and much smaller rig, seeing what fit and what didn't. It's astonishing all the stuff I took out of the trailer! My wife brought over take-out Chinese food and our dog, who quickly claimed the space under the dinette table while we ate and planned.

After they left, I continued to putter around, storing things inside (it was WAY too cold and wet outside) and finding a few additional things that needed looking after. I was fairly exhausted by the time Midnight rolled around and quickly fell asleep.

It's funny. I wrote a PDI checklist in 2001 because I wanted one when we bought our 2nd TT and did not find an example that made enough sense to me. Since then, I've used it in purchasing five other rigs and seen it spread across the Interwebs on several forums and such. I get email every year from people thanking me for the checklist and with all that history and using the latest version of my own checklist, I STILL found things I missed the first (and 2nd) time around! Bottom line, I am revising the PDI checklist to account for what I learned this time with another new rig and will make sure the newly-revised version gets out in the world.

Finally, there are more questions to come as I explore the nooks and crannies and design choices of the new rig![/QUOTE]
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