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RE: Used Class A Low Mileage

Ford updated the chassis with the 2006 model year but a 2006 coach you could have a 2005 chassis under it. The noticeable change will be the 'Tow/Haul' selector on the end of the gear shift and the corresponding dash indicator. The older transmission was 'OD On/Off'. Exactly. It is a chasis model year 2005 per the mfg label. The transmission has the tow haul which means to me it is equipped with the torkshift transmission. Does that mean that it has the higher hp V10? My 2005 Excursion has the venerable 4R100 with the OD light on the stalk. The V10 in the Ex is the 310 hp version.
vjstangelo 09/16/14 10:39am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Used Class A Low Mileage

Good advice from all. I've noticed internet photos seem to make any unit look better than in person, and the same holds true here. Can I assume that any Class A with the V10/torkshift transmission combination has the 360+ hp V10 and not the 310hp? How could I verify this?
vjstangelo 09/16/14 08:58am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Used Class A Low Mileage

It is a Damon Daybreak 3272, Model Year 2006, genny has <100 hrs, 4000 miles on drivetrain.
vjstangelo 09/16/14 06:01am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Used Class A Low Mileage

We will go check it out this weekend. The biggest concern in my book is roof soft spots and delamination. Any or either and we will move on. It is not in a back yard but in a parking lot so I know, unless it was towed there(!) it has moved and engine transmission exercised. I just keep wondering why would one buy a 100K+ rv only to let it sit? Maybe it was just sudden illness and the owner was hoping one day it could be used so it sat in the yard...
vjstangelo 09/15/14 06:11pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Used Class A Low Mileage

Once repaired, it should be, in my mind, an almost new RV drivetrain for the price of an 8 year old unit (30% or so off of original MSRP). I bought my diesel pusher when it was 7 year old, 30,000 miles in like new mint condition for 65% off the original MSRP. It had been kept in a climate controlled garage all of it life when not being used. All it needed was tires. I would think you should get it a lot cheaper that 30% off of original MSRP. Should be a good unit. Buy it, make it yours and have fun. Sorry, I meant at 30% of original MSRP.
vjstangelo 09/15/14 01:23pm Class A Motorhomes
Used Class A Low Mileage

Went to the Hershey show for the second time, really nice units, but we are really adverse to paying $80K for a new Class A. DW and I are going to check out an 8 year old Damon Daybreak that has - wait for it - 4000 miles on the clock! What in the world? I have already looked at the unit and it looks like it has been used on the inside,no mold/musty smell, no delamination, and the outside has 8 years of sun wear. I suppose the unit was either sitting in a back yard, or in FL somewhere at a snowbird RV Park. It has a 2005 chassis, V10, Torkshift tranny. I'm figuring that any rubber (hoses, belts) would need to be changed, all fluids purged, and maybe the brake calipers replaced, tires, essentially up to $5000 in repairs to get back up to snuff. Anyone else purchase an RV in a similar situation? What did you do to get it ready for the road? Any regrets? Once repaired, it should be, in my mind, an almost new RV drivetrain for the price of an 8 year old unit (30% or so off of original MSRP).
vjstangelo 09/15/14 12:21pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Blown Engine, 8.1l

Some that own Class C RV's argue that's previsely why they own a C, anyone who can work on an "E" series van (for Fords) can fix a Class C.
vjstangelo 09/15/14 12:08pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Now why cant Winnebago make a motorhome like this - in a 25'

FWIW, we looked at the Winnie Vista 27N at Hershey and I have almost nothing but praise for the unit. Winnie has innovatively packed a bunch into a small space. The asking price for the unit on display was $93K well equipped. You will need to get over not having a separate diner and sofa, though.
vjstangelo 09/13/14 08:41am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Is it Schwintek or the MH?

Hmmm, I've seen older Damon (say 2006 models) that use some sort of steel cable system. At Hershey yesterday none that I saw were using that system. Any thoughts on what that cable system was?
vjstangelo 09/13/14 08:05am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Thor ACE ahead of the competition

Spent the day at Hershey checking out Class A's and C's. Conclusion is that for the money Winnebago makes the best A and Sun seeker the best C. Compared the ACE, FR3, and Precept. All are great looking vehicles, and I think any would be an excellent choice for the price point. Winnie Vista was $20,000 over the prices of the others so I don't think it is an apples to apples comparison. What it will come down to is floor plan and we still haven't nailed that down yet. I will say that, having a water damaged TT, I am really drawn to the Sun seeker C's Fiberglass roof and adzel walls.
vjstangelo 09/12/14 08:08pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Thor ACE ahead of the competition

That's the beauty of Hershey. They all will be on display! That is if 2014 is a repeat of 2013. The wife and I walked through them all (I think, there were so many), but we didn't see the Daybreak. I think it was replaced by the Challenger. Challenger was no doubt a fine coach, but the floorplans weren't our favorite. We are wide open at this time on what we choose, if anything. With one just out of college and one still there, we may have to wait a few more months. FWIW, last year we were sold on the Winnie Adventurer, but at MSRP's of $150,000+, that's just too much even with the knock off from MSRP. If we were to bite on something like that, the note, taxes, and insurance would be formidable, we wouldn't have money for gas.:) Soooo, here we are back to getting a new unit at the price point of the ACE/FR3, or finding a good used model (which is easier said than done). Just 1 more thought. Having 1 RV rot before my eyes due to water intrusion, the Sunseeker C is appealing since they use Fiberglass roof and composite walls. Do any of the sub $100K Class A's use a similar construction?
vjstangelo 09/08/14 08:20pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Thor ACE ahead of the competition

I don't see innovations being an out side kitchen, full wall slides, or 1000 watt inverters. These features and more have been around for many years. What is the CCC on this setup? Not bashing just saying don't let the bling distract you from the basics. X2 My 1998 came standard with a 2500 watt inverter. I meant innovative on a $70,000 ish Class A and still keep the price point.
vjstangelo 09/08/14 05:29pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Thor ACE ahead of the competition

I want to thank those who provided constructive comments. I take it no one has seen the 29.3 yet so I will surely take a gander as I walk through the Hershey displays. I may be opening up a can of worms but I do like the Fleetwood Storm floorplans also (Duck! here come the Fleetwood bashers!). We will look at the Fleetwoods, Thors, Forest Rivers, Winnies, any any others that get me to a price point we feel comfortable with.
vjstangelo 09/08/14 02:56pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Will I be sorry, FR3 by Forrest River 30 DS

Go look at www.forestriverforums.com Plenty written about the FR3 there, lovers and haters both!!
vjstangelo 09/07/14 06:04pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Thor ACE ahead of the competition

I'll try again to not have this denigrate into a Thor bashing thread, there are already enough of them on the web. There are also Keystone, K-Z, Winnebago, Lance, Jayco, Forest River, bashing threads on the web. I expect that any RV I purchase will have warranty issues with fit and finish. True I don't own an ACE, nor do I own a motor home. We currently own a K-Z double bunk TT that has served us well, but as empty nesters, we are ready to take the plunge to a new RV. My reason for starting this thread was to garner a conversation with others that own an ACE, or any of the "clones" such as the FR3 that would want to chime in, on the innovations we see on these motor homes. We are heading to Hershey next week, and went last year, and had a blast looking at the motor homes. We will do the same this year and want to spend time looking at the ACE, Sun seeker (class C), Winnie Vista, FR3, and any others that strike our fancy. Being one who likes to sit outside, I would really like to get an outside kitchen, but these don't seem too popular in motor homes. I was blown away when I saw the ACE 29.3 with an outside kitchen and I thought that innovative. Hence my quote on Thor being innovative with the ACE. I'll put it to the readers: any of the motor homes in the price range of the ACE have an outside kitchen?
vjstangelo 09/07/14 05:56pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Thor ACE ahead of the competition

Well, I've looked at irv2 and there are complaints for sure, but also complements and people satisfied with their ACE. One thing comforting is that most complaints are merely fit and finish associated with the cab, easily fixed. No delamination due to water damage or major structural issues. Also no complaints about the F53 chassis.
vjstangelo 09/07/14 12:25pm Class A Motorhomes
Thor ACE ahead of the competition

I just saw the new ACE 29.3 online. It seems like the ACE is staying ahead of the pack with innovations in this class of RV. What I really like is the outside kitchen with the full wall slide. Other plus is the 1000 W inverter. I am hoping that one will be on display at Hershey next week. Anyone else see one yet? Please don't hijack the thread Thor bashers.
vjstangelo 09/05/14 06:28pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: buying at RV shows

It sounds like none of the people that responded had actually been to the Hershey show. We went last year and it appeared that CW had the exclusive rights to write sales at the show. That tells me that warranty work would be honored at any CW. We are heading back again this year, best place to see any RV on the market. I will say, when compared to online wholesalers like RV Direct, prices at the show were comparable. Have fun, we will!
vjstangelo 09/03/14 07:01pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Another Yellowstone Death

Having been to Yellowstone a number of times, it is 'wild' yet 'wonderful'. It is not Fort Wilderness. Once you get out of the vehicle in the back country, you are really on your own. This becomes evident when one enters the park: no cell phone signal. There is really no place else quite like it in the US.
vjstangelo 08/18/14 04:34pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: 2002 Itasca Sunrise

I was not aware that it was the P32 chassis. How would one know? It isn't shown clearly in the brochure you linked? I am a little disappointed that it is not equipped with the Allison, but the price seems right ($26,000, 40K miles) from a private owner. I was willing to settle on it not being the Allison since it did have the desirable 8.1. I am trying to do my homework before we venture over to see the unit. It is about 2hrs from where I live.
vjstangelo 07/19/14 01:23pm Class A Motorhomes
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