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Workhorse Opinions

OK, once again we have found a promising used Class A, a 2009 Damon Challenger 371. It has about 10,000 miles. The motor/transmission is 8.1 with Allison. My current tow vehicle is a Ford Excursion with the 310 HP V10, and 4R100 transmission. Short of the transmission blowing a front seal, the power train has been flawless for 123,000 miles. I am wary of the 8.1, just because the V10 has been flawless. If you own a Workhorse with the 8.1, please let me know your thoughts. Thanks.
vjstangelo 10/30/14 06:33pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Sunseeker or FR3

I thought I'd provide an update. We looked at the Sunseeker and FR3's extensively at Hershey. The 3101DS and 30DS are almost the same floorplan and these are the ones we are leaning towards. We decided not to order at that time but rather wait until the end of 2014. I hope to have the new motorhome in the stable in time for our spring break trip to the Keys/Fort Wilderness. We recently purchased a CRV to replace my wife's van and hope to use as our toad. BTW, we have been checking out used RV's, but no luck thus far. We really liked a 2009 Damon Challenger 371 with only 3000 miles, but the asking price was $69K. Even if they come down to say $65K, that is about 8o% of the price of a new Sunseeker/FR3. I am inclined to just get the new unit with full warranties, factory fresh, then one that has been sitting out for 6 years in the elements. Anyway, December is hopefully decision time. I'll update as we get closer. P.S. Anyone new input is welcome.
vjstangelo 10/28/14 09:17am Class C Motorhomes
RE: The Workhorse Isn't

Also visit rhe irv2.com Workhorse Chassis forum.
vjstangelo 10/16/14 10:29am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Issues with my 2001 F-250 7.3L transmission continue...

This may be off topic, but what version of the 4R100 did Ford put in the F53 motorhomes? Is it the same as what went in the SD Pickups? By the way, the 4R100 in my Excursion (V10) blew a front seal in Montreal while on vacation. At Canadian labor rates, the bill was just over $2000 for a $75 seal!! The bill was all labor, and it is a 4X4.
vjstangelo 10/16/14 06:16am Tow Vehicles
RE: Montana LLC

Thanks to those who sent me the recommendation for Bennett. Much appreciated.
vjstangelo 10/14/14 03:18pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Montana LLC

Thanks for the recommendation, I will give them a call.
vjstangelo 10/13/14 04:56pm Class A Motorhomes
Montana LLC

Can someone who has set up a Montana LLC recommend a law firm that they would recommend? Thanks.
vjstangelo 10/13/14 02:40pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Question on length

Oops, my apologies. Didn't mean to hijack the thread. Thanks for the 35u responses.
vjstangelo 10/13/14 06:28am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Question on length

427435: What are your thoughts on the 35u? I recently looked at a 2004 Winnebago 35u (2003 F53 chassis). I really thought the unit was thoughtfully laid out, and construction solid. Concerns were: never had a central lower AC unit, the power was only 30A, and wondered about the power train since it had the 4R100 trans. Would appreciate your thoughts.
vjstangelo 10/12/14 01:51pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: A vs C HELP

We also are looking to make the plunge into our 1st motorhome after having TT'ed for years. Went to Hershey and looked at numerous motorhomes. Below are our conclusions. Class C is easier to get into given the 2 front doors, is on the cutaway van chassis so maintenance is as simple as maintaining a E450/4500 van, some models of 31' are almost as large as a similar 31' A. Cost of new will be $10-20K less than an entry level A. Take a look at the Sunseeker 3010DS for example. It has fiberglass roof, composite sides, and airbags items normally associated with higher end A's. Class A is bigger, period, than a similar C. If money is no object, then you can get a real monster 40', diesel. The only real comparison would be something like a Super C Seneca. An entry level 30 foot (ACE, Precept,FR3) or so would be as stated above $10-20K more than a C. Since it is likely an A will be on either an F53 or Freightliner chassis, it will take some looking for folks willing to perform maintenance. Finally, if a King bed is important, A is really the only choice. Whew. Not easy when you are talking an investment of $70K+!! So many choices! Unless we hit the lottery, our selection will likely be a 3010DS like described above. Check out RV Direct for prices of various models. They seem to offer 30% off MSRP no questions asked.
vjstangelo 10/11/14 03:04pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: My turn for Delamination

There are plenty of articles on how to fix delamination. Likely culprits are windows and the roof penetrations. Eternabond tape and Dicor caulk will do wonders, also get a cover for when stored at home. My K-Z leaked at the rear corner due to a poorly installed roof at the factory. Since the unit was 5 years old, I knew K-Z would not fix, so I rolled up my sleeves, and did the fix myself.
vjstangelo 09/24/14 05:30pm Travel Trailers
RE: Class C vs Class A

generally speaking, a Class C either leaks in the overhead, has leaked in the overhead, or will leak in the overhead. bumpy I noticed at the Hershey show, most C manufacturer's have learned their lesson. The overhead cabs are now fiberglass, partially or entirely. It looks like the Jayco's cabover on the C's are entirely fiberglass. Is that true?
vjstangelo 09/18/14 06:17am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Thinking of buying a Non-bunkhouse TT for Family of 4

We have an older BH model with a rear slide. The unit is 25' long. When looking at Hershey, we saw most BH models were 34' and longer! That's a long beast. As empty nesters, we mainly use the BH portion for storage, and it comes in quite handy for that. I may be swerving off topic, so I'll get back on track. With 2 kids, the 4 bunk model was very handy as many a time that baby was packed with our 2 and friends. Expect that when they are young, friends will come along and they will need a place to sleep.
vjstangelo 09/18/14 06:12am Travel Trailers
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
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