We've got a 2000 34 foot Damon Intruder, V-10, 34,500 miles. Bought it 4 years ago used. It had a few problems we found after getting her home, but they where all fixed in a few weeks. Most of the problems where from the previse owners lack of maintenance, which wasn't much. Found a roof leak that was caused by someone who try to seal the space between the rubber roof and the metal cap on the rear cap with silicon sealant, which is a big "NO-NO". Since we've owned this rig, we've looked at some other units, but really haven't seen any newer we'd trade for. i'd go for the Damon.
My parents had a Fiesta which they hated from Day 1. I think it only had one major problem at low mileage - a major brake failure that sat them in Dodge City for three days while the part was sent. It was repaired. This was their only truck problem, although significant, it could have been a fluke. It made yearly cross country trips - PA to the SW or NW, as well as a bunch of trips south - for about 7-8 years without another problem.
The main thing they didn't like was the house quality - something was always breaking off, coming apart, etc. They were used to several Winnebagos and the Fiesta just lacked the interior quality and little niceties they had come to expect. I suspect that if they hadn't had the "this is not a Winnebago" mindset it would have been fine.
Go with the Damon, I bought a 2000 Damon Intruder new in 2001. In the eleven years, other than routine maintenance and usual replacement of brakes, tires, shocks,etc. it was a pleasure to own. Roof never leaked. I sold it this last April for $28,000, and the new owners love it.
With info given, I would go with the Fiesta as it is newer and everything in it is newer also. It doesn't hurt that the tires are new also, I changed out 2 y.o. tires on first MH because I had no idea how they had been treated, it proved to be a wise thing to do. Have to wonder why the Damon needed new brakes with only 12K
Forgot to add: I agree about the financing end, if you are financing.
Good luck with your choice.
David Just rolling along enjoying life w/F53 Southwind towing a 87 Samurai or 01 Grand Vitara looking to golf or fish Simply Despicable Any errors are a result of CRS.
I drive a 2005 Intruder, 377W Chevy 8.1, Allison Only issues since the warranty expiered are a bad dump valve on the jacks (Will fix in 2 weeks) and a leaking rear axle seal, that should run me less than the dump valve (Or about 100 bucks) and is set up for the 25th.. The dump valve is about 160-170 plus labor, I will do the labor on that, I've never done an axle.
Nothin adds excitment like something that is none of your business
Kenwood TS-2000 housed in a 2005 Damon Intruder 377
trode, question...nada don't list a 35ft fiesta? I bought a 2005 new and for the money i am happy with it. 27k with no problems, just do the maintinence,mine say's it's a 33ft, one slide,5kgen,back up cam. Paul.....
I have a 07 Fiesta with about 12K miles. The only problems I have had was with some trim coming loose (inside) no big deal. I really like the layout (bunk beds) and the size 34 ft. I added the steer safe at the Louisville rally and made the "cheap steering fix" myself. If I stay under 65 mph I can get around 7-7.5 MPG.
We have a 05 Fleetwood Fiesta 32S. We love it. It was a 52K mile rental and still runs good/reliably at 70k. It needed work (all minor, I like to do), got a great price at 28.5K in 2009. Saved $25k. Best of all gets 9 mpg driving conservatively pulling a motorcycle. What's the rush?
If ya pull a car and go 70 mph expect 6-7. Inspect any RV 100% before buying. Do your own work or the $75-90 shop rates will kill you.