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I Am driving to Houston to look at a 2004 Damon Challenger 348 vortec tonight. Any opinions good or bad. thanks

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Seventeen years old. Maintenance records complete? Tire ages?


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Probably the most important thing is to check for water leaks inside. If evidence exists, probably good to pass this one by unless you're 100% sure the problem was dealt with promptly and solved.

Make sure the floor plan is what you want.

If they have maintenance records, that's always a plus.

By "vortec" I'm assuming it's on the Workhorse W-22 (22,000 lb. GVWR) . If it's on the W-20 (20,700 lb. GVWR), that might be a bit light for a 34' motorhome. The Workhorse units came with an Allison transmission, which is a HUGE plus over the Ford offerings at the time. Workhorse chassis were not as common because they had an upcharge of between $3k-$5k over the Fords at the time. In my opinion, the Workhorse was a better chassis at the time, as evidenced by the rig in my signature! :-)

If it has slides & levelers, make sure they work as they are supposed to.

Most other things can be replaced or fixed. It's not new, it's 16 years old, so judge it accordingly.

Can't say much about Damon as a manufacturer. My uncle had one, a late 1990's model Class A, and he mostly spoke highly of the rig. The old Ford chassis left him wanting on hills and maneuverability, but the house part was pretty good.

Good Luck, let us know what you found.

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* This post was edited 01/13/21 06:54am by Rick Jay *


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thank you. i just found out it is a 2003. i will ask about the allison.

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Check see if this has true park if not run away. My brother had one looked like a air brake switch that was park problems of many.


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waitingtogo wrote:

I Am driving to Houston to look at a 2004 Damon Challenger 348 vortec tonight. Any opinions good or bad. thanks



Well...did you buy it?

Inquiring minds would like to know.


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