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Old 09-09-2019, 08:45 PM   #15
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WOW can't believe you spent 20 grand repairing an old Damon. Take a look at these https://www.ebay.com/itm/RV-Baggage-...53.m1438.l2649 I just bought a 96 3130 Challenger. I had a 95 Challenger 296 for 9 years when I was Drag racing, when I quit I sold the coach. I had a Dolphin 5320 for 2.5 years, but thought it was TOO big for me. We bought it when my late wife was sick with cancer, she wanted to go to the west coast before she died. We never got to make the trip. This old Challenger handles as good, maybe better than my Dolphin did. The Dolphin was a real low mileage coach too. These don't handle like a Corvette. I've been going through my coach updating and repairing for the last week. Good luck with Daybreak.
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WOW can't believe you spent 20 grand repairing an old Damon. Take a look at these https://www.ebay.com/itm/RV-Baggage-...53.m1438.l2649 I just bought a 96 3130 Challenger. I had a 95 Challenger 296 for 9 years when I was Drag racing, when I quit I sold the coach. I had a Dolphin 5320 for 2.5 years, but thought it was TOO big for me. We bought it when my late wife was sick with cancer, she wanted to go to the west coast before she died. We never got to make the trip. This old Challenger handles as good, maybe better than my Dolphin did. The Dolphin was a real low mileage coach too. These don't handle like a Corvette. I've been going through my coach updating and repairing for the last week. Good luck with Daybreak.
I can't believe we spent $20K on it either, but once we bought it, we decided to just tough it out. New EPDM membrane over new underlay (roof leak due to torn membrane rotted the original but it wasn't obvious until the old membrane was peeled off), new vents/ covers, engine and suspension work accounted for most of the cost. Truth is that I love the Daybreak for whatever reason.

The SS latches are like the ones on it (style type). The problem is that the screws that are supposed to secure the latches to the body are pulling away from the body when the latch is engaged with the door. There's some goopy-looking stuff underneath. Are the screws too short or were they installed incorrectly? These are the kind of things we didn't expect to have to deal with but need to figure out.

More bright notes on top of the purring generator, cold A/C and cold fridge: the Alfa Camp Pro 2 is set up and the Roku is up and working. For now it makes a great place to go watch TV😉 We got the side cameras adjusted properly and installed a second back camera (strictly backup). I hope it all works as well when we go camping as it does out back, and the side cameras will let my husband see where he is on the road (between the lines, and closer to the centerline and not the shoulder!). I know he's a bit scared of it but I hope/think a few miles out on a proper highway will help. The narrow two lane roads close to home are tough on a guy trying to learn this rig!
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I can't believe we spent $20K on it either, but once we bought it, we decided to just tough it out. New EPDM membrane over new underlay (roof leak due to torn membrane rotted the original but it wasn't obvious until the old membrane was peeled off), new vents/ covers, engine and suspension work accounted for most of the cost. Truth is that I love the Daybreak for whatever reason.

The SS latches are like the ones on it (style type). The problem is that the screws that are supposed to secure the latches to the body are pulling away from the body when the latch is engaged with the door. There's some goopy-looking stuff underneath. Are the screws too short or were they installed incorrectly? These are the kind of things we didn't expect to have to deal with but need to figure out.

More bright notes on top of the purring generator, cold A/C and cold fridge: the Alfa Camp Pro 2 is set up and the Roku is up and working. For now it makes a great place to go watch TV😉 We got the side cameras adjusted properly and installed a second back camera (strictly backup). I hope it all works as well when we go camping as it does out back, and the side cameras will let my husband see where he is on the road (between the lines, and closer to the centerline and not the shoulder!). I know he's a bit scared of it but I hope/think a few miles out on a proper highway will help. The narrow two lane roads close to home are tough on a guy trying to learn this rig!
Nope the ain't normal for those screw to pull out. I used some door latches to hold up my doors. https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_fro...rv+door+holder But either design should work.
Do you have the "T" Handle style door locks? If so, you should be able to adjust the lock mechanism.

As far as driving, he will get use to it. I think we all were a little nervous when we first started. Just don't get to comfortable, that's when things can really go south. I wish I had side cameras, been thinking about it real hard. I have had several people stay in my blind spot.....idiots.
There are several item out there to help with the ride of a unit. Sway bars and Sumo Springs are a few. I install the Sumo Springs on the rear of my Workhorse P32 and it made a big difference in control. I don't feel that semi truck push anymore. And it stopped that rocking feeling in the rear.

Sounds like things are going well with all the repairs. It will be a constant cycle. These toy are not cheap to maintain. But, by doing the work yourself, really cuts down on the cost factor.
Enjoy and safe travels.
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Nope the ain't normal for those screw to pull out. I used some door latches to hold up my doors. https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_fro...rv+door+holder But either design should work.
Do you have the "T" Handle style door locks? If so, you should be able to adjust the lock mechanism.

As far as driving, he will get use to it. I think we all were a little nervous when we first started. Just don't get to comfortable, that's when things can really go south. I wish I had side cameras, been thinking about it real hard. I have had several people stay in my blind spot.....idiots.
There are several item out there to help with the ride of a unit. Sway bars and Sumo Springs are a few. I install the Sumo Springs on the rear of my Workhorse P32 and it made a big difference in control. I don't feel that semi truck push anymore. And it stopped that rocking feeling in the rear.

Sounds like things are going well with all the repairs. It will be a constant cycle. These toy are not cheap to maintain. But, by doing the work yourself, really cuts down on the cost factor.
Enjoy and safe travels.
I wondered about the T-type latches. We may look into that as an alternative. I'm not sure why the screws are pulling out but step 1 may be to put different screws in to see if that will hold the latch. The current latch is this type: https://www.amazon.com/RV-Designer-E...gateway&sr=8-6

We had the front sway bar and 2 horizontal struts replaced, plus the Airlift bags. The sway/instability is in the front end. My hubby's going to grease it up and see if that helps at all. He's usually persistent so if he doesn't throw up his hands and push it off a cliff, we'll get it on the road eventually. As for me, I have to go clean up all the fingerprints on the ceiling where the new vents were installed 😉
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