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Old 04-02-2007, 10:46 AM   #1
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Good day All!

The fog lights on my Challenger corroded and scarred/marred the interior of the lens when the bulb blew.

I tried to source a replacement housing/lens assembly but the housing is purpose built for Damon and the manufacturer would not sell it to me. Damon wanted US$90 for a pair of them and would send only to my dealer who said that the shipping charges from Damon were exorbitant because they shipped via only UPS which meant there would be a minimum of $45 brokerage fees. Has anyone found an alternative source for these things?

I have the original wiper blades on my rig which is now 5 1/2 years old. I can not find replacement blades and am reluctant to work through Damon and dealer (see above). If anyone has found an alternate source for these blades please let me know what the manufacturer name and model number is.

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Old 04-02-2007, 10:46 AM   #2
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Good day All!

The fog lights on my Challenger corroded and scarred/marred the interior of the lens when the bulb blew.

I tried to source a replacement housing/lens assembly but the housing is purpose built for Damon and the manufacturer would not sell it to me. Damon wanted US$90 for a pair of them and would send only to my dealer who said that the shipping charges from Damon were exorbitant because they shipped via only UPS which meant there would be a minimum of $45 brokerage fees. Has anyone found an alternative source for these things?

I have the original wiper blades on my rig which is now 5 1/2 years old. I can not find replacement blades and am reluctant to work through Damon and dealer (see above). If anyone has found an alternate source for these blades please let me know what the manufacturer name and model number is.

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Old 04-02-2007, 11:39 AM   #3
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Preston, I replaced mine last year. I do business with a local NAPA store and I just brought one of my old ones in and they matched it up. They were very expensive, even with my discount but they had them.
As for the fog lights, these are the ones under the bumper, right? Mine are disintegrating too. While you're at the NAPA store getting the blades, bring one of the fog lights with you. They have a NAPA Lighting catalog that you could probably browse. I'll be you could find a pair in there. I'll be doing that sometime soon.

Oh, I wrote to Damon regarding the wiring..I'll let you know what they say.
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Old 04-05-2007, 08:18 AM   #4
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Hi Chandler!

Thanks for contacting Damon. Hope their reply is positive

Our local NAPA and CarQuest stores have not been able to help me with blades. Neither have WalMart and all of my usual bits and piece stores that might carry 26 Inch blades (including Truck stops and suppliers). The Newmar dealer says he has one that costs C$65 (also told me of an end month sale that will give me 25% off)

My Damon dealer is now dancing with Damon - they have a new parts guy and I have been walking him through the Damon two step. I hope that Damon will give him the manufacturer and model numbers for the blades and arms

Time will tell


<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Chandler:
Preston, I replaced mine last year. I do business with a local NAPA store and I just brought one of my old ones in and they matched it up. They were very expensive, even with my discount but they had them.
As for the fog lights, these are the ones under the bumper, right? Mine are disintegrating too. While you're at the NAPA store getting the blades, bring one of the fog lights with you. They have a NAPA Lighting catalog that you could probably browse. I'll be you could find a pair in there. I'll be doing that sometime soon.

Oh, I wrote to Damon regarding the wiring..I'll let you know what they say. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
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Old 04-05-2007, 06:10 PM   #5
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Hi! I looked very carefully at the blades I got from NAPA hoping I could get a number. No luck. I'll ask my store to pull up my account and see if the blades are listed. It's a long shot but I'll try tomorrow.

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Hi Chandler!

Any luck! The Newmar dealer tells me that his Trico guide says that a Trico 67-261 would fit. The one he had was sealed in plastic which distorted the width of the mounting area so I can not be sure that it will. It did have a 3/16" mounting hole.

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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Chandler:
Hi! I looked very carefully at the blades I got from NAPA hoping I could get a number. No luck. I'll ask my store to pull up my account and see if the blades are listed. It's a long shot but I'll try tomorrow.

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Hi again! I'm off tomorrow and Thursday and will see if I can get those numbers for you..Sorry..

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Hey Preston! I called my store and they looked up my blades. They are NAPA# 60-2680.

They told me that they now have a heavy duty truck catalog that actually lists motorhomes including ours..Amazing. They never listed motorhomes before. I think they wiper blades fit Isuzu, Iveca, UD, and a few other Japanese trucks.
Oh, they are $25 and change each.
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Old 04-16-2007, 03:31 PM   #9
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Chandler!

Thanks for that info.

Since my dealer had no luck, I sent an email to Damon and this what they sent me

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This is a Alta Resource Wiper. You can have any Damon dealer order the
blades through Damon. It is a 26" blade. The Damon part # is 801962 and
the Alta part # is AW-B26 or AW-B26TR

Alta Resource Phone # (574) 522-7973
Unquote

I asked them about the arm and they said

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Damon part# 805010
Alta Part # AW-A28SD

This is for the arm.
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There are few details on the Alta site (http://www.dicor.com/alta.html) but they do indicate that the components are sourced from Trico

This is from the Trico site

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Wiper replacement for 2002 Damon Challenger

Type/Part number
Black Blade/68-261
Refill for Trico Blade/75-260
Refill for Anco Blade/70-260
Refill for Original Equipment Blade/75-260
Wiper Arm/74-209
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Can you confirm with Napa that their number cross references to the Blade number (68-261. I have sent a message to Alta asking them to confirm the Trico numbers.

We will eventually get this sorted out

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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Chandler:
Hey Preston! I called my store and they looked up my blades. They are NAPA# 60-2680.

They told me that they now have a heavy duty truck catalog that actually lists motorhomes including ours..Amazing. They never listed motorhomes before. I think they wiper blades fit Isuzu, Iveca, UD, and a few other Japanese trucks.
Oh, they are $25 and change each. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
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Hi! I will call them tomorrow and see what crosses. I'll let you know. I'm happy that Damon actually responded to your emails. Way to go!

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Preston,
I called my guy at NAPA and he confirmed that the cross from NAPA to Trico is correct at 68-261.
All the other numbers were for refills, not the whole blade. He also had a cross for Car-Quest, in case you have a store near you. That number is 658-261.

Hope this helps!

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Old 04-22-2007, 07:30 AM   #12
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Hi Chandler!

I finally was able to buy new refills for the wipers. So here is the story in a nutshell

On the 2002 Damon Challenger 325 (I assume Damons of the same model or year should be the same)

Damon buys their wiper assemblies from Alta Resources who uses Trico parts

Damon Numbers
Arm 805010
Blade (26") 801962

Alta Numbers
Arm AW-A28SD
Blade AW-B26 or AW-B26TR

Trico Numbers
Black Blade/68-261
Refill for Trico Blade/75-260
Refill for Anco Blade/70-260
Refill for Original Equipment Blade/75-260
Wiper Arm/74-209


NAPA Numbers
Blade 68-261
Refill 75-260

Carquest Numbers
Blade 658-261

This should put the blade issue to bed (at least for our model). If other models and years have different parts I hope the owners will share their findings with us.

Now I just have to get the fog lights sorted out
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Thanks Preston! One of these days I'll browse the NAPA Lighting catalog and see if I can find one that works for us. Mine are failing as well and it would be great to come up with a replacement. I'm heading out to finish my spring PM of the RV. I've got two days into it and hopefully should be done by tonight. I finished the roof and sides yesterday..it looks so good now! Today I pull the wheels, check the brakes, grease it, and check the tire pressures. So far, so good.
Talk to you soon!

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Great info Preston. The 2002 looks exactly like my 2004 so I would assume the blades are the same but I will check it and confirm. I'm just about due.

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