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Old 12-10-2007, 02:22 PM   #1
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I am currently looking at the new Astoria. Are there any comments with reference to quality of workmanship,and are there any problems. I realize this is considered an entry level coach, but I do like the look and floor plan. Any comments would be appreciated.
Thank You Joseph Isnardi, Freehold, NJ
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Old 12-10-2007, 02:22 PM   #2
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I am currently looking at the new Astoria. Are there any comments with reference to quality of workmanship,and are there any problems. I realize this is considered an entry level coach, but I do like the look and floor plan. Any comments would be appreciated.
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Old 12-10-2007, 06:16 PM   #3
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Hi Joseph and welcome to our Forum. I don't know if we have any Astoria owners here. We do have a few Tuscany's. I saw a new Astoria at Gary's RV in NH a few weeks ago. I found the quality about the same as my Challenger. I'm not saying that's bad, I love my Challenger but it's not ultra-luxury. That works for me as I use my coach hard, have two dogs, and would be too upset if I marred my luxury MH.
Hopefully you'll find some answers here...

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Old 12-11-2007, 05:44 AM   #4
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Greetings all. This is my first post; however I have read almost all the other great posts from other Damon Owners. I have found this site to be very valuable and informative. I purchased a 2008 Astoria PE back in August after much research. We too liked the floor plan (model 3776, we have two boys). After a few months of touring around FL, I couldn't be happier with our decision. Like you've probably read elsewhere in this forum and others, you will have problems with every coach, even if you pay 100's of thousands of dollars more. I would consider this an entry level Coach, but like their website states, it is about "the most coach you can buy for the money" I have logged only a couple thousand miles so far, with minor issues, none that have required dealer or factory intervention. I had mine "semi-custom built" at the factory with several upgrades to personalize it for us. The fit and finish is adequate for the price point, but again not even in the league of your upper end coaches. I am a detail freak so I could find lots of ways to improve on several items, but again, up goes the money. The power of the Cummins 340 HP appears more than adequate, and in 08' the factory also went to the 6 speed Allison transmission. We have not hooked up our tow vehicle yet so I can't comment on the towing aspect yet. I hope I have provided some positive feedback, I'll return for more posts.
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Old 12-11-2007, 08:54 AM   #5
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Thank You both for the feedback. That was exactly what I was looking for.
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Old 12-11-2007, 01:26 PM   #6
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Looks like we have the near-twin of JARS 2008 Astoria 3776.... I also replied on the other board, but like I said, we are very happy with ours as well. We also got ours in August and have logged 8000 miles so far on several longer trips plus some weekends tailgaiting. We are very happy.

JARS, What kind of MPG are you getting? I am getting 8.5 - 9 pulling my 3500 lb tow car. This is calculated by hand, not the Freightliner Info-center. Very happy, compared to 6.5 with my gasser.
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Old 12-11-2007, 05:36 PM   #7
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Glad to hear that you are happy with your 3776 DWM. I have been averaging about 10.2 miles per gallon on my short FL trips. I too have calculated by hand for more accurate tracking. One trip to the upper part of the state I actually got over 11 mpg, I had to recalculate to make sure I was punching the calculator buttons properly since my wife's SUV gets about 13! (Of course that's with her right foot on the pedal). I was expecting 7-8, so I too am happy with the numbers we are getting. Let's just pray diesel gets back down under 3 bucks per gallon!

I take it "JIsnardi" is still considering to buy? Let us know how you are progressing. I will be happy to answer any additional questions or concerns you may have prior to your acquisition.
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Old 12-30-2007, 01:41 PM   #8
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Just got back to checking the boards, so I might be alittle late with this response.
We purchased a new 2007 Astoria this past July, and love it. Of course there will always be a few things to fix, and not everything is perfect with any coach, no matter what brand you buy, but we would not alter our decision if given the chance. The layout is perfect for us which I think is very important.
Best of luck with your decision, and enjoy traveling!
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