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Old 04-24-2011, 03:17 PM   #1
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Damon Outlaw Problems !!

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We have a 2008 Damon Outlaw 37ft toy carrier. At the back of the MH the perimiter has plastic caps that hold lights etc and finishes off the unit. We have several cracks in the plastic and I mean cracks from hairline to 1/4 inch.Will these have to be replaced or should I silicone them.

As you can imagine we are not impressed

Any help would be great

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Old 04-24-2011, 03:23 PM   #2
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Have you checked the warranty on your coach to see if they might be covered? I would get in touch with the mfr and see if they would do anything about it.

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Old 04-26-2011, 06:41 AM   #3
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I have the same problem and had them send me new ones to install.

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Help Please
We have a 2008 Damon Outlaw 37ft toy carrier. At the back of the MH the perimiter has plastic caps that hold lights etc and finishes off the unit. We have several cracks in the plastic and I mean cracks from hairline to 1/4 inch.Will these have to be replaced or should I silicone them.

As you can imagine we are not impressed

Any help would be great

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Old 04-26-2011, 06:35 PM   #4
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As someone who is very seriously considering a new Thor Outlaw 3611, I'm very discouraged by the amount of problems I've been reading about with this Coach.
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Old 04-26-2011, 10:03 PM   #5
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To the original poster, I agree with the above note to contact Thor directly, maybe send pictures, and see what they'll do for you. They've helped me with everything I've asked them about (though, my unit has been within the 12 mo warranty period so far).


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As someone who is very seriously considering a new Thor Outlaw 3611, I'm very discouraged by the amount of problems I've been reading about with this Coach.
I hear you and have mixed feelings about your comment. We have a one year old 2010 Outlaw and have had a number of issues that needed attention. The issues take time and are frustrating.

That said, I peak at some of the other sites, including forums for units that are 2X, 4X the price of an Outlaw and they have many of the same problems :-( I think much of this is the nature of custom coach building.

We like our Outlaw overall so far and it's unique capabilities. Thor has generally been very good about backing the product in the first year. We'll see how it goes from here... good luck,

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Old 04-26-2011, 11:04 PM   #6
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Mike, I replied to you on another thread. Yes, I do have mixed feelings. I looked very seriously at the 2001 Thor Outlaw while recently in California and even took it out for a test drive. I LOVED it and everything about it.

But now that I'm doing some research regarding the 'quality' of this coach I'm torn. It did cross my mind that other new coaches may have similar problems in the beginning but I guess I felt this one has a LOT of problems.

Wonder if they built the 2011 any better ??
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Old 07-18-2011, 12:01 PM   #7
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Damon Outlaw Sress Cracks

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We just got back from Yellowstone in our 2008 Outlaw and after driving the twisting and winding roads, we now have stress cracks in the same "plastic caps". Left crack is about 1/4 and the right about 1/8. I spoke with TMC today and e-mailed them pictures. I'll let you know how we make out.

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Old 07-20-2011, 12:11 PM   #8
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We contacted Thor and evan though we are second owners and it is a 2008 Outlaw they have sent me all three bumpers free of charge. That said I am hesitant of installing until we full time in 3 years,
Than it will not see another Canadian winter. It looks like that may not help due to the problems Mike2unme had during warm weather.
The shifting of the MH during twists and turns has to be the major problem.
There may be a way of installing the bumpers that will allow for movement during stress without pulling apart?


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Old 07-23-2011, 04:38 PM   #9
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I heard back from TMC the day before yesterday. They are sending new bumpers to me as well but they will not cover the painting or labor to install. I have no problem installing them myself but the paint is custom to The Scorpion Package. I think I'm going to hold onto the pieces and see what I can come up with for an overlapping joint so I don't have the issue again in the future. I may even try colored to match caulking to seal the cracks. Safe travels.

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Old 08-06-2011, 11:25 AM   #10
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Let me know how it works for you Mike2unme. Your idea of capping the cracks is quite interesting.

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Old 09-11-2011, 07:27 AM   #11
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When I spoke to the TMC tech on the phone, he said that the new bumpers were reinforced at the weakest areas and there shouldn't be a problem in the future with cracking. After taking a close look at the bumpers, I can't see anything that would resemble reinforcment in the area where the originals cracked. I have siliconed the cracks for now but I am still looking for a rubber/plastic cap product that could work. The silicone seems to work out ok but we haven't had a long trip to test it out.

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Old 09-15-2011, 04:34 PM   #12
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Damon Outlaw End Caps

I have a 2011 outlaw and thor has still not put a Safety stop on the handles when you open the back . Am friend has a 09 and his are cracked. So far I`m extremely careful when opening the rear door lock handles. Going to instal a stop my self to prevent the cracking ..
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Old 10-06-2011, 10:21 PM   #13
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the famously thin cracking caps

in response to pitbull's dilemma with the cracking tailight cap, i have a 2008 outlaw 3611 which i recently backed into a fence post at my storage lot. after considerable cussing after seeing the damage i had done to the cap i decided for the time being to tackle a temporary fix by myself (i wouldn't even know where to get a new one) i went to o'reilley's and bought a plastic bumper repair kit (in the auto body repair section) it comes with epoxy and screen material used for backing. i suggest removing the cap (not a real big chore) and repairing from behind with the mesh as a backer to ensure strength. i used it and it seems to be working good to at least to hold this paper thin sucker together. the repair is visible but with a little better knowledge of bodywork and paint touch up it didn't come out all that bad. good luck!!!
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