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Old 07-22-2016, 09:49 AM   #1
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Damon Intruder windshield gasket replacement

Hello all,

I'm the proud new owner of a 345 Damon Intruder. She's a beauty for the $6k I paid. The miles are a bit high at 145K. However, I'm a very mechanical person. I've rebuilt many cars and trucks. Other then pulling an engine, I'll have every tool I could need onboard.

Her interior is in good shape. Other then a small power loss to the house batteries, and the Norcold NOT running on electricity (but fine on propane). Everything seems to work very well.

The issue is the Windshield gasket is split open in MANY areas. The bottom passenger side has opened up pretty wide. The glass is in great shape. It's just the gasket that is a problem.

So,.. I have spent the last four days hunting sites, calling various companies. Hunting for someone who might have this gasket. It turns out the RV came with two windshield options. A wide (53"), and a skinny (51.5"). Mine is the smaller.

It seems the only company that carries this is Damon (or Thor at this point). They will not deal with me! I'm not a distributor, thus not able to buy direct. The three other companies I've dealt with all keep telling me they will get back to me.

Yesterday I started to get a bit frustrated with this. Nobody is calling me back. The gasket appears to be an impossible to get part. So I tried calling the bigger "distributor" again. Asking why this was such a difficult to find part (obviously there are still a few of these on the road).

I was eventually told that the distributor was being forced to buy 20 or more of them from Damon/Thor. They are not sure that they WANT 19 extra of them laying around. So they are not sure when or even IF they will be able to help me.

I don't feel safe driving around with the gasket falling apart. That glass is $1300 per side!! Dropping it on the ground would be a disaster.

Does anyone here have any suggestions??
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Old 07-23-2016, 07:04 AM   #2
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For a temporary fix until you get sorted out see if a auto glass shop could use the sealant they use to install new windows and put that between glass and gasket. Check with them to see if they could get one through there sources. You need to try and keep water from leaking in if possible.

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Old 07-23-2016, 10:56 AM   #3
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I found a gasket!!

Or,.. I should say I found someone who can get me the gasket.

It's going to cost $400, and will take 4 weeks lead time to get to me. So my guess is they will be making the gasket, then shipping it to me.

Better then nothing!!
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Old 07-24-2016, 12:49 PM   #4
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Be sure to let us know how you made out,i have a Intruder also
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Old 07-30-2016, 04:12 PM   #5
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I am not sure when I'll get this gasket. With a 4 week lead time, and a lot to park it in California (I'm in Boulder Colorado). I'll need to have it shipped out there. I'm not sure how the address thing will work either. I might need a UPS box.

However I've glued the gasket up quite a lot for the trip out to California (This is 1 way). I also tracked down a bad wire to the dash heat/AC blower fan. I'll need that AC for this trip.

It passed Colorado emissions with flying colors. I also believe the engine has woken up putting a little bit of gas through.

Then I discovered the bottom of the Radiator cap. Brown mud!! It does stay cool. The oil looks fine. No smoke at all! So,...

Flush, flush, flush.. 7 fills and drains later she got all new 50/50 GREEN!!! (Me no like jello).. Still running very cool, still running awesome (and better all the time).

I sure hope she gets us there.

Next issue is the popping generator sound, from the generator,.. and the 30A breaker popping off every so often.
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Old 07-30-2016, 05:40 PM   #6
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I'm surprised to hear that the gasket is anything special. When we had our windshield replaced I had one sent with the glass just in case. We didn't need it and saved $450 but it looked as if it was taken off a large roll, not custom made for just one vehicle. If you haven't already I would call a Motorhome glass specialist and get thier opinion and price to install. Sounds like your a DIY guy but that job takes some experience to set it correctly. Good Luck.
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Old 07-30-2016, 07:43 PM   #7
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We are having our gasket replaced this week. For the cost of the glass, we have a one piece windshield, I second the suggestion to have a glass professional do it. The older MHs have a fiberglass edge that must be sized correctly, if yours is like mine. You'd think it would come from the factory correct, not always. They dry fit the glass to make sure the opening is correctly sized, then fit the gasket and use a urethane adhesive that must set for 24 hours. If the opening is not correctly sized then a body shop will add or subtract fiberglass. $$$

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