Go Back   iRV2 Forums > MOTORHOME FORUMS > Class A Motorhome Discussions
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Reply
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 02-08-2015, 12:32 AM   #15
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2015
Location: VA
Posts: 7
Quote:
Originally Posted by PeaceOwl View Post
I've never owned anything older than 2012 so not much help, but consider the one that appears to be the best layout for you. It's alot of work investigating each brand, and each year. Some years were better , some not , for all makes? If you can find a RV inspection place to take it to, that may help on the decisions.

Take your time, and realize everyone has been through similar,. remember, Don't let the dealers manipulate a sale. The frustrations can make you pull the trigger just to get it over with.

Milage is the most important if you are going to travel a lot. If you are going to be pretty much in one place I'd consider a fifth wheel where you get more for your money, and much newer. Have it towed to your choice.
I've already had one potential coach inspected so I will not be buying without another inspection. And thank goodness too because I knew nothing about delamination, which this unit had. It's funny you mention the dealer thing because I have one hounding me now. I'm keeping her at arms length because I'm not ready to pull the trigger yet. I ruled fifth wheels out early on. I love their floor plans. But we'll be moving one or two times a month and I don't have a truck. There also hard to back up. Thanks for the suggestions.
__________________

__________________
onroadagain is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 02-08-2015, 12:35 AM   #16
Community Moderator
 
Scarab0088's Avatar


 
Damon Owners Club
Workhorse Chassis Owner
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: SoCal
Posts: 14,054
Quote:
Originally Posted by onroadagain View Post
...I need a bunkhouse and in my price point (60k), they're so hard to find...
So what is a good solid coach? Is construction on the majority of them that bad? I like the Winn sightseer but the big drawer on the bottom bunk takes away quite a bit of headspace from my dd. Trust me, I've done tons of research, gone to many rv shows, dealers, etc and the more I learn the more confused I get. The journey I'm about to embark on came with a ton of changes and sacrifices. We sat on the housing market for 8 months and finally sold and downsized from 4400 sq ft to 1200. We're settled, I have the budget and financing ready but the coach I buy needs to sustain my daughters and I for 2-3 yrs at 90% full time. And of course I want the most for my precious money.
About Damon...we have a '07 and it is solid as a rock. No delamination, no water intrusion, no frame issues. Like I said earlier, the time that has passed will be the strongest controlling factor for quality in a search with this price point.

Damon (and now Thor) used vacuum bonding to build the walls, roof and floor systems. Delamination should be rare and driven by climate.

Any brand that used batten insulation will have a greater risk of delamination and the list of brands that used batten stuffed walls includes many brands with "premium" reputations.

The new RV's at shows will offer little in common with the used rigs from 7-10 years ago...but you can get ideas about what you would like to do to improve the one you get.

In-person searching will be the only way to find that perfect RV. We went all the way from SoCal to the Dallas area to find ours. We also found that Winnie and Gulf Stream are very good brands for holding quality...your search might vary.

Be patient and try to learn as much as you can along the way.

Best luck
__________________

__________________
Kim and Steve, Mustang LCDR (Ret), Damon Outlaw #1193
I have seen gross intolerance shown in support of tolerance, Samuel Coleridge
https://www.irv2.com/attachments/signaturepics/sigpic84535_7.gif
WE LOVE OUR OUTLAW RV
Scarab0088 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-08-2015, 03:50 PM   #17
Senior Member
 
desertvince's Avatar


 
Tiffin Owners Club
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Tucson, AZ
Posts: 101
Tiffin recommended

The bias, we recently traded for a Tiffin (Phaeton) from a Winnebago. Here is a second hand opinion, I paid attention too. Friend with 25 years experience as an independent consignment (only) dealer recommended Tiffin (for the age and money we were shopping) and recommended against Damon (thought a general lack of quality control).

Don't be in a hurry--unless, you must.
__________________
Vince & Patricia, Tucson--AZ, FMCA, RVMutants#130
With: Ch. "Carrie", Std. Schnauzer & "Sophie" Cocker
'06 Phaeton 40QDH + '11 Fiesta w/ AirForceOne.
"It is more important to know the journey is the destination than to get there quickly."
desertvince is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-09-2015, 12:34 PM   #18
Senior Member
 
Damon Owners Club
Ford Super Duty Owner
Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 493
Quote:
Originally Posted by onroadagain View Post
It's funny you say that because I was just looking at a 2011 close to home. Thinking of throwing the '07 off my plate. It's a bunkhouse. What type of roof does it have? Have you guys had any issues?

It has the TPO material for the roof. This is the new generation for rubberized-material roofs. We have not had any major issues with the coach (bought new) and would buy a Thor product again without hesitation. The Challenger brand has been around for quite some time and has a good reputation as good value for the dollar. E-mail me if you have any further questions.

Bronk
__________________
bronk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-09-2015, 12:48 PM   #19
Senior Member
 
Mr_D's Avatar
 
Solo Rvers Club
iRV2 No Limits Club
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Vancouver, WA
Posts: 28,515
Quote:
Originally Posted by Scarab0088 View Post
Damon (and now Thor) used vacuum bonding to build the walls, roof and floor systems. Delamination should be rare and driven by climate.

Any brand that used batten insulation will have a greater risk of delamination and the list of brands that used batten stuffed walls includes many brands with "premium" reputations.
Don't know where you got that misinformation but it's not true. Since a hung wall is not laminated it's impossible for it to delaminate. Delamination is usually caused by water intrusion and not climate.
__________________
2009 45' Magna 630 w/Cummins ISX 650 HP/1950 Lbs Ft
Charter Good Sam Lifetime Member, FMCA, SKP
RV'ing since 1957, NRA Benefactor Life, towing '14 CR-V
Mr_D is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-09-2015, 02:01 PM   #20
Community Moderator
 
Scarab0088's Avatar


 
Damon Owners Club
Workhorse Chassis Owner
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: SoCal
Posts: 14,054
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mr_D View Post
Don't know where you got that misinformation but it's not true. Since a hung wall is not laminated it's impossible for it to delaminate. Delamination is usually caused by water intrusion and not climate.
Not misinformation at all...It is very possible for water to enter a hung wall (at every seam, edge and wall opening). Fiberglass itself is a laminate of gelcoat, glass strand and epoxy. And there is a natural void created inside the wall when using batten insulation. The illustration below shows how a typical delamination blister begins.

Click image for larger version

Name:	damp-fiberglass-laminate.jpg
Views:	212
Size:	24.1 KB
ID:	85664

Fiberglass is a wonder material, but it can still be defeated by Mother Nature with all the water that weather throws at an RV (rain, melted snow, dew, mist, etc.).

Safe travels
__________________

__________________
Kim and Steve, Mustang LCDR (Ret), Damon Outlaw #1193
I have seen gross intolerance shown in support of tolerance, Samuel Coleridge
https://www.irv2.com/attachments/signaturepics/sigpic84535_7.gif
WE LOVE OUR OUTLAW RV
Scarab0088 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
tiffin, damon



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Tiffin Allegro Club Redbaytravel Clubs & Associations 0 09-25-2014 08:47 AM
Getting "cold feet" about upcoming Tiffin Phaeton purchase dmcquinn Tiffin Motorhomes Owners Forum 30 08-25-2014 08:20 PM
What options other than Tiffin do I have? davidki Tiffin Motorhomes Owners Forum 15 06-03-2014 06:05 AM
Thanksgiving at Tiffin factory Selah2 Tiffin Motorhomes Owners Forum 3 12-07-2013 09:57 AM

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 12:11 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.