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Old 03-15-2013, 06:20 PM   #1
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I am planning on buying a used class A motorhome. I am interested in the Damon Intruder but the old saying you get what you pay for is in the back of my mind when I see a 2004 Damon go for about 50k and a 2004 Newmar going for almost 80k. Is it that the Damon line not a good coach? I don't have the credit to buy a 80k home but want to get into rving without breaking the bank. My comfort zone is a max of 60k. Is that going to be too low to find a decent quality coach? I would like something I could actually live in full time if my gf and I enjoyed it.

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Old 03-15-2013, 06:30 PM   #2
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You really don't provide enough information. Are they the same size? One gas one diesel? Newmar's are typically a better made MH than a Damon. Damon's are a low to midrange coach but this does not mean they are low quality. As you can see I have a Thor product as well and we enjoy it a great deal. It too is a lower end unit, but it fits our needs and budget.
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Old 03-15-2013, 07:29 PM   #3
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Hi Bill,
Just wanted to add that I have a 2011 Damon Daybreak 3211 and really couldn't be happier if I could just figure out how to hook-up satellite to the front tv without running a new cable.Good Luck with whatever you decide.
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I would suggest you look into a 2000 to 2003 used DP. You will have to spend IMO a year of through research to find a "Deal". We did on our first coach 69 K cash. If your budget can afford 50 to 60 you can with due diligence find a good worthy coach. Many here will guide you as to survey etc. it gets lengthy! Best wishes!
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I am planning on buying a used class A motorhome. I am interested in the Damon Intruder but the old saying you get what you pay for is in the back of my mind when I see a 2004 Damon go for about 50k and a 2004 Newmar going for almost 80k. Is it that the Damon line not a good coach? I don't have the credit to buy a 80k home but want to get into rving without breaking the bank. My comfort zone is a max of 60k. Is that going to be too low to find a decent quality coach? I would like something I could actually live in full time if my gf and I enjoyed it.

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I presume those are asking prices. Of greater value are selling prices.
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Here is a check list for getting started, there is more than just the purchase.
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Check out Demartini RV - they have a great web site to look at used motorhomes. They have a few in the 60k range. Look there to get some ideas. I am not sure how much less than asking price they would sell for. My guess is 5 to 10k less.

Typically Winnebago and Newmar will be worth the extra money. If I had 60k to spend I would buy a 2006 Winnebago 38T. Or try to buy. They may be a bit more.

You also say you want to 'live in it'. You might consider a 5th wheel to 'live in'. A motorhome is better to travel in a 5th wheel better to live in.
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There are a number of quality used dp coaches out there. Educate yourself on what to look for. I suggest that you go to rv.org buy their product and read it all. Then go to oodle.com plug in what you're looking for and check the boxes for daily updates. Beware of deals that sound too good to be true because they generally scams.
Good Luck and happy hunting.
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