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Old 08-16-2012, 05:21 PM   #29
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Recently went to Elkhart and toured both of Thor's facilities.
I was impressed in their quality control and desire to make the best coach.
I am happy with my Damon and would buy another from Thor.
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Old 08-17-2012, 12:35 PM   #30
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The Palazzo is an impressive looking motorhome for its size (the name is a little odd though). I don't know what the horsepower options are, but I think the base is 300, which is adequate, but really the most you'll want to pull is a small car. If you don't tow, 300hp is all you need.
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Old 08-17-2012, 12:55 PM   #31
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I and many on this forum have the very versatile Outlaw. As you probably know, Damon was merged with Four Winds and became Thor Motorcoach.

Our Outlaws have VERY good build quality for that segment of the market. And, I believe these are typical examples of Damon products.

See comments here: http://www.irv2.com/forums/f120/i-lo...aw-102560.html

Ours rig is a '07, so it was truely a Damon, but the folks with the newer units (after Thor merger are saying the same thing).

I think your comments show that you understand that by buying a TMC coach, you will not be getting a Marathon Coach. BUT, Damon is building a very good product in a slim market.

In my case, they have been quick to reply to requests and questions about parts and such and our local mfgt authorized service center is LaMesa RV (can't get much bigger than that)...significant since I'm the second owner of a 5 year old coach (well outside warranty).

I am very happy to read that you fell in-love with the floor plan...that was the bottom line for us too. No other coach offered what we wanted, so we bought a Damon

Best of luck!
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Old 08-20-2012, 07:34 PM   #32
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In MHO, they are no better, no worst than any other manufacturer. I have a 2012 Challengern37DT. Had problem with the dinette slide, took 3 months and several trips to the dealer to resolve. Cabinet doors are uneven, shower stall not level.
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Old 08-20-2012, 08:11 PM   #33
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I have owned two Damon units and they have been great. My current one is a 2008 Daybreak which is the cheaper version of the line but i have had zero problems with it since i bought it new and have 12,000 miles on it maybe i got lucky but i would buy another if the time was right.... Also i just went and looked at the Palazzo this weekend and if i could afford it it would be at my house right now... I love the look and feel of it and seemed like a nicely built unit.. I did see a couple of small quality things on that unit but simple easy fixes.
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Old 08-20-2012, 08:22 PM   #34
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Thus far we are extreamly pleased with our Serrano 31V. Love the floor plan and the mileage. Nothing wrong with the fit and finish. I haven't come across anthing that would make me say "What the heck were they thinking".
From everything I've read in here, no matter what you buy it would seem its a bit of a crap shoot.
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Old 08-20-2012, 09:27 PM   #35
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My Damon DP was made just before Thor bought Damon 12 years ago. My MH is an entry level DP and it has been extremely reliable for its entire life. I have been very pleased. While I have owned my MH I have read about problems with some Damon MHs that were bad enough to warrant a buy back but that didn't happen. I don't read about these problems now that Thor has had a chance to run the business their way.
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Old 08-23-2012, 01:35 PM   #36
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We have owned two "Damon", now Thor Motorhomes, a 38 ft Intruder and a 40 ft Tuscany. When they were Damon, we loved the factory service....your RV out of warranty, no problem, they repaired it if it shouldn't have broken. I don't know how it is now with Thor but our last experience wasn't as great. But we loved both coaches and had minimal problems with both. When it was Damon, they stood behind their product whether it was in warranty or not...if it shouldn't have broken, they fixed it. Now that it is Thor, I am not as gung ho from my last experience, but it still was a lot better than many of the other brand horror stories I have heard.
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Old 08-23-2012, 02:35 PM   #37
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I don't own a Thor, though have looked at some, and love the Palazzo! That being said, when DW and I were in the process of buying our 2011 GeorgetownXL I read alot of negative things about them on the owners forum. I took the most common of complaints and compiled them into a check list of things to look at on the particular rig we were interested with. We went ahead with the purchase (just on 8/17/12!) and after this first weekend out with it discovered a few issues still needing to be resolved. Confident in the dealer we purchased it from will handle everything and can't wait to get back out camping. Buy the dealer as much as you shop and buy the motorhome and you'll do just fine. Good Luck in your decision and purchase.
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Old 08-24-2012, 08:48 AM   #38
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Two years ago we bought a used 2006 Damon Challenger 355 from Cranky Ape, an online auction company. It had 3900 miles on it and showed no signs of wear at all. We have put over 11,000 on the coach and are satisfied with it. There were a couple of problems with the coach, from a safety stand point, the most dangerous was the front TV mounting brackets came loose and I had to fabricate an exterior brace to keep it from falling out. Coincidentally, this happened during our trip to visit the Damon factory in Indiana. When we got to the factory, I talked with Customer Service about the problems, and they immediately made arrangements to fix them at no cost to us. Keep in mind, we were the second owners of a 4 year old coach out of the warranty period. At that time, the transition was being made to Thor.

So, I feel that the level of customer service we received from the factory was outstanding. They readily agreed to correct the problems and were enthusiastic about being able to help us.

I would definitely purchase another Damon unit if I liked the floorplan.
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Am going this weekend to test a Thor Palazzo 33.2. Really love what I've seen so far.
Anyone have one? Thoughts?
Do not buy any Thor product!!! They are a cookie cutter manufacturer and their products are pure junk. They look good from the outside but thry are Walmart quality. I had a 2012 Thor Astoria and it was a nightmare! Spent 8 weeks last summer getting repair work done and it broke 3 weeks later. Got rid of it even though I took a major hit.

Look around for better quality products.
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Do not buy any Thor product!!! They are a cookie cutter manufacturer and their products are pure junk. They look good from the outside but thry are Walmart quality. I had a 2012 Thor Astoria and it was a nightmare! Spent 8 weeks last summer getting repair work done and it broke 3 weeks later. Got rid of it even though I took a major hit.

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The Palazzo is an impressive looking motorhome for its size (the name is a little odd though). I don't know what the horsepower options are, but I think the base is 300, which is adequate, but really the most you'll want to pull is a small car. If you don't tow, 300hp is all you need.
Well..... if you know Italian .....it isn't odd at all! Palazzo is "Palace" in Italian !!!
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My wife and I searched for some time before landing on the Thor Palazzo. Yes, I had some issues, but, nothing that I did not see on each and every Class A DP that I toured from $200K to $320K (msrp). We looked at Itasca/Winnebago, Entegra, Forest River, Fleetwood and others before out decision on the Palazzo. Sure, there were some oversights but all were easily addressed. Would I buy another Thor product? Sure would.
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