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Old 10-03-2010, 02:44 PM   #1
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Advise needed on prospective Class A purchase

I everyone! I'm a new member who currently owns an older 31 Georgie Boy with a 454 Chevy looking to upgrade. I have located a 2000 Damon 3970 ultra sport with a 275 hp Cummins with 44k miles. From the pictures it looks great and the price is almost too good to be true. Please correct me if I'm wrong but that is a 5.9 isb and if it has a b block casting and could cause leak problems at some point. Is that engine sufficent for that size M home? I live in AZ and there are hills and mountain grades I would occasionally climb would that cause too much strain on the engine and cause a lot of maintainance problems? Or -----? It does have a 6 speed Allison Trans. Would greatly appreciate any imput.

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Old 10-04-2010, 06:11 AM   #2
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Hello PV RVer and welcome to iRV2. You will probably get more attention to your request for input if you post a message in the Thor/Damon owner board or Motorhome General board. Not everybody reads the Introduction section here.

The "rule of thumb" is that you want at least 1 hp per 100 lbs of weight, so a 275 horse engine should move a 27,500 lb coach (don't forget the toad if you will have one) adequately.

You can use the SEARCH function to find the several previous discussions of the 5.9L "B" block problem.
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