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Old 03-03-2014, 09:10 AM   #1
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Question Damon Tuscany 4055 Engine Air Intake.

We came across a really nice 2007 Damon (Thor) Tuscany 4055 recently that has only about 12K miles on it and in almost new shape as it's been stored in a heated aircraft hanger when not in use.

We realize even with the low mileage there could be other issues with a coach that's over 7 years old that we plan to pursue in due course. But before doing our usual due diligence when purchasing any coach being new or used, there is one issue with this particular coach that has me scratching my head as to why the engineers would design the coach with the clean air intake for the engine directly behind the street-side rear wheel (see photo) when most manufacturers usually design the intake as high as possible to get cleaner air. I jokingly asked the owner if the coach came with a lifetime supply of engine air filters and he said he never had any issues with it.

I thought it possible I could find some advice from those of you on this forum familiar with this issue in particular or the Tuscany line in general. We don't know much about the Damon Tuscany line of 7 years ago as we have had gas coaches up to now. I would appreciate any comments from anyone - especially 4055 owners - as to this air intake issue or other issue they have found in regards to the 2007 Tuscany line in general.
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Old 03-03-2014, 02:59 PM   #2
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I have an 08 Tuscany, and the air intake is in the same position.
I routinely change the air filter every other year. I have had zero
issues, even in monsoon downpours with high winds blowing
on that side of the coach. There are enough baffles and other
design issues in the routing of the air inlet to prevent any
issues in this regard. I have 56,000 miles over 5 years.
Mine is a 4076 and it is the same colors as yours. If you have
records indicating that routine service was done, then you
have what appears to be a "new" coach. Once you get a handle
on the age of the tires, condition of the batteries (these should
have been/or must be changed at this time), you'll have a good
idea what you should pay for the coach. Thor Industries made
the coach, likely on a Freightliner chassis. There is no reason not
to consider buying it.
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Old 03-05-2014, 12:01 AM   #3
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my 08 tuscany is the same and
like mentioned the baffles and routing of the air intake hose plumbing
pretty much has not clogged from water and we have been through some serious downpours at highway speeds
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Mudman, did you get my Private message ?
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