Originally Posted by Moscow
I have been looking at a 2007 Damon Astoria 3774 (Pacific model). Any comments as to whether this is a good rig to consider. thanks,
I recently bought a 2006 Damon but not a Pacific. Some of the better differences are full body paint and 600 watt inverter. Our 2006 coach had had the tV's, microwave, maybe the coach radio, the dvd/vcr player changed. All that said that intertainment tech is quite inexpensive and widely avaiable for low prices.
The big good thing to me would be Freightliner chassis and Cummins engine. Seems the Astoria can get about 10 mpg if you drive at 55. That is the + of the conservative HP specs. The 2007 might have the 6 speed tranny which could help you stay in the max economy rpm range. I thought I really needed 6 speed but the 5 I have is working out very well.
Some deluxe coaches come with a fiberglass roof. The Damon uses TPO. So do high rise skyscrapers. So it is a quality material with good wear characteristics. No one is on the top of a skyscraper obsessing about the appearance of the roof and daubing on sinfully expensive ointments. So it should be good for 20 years but in any roof system the joints are the weak part so look for failed caulking on the roof. You need to check the roof caulking at least 2 times a year. So some might think that is high maintenance compared to a fiberglass roof. TPO is weldable and easily patched should you have an accident. Our coach is 12'-7" so we are into a new area of vigilance.
The 2006 Astoria Pacific had a 600 watt inverter. Ours has none. Our Kureig coffee maker needs +1000 watts. I think they were thinking of the infotainment centers with the inverters. Also our 2006 only has 2 golf cart house batteries. The Inverted Astoria would probably have more.
The full paint of the Pacific would be nice. Our gel coat is chalking but I might be able to buff and wax it to a gloss. Winter got here about the same time as the coach. Day night shades are also a Pacific upgrade.
Be careful to read the handling problems woes of non freightliner chassis. It is an eye opener. Good luck in your search for a good coach. There are many pristine condition coaches out there but you might have to drive a bit to find one. An example was in FMC classified 9000 miles, no pets, non smokers, store indoors. 12 trips. It could be better than new ( all the bugs worked out) or it could have some glitches that no one would fix. So caveat emptor is the motor home buyers mantra.