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Old 08-02-2011, 05:29 PM   #1
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need input on potential purchase of Tuscany

I posted this information on the "general" class A forum, but thought that I might get more response and usuable information on the Damon Forum. We presently have a 2011 Challenger, and really have enjoyed it for the past year. My wife and I are thinking of going full-time once again ( we did full-timing for 4 years in our Travel Supreme 5th wheel and really have great memories of our time on the road). WE have looked at the Tuscany and really think that they are what we would like for full-time living. How many Tuscany owners are happy with their decision to purchase a Tuscany, and if there are any full-timers out there living in their Tuscany, how does it measure up to your expectations for full-time travel/living. We especially like the front kitchen floorplan, but can appreciate other design offerings. We would like to get owners' opinion/s and any suggestions as to where to purchase for best value. Travel to distant dealerships not an issue.

Thanks so much in adance, Bronk
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Old 08-02-2011, 07:39 PM   #2
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We have a 2008 4055 and Love the floor plan,we do not full time,but could easly.
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Old 08-02-2011, 09:59 PM   #3
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I'm thinking if you can afford to trade after one year, just go to the closest dealer! lol.
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Old 08-03-2011, 11:01 AM   #4
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We have the forward kitchen floor plan in our Damon and have really come to like it. Would not go back to an arrangement with the tv over the driver. Makes loading groceries much easier too.

Our only design complaint is that the awning should have been mounted on the slide, not the roof. When the slide is out, it takes up a good bit of the under awning space.
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Old 08-03-2011, 02:14 PM   #5
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Thanks for the responses thus far. I think that pricewise, the Tuscany is hard to beat. The workmanship on both the inside and outside seems very acceptable, and I believe the drive train should be more than adequate. We are leaning towards the FK floorplan which I believe is a 43 ' . We have put about 10,000 miles on the Challenger, and it has performed flawlessly. Needless to say, I have a potential buyer for it, so that will allow me to move up to the Tuscany without taking too big a hit on the Challenger. Now I just need to shop around for the best price on the one that we both like.

Thanks again for your input. Bronk
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Old 08-18-2011, 08:48 PM   #6
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Thanks for the responses thus far. I think that pricewise, the Tuscany is hard to beat. The workmanship on both the inside and outside seems very acceptable, and I believe the drive train should be more than adequate. We are leaning towards the FK floorplan which I believe is a 43 ' . We have put about 10,000 miles on the Challenger, and it has performed flawlessly. Needless to say, I have a potential buyer for it, so that will allow me to move up to the Tuscany without taking too big a hit on the Challenger. Now I just need to shop around for the best price on the one that we both like.

Thanks again for your input. Bronk


We love out 2007 4055 and moved into the coach full time last year. We don't travel much (we live in Jacksonville, FL as our home base since I still work) and have found it easy to live in. The only complaint I have is the couches are wearing pretty quickly and will probably have to be re-padded at some point in the next year. Eddie is home bound after the stroke and the couch he sits on most of the day is wearing pretty quickly.

The Tuscany is the best value for the money. And we haven't had too many issues with it since going full time. The major applicances and systems have faired well with one exception. We had to have the front A/C upper unit replaced earlier this year because the Carrier unit was freezing up all the time and you can't recharge them. Was cheaper to put in a newer 15K unt in place which has helped keep it cool, expecially in the extreme heat we've had in the past few months.

We've put 32K on the coach since we bought it (just got back from a trip to Nashville TN then Asheville NC and home) and have had almost no major issues that were not man made.

Find the best price you can on it and make the purchase. As we all know, the floor plan will drive which coach you get...
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Old 08-24-2011, 11:35 PM   #7
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It has been interesting to read these other responses. We are full timers and just traded for a Tuscany 4072. In our search I did find a new 43 at the Camping World in Portland, OR which you can easily check out on line. We haven't even moved into the new one yet but liked what we saw and the way it drove. We are moving from a 35' FRED chassis to Freightliner's 40' pusher on the Tuscany, so it will be a difference and a positive change. Time will tell.
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Old 08-25-2011, 05:18 PM   #8
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we still like ours very much
roof a/c blower motor was acting up
so i found a new one at grainger and i built a new frame for it. I will change it out this winter, as now the old motor is purring like a kitten
i managed to oil the sleeve bearings and the amp load dropped and no more noise.


our couch is getting flat in the foam area, but the leather is holding up very well

today i added nice brass screws to the dash panels that hold the radio and the a/c vent controls. the glued on snaps things finally popped

it still drives very good and I am pleased at mpg and power loaded up pulling the toad.
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We also like the front kitchen floorplan. Looked very hard at a couple Tuscany's when we where shopping, but eventually decided the monaco was a big step up in quality, even 3 years old.
Did go with the front kitchen floor plan though.
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Old 08-26-2011, 03:48 PM   #10
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Thank you for all the excellent input concerning the Tuscany. It is greatly appreciated! I have located a Tuscany in Texas at Motor Home Specialists. Has anyone done business with this company? They have the best price on the model that we are looking for - the prices for this floorplan are all over the place at various dealerships. Camping World seems to come the closest to the Texas dealership in pricing, but I wasn't that enamored with Camping World with the purchase of the Challenger last year. The only advantage would be that Camping World dealerships are close by in Indiana and TN. I can't believe over $30,000 difference in prices when comparing similar models with similar equipment!! The Internet is a great place to shop!!

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Thanks for the responses thus far. I think that pricewise, the Tuscany is hard to beat. The workmanship on both the inside and outside seems very acceptable, and I believe the drive train should be more than adequate. We are leaning towards the FK floorplan which I believe is a 43 ' . We have put about 10,000 miles on the Challenger, and it has performed flawlessly. Needless to say, I have a potential buyer for it, so that will allow me to move up to the Tuscany without taking too big a hit on the Challenger. Now I just need to shop around for the best price on the one that we both like.

Thanks again for your input. Bronk
We bought our 4078 in December in Tucson. We lived in it the rest of the winter and drove back home to Michigan. Stopped in Elkhart for service on bucket list of minor problems. Have been back to Elkhart one more time for more minor problems. We like our 40ft 4078 just fine and understand a new coach has issues to straighten out. My advice is to use it extensively while under warrenty and get issues fixed. Our unit came with 425 cummins and is a 1 in only 12 made on chassis ment for discontinued higher end coach. I'm getting 9 mpg at 65 mph with Buick toad on dolly. Looking forward to end of October when we head back to AZ for winter. Love driving it. I think it was a great buy and am pleased with coach. Thor is not real picky with fit and finish but for the money I'm pleased. Service in Elkhart is fine and parts are for the most part readily available. usmade56@yahoo.com
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Thank you for all the excellent input concerning the Tuscany. It is greatly appreciated! I have located a Tuscany in Texas at Motor Home Specialists. Has anyone done business with this company? They have the best price on the model that we are looking for - the prices for this floorplan are all over the place at various dealerships. Camping World seems to come the closest to the Texas dealership in pricing, but I wasn't that enamored with Camping World with the purchase of the Challenger last year. The only advantage would be that Camping World dealerships are close by in Indiana and TN. I can't believe over $30,000 difference in prices when comparing similar models with similar equipment!! The Internet is a great place to shop!!

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check out mc clains rv superstore
he has 5 or 6 locations in (3 in dallas) ar, and ok
real good folks to deal with

on yes we have the 4056, it was only built one model year.
works great for us as full timers,
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