Beginning the top 5 DP motorhomes
Damon Tuscany 4051
The Damon motorhome is a late addition to this list. I did this for a couple of reasons. Damon has been around for a number of years and they produce a very nice coach. In addition, we actually have two ties in our arbitrary, subjective ratings and I thought it would add some variety to our list. Finally, with the recent announcement that the American Coach Allegiance is being dropped from the line, some may think that we need a replacement. Anyway, we are going to look at the Damon Tuscany, a 40 ft. diesel pusher built on a Freightliner XC chassis. Plusses that we found on the Damon are the TPO roof, low mount wipers and mirrors, a 100 gallon fresh water tank, a standard basement entertainment center, and a single piece windshield. We also like the general floorplan of the 4051 which includes a side aisle, and a passenger side dinette. Several minuses were that the coach has four slides which I consider to be a disadvantage compared to three slides, and a standard, automatic awning. In addition, the 4051 comes standard with a king bed which we don’t like, but to add insult to injury, there is no option for a queen bed in this floorplan. To get the queen, we have to go to the 4078 which is a side aisle floorplan, but moves the dinette to the driver side. Some of these are compromises which make this less than the perfect DP.
We have been in several Damon motorhomes and they are very nicely built, with solid cabinets, and many features which speak of quality and good value. Damon appears to be in the business for the long run and should be around in the future.
I was very disappointed with the Damon website. I felt that there was a shortage of specifics as far as features are concerned. I would strongly suggest to any manufacturer that they should spend more time on their websites, improving available information and making it accessible to viewers. I was particularly put off by the number of glaring spelling errors on the Damon website. Examples include:
3 Camear System
Front Mount Chrmoe Power Heated Mirrors
8.3 Lieter Cummins 360 HP engine
These are direct “copy and paste” from the website and while I will agree that when you buy a motorhome, you don’t have to drive the spelling errors, it just concerns me that a corporate culture may exist that tolerates glaring errors and this culture may extend to the manufacturing area. I tried to contact Damon regarding the above listed errors prior to publishing this post. Unfortunately, the contact area on their website requires you to provide your mailing address to Damon before they will accept your comment. I chose not to provide this information and decided not to pursue any effort to contact them.
Other features that merit mentioning are the solid wood cabinets, the power windshield day/night shade, power driver seat, and power passenger footrest. I like the looks of the Damon dash area but I would have to drive the coach to determine if the instrument arrangement and switches lend themselves to reduced driver fatigue. The Damon/Freightliner retains the treadle brake pedal while many manufacturers have moved to an automotive type brake pedal with adjustable feature. Preference here is with the driver, so consider this feature when you are looking for your motorhome.
If you are in the market for a new diesel motorhome, you should consider the Damon. This is a well built, well featured coach with a lot of value.
Next time, Number 4. See you then.