**NO pets have been in this beautiful motorhome and it has NEVER been smoked in.. New Michelin tires installed in 2015**
There was a time when making the move from a gas Class A to a diesel-pusher was akin to leaping from a Ford Escort to a BMW 3-Series. It wasn’t merely a case of stepping up, it was stepping way up. After all, a pusher typically had a price tag that started at twice that of a nice gas unit, then went up from there. But in recent years, something interesting has happened. Gas customers have been asking for the luxury features commonly found in diesel-pushers, and diesel enthusiasts have been asking why it’s necessary to spend $250,000 to get their beloved “oil burner.”
As a result, the disparity between gas and diesel platforms has shrunk; in many cases, the line has blurred altogether. Damon Motor Coach is one company that prides itself in breaking the rules, and its Astoria 3772 Pacific Edition is just the latest example of such irreverence. Imagine: a 38-foot, triple-slide diesel-pusher with all the bells and whistles and full-body paint for around $180,000.
“The Astoria was designed to compete against the current crop of high-end gas coaches,” explains Dave Miller, vice president of
product development for Damon’s diesel division. “But it’s got all the features of a diesel product. It’s built on a raised-rail chassis, so
it’s got huge pass-through storage. On the passenger side, we offer side-hinge baggage doors to make accessing stowed items easier. And it’s got air ride, air brakes and a 100-gallon fuel tank that can be filled from either side of the coach.” And, if you choose the base Astoria, you can get diesel power for $160,000 — but frankly, it’s hard to pass up the Pacific Edition.
For about $20,000 more, you not only have full-body paint, but niceties such as ceramic tile flooring, Corian countertops, a surround-sound system, electric sun visors, 10-gallon water heater, Flexsteel driver and front passenger seats with Nature’s Choice simulated leather, an electric awning with wind sensor and last, but not least, a full-length rear mudflap. The model 3772 you see here features two opposing slides in the living area, the streetside housing a sofa and Damon’s “Dream Dinette,” which can easily be made into a guest bed. In the curbside slide are the galley and another sofa that’s ideal for viewing the 32-inch LCD TV located at the rear of the living area. “This was a feature that our customers requested,” says Miller. “They were tired of straining their
necks to look at a TV above the driver’s area.”
Part of the Astoria’s appeal is that it comes with most everything you want, standard, but there are some options such as an 8-kW AC generator (instead of 6 kW) and a simulated leather sofa. “The Astoria fills a vacancy in the entry-level diesel market,” says Miller, “and we’ve filled it with a product that coincides with our ‘value by design’ philosophy.”