Comparing 36' coaches for purchase
New member considering moving to a diesel pusher. Available space and prices limit me to 36í and early 2000ís coaches.
Looking at Alpine and Monaco coaches This forum provide a lot of information about positive issues as well as problems and issues with various coaches and I would appreciate input from experienced owners as to what is really important and what to look out for.
A few points of comparison of standard items:
2000 Alpine 36í 2000 Monaco Knight 36í
Cummins 8.3 275 hp 815 ft lbs Torque Cummins5.9 ISB 260hp550 ft lbs
Allison 6 speed Allison 5 speed Odrive
21 ft Wheel base 19 ft Wheel base
4.88/1 Diff ratio 4.88/1 Diff ratio
ABS Hydraulic brakes ABS Hydraulic brakes ?
GVWR 28,000 GVWR 22,000
Weight distribution 37.5%/62.5% 36.36%/63.63%
GCWR 37,000 GCWR 26,000
45 degree turning angle Didnít find info
4 airbag suspension 4 airbag suspension
Aluminum Wheels Can be steel or aluminum
It appears that the loading/towing capacity of the Alpine is double that of the Monaco.
Iíve read that the longer wheel base to overall length ratio will result in better ride/handling
Either coach can be found with optional engines with higher hp and torque ratings
Iím aware of the failing trailing arm issue on the 2002-2004 4 bag Monacos
Iíve read that the 8 bag Monacoí s ride is superior to the 4bag. How does that compare to the longer wheelbase Alpine with a 4bag system?
All comments either positive or negative will be appreciated.