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Old 11-18-2015, 11:47 AM   #1
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Monaco Cayman - 2005; Thoughts?

Anyone have thoughts about the 2005 Cayman?

Found one with 44K miles, Roadmaster chassis I'm looking at and would like your thoughts. This was made before the RV'ing crash of '08 so it should be well made.

Does this model tend to have handling issues?

And issues I should be aware of to look closely at before purchase?

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Old 11-18-2015, 01:44 PM   #2
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This model is built on the infamous R4R chassis. There was a recall on the trailing arms because of cracking. Unfortunately Monaco went through chapter 11 before many (if any) of the trailing arms were replaced. Check to see if the trailing arms have been replaced.

Source engineering makes a replacement trailing arms as well as a ride enhancement kit that solves most of the handling quirks of the R4R chassis.

Search this forum for information on the Roadmaster R4R chassis for additional information.
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Old 11-18-2015, 05:37 PM   #3
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Times 2 what xydial wrote. Unless you are getting an unbelievable deal, suggest looking higher up on the Monaco food chain, as only Cayman/Neptune have this chassis. As stated, it can be made safe, and it can be made to ride better. But at what price? And it will not ride as well as the other Roadmaster chassis even after $5 to 6 thousand dollars. Good luck!
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We happen to have an '05 Cayman and have been very happy with it. Well built unit so don't let the chassis scare you. The trailing arms do need to be checked and replaced if they have not and the factory shocks replaced as they are likely junk at this point. We have the 36PDD and have absolutely no complaints about the ride or handling. These are great units and can be bought for very reasonable prices thanks to the bad press of the trailing arms. Absolutely no complaints here.
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I own an 06 Cayman 34' Diesel. It has not given us any trouble in the two years we have owned it. It drives very well.
I'm beginning to think that the trouble with trailing arms is due to other issues like overloading the chassis, either through manufacturing a body too heavy for the undercarriage i.e. 38-40' or too much owner junk loaded into the bays.
I inspect my running gear regularly and will continue to do so just in case!
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My daughter has a Monaco Safari Cheetah and had the trailing arms changed out from Source Engineering Inc | Custom RV Chassis | Eugene, OR along with the ride enhancement kit
Source Engineering Inc | Custom RV Chassis | Eugene, OR cost around $7000.
One of the big problems is you can't see the crack because the brake is on top where the U bolts hold them in place until it is to late.
There is a dig difference in Monaco and Source trailing arms.
I think if my daughter had to do it again they would have never got the coach.
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Thanks for all the comments, folks. You jogged my memory about that chassis. I've read many a horror story about the cracked trailing arms and I think I'll avoid this one. They wanted too much for it anyway, IMO.
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I own an 06 Cayman 34' Diesel. It has not given us any trouble in the two years we have owned it. It drives very well.
I'm beginning to think that the trouble with trailing arms is due to other issues like overloading the chassis, either through manufacturing a body too heavy for the undercarriage i.e. 38-40' or too much owner junk loaded into the bays.
I inspect my running gear regularly and will continue to do so just in case!
So, I took my 06 Cayman in to have some other work done and guess what...cracks in both my trailing arms. That's a $3000. bill right there folks! Called Source Engineering and they have an installer right here in So. Calif. Called Colton Truck Terminal Garage 909 825 4080. This is a top quality shop and they did great work. Call Steve and he will set you up.
By the way, the best part of all this is my maintenance contract covered it all but $300.00. Man am I thankful!
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So, I took my 06 Cayman in to have some other work done and guess what...cracks in both my trailing arms. That's a $3000. bill right there folks! Called Source Engineering and they have an installer right here in So. Calif. Called Colton Truck Terminal Garage 909 825 4080. This is a top quality shop and they did great work. Call Steve and he will set you up.
By the way, the best part of all this is my maintenance contract covered it all but $300.00. Man am I thankful!
Great news. Glad you will be safe now and insurance covered it. Unfortunately I had to pay for mine. At least my family (and yours) is safe now.

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