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Old 05-17-2007, 09:14 PM   #1
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Buying the new MONACO 38 PDQ Diplomat May 2007

Monday April 30
I am amped out and ready to go. Cathy's work dictates that she can not leave before 2 pm, so I am sitting and ready. Tic-Toc goes the clock. The leaving [outbound] LA Traffic will be a problem, if we do not hit the freeways for our northbound journey by 2:30 pm... It is a 484 mile trip [according to 'Map Quest'] to DeMartini's in Grass Valley from our house in Orange County, and I am just ˜itchin' to go. Cathy pulls up at 2:10, and with a quick last check, we hit the road at 2:25 !
North on the 57 to the 210 freeways we merge into the car pool lane. The DP for trade, with it's 330 CAT is quite peppy, almost to the point of being fast [normally we pull a trailer and are at the weight limit MAX]. We are running our empty MH as fast as traffic will bear. Lucky for us, traffic is pretty good, it looks like we beat the rush. Merging on to the ˜5' North bound, we realize we made it, we beat the LA outbound traffic!
Nine hours later, we are looking for a level place to park in front of DeMartini's. We made it, now if we can get some sleep, it will be a good night. It is a very mild evening in Grass Valley, I wake a few times with dancing MH thoughts in my head...


Tuesday May First
Morning comes with a cold crispness. We meet Kevin the manager of the service department [we are blocking access] so we head over to DeMartini's main lot.
Vicky greets us, with a smile and a good morning. Tim gives our Trade the once around, and we decide that since we agreed to the deal, there was a small body damage, so another $1000 was deducted, which is a very fair deduct. I'd like to take a minute here to tell you, just how much Cathy and I enjoyed Tim's personality. He just wants to make us happy, his Store is bustling with enterprise, but he has time to personally talk to us and make sure we are happy with the deal. Jon [Tim's brother] comes by with his infectious smile, and says hello. We go in an sit down with Nate, who handles our paperwork. He explained everything, to it's fullest. Even telling us, to not get the extended warranty now, get it later when the standard Monaco warranty runs out. I've bought four other MH's before and each dealer tried to hard sell me the extended warranty before we left the lot. DeMartini's doesn't do that, it seems to me, at every turn, and every juncture Tim and his crew of family and co-workers, do what is best for the customer.
It is now 10:30 am, and we must be on a plane for Chicago Midway airport by 1 pm. It is time to go, and some how, I just feel to rushed. Remember your last MH buy, sitting and being hammered by the ˜closer', till you want to scream running away? I feel like the saying goodbye, to Tim, Jon, Vicky, and Nate, is too rushed [I figure we˜ll be back]. We have a plane to catch, and we now must go. Tim tells us, that Glenn will be driving us to the airport. Sacramento's airport is around an hour away, so we will just have to ˜endure' the ride in a little 45 foot Executive. This rig is to be transferred down to DeMartini's Sacramento's store. It has arrived from the factory this morning. Glenn has 'worked' for Tim for 15 years, Glenn's a retired General Contractor, and thoroughly enjoys life working part time for Tim. Man, that Executive is awesome. Collision avoidance is a interesting [although somewhat annoying at times] option. Beepers sounding, and LED's flashing, this Coach, has it all, and quiet, all I hear is the ceiling fan cord vibration. One day, I dream...
Glenn gets us to the airport on time, and the check in, the flight and the wait goes as easily as possible.

I mention to Cathy, that after every deal we have made on our previous MH˜s, there is regret. Why did we do that, why did we agree to that? Why were they so pushy, why did we buy from this dealer? Each time we bought a new MH, we NEVER went back to the last dealer, we didn't bring it back for service, to visit, to say hey... once the previous deals were done, we were done with that dealer. I can say with the utmost confidence, if we ever buy another MH, we will be back to DeMartini. I am thinking, why would anyone, anywhere, not buy from DeMartini?

Landing in Chicago's Midway Airport, We rent a car that has a return lot nearest to DeMartini's Wakarusa store. Leaving Chicago, we are starving, and there is road work everywhere. I miss the 90 cut off [neither of us even see it]. So we take the 94. I take a off ramp a and we eat at PePe's Mexican restaurant in Dolton. Soon we are getting off at the South Bend exit that will take us to the Amish Acres Motel [in Nappanee] our stay for the night. Traveling south on Highway 19, we come up on DeMartini's. I slow, and turn circling the property, I try to catch a glimpse of our new Diplomat, it's real dark, and I can't see it, so down to Nappanee we go. It's after midnight [local time] I apologize to the clerk at check in. We settle into the room, fraught with many Amish amenities.


May 2nd [it must be Wednesday]
Sleep is over rated...Right...
First off, we didn't wake up early enough, and I took the advise of many whom said don't be in a hurry to leave the area. We returned rent a car, and we start the walk through late, with JC. It's hard to go from Left coast time to east coast time in one day [and as I write this, it is Midnight on Wednesday]. The new Dip looks great, I mean, really nice. We went over all the outside stuff, and learned all outside systems. Found a few little issues, no big deal so far. Going over these things just takes time. Tomorrow we will give the little "Issue" list to "JC" and let him handle it. Tomorrow, we hope to get up with the ˜roosters' and complete the walk through process, and then hit the early [10 am] factory tour.
Tonight we went into Goshen and had dinner and went shopping at Target and a food store. Since we flew to area, we are a little short on MH supplies so we bought some regular stuff. Also, I HAD to buy a coffee maker, need the jolt in morning. Found a budget full size coffee maker for $5.00 at Target... It's cleaned and loaded for the morning brew. Out......

May 3rd Thursday
Woke up with the clatter of DeMartini's work force... Coffee, oh yea, I pour a cup and go to sit outside and admire my new rig.... First though, I need to wake up and get going ...
DeMartini sells between 50 and 60 MH's a month between his stores. That's delivering 2 per day, two PDI's and walk through˜s. Two other owners are taking possession the same day I am, this place is busy.
So, now we try to get our walk through finished. I get JC to help us finish up, however, he has started a new project, so as soon as he is done, he will help us. So, I find the main service fixer ˜Scotty' and give him the list, he starts right on it. JC then comes in and we start right back up finishing the walk through.
Oh crud, we are late for the 10 am Monaco factory tour. So now, we MUST finish up and get to the 2 pm tour. I ask Scotty if he will hook up my satellite receiver [I brought from home] and check Dome [among other things]...
1:30 rolls around and we borrow another truck to get over to the factory [about 500 yards away from DeMartini's Indiana store].
The tour starts right on time. Becky [our tour guide] walked us around from the chassis entry into the main building, to the final paint install. Very good tour, I recommend it to anyone who ever is in the area.
I wish I would have flown out to see my Diplomat on the line during construction. Every rig is built: "Just in time" all units are factory custom ordered by owners or dealers that want specific units to sell.
When we get back, I asked Rod the general manager if he'd let someone take us for a around the block drive, for a one last check out, before we hit the road. Loren, a Sales guy, takes us around the block. The Amish are out and it's a beautiful day. The only way I can explain the difference between my former Freightliner Chassis and the new Roadmaster/Diplomat is this: The Freightliner is like a new Volkswagen Beatle, it handled well, ran good, had good power... The Dip is like a Porsche 911, more road feel, better handling, nicer feel, and more torque... the 400 Cummins is awesome.
So we hit Interstate 90 around 4:30 pm, my goal is to drive until we get tired.
I just keep going and going, we get to my Aunt/Uncle's house at 1:20 am in Des Moines IA...
Will we ever get enough sleep again?

May 4th Friday
I wake around 8 am and Aunt Faye has coffee...
A real nice visit lead to staying longer than we planned. It was just to be a breakfast visit as we flew low through the area. We hit the road late at 4 pm... There are strong side winds blowing from the east 30-40 mph, as we drive up the 29 near Sioux City, the Dip has air bag stability, which adds air where needed, I need this. We spend the night in a Wal-Mart parking lot in Mitchell, I feel like I can drive further, but, the wind and rain are pretty hard.

Cinco-de-Mayo
Saturday Morn the day starts, with a great breakfast, then hit the road. The rain is falling, and I hear a report that it has rained .77" last night in the area of Mitchell SD.
It rains most of the way across South Dakota on the 90... We have decided to drive down through the ˜Badlands'. We pull off on the western cut off, and stopped at a gas station to fill up... No diesel. The store was nice and I just left the Dip under the Pump Canopy. Lucky for me, the hail falls hard for a while, wow, this weather in SD is wild. We continue the clockwise tour of the Badlands, on and off rain. As we are at one of the turn outs, viewing the wonder of the Badlands, it starts to hail again. I turn the MH [there are no other vehicles around] to point it so the wind is hitting the rear. No use, letting these small pea hail stones do damage to the PanaView windshield. Pea size turns to marble size [I say they are gumball size, wife says I am embellishing]. Anyway, biggest I have ever seen, heck, born and raised in Southern Kalifornia, I can count on my hands the number of times I have even seen it hail. The Badlands loop, takes us back out to the 90 at Wall. So of course, we go visit, Wall Drug.
A quick meal, post card buy and we head to the Mount Rushmore area. It is raining again, and Rushmore is fog shrouded. So we do not stop, we just head down to the Palmers Gulch KOA.
The satellite system never was fixed, the receiver is not compatible [or something] that I brought from home. So we are stuck with local TV. They have cable at the KOA, however, I don't have a wire, and they do not sell them at the store. This maybe one of the nicest KOA around anywhere [Restaurant/Cabins/Big store/Big rental units], but they don't have a able for me to buy. So stuck [with only two channels] with only local TV, we watch the news.
I find we are very lucky to only have hail today. MANY tornados have formed today in all the areas we have been through. It was a RED storm day.

Sunday May 6th
Woke up after a great nights sleep at the Rushmore KOA
We went over to Mt. Rushmore [had lunch] and then down to the Crazy Horse Monument. Then we drove to Lead and then Deadwood [had dinner at a casino in DW]... The Wal-Mart had a sign: "No Overnight Camping" [however, I did get my cable wire at WM] so we drove down the road and looked for a campground. We found a KOA in Spearfish SD.
$25.00, full hooks, including cable and WiFi... So I am writing this message. I found a new issue with the Dip, the GFI in bathroom was humming, so I hit the trip to cut off noise... It also wouldn't allow the front TV to turn on...Say What? The power to the front TV is on the load for the GFI? This seems wrong, but a call to the service tech at DeMartini says it is correct. The Humm is something I am told is a Monaco Issue.

Monday May 7th
We drive from Spearfish over to Devils Tower, took the 90 to the 25 south. Dinner in Casper WY. Then the 220 to the 287/789. We then ended the night at a rest stop along the 80 West of Rawlins.

Tuesday Morn May 8th
Had Breakfast in Craig CO. We then worked our way down to Moab UT. We are at a GoodSam Park the Portal RV Resort. Nice place, big sites.
Too much driving the last two days, I need a vacation from this vacation.
Wife thinks we should drive up and over to Grass Valley to DeMartini's store there to get some of the ˜small' rattle issues fixed, and maybe they can fix the satellite.

Wednesday Morn May 8th
We tour the Moab and Arches area. OK, it was a fast tour. Then we turn north and west. Across Utah we go, we witness the most beautiful sunset over the Great Salt Lake. We end the night at a rest area, just east of Winnemucca.

Thursday May 9th
Winnemucca Dunes are near by, and would have been a nice addition to my sand collection, I can not spare the time... On Vacation and no spare time! That's a load of ....
We get to DeMartini's Grass Valley store, Tim takes us for a ride up to where his new huge store is being built. What a facility they will have when done.
They fix all but the dish issue, seems the dish place is closed [east coast verses west coast thing...] Service says if we would like to spend night they will fix it in morning. We spend night at the service parking lot.

Friday May 10th
All is fixed [on our little list] and what I didn't remember from the PDI in Indiana, I get a refresher course from Kevin. We leave and say good by to our friends at DeMartini's. Back on the road we go... Which way to go home? The ˜99' South? No... too bumpy, the '5' South? No too boring... So we decide on going back east, then dropping down into the Tahoe Valley, see the beauty then keep going home. The 400 Cummins purred up the grades, then handled the curves great, the drive isn't a hard task anymore, it's a pleasure...
We end up at a nice little campground just north of the ˜Bodie' cut off. Full hook ups, and a restaurant within walking distance. [Remember we took delivery in Indiana and we don't have much food]

Saturday May 11th
The last leg of our journey. The final drive home...
Boo-Hoo...
We get home before dusk in Orange County.
The Aladdin JR. says we averaged 7.6 MPG since Indiana, fighting winds and the such, I am happy.

The worst roads? The road from Reno to Grass Valley cut off on the 80. Close second was the 80 in Iowa, one lane wide, and reflectors down the middle.



Other thoughts...
The Cummins 400 HP runs so good. Purrs...
The Aladdin Jr system is a nice trip computer but is a great way to monitor all your engine parameters.
The Monaco is more than we knew it would be. EXP: Switch at Bed to turn Radio on and off; and another switch to turn off front light at door, at bed.


I wanted an adventure, yes we had one... a great one!


Any regrets so far on the Diplomat? No way! I love it! Oh, maybe, if it was a 2008 with all the same engine and options, this was maybe the last 2007 to come off the line two weeks ago!
This Diplomat will serve us for a long time!


Steve
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Old 05-17-2007, 09:14 PM   #2
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Buying the new MONACO 38 PDQ Diplomat May 2007

Monday April 30
I am amped out and ready to go. Cathy's work dictates that she can not leave before 2 pm, so I am sitting and ready. Tic-Toc goes the clock. The leaving [outbound] LA Traffic will be a problem, if we do not hit the freeways for our northbound journey by 2:30 pm... It is a 484 mile trip [according to 'Map Quest'] to DeMartini's in Grass Valley from our house in Orange County, and I am just ˜itchin' to go. Cathy pulls up at 2:10, and with a quick last check, we hit the road at 2:25 !
North on the 57 to the 210 freeways we merge into the car pool lane. The DP for trade, with it's 330 CAT is quite peppy, almost to the point of being fast [normally we pull a trailer and are at the weight limit MAX]. We are running our empty MH as fast as traffic will bear. Lucky for us, traffic is pretty good, it looks like we beat the rush. Merging on to the ˜5' North bound, we realize we made it, we beat the LA outbound traffic!
Nine hours later, we are looking for a level place to park in front of DeMartini's. We made it, now if we can get some sleep, it will be a good night. It is a very mild evening in Grass Valley, I wake a few times with dancing MH thoughts in my head...


Tuesday May First
Morning comes with a cold crispness. We meet Kevin the manager of the service department [we are blocking access] so we head over to DeMartini's main lot.
Vicky greets us, with a smile and a good morning. Tim gives our Trade the once around, and we decide that since we agreed to the deal, there was a small body damage, so another $1000 was deducted, which is a very fair deduct. I'd like to take a minute here to tell you, just how much Cathy and I enjoyed Tim's personality. He just wants to make us happy, his Store is bustling with enterprise, but he has time to personally talk to us and make sure we are happy with the deal. Jon [Tim's brother] comes by with his infectious smile, and says hello. We go in an sit down with Nate, who handles our paperwork. He explained everything, to it's fullest. Even telling us, to not get the extended warranty now, get it later when the standard Monaco warranty runs out. I've bought four other MH's before and each dealer tried to hard sell me the extended warranty before we left the lot. DeMartini's doesn't do that, it seems to me, at every turn, and every juncture Tim and his crew of family and co-workers, do what is best for the customer.
It is now 10:30 am, and we must be on a plane for Chicago Midway airport by 1 pm. It is time to go, and some how, I just feel to rushed. Remember your last MH buy, sitting and being hammered by the ˜closer', till you want to scream running away? I feel like the saying goodbye, to Tim, Jon, Vicky, and Nate, is too rushed [I figure we˜ll be back]. We have a plane to catch, and we now must go. Tim tells us, that Glenn will be driving us to the airport. Sacramento's airport is around an hour away, so we will just have to ˜endure' the ride in a little 45 foot Executive. This rig is to be transferred down to DeMartini's Sacramento's store. It has arrived from the factory this morning. Glenn has 'worked' for Tim for 15 years, Glenn's a retired General Contractor, and thoroughly enjoys life working part time for Tim. Man, that Executive is awesome. Collision avoidance is a interesting [although somewhat annoying at times] option. Beepers sounding, and LED's flashing, this Coach, has it all, and quiet, all I hear is the ceiling fan cord vibration. One day, I dream...
Glenn gets us to the airport on time, and the check in, the flight and the wait goes as easily as possible.

I mention to Cathy, that after every deal we have made on our previous MH˜s, there is regret. Why did we do that, why did we agree to that? Why were they so pushy, why did we buy from this dealer? Each time we bought a new MH, we NEVER went back to the last dealer, we didn't bring it back for service, to visit, to say hey... once the previous deals were done, we were done with that dealer. I can say with the utmost confidence, if we ever buy another MH, we will be back to DeMartini. I am thinking, why would anyone, anywhere, not buy from DeMartini?

Landing in Chicago's Midway Airport, We rent a car that has a return lot nearest to DeMartini's Wakarusa store. Leaving Chicago, we are starving, and there is road work everywhere. I miss the 90 cut off [neither of us even see it]. So we take the 94. I take a off ramp a and we eat at PePe's Mexican restaurant in Dolton. Soon we are getting off at the South Bend exit that will take us to the Amish Acres Motel [in Nappanee] our stay for the night. Traveling south on Highway 19, we come up on DeMartini's. I slow, and turn circling the property, I try to catch a glimpse of our new Diplomat, it's real dark, and I can't see it, so down to Nappanee we go. It's after midnight [local time] I apologize to the clerk at check in. We settle into the room, fraught with many Amish amenities.


May 2nd [it must be Wednesday]
Sleep is over rated...Right...
First off, we didn't wake up early enough, and I took the advise of many whom said don't be in a hurry to leave the area. We returned rent a car, and we start the walk through late, with JC. It's hard to go from Left coast time to east coast time in one day [and as I write this, it is Midnight on Wednesday]. The new Dip looks great, I mean, really nice. We went over all the outside stuff, and learned all outside systems. Found a few little issues, no big deal so far. Going over these things just takes time. Tomorrow we will give the little "Issue" list to "JC" and let him handle it. Tomorrow, we hope to get up with the ˜roosters' and complete the walk through process, and then hit the early [10 am] factory tour.
Tonight we went into Goshen and had dinner and went shopping at Target and a food store. Since we flew to area, we are a little short on MH supplies so we bought some regular stuff. Also, I HAD to buy a coffee maker, need the jolt in morning. Found a budget full size coffee maker for $5.00 at Target... It's cleaned and loaded for the morning brew. Out......

May 3rd Thursday
Woke up with the clatter of DeMartini's work force... Coffee, oh yea, I pour a cup and go to sit outside and admire my new rig.... First though, I need to wake up and get going ...
DeMartini sells between 50 and 60 MH's a month between his stores. That's delivering 2 per day, two PDI's and walk through˜s. Two other owners are taking possession the same day I am, this place is busy.
So, now we try to get our walk through finished. I get JC to help us finish up, however, he has started a new project, so as soon as he is done, he will help us. So, I find the main service fixer ˜Scotty' and give him the list, he starts right on it. JC then comes in and we start right back up finishing the walk through.
Oh crud, we are late for the 10 am Monaco factory tour. So now, we MUST finish up and get to the 2 pm tour. I ask Scotty if he will hook up my satellite receiver [I brought from home] and check Dome [among other things]...
1:30 rolls around and we borrow another truck to get over to the factory [about 500 yards away from DeMartini's Indiana store].
The tour starts right on time. Becky [our tour guide] walked us around from the chassis entry into the main building, to the final paint install. Very good tour, I recommend it to anyone who ever is in the area.
I wish I would have flown out to see my Diplomat on the line during construction. Every rig is built: "Just in time" all units are factory custom ordered by owners or dealers that want specific units to sell.
When we get back, I asked Rod the general manager if he'd let someone take us for a around the block drive, for a one last check out, before we hit the road. Loren, a Sales guy, takes us around the block. The Amish are out and it's a beautiful day. The only way I can explain the difference between my former Freightliner Chassis and the new Roadmaster/Diplomat is this: The Freightliner is like a new Volkswagen Beatle, it handled well, ran good, had good power... The Dip is like a Porsche 911, more road feel, better handling, nicer feel, and more torque... the 400 Cummins is awesome.
So we hit Interstate 90 around 4:30 pm, my goal is to drive until we get tired.
I just keep going and going, we get to my Aunt/Uncle's house at 1:20 am in Des Moines IA...
Will we ever get enough sleep again?

May 4th Friday
I wake around 8 am and Aunt Faye has coffee...
A real nice visit lead to staying longer than we planned. It was just to be a breakfast visit as we flew low through the area. We hit the road late at 4 pm... There are strong side winds blowing from the east 30-40 mph, as we drive up the 29 near Sioux City, the Dip has air bag stability, which adds air where needed, I need this. We spend the night in a Wal-Mart parking lot in Mitchell, I feel like I can drive further, but, the wind and rain are pretty hard.

Cinco-de-Mayo
Saturday Morn the day starts, with a great breakfast, then hit the road. The rain is falling, and I hear a report that it has rained .77" last night in the area of Mitchell SD.
It rains most of the way across South Dakota on the 90... We have decided to drive down through the ˜Badlands'. We pull off on the western cut off, and stopped at a gas station to fill up... No diesel. The store was nice and I just left the Dip under the Pump Canopy. Lucky for me, the hail falls hard for a while, wow, this weather in SD is wild. We continue the clockwise tour of the Badlands, on and off rain. As we are at one of the turn outs, viewing the wonder of the Badlands, it starts to hail again. I turn the MH [there are no other vehicles around] to point it so the wind is hitting the rear. No use, letting these small pea hail stones do damage to the PanaView windshield. Pea size turns to marble size [I say they are gumball size, wife says I am embellishing]. Anyway, biggest I have ever seen, heck, born and raised in Southern Kalifornia, I can count on my hands the number of times I have even seen it hail. The Badlands loop, takes us back out to the 90 at Wall. So of course, we go visit, Wall Drug.
A quick meal, post card buy and we head to the Mount Rushmore area. It is raining again, and Rushmore is fog shrouded. So we do not stop, we just head down to the Palmers Gulch KOA.
The satellite system never was fixed, the receiver is not compatible [or something] that I brought from home. So we are stuck with local TV. They have cable at the KOA, however, I don't have a wire, and they do not sell them at the store. This maybe one of the nicest KOA around anywhere [Restaurant/Cabins/Big store/Big rental units], but they don't have a able for me to buy. So stuck [with only two channels] with only local TV, we watch the news.
I find we are very lucky to only have hail today. MANY tornados have formed today in all the areas we have been through. It was a RED storm day.

Sunday May 6th
Woke up after a great nights sleep at the Rushmore KOA
We went over to Mt. Rushmore [had lunch] and then down to the Crazy Horse Monument. Then we drove to Lead and then Deadwood [had dinner at a casino in DW]... The Wal-Mart had a sign: "No Overnight Camping" [however, I did get my cable wire at WM] so we drove down the road and looked for a campground. We found a KOA in Spearfish SD.
$25.00, full hooks, including cable and WiFi... So I am writing this message. I found a new issue with the Dip, the GFI in bathroom was humming, so I hit the trip to cut off noise... It also wouldn't allow the front TV to turn on...Say What? The power to the front TV is on the load for the GFI? This seems wrong, but a call to the service tech at DeMartini says it is correct. The Humm is something I am told is a Monaco Issue.

Monday May 7th
We drive from Spearfish over to Devils Tower, took the 90 to the 25 south. Dinner in Casper WY. Then the 220 to the 287/789. We then ended the night at a rest stop along the 80 West of Rawlins.

Tuesday Morn May 8th
Had Breakfast in Craig CO. We then worked our way down to Moab UT. We are at a GoodSam Park the Portal RV Resort. Nice place, big sites.
Too much driving the last two days, I need a vacation from this vacation.
Wife thinks we should drive up and over to Grass Valley to DeMartini's store there to get some of the ˜small' rattle issues fixed, and maybe they can fix the satellite.

Wednesday Morn May 8th
We tour the Moab and Arches area. OK, it was a fast tour. Then we turn north and west. Across Utah we go, we witness the most beautiful sunset over the Great Salt Lake. We end the night at a rest area, just east of Winnemucca.

Thursday May 9th
Winnemucca Dunes are near by, and would have been a nice addition to my sand collection, I can not spare the time... On Vacation and no spare time! That's a load of ....
We get to DeMartini's Grass Valley store, Tim takes us for a ride up to where his new huge store is being built. What a facility they will have when done.
They fix all but the dish issue, seems the dish place is closed [east coast verses west coast thing...] Service says if we would like to spend night they will fix it in morning. We spend night at the service parking lot.

Friday May 10th
All is fixed [on our little list] and what I didn't remember from the PDI in Indiana, I get a refresher course from Kevin. We leave and say good by to our friends at DeMartini's. Back on the road we go... Which way to go home? The ˜99' South? No... too bumpy, the '5' South? No too boring... So we decide on going back east, then dropping down into the Tahoe Valley, see the beauty then keep going home. The 400 Cummins purred up the grades, then handled the curves great, the drive isn't a hard task anymore, it's a pleasure...
We end up at a nice little campground just north of the ˜Bodie' cut off. Full hook ups, and a restaurant within walking distance. [Remember we took delivery in Indiana and we don't have much food]

Saturday May 11th
The last leg of our journey. The final drive home...
Boo-Hoo...
We get home before dusk in Orange County.
The Aladdin JR. says we averaged 7.6 MPG since Indiana, fighting winds and the such, I am happy.

The worst roads? The road from Reno to Grass Valley cut off on the 80. Close second was the 80 in Iowa, one lane wide, and reflectors down the middle.



Other thoughts...
The Cummins 400 HP runs so good. Purrs...
The Aladdin Jr system is a nice trip computer but is a great way to monitor all your engine parameters.
The Monaco is more than we knew it would be. EXP: Switch at Bed to turn Radio on and off; and another switch to turn off front light at door, at bed.


I wanted an adventure, yes we had one... a great one!


Any regrets so far on the Diplomat? No way! I love it! Oh, maybe, if it was a 2008 with all the same engine and options, this was maybe the last 2007 to come off the line two weeks ago!
This Diplomat will serve us for a long time!


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...and the "DEMARTINI LOVEFEST" continues!!!
Aren't they the greatest?! I am so glad to hear that you had such a great experience...and I am envious of the "adventure" home!

Congrats and I am sure you will have many more sililar or more relaxing trips with you new Dip!



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I {sniff} can hardly type these words as {sniffle} the tears flow freely from my {sob} eyes. Tears? Oh yes, tears of joy and happiness {wail} that we have another happy MONACO-OWNER in our midst (and one from DeMartini to boot!).

Seriously, I am very glad you got the new coach, and very pleased to read the diary of the trip. Certainly made for an exciting time, almost being there with y'all and going thru the joys of new-ownership. Many many many satisfied hours of fun to you.


Oh, almost forgot. Welcome to irv2 We're really glad to have you here as a new member and are looking forward to reading your posts about your RVing experiences and adventures. You'll find a great bunch of folks on this site who are very knowledgeable of RVing, the rigs we use, and the places we go in them. Enjoy the forums and post often, and when you want to be a official member of the forum just let me know.

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Congratulations on your new Dip. I know just how you feel as we bought an 07 Diplomat SFT this past Feb.

We found the coach on the lot at our local dealer in PA. It had everything we would have ordered, except for a few things they switched for us (we wanted J-sofa no Select air mattress, etc). Haven't taken any trips yet - just local camping. Hoping to get away soon.

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May I also welcome you to the IRV2 forum! We have the same floorplan...what is your color and wood?
I would also ask to be granted "Monaco Owners Forum Member" status. It gets you nothing but that tag under your name...and the notoriety of hanging with a bunch of Monaco people who have a pretty great sense of humor! (or in my case ...a pretty whacked sense of humor!"!!)



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Hi Robin -

Welcome to irv2 We're really glad to have you here as a new member and are looking forward to reading your posts about your RVing experiences and adventures. You'll find a great bunch of folks on this site who are very knowledgeable of RVing, the rigs we use, and the places we go in them. Enjoy the forums and post often, and when you want to be a official member of the forum just let me know.

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Thanks for the welcome, MonacoMama. We love the SFT floor plan. We were looking for a floor plan with a full bath, and got all the extra storage space as well. Suzanne and I both love the fact that we each have our own wardrobe closet to "spread out" in.

Our color scheme is "Edwardian Bronze". Fancy name for red brown and tan, but it all looks great together.

Have you had any problems with the big slide? Ours has had to be repaired already. Warning: Never put that thing out if there is even a hint of sleet or freezing rain.

See URL on profile page for more info on our SFT.
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Thanks, Ron. Good to be here. Seems like a great bunch of Monaco folks.
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Hey Robin...
I think you should post some of your mods and pictures in the first post on the Monaco forum here. You have done some great things...and people look at that section all the time for good ideas...



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