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Old 07-09-2012, 09:05 AM   #1
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2006 Monaco lapalma DP

We are considering purchasing the above MH. It only has16000 miles on it and seems to be in very good condition. There are two things I am concerned about:
1) the temp gauge reads on the hot line all the time. The seller told me he bought the coach brand new in 2008 as always towed a car with it and the guage has never moved. He says he took it in twice cause he thought it was weird, but he has never overheated. Any ideas why the gauge would do this?

2) It has 340hp and 600 ft of tourque. Do you think this is enough for towing 5000 lbs over mountain passes. It has a 5 speed Allison MH 1000 transmission. Is this a light duty transmission?

The coach is in excellent shape and seems to have been well cared for. Anybody know of any issues pertaining to these MHs?

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Old 07-09-2012, 06:57 PM   #2
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I would have the guage checked out it may be def as for your HP and and Torque, you have plenty of both

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Old 07-09-2012, 07:19 PM   #3
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Definitely get the gauge checked. Me, I would stop driving if I got a hot reading... better safe than sorry! So I sorta dislike people who are cavalier about issues like that.

The transmission should be fine; but do keep in mind (if you care) that you will not be able to bump up the power of the engine, ever. That said, that engine and transmission will get you anywhere in the country. Slowly, maybe, but you will make it just fine.

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Old 07-09-2012, 07:41 PM   #4
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Have the gauge checked BEFORE you buy. If it's accurate I'd want to be sure then engine isn't hurt by the high temps.

As for HP/torque: It's on the low side. It'll get you there but you'll be in the slow lane or shoulder with the fully loaded trucks. Loose the boost and you'll slow down even more.
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Old 07-11-2012, 10:10 PM   #5
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My neighbor has an 06 or 07 Lapalma.
He has had a lot of problems with the cable slide system breaking cables. Aside from that he has put 50,000+ mi on it without trouble. He did add safty steer to it. It is a spring ride chassis so it will not be as comfortable as air ride.
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