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Old 08-09-2012, 08:49 PM   #1
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2008 Neptune w/39,00 Miles?

Hi All, Looking for info from anyone who own's a Holiday Rambler Neptune 37PDQ or Holiday Rambler Coach's as to how well they hold up. We found a 2008 DP that has around 39,000 and since we have never had a DP we do not know if that is a lot of miles and what we should be looking for and asking before we think of buying. Help please.
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Old 08-09-2012, 09:13 PM   #2
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It's not a lot of miles, as long as it's been taken care of. I've seen coaches with fewer miles that were in sad shape.

It's all about condition, condition, condition. And proper maintenance of a diesel engine, which is not cheap to replace.

Also, with that particular coach, I believe it is on the RR4R chassis, which is not renowned for its ride quality, but more importantly, may have the defective tailing arms that put the original Monaco (parent company) out of business. You could be looking at a $4,000 bill just to make the coach safe to drive.

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How did the trailing arms put Monaco out of business? The economy did it.
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How did the trailing arms put Monaco out of business? The economy did it.
If you add up the cost of the trailing arm recall, it is a pretty staggering sum. Not to mention all the associated liability issues. They didn't have nearly the money to cover it.

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Old 08-10-2012, 03:05 AM   #5
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Tractor16.....Make sure you test drive another brand/chassis and at least test drive a Monaco brand coach with the RR8R chassis. The coach you're looking at has a four air bag chassis, similar to other brands, but this model rode really rough. The next step up in the Monaco line uses eight air bags. The Monaco eight air bag coaches are one of the best handling on the market, but do have a stiff ride.

If you do some searching, there are some articles/posts that discuss what year models had the bad trailering arms on the R4R chassis. The trailering arms essentially hold the axle in place and connect the shocks to the frame.

I doubt that the trailering arms were the downfall of Monaco since they went out of business before the problem really started to surface.

If you believe anything on this website, believe that these are a rough riding coach. Our friends have an 07 and I've tried shocks, ride height adjustment and tire pressure changes to make it ride better......it doesn't.
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Thanks Steve and Don for you knowledge. We are learning alot from the info we have been told so far. We are on the road right now and are looking on line at some of the Dealers in Arizona as that is were home is. We are in New York at this time. We want to try a DP but just don't know which brand will be the best for us yet. I need to get more info on the Engin, Chassie, ECT. I will keep asking questions and help to get the Knowledge that you guys have. Thanks so Much.
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Tractor16.....Look at maybe a year or two older Monaco Diplomat. It will come with the 400ISL. Everyone raves about the Phaetons, but I don't think they're all that special. I would buy an Allegro Bus though. They also come with the 400ISL.
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Thanks Steve and Don for you knowledge. We are learning alot from the info we have been told so far. We are on the road right now and are looking on line at some of the Dealers in Arizona as that is were home is. We are in New York at this time. We want to try a DP but just don't know which brand will be the best for us yet. I need to get more info on the Engin, Chassie, ECT. I will keep asking questions and help to get the Knowledge that you guys have. Thanks so Much.
One thing to consider is customer service and tech services. With that in mind, remember that Winnebago was one of the first and will probably be the last to go out of business. Meaning they will always be there for you when you need it most.
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Stay away from the Neptune. I had an 08 and it rode like a stage coach. Not enough air
bags and there is a problem with the trailing arms
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I had a 2008 Monaco Cayman (same as H.R. Neptune) Thank goodness I can say "had". Very rough riding coach. I put the ride enhancement kit & new h.d. trailing arms on it which helped a lot. The RR4R chassis dosen't ride as good as a lot of gas coaches.
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Tractor16.....Look at maybe a year or two older Monaco Diplomat. It will come with the 400ISL. Everyone raves about the Phaetons, but I don't think they're all that special. I would buy an Allegro Bus though. They also come with the 400ISL.
I tend to agree with Don on the basis that if you are going to buy used (and that's not a bad thing) you probably ought to look at mid- and upper- range models. I think the bang for the buck is better there -- if you give up a year or two in model (which is ultimately meaningless) you can get a much nicer coach for the same money, and there's an argument that the better coach will actually have held up a bit better (and will hold up better 5-10 years from now).

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Does that Neptune have the Cummins 5.9? We have some friends that loved the HR...in fact they got another after they sold the Neptune...said it was way under powered.
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As a former 07 Neptune owner ,I would have the trailing arms inspected before I went any further ,I had issues with the windshield coming out of the gasket . There is no frame ...the windshield sits in the cut out opening of the front cap. I spent over $2,000 having the opening re sized for the gasket. This fixed the issue .

Ended up trading ...

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Thanks guys for all your imput. I am glad i keep asking questions. I did not know about the Tailing arms nor about that brand of chassie. We will keep looking at other brands and maby a little older coach would not be a bad way to go as long as it has been taken care of.
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