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Old 02-24-2017, 07:15 PM   #15
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I guess my confusion and questions I have about these engines is, I have a 17' Ford f-250 diesel and it has 440hp and 925 lb of torque and when we back that up quiet a bit and add the weight of the cabin of the motorhome, then I start to question the hp and torque of the motorhome. I appreciate all the input.
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You might take a look at Motorhomes of Texas. They seem to have the higher end coaches, such as Fortravel, at a very good price.
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I have found a 2009 Monaco Cayman model 37PBQ. It has a 340 HP Cummins Engine. It has a Roadmaster raised rail chassis. 2 ducted roof a/c units with heat pumps.

Need help here because I do not know Monaco. I do not know what the Roadmaster raised rail chassis is and I do not know if the a/c and heat pumps are what you want in a motorhome.

Please help....
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Old 03-02-2017, 04:41 PM   #18
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Roadmaster is an outstanding chassis as long as it's the 8 airbag system. BUT, I think the 2009 Cayman has the 4 bag system with the trailing arm issues. This issue can be fixed (or may already have been fixed) for not a huge outlay. Around $1200 if I remember right. For a good chassis with side radiator, look for the RR8S chassis. Note that some dealerships don't know to replace the R with an S at the end, so you might find some labeled RR8R with a side radiator.

Monaco is a great coach, but in 2009 they filed bankruptcy. Some coaches around that time have been rumored (or confirmed) to have build quality issues.

If you'll slide back just a few years, you can find some of the older Monacos like mine that are simply fantastic. I'm about to hit 108,000 miles and we love it. We traded a 2014 Thor with 12,000 miles and have never looked back or regretted the trade. In fact we are thrilled every time we use it.

Here, the Monaco forum includes Monaco RV products including Safari, R-Vision. Beaver, Holiday Rambler and Mckenzie coaches.

Heat pumps are fine, but you'll need to plan for some sort of additional heat. Either those heat pumps will need electric strips (some call it emergency heat), or you'll want the AquaHot system, which is fantastic. Or you'll have to plan on space heaters for when temps drop below 40. I have regular heat pumps and the AquaHot system. I do use space heaters though when I'm on the campground's dime.
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You might take a look at Motorhomes of Texas. They seem to have the higher end coaches, such as Fortravel, at a very good price.
I see why, they are in the same city. Foretravel sells used coaches off their lot, too.
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RobbieH... Thanks for that heads up. I just googled it and yes you had the years right and the problems with them. It was a rear trailing arm problem. I have emailed the seller and asking him about this. This forum is really helpful..
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Here are the years and coaches affected
Source Engineering Inc | Custom RV Chassis | Eugene, OR
If they had new ones installed by Monaco, they would have installed the same problem trailing arms.
To do it right you need to install 4-Bag Ride Enhancement Kit
Source Engineering Inc | Custom RV Chassis | Eugene, OR
The reason I know my daughter has an 05 Monaco Safari Cheetah 36' and had everything replaced 3 years ago, cost around $5K from Source Engineering, had to have everything shipped to Fairbanks, Alaska.
For what its worth I would keep looking. There are other coaches out there that will ride a lot better going down the road.
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Heat pumps are fine, but you'll need to plan for some sort of additional heat. Either those heat pumps will need electric strips (some call it emergency heat), or you'll want the AquaHot system, which is fantastic. Or you'll have to plan on space heaters for when temps drop below 40. I have regular heat pumps and the AquaHot system. I do use space heaters though when I'm on the campground's dime.
Most RV's that offer heat pumps had them added as an option. I have yet (doesn't mean they don't exist though) to see an RV with heat pumps that did not also have full up heat of another type. Ours for instance still has the full up propane furnace. We love the two heat pumps, because when plugged in to shore power, we can keep the coach warm down to an outside air temp of around 45 degrees using just the heat pumps, on the "prepaid" electrical hookup instead of using propane. Just my $6.78 worth. (That's $0.02 adjusted for inflation)!
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The owner of the coach was supposed to call the factory today and ask about the recall and if his coach was affected and get back with me today... Never heard from him. He did say his coach had air ride though.
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The man canceled on me this morning and said his wife was sick and could not meet me. We are going to meet again Wednesday or Thursday. He said it had a 330 hp cat engine. Its 36'. Is this enough HP or is it not?


I wouldn't touch any thing that has dpf/def emission controls on them
Look for 2006 and older
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He did say his coach had air ride though.
Most of them do in this class. But you need to know which one.
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The owner of the Monaco called me today and said he had called the factory and gave them the Vin# and said there were no outstanding recalls on the coach. He is the 2nd owner so that may mean that there was a recall and it has already been fixed. Still searching and bouncing around. Dang this is hard to learn and try to find the right brand. Thats the main question I guess I have is who has a list of the top 4 brands in order. Please
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The owner of the Monaco called me today and said he had called the factory and gave them the Vin# and said there were no outstanding recalls on the coach. He is the 2nd owner so that may mean that there was a recall and it has already been fixed. Still searching and bouncing around. Dang this is hard to learn and try to find the right brand. Thats the main question I guess I have is who has a list of the top 4 brands in order. Please
Oh, if it was just that easy! Let the brand war commence! I'll get it going. Newmar, Tiffin, Country Coach, etc., etc.

Newell, Fortravel, Bluebird are in a class by themselves, I think.
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That was a great response.
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