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Old 05-28-2015, 02:08 PM   #15
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I would stick with a larger engine, Cummins 8.3, 8.9. I think most coaches with the 5.9 or 6.7 have 5000 hitches. 
Agreed. In the price range/years you would be looking I would go with the Cummins 8.3. It is a mechanical injection, sleeved engine and can be turned up a bit, which all us racers like to do anyways.

It was available in a few of the ones I posted links to above. Monaco Dynasty's and American Eagles and Traditions of the mid to late 90's in particular.

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Old 05-28-2015, 07:18 PM   #16
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Here's one for you. Though it says factory tow rated at 7,000 lbs. realistically I think you could tow up to 10k no problem. Subsequent year models were rated at 10k and I don't think anything was actually changed on the frame to warrant the higher rating.

2000 COUNTRY COACH INTRIGUE 40' DIESEL PUSHER LARGE SLIDE CUMMINS 350

That is a pretty good looking rig!


Most defiantly Like to turn up the DP. Always turning up something!!

Keep the Ideals flowing!
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Old 07-27-2015, 03:16 PM   #17
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Been working and haven't had a ton of time to look. I think I found something I might be interested in..

2002 Monaco Signature, Willow Park TX - - RVtrader.com


Have a look and tell me what you guys think.

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Nice looking from the pictures but WOW, 226k miles. I guess I need to start dring mine more.

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Nice looking from the pictures but WOW, 226k miles. I guess I need to start dring mine more.

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Yeah, it looks like they drove it!

So how do you like your Monoco overall?
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I tow a 28' behind my coach. With it being only 34', the 330hp engine has a good power to weight ratio. I have no issues towing. Keep in mind that most states have a maximum overall length limit of 65'. My setup runs 67.5'. Others are grossly over length. Personal choice whether to roll the dice or not. As Zmotorsports stated, I just plug my trailer into one the coaches 110v outlets to supply power to my trailer. Good luck with your search!
I measured ours the other day. 28' trailer 38' coach and 68' overall. Although I don't know anyone at our track that has been pulled over for overlength......yet.

I wouldn't trust most of the hitches that come on the used DP's. I added iron to mine. The pusher will pull it fine. I have a dragsters, a jr, golf cart, fuel and tools in mine. The 300 hp CAT does just fine in Illinois. If you have a mountain pass to go over it is going to take a while. I don't even move my foot with the Illinois hills.
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Yeah, it looks like they drove it!

So how do you like your Monoco overall?
I really like my 03 Monaco. As a matter of fact, my wife and I have been contemplating selling ours and upgrading vs. getting it painted. I think I am going to get it painted because we like it so much and it just barely turned over 100k miles a couple of months ago and I really haven't found anything that jumps out at me that I would trade it for.

Granted the new ones have a lot of bells and whistles but my older Monaco is running and handling great.

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I measured ours the other day. 28' trailer 38' coach and 68' overall. Although I don't know anyone at our track that has been pulled over for overlength......yet.

I wouldn't trust most of the hitches that come on the used DP's. I added iron to mine. The pusher will pull it fine. I have a dragsters, a jr, golf cart, fuel and tools in mine. The 300 hp CAT does just fine in Illinois. If you have a mountain pass to go over it is going to take a while. I don't even move my foot with the Illinois hills.
Yeah, the one i am looking at is 40 foot, and planing on a 28ft or so trailer....

It has a 500HP Cummins so it should have plenty of power. I'll have to look over the hitch...


Any concerns with 200K miles? I mean at least they keep it on the road moving....it's mostly Highway miles? Motor/ Trans should be good for 500k?? I had a rebuild on my C-13 in my Pete at 700k

Is Manaco a good coach choice over all, or should I shy away because of the miles, and look for coming with a few less??
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Yeah, it looks like they drove it!

So how do you like your Monoco overall?
Used the coach in my signature for 13 years racing nearly every weekend. 28' stacker, two cars, support equipment, + golf cart or 4 wheeler. Plug the trailer into the 12.5 diesel generator and run anything you want or need. Now we are mostly sight seeing/vacationing but still love it! Son just bought a '00 Sig so I guess that's the best testimony we can give on Monaco products! One thing I would suggest is the hp number on a race support coach needs to start with a "4". Smaller will work and plenty of folks get by with 'em but I hate to be underpowered. JMHO.

PS. don't give a second thought to the strength of a factory installed 10k hitch on a Signature.. they're bulletproof.
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Used the coach in my signature for 13 years racing nearly every weekend. 28' stacker, two cars, support equipment, + golf cart or 4 wheeler. Plug the trailer into the 12.5 diesel generator and run anything you want or need. Now we are mostly sight seeing/vacationing but still love it! Son just bought a '00 Sig so I guess that's the best testimony we can give on Monaco products! One thing I would suggest is the hp number on a race support coach needs to start with a "4". Smaller will work and plenty of folks get by with 'em but I hate to be underpowered. JMHO.

PS. don't give a second thought to the strength of a factory installed 10k hitch on a Signature.. they're bulletproof.
Well sure! If you are pulling that trailer you need a beast! LOL.

Monaco is a great motorhome. Starting out with over 200k would only happen if the price was really right. I would want some room for some parts replacing.
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Bucky1320, just for fun, which rig would you think grossed more?

Freightliner/53ft double deck, elevator door trailer w/3 door cars & a dragster, 2 golf carts, support equipment & tools, or

42' Signature/28' stacker, 2 door cars, golf cart or 4 wheeler, tools & equipment?

As the old adage goes...There is no substitute for horsepower!
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Yeah, the one i am looking at is 40 foot, and planing on a 28ft or so trailer....

It has a 500HP Cummins so it should have plenty of power. I'll have to look over the hitch...


Any concerns with 200K miles? I mean at least they keep it on the road moving....it's mostly Highway miles? Motor/ Trans should be good for 500k?? I had a rebuild on my C-13 in my Pete at 700k

Is Manaco a good coach choice over all, or should I shy away because of the miles, and look for coming with a few less??
High miles or low miles you can still have engine or transmission trouble! Our new to us Magna has 45,000 miles and has had two top end rebuilds and three turbo's.
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High miles or low miles you can still have engine or transmission trouble! Our new to us Magna has 45,000 miles and has had two top end rebuilds and three turbo's.
How about using a rv inspection group? Get it all checked out and have a engin and trans fluid test done?
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Well sure! If you are pulling that trailer you need a beast! LOL.

Monaco is a great motorhome. Starting out with over 200k would only happen if the price was really right. I would want some room for some parts replacing.
What would be a really right price be..
Also what about 3rd party inspection?
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