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Old 06-15-2016, 07:18 PM   #15
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In the Monaco lineup are Diplomat, Dynasty, and Windsor on the upper-end? Or is it all of the diesel based Monaco's?
Not exactly sure of Monaco's pecking order but Executives, Signature, Dynasty are for sure their top tier. Windsor and Camelot were also very nice. I believe the Diplomat and the Knight were at the lower end of their line up. Folks on the Monaco owners forum can certainly clarify.
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Not exactly sure of Monaco's pecking order but Executives, Signature, Dynasty are for sure their top tier. Windsor and Camelot were also very nice. I believe the Diplomat and the Knight were at the lower end of their line up. Folks on the Monaco owners forum can certainly clarify.

Coaches came and went in the Monaco line up but fell into loose families based on the chassis they were built on.

The S Series chassis was the basis of their first tag axle coaches. The S Series was a semi Monocoque chassis with steel framed side walls, floor framing and roof framing. It was highly braced and welded. These coaches were always their 3 top coaches:
1. Signature Series
2. Executive
3. Dynasty

The Windsor was part of this family until '03 when it was moved off the S Series chassis.

The RR8S and later, the RR10S was the next chassis.
1. Windsor after '02.
2. Camelot

The RR8R and RR10R was next.
1. Diplomat
2. Knight after '04

The entry level diesel coaches were built on the ill fated 4 airbag chassis. Their were known as RR4R.
1. Knight through '04

There were other coaches in these families from year to year. There were also Holiday Rambler, Beaver, and Safari coaches build on these chassis that fit into this family of coaches.
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You can buy a really nice 1999 to 2000 American Eagle. I have one and it is very well built and you can still get parts from the factory. And the factory is happy to see you bring it in. I have always been well treated there.
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We wanted to move up from a Class C, focusing our search on a Diesel Pusher. At the time we really didn't have a specific brand or model in mind.

We started looking, taking every opportunity to stop at RV dealers to walk through the used coaches. We started to learn which brands were better & worst. We also started to see the difference in how coaches were taken care of.

I also searched the internet, different sites but visited Ebay more then others because of the ability to save searches etc.

In 2008, we ended up finding a 2002 Monaco Windsor listed in Florida and by chance we were close enough to inspect. The coach looked really good and appeared to be taken care of. Unfortunately it didn't come with any maintenance records but I couldn't find anything wrong. We closed a deal and I flew back down to pick it up. After I got it home the first thing I did was take it to a Cummins shop, I knew the Manager and had a complete inspection and service done. When I went to pick it up he said it was "Cherry" and couldn't find anything wrong>>> I got lucky.

My advice is to take your time and don't jump at the first rig that catches your eye. You'll know when you find the right one.
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There were other coaches in these families from year to year. There were also Holiday Rambler, Beaver, and Safari coaches build on these chassis that fit into this family of coaches.
Just a minor clarification, the Holiday Rambler Endeavor for a few years up through 2000 was built on a Freightliner Chassis. These were good units also.

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Bought a 1999 Alpine Coach last year. We were very specific in what we were looking for -- make, model and year. Found one with less than 15,000 mile on Craig's List. It sat for years with little or no use but had good bones. Suggest you consider it an adventure knowing you WILL encounter surprises. All of which cost money. If you buy a used DP for, lets say $40,000, plan on spending at a minimum an additional $10,000 to bring it up to snuff. And that assumes you are handy and do most work yourself. The list of things you need to look for before you put money down can be intimidating. I focused on the big ticket items, engine, transmission, tires, batteries, generator, refrigerator, etc. You may run across the cream puff that requires little additional money and I hope you do, but even cared for coaches because of age typically require work. But like others who have posted, you can end up with a lot of coach for far less than new or even nearly-new. We did!
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My philosophy on DPs: I am not a diesel mechanic, therefore, I had a good inspection of the engine and chassis. I also have those maintained by the local Freightliner shop. (approximately $1400/year for just the routine maintenance)

I am, however, fairly handy around the house. The systems on a DP are a bit more complicated as you have 4 different power sources (generator, shore power, batteries/inverter, and propane), but I am capable of maintaining the house systems and have updated the coach as much as necessary to be comfortable.

Your mileage may vary.
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