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Old 01-12-2016, 07:03 PM   #1
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Question Looking for newer Diesel Pusher

My wife & I currently have a 2002 -40ft Monaco Diplomat which we have had for about 5 years now. After putting on about 40k miles, it has been a good coach with very few issues, considering the miles (79k) & age. We are looking to upgrade to a newer coach (2006-10) to get some of the bells & whistles that we don't currently have. We are looking again at the Monaco line as it has been good to us. I noticed on the RV Trader site, that there seems to be a lot of Monaco Dynasty Models for sale especially from 2007.
I did hear that Monaco was having some issues with the framework when they went to the one piece windshield.
Our budget is around $150-$175K range. Have also looked at other Manufacturers Ex. tiffen, newmar, country coach. Some of the coaches are higher end models, but are higher miles ( pushing 100k ). I know that diesels will go almost forever, so I'm not sure if that would be a concern on a 8-10 year old coach.
So fellow RVERS I would welcome any & all Pro & Con comments, to help us find our next home on wheels!! Thanks Bob
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We're picking up a 2015 Fleetwood Discovery that's in that price range. It's not a Monaco or Newmar, but you did throw Tiffin in the mix. I have no problem buying a used coach, but I don't want to reach back too many years to get a particular trim level. All depends what floats your boat.
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Old 01-12-2016, 07:37 PM   #3
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Watch the early part of that range - there were paint issues (crows feet) on some of the 2005-2006 (I think) pushers in that range... Very few escape what eventually happens and it costs a fortune to fix it. $150k should take you well outside 2006.

Asking prices on used ones vary wildly... So someone is throwing dealers a bone every now and then.
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Just remember to factor in a full set of tires if over 6 or so years old, and some reserve for repairs/replacements that will be needed sooner in a used unit than in a new one.
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My wife & I currently have a 2002 -40ft Monaco Diplomat which we have had for about 5 years now. After putting on about 40k miles, it has been a good coach with very few issues, considering the miles (79k) & age. We are looking to upgrade to a newer coach (2006-10) to get some of the bells & whistles that we don't currently have. We are looking again at the Monaco line as it has been good to us. I noticed on the RV Trader site, that there seems to be a lot of Monaco Dynasty Models for sale especially from 2007.
I did hear that Monaco was having some issues with the framework when they went to the one piece windshield.
Our budget is around $150-$175K range. Have also looked at other Manufacturers Ex. tiffen, newmar, country coach. Some of the coaches are higher end models, but are higher miles ( pushing 100k ). I know that diesels will go almost forever, so I'm not sure if that would be a concern on a 8-10 year old coach.
So fellow RVERS I would welcome any & all Pro & Con comments, to help us find our next home on wheels!! Thanks Bob
We are in the same situation. Seems to be some Newmar Dutch Stars that look appealing to us in that age and price range. Also, some nice Americans we are looking at also. Our 1998 Eagle has been good to us.
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"dadshotrod"......Monaco went to the one piece windshield in the Diplomat in 2005. The models above the Diplomat, Camelot, Dynasty, etc, got them before 2005. I don't think windshields are/were an issue.

You'll be really happy moving to the 400 ISL, compared to your old coach. Look around, some of the Dynasty's offered the ISM 500 as an upgrade. Monaco made a 40' Dynasty in 2009 and some had the 500 ISM. We looked for a used one for two years and never found one, but it would be a great coach in any length.
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You mite want to look at Travel Supremes as well .... When we were shopping .. Monaco, HR & Newmar were at the top of our list ... till someone turned us on to the TS line .... brand decision was made for us ... and never looked back .... #justsayin
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Went from a 97 Holiday Rambler Endeavor to a 2007 Holiday Rambler Endeavor. Walking into the newer one was like going home...it had the same feel and familiarity as our older coach, but had all the bells and whistles we were looking for. It had 65K miles...which I viewed that as a good thing...the previous owner had used his coach, not left it parked. It had new tires and batteries, and the paintwork looked new....inside was the same, all for well under the low end of your price range. We've had "Elvis" for 2 years now and love everything about him....no DEF required and he is full of himself! (4 slides, MCD shades, residential refrig, Flatscreens HD tvs, etc, etc. ). Upgrading was definitely worth the effort on our part.
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I visited the Tiffin plant in Red Bay, Alabama today and was very impressed with their operation. I can understand why they have such a good reputation and along with Newmar are considered the better of the mainstream manufacturers. I would certainly keep them in the mix when you are looking.

I do understand you looking at Monaco's also. I have always liked them and it sounds like you have had a good experience with them.
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