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Old 01-29-2012, 06:31 PM   #1
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We are thinking of buying a 2001 Monaco motorhome. This would be our first motorhome purchase and are not sure of the pros and cons. Currently we are camping with a 5th wheel. Any advice would be appreciated.
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Old 01-29-2012, 06:57 PM   #2
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Motorhome vs trailer - that's a pretty open-ended question Lifestyle, costs, personal preference, etc.

Here are a few things:
A motorhome has an engine and driveline that has to be maintained, and since its a motor vehicle it has expensive liability insurance to buy. And you probably need to tow a car behind it for transportation once you get to your destination. But travel is easier - you have your house facilities at your side as you drive, you can easily stop for lunch in your home, and set up at the campsite is quicker and easier.
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Old 01-29-2012, 07:31 PM   #3
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Yes, we've considered the things you bring up. What about this brand/year motorhome? Since we have just begun to search for a motorhome we don't know the major points to look for. The unit we have looked at seems very well maintained and cared for. Do you know of any issues with this model?
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We have a 2000 Holiday Rambler. They are almost identical to the Monaco Dip, and made by the same manufacturer. They are a great choice, all you have to look for are signs of neglect or leaking. Look carefully at roof and walls inside, the outside walls for delamination, and a good inspection underneath. The coach you are considering was built to last.

An inspection by a chassis specialist will help also.
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Thanks for the info. The unit looks to be very well maintained. It has a 330 diesel engine and is a one owner.
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Good coach, good motor. As with all second hand RV purchases get a full inspection, this could would should save dollars later. Pay attention to batteries and tire dates, this will run $4000 to replace and can be a bargaining tool. I also have the Holiday Rambler version.

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We owned a Monaco Dynasty (sister to the Diplomat) for 5 years and really liked it. We had a few issues but it's pretty normal for a class A pusher. I wouldn't be afraid of a Monaco product.
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I love our Diplomat. solid drive train and engine, excellent chassis, rides and drives well.. I wish the main breaker panel was in a better spot, but its not horrible being in the corner of the rear closet. I did some upgrades, added a trickle charger for the truck batteries. Never figured out why they don't have that as standard, but, whatever.... removed the love seat and installed a desk. And added wireless hotspot. We also installed a set of drapes right behind the front seats/just in front of the forward slides. Keeps the inside cooler on a hot day, but allows some light in as well from the front. Everything works well. fit and finish is solid. We had to replace some of the rubber seals around the front door, to eliminate some road noise.

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