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Old 12-21-2010, 09:57 AM   #1
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I am looking at purchasing a 2002 Diplomat with 85K. The unit looks to be very well taken care of with complete maintenance records. The gen has 2990 hours looks new as well.
New tires and the batteries are two years old.
I can probably get this for somewhere in the lower $50K. Is this a good deal and I would appreciate comments on this model.
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You don't list the length or model or what extras are or are not on the coach so it is tough to tell. However any 2002 Diplomat in good shape should be worth $50K. About the only thing I would say is have an oil analysis done before finalizing the deal.
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As long as your not going to buy it in Byron, California.
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I am looking at purchasing a 2002 Diplomat with 85K. The unit looks to be very well taken care of with complete maintenance records. The gen has 2990 hours looks new as well.
New tires and the batteries are two years old.
I can probably get this for somewhere in the lower $50K. Is this a good deal and I would appreciate comments on this model.
Thanks
Jim
Jim,

I went on the Monaco site and here is the link for a brochure for a 2002 Diplomat. You did not mention the length or floor plan.
Monaco Products: Diplomat
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Should be good... however, very high hours on generator.... be sure to get an oil analysis before purchasing... also, check tire dating....
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Is it the R4R Roadmaster? If so check the trailing arms for cracking.
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That unit shouldn't have the trailing arm issues as it is on the RR8R chassis. Good chassis and powerplant. It should perform very well for you.

As far as the generator hours are concerned, that is alot compared to the norm but not anywhere near at the end of its life span. We have about the same on our 10kw Onan and it performs fantastic. If you get it make sure to either take the time or spend the money to have a major service performed on the generator such as replacing the belts and flush cooling system. One other thing I have seen on a few generators with that many hours is a cracked fuel return line. I generally replace that as part of the service. Mike.
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The unit is a 40 PBD and has a washer/dryer, dishwasher and centeral vac system plus all the normal equipment.
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This has been very helpful. thanks
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The unit is a 40 PBD and has a washer/dryer, dishwasher and centeral vac system plus all the normal equipment.
I sold my 38' Diplomat in 11-10 for $53K. Did have washer/dryer, but no dishwasher or central vac. It had 38k miles.
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Great comments. As a general observation, having service records is a big plus and it is rare that you find them. A diesel chassis will run longer than the "house" if cared for so the miles are not a factor. I second the suggestion to get an oil analysis just to be sure. It sounds like a great MH.
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Great comments. As a general observation, having service records is a big plus and it is rare that you find them. A diesel chassis will run longer than the "house" if cared for so the miles are not a factor. I second the suggestion to get an oil analysis just to be sure. It sounds like a great MH.
To be honest the service records, besides the condition of the rigs, were what sold the buyers on my last two coaches. They were so impressed with the service records along with all the dates, mileage and part numbers that they were sold on the spot. Mike.
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I want to thank all for your comments, they have been very helpful in the decision making
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I got a HR 40PBT three slide. I can tell you that you want to check areas where water may have damaged the flooring. Check the toilet area for any moisture as they seem to leek at the connections. Once the wood gets wet for a long time it falls apart and you will have to replace the wood big job. Check under the sink for any mold or leaking water. All of the plumbing needs to be checked periodically as especially with slides things move and loosen up. Check the roof make sure it is in good condition. Make sure the recalls have been done to the refrigerator. Other than that it should be a good unit for you. Shocks suspension check it over real good.
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