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Old 08-13-2015, 08:57 PM   #1
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Monaco vs. Coachmen

Hello everyone,

Getting close to buying one of these two.

2007 Coachmen Sportscoach Elite 40SQ w/ 26K miles vs.

2007 Monaco Diplomat 40PDQ w/ 50K miles

Put a deposit on the Coachmen at a RV show a couple of weeks ago. It was being traded in by a couple that ordered a new coach but will be 2-3 months till they get their new coach. We really don't mind the wait. Now the dealer is trying to get us interested in the Monaco (probably to close another deal).

So I'm looking for your thoughts between the two different coaches. They both have features that we like, the Monaco has a bigger Cummins, the Coachmen a Cat, but just about half the mileage. Both priced just under 100K.
Your thoughts please ?

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Take the Monaco!! Don't worry about the mileage. Even NADA says not to take into consideration on a DP.


Friends had an '08 Diplomat that I helped him put a Samsung refer in along with new slide covers. Nice rigs.
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While we have not had the exact same models, we have owned a 2006 39' Coachmen and a 2003 42' Monaco. I would take the Monaco over the Coachmen any day of the week as long as they both are in about the same condition. Fit, finish and overall construction of our Monaco is much better than the Coachmen was. Where the Coachmen used veneer and soft wood our Monaco uses real cherry wood, no veneer.

50k is nothing for Cummins or a Cat.
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Monaco hands down even with the higher miles.
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Yes take the Monaco.Friends have 2003 and love it.
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Having Owned 2 Monacos and 1 Coachmen, MONACO. Besides brand, in 2007 Cat could not make there Acert emissions technology work and soon after left the over the road engine market completely.
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While we have not had the exact same models, we have owned a 2006 39' Coachmen and a 2003 42' Monaco. I would take the Monaco over the Coachmen any day of the week as long as they both are in about the same condition. Fit, finish and overall construction of our Monaco is much better than the Coachmen was. Where the Coachmen used veneer and soft wood our Monaco uses real cherry wood, no veneer.

50k is nothing for Cummins or a Cat.
Actually the Monaco models from Diplomat down are vinyl wrap cabinets, not real wood finished surfaces on the boxes, and they do tend to fade over time.

Cummins ISL vs Cat C-7 or 9, take the ISL. Fit, finish,and durability take the Monaco.
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Actually the Monaco models from Diplomat down are vinyl wrap cabinets, not real wood finished surfaces on the boxes, and they do tend to fade over time.
Did not know that. Thanks for the info.
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Actually the Monaco models from Diplomat down are vinyl wrap cabinets, not real wood finished surfaces on the boxes, and they do tend to fade over time.

Cummins ISL vs Cat C-7 or 9, take the ISL. Fit, finish,and durability take the Monaco.
Friends had a '08 Diplomat and I don't think the above is correct from helping him work on it. He took out the old refer and reworked the cabinet to fit a Samsung 197 and I sure didn't see any vinyl wrap anywhere.
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I would buy the Monaco if it's the right coach for you (Floor plan). As far as build quality it should be easy to see why several other posters say buy the Monaco. As long as the Monaco is in good condition I would buy it over the Coachman.
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Most the Coachman line is pretty low budget, but the Elite is head shoulders above the rest of the Coachman line. With that said, I would still buy the Monaco "hands down". As for the cabinets, The doors were real wood, but the frames were paper wrapped vinyl. Unless you chipped one, many would never know. The Diploamt wth the Cummins ISL is a fantastic coach....I had one for almost 10 years!
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Monaco hands down but I'd try to negotiate the price down some.
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Friends had a '08 Diplomat and I don't think the above is correct from helping him work on it. He took out the old refer and reworked the cabinet to fit a Samsung 197 and I sure didn't see any vinyl wrap anywhere.
You may be right in that year model. My 05 Diplomat 38PDQ was vinyl wrap, and the only thing I did not love about the coach.
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