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Old 10-25-2013, 10:51 PM   #1
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We are planning to go full time in a Class A diesel pusher and are considering a 2005 Monaco 45CAQ with a Detroit 515 or a 2006 Tiffin Zephyr 45QSZ with a Cummins 500. We have distant Class C gas and more recent 24' 5th wheel experience with a diesel. Advice on coach pros and cons would be greatly appreciated!

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Old 10-26-2013, 07:22 AM   #3
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You are doing it in style! Have you driven either of them yet? Both should be great motorhomes but for fulltiming I would choose the floorplan that works best for you. Which one has the most storage? Which fits your needs not only now but also in the future? Which one has the best house features? Those are the things you need to decide. Good luck to you.
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Old 10-26-2013, 07:27 AM   #4
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With 500 or 515 horsepower just turn her loose and hang on. Welcome to the site,lot of good info here, I got a diesel and wouldn't have anything else. You can have repair issues on occasion, if you do the routine stuff other issues don't pop up. Jim
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BTW, I have a 2005 Safari Panther with almost the identical floorplan as the Monaco although I am a few feet shorter. I love the amount of space when I open up the slides. I have a residential fridge and I think that is very important esp if you are fulltiming. The amount of fridge space is tremendous. Storage space is limited on mine because each storage compartment has a joey bed slide and they take up a lot of room even before you load anything. I love the ride of the S-Series chassis and the fact that it has a welded chassis and frame gets rid of a lot of rattles.
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Old 10-26-2013, 07:39 AM   #6
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Not often I hearing anyone asking about a Zephyr. So, my 2cents worth. From our stand point, we couldn't be happier. Floor plan, storge, ride, comfort. All is great.
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Old 10-27-2013, 03:18 PM   #7
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Thanks for the welcome!

I appreciate your responses. All offer good info and points to ponder.

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Old 10-28-2013, 06:38 PM   #8
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Welcome to irv2!

Being a Winnebago/Itasca fan, have you looked at any of them? Newmar is another nice coach. Our floorplan is great for fulltimers. We chose this particular year for the floorplan, storage in and under and the affordability to our budget. We absolutely love it. The next size up with this floorplan has a tag axle and a bath and a half. The length was against us because of what we do.

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