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Old 06-10-2015, 11:05 PM   #15
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I bought my Monaco Diplomat new in 2005. When I sold it in 2014 EVERYTHING worked and ALL electronics were upgraded. When something broke I fixed it. More importantly, I serviced and maintained items before they broke. In year 8, I adjusted, lubed and made repairs to all three of my slides so that they worked perfectly. The year before that, I rebuilt my electric steps with new bushings and bolts....it worked fine before the rebuild, but it was getting tired.

You bought a used unit and who knows what maintenance or repairs were done by the previous owner. I would guess that 50% of the RVing market can't/don't do their own repairs. A good portion of those don't want to spend the money to do repairs and many have no idea they need repairs. So I don't see how you criticize the quality of any brand of coach you didn't own from new, when you don't know how it was cared for, other than cosmetically.

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Old 06-11-2015, 05:49 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by mstgofstr View Post
I had hoped that a better brand coach than my old one would be closer to automotive type reliability, but I guess that just doesn't exist in the RV world.
I'm sure all of the "automotive" type components of the MH are just as good as a car the same age/miles, but cars don't have slide outs.

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Old 06-11-2015, 06:56 AM   #17
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Originally Posted by jesilvas View Post
I'm sure all of the "automotive" type components of the MH are just as good as a car the same age/miles, but cars don't have slide outs.
Despite all the bum raps that slideouts get, they're not really such complicated things. We have two slides, one electric, one hydraulic. They're both just screw-driven assemblies. It's not rocket science to design or build them, as long as the components are sized for the load.
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Old 06-11-2015, 01:28 PM   #18
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Randyman, how is your Navigator? I drooled over a couple Monaco's before buying my Newmar.....one was a 2004 Monaco Sig Castle with a Detroit Diesel.
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Old 06-11-2015, 01:55 PM   #19
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Todd, we absolutely love this machine. Have had it now for 1 1/2 years and have put 13k Miles on it. There is no describing how nice it is to drive and the power it has is amazing. I just had it back to Elite RV in Harrisburg, OR to have them give it a checkup; Adjust slides, upgrade Microwave/Convection, new carpet, upgrade satellite, and now we can't wait to get it out and use it some more. You really can't go wrong with one of these Roadmaster RR10 chassis. They all need maintenance and upgrades, but we finally have a coach that we are more than happy to invest in because there really isn't anything out there that is better. Just newer and more expensive. Randy
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All of this is really interesting to someone who has just purchased an 40 foot '86 Country Coach. Apparently the previous owner(s) used it little as evidenced by the very original interior, (tons of solid walnut cabinetry and parkay floors) including a veritable museum of 80's electronics. Of course this misuse necessitated a recent complete overhaul of the 3208 Cat, which now hums, as does the huge Kubota/Onan generator. All plumbing had to be gone through, including new faucets and toilet. (Replaced the old Vacuflush with a conventional toilet). So far: New fridge, batteries, alternator, electric step, front seats and tires. Exterior looks great, as it sat for many years under the Palm Springs sun. Some elbow grease should bring the shine back. Original awnings in great condition. Next step: If we engage the "computer" hydraulic leveling system will it actually level and then will it retract afterward? Stay tuned!
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I have an 18 year old Wanderlodge. It has a Series 60 Detroit Diesel. When it was new it retailed for $700,000. I have owned it for 2 years and had to replace that batteries- 10 of them as the originals were not up to par. Things happen.

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