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Old 07-08-2011, 10:59 AM   #1
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We are currently in the process of finalizing the sale of our Airstream and concluding the purchase of a Class A DP. The wife and I have a multitude of questions, that I'll be sure to post later for feed back, but at this juncture we are attempting to gather infromation on Blue Ox verus Road Master Towing systems. The dealer has also, provided information about Cornerstone United - Mechanical/ Electrical break down coverage, an un named Road Hazard Protection Plan for tire and wheel issues,and Coach Net Roadside Assistance. The coach already had the Tyron Blow out protcetion installed. Additionally, we would appreciate feed back on 2011 Monaco Diplomat pd5 coaches.

Inclosing, I have found the information and discussions on this site to be invaluable. I look forward to your feed back.

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Old 07-08-2011, 01:16 PM   #2
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and congrats on your new DP!!!

You've sure come to the right place. I'm a big fan of Blue Ox and have been very happy with our Aventa tow bar for the past 4 years. I also have their drop hitch and bike rack. The only negatives I'm aware of with Blue Ox is the trouble they've had with their Tru Center steering stablizer. I've never used the Road Master so can't compare.

We purchased an extended warranty with our new DP for peace of mind and I've been glad we did but there are very mixed opinions on this topic. IMO, if you want to think of it as an "investment" which may pay back more than you pay in premiums... you might want to self insure instead. However, if the peace of mind is important to you and you don't really care if claims exceed premiums then go for it but continue to do your homework to find the right company. We used Easy Care.

I think you'll find that for roadside assistance/towing CoachNet is by far the most popular with big coach owners... and for good reason.

Best of luck to you...


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Old 07-08-2011, 02:35 PM   #3
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Blue Ox is great. I have never had a problem with their tow bars.
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Old 07-08-2011, 04:09 PM   #4
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I've used the Blue Ox Aventa tow bar and Blue Ox base plate for many years. Very pleased.

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Old 07-08-2011, 04:15 PM   #5
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What are your thoughts on the 2011 Monaco Diplomat; with the 5 slides, any quality issues or glaring concerns? Also the Cornerstone Mechanical/ Electrical breakdown coverage?
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Old 07-08-2011, 06:42 PM   #6
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I am currently using a Blue Ox Aventa LX towbar but had a Roadmaster Falcon for several years before that. Both brands are excellent. I switched to the Blue Ox cause Iliked the Aventa design better than the Falcon, but then Roadmaster came out with their All Terrain models and they seem to be equivalent. I don't think you would go wrong with either.

I highly recommend Coach-Net for roadside service coverage - we have used them for years with excellent results.

I would not buy a tire protection policy. In my opinion it is too much money for something unlikely to have a covered failure.

I don't know anything about the Cornerstone United policy (never heard of them) but you should Search here and read up on extended warranties. Much has been written here and it is pointless to re-type it all here.
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Old 07-08-2011, 06:55 PM   #7
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What are your thoughts on the 2011 Monaco Diplomat; with the 5 slides,

5 slides?
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Old 07-08-2011, 07:03 PM   #8
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I personally like the coach, my wife wanted one, but the cables on the outside to operate the fifth slide just looks out of place.
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I'm the wrong person to ask about a Monoco. I Prefer vintage but quality. If I were to ever upgrade, I would look at the 2001-2002 Wanderlodge 43' LXI with two slides. I would be very concerned about structural integrity and the complexity of 5 slides. If I mostly sat in one location for most of the year, then I might consider more slides.

Don't let me put any water on your fire. There is a perfect coach for everyone, but everyone's perfect coach is different. Monoco has sold a lot of motorhomes, so there must be a good reason.

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Old 07-08-2011, 08:19 PM   #10
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Congratsmon your new Motor Home. If it looks like this one......very nice. Monaco Diplomat 43PD5 W/5 Slides - Diesel RV for Sale Alvarado Texas | 2011 Diesel Pusher, Motor Home Specialist
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Old 07-09-2011, 07:23 AM   #11
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Thank you all for your valued input. I have been researching the extended warrantees discussed on this site as well as others and have yet to come across Cornerstone. Their web site is interesting though: Describes how they maintain high profits through their service products. I especially appreciate the comments regarding the 5th slide. We will definitely check a little deeper into the mechanics. Glenn, as for the Blue Birds and vintage buses, I’ve spent a lot of time looking at Prevost and Blue Birds. The wife and I love them both however, the wife is concerned about storage and I not sure about aging technology. Personally, slide outs scare me to death and I’m preparing to take on five of them. Once again, thank you all and please keep the information flowing.
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Old 07-09-2011, 11:44 AM   #12
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We've use the Roadmaster Sterling tow bar and brackets towing two different Jeep GC at about 4500lbs for 9+ years. Roadmaster has inspected and updated the bar at RV shows for free. Excellent bang for our buck.

Coachnet is necessary and has been good for us when needed.

In our 60,000 miles of MH travel we have not needed a Road Hazard tire plan beyond the Manufacturer guarantee.
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We use Blue Ox equipment in my wife's business. It's really well made and tough.
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Old 07-09-2011, 01:56 PM   #14
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I just purchased a Winnebago Journey Express (2011) and got all the warranties that you listed in your post. I had a Super C prior to this coach and had Interstate Star extended warranty from the same dealer. The dealer had changed to Cornerstone and assured me they were equal to or better than my previous warranty company.

I have had Coachnet on all my coaches and, knock on wood, have not had to be towed or a tire changed. I did have an electric jack stuck down in my driveway once and they quickly dispatched a technician that used external power to raise the jack so I could get it to the shop. The extended warranty I had paid for the repairs. I have called them and asked questions several times while traveling and found them to be extremely knowledgeable and helpful.

I have used a Blue Ox with three RV's and have never had a problem.

I have many friends who swear by Monaco. However, having just traded in a coach with an International engine, I am somewhat suspect on the quality of their motors and now that Navistar owns Monaco, I just don't know how good the company is going to be. I considered a Monaco Knight with the MaxxForce 9 engine but, again, wanted to get away from International engines. Your coach has a Cummins engine and I feel very comfortable with Cummins products. I think the Roadmaster chassis is one of the best on the road!

Good luck and Happy Trails!

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