Hey everybody - first post! After camping it in a tent all of my life, I've finally decided to pull the trigger on getting a RV... I've done a ton of research and have come to the conclusion that a used diesel pusher makes the most sense for me based on what I'll do with it. That all being said, I think I've narrowed it down to two models:
- A 2001 Itasca Horizon 36CD with a 330HP Caterpillar 7.2L (860TQ) and a Allison 6-speed
- A 2002 Monaco Knight 36PBD with a 315HP Cummins 8.3L (950TQ) and a Allison 6-speed
I know Monaco had a serious problem with trailing arms on the 4-bag chassis during the years I'm looking at... That being said, this particular coach already has the heavy duty Source Engineering trailing arms as well as the Source Engineering ride enhancement kit. I also know Monaco shut its doors and is under new ownership now. My concern is what kind of support (if any) could I get from "the new Monaco" on an older coach like this? There are pros and cons in my book to each of the floorplans, but I guess my main concern is would I be stuck with an orphan if I went with the Monaco? The Itasca is slightly down on power compared to the Monaco (although hardly underpowered), but I'm guessing I'd get better support from them on a used coach then I would with the Monaco.
For what it's worth, I live in the midwest / great lakes, but I'm also a big car guy and plan to tow a Corvette on a flatbed trailer behind the rig (right around 5,000 lbs) - hence me looking at DP's for the torque. I arrived at the 36' length because it seems to be the shortest overall length where I can still get the more stable 228" chassis.
Any feedback on these two coaches would be greatly appreciated