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Old 12-28-2014, 12:02 PM   #1
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I'm considering the purchase of a 1999 Monaco Diplomat 38A with 110,000 miles. From what I can find on the internet, this is not a lot of miles. Any info about this model/mileage would be greatly appreciated.

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Originally Posted by veraken View Post
I'm considering the purchase of a 1999 Monaco Diplomat 38A with 110,000 miles. From what I can find on the internet, this is not a lot of miles. Any info about this model/mileage would be greatly appreciated.
Well, it's 15 years old. If the price is right, (2K) then go for it. As with any aged piece of equipment, make sure you have room on your visa.
Sorry to be blunt, but that's reality.

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If the seller has documentation to show it has been properly maintained, it is not a lot of miles for any Engine / Trans. Even if the owner performed the service they should still have receipts for the purchase of the materials used for each service.

If the documentation is all good then look at all of the roof seams and check for any signs of delamination on the walls. Check the cabinets inside the coach for any signs of water stains. Good luck please let us know how this works out for you
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I own a 2002 Windsor and just turned 100K miles. I bought it used and had no idea as to the condition of the coach as far as maintenance but from my inspection I thought it looked good and appeared to be maintained.

After purchase I immediately took it to a Cummins Crosspoint shop in Knoxville, I knew the manager and asked him to give it a good once over and tell me his thoughts. After he got done he said I got a really nice coach, he said it was "Cherry".

Since then I've performed all my own maintenance and most of any required repairs.

If you can get a inspection done prior to purchase it would be worthwhile. I'd have the engine diagnostics checked to see if there are any faults, same with transmission. Might also consider getting oil samples tested from engine and transmission. After purchase do a complete maintenance regime.

You are right, 110K miles are not a lot of miles provided it has been maintained.
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Just doing a quick google search has a few 99 diplomats. One, kind of rough looking, 108,000 miles $30,000. Few nicer, lower miles up to the mid 40's.

Mileage wouldn't be a great concern to me.
If it is in good shape and you can get it inspected, it would be a good coach.
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Yep, no worries on the miles - if maintained well. And X's two on even with receipts, get an oil sample sent in for analysis, and make a 'clean report' a condition of any deposit you may put down. The Diplomat is a solid Meat and Potatoes model from Monaco! (Meant as a complement...)


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