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Old 08-31-2011, 07:25 PM   #1
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Cool So far, so good!

This is our new home. She's made it from Dallas to Wichita to Rapid City with no real issues. Cross my fingers. We are thoroughly enjoying our new life. There is some minor stuff that needs fixing but I need something to do to stay out of Donna's hair.




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Ooooh, very nice. Congrats! Enjoy your new-to-you coach.

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That is absolutely the most beautiful and stunning rig I have ever seen. The color scheme is gorgeous. Congratulations, I'm sure you're going to love it.
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Thanks Lori and Goreds2, we hope to get many years of good use out of it.
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That is absolutely the most beautiful and stunning rig I have ever seen. The color scheme is gorgeous.
You aren't biased in any way are you, Bob?

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Great looking rig. Hope you enjoy many happy miles. Yes, those little fixit jobs. They never seems to go away. As you say though keeps you out of the little ladies hair. Be safe and Happy Motoring.
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Enjoy that great ride. Many smiles and miles, I believe someone once said.
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Very nice enjoy.
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Thank you for all the kind words. The more we get to know our coach the more we are enjoying it.

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That is absolutely the most beautiful and stunning rig I have ever seen. The color scheme is gorgeous. Congratulations, I'm sure you're going to love it.
Just a shot in the dark Bob, but is yours of the "Everglades" persuasion too? If you have any good tips for this new Beaver owner I'm all ears.
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Just a shot in the dark Bob, but is yours of the "Everglades" persuasion too? If you have any good tips for this new Beaver owner I'm all ears.[/QUOTE]

Yep, mine looks exactly like yours. When I bought mine I did not get a very comfortable feeling that all the routine maintenance had been done. I had all lubricant and cooling fluids and/or filters changed on the engine, transmission, generator, Aqua Hot, hydraulic slide and engine fan system, and air dryer. Then I had the chassis lubed and the front wheel bearings repacked and new seals installed. Had the brakes checked out at the same time. Took it to a truck tire center and had them check out the tires (number one cause for highway breakdown), which were okay. Might have them balance them while they are at it as I found the factory had not done that (it DOES make a difference). Cleaned exterior A/C coils and interior filters and while I was on the roof touched up caulking as necessary. Cleaned radiator and A/C condenser coils. Checked house and chassis batteries for specific gravity, voltage, and cleaned and tightened up all connections. As I was nearing 40,000 miles I took to CAT dealer and had them "run the overhead" and update engine software (big difference).

By now you're probably sorry you asked but here are a few more. Read the manuals, Google like crazy, follow this forum religiously and learn how to search it, and get Monaco's parts department phone number. Get new fire extinguishers (Google Mac the Fire Guy). Make sure refrigerator recalls have been performed. Lube steps, door hinges and anything else that moves. Check wiring connections in transfer switch, main and sub panels, and inverter and tighten up as necessary. Replace wiper blades. Ping the air tanks. Try every device and system and make sure they work. If you have the Sharp microwave/convection unit you may experience the 59 second problem (I did). Google it if you do.
Whew, I'm worn out. Always willing to help if I can so feel free to drop a note anytime. I'll keep an eye out for 'ya. It's great coach and I'm sure you're going to really enjoy it.
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Bob, thank you for all of the suggestions. I've already been hard at it tightening this and cleaning that ever since we took possession of the coach a couple of weeks ago. Most of the issues we have found are minor in scope. Even though this was a dealer purchase, the previous owner left quite a few maintenance receipts behind that lead us to believe that all of it's services were pretty much up to date. All of the filters are dated with dates that match the receipts and are current within the last 9 months. He also installed 6 brand new Michelin XZA2's back in February. The dealership installed 4 new house batteries also.

It's interesting that you brought up the microwave. The microwave was replaced in 2007 for some unknown reason. The data plate on the microwave bears that out because it shows that it was manufactured in October of 2007. It may have been the "59 second problem", maybe not. As yet, we haven't tried running it off of the inverter.

I plan to put it into Cat around January for a PM and I'll have them run the rack (overhead) and do any ECM updates then. I know what you mean when you say it made a difference. In my former life we used to send our trucks into Cummins at 80-100K and have them run the rack and when we got them back it was like a whole new engine.

That pretty much covers it. We're currently in the Rapid City area getting our residency established and expect to be here at least another week. The we're going to start meandering (love that word) south. I'll start keeping an eye out for my twin.

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