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Old 09-16-2015, 07:45 PM   #1
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I'm curios, why aren't new Holiday Rambler MHs readily available ? The dealer network is sparse in the NE. They have some fine looking RV and seem to have the features that we are interested in. But driving yo MH Specialist for services would be A VERY LONG ride, both ways.


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Two reasons that I can see:

1. Not many are being made yet - the new owners of the Monaco/HR brand (Allied Specialty Vehicles) seem to be proceeding slowly with new models and production.

2. Relatively few dealers have been signed up yet, both because of #1 and a "wait & see" attitude by RV dealers.

That said, the HR dealer locator says that Campers Inn (CT and MA) and Zertech (NY) are dealers in the Northeast. See the dealer locator page at Find a Dealer

I looked at a 2015 Vacationer at Alliance RV in Wildwood Florida and was not impressed. Did not look anywhere near as nice as the photos on the website.
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I'm curios, why aren't new Holiday Rambler MHs readily available ? The dealer network is sparse in the NE. They have some fine looking RV and seem to have the features that we are interested in. But driving yo MH Specialist for services would be A VERY LONG ride, both ways.


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When Allied Specialty Vehicles purchased Navistar RV aka Monaco RV from Navistar, all production stopped. Production was moved twice and ended up at Decatur, IN in the same facility that builds American Coach and Fleetwood. The only continuity between the old MCC and Monaco/Navistar RV and the current production is many of the designers, engineers and some production managers and techs. Mike Snell who has been with Monaco/HR for many years is the guy running the show. The old Roadmaster chassis are gone. The diesel coaches are built on a chassis built in house using Freightliner front and rear clips joined by a bridge type framework. The gas coaches are on the Ford chassis.

They are designing and bringing coaches to production one at a time. They started with the flagship Monaco the Dynasty. They started the HR line with gas coaches. They are now filling in the middle of the range. I saw the Diplomat/Endeavor and they are very nice coaches. I'm sure they have coaches at Hershey and they will be at the Tampa Super Show. They have a few key dealers around the country and I'm sure, as they have more new coaches available, they will be signing up more.


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I've read that new Monaco/HR models will be introduced at the big trade show in Elkhart next week.
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We met Mike Snell in Sparks Nv at a small show there. He showed us a 2016 HR Scepter. We liked it for the most part but there were a couple items that i personally dont like and wont buy any mh unless it meets all of what i want. Our current mh doesnt and thats why we were looking. Also i cant find any info online about the Scepter.
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We met Mike Snell in Sparks Nv at a small show there. He showed us a 2016 HR Scepter. We liked it for the most part but there were a couple items that i personally dont like and wont buy any mh unless it meets all of what i want. Our current mh doesnt and thats why we were looking. Also i cant find any info online about the Scepter.

If Mike was showing the Scepter, that means they are in the process of finalizing the design package for that coach. I'm guessing the remarks, both pro and con that he hears about the coach will affect the final package.

The CEO of ASV the parent company has said that the ARG coaches will be very open to special orders. If you liked the Scepter but need some changes to go forward just let Mike know.

I email with Mike from time to time. I would be happy to pass along items that you would need changed or included. Mike seems to truly want to build a superior coach that fills a need.


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He did seem genuine, but also asked if i was ready to talk numbers and i wasnt. We dont go park in an rv park for days or weeks at a time like i believe most owners do, which makes the trend to all electric a turnoff to us. Were still looking for as close to the right coach as we believe we want.
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Were probably not the average buyer. We dont want the gingerbread or what i call gaudy finishes but want quality furniture and were willing to pay for it. Keep it at 40 ft and good towing capacity as well as reasonbly large tank sizes and we are happy.
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I can't answer your question, but I would definitely be careful with the newer Holiday Rambler. A lot of people on here have complained of poor quality, and poor service. I don't remember what thread it was, but I'm sure you could do a search.
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We have a 2015 holiday rambler vacationer 36dbt and have had great luck with it. We have not had any issues with it and the construction quality is as good as any. We went to the factory and found them being built right on the fleetwood/monaco line using the same materials and construction procedures. The fit and finish of our coach is top notch, all wiring is loomed and labeled, all relays and controllers are in an electrical bay for easy access, the water bay is well laid out and labeled, the basement doors are thick, well insulated and open from the rear for easy access. The paint is as good as it gets with three coats of clear. Overall I feel I could not have done better, we are on a full circle trip and having a great time.
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