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Old 10-12-2012, 11:39 AM   #1
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My husband and I are in the market to buy a 40 ft diesel pusher. We want a coach with 3-4 slides, a cummings engine, and as many windows as possible. So far we think that the 2006 Monaco Diplomat PAQ meets our needs. Any other brand suggestions?
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Monaco is a good choice as long as the floor plan suits and the rig is in good condition for a decent price. As with other makes/Models.
You might also look at a Newmar which in my opinion, (bias of course) is one of the best value for money coaches on the market and they are still in business with great customer support for every product they build.
Monaco on the other hand may or may not have that same support with all the changes that company has gone through recently.
If you have never owned one of these machines before, you might want to look at this site that will give you some good information to help with your decision. It was very helpful in our decision.

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Old 10-12-2012, 01:21 PM   #3
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That service looks good, can one of their users here comment
on it ?

Are there other outfits which provide detailed rating info ?


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Hello,
My husband and I are in the market to buy a 40 ft diesel pusher. We want a coach with 3-4 slides, a cummings engine, and as many windows as possible. So far we think that the 2006 Monaco Diplomat PAQ meets our needs. Any other brand suggestions?
Thanks
Sounds good. Something to think about is the number/size of windows. Larger widow coverage means a reduction in overall insulation values. It may not be a big deal but if you are thinking full time and want to help contain energy costs, it may be a small disadvantage for lots of widow surface.

From my searching, I am centering my own search on Newmar products. Monaco is a good choice but we just think for our needs the Newmar products are just a bit better for us. If we ran into a great deal on a Monaco, we wouldn't dismiss it out of hand but we haven't actively search one out.

Clearly, there are some other great options out there and the best thing you can do is get out to some dealerships and scope them out. Take lots of notes because you will get confused. Review lots of archive brochures available to help sort out what floor plans you like.

Prioritize your needs because it may be hard to get all you want in the same package. Some things to consider are:

King vs Queen bed
Cummins vs Cat
Side vs Rear radiator
Private toilet vs toilet/sink/shower combined
Aqua hot vs forced air

There are a lot of other things to toss into the equation but as others say, floor plan generally comes first. Yet, don't ignore other factors totally. While it gets really hard to have fun with technical items, it is good to understand them. As an example, from brochures you can learn wheel base, suspension type, axle weight capabilities and engine combos. Pay close attention to each models factory weight information and if you get close to making a deal on a specific MH make sure you get the information from the weight sticker for that vehicle which has information on weight as it came from the factory. Even better, get it weighed because you don't know what the previous owner may have added after it was built.

How anything works for you will depend on whether you plan to just be part time or fully loaded for extended/full time use.

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It has it pros and cons.

Some of the review information is very basic and based on general observations. Handling ratings are seem to be exclusively based on wheel base to overall length ratio.

One thing they do is categorize coaches based on Full Time, Snowbird, Part Time and a few other uses. Some of it is based on their opinions of what makes a MH good for a specific use so take that for what it is worth.

Like any source of data, use it with some common sense and it can be helpful. Since I am actively searching for a used DP, I think it has been helpful but I wouldn't take it as being Gospel. I think it is worth the cost.
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The RV Consumer Group doesn't test RVs - they just read about them and offer opinions. They are not any better (or worse) than anyone elses opinions, in my book. just one source of input.

The Holiday Rambler Endeavor is the same coach as the Diplomat and should be available in that same floor plan. Made on same assembly line even.

The 40PAQ layout was offered for several years, starting around 2004, I think, and continuing at least thru 2007. Ought to be a number of them around. Aws I recall, Country Coach had a similar floor plan, but I don't remember a model name or number.
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