Originally Posted by Elencas
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?
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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