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Old 08-23-2009, 07:43 PM   #1
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Started RVing in 1999 with '99 Winnebago gas Adventurer. 2001 upgraded to new Monaco Knight 36' diesel 300 Cummings; 2003 went to '03 See Ya 36'. Sold the SeeYa in Jan 2006 and have been out of RVing til now. Just purchased and will take delivery this week a 2008 Monaco Cayman XL, 37' like new with 3900 miles at La Mesa RV in Mesa AZ.

We live in Gold Canyon, AZ and will rent covered storage in Apache Junction about 6 miles from home. Cannot have RV in driveway more than 48 hrs.

Moved to AZ permanently in June 2006 from TriCities, WA (Pasco, Richland & Kennewick) where we had lived since 1980. I am retired from the Pasco Police Dept and Julie is retired from the U.S. Dept of Energy, Richland, WA.

Lots of things to relearn about the RV. The 2008 Monaco Cayman is a 325 Cummings with 6 speed Allison Transmission. I noticed that it has a vacuum cleaner system built in and a macerator waste disposal system included with some other nice options. Never have used the macerator system.

Also has an impressive control panel at eye level on wall near bathroom door for easy access. Has more bells and whistles that I have seen before. Maybe I can attach a picture.

Would be interested in any late model Cayman owners out there for helpful information and feedback about anything. We have had the dealer install two full pass thru slide out trays in the two see through bays and an automatic Kingdome (DISH).

Thanks for any help. Was not able to attach 4 photos.

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Old 08-23-2009, 07:50 PM   #2
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Congrats, once bitten, always infected. We are going back to the lifestyle after an 8 year break. We are having fun and hope you enjoy it as well.

I believe that your Caymen has an RR4R Roadmaster Chassis, you may want to take a look at this and ask the Dealer to thow in the fix/upgrade Trailing Arms Cracked on Roadmaster or consider a service contract for your purchase. Replaciong them alone is about $2,500.00 to $3,000.00.
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Old 08-24-2009, 12:34 AM   #3
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Congrats on your Cayman and Welcome to iRV2!!
You should also make sure you check out the Monaco Forum where you will find many members with either just as many questions OR with just as many answers that you may be looking for!

We are happy to have you join us here at iRV2 and also the Monaco Forum. (Make sure you add yourself to the group- or asked to be added. There is no charge and it gets you a few extra laughs!)

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Congrats, once bitten, always infected. We are going back to the lifestyle after an 8 year break. We are having fun and hope you enjoy it as well.

I believe that your Caymen has an RR4R Roadmaster Chassis, you may want to take a look at this and ask the Dealer to thow in the fix/upgrade Trailing Arms Cracked on Roadmaster or consider a service contract for your purchase. Replaciong them alone is about $2,500.00 to $3,000.00.
8 years out? Wow! What state are you from and what type of RV are you driving?
Apparently the Roadmaster thing (recall) was up to 2005 models.

Thanks for the email and encouragement.

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A Diplomat and that is a nice one. Monaco makes (made) a great coach. I think I am already signed up for the Monaco Forum.

Thanks for the email.

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Hello,

I live in Florida and have a 2005 Safari Cheetah 38 PDQ.

The original recall was through 2005. Monaco continued to use the recall part for recalls and new units manufactured after 2005 until and including current production of the RR4R Chassis. The recall part is also now failing, this would include all Coaches ever manufactured up to and including today that have a RR4R whether they have had the recall done or not. Since Monaco filed for bankruptcy, they are not responsible for any units manufactured prior to the bankruptcy and if no further recall is issued, they would not be liable for any units manufactured under the new company Monaco LLC, except if they decide to cover those units under the new manufacturers warranty.

A company, Source Engineering referred to in the thread has a new part that they developed that is significantly beefer than the recall part and in theory should not fail. If your unit fails and more than likely, it will, it is not covered under any warranty unless you have an extended warranty. Hope this helps.

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Your website is an outstanding piece of work. Sounds like you are loving the RV world and travel. We bought our first Monaco; the 2001 Knight, at the Harrisburg location. Don't know if they are still there. All of our family is in OR & WA and we are in AZ. We need to head north soon. Take delivery of the 2008 on the 27th. So much to do. I miss not being able to have the RV parked next to our home as it was in Pasco, WA before we moved to AZ in 2006.

Keep on driving.

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Jim and Julie, welcome to iRV2.com. We are glad to have you join us here and we look forward to reading of your adventures and experiences. Take care, have fun and keep us posted.
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