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Old 10-17-2020, 08:56 AM   #1
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05 Monaco Executive- Looking at

so Im considering a 2005 Monaco Executive. It has 82,000 miles on it. Is there anything I should have checked out or worked on
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Old 10-17-2020, 09:04 AM   #2
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What size engine, some of the larger Cummins did have some problems.


Are you familiar enough with the systems (engine, transmission, generator, electrical etc.) to inspect yourself. If not consider hiring a certified inspector.



Maintenance is key, check to make sure the recommended maintenance was completed on the major components. Consider getting oil analysis on engine, transmission, generator. Consider coolant analysis also.


Check date codes on tires. How old are the batteries.
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What size engine, some of the larger Cummins did have some problems.


Are you familiar enough with the systems (engine, transmission, generator, electrical etc.) to inspect yourself. If not consider hiring a certified inspector.



Maintenance is key, check to make sure the recommended maintenance was completed on the major components. Consider getting oil analysis on engine, transmission, generator. Consider coolant analysis also.


Check date codes on tires. How old are the batteries.
It has the ISX 525 cummins. The tires are dated 2018, new house batteries. Was owned by retired Blue Angle pilot. Has great maintenance log (have not seen yet). Buying from highly trusted RV shop in Oregon
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A 2005 Executive will be a great coach. This is the first year for the Intellitec multiplex system with lighted switches. It is much better than the array of individual rocker switches.

Check the underside of each slide out on the outside. They have a tendency to get water damage. They can be fixed with Talin plates.
Also check the slide out locks. They are only on the drivers side front slide. There will be one on the front and one on the rear of the slide. They are about 6' tall running from top to bottom covered with black plastic covers. Push the bottom stainless lever outward and they should move freely.

Check each air conditioner/heat pump. They are nearing the end of their service life.

If it has a Norcold 1200 RV refrigerator, plan on replacing it immediately. They have burned several coaches to the ground.

Check the Trace inverter as parts are no longer available. It can be updated to a new Magnum.

Check the 10k Onan diesel generator under load.

If not already done, the TV's and electronics will need to be updated.

I love the Cummins ISX 525. Lots of torque and it runs very smooth. Most will get about 7-8 mpg depending on driving style. It will also have the heavy duty Allison MH4000 6 speed transmission. I would take oil samples form the engine and trans and have them analyzed.

Check the slide out fabric covers as well as the awning material. The thread tends to deteriorate. Stone Voss sells lifetime replacements.

Its smart to hire an inspector. But, make sure the inspector is familiar with the large Monaco diesel coaches.
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I have an 07 with a Cummins ISX in it and the motor is the thing I like the most.
Tons of power and torque.
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Old 10-17-2020, 06:42 PM   #6
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btw.. There's looks like a pretty nice one for sale in Susanville Ca.
2006 with 20k miles.. Not mine but I noticed it the other day.
https://susanville.craigslist.org/rv...208221291.html
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Beautiful 06 Exec., has all the bells and whistles.
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As many have said already, 2005 Monaco Executive is a great coach!

The Cummins ISX was one of the optional engines, along with the Detroit Series 60 and the standard Cummins ISM. I don’t know as much about the ISX myself, but reading the forums enough I do see the valve issue mentioned often. If I recall this is a bigger issue with the higher HP versions.

Here is the brochure for the coach of you haven’t seen it yet: https://www.monacocoach.com/resource...77_brc_pdf.pdf

If it’s in great shape and has been well maintained, it will have decades of life left. Mid 2000s were peak Monaco years.

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This is the first year for the Intellitec multiplex system with lighted switches. It is much better than the array of individual rocker switches.
I agree that the multiplexing setup "looks better" than the hardwired individual rocker switches (and it removes a bunch of wiring) - but if the multiplexing system fails it can be very difficult and expensive to fix as that system was discontinued.

At least with the individual rocker switches it is easy to troubleshoot and replace a failed switch.

If I was to buy a Coach with multiplexing, I would also have the controller/cpu programming backed up and I would buy some spare "boards" (you would have to get used parts as there are no new parts) jut to have in case the supply of used parts dries up in the future. Maybe you never need them, but if you did need parts and cant find them, you have a big problem.
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M&M electronics in Ohio (FL in the winter) can do a backup of the multiplex system and then they can program boards if you have a failure.
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A 2005 Executive will be a great coach. This is the first year for the Intellitec multiplex system with lighted switches. It is much better than the array of individual rocker switches.

Check the underside of each slide out on the outside. They have a tendency to get water damage. They can be fixed with Talin plates.
Also check the slide out locks. They are only on the drivers side front slide. There will be one on the front and one on the rear of the slide. They are about 6' tall running from top to bottom covered with black plastic covers. Push the bottom stainless lever outward and they should move freely.

Check each air conditioner/heat pump. They are nearing the end of their service life.

If it has a Norcold 1200 RV refrigerator, plan on replacing it immediately. They have burned several coaches to the ground.

Check the Trace inverter as parts are no longer available. It can be updated to a new Magnum.

Check the 10k Onan diesel generator under load.

If not already done, the TV's and electronics will need to be updated.

I love the Cummins ISX 525. Lots of torque and it runs very smooth. Most will get about 7-8 mpg depending on driving style. It will also have the heavy duty Allison MH4000 6 speed transmission. I would take oil samples form the engine and trans and have them analyzed.

Check the slide out fabric covers as well as the awning material. The thread tends to deteriorate. Stone Voss sells lifetime replacements.

Its smart to hire an inspector. But, make sure the inspector is familiar with the large Monaco diesel coaches.
Thanks for the advice, all good. All of the AC have just been updated. I will inspect the rest for sure
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