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Old 01-23-2021, 04:24 PM   #1
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Newbie looking to buy his first MH. Looking at 2004 Monaco Diplomat 36 PST and had a few questions:

Are these older units easy to find parts and service?

I know Diesels are supposed to be driven, should I have a concern with a 2004 that only has 33,000 miles?

Anything in particular I should look out for?

Just two of us looking to part-time and tow a vehicle.

Thanks in advance
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Old 01-23-2021, 04:55 PM   #2
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Well since the manufacturer went bankrupt in 2009 and has been sold twice since then, some parts may be unavailable. While most items are manufactured by other vendors for the motorhome industry, they or replacement parts are usually available from several sources. It will depend on the specific part you're looking for. Monaco had a great reputation for quality and many still look for the 2004-2009 models as they were pre-def and before bankruptcy.

The milage is low for the year so be sure to have it inspected as part of a purchase.

Good luck and enjoy the searching.
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Old 01-23-2021, 04:57 PM   #3
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Hi ! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined us!

I haven't had any serious problems finding parts for our 2002 Windsor. They built them much better back then than today!

I would ask the owner for maintenance records! Have him demonstrate the proper operation of EVERY system before purchase.

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Old 01-23-2021, 06:52 PM   #4
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We bought a 2006 Diplomat in 2018 with low milage. So far the only problem parts wise has been the windshield wiper system. Little funky there on the wipers system, but engine, filters, electrical have been no problem. So far all house fixes I can do with current generic parts myself.
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Newbie looking to buy his first MH. Looking at 2004 Monaco Diplomat 36 PST and had a few questions:

Are these older units easy to find parts and service?

I know Diesels are supposed to be driven, should I have a concern with a 2004 that only has 33,000 miles?

Anything in particular I should look out for?

Just two of us looking to part-time and tow a vehicle.

Thanks in advance
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Welcome to the forum, maintenance records and service/electrical manuals would be high on the list of must have.
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Old 01-23-2021, 09:25 PM   #6
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Newbie looking to buy his first MH. Looking at 2004 Monaco Diplomat 36 PST and had a few questions:

Are these older units easy to find parts and service?

I know Diesels are supposed to be driven, should I have a concern with a 2004 that only has 33,000 miles?

Anything in particular I should look out for?

Just two of us looking to part-time and tow a vehicle.

Thanks in advance
That's a great coach and a couple tiers above us. We have a PST model as well. You will need to spend money on "things" but hopefully, you can keep that down to a reasonable/workable number. Everything is available for your rig as long as you are willing to spend time searching. Take your time and really study this site. It is your friend:-) Enjoy.
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Old 01-25-2021, 07:14 AM   #7
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+1 on what Joe said about maintenance records. This is particularly important on a low mileage coach. If it was used about 2000 miles each year the maintenance records should show work being done each year with miles increasing by around 2k each time that would be great. However be cautious if there are large gaps in the records, which may indicate non use.

Also, check Monacocoach.com for the brochure and owner manual for this coach. Read more about it and its features so you know more about what to check on the coach. Also, before making a commitment, get oil and trans samples analyzed and have an inspection done by a reputable company. Since you say this is your first MH and therefore first DP, look for a mechanic familiar with these types of coaches.
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