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Old 09-16-2013, 02:59 PM   #1
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Altenator replacement

First, I want to say that I have been following this forum for about a year and love the depth of knowlage the flows from it. I have been fortunate in that I have never had a situation that made me want to post. Until now that is.

Last Friday in perpetration of heading to NASCAR this week I fired up the coach to bring it down from the shop to the house so we could pack and load at leisure. It had been sitting for a couple of weeks. As soon as it fired up I heard an unusual noise from the back and began to smell some thing burning. I shut it down and got out for a walk around. At the engine area the smell was strongest. This was a clue.

Hopped in and raised the access cover in the closet and sure enoughf the drive belt had burned through. The reason this happened is that the altanator was frozen. Gulp. I called Monaco and was told that a replacement was available. For $1295.99,

The local Cummins shop had a belt but I really did not want to shell out that much for an altanator so I took it to an auto electric shop. This place has a great reputation and will do a rebuild for $200,

I know there are differing opinions on rebuilt parts but I feel ok about this. I pick it up tomorrow and will get it installed and we will be on the road on Wednesday. I will let everyone know how this works out.

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Old 09-16-2013, 04:21 PM   #2
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Glad to hear you're getting fixed up.

Personally, I think rebuilding your own alternator is the only way to go. All too often, the new replacement alternator doesn't work quite right.
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Old 09-16-2013, 04:25 PM   #3
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Glad to hear you're getting fixed up.

Personally, I think rebuilding your own alternator is the only way to go. All too often, the new replacement alternator doesn't work quite right.
I agree although when ours went out I did buy a new one. The old one is in the shed waiting for me to find a place to rebuild it.
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Old 09-16-2013, 04:26 PM   #4
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HI , I had the same ,or close Detroit 60 series the rebuilt is now 3 yrs and doing just fine good luck with yours Ecurbing Monaco ex 45 2005
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Old 09-16-2013, 08:07 PM   #5
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When I bought my coach (an all electric) it came with a spare alternator. I had the original fail one day couple of years ago while on the road. I was able to find a Cummins service Center and have it replaced. The rebuild on the 270 amp was about $400 when I got home. Then last spring while getting the coach serviced at Monaco Coburg the replacement failed. Luckily I had the rebuilt one with me. They installed mine within an hour and off on the road we went. My recommendation would be alternators these rigs use are so unique that carrying a spare is being road smart.
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Old 09-17-2013, 10:35 AM   #6
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New (rebuilt) alternator installed. New belt on. 14.2v at chassis batteries with engine running. So far so good!
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Old 09-17-2013, 02:25 PM   #7
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Yeah, you can do 5 more rebuilds for what you saved. Maybe even find a good core, get it rebuilt for a spare and still be money ahead.

We all need an extra storage compartment on these things just for the spare parts.
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We left on Sunday for a five week trip from the west to east coast. Since my coach is an 05 with the original alternator, I felt it was prudent to have a spare. I bought the original equipment Leece Neville, 160 amp pad mount alternator from a company called ASE in Oregon for $318.00 (new). I thought that was a reasonable price for peace of mind.
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We left on Sunday for a five week trip from the west to east coast. Since my coach is an 05 with the original alternator, I felt it was prudent to have a spare. I bought the original equipment Leece Neville, 160 amp pad mount alternator from a company called ASE in Oregon for $318.00 (new). I thought that was a reasonable price for peace of mind.
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Do you have the P/N for the alternator?
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Old 09-18-2013, 03:45 AM   #10
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I had mine blow out on the road last winter just north of Atlanta on my way to Florida. Did not know it was the alternator at first and had a roadside RV service replace the belt. 50 miles down the road the engine quit because the alternator wasn't supplying power to the engine. Once I figured that out I jumpered the house batteries to the engine batteries and started the generator. Made it all the way down to Florida. When I researched IRV2 everyone said that a rebuild on this alternator was not possible. Contacted Monaco and they had to have one built for me in Ohio. Shipped it to me for around $1,600. Local service guy charged me $300 to put it in. Oh well........

Glad you were at home when yours went out.

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When I researched IRV2 everyone said that a rebuild on this alternator was not possible. Contacted Monaco and they had to have one built for me in Ohio. Shipped it to me for around $1,600. Local service guy charged me $300 to put it in. Oh well........
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I'm just curious, but why was the alternator not rebuildable? Too badly damaged? Also are Monaco alt really that expensive?
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IRV2 posts on this alternator indicated that when it was rebuilt it didn't last very long. When I talked to Monaco, they told me that is was a special alternator that was made specifically for them. 200 Amp and more output posts than what is normally on an alternator. They did NOT have one in stock since it was out of production. So, they had to build one specially for me. I had them overnight it and that added another $100 or so to come up with around $1,600. I was at the mercy of Monaco and camping 1,000 miles from home.

It's nice to have the luxury of a Monaco Dynasty, but, it also takes some expensive maintenance to keep it running (as all of you know).

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