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Old 10-21-2016, 12:52 PM   #1
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Buying a 2006 Safari Chettah

Buying a 2006 Safari Chettah, does anyone have any issues I should look for in the pre-buy inspection?
Also looks like the CAT 350 has an oil pressure of 25 - is that normal, mt Monaco Diplomat with a 330 Cummins runs around 50.

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Buying a 2006 Safari Chettah, does anyone have any issues I should look for in the pre-buy inspection?
Also looks like the CAT 350 has an oil pressure of 25 - is that normal, mt Monaco Diplomat with a 330 Cummins runs around 50.

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Some Cummins engines will only read 50 due to the sending unit just being an on/off type switch that doesn't really read the true pressure.
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You could compare notes with iRV2 user "forestmom," who just bought a 2006 Cheetah, too. Here's their introductory post.
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Old 10-21-2016, 01:41 PM   #4
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Hello Chuck,

I have a 2008 Cheetah 38PDQ. Nice coach. Have had it for about 4 years.
My brother has a 2007 40' Cheetah.

My only advice is to look at the maintenance logs. Regular oil changes, air and fuel filters, valve adjustment, anti-freeze replacement or testing, wheel bearings, tires, batteries, etc.

I wouldn't want a coach that was severely neglected.

As for oil pressure my coach runs from 25 to 45 lbs depending on temp and engine load. Perfectly normal.

I have a world of improvements to share with you should you finish the purchase.
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I just picked up a 2006 Cheetah. Going through it now...looking forward to our first trip shortly.
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We bought our 2006 Safari Cheetah 40'PMT about 2 years ago and LOVE IT. No big problems yet (knock, knock), and we've put about 10K miles on it. Several small problems I could fix myself; furnace sail switch, circuit board and thermocouples on the water heater, block heater cord, ran outta beer, to name a few.


I show fairly low oil pressure too, but I have some knowledge of fluid dynamics and it tells me not to worry. If the computer isn't worried, I'm not worried.


There are some issues with the Roadmaster RR4R rear trailing arms, have them check these out in your pre-buy.
Here's a link: sourcerv.com/RoadmasterR4R_FMC1109.pdf
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We bought ours in December of last year and have put about 10000 miles on it. I guess we have had issues the biggest was a fuel tank leak that was a big deal. No maintenance records so i had all of the service items and filter and fluid changes. Replaced the tires in August and broke a engine belt on a trip last month. My fried who drives over the road told me to change the belt but I figured an inspection would work. Wrong. Want to look at the Radiator hose next before a big trip in May. We had a lot of little issues that I don't want to think about like the cover over the slides tore first trip, washer never work correctly and something to really check is the box in the left rear compartment that switches from shore to Generator. It stopped working and when it was opened it was a burnet mess. There is safety recall on that switch.
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Thanks for the tips, Frank- I like that avatar, I think I will use that..
Going to change the oil and filter in the radiator tomorrow. I am sure I will be asking alot of questions of you guys..
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We bought our 2006 Safari Cheetah 40'PMT about 2 years ago and LOVE IT. No big problems yet (knock, knock), and we've put about 10K miles on it. Several small problems I could fix myself; furnace sail switch, circuit board and thermocouples on the water heater, block heater cord, ran outta beer, to name a few.


I show fairly low oil pressure too, but I have some knowledge of fluid dynamics and it tells me not to worry. If the computer isn't worried, I'm not worried.


There are some issues with the Roadmaster RR4R rear trailing arms, have them check these out in your pre-buy.
Here's a link: sourcerv.com/RoadmasterR4R_FMC1109.pdf
Seems like most problems are minor...but running out of beer?!?!
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"Going to change the oil and filter in the radiator tomorrow."


Am I missing something?? Is there a filter in the radiator??
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"Going to change the oil and filter in the radiator tomorrow."


Am I missing something?? Is there a filter in the radiator??
I noticed right after I posted my mistake, and could not find a way to edit my post.

Just got so excited and combined changing the oil/filter in the genny and replacing the radiator hose (5 feet long)

I didn't get too far as I did get the old hose off and got a new one. Just in time too, just pulling it off it split. So the new one is a pia to get on. Engine side seems loose and coolant bottle side---well I still have not got it all the way on, too tight and hard to reach. The ran out of light/time so will continue tomorrow.
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I noticed right after I posted my mistake, and could not find a way to edit my post.

Just got so excited and combined changing the oil/filter in the genny and replacing the radiator hose (5 feet long)

I didn't get too far as I did get the old hose off and got a new one. Just in time too, just pulling it off it split. So the new one is a pia to get on. Engine side seems loose and coolant bottle side---well I still have not got it all the way on, too tight and hard to reach. The ran out of light/time so will continue tomorrow.

Small mistake and very glad there is no oil or filter in the radiator!

On the plus side you do know how to spell your model name, Cheetah, which is not a universal trait apparently.
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Couple of questions:

1) Why is there two hot water switches (when do I use them)

2) Whats the part # for the engine belt C7 motor - How/where can I search for parts for this coach?

3) can i operate slides when only plugged into my house.(have not plugged in yet waiting on adapter)

4) how does the satellite work ? Do I have to subscribe to that or something?

5) Does everyone have a roadside assistance membership ?
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1) Why is there two hot water switches (when do I use them)
One is to heat the water with propane and the other is to heat with electricity. Which to use is your choice. You can use both at the same time. I really hope you have the user manual for your coach.

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2) Whats the part # for the engine belt C7 motor - How/where can I search for parts for this coach?
I do not have a part number but, you can contact Monaco.

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3) can i operate slides when only plugged into my house.(have not plugged in yet waiting on adapter)
No you do not need to be plugged in.

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4) how does the satellite work ? Do I have to subscribe to that or something?
Yes you will need a receiver and subscribe to a service. DirecTV, DISH, etc.

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5) Does everyone have a roadside assistance membership ?
Yes, there are several options. Search the forums and you will find lots of information.
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