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Old 05-18-2013, 04:57 PM   #1
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Considering a 2005 Monaco Signature

Hello forum members,
I am looking at a 2005 Monaco Signature Series. It has the Detroit Diesel engine, 4 slides, a great looking coach. I am not familiar with this model and was looking for feedback. Good or bad. Anything really out standing I should be aware of? Anything I should pay extra attention too?
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We really like ours!!
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Old 05-18-2013, 07:12 PM   #3
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Nothing bad to say. The Sig is one of the highest quality best performing coaches in the market. My wife and I have lived full time in an '03 Sig for over 6 years now and know them to be fantastic coaches.
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Old 05-18-2013, 08:38 PM   #4
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I was looking at one at Quartzite last winter and wow they are nice. The only thing wrong with one of them would be I would be jealous as heck. The only reason I left it behind was $$$.
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I have a 2004 Signature with the Detroit and it is the quietness, smoothest and easier motorhome to drive. My DW has no trouble driving it. There is a recall to update the software on the Detroit and a notice to check and replace the engine coolant level sensor and a recall on the Aqua Hot system. I can go more into those and email them to you if you decide to get it
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Old 05-19-2013, 12:55 AM   #6
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Be prepared for people knocking on your door to tell you how much they love your coach. I'm not joking.
It happened twice in 6 weeks.
We just finished our shake down trip on our new to us 05 Signature. Only 3300 miles but mechanically perfect. Aquahot worked perfectly in low teens, and 3acs work well in 100deg heat
The heated mirrors worked flawlessly in driving snow over Wolf Creek Pass. Oh I have new Michelin tires on and say goodbye to wind effect of passing semis. If you're not looking you don't notice him till you see him out of the corner of your eye.
As you can see we love our coach.
The detroit recalls should have been done as it was a simple fix to a potential major problem caused by the installation not by Detroit.
The others Mike mentioned are not expensive and should be checked. I also believe there was a radiator issue soon after production. Some radiators had to be replaced as they were not suitable for the application. Anyway if it was one of those it would have been replaced years ago.
Mike may correct me here.
You can expect between 5.4 and 6.4 mpg at 60-65 mph.
You can expect to never get tired driving in the hills. Between 515hp going up and the jake brake coming down the coach just eats up the mountains.
When boon docking you'll find the 12kva genset more than adequate. Even on the hottest of days.
There are some great features in this coach that you'll wonder how you did without them.
There are some very knowledgable Signature Owners on this site that will help you with any queries.
Good luck with your decision.
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We recently purchased a 2004 Signature with 4 slides and after a few initial problems, are quite satisfied with it. We will be starting to live in it full time the end of June. Driving this coach is a dream. The Detroit is one great engine.

Join "Monacoers" forum on Yahoo.com. You'll get lots of good advice both here and on the Monacoers group.

Most importantly, enjoy the coach.
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Thanks to everyone that responded. This is exactly what I wanted to hear. It is pretty much down to crunching numbers now! I own a 2005 Tiffin Allegro Bus 40DP and we love it, but it simply does not compare to this Signature. I think the difference in weight speaks to the build quality.
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Thanks to everyone that responded. This is exactly what I wanted to hear. It is pretty much down to crunching numbers now! I own a 2005 Tiffin Allegro Bus 40DP and we love it, but it simply does not compare to this Signature. I think the difference in weight speaks to the build quality.
The S Series semi monocoque chassis is not a light weight but is very stiff and the primary reason for the excellent road manners.
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we have a 2000 with 2 slides and love it
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The only thing better is a 2006 Signature... <smile>
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The only thing better is a 2006 Signature... <smile>
Touché Les
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Touché Les
Steve, as you know, I have a conflict of interest! <smile>

BUT, I do really, really like our Sig. We previously had a 2002 Dynasty that I thought was fantastic, but the Sig has all that and more. A Sig compares very closely to a Prevo conversion but is one-third the price. Actually, comparing it to a four slide Prevo conversion, it is more like one-quarter the price.
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The only thing better is a 2006 Signature... <smile>
Actually a 2008 with a bath and a half is even better.....
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