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Old 09-28-2014, 12:28 PM   #1
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Hi all, we recently purchased a 2002 Monaco Dynasty and are excited to participate in the RV community. Our first question is who would you recommend that we can take our Monaco in to have a walk-thru, service and repair of the slide out awning with water damage. We live in Papillion (Omaha), NE but are willing to take a week or two to travel to a reputable Monaco servicing shop to get it done right! New to the ownership of a big rig like this and want to take care of it so it lasts! Looking forward to the RV lifestyle and your expert opinions!
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Old 09-28-2014, 12:35 PM   #2
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Hi folks! Welcome to IRV2! It's great to have you join the gang here!

Congrats on the new Monaco! You're gonna love it!

Sorry I can't help with your question.

Keep her between the ditches!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Old 09-28-2014, 01:53 PM   #3
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Welcome to the Forum. As to your question, you should post it in the "Owners Forum" at top of page and select "Monaco." That way someone maybe able to help you out. Best of luck.

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The good news is that you don't have to find a Monaco dealer to fix these types of problems. Slide toppers are pretty generic, so if you can find a good RV dealer, they should be able to handle the issues.

This is my opinion, so take it with a grain of salt. I have two excellent RV shops that work on my MH to fix coach type issues. I have a truck repair facility that takes care of chassis and engine issues.

I have a good Monaco dealership about 60 miles away. I buy Monaco parts from them, but haven't had a Monaco specific issue that required their services. Good luck and enjoy your Monaco. They are a good coach.
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Old 09-28-2014, 04:27 PM   #6
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Sapper... Greetings and welcome to the best place on earth to share questions, comments and just about anything else RV related.

Congrats on the new to you Dynasty, I'm sure you will love the coach, the Dynasty's are awesome.

I have to agree with the previous comment, you shouldn't have to travel long distance to go to a Monaco specific repair shop. My recommendation is to post in the Motorhome Forum / Class A Motorhomes and ask for recommendations of good repair shops in your area. I'm sure you have something close in the Omaha area. If you're just looking for an excuse for a road trip I have a great shop I use here in CO Springs, it's only a 1 day drive 😄.

Good luck with the slide topper.

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Glad you're aboard. Congrats on the new to you rig. I agree with the others about traveling a great distance to find a RV shop to do repairs. Sorry I can't recommend one in the Omaha area. I'm sure others will have ideas. Enjoy your adventures and be safe.
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Welcome and glad to meet you!

If you were in Florida I would suggest Alliance Coach in Wildwood. They do sell Monaco's, but their service dept. is huge and that appears to be their mainstay. I can attest personally to their service expertise. I was very satisfied with our visit.
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Hi Sapper



Glad to have you here with us.

As was mentioned, it is not necessary to take your coach to a Monaco dealer to have your slide toppers replaced. Any good RV dealer in your area should be able to do this works for you. If you are going to replace the topper I would have it done on all the slides. If one is bad the others can't be far behind.

Best of luck and Happy Trails!!!
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Welcome to IRV this is a great place to get info - I have seen many adds along the way for slide top replacement - Many will come right to you Have Fun
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Bookmark www.rvservicereviews.com for future help........
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The RV Doctor, in Las Vegas NV, is owned by a couple of experts who used to work for Monaco when it was across the street. Everyone in the area goes there, including those of us who don't have Monaco, just because they are the best.
7770 Dean Martin Dr, (702)473-5362. Their location is near both; Oasis RV Resort, and Las Vegas Motorhome Resort (in the Silverton Casino area).
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Welcome to the forum, and you should love your new coach!!

You are getting good advice from the group. Most of the equipment on your new rig is sort of generic and was used on all other high end coaches. That's one of the reasons that we buy Monaco coaches in the first place. However, my opinion is that the term RV and RV dealer covers a lot of ground. My observation is that you can divide RV dealers into at least two sub-groups. Those that sell new or new and used motorhomes, and those that sell primarily trailer RVs (whether big or small, but don't have any more than one or two motorhomes on their lot. The former type of dealer is what you are looking for, if you are dealing with a dealer. As an example, I live in NorthWest Louisiana, and most of my RV dealers are in the business of selling bumper and 5th wheel trailers. When I have tried to take my Monaco Dynasty tag in to them for service, they look at me blankly and say they dont' have a guy on staff that knows 1.) motorhome diesel engine issues generally, and 2.) they don't have anyone on staff that knows anything about chassis or frame or structure issues. I have had to rely on diesel engine shops (Cummins certified shops such as United Engine or Cummins/Onan certified dealers). You live in a big town so maybe you will have some good size shops that really service diesel pusher coaches that you can learn are honest and helpful, but for many of us, the dealers who sell "RVs" by the hundreds (all trailers and small rigs) have been fairly worthless for me.

Most of your equipment is stuff that is fairly generic and available through a hundred on-line RV equipment sales sites. I have used three or four routinely, and then made the repairs myself. Google will find them for you. One of the biggest problems if you are a DIY sort of person is to figure out what something is (like switches and small components). Monaco has virtually all of that down in a database of equipment used in your specific coach when made, and the Monaco people are very helpful at the 800 number, but if you buy from them, you will find they price their stock so they make a nice profit. Those same items are usually available for much less on the internet if you know what manufacturer and model of the component, which is the hard part. You can save money but may spend a lot of time trying to figure out what the part is. One resource I will mention to you is that a yahoo group called the "Monacoers" (there are several similar groups) maintains a list that is maybe 80 pages long of equipment manufacturers and model numbers of many Monaco coach parts. For example, I needed a lighted switch on a control panel what starts and stops my generator. The Monacoers list showed 5 or 6 switches that have served that function on Monaco coaches, but from that list, I was able to explore the web page of the manufacturers and found my switch direct from the manufacturer for a tiny faction of the cost either from Monaco or a parts house on the web.

I get anything that is transmission or diesel engine related done by United Engines who is a Cummins - Allison certified dealer. I get my oil and lubrication and filters from SpeedCo (which is a shop that services primarily over the road truckers but has a reasonable oil and lubrication charge), and I buy my tires through Monaco International club's discounted Michelin tire purchase program ( you deal with a major local dealer such as Tire Centers Inc. If you need other general service, I'd be looking for a big motorhome dealer such as LazyDays or Motorhome Specialists or PPL in Houston area, or Camping World. There have been several other big shops mentioned here. What I am looking for is a shop where most of their business is diesel pusher motorhome repair and service. It is there that you find the technical expertise to really fix almost anything, but you usually pay a premium for the convenience. Also, I have found that if you get the right person, mobile, come-to-you RV repair can fix most general non-engine, non-structural issues and I have had good success on the few occasions that something happens on the road that I just can't fix on my own, or learn to live without until I get home. And finally, this forum, right here, is the best place I have found for other helpful owners who have probably encountered anything you are likely to encounter and have fixed virtually anything you are likely to try to fix, and these guys are really helpful.

Good luck with your new coach !!

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Hi fellow Nebraskan!!! I now have a 2000 dynasty with 30k on the speedo. My previous was a 1998 holiday rambler that I bought in Lincoln at Leach and son. Their store seemed professional when I bought their. They do have a lot of high end coaches on their lot if that says anything.
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