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Old 07-04-2020, 06:32 AM   #1
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I am looking at a 2005 Holiday Rambler navigator can anyone tell me what to look out for. also can you get them repaired thanks Denny53
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Welcome to the forum !
Everything is repairable it just depends on what is broken. Did you have a specific issue that you think will need to be addressed if you purchase ?
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The HR Navigator is built on the Roadmaster S-series chassis (the top-of-line chassis). There are no problems with this chassis. Any heavy truck shop can work on it. The components (axles, brakes, steering, etc.) used on this chassis are standard truck parts.

If you are doing an inspection of this Coach, look at the bottom of the slide rooms (make sure the bottom edges are solid). Some of these coaches (not specifically HR) had a problem with water intrusion rotting the floor at the edges due to a poor design (Google "Guardian Plates"). Run the slides in and out, run the AC units (don't forget to test the dash air), run the generator. All of the normal stuff you would check on any Coach.
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Old 07-04-2020, 07:15 AM   #4
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Nothing special now just wanting information to look for. We are looking to full time in it.
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Welcome to iRV2!

Here is a link to a current thread on the Monaco/HR slide floor rot-and-its-repair issue.
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Denny, there have been very few issues with the Roadmaster S series chassis.
Some have had the rear axle steel mounting plates crack but those are fairly easily rewelded. Make sure someone inspects these 1/2" steel plates carefully.
What engine does it have and how many miles are on it?

Most of your potential issues are going to be with other systems.
One or more of your Dometic A/C units is already or will very soon go bad.
If it still has a Norcold refrigerator, it needs to either be replaced, or a new cooling unit installed. These refrigerators have caused serious fires.
If not already updated you will need to update the TV's and entertainment systems.
Like Mike said, look at the outside of the slide out floors for wood rot.
Tires need to be replaced at the 7-8 year point regardless of tread remaining. Learn to read the DOT date codes on all tires.
Batteries can be expensive to replace. Check both chassis and house batteries.
Check the Onan 10k generator with a good load (all three A/C units).
Have the engine and transmission oil analyzed.
Lots more.
If you are not familiar with these large diesel coaches find an inspector that is.
Best of luck!
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I am looking at a 2005 Holiday Rambler navigator can anyone tell me what to look out for. also can you get them repaired thanks Denny53


I had an 04 Navigator for 9 years. Very well built coach on an excellent chassis. Only issue I had was it would break shock mounts although once repaired never the same one again.

Also look for delamination in the side walls. I noticed a few with this behind the rear slides. Paint quality (paint checking) is a known issue on some.
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Just bought an 04 Sahara 40' Cummings/Allison drivetrain, 60k miles, finishing the interior remodel the previous owner started. Now I'm moving to the underside, this is my 1st class A, I've had a bumper pull and a 5th wheel also I've farmed so I've owned and serviced several ton + Cummings trucks, whats the best tips for servicing (gaining access to this engine, tranny) any tips on this beast would be appreciated
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Old 09-20-2020, 04:26 AM   #9
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I am sorry I havenít had my 2005 navigator long enough to find the best way to get to engine and chassis thereís just no room under or in the engine bay
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Thanks for the reply
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