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Old 11-30-2019, 08:34 PM   #1
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Input on new to us coach

Looking for everyone's opinion on a few coaches we are looking at. We are looking for a DP 37' or larger. Looking at years between 1995-2003.

We have been looking at Monaco's, a Beaver Patriot and Country Coach's. Whats your opinion on these.

We are hoping to find something with a signal slide that is not too deep, also prefer a side radiator but not a must.



I'm very handy and can fix anything around our house and I'm auto tech and have worked on medium duty diesel trucks and gas and diesel motor homes before so im ok with doing a few upgrades and things to the coach.
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Old 11-30-2019, 08:48 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum.

You are joining a good group off folks here with good info to share.

I agree put Tiffin into the mix

Good luck and enjoy the adventure!
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Old 12-01-2019, 06:05 AM   #4
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The Monaco products of that era used their Roadmaster Chassis. I would opt for one with the 8 air bags in lieu of the 4 air bag units. I've read threads on some issues with those units.


All three of those are fine brands. Your preference of side radiator and one side is spot on.



In anything used condition is most important. If you can find a coach with service records that to me is of upmost importance.



Lastly layout to keep the lady of the house happy. That should probably be put at the top of the list.


When we purchased our unit I stayed on RV Trader. That will give you a feel for market and asking prices. It is a great tool. We actually found and purchased our unit through EBay.



Once you have some specific units you like post on here and perhaps we can give you some more insights.


Good luck and keep us posted.
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Old 12-01-2019, 06:46 AM   #5
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Old 12-01-2019, 07:04 AM   #6
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10 air bags on my 99 Roadmaster Signature.

Regardless of what brand in that year categorie.

Buy only the Top, Top of the brands offering
For that brand that year.

I purchased this from the original owner. Heated garage stored North East of Atlanta 15 miles or so.
Manufactured in Oregan.

We searced for Two plus years to find this unit 10 some years ago.

This unit has
3 air conditioners W. H.P.s
Tag axle
500 ISM Side radiator
Electric tile heated floors
3 zone heat Aqua Hot
1250 Onan.
Porcelain toilet.
Solid wood cabnets and doors
Etc. Etc.
You can find like units in Beaver, C.C.
Eagle, Newell, Four travel, Blue Bird Etc.

Picture taken at the I 95 South Florida Welcome center Friday evening.

There is a Newell for sale now by a gentleman in Wisconsin.
Immaculate
Lots of updates
Priced fair.
RV trader I think.

If I was looking ?
Id call him

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Any of the coaches that have been listed are nice rigs and would serve you well.

I'm partial to Monaco, since I own a 2002 Windsor. I had looked for + 2 years and got lucky in the fact that I had no real knowledge of Class A DP's. The first time my wife & I stepped into the coach be both turned to each other and said " Oh my God" , it was beautiful inside and out and has served us well. It has all the amenities you'd want.


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I looked around and found a 2000 Country Coach that I liked. One of the most important things to remember, is to find a floor plan that fits your lifestyle. Any of the brands listed above are quality and will last for many years.
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Don't overlook Newmars. 1998 - 2002 units are excellent. We just bought a 2000 Dutch Star 38ft DP model 3851, with cummins engine and a spartan chassis. One large slide. We love it. One downside to Spartans of this era, the front ball joint boots deteriorate. If you find one, be sure and check the boots. Replacement of ball joints is around 2K.
Freightliner chassis don't seem to have any problems. Resale for freightliner is a bit lower but there are many out there and the owners love them too.
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Hi ! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

Monaco made some really nice coaches in those years. We love our 2002 Windsor!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Old 12-02-2019, 12:19 PM   #11
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All the major dealers have some really nice coaches on their lots and it appears to be a buyers market right now

For less than 100K you can buy something that appears to be very nice and well cared for and newer than you mentioned. One slide might be an issue though as most have three or four
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we looked at a couple of newmars and found them nice but not quite the floor plans we liked.
I wouldn't mind looking at a tiffen but we have yet to find one in our area or even within's a days drive that's anywhere near our price range that's in decent shape.


We are going to be using the coach to take our son on trips that will be more than an hour or so drive from home, he was born early and has some disability's. He doesn't do well in the car for more than a couple hours and it makes long trips very hard.

Space inside the coach with the slide in is very important. We looked at one that had two slides but you could barley walk between them with the slides in.
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In those years I would lean toward Country Coach. All of the coaches you mention are of good quality, but they are also all without factory support, with the exception of CC. CC has some factory support from Winnebago who bought their factory, molds, and blueprints and still offers some parts services.

The Newell, though not in your original list, also has outstanding factory support and is a cut above most that you mentioned, IMO.
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They are all good brands, my main concern would be orphaned accessory items, automation systems, levelling jacks, slides mechanisms, etc. This would have to be addressed on a coach by coach, year by year basis.


One other brand I would add to the list if Foretravel, unlike some of the ones you mentioned Foretravel still exists in more than name only.
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