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Old 05-26-2020, 08:46 AM   #15
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https://www.monacoers.org/topic/563-...naco-life-lol/

I love IRV2 but this site is from a group of dedicated Monaco owners.

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Join our group and take the pressure off by sharing. There is plenty of help here.

You could spend 300K for a new one and heck, the next year the company goes bankrupt. Been there did that, got the tee shirt.
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Talk about a lazy repair shop. Pull the hose and go to a NAPA store and match it to what's hanging or in the Catalog/Computer. I have been doing it this way for years.
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Why would you have to run to the "factory" to get something as simple as a hose? Do as 32Duce said and hit the local Napa store
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Sorry, your expectations are way out of line. No motorhome manufacturer is stocking parts for 18 year old coaches. Probably not even 10 year old ones. Plus the present day Monaco brand owner had nothing to do with the previous company, which went out of business twice since your coach was built.


Since it is a motor vehicle, I suppose you thought you could get the same sort of service that Ford or Toyota might offer. Sorry, but that's not the case.
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All motor homes are a conglomoration of existing components, with very few exceptions. Find a good parts house with an old guy at the counter that can actually look at a parts BOOK. Hoses, belts, fittings, alternators, bearings, bushings, suspension components etc can all be matched by shape, size and general class of truck. Your Monaco shares many components of a class 7 or 8 truck/bus of the same era.
It's no different than working on an old Jeep or classics that have been modified over the years. IMHO, stay away from large automotive chain brand parts houses, find a good local independent Jobber. Oh, and buy those good parts counter people that know there stuff coffee and donuts occasionally.
They'll practically install the parts for you...lol.

Oh, once you figure out what's what, keep a list of common part numbers handy in the coach.
Belts, hoses, filters, alternator etc...
A few simple phone calls armed with information sure can save lots of frustration.
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We own a 2002 Monaco Diplomat and love the coach. This is for all the ppl thinking of buying a Motorhome. Donít buy a Monaco of any Model that was made prior to 2009 as you will not be able to get any support from them.
Example we had a top radiator hose fail last year and could not get any help from them. Since the company was bought out a couple of years ago the older models have been kicked to the curb. You will be on your own when it comes to repair parts and major service.

Hmmmm.....perhaps a case of unrealistic expectations on your part.
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We own a 2002 Monaco Diplomat and love the coach. This is for all the ppl thinking of buying a Motorhome. Donít buy a Monaco of any Model that was made prior to 2009 as you will not be able to get any support from them.
Example we had a top radiator hose fail last year and could not get any help from them. Since the company was bought out a couple of years ago the older models have been kicked to the curb. You will be on your own when it comes to repair parts and major service.
Why wouldn't you contact the engine manufacturer (Cummins or Cat)? Provide the engine ID and they'll give you a part number. Many parts do not change over the years. The Cat service center I've used still works on engines from the 1970's. With the part number, go to any auto/truck parts retailer who can likely source the OEM part or cross reference the OEM part number to get you an after market version which is sometimes better quality. Otherwise, all you've done is waste time & energy and only achieved frustration!
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Donít buy pre 2009, NO, donít buy pre 2012 when the 2nd Monaco went under if you need someone to hold your hand. The Monacoers group has a good list of part #s for pre 2012 rigs.

Even if Monaco was still in business, I would not call them for a failed radiator hose. I would take it off and go to a parts store and match it up. Going to need replacement antifreeze too while there.

I looked at the Newest Monaco units 3 years ago and between they were on a Freightliner chassis and the poor quality of the woodwork... I went with a excellent 08 Navigator.
With diesels, automotive-type antifreeze is a no-no. You need diesel engine-specific antifreeze. Just sayin'!
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With diesels, automotive-type antifreeze is a no-no. You need diesel engine-specific antifreeze. Just sayin'!
Don't know what your getting at

Parts stores like NAPA carry HD diesel antifreeze!
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Talk about a lazy repair shop. Pull the hose and go to a NAPA store and match it to what's hanging or in the Catalog/Computer. I have been doing it this way for years.
X3 even buying a longer hose with a 90 just to cut off the 6” of the straight I actually needed because it was in the store.
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Ive never had any rv back to a dealer.

Finditparts is good also.
Trucks and tractors use the same Radiators and hoses.
Suspension parts.

Case tractor and combines us Cummins engines

I have a fire truck prepared Cummins in mine.
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You are aiming at the wrong target. Your service tech and/or shop is neither customer oriented or competent. Any repair shop could have a hose in less than a day. The engine and chassis were not custom made for Monaco. You are dealing with clowns that don't deserve ( or apparently want ) your repair business.
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We own 99 Signature
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Ive never had any rv back to a dealer.

Finditparts is good also.
Trucks and tractors use the same Radiators and hoses.
Suspension parts.

Case tractor and combines us Cummins engines

I have a fire truck prepared Cummins in mine.
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Exactly what Roy-c said.


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