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Old 09-19-2020, 02:08 PM   #1
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Tiffin Phaeton, HR Scepter or Imperial, or Monaco Windsor or Diplomat

So, I've posted before and thanks to this forum, we've narrowed it down. We are wanting to spend about $60,000 on our first rig. In that price range, we can find a Tiffin Phaeton, HR Scepter, HR Imperial, Monaco Windsor or a Monaco Diplomat. Opposing slides in the living room is a must have. We LOVE the two slides in the bedroom of the Phaeton, but it isn't a deal breaker. All of the models we have seen have floor plans we LOVE! We can get full body paint in that price range as well as the fiberglass roof.

That being said.....I would love for people to chime in about the 5 different ones listed. I am aware of the trailing arm issues, but from my understanding the 8 bag chassis doesn't have that issue.

PLEASE chime in. We are having a tough time with the decision and know NOTHING! LOL

You help is greatly appreciated

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We love our 2002 Monaco Windsor 40PBT. It has three slideouts and we really enjoy the floorplan!
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The Tiffin, and Monaco Diplomat should be about on par with each other.

The other coaches you listed are a little higher in features. Side radiators being one thing.
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Old 09-19-2020, 04:31 PM   #4
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One thing the Tiffin has going for it, both the house builder, and chassis manufacturer are still in business. Not so for the Monaco / Holiday Ramblers.
If you own one of the latter two, like myself, you need to be prepared to do the research yourself, when parts are needed.
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Also think about rear or side radiator. The Phaeton and Diploma are rear and the Scepter/Camelot, Windsor and Imperial are side. Having had both, I can tell you the side radiator is a big plus when servicing. Many parts are interchangeable between brands, but you will need more research on those, other than Tiffin.
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The side radiator is also excellent if driving down a gravel road if you do any boondocking. Keeps the dust out.
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Love my 03 Scepter. Its only a Double slide. Look for the PDQ. An 05 should come with an ISL, not have any emission controls, be side radiator, and be in that price range depending on upgrades.
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Have owned 5 motor homes and now will own nothing but a Tiffin product. My opinion.
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Have owned 5 motor homes and now will own nothing but a Tiffin product. My opinion.
A Thor is not in the same league as the ones he's looking at. What were the other 3?
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We have had our 04 Holiday Rambler Endeavor, same as Diplomat. It has been rock solid. For an older coach you can't hardly beat the 330 hp Cummins 8.3 ISC engine.
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Only had my Phaeton since July 2020 so still a newbie. But quite happy with it. Been on a couple Harvesthosts overnights less than an hour away & one 12 hour drive.

With the 4 slides out it is quite spacious.

Propane fridge drives me nuts. I "jump start" the fridge with 3 or 4 milk jugs or 2 liter soda bottles 3/4 full with water & frozen.

Engine & generator are great. Highway cruising can't be beat in this rig but I also am comparing to the same 12 hour drive in a Suburban.
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