We would rather have something older that was well maintained and has the bugs worked out vs getting one with less quality that is newer.
Now you know more about why I don't have mine anymore.
Don't get me wrong, we loved our 33SW when it was working. That said, we are about to be full-timers and there simply was not enough room in ours for the two of us and two border collies. So, the search was on. We learned over on the IRV2 forum to look for something used that was high-end when built. To make a long story short, we traded for a coach that was well over $300k new, and has all the options we wanted including AquaHot. It's built in the famous Roadmaster RR8S chassis, has a 400HP Caterpillar C9, and an Allison 4000 transmission. The quality of the cabinetry and such inside the coach is nicer than I see in most homes, it's all solid cherry.
The AquaHot system is pretty darn neat. It is basically a furnace like homes in the north have. It can be fired via diesel fuel or electricity. It has a tank of antifreeze solution which heats copper coils within the tank. It can be used for continuous hot water in the shower, and it also serves as the heater in the coach when the temps get too cold for the heat pumps. Or it can be used instead of heat pumps (the rooftop A/C units) if you want a quiet environment.
Also, the previous owner had a HWH AutoAir suspension system installed on the coach at a cost of $9300. This system makes changes to the suspension on the fly, so wind, road changes, etc. don't sway the coach. It's impressive.
Lucky for us, the salesman who took the coach in trade and traded us for our 33SW didn't know much about them and didn't realize the upgrades that had been done to our "new" coach, he way undervalued it.
If you buy something brand new, you'll spend a big part of the first year working out bugs. They don't QA them, they send you on your way then you go back and report the issues you've discovered. And from what I can tell, they don't build them like they did in the early and mid 2000s.
Your comments are so spot on and inline with my experience its almost funny. I "downgraded" to a 2005 Monaco Diplomat that was not only better in every department, it was $20K cheaper. So happy I made the move.
2005 Monaco Diplomat and the low beams dont work. I thought it was the bulb so I purchased a new one (9005 HB3) but got same results. I also replaced the bulb next to it which is an 9006 HB4. Could the low and high beams operate on separate relays? Could these be the wrong bulbs?
Whirlpool fridge just went out and is too big for the door so will have to be repaired. Any diagnostics anyone can suggest? Got a trip next weekend!
If it's too big for the door, how about the window? Remove the window and frame and more it in that way.
I found that it will fit through the emergency exit window in the bedroom. But its only 3 years old, should be able to be repaired.