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hohenwald48 wrote:

What's the price of the beefed up arms? Is it something I might want to change as a preventative measure?


You may want to beef up your existing trailing arms like I did. They are relatively easy to remove. If you are not a welder just find a welding shop and they will be able to beef up the sides like I did for a lot less money. I would suggest using 3/8 in plate. That will give you a lot of extra strength.

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Gadget Guy:
Do you have pictures of what was done?


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The price is $1,274 plus shipping.

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Just a tidbit: Not all coaches on the "recall list" are affected. The rear suspension involved is by Nu-Way. The rear suspension on my 2003 Safari Cheetah is by Reyco, and the trailing arms go over the axle rather than under. I've never seen another 2003 Cheetah with a Reyco rear suspension, but it does indicate that Monaco/Safari was not consistent in what they put under the chassis.

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If Monaco is up and running again, under Navistar, will they still be required to fix this problem ?

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gswcgi wrote:

Gadget Guy:
Do you have pictures of what was done?


No I do not have pictures but all we did was trace out the trailing arm on a sheet of 3/8 plate, cut it out will a cutting torch, did this 4 times one for each side, not the top and bottom and welded them on. We stayed about 3 inches away from the front hole for the pin because of clearance issues. This added a total of 3/4 inch to each trailer arm making it much stronger than the original. The original wall thickness I believe was only 3/16 inch material.

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If Monaco is up and running again, under Navistar, will they still be required to fix this problem ?


I would think NOT because the "Old" Monaco is dead and buried and the new Monaco LLC did not take over the liabilities of the Old Monaco.

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zxer:

NO. Monaco has gone bankrupt and the new Monaco is owned by Navistar who is not undertaking any of the previous company's liabilities. They have no legal obligation to do any recalls or warranty work.

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Price for two arms and all new mounting hardware is $1272 plus freight. It a bolt in installation. In my younger days I might have tried the installation myself, but not now. I'll have the alignment checked after the arms are installed.

PS DonDon asked about the first recall. It was an inspect and replace if needed(cracked weld/arm). The dealer didn't see any problem at that time.


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zxer:

NO. Monaco has gone bankrupt and the new Monaco is owned by Navistar who is not undertaking any of the previous company's liabilities. They have no legal obligation to do any recalls or warranty work.

Moisheh


Sure would be nice though, even if they are not required, to take care of these folks.

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