Dr4Film Posted March 11, 2022 Share Posted March 11, 2022 Our trip to Salt Lake City from the Orlando Airport on Monday February 28th to pick up our NTU 2006 Monaco Dynasty Countess III ended with a safe arrival back at our winter home in Flagler Beach Florida on March 10th after over 3000 miles of travel. The following is a shorten version of the challenges we encountered during the trip. Arrived at the airport but our checked luggage did not. The connection at Sea-Tac Airport was too short for the luggage to transfer in time. Therefore, it arrived sometime after 8 pm which then Alaska Airlines delivered it around 5:30 am the next morning to our coach which was parked at the Sam’s Club in South Jordon Utah where we decided to spend the night. The first setback I encountered was at the storage facility where we picked up the coach. I went to install the Pressure Pro Pulse Sensors to each of the 8 tire valve stems and immediately had a problem with the rigid valve extenders that I had asked the storage facility to install for me. I absolutely HATE any valve extensions, but I had to have something to easily get the sensors mounted. Luckily the owner of the storage facility had not left for the day and saw me outside having difficulties. He managed to tighten up the extenders such they would not leak on our trip back home. I will replace those stupid extenders with the Borg Dually Valve Stems when the tires get changed out. I will also make a separate post on my evaluation of the Pressure Pro Pulse TPMS. We drove the 16 miles down to the Sam’s Club and got parked for the night. When I walked around the coach, I discovered that one of the rear axle cap covers had fallen off somewhere in those 16 miles. The next day we shopped at both Sam’s Club & Walmart to stock the coach for our trip back home. Went to start the engine, nada. Tried to start the generator, zippo! Called Coach-Net for a chassis battery jump start. After getting the engine started, I drove over to the service bays at Sam’s Club, purchased two new model 31 engine batteries and then used their tools to install them. Obviously at least one of the two batteries that were there had problems with it. What I also learned is that the generator starts off of the chassis batteries, not the house like it does on my Windsor. Only drove about 130 miles that day due to the time lost dealing with the batteries. Walked around the coach after we got parked and discovered a second rear axle cap cover disappeared somewhere in that short trip. OMG! I had not lost ANY cap on my Windsor since owning it for over 18 years and 75,000 miles of travel and I have lost two in less than 200 miles. Stopped in Las Vegas to dump tanks and put on more water as I was losing water out the freshwater hose and didn’t realize it until later. Went to dump, removed the cap and about one quart of wastewater flowed out onto the Service Bay floor. Obviously one or both of the valves were leaking and needs to be replaced. Purchase a plastic container to place under the output for future dumps to catch the liquid until I have time to replace both of the valves. Got to Quartzsite where we were meeting my sister for the evening. Woke up the next morning to get on the road. Turned out of the Hi Jolly BLM and pressed on the fuel treadle only to find that the transmission was stuck in 1st gear with a Check Trans waring light on the dash. Limped back to the BLM and called a local Allison Tech in Phoenix. He talked me through how to retrieve error codes using the keypad. Never knew how to do that as my Windsor has never had ANY transmission problems at all. Found two errors, 2511 and 6340. The tech zeroed in on the 2511 code which is the output speed sensor. He listed possible causes, etc. I was almost resigned to call Coach-net one more time to setup a tow into Phoenix for a repair sometime the next week as it was Friday and they would not have time to look at it until Tuesday or Wednesday. I fiddled with the transmission going from neutral to reverse to neutral then drive moving the coach in both directions a number of repetitions. Then decided to try it one more time getting back on the road. Well to my surprise it was back to normal. Called the tech later in the day to let him know what had happened. He said that he hopes that I won’t have any more problems with it on our trip which we did not. But now that I am home I plan to remove the connecter and clean it well with contact cleaner and WD-40. At the least this was a learning experience for me with the Allison Transmission in that I now know how to get into the Diagnostics of the transmission, retrieve codes, determine if they are active or not and delete codes. The next challenge was driving in 25-40 mph winds with gusts to over 50 mph through AZ. I was not impressed with how the coach handled in those conditions. It wore me out! The winds continued well into Texas during the trip. Once the winds subsided after getting to Louisiana, the coach was a pleasure to drive. However, now that we are home I will get under the front end to see what steering box the coach has and what else is under there. When time and money permit I will have the Watts Link installed by Barry at Josam in Orlando. Two additional problems surfaced during the trip. I discovered that the Dash AC system was not working as it should. Plus the HWH Air Leveling Compressor was not coming on. Both of these were checked out and given the OK by the “certified” inspector I had hired. Then the last two days of our trip were in rain from Alabama until we got home. While in Alabama I started using the wipers on and off for a few miles when all of a sudden the wipers went all the way to left such that the driver’s wiper was off the window completely and stuck there. Found a bridge to stop under and went out to move the wipers back into position and they moved freely such that they were free-floating. Tried to power them back on, NADA, NOTHING! So I had to drive with no wipers until getting back home. I did stop at a Walmart to purchase a bottle of Rain-X that helped a little but without a ladder to get high enough on the window it was a useless cause. So after all of our challenges on our trip I have a lengthy list of repairs to perform before leaving late in May for our Workamping jobs in New Hampshire. I will be posting for help on some of these as the coach and its system are new to me plus they are different than what I had in the Windsor. I am not disappointed in purchasing the coach. It is exactly what I was looking for and then some. I am VERY disappointed in the abilities of the “Certified NRVIA Inspector” to perform a proper inspection of the sophisticated systems the diesel pushers have, especially Monaco’s. In retrospect I should have either traveled to SLC to perform the PDI myself or did an extensive interview FIRST to make sure that the inspector was fully qualified to inspect the coach properly. 2 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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