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Well we're on-the-way-back.  Coachless at present but will be looking at a few early 2000s Monacos in central FL this month.  Main concern is getting chassis & powertrain inspected.  Recommendations of mobile inspectors in this area will be appreciated.

 ... Rick P

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I would contact Josam's in Orlando to see if they would do a chassis inspection. They will not do anything with the power train. You would have to use a place like Cummins or someone else that is familiar with a Cummins engine and Allison transmission.

Otherwise, you can try the NRVIA for certified inspectors.

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It's going to be extremely difficult to find an RV inspector familiar with large Monaco diesel coaches.  There is a national training center for RV inspectors but 99% of the training is for trailers.  

I think as a previous Monaco owner you're going to be more knowledgeable than most inspectors.  

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On 1/8/2024 at 5:11 PM, vito.a said:

It's going to be extremely difficult to find an RV inspector familiar with large Monaco diesel coaches.  There is a national training center for RV inspectors but 99% of the training is for trailers.  

I think as a previous Monaco owner you're going to be more knowledgeable than most inspectors.  

Sent you a PM.

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I am located in Central Florida (Lakeland Area) and use a Mobile Mechanic that is Cummins Certified and has experience on Motor Coaches. I would use him to inspect the chassis and power train if I was in the market for another coach after my experience with him working on my coach. you can give me a call at 863-602-4685 if you choose to use his services. 

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32 minutes ago, Rob M cKeown said:

I am located in Central Florida (Lakeland Area) and use a Mobile Mechanic that is Cummins Certified and has experience on Motor Coaches. I would use him to inspect the chassis and power train if I was in the market for another coach after my experience with him working on my coach. you can give me a call at 863-602-4685 if you choose to use his services. 

Thanks for the offer.  The Monacos I was considering in FL did not work out for various reasons.   Looking elsewhere now and as I locate a coach of interest I look for a mobile diesel mechanic in its area.

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Back in TX now.  

When in AZ last month I hired a diesel truck mechanic to do an inspection of an early 2000s Monaco, Cummins ISM.  Short version of story... it failed, throwing engine codes and other problems.  Far away, I located another one, arranged for a different diesel mechanic to do an inspection, oil samples... etc. ... 2 days before the mechanic was to get there... seller told me coach was sold.

Now I came across another early 2000s Monaco.... far from me.  Like the ones above, it has the ISM 500 engine.  Big concern I have is there is an engine rebuild in its history,  about 8 years and 16000 miles ago.  Carfax shows little.  Like before, I plan to have a diesel mechanic inspect chassis/powertrain, etc and will get an oil sample analysis.  Is there anything else I should look for considering the engine history?

 

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I would want to know the reason for rebuilding and its extend in case it effected or was caused by external parts that may need attention eventhough 16k miles later could indicate that it was done right if it passes the inspection. These engines should be pretty bulletproof if not messed with and maintained right.

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