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2008 Monaco Diplomat SE - 36PDQ

The Search:

It was time to upgrade from our 2000 Monaco Windsor, so we set about searching for a new coach. We like to stay within legal limits for how much we can tow, and how long we are going to be when towing our trailer so that really limits our options. We also store our motorhome inside our shop which limits our length to about 37 1/2 ft. If we downsized our trailer so we could move up to a 38 ft., we'd have to store the motorhome outside. We decided that the benefits of storing the motorhome at our house instead of off-site.

We needed a motorhome that was 36 ft. and had a 10,000 lbs. hitch. Our Windsor was equipped like this, but many manufacturers dropped the 36 ft. models. Well, Monaco changed that in 2007 when they introduced a new 36 PDQ floor plan for their Diplomat. We were satisfied with our Windsor, so we knew another Monaco product would meet our needs.

A fellow duner had just purchased a 38 ft. Diplomat from DeMartini RV in Grass Valley California. He was eager to tell everyone about his pleasant buying experience with DeMartini, so we decided to check out their website - www.demartinirv.com.  I quickly found out that DeMartini RV does a great job on the internet.  They post several pictures of all the coaches they have for sale, plus all of the specs for each particular unit.  This makes it very easy to shop and compare on the internet.

Important Specifications:

  • 10,000 lbs Hitch Receiver with 1,500 lbs tongue weight

  • 43,000 GCWR, 33,000 GVWR

  • Cummins ISL 400HP Turbo Diesel Engine

  • Allison 3000-MH 6 Speed World Transmission

  • Roadmaster RR8R - Series Chassis

  • 8 Air Bags and 8 Shock Absorbers

  • Four 6V Deep Cycle Coach Batteries

  • 8kW Diesel Generator

  • 2000-Watt Inverter

  • Fresh Water - 100 gallons

  • Gray Tank - 62 gallons

  • Black Tank - 40 gallons

  • Fuel Tank - 100 gallons

Likes:

  • Gray tank is almost 20 gallons larger than in our 2000 Windsor.

  • Exterior storage space - more "ice chest sized" spots for storing stuff.

  • Four slides at your destination is very roomy.

  • Full-length queen bed. Our Windsor had a normal width, but cheated us on 5" of length.

  • Whole house vacuum.

  • Tile floor from bathroom to the front is easier for cleanup.

  • Cooling capacity - Towing 9,000 lbs up the Grapevine on I5 in California, the temp never went over 190.

  • Power - 42 mph was the lowest speed towing 9,000 lbs up the Grapevine on I5 in California

Dislikes:

  • Doesn't seem like there is a good spot to put a small kitchen trash can.

  • Four slides is a bit tight while driving.

  • The coach likes to wander a bit on rough roads.  We have had it aligned and the ride-height adjusted and it is better, but not as good as our 2000 Windsor.  I think the length (36 ft.) plays into this, but our Windsor was the same length and it was great.

Add on equipment:

We had DeMartini RV add three pieces of aftermarket equipment for us.

  1. Automatic satellite dish - Since we had a height issue, we went with a low profile unit. The unit has a full-sized dish which brings in a stronger signal that the domed units.
     

  2. 120W Solar panel with controller - Since we dry camp at the dunes a lot, a solar panel really helps keep the house batteries charged.
     

  3. Trailer brake controller - Monaco finally figured out that a lot of folks actually tow with their motorhomes.  The Diplomat is pre-wired for a brake controller which makes the installation much easier and cleaner.

Everything was added as promised, and the installation was very clean.

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2008 Monaco Diplomat SE - 36 ft. PDQ

Monaco Diplomat SE 36 ft. PDQ           

     

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