|Shell shocked new owners in Tuscon|
|Separate washer and dryer instead of a combined unit|
When asked why we got this monster, Roger’s answer is that we don’t know and he's sticking by that statement but these are my thoughts as to why it happened. Unlike our usual plan of attack for getting something new and expensive, we didn’t think this through at all ahead of time. Our Allegro Open Road was only 3 years old and this one is 5 so it wasn’t that we wanted something newer. However, the Allegro started falling apart just after the warranty was up at one year. By getting a used RV supposedly the major kinks have been worked out.
My excuse is that when we took our son Chris and his dog with us last summer the Allegro was very cramped and that cramped feeling never went away. You see, the Monaco is 45 feet long with 4 slide outs. The Allegro was 37 feet long and only had 2 slide outs. The Allegro could only hold about 3000 pounds of cargo weight, including the two of us which is not negligable. The Monaco is a diesel pusher and can carry about 10,000 pounds of cargo, although where we could stuff another 7,000 pounds I don’t have a clue. The Monaco has more living space up top but less storage space in the basement.
|One of the two couches|
|Giant shower (for an RV anyway)|
Do we like it? Yes. The ride is much smoother, quieter and more stable than the Allegro. It has a lot more bells and whistles that mostly work. It has a 500 horsepower engine so it takes a 6% grade up a hill towing our car at 50 miles an hour. It has electrical strips under the tiles that heat the floor and, to some extent, the room. It also has three air conditioner/heat pumps on the roof if you want to pay for the electricity to run them all.
|Full fridge and china cabinet|
So is it worth the money we paid for it? You'll never know because we aint sayin' how much we spent. But it certainly seems like upscale living for the time being. We'll have to wait and see what major disasters happen between now and when we return to Jojoba in November.