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Our 2007 Monaco Diplomat 40SFT

 
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In February of 2007 we traded in our 1999 Discovery for a new Diplomat.  The Diplomat displays many of the technological improvements that have taken place in the motorhome industry over the past decade.  It's also almost five feet longer, with three slides, giving us far more room inside.

Here are two pictures of our coach showing the slides extended.  On the road-side there is a full wall slide, which allows for a separate full bath and a hallway to the bedroom containing a second large double wardrobe closet (see floor plan and internal views). 

Of course, a motorhome is never really yours until you've drilled some holes in it and changed some things around to suite yourself.  See our Mods Page to review the holes we've drilled.

The Toad

Our current "toad" is a 2013 GMC Acadia Denali.  The Acadia was completely re-styled for 2013.  It is quite attractive with its LED trimmed headlights and wrap-around rear windows.  At first glance it looks like a big SUV, but it is a mid-size cross-over with a 3.6L V-6 engine.  It is in the same class as the Ford Explorer, with similar amenities, but has more cargo room and leg room inside.  The AWD version is easy to tow with all wheels down.  The only special consideration for towing this vehicle is that you MUST pull a 50 amp main fuse when you tow.  I made this very easy by installing a high-current fuse bypass switch next to the fuse box under the hood. 

With a curb weight of 4850 lbs., we upgraded our 15-year-old Blue Ox Aladdin tow bar to the heavier Blue Ox Aventa for an additional mearsure of safety.  We also replaced the US Gear electronic Unified Tow Brake with the SMI AirForce One air brake system

The "Big Top"

The Big Top is "home" for the Diplomat.  This galvanized steel framed shelter from Big Top Manufacturing keeps the motor home nice and clean (and dry) all year.  It contains a 30 amp RV hook-up to keep the batteries charged.  There is a small personnel door on the side, and the large door rolls up with a winch from inside.  The frame is well trussed, and anchored to the ground. The translucent PVC coated polyester vinyl membrane cover is then stretched over top, and secured to the frame with cables and ties.  It blocks UV rays, but lets in sunlight.

The garage is 42' long, so the 41' coach barely fits inside the door.  You can order these in any length and width you need, but I originally erected this one for a 36' Discovery motorhome.

 
 
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