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Monaco factory tour

It turns out that just up the road from Eugene are the assembly facilities for both Monaco Coach (expensive motorhomes) and Marathon Coach (extremely expensive motorhomes). They’re right across the street from each other in Coburg, OR.

I like factory tours in general, and of course have a professional interest in travel vehicles, so the opportunity to see how these RV’s are built was impossible to pass up. (It doesn’t hurt that the tours are free.) Monaco runs the tours at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. currently, and Marathon runs theirs at 11:30. The Monaco tour can run 1-2 hours (ours went almost a full two hours) so if you want to do both, go see Marathon first.

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As is typical for these tours, cameras are not allowed, so I have no photos from inside the plant. But I can tell you it’s a great tour with lots of opportunities to get very close to all phases of the process. We watched as the motorhomes were welded together literally from the ground up starting with 3×8 box sections of steel for the frame rails. Monaco builds the whole coach including the chassis, whereas most manufacturers buy their chassis already pre-built, so you get to see just about everything that goes into making a motorhome.

Emma liked watching the process of heating and stretching vinyl to make dashboards, which looked like a giant art project that a kid could enjoy, but otherwise she wasn’t fascinated with the factory. But she was a good sport about it and we rewarded her with lunch at Subway, a kid favorite. I found everything interesting, and came out of the tour thinking what a well-built product Monaco made, which was precisely the point of the tour. Only two things hold me back from buying one right now:

1) Like most Class A motorhome manufacturers, they don’t make a two-bedroom floorplan.

2) I don’t have $500-800k to blow.

But otherwise, I was that close to writing a check on the spot. So I’d better not take the Marathon Coach tour. Those babies, built on Volvo bus chassis and highly customized, often run over a million bucks. I can’t even afford a tank of diesel in one of those…

We’ve moved on to our next stop, Valley of the Rogue State Park, between Grants Pass and Medford OR. We’ll spend Halloween here and take a couple of days to get other things done before heading into California.

3 Responses to “Monaco factory tour”

  1. Janet Says:

    Just a note to say, how refreshing to find another RVer who thinks Monaco and Mmarathon are great vehicles.Mararathon, WOW. We thought as we cried !Mommie, Mommie I want one of those… We have what we want. and are gratful.!

    You express yourself so warmly and friendly. Hope to meet up with you someday in our 2001 monaco signature series. We also toured the Monaco manufacturering plant 2007. WOW what an experience. they seem very open and ready to help. We do however have electrical problems with our used vehicle !!!. Glad we purchased the extended waranty. Going in for our third session to see why the batteries are being drained and electrical window coverings don’t work. guarantee RV, Leak in shower onto electrical cords. ?

    Jan & Ed and Dexter Dog
    warmly, jan, ed 7 dexter dog….

  2. rick toscano Says:

    i just purchased a 99′ monaco dynasty that is having a slider problem it will not go in our out with out some help we are planning a trip to oregon later this year do you offer service for this condition

    thank
    rick toscano
    (831) 902-0564

  3. RONALD SCHUTZ Says:

    LOOKING TO BUY 2003 MONACO KNIGHT, CAN YOU REPLACE CRT TV WITH FLAT SCREEN THAT SWINGS DOWN FROM CEILING . I LIVE IN GRATS PASS OR 541-476-7987 THANKS RON

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