The Monaco

Our motor coach is a 2006 Monaco Signature Series Castle Plan. It was custom built by a gentleman from Rhode Island and parked at an exclusive RV Resort in Port St. Lucie Florida. It is 45′ with four slides and a 500 HP Cummins diesel engine. It only had 7,000 miles on it when we bought it. Before we took delivery, we had new tires and new batteries installed. Mike flew out to Florida to pick it up and drove it back to The Woodlands, near Houston. We parked it at Sunset Shores RV Park on Lake Conroe in Montgomery County. We spent three months getting ourselves moved in and acquainted with the giant machine. We also had some cosmetic changes made to the interior. We took the carpet out of the living room and replaced the floor with a wood laminate. We took the dishwasher out of the kitchen and replaced it with an oversized drawer where I can store my mixing bowls, Pyrex dishes, and sauce pans. We took out the glitzy bar and made a functional pantry for our groceries. We also had some custom glass panels made for the pantry doors so the view of the contents inside was muted. We changed all the televisions and installed a DirecTV cable satellite system.  Mike switched out all of the cabinet hardware for me, and we replaced a fancy chandelier over the dining table with something a little more low key. After living in it for just over one year, it now has about 15,000 miles on the odometer.

Approximately 44,000 pounds.

Approximately 44,000 pounds.

The Monaco and the dog's first encounter with snow.

The Monaco and the dog’s first encounter with snow.

Snow kissed in South Carolina.

Snow kissed in South Carolina.

My bathroom

My bathroom

Mike's sink.

Mike’s sink.

The WC.

The WC.

The kitchen.

The kitchen.

The view to the front of the Monaco while standing at the stove.

The view to the front of the Monaco while standing at the stove.

Our bedroom closet.

Our bedroom closet.

All cleaned and waxed.

All cleaned and waxed.

Our office, living room, dining room and kitchen.

Our office, living room, dining room and kitchen (and big furry dog with bone).

The driver's side slide starts at my desk window and extends to the end of the dining area.

The driver’s side slide starts at my desk window and extends to the end of the dining area.

The passenger side slide starts at the edge of the couch.

The passenger side slide starts at the edge of the couch.

This is what the inside looks like when we travel.

This is what the inside looks like when we travel.

Slides in, ready to travel.

Slides in, ready to travel.

Our bedroom with the driver's side slides in.

Our bedroom with the driver’s side slides in.

Our bedroom with both slides out.

Our bedroom with both slides out.

The window in our bedroom.

The window in our bedroom.

All decorated for Christmas!

All decorated for Christmas!

 

The fridge is opposite my cooktop. There is a sliding pocket door between the shower door and the refrigerator door. There is another sliding pocket door in the back between our bedroom and my sink area.

The fridge is opposite my cooktop. There is a sliding pocket door between the shower door and the refrigerator door. There is another sliding pocket door in the back between our bedroom and my sink area.

The slatted doors in the front of the photo are my laundry closet, which is opposite the shower. The door next to it is the water closet and Mike's sink.

The slatted doors in the front of the photo are my laundry closet, which is opposite the shower. The door next to it is the water closet and Mike’s sink.

I have a thing about laundry.

I have a thing about laundry.

2 thoughts on “The Monaco

  1. Dan MU

    Hey Mike and Dina it’s Dan hoping you had a great Christmas. I was thinking of you because my son-in-law’s mother (don’t know why there’s not a term for that) was saying yesterday that they plan to retire in 5 years and she wants to get a motorhome and travel so I told her about you two and your website. If I wasn’t already set up so well here in Honduras I might do that as well. Hard to believe it’s been 3 years, isn’t it? Take care and keep enjoying it together!

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    1. Dina Martin Post author

      Hi Dan! It is great to hear from you. Merry Christmas to you too! Thanks for checking on us. Yes, three years has flown by! We will be all wrapped up with our trip in no time. (Then I guess we will just have to come visit you in Honduras)!

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