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Navigator 45 PBQ

Originally Published in MotorHome Magazine

In every motorhome product line, there exists a flagship model — that one coach that
represents the manufacturer’s ultimate expression of the motorhome lifestyle, with power
and prestige unmatched by any other product in the brand. For Holiday Rambler, part of the
Monaco Coach family, that one coach is the Navigator — and this year it has undergone
mid-year changes so significant it is being offered as an ’06 model. Though the largest
Navigator model, the 45 PBQ, is pictured, the entire Navigator line has been updated.
Changes include sleeker front and rear caps, side-hinged baggage doors and other features.
“Moreover, modernizing the coach as well as improving its appearance and functionality was
our goal,” commented Rob Taylor, brand manager, Holiday Rambler. “For example, we’ve
upgraded all the wiring systems to our multiplexing system, which gives the owner control
of the lighting, slideouts and other devices from multiple locations throughout the coach.
It also reduced the amount of wiring required, which makes the system easier to service.”
Also new are a 2,800-watt Pure Sine Wave inverter for “cleaner” house power and a new,
sculpted ceiling. High-end coach buyers expect grade-topping power, and the new Navigator
delivers. A 500-hp Cummins ISM-II is standard, while a 515-hp Series 60 Detroit Diesel and
525-hp Cummins ISX are available optionally. All engine choices are mated to a six-speed
Allison 4000 transmission with electronic shifter. Though the coach’s semi-monocoque
Roadmaster chassis is not new, it, too, has been upgraded — from a gvwr of 44,600 pounds
to 48,160. “It is truly what sets this coach apart from the competition,” said Taylor.
“Since Monaco builds all of its own chassis, we can fit each floorplan with a chassis that
is specific to that model. They all come standard with an automatic lifting tag axle,
anti-lock brakes and traction control, plus 10 outboard-mounted air bags and a 50-degree
wheel cut in both directions for better maneuverability.” Among the Navigator’s numerous
standard features are a color rear-vision system with audio, six-way power adjustable
driver and copilot seats and an Aladdin video coach monitoring system (which allows the
driver to discern the status of any system in the coach, such as tank levels and battery
condition). Entertainment is provided by a 32-inch LCD television (flush mount in ceiling
optional) and a home theater system with a DVD/VCR/CD player and universal remote; an
in-motion digital satellite system is optional. Stained or natural oak cabinetry is used
throughout, and the galley features Corian countertops, two-burner cooktop, convection
microwave and a four-door refrigerator with icemaker. The bathroom features Corian
countertops/shower and a china toilet; the bedroom comes equipped with a queen bed, 20-inch
flat screen television, dresser and clothes hamper. Holiday Rambler, (800) 245-4778, holidayrambler.com

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