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Old 09-10-2011, 01:31 AM   #11
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One general guideline that I use is the 20 year rule. If an appliance or system is 20 years old the potential for repair or replace is greater. A 25 year old coach that has had most systems replaced/rebuilt may be a better value than a newer model that still sports the originally installed components. Do your homework on a potential purchase...How many previous owners? Were they fulltiming? Which components have been replaced? Was it stored inside? How old are the batteries? Tires over 10 years old may have good tread but should be replaced. LOOK LOOK LOOK....Topside, underneath, inside, spend time just sittin'andstarin'. Before we bought our first Newell (a 1978) the gracious owner offered to let us stay in it overnight as it was parked in her back yard.
Dont spend all of the allocated funds on the purchase price. Consider that a percentage of the purchase price may be required to repair unknown problems after purchase ...The older the coach the more the repair fund should be. As an example...A nearly new coach will have fairly current A/V equipment. An older coach with a small TV may require an upgrade to a new flat screen TV and surround sound. If the fridge runs on LP inspect the rear side where the burner is for corrosion etc. Enjoy the hunt!!!
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Old 09-10-2011, 01:40 AM   #12
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I am going to chime in with my .02.

Labor day, one year ago, I had a semi catastrophic failure in my Series 60 engine. They are not known for failure, but I drew the short straw. I cracked a cyl liner and was bubbling the coolant. I drove it two hundred miles home. Should I have driven it? Maybe yes, maybe no. I took an educated risk based on lack of significant coolant in the oil, and I crossed my fingers for the trip home. The DD held up to the trip without complaint.

I'll let others chime in of the ability of the DD engines to limp in when a compromiised situation has developed.

Breaking down in the Newell is NOT something I worry about. Like others have said, ANY motorhome, new or used, Newell or other brand, requires periodic love and care.

What most of us appreciate about the classic Newells is that parts are mostly attainable from truck supply houses, Lowe's, or the McMaster Carr/Grainger catalogs. The problems are mostly diagnosed with a digital meter, pressure gauge, or by sight. As an engineer, and as a gear head, I appreciated the simple but elegant engineering that Newell employed. No mickey mouse engineering or execution.

One more selling point is this group of people on the forum. You will not find a more willing, knowledgable, or helpful group. The collective experience and know how is invaluable.
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Old 09-10-2011, 02:39 AM   #13
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Welcome Mark. I've driven our 94 Newell 250,000 miles so far and have been down a couple of times, but thanks to Newells 24/7/365, have never been out. Left Baltimore last Monday and just arrived in Montery Ca. today. 2,965 miles and she performed flawlessly. No doubt it's a continuing education and you can't overstate the importance of preventative maintenance. Also carrying certain extra parts is a good idea. This site will prove very valuable also. Good Luck and enjoy!
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Old 09-10-2011, 03:06 PM   #14
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Mark,
Every single system on the coach is subject to breaking. HoosierDaddy's LOOK LOOK LOOK....Topside, underneath, inside, spend time just sittin' and starin'" is right on the money. If you don't feel qualified to inspect a coach inside & out hire someone who is qualified just as you would if you were buying a house. EVERY system should be looked at and run to make sure it runs as designed. On my coach I assumed there would be $20,000 worth of needed repairs on a ten year old coach. I replaced all the tires & batteries and did a complete service including every filter immediately. I then fixed other items identified during the walk thru and a few items that I didn't identify. I have spent about 1/2 the $20,000 & I have a coach that every single system works perfectly. I have bought every one of my coaches used, always dickered immediate repairs into the selling price & always had money left over.
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Old 09-11-2011, 05:55 AM   #15
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i have had 3 coaches. the newell is the most reliable by far. that said, there is things that need fixin and updating and replacing occassionally.

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Old 09-19-2011, 06:47 AM   #16
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We are currently stranded in Las Vegas with a HWH Level and Slide systems electronic problem. Hoping for the best when the control board comes back to me next week from HWH. Have had several "on the road breakdowns" and with 4 different coaches. You make the best of things after a 10 minute freakout..Never felt helpless and especially in a Newell, where there often is a Plan B. 2003 #646..Hope to be going by the end of the week.
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Old 09-19-2011, 12:16 PM   #17
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Larry & Hedy,
Sorry to hear that you are stranded. Not to make light of your situation, but breaking down at the Las Vegas Motorcoach Resort would be my choice of anywhere in the US. I'm surprised that you have suffered a complete HWH systems failure. I had HWH leveling and slide systems on my Country Coach and now on my Newell and have not replaced a single HWH part in over ten years. In an effort to help some one in the future could you explain the system symptoms that lead to the diagnosis of the control board failure. Also have you found HWH responsive?
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Old 09-19-2011, 01:33 PM   #18
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Speaking of breakdowns and 10-minute freakouts, this last winter Cindy and I were driving home after a week on the Alabama coast. Right at the last exit before the Mobile tunnel I heard a loud pop and air escaping. At the same time Cindy's seat dropped. Luckily I was able to take the exit and get off the interstate. Freakout was the right term cause all I could think of was a massive leak and my brakes locking up and stranding us in the tunnel! But it ended up just being the airline to her air-ride seat that came off. I was able to use a fitting and cap it off to continue our trip. That was after I changed my pants!
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Old 09-19-2011, 03:17 PM   #19
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My '78 Newell had the old wedge-style air brakes. As I exited off of I-75 in Cincinatti, Ohio on a downhill exit ramp the brake actuator pulled off of the right rear and was hanging by the air line..It took a little more pedal pressure to stop but I wired it up to the axle and drove it home.
I had the whole rear brake system replaced with new S-cam brakes after that!!!
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Old 09-19-2011, 08:20 PM   #20
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a buddy of mine about 15 years ago gave me the advice on motorhome travel that i have never forgot.

he said..."there ain't nothing a credit card can't fix" and i would throw in that a little creativity and patience as well.

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