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Old 07-27-2012, 11:34 PM   #1
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I'm not new to this site, I actually visit it almost daily these days. My wife and I are planning on retiring soon and when we do we have plans of hitting the road hopefully in a "Newell" taking that never ending road trip. It's been a couple of years now that I've been a member here on the forums but I've been visiting for the past 5 years. I never knew what a Newell was until I stumble upon this site when the wife and I were looking into purchasing a Prevost come close to retirement for the both of us. The time is coming near and we are counting down the days!! wooo whooo!

Anyhow, once we came to this site we were pretty much sold! This site has so much to offer and we find ourselves reading all we can. We also enjoy looking at the gallery it is such a great asset to the site and we love browsing looking at all the photos. We are also currently keeping up with the classifieds since we are in the market to buy. We didn't think it was necessary to post before since we were only researching but the time is close so we thought we'd say hello and we look forward to joining the rest of you lucky Newell owners!
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Old 07-28-2012, 01:15 AM   #2
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Hope you join us as an owner. We are happy to help you find the Newell that is right for you. When you define the approximate era you are looking for then shout out. It's easier when the era is defined for the group to tell you what to look for.

We love to spend other people's money.
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Old 07-28-2012, 02:32 AM   #3
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welcome to the group. You are definitely heading in the right direction. Good luck in your search!
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Old 07-28-2012, 04:35 AM   #4
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Thanks for posting!! Please keep us up-to-date on your progress in searching out a coach. We think Newells offer fulltimers a superb combination of style, space, livability, practicality, quality and dependability.
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Old 07-28-2012, 03:35 PM   #5
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Just wanted to say welcome to the Newell Family!
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Old 07-28-2012, 04:49 PM   #6
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Welcome and you might find a good deal on E-Bay if not in the classifieds. Newell's service dept is second to none and one of the greatest benefits of owning a Newell...Hope to meet you down the road......
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Old 07-29-2012, 05:37 PM   #7
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Thanks everyone for the warm welcome. We are still trying to figure out the year of Newell that would be our best fit. We love the brand new coaches but a million plus isn't quite in the bag. We are looking closely at the 2005-2008 years. And we are keeping an eye on the classifieds and I'll take a look at ebay too. We'd like to purchase a coach by fall of next year.

Anyone have any pointers as what to look for when purchasing a used Newell? We aren't sure if we want to buy from Newell Coach direct or if we'll find a better deal from a private party? We have tossed around the idea of going down to the factory and seeing if we might have a tour at the brand new coaches but we don't want to find ourselves getting suckered in either. Impulse buying has been a problem for us lol but with this large of a purchase maybe we can keep ourselves under control.
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Old 07-29-2012, 06:12 PM   #8
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Don't go to the factory.

They give the customers free rein. Go in any coach on the lot. Go in any shop and see them under construction. Talk to the other 10 to 15 owners that will be there at the same time. I't the opposite of high pressure.
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Old 07-29-2012, 11:07 PM   #9
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NeverEnding,

I would go to factory if I were you. Take the tour AND also do like Richard said and talk to the other Newell owners who are in for service. You can learn a great deal by visiting with owners; they will give you great info from first hand experience.

If you are looking in the 2005-2008 range I would try to find one with an Allison transmission (6 speed) simply because they are bullet proof and there are service centers everywhere! I personally like the series 60 engine compared to the CAT because the DD gets 35% better fuel economy. At $4/gallon for diesel 35% adds up.

Next I would look for a 2 slide instead of 4 slides; the front slide when retracted (driving down the road) still gives you a good deal of room to walk around the coach. Four slides are nice but are somewhat cramped inside while on the road.

Lastly, carefully weigh buying from Newell (2 year warranty) and buying from an individual or a broker (no warranty). I have done both and there really isn't much difference. You can probably get a lower price from an individual but you give up getting the warranty. My first and second Newell were purchased from the factory with a warrany. My current coach was purchased from a broker. I had $5500 in repairs that would have been covered by Newell's warranty. That was in a 2 year period. It's a personal call: if I were to buy another Newell it really wouldn't matter to me who would buy from.
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Dito to Tuga's comments.
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