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Old 08-21-2012, 12:54 AM   #1
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Default Newell or Wanderlodge?

I'm tossed and turned and can't make up my mind! Great site here with lot's of information to answer all my questions but I still am torn.
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Old 08-21-2012, 01:47 AM   #2
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Hi Derek and welcome to the Newell talk forum and website. Maybe we can give you some good insight. One major plus benefit of Newell is they have a very strong factory support available 24/7. Our Newell manufacturer is a very stable company financially even in the financial woes of this great nation.

It's been ten years since I bought my first Newell and I have owned a total of three and looking for that fourth Newell. When I bought my Newell from a dealer down in Texas, my coach was sitting next to a similar year Wanderlodge. I was impressed with the wanderlodge too, and the dealer actually wanted a few grand more for it but it was lower miles and very clean. I had the chance of either and we opted for the Newell.

Both brands are well built and I would never say anything bad about a Wanderlodge. I will however say that hands down a Newell is my coach of choice.

I wish you the best luck making a decision and finding that right motorcoach.

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Old 08-21-2012, 03:41 AM   #3
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Derek,
Hands down the Newell should be the choice and the number one reason is Bluebird is no longer making coaches and Newell is. The service and repair support for Newell is the best in the industry undisputed by even it's competitors. Features and condition are individual, but when your broken down or needing service and repairs is a whole different story.
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Old 08-21-2012, 05:57 PM   #4
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Hi Derek,

Newells IMHO are in a league of their own which makes it hard to compare with other rv's. Wanderlodge's are nice but they are not a Newell. Now I'm not saying they are not nice coaches but again not a Newell. Newell are constructed from the ground up and are custom ordered to fit the needs of the end user. If you are searching for a used Newells not many rv brands can hold the value a Newell will hold even in their classic years. In my opion Newell construction is far superior to any rv on the maket. Let us know what your comparing between the two coaches and we can better asnwer your questions.
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Old 08-21-2012, 06:40 PM   #5
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Compare Newells & Wanderlodges when you have to work on the engine, water heater, water tanks, and other items. I believe you'll find the Newell offers easier access for repairs. I had my Newell in for service recently and the service manager remarked how good the engine access is and then showed me a Wanderlodge (same year & engine) and what he went through for some repairs. Just another thing to consider.
Good luck in your search.
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Old 08-22-2012, 11:06 PM   #6
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Everyone has many great responses. I wanted to include that you may want to check out a Newell and a Wanderlodge of the same years inside and out. Looks wise and quality you will see there is not much room for comparison. As Newell has always been far ahead in the game. They make a beautiful unique motorcoach built with style, comfort and quality in mind.

It is true Wanderlodge is no longer in business which says a lot right there. I don't mean to knock Wanderlodge but I do mean to stick up for the Newell because I am a happy satisfied Newell owner. Every time that we have our Newell serviced we get many compliments on how well built our coach is.
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I have owned a Wanderlodge along with bus conversions, and have a lot of respect for Bluebird and what they had offered. Depending on what year your talking about and your style, taste and certain preferences may determine your choice. I agree with others that Newell Coach has 24/7 service and is still in business, a major plus. Maybe not necessarily true for the owner of an older Newell Coach as support is only as good as the current knowledge at hand over at Newell. This message board is more valuable for older coaches as with the Wanderlodge forum is for all years.

Something to chew on I guess. Personally I love Newell Coaches too!
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If it makes a difference my dog whose actually pretty smart was with us when we bought our first Newell and before we actually consummated the deal went into both the Wanderlodge and our soon to be Newell, and paws down he wanted nothing to do with the Wanderlodge. So, maybe he is right or maybe he is wrong?


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Old 09-03-2012, 02:18 AM   #9
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Thanks for all your input. The positive response I've gotten here is great and you've all been helpful.

I joined over at the Wanderlodge forum and they were quick to bash their competitor. I posted over there and also read several old posts where they had a hay day going on about how the Newell isn't this and it isn't that.

They also liked mentioning the pricing of Newells and how the prices are controlled. Is this true?

I understand they are no longer in business but maybe that was due to poor business management or is the crash of the RV industry to blame?


I'm not into others bashing a competitor and I won't lie it turned me off a bit about the Wanderlodge motorhome and it's owners. I would never want to be apart and or belong to such a group of people if they had to go as far as some who remarked some harsh words.

I respect the fact that owners here left comments worth reading.

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Let me share a short story with you about the way current owners Karl and Alice Blade came to know about the Newell Coach prior to even becoming its owners.

Back in 1979 Bluebird Corporation was building at a fairly high capacity Wanderlodges on a shared platform as a school bus. The Wanderlodge was considered a quality motorhome and an alternative to an expensive over the road rear engine bus conversion.

In the fall of that same year, Karl and Alice Blade were driving through Miami, OK in their brand new Bluebird Wanderlodge they had just picked up at the factory in Georgia. While going through Miami, OK they notice the Newell Coach factory and decided to stop and take a look and find out what these motorcoaches were about. After touring the factory and the build of the customized Newell and its offering with a rear engine diesel and air-ride suspension, they became immediately hooked.

Shortly thereafter that same year the Blades and two business partners negotiated a purchase of the Newell Coach Company. A couple of years later the Blades bought out the partners and the rest is Newell history.

Besides having a wonderful history as a successful luxury motorcoach manufacturer, they are positioned to continue the journey forward delivering the most pristine coaches to ever roam the earth.


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