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Old 04-21-2013, 12:48 AM   #11
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Bob,

Was maintenance performed over the last 10 years? You will probably have to replace tires if the DOT date is expired. What is their asking price if you don't mind me asking.

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Old 04-21-2013, 01:13 AM   #12
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If it has been sitting for 10 years there are a lot of things you will need to do before you even get to the price. It will more than likely need new batteries, and it will, for sure, need new tires. Unless something was added to the fuel when it was stored 10 years ago to stabilize the fuel you may have to have what is left in the tank pumped out. You will need to change the fuel filters, have the tank checked for algae, have samples drawn of the oil, coolant and transmission fluid and sent to a lab to be checked. You will need to have the fan belts changed, the air bags and the air system checked for leaks, and all the running gear lubed. Mechanical things need to be used, and run, and if they are not, as in this case, there can be a lot that has gone wrong. If everything checks out (oil, coolant and transmission fluid) and you can get it running you can probably count of spending $10,000+ on problems that may have developed while it was sitting for 10 years....that is after you have spent a couple thousand on tires, and a few hundred more on batteries. If you have to replace the fuel, then probably another $700 to fill the tank. The same applies to the generator.

I'm not trying to scare you off, just being realistic. I don't think you would want to spend anymore than $15,000, and plan to put at least that amount again into the coach. If you are mechanically inclined you can do a lot of this yourself, and that may make this coach a good deal for you.

I would rather buy a coach with 200,000 miles on it that has been driven on a regular basis.
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Old 04-21-2013, 01:19 AM   #13
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I don't know the exact mileage yet but I don't think any maint. has been done on it either. The guy that owned it has a vast collection of cars and his interest seemed to point in that direction. He wanted the coach so he bought it as it seems to replace his first coach (a Revcon) that was parked next to it. I had a brother in law that had a ford lightning truck that had 810 miles on it when he passed... I guess some ppl just enjoy owning vehicles, not using them. By the way the Revcon is also a time machine.
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Old 04-21-2013, 01:30 AM   #14
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It sounds like the owner bought it and cherished it but he should have used it more. If you can get it for the right price sticking some money into it isn't necessarily a bad thing. If you have the money to do so then go for it. We bought a classic Newell coach it had miles on it, was driven and used plenty and we had to stick money into it too. We still have a lot of upgrades or changes we'd like to make to our coach. Money going into it is apart of owning a coach. No matter what age and how much a coach is used or not it will need work done too it. But I'm sure you know that. If this coach doesn't work out for you there are plenty listed here in the Coach/Bus Buyer and Seller Exchange or NewellClassifieds.com Again welcome! If you end up with this 1985 Newell or another Newell it's always nice to have another Classic Newell owner!
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Old 04-21-2013, 01:32 AM   #15
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I could do some of the work myself, However I'm usually working on the daily drivers around here. About a 33' difference. Your suggestions make the 85 on ebay look like a great deal......Thanks
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Old 04-21-2013, 01:41 AM   #16
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Welcome good to have you. The 1985 Newell on ebay looks to be a great coach clean, updated and maintained.
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Old 04-21-2013, 03:20 AM   #17
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Bob, knowing some other particulars would be a great place of knowledge to start. I could write you a book on what may or may not be relative and still miss something important without having further knowledge as to some other particulars. It may be kind of a diamond in the rough or a costly mistake. I agree with most of the comments here but do have some additional thoughts but need to know a lot more details. I have fired up engines that have been sitting much longer than 10 years, but I also followed some added steps prior to doing so. Many of those steps have already been mentioned by others here. How many used engines being sold by salvage yards that haven't been stored for upteen years before they are even sold? Many engines set for years before the buyers market is even there.

The coach on ebay is owned by the Wilson's, it is a fantastic coach and if it was a wide body I would buy it in a heartbeat for myself and throw one slide in it on the drivers side, trick out the paint, and hit the road with it.

Just another nickels worth.
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Hello & Welcome Bob,

I hope you are enjoying the Newell Forums, You have just found and joined the friendliest & most informative website pertaining to Luxury Coach Ownership on the web.

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Old 04-27-2013, 02:08 AM   #19
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Welcome to the site. My opinion only (there are plenty of kind folks here more experienced than me) if you want to keep and enjoy a coach, you have a wonderful start. If you decide a coach doesn't fit your lifestyle or budget then turn and burn. If properly stored and maintained, this Newell will outlast everyone reading this. These machines were built with the finest materials and craftsmen. If you don't have a need for it, I hope it finds a home as pleasant as the hanger,
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