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Old 09-07-2013, 07:09 AM   #1
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I'm a former BlueBird owner and loved my coach. Still scratching my head over why I sold the old girl.

Now in the research phase to find another top flight coach, but still about 2 years away from a purchase.

Living in Montana, 40 foot or greater coaches and tag axles are not practical. For the most part, the newer coaches are too big for me, although they look great. Of course, money comes into play as well.

Saw an '83, 36 foot Newell a couple of weeks ago that would be dandy for me and the wife. We want to see the USA in a...fine motor coach, equal to my old Bird or better.

So I'm here to learn and eventually get some guidance.

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Old 09-07-2013, 12:34 PM   #2
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Welcome, there are many people here who are super knowledgeable about Newell's and are more than happy to share
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Old 09-07-2013, 02:55 PM   #3
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Welcome Steve, there is a few that are looking for the same thing, shorter quality coaches that are a little more practical for getting into tighter spots, they are not very common, a few of us are working on upgrading some of these, stay tuned...
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Old 09-07-2013, 04:28 PM   #4
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Welcome to the Luxury Coach Lifestyle family Steve. We'll have fun here and hope to share a lot of information. Montana is a great state to live and visit and whatever you may end up with in a Newell or any other pristine type of luxury coach you will be always welcomed here.
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Old 09-07-2013, 04:57 PM   #5
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Hello & Welcome Steve,

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. If you have any questions/answers please feel free to post them or to send one of us moderators a private message. We are all here to help so don't be afraid to call on us!

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Old 09-07-2013, 06:07 PM   #6
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Griz to LCL-Luxury Coach Lifestyle. So glad you found us Steve and we are here to assist you in your quest any way we can. I along with many others around here are also Wanderlodge enthusiasts. You have a taste for extreme classic quality in luxury motor coaches. You will fit in and get along just fine around here. As Rellick state above, there are a select group of us trying to bring some pretty cool offerings in the way of upgraded customized flare to the classics and or shorties. I have been contemplating similar thoughts as I have owned three Newells under 40 feet and have driven others over that including bus conversions and really like the advantages of the shorter models. So, I've been thinking real hard about a classic cruiser converted with a couple of slide-outs.
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Old 09-08-2013, 12:38 AM   #7
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Welcome aboard Steve. Be a little cautious when chatting with Ken, he's known as a little bit of a tease, ie; his "Name the Classic" contest he's been teasing us with for, what seems like, an eternity, other then that he's a great guy with lots of knowledge about Luxury Coaches. This forum along with Newells 24/7 service line makes Newell a solid choice! Sounds like you have some nice travel plans in your future. Driving a Newell on your adventures would be pleasant as well as sharing your stories and pics, on this forum, with fellow enthusiists. Good Luck in your quest!
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Old 09-08-2013, 05:33 AM   #8
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Welcome Steve it's good to have you! I know you'll enjoy this forum we have a great bunch that are full of knowledge and wisdom when it comes to Newell coaches. Good luck on the hunt for a new coach.
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Old 11-13-2013, 10:40 PM   #9
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I am resigned to a long search. 38' pusher with a full basement would be the optimal size, but I've not seen any of those. I don't know how tag axles would do on the roads that I travel.

I'll keep looking...
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Old 11-13-2013, 10:44 PM   #10
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They're out there griz. I just traded a 1993 39' no tag Newell for a 45' double slide.
The 39' was much more maneuverable. I think any Newell 40' or longer will have a tag.
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Old 11-13-2013, 10:58 PM   #11
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Wasn't there a 96 sine axel in New Mexico for sale last month
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Old 11-14-2013, 12:55 AM   #12
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I may have one for sale closer to spring if you are interested pm me
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Old 11-14-2013, 01:20 AM   #13
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First motorhome I own was a 40', then went to 34', then 40', then 45', then 45'8". Going down the interstate the longer with a tag the better and in tight parks, shorter the best. Once you get use to what your driving it become a matter of what you want to do and where you want to stay. I am reducing my 96 from 99K to 95K and the 04 from 399K to 380K. Need to sell one. Email for pictures and info.
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Old 11-14-2013, 01:43 AM   #14
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Welcome Steve,

What year range are you seeking? I know of a few early to mid 80's for sale.
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Old 11-14-2013, 01:45 AM   #15
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The lower priced united is within reach, but not until Fall of 14.

I've expected to learn that a 40 w/tag is better down the road than a 40 w/o tag. However, for my purposes, a 40 may not make it where I go to the edges of the Montana wilderness. I always thought that it would be tough going for a 35' w/3 topside AC units going down the Forest Service roads that I enjoy so much.

If I could support multiple busses, I'd have a little one and a big one.
I can't, so I must make a sound compromise.
That's so easily said….
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Hey Ron I told a guy looking for a series 60 no slide about yours, told him it maybe best no slide out there..
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Thanks for the reference. I had installed (stand alone) auto gen start on the 89 with a Freedom modify sine inverter/charger and on the 96 with a Magnum Pure Sine inverter charger and auto gen start. No problem with either. I have a magnum (stand alone) auto gen start for the 04 that I have not installed yet on the xantrex prosine inverter. I have used auto gen start for the last 12 years and have never had any problems.
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For highway travel handling the longest legal coach will get you there most comfortably. For off highway handling you want the shortest coach you can live with. Since you seem to be most interested in "country roads take me home" John Denver style, it would seem to me you want the shortest coach you can live with for the length of stay you wish to have. For me the length of stay is a large determinant of what would work. I can live in a pop-up for a couple days, though my wife wouldn't. After that I would be really eager to have more of my own stuff. I once had a 28ft Airstream motorhome that we took into some pretty wild places, the limitations were more due to height than to width or length. The other limiting factor is weight, given its weight I took that 28 footer places I wouldn't even consider with my current 39 foot Newell. I love the Newell but it certainly will not reliably go, and return from, places we quite easily went in the Airstream.

Since you appear to highly respect the Newell's quality I would suggest you think about the characteristics of locations you wish to visit, define the motorhome characteristics that best fits those locations, and then determine the highest end manufacturer that makes coaches to those characteristics. Getting fixated on a brand best fits at the end of the selection process rather than on the beginning.. The question is what motorhome is best at doing what I want to do, not that I would like to own. If it does what you want to do you will like it in the end.
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Old 11-14-2013, 07:18 PM   #19
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There were no tag axles made prior to 1987 to my knowledge, even on the 40' models. I have seen a few coaches made since then that were shorter than 40' without tags.
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We just toured through Montana and other states in our 40 non-tag Newell and we had no problems, although there are length restrictions in some of the National Parks. We spent 90 % of our time on the secondary roads at high elevation and tight turns with no problems. 40' is perfect in my mind, lots of room to relax and quite easy to manoeuvre.
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