View Full Version : Looks like Newell coach 498 is ready for retirement.

05-23-2013, 12:04 AM
I spent hours looking over coach 498 today, dreaming it would be worth repairing and bringing back to usefulness. If it was newer and needed a little less work I would go for it but it really is best for parts unfortunately. The current owner is pretty firm on $25,000 as/is and knows it's worth that in parts which is probably true but to get it home for most folks would easily come at an additional cost of 2-4k for towing. I got a bid of $600 and I'm only 40 miles away. The other problem is getting the air bags up some how for loading purposes. The transmission pan is sitting in the dirt and it's a clay like soil that is very soft so it could get real expensive to get it out of there. What a shame. Probably best to part it out right where it is.

It has low miles on the running gear, low hours on the gen and other components below the floor. Most all of the shocks are bad on the bay doors I guess from sitting. the tires are all rotted and original since '98. The roof is completely wasted and it has had water leaking inside for years. The whole interior including the dash are gone down to the metal in the floor, I mean there is only old plywood laying inside and it is being used as wet storage for some old foam sheets. The lower bays and other areas have rust just from sitting. One slide might be good for parts the other is ruined. The sidewalls and roof bows are history there are 2x4's holding up whats left of the skin. Windshield and front fascia are toast or gone. Every single window is gone. What a shame it would make any Newell lover very sad. If anyone is interested I have multiple photo's. It would be a waste of trip for 99.9% of you to even consider. It's a parts rig! But the guy doesn't want to mess with parting it himself do to too many projects.


05-23-2013, 01:08 AM
That is a shame ...

05-23-2013, 01:11 AM
That is a shame ...

I agree Keith, What a major shame!

05-23-2013, 01:33 AM
sometimes cheap is expensive.

05-23-2013, 02:04 AM
That's too bad.

So what's the story on it? Was it an electrical fire? or what?

05-23-2013, 02:29 AM
Yes do tell how did it end up like that?

05-23-2013, 02:35 AM
Folks, I don't want to be quoted on what happened exactly, but shortly after its purchase the owners were supposedly going through a divorce and someone was not happy and $hit happens. The fire started inside and was not due to any faulty workmanship but what sounds to have been intentional neglect. It was tied up by the insurance company for several years.

05-23-2013, 02:53 AM
Translation ,, wife got mad at hubby, hubby loved coach, hubby loved others in coach, wife like fire, wife no like coach. Or simply "beaches be crazy".. Just kidding around hope I didn't offend anyone

05-23-2013, 03:06 AM
yachts I think you said it lightly! I guess it was a case of the rich and famous. Look at Tiger Woods ex-wife. Do you think bulldozing may have been in order.rollinglol

all kidding aside; that is what messed up coach and makes me sad all get out.

Jack Fouts
05-23-2013, 03:39 AM
It sounds like the current owner purchased it as/is am I correct? How long has he had it?

05-23-2013, 02:12 PM
Jack, the current owner purchased the unit from the insurance company about 7 years ago and moved it out to his farm. He had mentioned some of his ideas of what he had planned on doing and liked the idea of making it his own and not have something that looked like an upscale brothel. He was also going to do away with the front slide since another industry expert had told him the fronts were HWH and were junk. I told him, if I decided it was worth building, I would duplicate one or two more slides.

Like Steve mentioned earlier; cheap isn't always cheap. This baby would have been worth the effort and investment back right after it had first happened. If it was maybe a third to half the damage and a few years newer, I would take it on, but I don't think putting $100-150k into a '98 is worth that kind of money just to have what you want in your Newell.

I would rather start with a $75k unit needing much less work and more miles etc.. and go from there. That water damaged '02 or '03 quad slide that sold a few months ago for $140k would have been a better deal. Three things I don't like in a fixer and that is major rust, major electrical work and mass mold. The all suck at repairing, killing off or staying low maintenance unless you start over from scratch.

Randy J
05-23-2013, 03:50 PM
yeah if the coach is a 1998 and the fire happened shortly after the purchase it's been sitting a long time. Is it even worth $25,000?

05-23-2013, 07:24 PM
Does it look the motor will run? After sitting so long what do you think it will take to get it going again?

05-24-2013, 01:34 AM
Wow that sure is a shame. That's a sad story of a coach gone bad fast. He probably didn't even get the chance to enjoy it.

05-24-2013, 05:34 PM
Wow that sure is a shame. That's a sad story of a coach gone bad fast. He probably didn't even get the chance to enjoy it.

Well according to Yatchs he may have enjoyed it...just not for very long. lol!

Will Procter
05-24-2013, 05:40 PM
Ken what parts are salvageable? Aquahot, Awnings, Suspension Parts etc and is the owner willing to part it out?