View Full Version : Some Bus Conversion Price Comparisons against a Newell for Example

07-07-2013, 10:40 PM
Just doing some updated studying for my luxury coach repertoire of pricing and values.lol! Came across this ad and thought here is a great example of what a like year Newell probably ought to be worth. You have a nice little bus conversion that has similar looks to a like year Newell probably a later eighties with a tag. This coach has obviously lighter duty inner wall panels and probably less expensive accessories than a comparably equipped Newell. It has a like engine and trans. Many other similarities but the price is much higher than a comparable Newell.

So, if you had a Newell like say Rellicks '87 and with the updates he has done, I think you would be arriving at a much better bargain on his Newell vs. this 1985 MCI conversion. Now in some states this MCI is going to become a current year RV. A bit deceiving, right?

Now, if a person like Keith (Rellick) took a similar year Newell coach and updated it even further with a new paint scheme and say an inline engine transplant, what is the true value when comparing to this MCI conversion? You would think at least the same, right? Or maybe more? Now I know Dave n Marjorie would be proud of me on this one and they definitely have a point with their concern for Newell Coach values. And we are really just comparing classics here. But maybe that is the catch with most of these bus conversions, a lot of folks have appeal for the bus styling. But of course if the classics raise in value the rest will surely follow. My point is as Dave stated in prior posts, these Newell's are truly under-priced or they are an extreme bargain?

Just sharing some food for additional comparison and thought here. Of course there is some serious luck with condition, timing and price with purchasing one of these jewels. Some of us have received a little more favor with regards to our coaches, but there is always another go around. Just ask owners like Yachts and others on their second or third rounds of ownership.

Here is the example I'm comparing to: http://www.ebay.com/itm/MCI-BUS-2012-Conversion-from-1985-MC9-CLass-A-RV-/270998232317?pt=Other_Vehicle_Parts&hash=item3f18c0dcfd&vxp=mtr

07-07-2013, 11:07 PM
It looks nice but still has an small rv refrigerator and who knows how old that engine is. I'd rather have a restored Newell in my opinion, of course this is my opinion for what its worth.

07-07-2013, 11:45 PM
Sean, I'd rather have a mid nineties UN-RESTORED Newell!

07-07-2013, 11:46 PM
Would be same price or less.

07-08-2013, 12:16 AM
I think what it boils down to is most people just don't know what Newells are made of. There was alot more production with the MCI bus so most have heard of them. Its a matter of more of these upgrades being done to the older Newells and in my opinion one of the most important is the engine and transmission upgrade, especially with mileage, reliability and longevity. I think in time people may come to realize the value in the Newell coaches and if I have to sacrifice some time to upgrade a few to get them back out on the road I will.:thumbsup: I hope more and more will also see the value in them.

07-08-2013, 12:33 AM
Sean, I'd rather have a mid nineties UN-RESTORED Newell!
Clint, You may get lucky and find one that has been well looked after and maintained, but isnt the inside still going to be almost 20 years old? It is nice to get into a coach that has that new smell with all new interior, and also if the engine was just freshly put in and all the mechanical gone through, new paint jobs are nice too, for me they are scratch magnets for a while but thats my luck.:banghead: Some like the newer body style and some like the old school engines, its all a matter of what a person wants. All around Newells are great coaches whether you like the classics or the newer styles. Our goal here is to keep as many of them on the road but it takes the same amount of work to upgrade the MCI or any other brand as it does a Newell of coarse depending on what is being done, so in all fairness they should be comparable in value.

07-09-2013, 01:59 AM
I think it's a nice bus but I still like my Newell! :thumbsup:

07-12-2013, 03:36 PM
The buses exterior reminds me of a couple of Newells here on the forum.

07-18-2013, 04:43 AM
Im always proud when Newells get the credit and pricing they deserve!!!!! I doubt there are many owners on here who have bought a Newell on impulse. Many seem to wait and wait and wait till the right "deal" comes around (many are still waiting). One day....the deals will be gone, just like in the real estate market and everything will be priced right and sold at a fair price. I agree that the older ones have soooooooooooooo much potential. I cant tell you in the month we have been traveling in RV resorts and campgrounds how many people have asked about our Newell and the tours we have given. Alot!!

07-18-2013, 02:17 PM
Dave-n-Marjorie that's awesome. Spreading the Newell love, I'm sure a few of those people who took tours will eventually become a Newell Coach owner. :)

Randy J
07-18-2013, 02:27 PM
Dave from the sounds of it. You could charge for those Newell tours. :o Just kidding. lol!