Location: Just North of Detroit, a surprizingly great city
Devon: welcome to the board. The good is that Newell builds well thought-out coaches using great materials mostly custom made for a particular owner. The bad is that the coaches have gained considerable complexity over the years in Newell's efforts to provide owners with all the bells and whistles they could pine for. This means there are more things that can go wrong and the cost of fixing them likely has increased as well. The ugly is that some owners just don't take proper care of their Newell coaches and even a great coach can become really messed up.
Without understanding all this 10 years ago I bought a 77 coach that continues to amaze me at what continues to work properly while at the same time I've had to invest non-trivial (to me anyway) effort and money getting it back to really nice and right. Now having understood all this, I just bought a 93 Newell and really didn't consider another brand. If your wife likes it and it has had a good owner there is no better motorhome on the planet. If your wife doesn't like it, it doesn't matter who built it.
Jon and Alie Kabbe
Started with 77 Coach
Now have 39' 93 coach
2007 civic toad
Like Jon when we decided to buy a newer larger coach my short list was Newell and no others. There are sweet spots depending on whether you do a lot of the work or prefer to pay someone else to do it.
One of the biggest advantages Newell has over all of the other brands is the factory support. Truly a 24/7/365 access to a service manager to answer questions or get help. They will tell you or your mechanic how to fix or repair anything. A visit to the factory is an amazing experience.
The only bad thing is the lack of used coaches. They are a custom builder and each coach is different somewhat and they only build 30-40 or so coaches each year.
There is a reason Newells are quite heavy (my '98 45' weighs about 50,000#) and that is quality. All of the components are top notch.
Good luck in your search.
Devon to the website and message board. I agree wholeheartedly with the others that if you're looking to for a pure luxury in a coach than the Newell is a top choice. Ask anything you would like about the coach and we will surely try to stir you straight.
Previous Owner of 3 Newell's
Wanted: Newell Coach Needing Engine Replacement!
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"I know Iím not perfect, and I don't live to be. But before you start pointing fingers, make sure your hands are clean."
Trust these guys, we had regular motorhomes, so called "stick and staples", finally were able to get a deal on a 91 Newell. You will be stunned with the difference in in quality, even over Foretravel and the high end Newmars. The build quality is incredible, the chassis is build like a tank, ( from a former tanker in the US Army), driving mine makes me feel like I'm floating going down the road. When you find one you are interested, get the info on it, post it here, then listen to what these folks tell you, you won't be disappointed.
John and Patti
Julie and Gracie (Our papillons)
Reading this forum you will find out the good, the bad, and the ugly. There are many Newell owners on this forum who have owned more than one Newell coach. That's gotta tell you something! They're addicting to own.