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Old 11-21-2014, 03:52 AM   #1
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Looking at 2005 Scottsdale 3457

First post ever here! Apparently when I signed up I never followed thru the entire link but that's a different story. We're going to look at a Scottsdale 3457 today. It is on a Workhorse chassis with 12K miles. Is there anything in particular to look out for? Any comments are welcome! Thanks.
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Old 11-21-2014, 06:07 AM   #2
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Welcome to the forum and irv2.
Here is a Brochure and Owners Guide for you.
Workhorse chassis forum.
You will like the ride in WH and they had a recall on braking system that should have been done by now with all new calipers.
I would check the year of tire MFG and look at the roof to see if its been maintained with cleaning. Roof should be OK just check the appearance.
Below in my signature you will find links to many items related to the Newmar.
Good luck in your quest.
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Old 11-21-2014, 08:37 AM   #3
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Hi 02camp,
Welcome to posting on iRV2 and the Newmar Owners forum. In addition to what has been posted, for me, the top 3 things to consider are:
1. floor plan
2. Will the coach carry your stuff and people? In Newmar land this is called NCC (Net Carrying Capacity). There should be a placard somewhere in the coach telling you what the weights are. One can do the math. GVWR-UVW= NCC.
3. Will the coach tow what you want to tow? This is GCWR-GVWR. Also the receiver/hitch weight rating.

Why are these items the most important? For the most part, they can not be changed. Remember, one is purchasing a truck. weight becomes critical to safety and longevity.

Some large expense items that can be remedied are:
1. tires - no older than 10 years, good tread and no sidewall cracks.
2. batteries - if you can have a load test done. Look at the battery installation and tray. It may provide a clue as to how the batteries have been maintained.
3. all recalls done
4. engine, transmission and chassis maintenance (especially fluids) is current and has been consistently done
5. inside the coach look at the entire ceiling to see if there are signs of water.

The rest of the coach is all personal preference. One can make the decision as complicated as one wants to make it.
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Thank you all for the info. This was very helpful. It appears the NCC may not meet my needs. We just returned from looking and it was a clean for a 10 year old coach. I told the salesman we were considering a diesel. He pointed us to a 2002 Winnie Journey within our budget. Now I'm not sure I would be happy with a gasser. Decisions, decisions, decisions...
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Diesel and Comfort Drive. enough said.
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Diesel and comfort drive says a lot, but after driving a new gasser with the F-53 rv chassis I would buy a gasser if my trips were short, I was younger, and I had young children - spend the extra $50K on the trip expenses and the toys. Since I'm older/retirement age, planning on long extended trips, and don't like to drive more than 4 hours a day, yes d and c = 2008 (plus) Newmars.
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