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Old 11-06-2011, 06:18 AM   #1
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I'm going to look at a 2003 Newmar Mountain Aire today. It has 38000 miles on a Chevy vortek engine. The seller is asking $59000, here in Massachusetts. I was leaning towards a Diesel but I don't want to spend $80k to $100k. Anyone with any thoughts?
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Old 11-06-2011, 06:24 AM   #2
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If you prefer a DP....then go for it! There are plenty available for under 50K. Look in Texas and Florida. Rook
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Search on ebay and get a good idea of cost. There have been some repos in the 2000 to 2004 DPs 36' to 40' under 65,000. I posted a thread about buying on ebay on this site and got a favorable result.
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38,000 miles seems like a lot of miles on a gas coach . . . if it were diesel that would be a different matter. Do they have service records, and have tires been replaced?
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Old 11-06-2011, 07:26 AM   #6
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38,000 miles seems like a lot of miles on a gas coach . . . if it were diesel that would be a different matter. Do they have service records, and have tires been replaced?
It's driven very little per year, so - 38,000 is not bad, seems normal to me. I drive a lot and feel its not a problem.

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5years x 8 thousand + 40,000
sound like low to average miles to me
if you drive less than 10k a year how do you justify the extra cost
a moutainaire is a nice coach with any powertrain
my next comments would deal with diesel envy so i wont make them
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I'm going to look at a 2003 Newmar Mountain Aire today . . . Chevy vortek engine. The seller is asking $59000.
The price is too high -- New Car Prices, Used Car Values, New Car Reviews & Car Buying Guides - NADAguides.com Official Site shows that $59K is over the Average Retail by about $5K.

You can do better. Take Rook's advice and check out PPL in Houston. I did a quick check and there's a 2002 Dutch Star with a 330HP CAT for about $55k.

I'm sure there's more out there.
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If you are a little patient, and perhaps willing to travel, you should easily find a good diesel in that era for less than the asking price for the gasser.
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I think the Mountain Aire gas coaches are the highest quality gas coaches offered in their model years. However, they can have next to no CCC, depending on length and options. They are heavy coaches!
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Cool 03 gas mountainaire

find the sweet spot (mph) 55-62 mph for best mileage on this vortex v8 somewhere between 6-8 mpg oh joy !!!!
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Drive a diesel pusher before you decide. If you are going to travel a lot, DP is the way to go. Low mileage doesn't help if they were full timers.
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Welcome Alan to forum & irv2.
I have an 03 KS with the same amount of miles.
I think your MA maybe on the Workhorse w-24 chassis which is a better chassis than the W-22 I have plus there is no brake recall om W-24.
MA has all wood cabinets no vinyl wrap wood and is the top gas line of that year.
You have a 8.1 engine and 6 speed Allison trans, best gas combination there is.
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