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Old 11-21-2019, 06:11 PM   #1
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Newmar recommendations new RV'er

Hi all. My wife and I have decided to go full time RV. We have considered a lot of coaches including Fleetwood, Tiffin but I hear the Newmar is one of the better ones out there and we would like to buy quality. We certainly would love to have a Prevost but don't have a spare million dollars + kicking around.

As new RV owners could any of you recommend what the best Newmar coach would be within the 35 to 38 ft range. It can be used but not too old. We're also concerned with something that is too big because then we might have some logistical issues with respect to parking and access to camp areas or RV parks and we would like to be hauling a car.

Your advice would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 11-21-2019, 08:32 PM   #2
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welcome to the the forum, Ken.
Newmars hold their value very well and older coach's also, within this link you will find many problems but also the means to correct them also.
A used coach as in any MFG coach if not maintained correctly will result in problems but your able to hire a inspector to view the coach your maybe interested in and dealers the good ones will make sure a coach they sell old or new will be gone over to pass a good PDI.
There are some known RV dealer like RV Trader who will have many coach's posted with pricing that you can compare with a owner selling there coach plus our classifieds to of forum may interest you also, some have found use on Craigslist with good results.
The link will lead you to any coach your interested in and COM_NET can find any recalls ,brochure, owners guide and what ever problem for the year for corrections and operations of items.
The good dealers are listed, NEWMAR CORP, and the QT's links in my signature will give you maintenance of older coach's by members of this forum.
A gas coach you will find easier maintenance and the Workhorse chassis was one of the best.
Good luck in your hunt, take many notes and ask questions on something you need help with.
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Old 11-21-2019, 08:45 PM   #3
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Ok, being new I have to say you are opening a can of worms .

What you are going to figure out is that floor plans are highly personal. What you might love will be lambasted somewhere on this forum as the worst floor plan ever.

So what to do? This is what sage wisdom we followed from a full timer early in our RV adventure: sit in the model of RV you think might work for several hours (not minutes) and go through a day of normal activities in it. Play at cooking a meal, getting ready for bedtime, imagine sitting inside for days because of rain, do a craft/activity you would do on the road (ie: play a guitar, quilt, scrap book) and see if it is comfortable to do. Take a play shower. If you shower as a couple 🤭 see if it works for you. If you are going to live in the RV make sure it feels like home. Only you know what home feels like. No body on the forum knows this.

The rest of the decision is technical. How well is the coach insulated, what is the reputation for quality build, so they stand behind their warranty? These you just have to get the numbers for. Opinions are useless here.
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Old 11-21-2019, 08:49 PM   #4
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Forgot to answer the size issue. Our experience is that once you get past 30í they all fit the same. So unless you are staying 30í or under it doesnít matter.
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Old 11-24-2019, 08:09 AM   #5
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Hi all. My wife and I have decided to go full time RV. We have considered a lot of coaches including Fleetwood, Tiffin but I hear the Newmar is one of the better ones out there and we would like to buy quality. We certainly would love to have a Prevost but don't have a spare million dollars + kicking around.

As new RV owners could any of you recommend what the best Newmar coach would be within the 35 to 38 ft range. It can be used but not too old. We're also concerned with something that is too big because then we might have some logistical issues with respect to parking and access to camp areas or RV parks and we would like to be hauling a car.

Your advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you
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The first thing you need to do is start physically going through different floor plans to see what "jumps out" at both of you.

We are coming up on 4 years of full time traveling evenly split between a fiver and our current rig. We would not do this without a king bed, a washer/dryer, and as much storage as possible. Remember, this will be your only home.

Your idea of staying in the 35' to 38' range would be minimal IMHO. You are only looking at between 297 to 323 square feet of living space, with maximum slides outs maybe you would be in the 320 to 400 square foot range.

Don't discount 40' to 43' coaches with a minimum of 3 slides.

After visiting probably 30 to 40 campgrounds and State parks, in almost 30 different states, I would say there are very few that you couldn't stay at with a 43' coach. Heck, with our current set up we are 73' long and last year we visited and stayed a week in a Florida State park and later spent almost 3 weeks in a County owned campground up north.

Good luck with your search!
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Old 11-24-2019, 08:48 AM   #6
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Yup, we lose 6' of our 38' due to the engine and related stuff.

Front slides on each side gives us 6' of clear floor width, which really helps. Especially with bigger dogs.

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Old 11-24-2019, 09:59 AM   #7
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Iíve owned several brands but now have a Newmar and the difference is astonishing. Newmar all the way! Itís really difficult for anyone to help you select a model or floor plan because it such a personal decision. A lot will depend on your budget, of course, but the floor plan makes a huge difference. My wife and I have had long and short but now have a 30 foot Bay Star Sport. Sort of bottom end for Newmar but it meets our needs and the lower cost matters to our retirement budget. We donít full time but do snow birds and travel for 6 weeks or more at a time. A full wall slide makes a huge difference. Good luck with your selection!
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Keep in mind that you CAN customize according to your lifestyle/needs. We actively researched for three years prior to purchasing our 3414 Baystar. And we planned/built-in the fact that we would need to customize for our full-time comfort.
Pros
1. We were more comfortable with the maintenance of gas vs diesel.
2. It has an amazing turning radius and maneuverability. It does not have the comfort steer, but the chassis is very stable and comfortable, we discovered we don't need it. We both drive.
3. It has opposing slides in the living room kichen area - BIG plus to have an open 6 foot space in the lounge.
4. It has a HUGH kitchen with a wrap around peninsula which was a major consideration for full-timing.
Cons
A. It does NOT come with a washer/dryer. That was a planned customization. Turned out beautiful and very functional. Addition of w/d unit with builtin custom desk cost additional $3000.00. Money well spent and worth it.
All together we spent an extra $7000.00 on the coach for specific upgrades and mods that would make our full time adventure comfortable for us. It's a little spooky to spend money on a new rig and then cut into it to modify...... but this is OUR home, and we wanted comfort. We did our research, decided on our mods, contacted the Newmar engineering department for their opinion/feedback/safety concerns BEFORE we did anything then took a deep breath and jumped in with both feet.
We are thrilled that we did. We have now been full-timing for 16 months and this Baystar is a dream come true.
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As stated before it's all about the floorplan that best suits your usage style, don't like the floorplan probably not going to be happy with the coach! Floorplan is a personal thing.
Gas vs diesel, after having both types IMO after have driven an RV from Fairbanks to Key West and most places in between if I lived east of the Rockies I would be hard pressed to spend the extra $$ on a diesel coach, and just the opposite out west. I live in WA state, hard to drive an hour without having to tackle 6% grades, that's where diesels are kings! If your travels will be in the west I would recommend a diesel coach makes your travels much more enjoyable. Diesel coaches do give you better ride and handling no matter where they are driven, if east of the Rockies one has to decide if the better ride and handling is worth the $$.
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Figure out a couple of dealers you want to work with, and go see what the have on the lot. If it's just 2 of you, and you don't need to provide for visitors, I think you can reasonably live with a 34' RV, but it's a personal thing, how much stuff do you need to bring along?

For us, a queen bed is ok. But we had to have washer/dryer and dishwasher, residential fridge, free-standing chairs instead of the booth, heated floors...

We had a gas motorhome years ago, and I wanted to go diesel this time. However the gas chassis have improved a lot. On the other hand, a lot of the gas RV'S don't get the residential fridge, or ducted AC, some of the things I take for granted on the diesels.

You also might consider visiting the factory, or going to a few of the big RV shows. That's a great way to see a lot of different floor plans in person. You can also talk to the Newmar reps at the shows, they are a great source of information. Good luck.
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35 ft New Aire from NIRVC, only way to roll for us. We are not fulltime but spend 8-9 months a year in it and currently in south Texas for 4.5 months. Plenty of living, storage room, power and luxury. Love all the technology, big windows, big TVs, dishwasher etc. we came from the last of our 5 forty-five footers to this and live it, do not miss the 10 feet. All JMHO
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Thank you all for the speedy replies. Lots of great info.
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Try to schedule one of your test drives of a gas Class A on a windy day. After you start narrowing down floor plans you really need to experience the difference between how a gas coach handles the wind compared to the same size diesel coach.
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