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Old 06-15-2006, 02:44 PM   #1
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Okay - assume these are all mechanically sound (yes, would get an inspection done), all DP and close to equal in options/add-ons. (Still looking DP so I can carry/pull weight)

Based upon your experience with Newmars and how they age, would I be better with older (1994) Mountain Aire, low miles at the bottom end of my budget (leaving me more in savings for future) or newer (1999) Dutch Star and (2000) Kountry Star,

1994 Mountain Aire 38' 275 Cummins 49812 mi, $57.9k (auto-satellite)
1994 Mountain Aire 38' 275 Cummins w/Power kid 107000 mi, $50.9k (2000 watt Xantrex inverter)

1999 Dutch Star 38' 300 Cat 52000 mi, $74.5 obo
2000 Kountry Star 35' Cummins 37020 mi, $69.9k

I appreciate any/all input, thoughts, suggestions....
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Okay - assume these are all mechanically sound (yes, would get an inspection done), all DP and close to equal in options/add-ons. (Still looking DP so I can carry/pull weight)

Based upon your experience with Newmars and how they age, would I be better with older (1994) Mountain Aire, low miles at the bottom end of my budget (leaving me more in savings for future) or newer (1999) Dutch Star and (2000) Kountry Star,

1994 Mountain Aire 38' 275 Cummins 49812 mi, $57.9k (auto-satellite)
1994 Mountain Aire 38' 275 Cummins w/Power kid 107000 mi, $50.9k (2000 watt Xantrex inverter)

1999 Dutch Star 38' 300 Cat 52000 mi, $74.5 obo
2000 Kountry Star 35' Cummins 37020 mi, $69.9k

I appreciate any/all input, thoughts, suggestions....
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Old 06-15-2006, 05:40 PM   #3
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I would pick the 99 DSDP because it will have the newer engine and I assume will be electronically controlled. Get the serial number and take it a CAT dealer and run check to see the history. In addition to a MH home inspection I would have a trans and engine inspection
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Old 06-15-2006, 06:04 PM   #4
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See, the NEWBIE didn't even know that the transmission/engine wouldn't be done in a routing MH inspection. Thanks!!
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An RV technician isn't an engine and transmission expert - his check of the motorhome's drivetrain is basically the see that it is there and operable. If you want to know what condition the drivetrain is in, better have those checked by mechnaics who are experts in those items, ie a Cat or Cummins diesel mechanic and an Allison tranny mechanic. This may involve multiple shops to get it all done.
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Old 06-15-2006, 07:40 PM   #6
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Thanks, Gary. Sounds like I have a lot to learn.
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Good on-ya Froggi;

Took a gander at your web page. Very nice and really inspirational to know that there are those who will still "pick-up and go".
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Old 06-16-2006, 08:08 AM   #8
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Thanks Charlie....recently found a wooden sign that says it all....I had to buy it - says it all.
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Donna, I love your wooden plaque....it says it all doesn't it????

On the rigs you mentioned, don't forget that at LOW the instructor of the class we were in with you said that you don't want anything less than 300hp......he mentioned a formula of something like 10hp per foot of length!

Are you still looking at these rigs or have you decided on the Heartland toyhauler? That one sure is a beauty!!

I'll send you a pm too!

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