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Old 08-06-2018, 09:28 AM   #99
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Our last annual Newell PM Service was right at $3,100 and that included all coach, chassis, and generator filters ( except transmission and air filter), an Aqua Hot service, and a going over of the coach checking things that only the factory knows might need checking. Obviously any replacement items such as tires and batteries or unplanned repairs would increase the annual coast, but based on oil change intervals, most people we know could easily get by with a service every 18 months, so the cost to adequately maintain the coach (unless something breaks or needs replaced) works out to around $2,000/year over a three year period. People can decide for themselves whether the cost of the trip to and from the factory is a cost, or just another RV trip.

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without a doubt a Newell has to be the finest RV on the road. The salesmen at the RV shows will admit off the record a pre owned Newell is a better RV than most of the new models being produced.

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We are here in Dallas and decided on the Newmar King Aire after a lot of soul searching between it and a used Newell. It came down to in order for the Newell to compete at the same price point there were too many upgrades I got in the king Aire compared to a five year old high mileage Newell with outdated electronics and safety features. Just the Engineer in me, i guess! Stay Safe!
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maybe a dumb question: Is FT unabody? or is it a box on a chassis?
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Originally Posted by Mickinuk View Post
Newell maintenance is expensive. Iíve just had an estimate from them of $3,200-3,500. Thatís based on going in for an annual service and doing all the usual stuff, including chassis, coach, aquahot, etc. Iím going to them because they know the whole coach inside out. I may save money having Caterpillar service the engine, a bus company service the ZF (they are quite common in passenger busses). But itís the whole coach that needs looking at. Iím an ex-mechanic so I could do most of it, but Iím full-time and donít want to risk finding I need extra tools or parts when Iím days away from a move day.
First year maintenance on our Dutch Star, with EVERYTHING done that Spartan chassis recommends, including all the Cummins filter changes and liquids, plus the generator, Oasis, and 2 roof AC's, will be pushing $3000.
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Old 03-22-2019, 08:32 AM   #104
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maybe a dumb question: Is FT unabody? or is it a box on a chassis?
Believe all Foretravels up to 2013 or so used a monocoque or unibody type of chassis made in house. The current IC-37, IH-45, and Realm are built on a Spartan chassis. The new Prevost Conversion is of course, Prevost.

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