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Old 03-25-2015, 11:26 AM   #1
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2001 Newmar Mountainaire vs 1998 Country Coach Allure

I am looking at both of the above coaches. I one of these better than the other? Both are in excellent condition, with great service records etc. Just want to get the right one the first time. Right now we have 1996 Georgie Boy gasser and want to upgrade to something better. Thanks for any replies.
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Go with the one that you like the best and can afford. Floor plan and the one that meets your needs for the type of RVing that you do. Be sure to get a professional inspection on the one you buy.
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Get the floor plan you like best and that has what you want and your must haves!!! If the floor plan doesn't work regardless of condition or price, IMO you won't be happy and will be selling it in the not too distant future. I learned that with cars, I get exactly the color and every thing on it and I keep it for a verrrry long time. And enjoy it immensely!

And absolutely get it independently and professionally inspected! A MUST!
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Just want to get the right one the first time.
That won't happen!!
Both are good units. We just traded our 2002 Dutch Star for the '09 Magna. The Magna is far more coach then the DSDP but then it cost well over 3 times as much when new.
The three things that will tell you which you want:
Floor Plan
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Floor Plan
Or, maybe just one: which does the DW like!
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It's really a matter of which floorplan and features you like best between the two coaches. Without more information, it's hard for us to give you a recommendation on either coach. Country Coach has great quality and you have factory support, but so does Newmar. All else being equal I would of course go with the Country Coach, but there is not enough information for me to make an informed decision.
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You can't go wrong with either of these fine
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I think the Newmar (if it has a Spartan chassis) has IFS (Independent Front Suspension) and the Country Coach doesn't. IFS lets you make sharper turns.
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If the Mountainaire is on the Spartan chassis, check those ball joints. The rubber boots are probably toast. The whole assembly has to be replaced...approx. a $2100 fix. But that can be negotiated in the price.
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How about engines? Are they both with the Cummins ISC? If the Newmar has an ISL in it, that would be a nod (secondary to Floor Plan) in it's direction. You don't mention length? Are the both the same length?

Agree with all of the other comments too. You said they're both in great condition. If one coach has better documentation of care then the other, that would be another plus.

Wish you luck, as they're both great coaches.

Best of luck to you on your ongoing due diligence, and decision.
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Old 03-26-2015, 11:46 AM   #11
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Thanks

Thanks guys for all the replies. We are going for a second look at the Newmar on Saturday. After looking at both, thats the one my wife really likes.
It is a model 3952 with the isl engine. What makes that engine more appealing? Once again Thanks
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The Cummins ISL is the first in the Cummins line to feature a Jake brake, as opposed to an exhaust brake--a Jake brake is much better. However, not all ISLs were so equipped, so that is something you should confirm.
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