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Old 09-10-2013, 08:53 AM   #29
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i might be wrong but when i was looking 150 gran and up on the brands you all are talking about newmar monoco ect i think you will be hard presses to find a nice one for less than 150-200 gran or a little more am i missing something ?
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i might be wrong but when i was looking 150 gran and up on the brands you all are talking about newmar monoco ect i think you will be hard presses to find a nice one for less than 150-200 gran or a little more am i missing something ?
You are right if you are only interested in new. However there are lots of fine diesel motorhomes under 150,000 if you are willing to go back a few years an buy a used one. A diesel engine that is well taken care of will last a loooong time. The trick is finding one that the owner has taken good care of.
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i was talking used you must have to go back 15 year old a new newmar in 550 gran and up i just looked up book numbers on a 2006 20 thousand mile newmar essex low 225000.00 to 299000.00 so if you got a real nice one for 220000.00 i think you made a deal am i wrong ? just asking i may be missing the boat here
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Actually, I was wrong, it was the Kicking Horse Pass I went through first in Banff National Park. Elevation 5320 ft. It crosses the Continental Divide in the Rocky Mountains. Then after that it was Rogers Pass with elevation of 4350 ft. going through the Selkirk Mountains. Both are in British Columbia on the Trans Canada Highway.

I just recalculated my mileage.

I drove about 6.5 hours for 281 miles through the mountains and only burned just over 1/4 tank of fuel (30 gals) pulling the truck through the mountains. Averaged 9.3 mpg.
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You own a top of the line 5th wheel and I suspect you're not wanting to downgrade on interior or structual components and design. So you need to look for mh's with similar features.

Most will say floor plan is #1. IMO for your intended use, I would say storage capacity and towing capacity are most important. Older, higher end mh's are worth investigating.
2006 DRV's are not the units later ones are. It doesn't have the insulation, large gaps under slides, single slide seals, etc. Cabinetry is nice along with fit and finish, good chassis. There is I know two walls void of any insulation. Early models didn't have the high R rating they have now either. Trim around the slide interior is paper like material, not real wood.
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Actually, I was wrong, it was the Kicking Horse Pass I went through first in Banff National Park. Elevation 5320 ft. It crosses the Continental Divide in the Rocky Mountains. Then after that it was Rogers Pass with elevation of 4350 ft. going through the Selkirk Mountains. Both are in British Columbia on the Trans Canada Highway.

I just recalculated my mileage.

I drove about 6.5 hours for 281 miles through the mountains and only burned just over 1/4 tank of fuel (30 gals) pulling the truck through the mountains. Averaged 9.3 mpg.
Cool! I read reports of .5-1.0 mpg loss while towing like this. I'm encouraged. the ready brake is integral to the ready brute, I also added the ready stop break away. My experience while towedless is anything below 5k elevation does not impact speed, above 5k and 5% I start to lose speed.

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Cool! I read reports of .5-1.0 mpg loss while towing like this. I'm encouraged. the ready brake is integral to the ready brute, I also added the ready stop break away. My experience while towedless is anything below 5k elevation does not impact speed, above 5k and 5% I start to lose speed.

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I should add that in BC, the speed limit is 90 kms per hour. That's about 55 mph. That's why I got such good mpg. The day before I left, I was driving in a 110 kph (75 mph) zone for 3 hours with a head wind. My mpg was horrible. Speed makes a BIG difference.
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i was talking used you must have to go back 15 year old a new newmar in 550 gran and up i just looked up book numbers on a 2006 20 thousand mile newmar essex low 225000.00 to 299000.00 so if you got a real nice one for 220000.00 i think you made a deal am i wrong ? just asking i may be missing the boat here
If you go on rvt.com or rvtrader.com, you will find many Newmars at 40' between 2005 and 2010 under $150,000. Here is one example: 2007 Newmar Dutch Star Dsdp 4037, Winter Garden FL - 110295233 - RVTrader.com

This is not an Essex, but if it is well cared for, this is a really nice coach. There are lots of others out there in both Monaco and Newmars.
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