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Old 11-21-2015, 07:28 AM   #15
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Look at Newmar in the 2001 to 2004 age.


Floorplan, tires, dual pane windows with NO fogging. Don't let the lack of a washer dryer turn you off if the coach is PREPPED for one. A Splendide 2100, the VENTED, NOT the "ventless" W/D will run you about $1,000.00. There is one for sale in the classified right now.

Whatever you get serious about, have it INSPECTED by an independent inspector, NOT recommended by the seller. Both Chassis and Coach inspection. I felt comfortable doing the coach inspection, but paid for Freightliner to inspect the Chassis. Didn't find any problems, but I may not have recognized problems if I had seen them, just not my are of expertise.

I'm not worried about coming with HDTV. I removed our old CRT TV's and installed flatscreen HDTV for less than $800.00, including cabinet modification.

x 1000 on checking for leaks! Water damage can total a coach. Check for damage in the floor of the water no matter what the brand of the coach.


Side radiator. I wasn't looking at side vrs back radiator when we purchased our coach, but SINCE THEN, I've thanked the Gods that I bought the SIDE radiator. Like stated above, I changed out the serpentine built, AND the V belt on mine because I couldn't confirm age. Took about 45 minutes, and that was only because I was spending so much time looking around the engine compartment while I was doing it . . . .and the fact that my tools were in the shop, 300 feet away from where I parked the motor home . . .

As stated, PPL is a great place to look at a LOT of coaches "side to side" so to speak. If you have several to look at in the same place, Floorplan becomes more important. Take a clipboard, write down "likes" and "dislikes" about different coaches. After a while, you will start to see trends surface in the "like" and "dislike" column. Then start narrowing down your search for coaches that have more of your "likes" than "dislikes" in the advertising!

Good luck in your search, and if you have any specific questions, you know where to come to ask questions!


Take care,

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Newmar 4 wheel drive Dutch Star 3891, 2005 GMC Canyon. Demco Tow Bar & Baseplate U.S.Army (ret)
1985 - 2006
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Old 11-21-2015, 07:33 AM   #16
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Oh, I forgot to mention, our coach a 2001, recently repainted (had nicks from ALCAN highway), two each, three ring binders of maintenance records, 2 year old repaint, 5 year old roof (hail damage) by Newmar (most of maintenance was by Newmar factory), brand new tires, brand new replacement W/D, original one finally died, magna sunshades, heat pumps, original owners absolutely ANAL about upkeep, recently replaced residential fridge (replaced after owners saw coach next to them catch fire and burn with the Dometic exploding refrigerator), all for WELL under you maximum price. Also came with Demco tow bar and Brake Buddy for Toad. THEY ARE OUT THERE!

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Old 11-21-2015, 01:26 PM   #17
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The Revolution is a wonderful coach.
The LE is a big upgrade which started in 2005.
You have many choices. Take your time and look.
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Old 11-21-2015, 04:06 PM   #18
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it looks great a little over my max price where is it?

Price is always negotiable, I'm sure you could get it cheaper than listed.

It's at Motor Home Specialist

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Old 11-22-2015, 02:16 PM   #19
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A lot more flexibility with table and leafs. We can seat 2, 4, or 6
for dinner easily, and everyone can get in and out in a snap.

As to accessory belt & side radiators.... the belt is a once every 5-6
year replacement. The complexity of side radiators is huge, and
can be really expensive. They are either mechanically driven thru
gears and universal joints, or hydraulic driven. I think it's a coin

A used coach without complete, documented, proven,
service records could be a huge problem.

Good luck !
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Old 11-22-2015, 05:10 PM   #20
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Like most of us, we think ours is best, so here's a plug for Newmar. We had never looked in one until a dealer showed us this one. It has a table, but there is a leaf that pulls out, so there's lots of table room. The Splendide is marvelous, and we love living in our rolling home.

Definitely look at Newmars.

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Old 11-22-2015, 05:39 PM   #21
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I like looking online at PPL. They give you a drawing of the floor plan. A lot of other sites don't.
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Old 11-22-2015, 05:57 PM   #22
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yes, maintenance records are important and try to figure out if the coach was used fairly regularly. Was it titled every year (carfax)? What did the PO say about how they used it? Don't want a coach that wasn't started for years.

I can't argue too much about the side radiator but the cat technician who looked at my coach said side radiator are more prone to leak due to stress in the connectors. Said the were a real pain to work on and he would prefer a rear radiator.

I just picked up a 2005 discovery about 10 days ago for$65k. Not the best deal in the world but it has the right floor plan and was kept under cover so it is in great shape.
You will find that there is a strong community of discovery owners who are very loyal and very willing to help with any issues.
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Old 11-22-2015, 06:22 PM   #23
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Originally Posted by Algonquin View Post
That's funny ... we looked high and low to find a layout with a table instead of a booth. To each his own.
We wanted to keep the booth because of sleeping arrangements and storage.
We full-time and in the summer we go back to a campground in Ohio for 4 months.
We regularly have 3 different grandkids over twice a month. We have 11, but only 9 visit. The drawers in the booth are great to store all the arts, crafts, small toys.
In 5 years we won't need it so much and then I'd like a table and chairs.
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Old 11-23-2015, 05:34 AM   #24
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looking to buy

being fairly new to the rv world I can offer the following...........much like a new home, you should plan to spend some cash on "tweeking" after your purchase..........for me, it was tires, a new satellite dish, some electrical demons and various other minor items that were not working 100% when I bought it........if you are buying from a dealer, do not count on all the fixes promised, so ask for some sort of warranty........you will find that once you start using the unit, little, previous unknown items, will crop up...................merely observations from a newbie.......would I do it again, yes...............good luck
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Old 11-23-2015, 08:51 AM   #25
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I have heard to replace a table with a booth is a real pain. The cost of a booth from what I have seen is a little more than a $1000 to buy but, to install? The local dealer the labor would be out of sight.
The booth should be a piece of cake to install if it'll fit through the door. They are usually screwed to the floor and not the wall.

Best Preowned RVs in Houston will swap them out for you if you have a preference so they can't be difficult to do.
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We're looking at the same years--Newmar, Monaco, Winnebago, Itasca, American Coach, Country Coach and Holiday Rambler are what we're considering.

I'm a little conflicted about the Holiday Rambler as I've see issues with the exterior slide seals on nearly every Holiday Rambler we'e looked at. Most of them have a narrow seal on the side of the coach which contacts the seal on the inside of the slide wall when the slide is closed. Most of them are either falling off or look like they are sliding around on the side of the coach.

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