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Old 05-06-2012, 03:58 PM   #1
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Need input on purchasing a 2003 Newmar Essex

We are still on the hunt for MH. Have a line on 2003 Newmar Essex 4374 model. We would love any input,words of wisdom etc. Thanks
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Old 05-06-2012, 06:18 PM   #2
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Have you considered a Bird? Some great buys right now! There are a couple 43's listed on buybyebluebird.com that are beautiful. Besides the best built coaches out there, with WOG you also get a treasure trove of information and a super club of fellow BB owners who are very helpful. Check out buybyebluebird.com and WOG link on that site. I am a longtime RVer who is also looking. Have narrowed my 10-15 year old lihtly used coach search to BB models after looking at many manufacturers. However, if you're considering an 43 Essex our needs are somewhat different. Best of luck in your search!
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We have a 04 Essex and are very pleased with Newmar products. This is our 2nd coach the other one being a Londen Aire. Excellent support from the factory. Spartan K-2 chassis with a 500 HP Cummins doesn't get much better then that.

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We are still on the hunt for MH. Have a line on 2003 Newmar Essex 4374 model. We would love any input,words of wisdom etc. Thanks
I would compare the price on the 2003 with what you can buy an 05 or 06 Essex. Probably not a lot of difference in price but each year Newmar enhanced the Essex. We have friends who had an 05. Much like our 06 but the 06 has upgraded electronics which I really like. The 07 was the first complete redesign with a lot of upgrades, but the prices are a little stiffer.

You can get a really good deal on an 05 or 06 and it will serve you well. Good luck in finding the right coach. We love our 06, especially after having it re-skinned this past summer at Newmar and enlarged windows on each front slide. Great coach.
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Re-skinned? How much did that cost, if you don't mind me asking? I've been in the market for a used Class A DP for a while. I did find a nice Monaco Dynasty which has a little delamination on one sidewall. I didn't contact him yet since I had no idea what that would cost to repair.
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When I hear Essex, I think of the iRV2 ex-owner Bob?? He had ISSUES with that coach. Story goes he was driving down the road and the slides started going in and out. He had more issues with that coach than a morning newspaper
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Re-skinned? How much did that cost, if you don't mind me asking? I've been in the market for a used Class A DP for a while. I did find a nice Monaco Dynasty which has a little delamination on one sidewall. I didn't contact him yet since I had no idea what that would cost to repair.
I had it done under the Newmar goodwill warranty program. The real cost runs over $30,000. Newmar did it for $11,000. $4500 less if done in the winter. Mine was done last year. I think they currently will go back to 2007 models under the program and not many of those need it done as that is when they changed the fiberglass process, correcting the problem (supposedly.)

My friend has a Beaver Patriot Thunder and it has real back fiberglass checking in addition to lamination. Unfortunately no help from the manufacturer, as they went bankrupt.

I feel Newmar was good to help the owners who had this problem. Some feel they should do it 100% warranty, but I was happy with what they gave me. The coach is like brand new outside due to the re-skinning.
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When I hear Essex, I think of the iRV2 ex-owner Bob?? He had ISSUES with that coach. Story goes he was driving down the road and the slides started going in and out. He had more issues with that coach than a morning newspaper
Ex owner Bob might have had an Essex for a while, but his real problems were with the London Aire, which he sold when he quit rv'ing.

I know many Essex owners and most if not all will agree that Essex is a great coach. It is on the K-2 Chassis, has the 500 ISM engine, and a very nice fit and finish with a lot of amenities.

To each their own.
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Theres no way an Essex slides can go out going down the road.
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I also remember the horror stores from Bob a former owner of iRV2 had on his Essex. That coach got more miles on it going back to the factory for big repairs. I think the factory had the coach way more than Bob had it.

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I can't imagine anybody owning one that can't fix most of the problems themselves.
I know Newmar can't. If it wasn't for outside sub contractors, they couldn't be fixed.

Body work, there the best.

But, it's just luck. I have a friend that has an 05' Essex and he don't even know what a allen wrench is and he never has any trouble. I can fix about anything, and that's about all that happens to mine. Everytime you move it, it's something else.

The trouble free time mine has is when it's in storage. I love working on it. Gives me something to do. Self satisfaction.(If I just didn't sweat so bad)
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"I also remember the horror stores from Bob a former owner of iRV2 had on his Essex. That coach got more miles on it going back to the factory for big repairs. I think the factory had the coach way more than Bob had it."

Thanks Ken, apparently I just make this stuff up according to someone on this discussion. Doubtful he ever saw or met Bob nor saw the coach.
He had it at the last rally in Sevierville several years ago and it was the subject of much discussion then. I believe it was Richard or one of the other regulars that stopped to help him on the side of the road when the slide problem started.
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You could be right about the slides. If the locks weren't locked, AND the ignition lock was by-passed AND the gear motor was stripped could slide out. highly improbable, but!!
But if he was driving it like that???
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I had it done under the Newmar goodwill warranty program. The real cost runs over $30,000. Newmar did it for $11,000. $4500 less if done in the winter. Mine was done last year. I think they currently will go back to 2007 models under the program and not many of those need it done as that is when they changed the fiberglass process, correcting the problem (supposedly.)

My friend has a Beaver Patriot Thunder and it has real back fiberglass checking in addition to lamination. Unfortunately no help from the manufacturer, as they went bankrupt.

I feel Newmar was good to help the owners who had this problem. Some feel they should do it 100% warranty, but I was happy with what they gave me. The coach is like brand new outside due to the re-skinning.
I showed the checking to Newmar when I was at the factory in 2004, they said buffing the paint would cure it. It didn't. Since they knew of the problem in 2004 (still under warranty) they should still fully cover it, but I'm betting they won't. Guess I should have done more when it was first discovered. Too expensive now for that old a rig, just not worth it.

We've looked at trading for an Essex but seems like a lot of them have the slide in dinette table and we want the table and chairs. It could be changed but at a price.
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