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Old 06-08-2016, 06:00 PM   #1
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Originally, we were going to purchase a 2014 Newmar Canyon Star. Instead we decided to buy new and purchased a 2016 Newmar 3903 (Canyon Star) and pick it up in the morning. I need some help because the coach is coming with a lot of stuff but there will be other things that I will need either out of necessity or to be safe. The only things that I have seen on RV's are the wheel plastic covers, & wheel chalks. We have purchased outdoor chairs, mattresses for the grandchildren and that's about it. Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.
New what about a Dash Cam - any recommendation on one that is really for an RV?
Finally, any recommendations on a first journey trip from Tucson, AZ? Oh North please it's 110 in Tucson.

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Old 06-08-2016, 06:40 PM   #2
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Tire pressure monitoring system. Most important item I ever purchased.

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Old 06-08-2016, 07:19 PM   #3
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50 amp extension cord, a sewer hose extension, and extra leveling blocks, ... Some campground are nowhere near level and the levelers do not extend long enough without blocks. Also the power pedestal and sewer drains are sometimes a good distance away, like at the extreme rear of the site... You will need these items sooner or later.

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Old 06-08-2016, 08:07 PM   #4
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Surge protector. Progressive or SurgeGaurd.
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Old 06-10-2016, 10:24 PM   #5
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Looking at many of the comments I'm glad to see that I was not the only one trying to decide what coach was right for us. I can't remember all the coaches we look at but it was a bunch. We considered a 2014 Newmar Canyon Star but the dealership took a hard-line on the pricing and we walked away. Went to another dealership and they were the exact opposite. They did not have a used Newmar but did have a 2016 model 3903 Canyon Star and it fit everything we wanted and we completed the purchase in 48 hours. Not everything was smooth, not all agreements made it from sales to service but in the end we got a good deal and in our opinion a real quality motor home. Tomorrow we drive to take a short overnight trip and try to remember all the stuff conveyed to use during the final walk-through. We had several IRV2 members tell us some items we should consider or purchase and some we did and other we did not because we were told by the dealer the items I was asking about were not needed.

We did purchase; the Road Hazard, Extended Warranty, Extended Valve Steams (access to the inside tire), a Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems (6 sensor), an air horn (installed in the front not on the roof). automatic power cord retraction system.

However, we decided against the surge protector because the dealer indicated the coach checks and monitors the input voltage to prevent power mishaps and a filter for the water because the 3903 has a filter installed hence no need for 2.

So in a nut shell, we are very happy and ready to star hitting the road. Thanks for the initial help and we look forward to other recommendations as we start to populate our coach.
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Old 06-11-2016, 12:16 AM   #6
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Will be anxious to hear some follow-up reports of how the coach is working out.

I don't have a tire pressure monitor system, but it's definitely on my list to get.

As for accessing the inside tires, instead of fiddling with extended valve stems, I bought a tire gauge and air nozzle, and slightly bent them in my vice so they reach the inside tires just fine.

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Old 07-22-2016, 07:42 PM   #7
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Well, I have taken the advise of each of you and purchased basically every recommendations. The TPMS was interesting because I purchased the 6 tire unit and ended up having to remove the two sensors for the inner dual because it was causing the tires to lose air and the dealer could not fix it. I am getting use to the constant updating (mounted to my right & I see it) but the whole purchase was to monitor the inner tires.

However, we have been out several time our recent trip to Lake Powell (AZ) and was a 6 hour drive and the sway on our coach (2016 Canyon Star 3903) was very noticeable. I asked Newmar and they did not have a solution or recommendation. I found some information on Blue Ox - Part number TH7217 and seem reasonable if purchased from HitchSource.com for around $436 not sure of the reputation of the company because they are significantly cheaper than others.
Also was told the front sway bar will correct some but I also need a rear device made by TigerTrak. Have no found any info or pricing on that.

Any ideas / recommendations is appreciated.
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Old 07-22-2016, 07:57 PM   #8
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check your tire pressure based on axel weight.

just 5 psi too much can cause sway of swimming in the lane.

Drop five psi on the front then try a drive at 60 mph plus.

Dealer set up and door sticker psi may be just too much for the right feeling in the steering.

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Old 07-22-2016, 09:47 PM   #9
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Tire pressure monitoring system. Surge protector, get the Progressive Industries one, (lifetime warranty). I carry a collapsing windshield washer/squeegee. It can be hard to climb up to get bugs off a windshield. What I consider important are fire extinguishers, and not just the little ones, I have three in the coach and one in a basement compartment that doesn't lock, propane storage compartment. Take it slow. In the beginning you are tempted to rush out and buy everything that is made for an RV. You discover what you really need and what you don't.

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