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Old 04-29-2012, 06:45 PM   #15
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The only thing that scares/ bothers me about Newell's is the wiring and trouble shooting the systems should something go wrong,but I have the same issues with precise. If it weren't for that I would already have one, but still thinking and dreaming.
As a hands on, "I can fix that", "How does this work?", "Does it come apart?", type, I understand completely what Laj is saying. But I think the thing with a Newell is you don't have to. If it breaks, someone smarter than I am is going to be fixing it.
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Old 04-29-2012, 07:27 PM   #16
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Mark - You made some great observations. I know that Steve Wilson, we bought our CC from him, speaks very highly of these rigs. And good observation that besides building 'new' anyway you want it - they will also alter an existing rig to anything you want too...

To the thread in general. If money was not a factor, sure I would go look more at this rigs.

I also like the Foretravels, Wanderlodges and Country Coaches as great foundations to take in and 'make into your coach'.

Of course, money is a factor - and why we went with our current Allure as our foundation to work from!

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As a hands on, "I can fix that", "How does this work?", "Does it come apart?", type, I understand completely what Laj is saying. But I think the thing with a Newell is you don't have to. If it breaks, someone smarter than I am is going to be fixing it.
Amen, as with any newer coach as with present automobiles technology is in the hands of the well trained pros. We have recently purchased a 2012 great coach, not on the close proximity of a Newell but a luxury type. Main difference: when a problem arises which will happen, no matter the investment, we go to the dealer for warranty, with the top of the line, Newell Foretravel or Newmar Essex, American Eagle, the tech's come to your position . Customer service is of the upmost priority you will not need to negotiate or very rarely have to get your issue solved . Expensive but so is a long term high quality non contingent after market extended warranty policy. Bottom line if my DW and I had the money, which we might have someday and we remain healthy we love this lifestyle, go for the best and enjoy life is short!
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You will see by my question that this is not in my price range. How do you say Newell? Is it NEW'ell or newell'?
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You will see by my question that this is not in my price range. How do you say Newell? Is it NEW'ell or newell'?
Newell pronounced correctly, rymes with rule.
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To those wonderful souls that like to "fix it themselves" (yes, I am envious) I would strongly encourage you to browse the www.newellclassics.com board - there is a large number of people that do all their own repairs, diagnostics, upgrades and more. The observation was made that Newell does use some expensive components (i.e. Headhunter pumps), but their high cost frequently leads to longer life, or in many cases the ability to replace a single component rather than junking the whole thing.

Plus, Newells are very well laid out with wiring and more very identifiable...and having the factory there just to help you troubleshoot over the phone ~ priceless!

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We have a couple of friends that have Newells and they are really in a class all their own. One friend when asked one day about getting a Prevost he replied "why would I want to step down."

They are on their fourth Newell and will own nothing but Newell. Their first was a 1988 40' with a 8V92 Detroit. They then sold that to their son which is still using it with over 200k on the odometer. That coach has been to Alaska about six times now. They then bought a 1998 43'6" Newell with a 470 hp Detroit Series 60, then traded that for a 2003 45' in 2007 with a 515 hp Detroit. They currently have a 2006 47' (yes I said 47 feet) that they just purchased used last year. It is one long SOB. It totally dwarfs our little 40 footer when parked next to it. This is exactly why I won't let them take any pictures and I don't like to park next to it very often.

As far as construction, they are the cream of the crop but like someone else already mentioned the interior, although quality wise is amazing, is just a little too glittery. You feel like you are walking into a Las Vegas casino with the lighting and hanging chandeliers. I like the warm feeling that solid wood gives even though I hate working with wood, I prefer working with steel/metal.

I will agree that the expense is high. I have not worked on their 2006 because they are generally on the road as they full-time now but I have worked on all of the past ones. Parts are on the high side because they really spare no expense and use only the best money can buy. Chassis wise they are still heavy truck parts. The quality really is a cut above everything else out there. I have not worked on a Prevost but another member of their motorhome club has one and it is gorgeous as well and I am sure the quality is everything that you would expect.

Unfortunately my wife and I are not anywhere near the same income level as they are and probably never will be for that matter so this will never be an option but it is fun to dream.

Personally, I would love to be able to upgrade to a Foretravel someday. However, until then I enjoy our Dynasty and it does everything I need it to and is a well built coach for its price point.

Good luck on the search and post up some pictures when you finally pull the trigger.

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I was looking at a 2010 Newell or Prevost but I didn't like the windshield. If not for that one thing I would have bought the coach. I ended up buying a 32' 2002 Winnebago that needs a little work. Maybe they will change the design next year.

It always reminds me of a story about a man who was looking to buy a
$750,000 coach and asked what kind of gas mileage he could expect.
The salesman said if you have to think about that this coach is not for you......
You went from a million dollar coach to a 30,000 dollar coach, that just doesn't sound right.
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I was wondering the same thing
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Newell pronounced correctly, rymes with rule.
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Amen, as with any newer coach as with present automobiles technology is in the hands of the well trained pros. We have recently purchased a 2012 great coach, not on the close proximity of a Newell but a luxury type. Main difference: when a problem arises which will happen, no matter the investment, we go to the dealer for warranty, with the top of the line, Newell, Foretravel or Newmar Essex, American Eagle, the tech's come to your position . Customer service is of the upmost priority you will not need to negotiate or very rarely have to get your issue solved . Expensive but so is a long term high quality non contingent after market extended warranty policy. Bottom line if my DW and I had the money, which we might have someday and we remain healthy we love this lifestyle, go for the best and enjoy life is short!
Not to confuse the issue but the Essex is not Newmar's top of the line, it's a King Aire at something well over $800,000.
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Got a buddy w/a Newell 45' that has the steering tag axle. I believe the turn radius is 37' (not turn diameter, which would be 84'). That's pretty spectacular for a 45 feeter.
625 h.p., the 20kw gen is mounted on air bags for extra quiet inside, 54,000lbs rolling. Front tires are extra wide to carry the weight up front. Gary had an electrical problem, called the factory in off hours; the phone tech gave Gary the cell phone of the guy on the assembly line who builds the system Gary was having trouble with, Gary called and the guy walked him thru a quick diagnosis.
Slides are sealed with an inflatable o-ring (sort of like a heavy duty inner tube) that seals the slide when out, deflates & reinflates when slide is in, so no leaks. A/C's are all shielded & ducted for low noise. Motor has working room on both sides.
Its an impressive beast. I too wouldn't like the decor, but if ordering you get what you want, if buying used then a remodel can accommodate. Gary's has a video front doorbell, so they know who's ringing. I can't sneak up on him.
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The most telling difference between Newells and Prevost conversions in my very humble opinion is the GVWR of each.
The sales guy at Liberty coach, talking with me about a gorgeous new 2015 H3-45, said that with full fuel, water and DEF it was within 700 pounds of the H3 GVWR. Not much room for food, clothing and all that "stuff" we take along like videos, dogs, lawn chairs, outdoor carpeting AND the toad!
Brian Pitts at Newell says the GVWR on his coaches is 63,300 pounds! The H3, according to Prevost is 54,500.
The Prevost is a converted passenger bus. The Newell is built to be a motor home.
A Newell is my choice.
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