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Old 07-01-2012, 06:28 PM   #1
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Opinions needed

Hello everyone , I have been doing alot of reading here and all i can say is wow !!! What a great group of people.

We are in the market for our First coach and would like some feedback on a couple we have narrowed it down too.

Our short list has come down to three . Really two I guess as two of them are basically the same. All the coaches are in nearly the exact same condition and floorplan.
1. 2000 Newmar Mountain Aire 350 Cummins , With one slide. 45k miles.
2. 1998 Fleetwood American Eagle Cummins , One slide 89k miles.
3. 1998 Fleetwood American Dream Cummins , One slide 75k Miles

Which of these coachs have the better reputation as far as quality and value ?
All are priced within $5k of each other.

Thanks In advance for any and all feedback.

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Old 07-01-2012, 06:36 PM   #2
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I'll let someone else reply on the make vs make issue.
Of the 3:
1) Which ones have full/partial records?
2) Which ones have been keep indoors/covered?
3) Are they all in similar condition?
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Old 07-01-2012, 06:39 PM   #3
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All three are one owner coaches ,all have records and have been stored under cover. All in nearly identical condition.
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Old 07-01-2012, 06:55 PM   #4
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If all have the ISC 8.3L Cummins engine then you might focus on the CCC available for each rig.

In those years, the Cargo Carrying Capacity and Towing capacity of MHs were sometimes marginal or non-existent. Pick the best one.
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Hi and Welcome to iRV2.
Check the tire date codes and adjust any offer accordingly.
JMHO, The buzz you'll get from others and salesmen , if and when you go to trade up, is, the single slide Class A has no resale value. Myself : I prefere the ease of access to the engine,vs, bedroom slide models, and say " If the floorplan works for you go ahead.
Ditto, on CCC and trailer tow , you want 3,000 lbs CCC and 5,000LBS trailer MIN.
5.9 Cummins , not enough engine for these rigs.
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Thanks for the responses, been following along also trying to learn. Thanks
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Could someone comment on the roof material of each . Have heard conflicting stories as to rubber or fiberglass.
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Those are all really excellent coaches. All other things being equal, I would lean toward the newer Mountainaire with the prices that close. Both Newmar and American Coach have superb factory service and both are located in Indiana.
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RE: "Opinions needed"

Well, that's pretty much what you get here anyway!!

After two Newmars we'd go with the MADP. Friends had an American Dream of about that vintage. They had a lot of trouble with it, finally sold it.
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I can't say much for the others but we are very happy with our Newmar and the factory support from both Newmar and Spartan.
My comment would be to crawl around underneath and check for signs of rust. Some of these old coaches spent a lot of time near salt water and if you look underneath it will show up as mega amounts of rust. Leave those alone.
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Just an upddate . After making a call to Newmar with the coach number and finding out the Mountain Aire was ordered with a fiberglass roof instead of the standard rubber and a couple other very nice options . We are the new owners of 2000 Mountain Aire 4081.
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Just an upddate . After making a call to Newmar with the coach number and finding out the Mountain Aire was ordered with a fiberglass roof instead of the standard rubber and a couple other very nice options . We are the new owners of 2000 Mountain Aire 4081.
JMHO, you have made the right choice; Safe Travels
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All being equal than "FLIP A COIN" if you find yourself saying "TWO OUT OF THREE" than you have your answer.
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Good choice.




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