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Old 12-10-2013, 09:19 AM   #1
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Trading a Tradewinds for????? Dutch Star?

My wife and I have a National Tradewinds that is serviceable but starting to show it's age. We are looking at a 2004 Dutch Star. And thoughts? Any trouble areas? There are a great many motorhomes for sale right now but precious few in our price range. Any thoughts on a 03 Holiday Rambler Imperial??
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Old 12-10-2013, 10:34 AM   #2
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Both models you are looking at are well built coaches. IMHO the floor plan is the most important thing, after the overall condition of the MH. I have a Dutch Star and couldn't be more happier with it. I have had no major problems with it (knock wood). However a good inspection by a certified RV mechanic will be well spent money.
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Amen on the DS. We have a Kountry Star, which is the sibling to the Dutch Star. If it checks out, it's a good idea.
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Most large DPs are good, generally you can't go wrong with any of those. but there are some subtle differences easily being neglected - needless to say #1 the floorplan, also the engine of cummins or cat or detroit (which one is better in cost of ownership and services?), side radiator vs rear one, with or without IFS (independant front suspension), etc, etc.

because i own a country coach, i recommend cc starting 2000
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As already stated, the floorplan, some like cummins some like Cat (I have a 400 Cat), side radiator I think is a big plus, and IFS my coach has IFS and a 50deg turning radius. I looked at the DS and I liked the one we found but could not come up with a price deal. Just need to get the one you like checked out and set $$$$ aside for upgrades. Some of the upgrade we made are
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One thing to look at real close is the radiator, be an 03 or and 04 this may be something coming up not to put a stopper to the deal. Mine is an 06 and has a new radiator with just 17k on it.
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Love my 02 Dutchstar. Great build quality.
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Welcome to maybe the world of Newmar.
Here is a Brochure and a Owners Guide.
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My wife and I have a National Tradewinds that is serviceable but starting to show it's age. We are looking at a 2004 Dutch Star. And thoughts? Any trouble areas? There are a great many motorhomes for sale right now but precious few in our price range. Any thoughts on a 03 Holiday Rambler Imperial??
We traded our 99 Tradewinds for a 99 Mountain Aire and were not sorry. Did not miss the rough riding solid front axle. Traded the 99 Mountain Aire for a 2005 Kountry Star. Never been sorry about either.

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