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Old 06-12-2015, 09:42 AM   #1
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What questions to ask?

Ok, the wife and I have been in a 5th wheel for recreation only. But now we are looking at buying a class a unit. Have looking at all that is said on the forums I have decided to start looking for a used Newmar unit. So the questions is what questions do I ask when calling about one that is not local? I am thinking of a Two or three year old Dutch Star. Maybe a 4369 floor plan.
I know to ask the normal things like smoke free? Pets? Accident free? Maintenance records? And so fourth. But what would you ask about a unit before driving or flying to take a hard look?
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Are you a dealer, or private seller? Are you the original owner? Any extended warranty left? Have there been any LEAKS. Is your price firm or negotiable? Can you email me some pictures? Have you been back to factory for repairs? Do you have a valid TITLE and is the unit currently registered? are a few of the things I would ask before travelling too much distance. Ed
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Ok, the wife and I have been in a 5th wheel for recreation only. But now we are looking at buying a class a unit. Have looking at all that is said on the forums I have decided to start looking for a used Newmar unit. So the questions is what questions do I ask when calling about one that is not local? I am thinking of a Two or three year old Dutch Star. Maybe a 4369 floor plan.
I know to ask the normal things like smoke free? Pets? Accident free? Maintenance records? And so fourth. But what would you ask about a unit before driving or flying to take a hard look?
Help a Rookie out.


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Creature features are very personal. When we bought this coach we knew, from experience, what we could no longer live with and with out. We went with a Winnebago product because of their factory support reputation, but the floor plan and features really caused me to hunt hard to find this rig.

The residential refrigerator is so much better than the standard RV frig of the past. Having a stacked washer and dryer is so much more convenient than the combination type. Having a full basement is wonderful. The last rig had the basement as compartments mounted on the slides. Okay for vacationers but not full-timing. Both of us have many hobbies and need storage. We have 6 AGM house batteries, a true sine wave 2800W inverter, 8KW generator... And, for me at least, Freightliner chassis, Cummins diesel and Alison transmission are a must.

For us this coach is wonderful. It is a true home on wheels. We have made a few minor changes and added a few things, but for the most part it is original.

One thing to keep in mind is that ALL brands have problems. Finding a good service center is the key to enjoying a coach. Most of the repair centers out there don't have a clue and increase the down time and cost unnecessarily.

Bottom line? Pick you creature comforts and then the brand that fits your criteria by best overall reputation. Many folks are brand loyal in spite of constant problems, so choose wisely through research before you take the plunge. Time is on your side.

Happy trails,

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What year? There was a series of years in which the fiberglass on pretty much all Class-As was a bit inferior and leads to long term "crows feet" - crazing. It's cosmetic only, but definitely affects retail.

Where has it been kept?
Age of the tires?
What RECORDS do you have on maintaining it? Compare this to the motor's spec for required maintenance.
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In the " Files " drop box, blue bar under your welcome message , you'll find a " Buyers check list " down load the file and print out a copy.
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The 4369 has only been around for a couple of years. There are 3 floor plans that are similar going back to 2012.

4346

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Just to help you expand your search.
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Old 06-14-2015, 09:13 PM   #8
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Well, I learned one thing. If you see an RV you think you might want. Don't waste any time. Those Newmars sell fast. Really fast. :(


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Creature features are very personal. When we bought this coach we knew, from experience, what we could no longer live with and with out. We went with a Winnebago product because of their factory support reputation, but the floor plan and features really caused me to hunt hard to find this rig.

The residential refrigerator is so much better than the standard RV frig of the past. Having a stacked washer and dryer is so much more convenient than the combination type. Having a full basement is wonderful. The last rig had the basement as compartments mounted on the slides. Okay for vacationers but not full-timing. Both of us have many hobbies and need storage. We have 6 AGM house batteries, a true sine wave 2800W inverter, 8KW generator... And, for me at least, Freightliner chassis, Cummins diesel and Alison transmission are a must.

For us this coach is wonderful. It is a true home on wheels. We have made a few minor changes and added a few things, but for the most part it is original.

One thing to keep in mind is that ALL brands have problems. Finding a good service center is the key to enjoying a coach. Most of the repair centers out there don't have a clue and increase the down time and cost unnecessarily.

Bottom line? Pick you creature comforts and then the brand that fits your criteria by best overall reputation. Many folks are brand loyal in spite of constant problems, so choose wisely through research before you take the plunge. Time is on your side.

Happy trails,

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X2 I couldn't have said it more eloquently. Right on. /Mikey
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X2 I couldn't have said it more eloquently. Right on. /Mikey
Thanks for the compliment Mickey.

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One question I always like to ask... When was the last time you used the RV? (with a follow up question of; How long was the trip (miles) ?)

It's one thing to have a nice RV.. but if it's been sitting for "awhile", that would seem to be a can of worms to me.. I guess it goes hand-in-hand with the question mentioned above, is it registered...

But... a few more could;

Are you the owner - how long?
If not the original owner - do you have the previous owners name?
Do you have a current title - in your name?

Snap-On Man ?? Are you a dealer? where is your route?
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What questions to ask?

Lots of great input from you guys and gals. Something's I have not even thought of asking. The unit I had an eye was sold before I could even think about it. But I'll keep looking.


Been slinging chrome in the Snellville, Loganville, Ga. Area for 25 years now. Looking to make the next step to go see other parts of the country from the windshield of an rv rather than a tool truck.


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What year? There was a series of years in which the fiberglass on pretty much all Class-As was a bit inferior and leads to long term "crows feet" - crazing. It's cosmetic only, but definitely affects retail.

Where has it been kept?
Age of the tires?
What RECORDS do you have on maintaining it? Compare this to the motor's spec for required maintenance.
The crazing on the sidewalls is NOT "cosmetic". It's the actual surface of the wall breaking. The only long term cues is to replace the whole sidewall, or at least that's what Newmar has been doing. Our '02 DSDP had it during the 2 yr warranty. When I was at the factory in 2004 they said it was cosmetic and they would buff it out. They did but it came back in a couple years. By then it was too late and they wanted us to pay some $12,000 to replace the sidewall. We lived with it.
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