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Old 08-28-2012, 08:00 PM   #1
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Smile Our new rig

Hi, we recently upgraded from a 25' Winnebago to this 1993 Newmar London Aire. It's been a huge change for us, being used to living in the small Winnie full time, now we feel we live in a mansion .

It needs a little love, starting with a good wash, wax, and wheel polishing, but other than that it's in great condition for it's age. It's got the 300 hp Cummins/Allison combo, Spartan chassis, Onan 7500 diesel generator, Kenmore stackable washer/dryer, huge slide-out (one of the first models to offer this feature back then), and a big list of other amenities (again, new to us. Our Winnie was an entry-level model).

We are more than happy with it, especially knowing that we will have enough room for our new baby (1st baby, due in Dec '12 ). We adapted the rear half of the slide-out, where the dinette should go, as the baby's bedroom, which we are still working on.

We don't travel as much or as often as we wish, but when we do, we really enjoy it. Plus, we wouldn't trade the feeling that living in a motorhome gives us, freedom is priceless.

I'll be uploading more pics as soon as we make it look a little bit nicer. Thanks for looking!

A pic of the old Winnebago


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Old 08-28-2012, 08:09 PM   #2
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The old London-Aire coaches were really nice old units. Next year you can qualify as a vintage RV on iRV2.

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Enjoy your new castle! Congrats on the pending arrival and best wishes for a happy, child that knows the freedom you have to move about and explore. Wait...isn't that what they do when they get born?
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Old 08-29-2012, 11:58 AM   #4
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Thanks for the comments.

Ken,
That is very cool, I didn't know that. I'm an "old schooler" even though I'm from a more recent generation (I'm in my mid twenties). I own a fully restored and customized 1959 Volkswagen Beetle, most of the work done by me, so you can imagine I've had a lot of fun with the London Aire. My plan is to restore it and add some modern details, especially inside, but trying to keep it as classy as when new.

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Thanks! That's basically our plan. We are a very simple, minimalist couple, and we want to raise our baby girl that way. We want her to see the world from a different point of view (I mean, a lot of kids these days don't appreciate simple anymore, it's all about materialism). And of course we will do our best to make sure she's a happy camper =)
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Very nice rig. Those older DP's had a lot of style, back b4 it was cool to look like a converted bus.
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Nice looking unit. May it serve you and the family well.
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Great Looking Rig!
We hope you and the family have loads of great times!
Enjoy it to the fullest and travel safe!
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Welcome to the forum ! people here are very helpful you will enjoy the site
nice upgrade also
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Thanks to everyone for your nice comments! Haven't gotten the chance to do anything new to the Newmar, but I will keep you informed whenever I do!
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Looks Great, You'll have many great memories. Enjoy and have safe trouble free travels.
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Congrats you and your family + your new arrival due all be in good health and drive her safely!!
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London Aires were F A N C Y back in the day. They were among Newmar's highest end models. Touches like fog lights and ground effects along the compartment doors added style.

They weren't cheap either. More modern London Aires were well over $800k
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London Aires were F A N C Y back in the day. They were among Newmar's highest end models. Touches like fog lights and ground effects along the compartment doors added style.

They weren't cheap either. More modern London Aires were well over $800k
Thanks all for your comments!

Jon,
That is correct. Before buying, we did a lot of research on this brand and model, and we were surprised. Even today, I still don't see a lot of brand new units with this much equipment (of course, I'm talking about low-mid end units). We are very pleased with it.
It's a pleasure to drive and to live in. The only thing I would add is more storage. Surprisingly, we had a very hard time fitting all our stuff in here, even after it all fit inside our Winnebago, and it didn't have outside storage like the Newmar does. For example, on the driver's side, there's not one single storage cabinet from the passenger seat all the way back to the washer/dryer cabinet. Other than that, it's all great.
It doesn't need that much work, but I really hope I can get it to look like it did back then.
Oh, and ours retailed well over 300k back in '93.
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