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Old 11-23-2009, 02:45 AM   #1
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Smile Our new to us "used" Newmar Essex

I am new to this forum and purchased an '04 rig which is new to us so I thought I would share. I am not fully retiring until sometime between Aug '10 and May '11 but when RVs hit rock bottom back in April '09, we jumped the gun and purchased the one we are going to use in retirement.

We were looking at several used luxury coaches when we saw the coach we wanted at a price $100,000 under current market value, so we grabbed it. We named our coach THE WINDSWEPT PEARL which is the name Newmar called the paint scheme. We purchased a 2004 Newmar Essex 4503. The coach is 45 ft long, has 4 slides, and is powered by a Cummins ISM 500 HP engine and an Allison 6 speed auto trans.

This coach is much more beautiful in person than pictures can ever do it justice. We have plans for several upgrades such as 600 to 800 watt solar system, datastorm internet, basement tv, basement fridge/freezer, and a hydra-lift system. While I am still working, I am putting the money together to pay for all of the extras before we hit the road on our full-time adventure.

We did a lot of research on coaches with the help of numerous current RVers before we made our choice and purchase. It is a bit larger than what we originally were looking for since we had focused in on 35 to 40 ft, but when the deal presented itself, we thought "Oh well, what is an extra 5 ft anyhow." I know it may limit us from some of the older parks, but with so many rv parks to choose from, we thought it shouldn't be too much of a problem.

We have been going to RV shows for over 15 years now and never get tired of looking at all of the beautiful rigs we get to see. Thank you for letting us share our new '04 rig with you.
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Old 11-23-2009, 03:54 AM   #2
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great looking coach! many happy and safe miles jim
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Old 11-23-2009, 07:14 AM   #3
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Very nice!! Enjoy, and browse through the Newmar Owners section of this forum.
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Old 11-23-2009, 06:10 PM   #4
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Very nice rig. I wanna drive it...lol

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Old 11-23-2009, 11:24 PM   #5
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beaverjim; I like your Monaco. That was one of the 5 makes we were looking at when we stubbled upon the Essex we purchased. I bet you're really enjoying your coach.

69RoadRunner; Thanks for the invite to the Newmar section of this website. I am finding a wealth of information there. I would love to go for a ride in your '69 RoadRunner. When I was in high school I owned a '70 Dodge Charger and my best friend owned a '68 Dodge SuperBee. I sure miss those days.

BounderFreddy; Thanks for the RV comments. I sure bet you are enjoying your 2007 Fleetwood Bounder.

Thanks to all of you and I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!!!
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Old 11-24-2009, 06:42 PM   #6
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Wow! what a beauty! great looking coach,many happy miles in her
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Welcome on board, great looking coach, hope it give you many years and miles of enjoyment.

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Old 11-24-2009, 07:58 PM   #8
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Great looking coach. Newmar is the best!! We, like you, were not looking for a coach over 40', but when we found our 43 footer and the floor plan we knew. After 4 years ands 42K plus miles no regrets. Keep us updated.
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snickers 2008 Dutch Star 4023

Nice looking rig have a good time with it Happy travels
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Old 11-24-2009, 10:28 PM   #10
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Beautiful coach. May you enjoy a "zillion" comfortable, trouble free, safe miles in it.
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Old 11-25-2009, 07:08 AM   #11
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Pauland Ro; Thank you very much! We hope you are enjoying your Fleetwood Bounder as well. We sure see a lot of them on the road each and every week.

Spikester; Thank you very much! We hope you are enjoying your new 2008 Newmar as well. We wish we could have purchased a brand new Essex, but we couldn't see cutting lose with over $500,000 of our retirement nest egg so we looked for "like new" with low mileage.

Ronnie Bledsoe; Thanks for helping us feel good about the larger size coach. If you are still happy with your 43 ft coach after 4 years, I think we will be OK with the 45 footer.

snickers; Thank you very much for the kind comments and the good wishes. We are sure you love your new Dutch Star! We wish the same for you!!!

historyljc; Thank you very much for your kind comments and good wishes. We are sure you love your Tiffin! We wish the same for you!!!
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Very Very Very nice. My goodness. I can't imagine taking that tailgating to football games.
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Wow that is a beauty!!!! You did your homework it looks brand new!!! looks like a great home on the road!!! and may you enjoy many miles of travel in style and comfort....hope to see you at a rally someday soon...smiles always texaspenny
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leedowney; Thank you very much! Doubt if she would fit at a football parking lot, but I like the thought of doing it.

TexasPenny; Thank you very much! We love her looks too. We hope to get many years of use out of this one. Can't wait to start full-time traveling! We hope to see you at a rally someday and I am sure we will.
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