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.