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Old 12-15-2015, 07:27 PM   #1
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Trigger pulled - New (to us) rig for fulltiming

I'm retiring 12/24 and have the rest of this week off so 4 more work days. While that's certainly a step in the right direction, we took another big step last weekend and bought ourselves a rig to full time in. We found a pristine 2008 Newmar Mountain Aire with 53K miles on it. Bought it in Canada where our dollar is currently at $1.37 so we got it well below NADA retail. It's got a Cummins 450hp with 1450 ft/lbs torque and a CCC of 9766 lbs. The dealer will keep it in heated storage for us until we take delivery in late April (can't do much with it in Maine next few months anyway. It'll be a long wait to pull it out, but means we won't have to make trips to FL, TX or AZ this winter to look at rigs. The wife will be working into spring, but I'll be working on home sale prep, selling off stuff, etc. We had kind of been focused on a Tiffin bus, but this beauty fell into our laps and truly was a deal we couldn't pass up.

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Old 12-15-2015, 07:30 PM   #2
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CONGRATS!

How will you span the gap before pick-up?

Best luck and safe travels
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Old 12-15-2015, 08:29 PM   #4
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CONGRATS!

How will you span the gap before pick-up?

Best luck and safe travels
Kim & Steve,

No lack of stuff to do getting the house ready for sale in a few months and trimming down our belongings from 33+ years together to a subset that will fit in a 41' coach!

I expect to be asking a lot of questions in the Newmar owners forum here too!

Merry Christmas!
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Beauty! Congratulations!
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Great find, beautiful coach. Enjoy!
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Very nice. I know you have a handle on condition and all but being an 08 if the tires have not been replaced, you will want that to happen before you begin rolling around. You did what I wish I could have done, you bought your last coach first! You'll find newer coaches have a few more electronics managements available, but really you have it all in this rig. We spend winter in Holiday FL, so maybe we will cross paths someday, our color schemes seem very similar. congrats.
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Congrats on the retirement and purchase of your coach. That's a real beauty! I'm sure you and your wife will be very happy in it. Keep us informed of your progress with planning and when you pick up the beauty!
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Very nice. I know you have a handle on condition and all but being an 08 if the tires have not been replaced, you will want that to happen before you begin rolling around. You did what I wish I could have done, you bought your last coach first! You'll find newer coaches have a few more electronics managements available, but really you have it all in this rig. We spend winter in Holiday FL, so maybe we will cross paths someday, our color schemes seem very similar. congrats.
Hi Mark,

Thanks!

We're all set on tires... the front steer tires are 1 year old and headed for the tag axle. The other 6 will be brand new Michelins when she rolls out in the spring. New house and coach batteries, complete engine service with oil & filters, generator service with oil & filters, Oasis heat system service too.

We certainly hope this is our last coach. We've been looking about 18 months and feel fortunate to have found this one at a good deal to begin with and then our dollar working for us at $1.37 was fantastic.

We have several friends in FL and will likely make a stop or two there before heading to meet other friends in AZ once we hit the road next fall.
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Looks great, congrats on the retirement and also finding a nice MH to go full timing in. Good idea taking advantage of the exchange rate to save some money. Just curious is there any issues with import duty fees or similar?
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Excellent find... congrats! I hear that this year, for your household, there are 3,256 months between now and April. Each month is 72 days long too! (At least... that's how it'll feel I bet!!)
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Great looking unit I'm looking forward to seeing in on the road sometime
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Old 12-16-2015, 04:06 PM   #13
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Looks great, congrats on the retirement and also finding a nice MH to go full timing in. Good idea taking advantage of the exchange rate to save some money. Just curious is there any issues with import duty fees or similar?
I checked with US customs coming through the border after the test ride as well as calling them. Since it's a US made coach, it's very simple re-import. I show proof it was made in USA (holding certificate of origin and original bill of sale), complete HS7 form and done. They said it would take less than 10 minutes. Spoke to a couple others who have done it as well. No duty fees. We'll still get the wonderful state excise, sales and registration fees, but we don't pay any taxes/fees in Canada since it's being exported.
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Hello Maineuh - As the saying goes "Beauty is only skin deep." Truly a beautiful coach. Looks like you have covered the "basics" - tires, oil change, Oasis, etc. However, the powertrain is also extremely important. May want to have it inspected and tested for any Check Engine Codes, along with oil analysis.
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