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Old 12-16-2013, 08:13 AM   #1
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Hi everyone. I'm picking up my new to me 1996 Newmar Dutch Star (M-3455) tomorrow from a private seller. This is my second RV, I had a 1984 22' Georgie Boy a few years back, but I am still a novice RV'er. My wife and I decided to get another, but larger RV because we have a 13 year old son with autism and traveling has become more difficult. Once we get him used to this RV traveling will become a pleasure again. He loved the other one. He particularly enjoyed sitting in it in the driveway during thunderstorms.

The Newmar is in very good shape for its age. I spent 2 hours in it, on it, and under it over the weekend and only found 4 issues; steering feels stiff and 'lumpy', 2'x2' area of rot on roof where old ladder mounted, water heater tank has surface rust, exterior slide seal needs to be replaced. I believe the steering problem will be resolved when I get some grease into the u-joints. The seal will be an easy fix. The roof will be a major task but do-able. The water heater tank is an unknown. I won't know exactly what I'm dealing with until I get the insulation blanket off of it. He is a picture of it as it sits in the previous owners driveway.
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Old 12-16-2013, 08:17 AM   #2
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Old 12-16-2013, 11:56 AM   #3
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Looks like it should work out great for you.
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Old 12-16-2013, 12:04 PM   #4
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Welcome Savannah Dan! The RV looks nice, good luck on the repairs. We plan on visiting the Savannah area in February for the 1st time. Looking forward to visiting such a historical town.
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Old 12-16-2013, 12:08 PM   #5
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Welcome from N.C glad you could join us here.Newmar is a great rig you will have a lot of fun with her.
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Old 12-16-2013, 07:35 PM   #6
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Thanks for the welcomes!
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Old 12-16-2013, 08:14 PM   #7
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That's an awesome looking RV!!

I'm heading down to Savannah this week as the first real stop on my RV adventure. Any sightseeing tips?
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Old 12-17-2013, 05:27 AM   #8
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Welcome to the forum....I'm sure there will be some Q&A on here when your repairs start...Good luck...
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Old 12-17-2013, 05:33 AM   #10
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Welcome! I have a 2002 Dutchstar and live in Augusta, Ga . You will love the Newmar.
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Hi Dan! Welcome to IRV2! It's great to have you join the bunch!

Congrats on the new rig! Enjoy the forum!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!

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Good luck on your new RV! Get that roof fixed immediately.
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Smile Looks great!

How exciting! Congrats on your new coach!! Welcome from the great Northwest!!

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Welcome and congrats on the new rig.....

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