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Old 08-25-2014, 08:26 AM   #1
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Bubbled paint at bottom of entrance door on DP

Hello,

My DH and I started looking at MHs yesterday. We will be buying used. We saw a Newmar 1998 with 70007 miles on it that is in pretty good condition.

The entrance door had a lot of bubbles in the paint at the bottom. What is this (rust) non visible and is it a concern or can it be painted and fixed. There was one other spot (of same thing) on a basement door.

Couch would need to be replaced because it is worn out. Can these be re-upholstered and re-stuffed? The thing started right up and they did not know we were coming to look at it.

There is some minor rust in the engine compartment but not any pitting.

Please give me your knowledge on these issues.

Thank you, Lynne
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Are the bubbles in the actual paint or in the clear coat? I have a couple of spots on the generator door that have a few in the clear coat not the paint. As for the couch, why not replace the couch? When I bought my 96 Mountain Aire both chair and couch had been
replaced with new, they serve my needs. BTW, Newmar's are great!

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The bubble looked surface to me, but my DH says in paint. The rest of the coach looked fine, but the bottom of the door was all across the bottom.

I see you have a 1996 Newmar, I take it you still like it? They are a higher end coach and this was nice. Wish it had had a second slide.

Is there maintenance that is necessary on the slides my DH wants to know. We are fighting ourselves not to buy this coach. 39 ft and $37K.

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I love mine, the only major problem I've had has been the fuel pump (mine is the F53 chassis), but I consider that a Ford problem and not a Newmar problem. As for the slide, can't answer the maintenance question, but in 3 years have never had a problem, though that little voice that comes on when deploying it (in or out) does take some getting used to.
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Does it say "On the road again"? So is yours a gaser?
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Bubbles happen from imperfect prep at the factory. They need to be gouged out, filled with filler putty, primed and painted. Chances are you can also live with them, since once there, they probably won't increase.

The third photo shows a bunch of BB-sized gray dots. Every one of them was a small bubble.
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Does it say "On the road again"? So is yours a gaser?
Nope, mine says, " please ensure that lock arms have been released and all items have been secured".

Yep, it's a gasser. I also know how difficult these "Newmars" are to resist. I wasn't even looking for a Rv when I spied this one at an RV sales lot. Had never even heard of Newmar. Kept going back to look, came here to ask questions. Just couldn't resist, have never been sorry.

Mine has the tag axle and is a dream to drive. BTW, I go solo and am a 60 year old female. I also tow a car on a tow dolly, it's easy. Be sure if you do buy this motorhome that you learn to drive it. You will never regret learning.

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Kaye,

I have driven motorhomes before. I drove ambulances too. Farm tractors. Not to worried about the driving. Looking for 36 to 39 foot but will do a 40 if right. Want 2 slides of which this did not have. Mostly why we decided to walk and we really want to wait until next year since I have 3 yrs to work yet.

Do you have any issues with a gaser going up hills? I have had several people say get a DP because if you plan to do mountains you will need the power of a diesel. Have you had issues with that?

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Nope, no problems going up hill and I tow a fairly heavy car (1993 cutlass convertible at just about 4000 lbs).
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