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Old 09-15-2010, 05:15 PM   #1
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1987 Newmar Kountry Aire Class C

Here is our 1987 Kountry Aire C class. We are the 4th owner, all are known. Always stored in a heated building; for most of her life she was owned by a man who owned and operated an auto/truck garage. She has been well maintained..but not a "hanger queen"...was used weekly for most of her life. Ford 460/carburated/3 speed auto. 4K Onan gen set. We love the tag axle for its ride. New Bridgestone tires all around..quiet and smooth. Interior was updated with new carpet, new fridge, moved the water holding tank to under the fridge and a Flexsteel sofa/bed in place of eating area in 2008. Interior paint updated to a neutral white. We use her for college tailgates and weekend camping trips to CG within 150 or so. This fall we plan on a trip to see leaves in Southern Indiana's Brown County.
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Old 09-15-2010, 06:56 PM   #2
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I'm no expert on Class C rigs but it looks like they didn't open the cab roof to join the coach body - which usually turns into a leak fest. If so outstanding!
She looks great!!

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Old 09-15-2010, 08:35 PM   #3
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Thanks Peter for your comments. So far..no leaks..which is surprising since most all do. As said..well cared for and we try to stay on top of any issues.
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1987 KountryAire Class C

I also live in NE Indiana and own a 1987 KountryAire that is a duplicate to yours. You very seldom see these coaches and they were so well made there has to be a lot of them still on the road. We love ours.
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Welcome both of you Don & Danelle, jsl to irv2.
Congrats on your Newmar's sure look like its just come off showroom floor.
What do you have for manifolds were they changed I use to have problems on my 460 Cruise Air coach?
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I also live in NE Indiana and own a 1987 KountryAire that is a duplicate to yours. You very seldom see these coaches and they were so well made there has to be a lot of them still on the road. We love ours.
How neat! I agree Newmar made these very well. Very solid coach. I've seen only a very few on the road still. Perhaps their original cost was high for the Class C family market back then so not a bunch were made. I see a few more of this era Class A units..and they are as awesome. This unit fits our needs perfectly, I can't think of anything we would change.
We never fail to get positive comments when we camp on it's condition. There are some issues I am addressing..but issues are expected with any RV ownership..part of the charm is dealing with them...and talking about them with others is part of the fraternity rights, eh?
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Welcome both of you Don & Danelle, jsl to irv2.
Congrats on your Newmar's sure look like its just come off showroom floor.
What do you have for manifolds were they changed I use to have problems on my 460 Cruise Air coach?
Enjoy the forums and do post often.
To my knowledge the manifolds are original. I am the 4th owner and while I know who the other 3 were...don't know what each may have done along the line. I've seen here and other 460 blogs of manifold issues. What were your issues?
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We had to drop our fuel tank to replace a leaking fill tube. Since we had the tank down, the fuel pump was replaced as well. A replacement fill tube was difficult to find since Ford wanted over $400 for the tube alone. We did find one and installed it and have had no further fuel leaks.
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The 460 was on a John Deer chassis and had nothing but problems.
Once manifolds heated up it would sound like a shooting gallery popping of bolts out of block.
Had them replaced and a head at one time than the big block replaced when tech messed up getting distributer shaft miss aliened and no oil was pumped causing motor to freeze up.
Had another 460 and had Banks system installed with no problems.
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We had to drop our fuel tank to replace a leaking fill tube. Since we had the tank down, the fuel pump was replaced as well. A replacement fill tube was difficult to find since Ford wanted over $400 for the tube alone. We did find one and installed it and have had no further fuel leaks.
WOW! That is a twin to ours! Very cool. Looks in beautiful condition too!
I am very interested in your fill tube repair as I am facing same issue now.
I would love to know the details of the fix too..like where a replacement was found..degree of difficulty..etc.
I will send you a private message re contact.

Thanks for posting a pic of your unit!
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The 460 was on a John Deer chassis and had nothing but problems.
Once manifolds heated up it would sound like a shooting gallery popping of bolts out of block.
Had them replaced and a head at one time than the big block replaced when tech messed up getting distributer shaft miss aliened and no oil was pumped causing motor to freeze up.
Had another 460 and had Banks system installed with no problems.
Sounds like your first 460 was a bad experience, sure hope the tech took care of the ruined motor!
I hear /read many Rv'ers install the Banks system; seems all for performance/mileage improvements. From what I've read, an expensive addition whose ROI is positive only for units who cover high annual miles.
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