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Old 05-27-2017, 03:54 AM   #1
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upgrade to DP? Newmar DP vs. Fleetwood gasser

I have a 1992 Fleetwood Coronado 34 foot 454 chevy. I am considering upgrading to a 1994 Newmar Dutch Star 34 5.9 Cummins. I see advantages, and disadvantages to both sides. I could use some real world help on the Dutch Star.
The Coronado has airbags, front and rear. A new fridge, and one new roof A/c unit. (of 2). It seemed to be better built when I compared it at the time. It also has a 7KW generator, and 4 awnings. No jacks. and an oven
The Newmar has 3 awnings, a slide, ducted A/C ?? and it appears to have less closet space. I think 10 mpg is within the relm of possibilities. vs, 8 mpg for the Coronado. What suspension system does the Newmar have?
Help me think outside the box. What am I missing?
I like the diesel and the bigger tires on the Newmar, because I think it will run the interstate better. I think the Coronado has a better interior design..
Give me your reasons pro and con for each one. Any Newmar owners feel free to speak up. It is a DS34 WBS2.
Thanks for the input.
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I have owned 4 MHs so far 2 gassers and 2 diesels. If for no other reason I chose diesels over gas because I don't have that V8 screaming while driving down the road.
The "ducted" AC helps to better distribute the air through the coach, a plus but not a deal breaker. The slide is a diff. plus, more space is always better.
As far as suspension I don't recall a diesel without air bags or a gasser with them. Air ride IMOP is smother and has a greater load capacity.
I've never owned one without jacks so I can't really comment on not having them.
Like I said at the start not having that V8 screaming drove me to a diesel. But the bottom line is with one is the most comfortable for your style of living.
Good luck.
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At the risk of offending one of our esteem members, this is similar to comparing a good french wine to Thunderbird.

Newmar is a high quality brand which manufactures an excellent quality of rig. Of course they BOTH use second party component parts manufactured by pretty much the same companies: Dometic, Attwood, etc. And these items are as likely to break in one rig as they are another, but the process of installing and selection of models is, in my opinion at Newmar.

I bought a slightly used Newmar Dutch Star coach in 2003 and have been living full-time for 14 years. We have had very few problems, with the exception of the A/C units wearing out.

Go take a factory tour. I believe you will be as impressed as I was.
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I just read this thread because I have a 1992 Coronado. I love it but I've never had anything else since this is my first coach. Could you tell me how to get the furnace out of it for repair? I just can't figure that out. It seems like the closet was built around it.
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I just read this thread because I have a 1992 Coronado. I love it but I've never had anything else since this is my first coach. Could you tell me how to get the furnace out of it for repair? I just can't figure that out. It seems like the closet was built around it.
You would be better served starting a new thread in the Fleetwood owner's section. Someone there can probably help you.
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You're trying to compare two coaches that are in a totally different class.
The Fleetwood is considered a part time coach while the Newmar is built for full time on a much heavier chassis. Just spend a while sitting in the Newmar and take it for a drive. This will give you all the comparison you need.
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You're trying to compare two coaches that are in a totally different class.
The Fleetwood is considered a part time coach while the Newmar is built for full time on a much heavier chassis. Just spend a while sitting in the Newmar and take it for a drive. This will give you all the comparison you need.
Well, our owners manual for our '02 DSDP said it was not built for full time use, which surprised us since that was going to be our eventual use!
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