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Old 05-23-2019, 08:44 AM   #1
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2 years, almost 20,000 miles - 2016 Baystar 3124 Review

We bought a new Baystar 3124 in January, 2017. It had been sitting on the lot at Independence RV for a number of months when we spotted it on a trip to FL. We knew we wanted a Newmar less than 35 feet and were torn between gas and diesel, new or used. This seemed to be the closest to what we thought we wanted.

We did a thorough PDI, testing everything, and not letting the dealer rush us. We did not sign anything until the items from the PDI were completed (there weren’t many), although the dealer wanted us to.

After 2 years and almost 20,000 miles, we are happy to say that this has been a good choice. We had very few things that needed addressing during the warranty period and again, nothing major. There have been occasional things that we have had to fix eg a broken anti-sway bar bracket, thermostat that failed, etc.

We added solar ourselves, added a rear track bar (which with fixing the broken anti-sway bar made a huge difference in the ride), got Magna shades, made wood cutting board sink covers, etc.

We tow a Honda Fit 4 wheels down and hardly feel it.

Our travel has taken us from temps in the 20s where the tank heating pads came in handy, to the upper 90s and from sea level to about 9,000 feet. The insulation and double pane windows really help with extreme temperatures.

The biggest concerns were noise/power going up hills and braking/control down hill. In Tow Haul mode, uphill has been steady, a little loud, but not as bad as expected, and on down grades, the transmission shifts into a gear that requires only occasional braking even on a long, steep grade. The 6 speed transmission is phenomenal in the hills.

The full wall slide really gives us the feeling of a LOT of room which comes in handy when family comes with us. The biggest negative to it is not feeling comfortable leaving it out in the heavy winds we have had out west. The other negative is that birds love to make nests under it if we are stopped for more than a day or two.

As far as size, it is working. We debated about trying to go smaller “for the national and state parks”, but that hasn’t been as big an issue as we expected. It would take going down to a class B or small C to open up more availability for us in general.

This forum has been really helpful in diagnosing the occasional glitches or seeing modifications others have done. We have been very grateful to have had so few problems and hope to enjoy many more years of travel.
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Old 05-23-2019, 10:55 AM   #2
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Originally Posted by tacksondeck View Post
The biggest concerns were noise/power going up hills and braking/control down hill. In Tow Haul mode, uphill has been steady, a little loud, but not as bad as expected, and on down grades, the transmission shifts into a gear that requires only occasional braking even on a long, steep grade. The 6 speed transmission is phenomenal in the hills.
Check out my thread on this here:
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Old 05-23-2019, 11:05 AM   #3
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Tacksondeck, thank you for the two year review of your Baystar. We all from time to time experience issues (some big, some not so big) in our rigs. Your positive attitude through all of this is very refreshing...and welcomed. Safe travels to you while you make even more happy memories.
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Interesting. Thanks for the review.
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Old 05-23-2019, 05:08 PM   #5
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We bought a used Baystar 2901 mainly for traveling back and forth between Indiana and Florida to our winter home. I can honestly say we have been very pleasantly surprised at our little Baystar. The noise is not an issue like I thought it would be. It goes up hills better than our diesel pusher and comes down just as easily. In fact we are thinking of upgrading since we are selling our house in Indiana and are now thinking of going to another gas motorhome. We are looking at Newmar and Tiffin and as of now the Tiffin 32 SA seems to have the edge.
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Old 05-24-2019, 04:27 AM   #6
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Yes, this is a helpful and appreciated review. I appreciate all the comments about how its held up and also the size. I love the big DPs and the folks who drive them but I just wanted something smaller and compact for myself and my family for now. We'll see how it goes...
Hope the next years go just as well for you!
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Old 05-24-2019, 03:27 PM   #7
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Thanks for your review. I love that model's floor plan, especially how much room there is in the bedroom with the full wall slide plus the bedroom slide. Hope you continue to enjoy it for a long time to come.
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Old 05-24-2019, 04:46 PM   #8
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Thanks for the thorough review. I am looking to buy a Newmar in 4-5 years, maybe sooner. My major concern is the full wall slide. It is getting more and more difficult to find one without it.

It seems like it would be easier to twist the frame (e.g. On a sloped driveway), or easier to get a slide that long out of sync. For the number of them out there, it must not be a major problem, but I have seen some.
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