Journey with Confidence RV GPS App RV Trip Planner RV LIFE Campground Reviews RV Maintenance Take a Speed Test Free 7 Day Trial ×
RV Trip Planning Discussions

Go Back   iRV2 Forums > THE OWNER'S CORNER FORUMS > Newmar Owner's Forum
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Reply
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 01-14-2019, 03:01 PM   #1
Senior Member
 
vettenuts's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Posts: 5,513
2012-2014 Ventana: Known Things to Look For

We are considering updating our coach to a newer model. We now have a gas coach and were going to simply update to a newer gas coach but now I am considering a used Ventana in the 2012-2014 range. Are there any known things I should look out for in this year range? How dependable is the engine? How about the chassis.

I am new to the DP world and have read of costly issues with some of the older Cummins engines so am looking for any information anyone is willing to provide. I am aware of the inspections, fluid analysis, etc. I have spoke to some owners where we are currently located and they are all thrilled with their coaches.
__________________
2015 Tiffin Phaeton 40QBH
2018 Chevrolet Colorado Toad
Roadmaster Tow Setup
vettenuts is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 01-14-2019, 05:40 PM   #2
TJ
Senior Member
 
TJ's Avatar
 
Newmar Owners Club
Spartan Chassis
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: Northwest Washington State or Western Montana, depending on the season.
Posts: 3,473
Assuming that you get a good mechanical inspection done prior to purchase, one of the last things I would worry about is the Cummins ISB engine unless it has 200K plus miles on it. Certainly ask for service records to ensure the engine and chassis have been properly maintained.

My bigger concerns would be tire date codes. Check them! Tires should be replaced...or at least professionally inspected...at six years.

Then, battery dates and whether they have been properly maintained. Try to determine how old the batteries are how they've been charged. Batteries that have been allowed to fully discharge due to lack of charging are likely toast.

Tires and batteries are relatively expensive items to replace. When buying a coach in that age range, you should probably factor in the cost of a new set of tires, new batteries and, at lease, a fluid change for the engine and transmission. You may not have to do all that immediately, but being prepared for the potential cost of doing so will take the sting out of things in a worst-case scenario.

TJ
__________________
Jim (W7DHC), Diane & Mini Schnauzers, Lizzy & Ellie
2018 Mountain Aire 4047
2014 Honda CR-V 2020 Lincoln Nautilus "toad" w/AF1
TJ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-2019, 05:57 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
lass's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Tarpon Springs, Fl.
Posts: 1,479
2012-2014 Ventana: Known Things to Look For

Jim covered the the big items and Iíll chime in with a potential fire hazard. The Frigidaire microwaves were a know problem and Newmar had a recall issued. Make sure that the unit doesnít have one.

I would also take a close look at the sofa/seat fabric for peeling/flaking. Many of the builds used a product called Halo and it isnít holding up. This could be pricey.

Other than that, I really havenít had any issues with my 2013 Ventana.

From your avatar, I couldnít resist. Hereís mine.

Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_0821.jpg
Views:	51
Size:	267.6 KB
ID:	232017
__________________
2013 Newmar Ventana 3434
2018 Wrangler JLU Rubicon
lass is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-2019, 06:06 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
TomandGloria's Avatar


 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Chester, VA/Zephyrhills, FL
Posts: 1,295
We upgraded from a 2007 Itasca Suncruiser on W24 chassis and absolutely love our Ventana. Wishing you the best in your search.
__________________
Tom and Gloria 2022 Newmar Dutch Star 4081, TOAD: 2017 Buick Enclave/2015 GMC Canyon, Blue Ox Towbar, Baseplate and M&G Braking System
TomandGloria is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-2019, 06:29 PM   #5
TJ
Senior Member
 
TJ's Avatar
 
Newmar Owners Club
Spartan Chassis
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: Northwest Washington State or Western Montana, depending on the season.
Posts: 3,473
Nice rides!

TJ
__________________
Jim (W7DHC), Diane & Mini Schnauzers, Lizzy & Ellie
2018 Mountain Aire 4047
2014 Honda CR-V 2020 Lincoln Nautilus "toad" w/AF1
TJ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-2019, 10:00 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
britcon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 754
2014 Ventana / 46,000 miles.
No mechanical issues at all. Did have a problem with wiring loom loosing communication with computer a couple of time when new. That issue seems to have self corrected thank goodness. Had issues with full wall slide jamming a couple of times. Newmar fixed under warranty - all OK now.
As another post mentioned, Frigidare microwave(s) crapped out. Had a little issue of stating themselves in the middle of the night, and severely overheating. After 2nd one, Newmar gave us a deal on GE Advantium which has been great.
My one big issue is the poor quality of the upholstery work. Stitches pulling, raw edges of sub-structure wearing thru vinyl, etc. Guess " Amish craftsmanship" doesn't extend to upholstery work !
Overall, great Coach, comfortable to drive and live in. Will buy another
__________________
2014 Newmar Ventana 4037 / 4018
2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee Ltd.
1940 Chevrolet Pickup
britcon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-2019, 10:15 PM   #7
TJ
Senior Member
 
TJ's Avatar
 
Newmar Owners Club
Spartan Chassis
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: Northwest Washington State or Western Montana, depending on the season.
Posts: 3,473
Like the '40 Chev p/u too, britcon. Wish I still had my '41 Ford coupe with Buick V8 in it. Pretty quick for its day!

TJ
__________________
Jim (W7DHC), Diane & Mini Schnauzers, Lizzy & Ellie
2018 Mountain Aire 4047
2014 Honda CR-V 2020 Lincoln Nautilus "toad" w/AF1
TJ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-15-2019, 07:34 AM   #8
Senior Member
 
Winemaker2's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Western NY
Posts: 5,439
Read the thread re Newmar electric slide motor mount bolts coming lose. Not a show stopper but worth a check.
I had one mount that was tearing the weld. I had a local shop reeled and add a stiffener... I did the Locktite fix on all bolts myself.
When I bought our 2013 I looked up TSBs and recalls and found a few but nothing major. We really love our Ventana and can recommend them.
__________________
Don & Marge
'13 Newmar Ventana 3433 - '14 CR-V TOAD
'03 Winnebago Adventurer 31Y - SOLD
Winemaker2 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 01-15-2019, 08:29 AM   #9
Senior Member
 
vettenuts's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Posts: 5,513
Thanks for all the replies. I did tires and batteries on my current Newmar Kountry Star last spring so it isnít something I want to pay for again. Although if the original tires remain on the prospective new coach, I also wouldnít want to drive home on them.

I find the furniture comments interesting. We looked at a 3434 a few days ago and the couch and recliner had been replaced with two new recliners. I though is was personal preference and to open clearance with the slides closed on the part of the prior owner but now I wonder if they had issues with the original furniture.

Thanks for the tips on the microwave, something I would have not known and very helpful.

Also glad to know the engine is a good one.
__________________
2015 Tiffin Phaeton 40QBH
2018 Chevrolet Colorado Toad
Roadmaster Tow Setup
vettenuts is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-15-2019, 08:31 AM   #10
Senior Member
 
vettenuts's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Posts: 5,513
Quote:
Originally Posted by lass View Post

From your avatar, I couldnít resist. Hereís mine.

Attachment 232017

What year is your car? Itís beautiful.

Had the opportunity to buy a 58 several years ago but wife vetoed the idea. It was a good buy at the time, sure wish I had done it anyway.
__________________
2015 Tiffin Phaeton 40QBH
2018 Chevrolet Colorado Toad
Roadmaster Tow Setup
vettenuts is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-15-2019, 09:36 AM   #11
Senior Member
 
lass's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Tarpon Springs, Fl.
Posts: 1,479
2012-2014 Ventana: Known Things to Look For

Quote:
Originally Posted by vettenuts View Post
What year is your car? Itís beautiful.

Had the opportunity to buy a 58 several years ago but wife vetoed the idea. It was a good buy at the time, sure wish I had done it anyway.


Itís a numbers matching DG code 1961 automatic fully restored about 95% correct including the Al Knoch installed interior. Never been judged but certainly could be. I also have the hard top which comes in handy in winter.
__________________
2013 Newmar Ventana 3434
2018 Wrangler JLU Rubicon
lass is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-15-2019, 10:22 AM   #12
Senior Member
 
Newmar Owners Club
Spartan Chassis
RV Trip Wizard
Join Date: Jun 2018
Location: Central Texas
Posts: 120
Engine and chassis are great

Quote:
Are there any known things I should look out for in this year range? How dependable is the engine? How about the chassis.

We bought our 2014 3634 last summer, and we love it! It's just right for our purposes and all things considered, we would make the same purchase again. We hired an inspector and got a great review of our coach. Even so, in six months we have replaced all the batteries, the tires, shocks, dash radio, washing machine, one slide motor and dash air conditioner. No major problems, but still a chunk of change. These are not Newmar, Ventana, or even diesel issues...it's just the cost of owning a motorhome.
__________________
Buddy & Jeanette
2017 Newmar Mountain Aire 4519
GlampDaddy is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
vent, ventana



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
All the things I wish Iíd known before buying a Class A Motorhome Mapnerd Class A Motorhome Discussions 47 10-15-2018 10:27 PM
Any 2014/2015 Ventana issues to look out for during inspection? Sonic Newmar Owner's Forum 2 10-11-2017 08:08 PM
Known Issues With 2013 Ventana gweiner Newmar Owner's Forum 2 06-09-2016 08:28 AM
Contemplating a 2000 American Dream, any advice on known problems I should look for Auzzi Fleetwood Owner's Forum 9 01-13-2011 07:40 AM
Things I Wish I Had Known Before Arriving in SC MakinSmoke Excel Owner's Forum 21 10-28-2007 05:38 PM

» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 05:45 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2022, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.