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Old 02-18-2017, 09:18 PM   #1
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99 Dutch Star with 300 Cummins and Spartan chassis, any problems or praises you have.

We just bought a 99 dutch star are there any problems that you've had Or just any thoughts on it
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Back in the Dutch Stars of our vintage , Newmar used the name plate on gas and diesel Class As; and in the diesel models they built on both Freightliner and Spartan chassis , with Cat or Cummins power. So a little more info on your unit could help other members who may have had issues, describe them to you.

For my own unit , described in my signature line , no issues but maintenance, for the first 7 years , up till this year when I had to replace the original water heater.
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We just bought a 99 dutch star are there any problems that you've had Or just any thoughts on it


It's has the spartan chassis and 300 Cummins
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It's has the spartan chassis and 300 Cummins

Sorry I missed reading, the heading, in your original post .

The only real issue I've had with the Newmar, build on my unit is figuring out the location of all the 12 volt circuit fuses, currently have 10 locations and I'm not sure if I've found them all.
That's 4 locations for chassis fuses and 6 for the coach systems.
As you get to know your coach , keep notes on where you find any fuses the info could be handy later.
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Sorry I missed reading, the heading, in your original post .



The only real issue I've had with the Newmar, build on my unit is figuring out the location of all the 12 volt circuit fuses, currently have 10 locations and I'm not sure if I've found them all.

That's 4 locations for chassis fuses and 6 for the coach systems.

As you get to know your coach , keep notes on where you find any fuses the info could be handy later.


It was me I changed the heading . Ok. Thank you
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You have what I think are the best products out there. Newmar, Cummins, Spartan and Allison. Enjoy the travels.
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It was me I changed the heading . Ok. Thank you

I didn't think my attention span and reading skills were that bad.
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You have what I think are the best products out there. Newmar, Cummins, Spartan and Allison. Enjoy the travels.


Thank you. We are ready to put some miles on her
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I didn't think my attention span and reading skills were that bad.


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I agree with Tom Chelbana- Newmar, Spartan, Cummins. The biggest concern for us was the CAPS fuel system. This can be a expensive problem, but it is fixable and then very reliable. Do a search on CAPS failures.
As long as the coach has been maintained and you like the floor plan go for it.

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WE've had two DSDP's, a 2000 3865 and 2002 4090. Both were great rigs, and the '02 was even better after Newmar had Spartan replace the OEM 12,000# front axle with a 14,600# unit due to overloading.
Check you weights, some of the '98's and '99 were overloaded and there was a recall on them for new larger front tires.
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I agree with Tom Chelbana- Newmar, Spartan, Cummins. The biggest concern for us was the CAPS fuel system. This can be a expensive problem, but it is fixable and then very reliable. Do a search on CAPS failures.
As long as the coach has been maintained and you like the floor plan go for it.

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WE've had two DSDP's, a 2000 3865 and 2002 4090. Both were great rigs, and the '02 was even better after Newmar had Spartan replace the OEM 12,000# front axle with a 14,600# unit due to overloading.
Check you weights, some of the '98's and '99 were overloaded and there was a recall on them for new larger front tires.
I believe it has better tires on. And maybe a beefed up front axle suspension
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We had a DSDP 3884, Spartan chassis and 300 Hp Cummins ISC engine. It was a good coach and had enough power to tackle the Rocky Mtns. Only complaint I had was the weak exhaust/transmission brake on steep downgrades. Make sure you are in a lower gear at the top of the hill before you start the downgrade and watch your speed. I had a trucker friend that always said that whatever the lowest gear you use going up to use the same or one lower gear yet on the downgrade and you will always be safe.
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