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Old 03-11-2014, 10:57 PM   #1
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Any common problems with Newmars??

Tiffin has roof problems and moisture barrier problems. What does Newmar have, if any?
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Old 03-11-2014, 11:03 PM   #2
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Addiction to driving them?
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Old 03-11-2014, 11:07 PM   #3
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Addiction to driving them?
:-) We're hoping to get addicted soon!!
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Old 03-11-2014, 11:18 PM   #4
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Really no complaints about our baby Newmar, and it will be two years old in July. Very solid and well built coach. Only complaint I really have, is we don't get out enough.
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Old 03-11-2014, 11:28 PM   #5
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We are about six months in ours and can honestly no complaints and loving it.
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Old 03-11-2014, 11:44 PM   #6
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complaint

Only complaint I have is that I no longer have drivers fatigue after a day of driving in a cross wind thanks to Comfort Steering. Gosh, I do miss that !?
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Old 03-12-2014, 03:46 AM   #7
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I know one ... the Frigidaire Micro/Convection Oven not working!!

Other than that I am very happy after almost 40,000 miles on two (2) Newmars.


Love that Comfort Drive!

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Old 03-12-2014, 08:33 AM   #8
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If you're looking at used, one thing to look out for is sidewall checking which occurs on 2006 and older high line (usually Mountain Aire and up) and 2008 and older standard line (usually Dutch Star and below). Checking looks like small bubbling/cracking on the flat sidewalls of the coach.

This sidewall issue is not unique to Newmar, the material manufacturer that produced the defective material supplied to many manufacturers. The difference is Newmar stepped up long after the warranty period was over and reduced the replacement price, in our case very significantly, where the other manufacturers did not.

The other issue we have had is the Atwood electric jacks. The design put in our 2008 failed after about 2 years. This is relatively common, anyone with Atwood jacks of this design will have them fail after a few years, again, not just a Newmar problem.

Atwood redesigned the jacks in around 2012 to eliminate the issue. Both Atwood and Newmar stepped up, again with our coach way out of warranty, and significantly reduced the price of the new system and installation.

Overall, we are very pleased with our Canyon Star and are still very happy we purchased a Newmar.
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Old 03-12-2014, 08:40 AM   #9
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they don't like sitting in the driveway they look back at you and wonder way you just sitting at home
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Old 03-12-2014, 10:33 AM   #10
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Older models that had the 2 piece roof, had some leaking issues.

I guess it was seamed down the middle. Maybe some one who has one will post up.

That was the big thing I remember from researching companies a few years ago.

If I recall it's only on '06 and older, but I not exactly sure of years.
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Old 03-12-2014, 10:42 AM   #11
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I would second the Frigidaire Convection Microwave that was mentioned earlier. I am not sure why Newmar continues to install them based on the number of complaints there is about that product. Other than that I am not aware of any problems common to Newmar coaches.
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Old 03-12-2014, 10:55 AM   #12
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OK...my MAJOR beef...HEAD LIGHTS! I can't speak across the whole product lines and for all years line but my 06 DSDP has absolutely the most SUCKY lights. They use Hella 90mm Halogen light assemblies for the low and high beams The projector lens for the low beam is also in GREAT shape. I've throughly gone through the system and verified I have the correct bulbs, alignment and voltage to them and they still SUCK! (Can you tell I am not happy with them? LOL)

The minimum it is gonna cost me is $700 to upgrade the low beams to Hella 90mm Xenon (HID) assemblies but instead I will give it the "full Monty" and spend $1000 for Hella 90mm Bi-Xenons.

The stock high beams seem pretty good but once and won't need replacement but after I get this thing modified I will have some SERIOUS high beams since I will, in effect, have 4 high beams running at the same time and actually drawing less total current too. Additionally, I should have some extremely effective low beams too.

I know...who like to drive at night and I prefer not to simply for logistics but last fall I had to do some trips with a fair amount of dark time and then again this winter (escaping IL) there was also a fair amount of dark time. In a couple cases I could hardly see my way around a CG with the lights I had.
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Old 03-12-2014, 12:29 PM   #13
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I've been active on the RV forums for many years and read posts as part of my Alzheimer prevention (lots of active reading writing). The one thing I noticed were the very few issues with Newmar. The Tiffin guys always boasted about the Tiffin service, but there were still a fair amount of Tiffin issues, Tiffin was just good about fixing them.

Newmar was not on my list years ago when I bought my Diplomat because the Newmar name was not that well known and the dealers were few and far between. I also didn't care for their very plain interiors.

When we started shopping for our new coach, I had limited it down to the Tiffin Allegro Bus or the Dutch Star. Once I saw how Newmar was making their coaches much nicer looking and had all the features I wanted, I was sold. It also helped that a Newmar dealer opened up about two miles from my house.

I was talking with another poster the other day and we were talking about quality. Even though I'm happy with the overall quality, ALL manufacturers still do some dumb things. The Frigidaire microwave is one of them.....it was a low end microwave, but even worse was the way it was mounted. I'm guessing that down the road, many of them will start to droop or even fall out.

So little things will always be there, but the big stuff is very sound. I'm also very anal about little details so I may be more critical than most.
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Old 03-12-2014, 08:22 PM   #14
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No complaints here

6 months in ours and we have no major complaints, although i too am less than thrilled with the Fridgidare microwave/convection oven. We do have a list of about a dozen punch list items (all very minor) to be addressed at Nappanee, as soon as the weather there warms up enough for us to tolerate it
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