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Old 08-16-2007, 06:51 PM   #1
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Got another noodle scratcher for everyone.


What would be average Newmar coach longevity for their diesel pushers?


Lets assume a few things:

1. Coach will be well maintained
2. Stuff will naturally break and be fixed or replaced
3. Coach will be lived in full time
4. Coach will be driven on average 10k miles per year



Engine and chassis life is probably well beyond 500k miles if properly maintained so thats 50 years there.

Obviously the box on the chassis might not last that long so out of curiosity what is the life expectancy of these things? How far can life be drawn out if properly maintained and cared for?
Is indefinite depending on care a valid expectation?

I ask because once we do make a purchase I'd like to drive it basically until the wheels fall off and am curious if with proper care these things will last or if the box will fall apart and need really serious work prior to then.


Thanks again!
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Old 08-16-2007, 06:51 PM   #2
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Got another noodle scratcher for everyone.


What would be average Newmar coach longevity for their diesel pushers?


Lets assume a few things:

1. Coach will be well maintained
2. Stuff will naturally break and be fixed or replaced
3. Coach will be lived in full time
4. Coach will be driven on average 10k miles per year



Engine and chassis life is probably well beyond 500k miles if properly maintained so thats 50 years there.

Obviously the box on the chassis might not last that long so out of curiosity what is the life expectancy of these things? How far can life be drawn out if properly maintained and cared for?
Is indefinite depending on care a valid expectation?

I ask because once we do make a purchase I'd like to drive it basically until the wheels fall off and am curious if with proper care these things will last or if the box will fall apart and need really serious work prior to then.


Thanks again!
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Old 08-17-2007, 05:22 AM   #3
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It depends:
1. the model purchased
2. the environment where the coach spends most of it's time
3. is the coach moving or parked most of the time
4. what you consider serious work

Based on your assumptions and average all the above mentioned items, the coach will last several decades. I see coaches from the 1980s on a regular basis.

1. Different models have different roof materials.
2. Different construction methods will yield different results.

I think the bottom line is a coach will last longer than most of us will want to keep it.
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Old 08-17-2007, 03:58 PM   #4
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Well, most of the coach owners I knew(customers)
traded every 2.8 years, so there's your answer,
under three years longetivity!

I always had first time buyers telling me that
they intended to keep their new coach for a very
long time and I just smiled because I knew they
would trade in a matter of a few years.

Seriously, it's hard to predict because of all the
variables, such as those Gary posted, but I believe Newmar coaches to be above average in that
respect. We've all seen 15 year old Newmars that
are in good shape. Of course, I've certainly seen
"some other brands" that looked worn and tired at just a few years old. Many, especially lower
end coaches, are not intended for fulltiming.

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Old 08-17-2007, 04:32 PM   #5
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uhhhhh, guilty. First coach was going to be there for a long time. Ready to get rid of it after 3 months for a Newmar. Now I have the DSDP which was absolutely the last coach I would ever own. That is until I met Bob, had some unusual problems w/the coach and got close up to some high line models.

I will definitely be in my current coach for a while, that is until full wall slides develop and I have enough time to talk the DW into it.
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Had a "low end" coach with 30k miles looked and drove like it was new. Like anything else it will last a long time if you take proper care of it. Take a look around and you will find many old(many over 15 years) coaches looking/running great both "low end" and "medium end" and "high end"-has more to do with who took care of it then it does who built it!
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