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Old 11-23-2020, 10:12 PM   #1
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Good deal? or Not

Just looking at the pics my wife loves it. I have learned to look a little more



https://www.facebook.com/marketplace...de=undefined:D


I have to admit I was looking at the Bounder



https://nmi.craigslist.org/rvd/d/wel...221495658.html


BUT this Newmar is one nice looker


I could go ether one. Please help me decide.
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There is a lot of "new" equipment on this unit. It is either in great shape or was in bad shape and has undergone repairs. If you are serious about this I would have a certified RV inspector go over it. Then you will know the condition of it. That is a good price for it, but you should be able to get it down a bit.

Let us know what you do.
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It’s hard to say because there is no info about the bounder. Generally it would be a no brainer in favor of the Newmar- just a higher end, better built coach.

This is a search on class A diesels, 36’ and up, 1998 and up, and under $45 asking price. There are 172 coaches to look at and really learn the market and what will fir your needs best.

The Dutch star is older but low miles and apparently constantly updated. Shows the owner cares about it, and the Bounder is on a flipper lot, so....?

https://www.rvt.com/New-and-Used-Cla...=36&length2=50
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The Newmar looks pristine and well cared for and the quality of build is much, much better than a Bounder... no comparison.
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We shopped for about a year. DW saw our 2001 DSDP and fell in love with it. I purchased it and had it gone through. I knew I would have to replace some things. Tires & Batteries were top of list. We have had a good experience with it. After all our shopping we decided that a Newmar is the best coach available when purchasing an older coach at a reasonable price. Good luck.
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Wow! That DS looks like it's in great shape, low mileage, and good price - plus it's a reputable Newmar. If it passes a good inspection, I'd go for the DS.
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IMO, no question, go with the Newmar if it passes muster. It appears to be offered by the owner which is a direct source for more information.

The Bounder is newer, but the information is lacking and inaccurate--the website states "no slide outs." If something as basic as that is incorrect, how much does the seller know or care about the unit? No info on mileage or anything pertinent.

Two more strikes--the ad is on Craigslist and has been on there for 28 days with no additions or corrections of information. Too sketchy for my taste to follow up.

Small factor is the engine in the Bounder is a 2005, which means likely has EGR and DPF (Diesel Particle Filter.) Not a big deal, but something to consider in that the Newmar has no emissions systems at all.
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Looks really well maintained & clean- 2 things I would check-1) How old & what make & size are the tires?? Newmar & Michelin had a recall on the 285 & 275 70 R22.5 XRV tires because they were too lite of ply & blowing out- I had 5 blowouts on my '99 DSDP! Be sure these have been changed out. 2) check the rubber EPDM roof- has it been replaced? I would think so at this age- 22 years old.
These are two things that have the potential to cost you big $$$$!


That old 300 hp. Cummins will give you about 8-8.5 mpg- really a good engine & no DEF required !

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Looks really well maintained & clean- 2 things I would check-1) How old & what make & size are the tires?? Newmar & Michelin had a recall on the 285 & 275 70 R22.5 XRV tires because they were too lite of ply & blowing out- I had 5 blowouts on my '99 DSDP! Be sure these have been changed out. 2) check the rubber EPDM roof- has it been replaced? I would think so at this age- 22 years old.
These are two things that have the potential to cost you big $$$$!


That old 300 hp. Cummins will give you about 8-8.5 mpg- really a good engine & no DEF required !

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Agree 100%. Open all cabinets and check around vents and anywhere else there has been a hole cut to the outside (like the tv crank). Moisture damage is very expensive, tires too!
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Judging just from the photos and description, ( which is never a good idea) the DS looks like a really good deal. $500 for a professional inspection would be money well spent, in my opinion. I didn't do this when I bought my current coach, and have not had any major problems, but I should have had it done. Since RV's are said to be selling like hotcakes right now, maybe give them a refundable deposit dependent on the result of a professional inspection? If it were me, and I liked the coach, I would act on it pretty quickly. It's a very attractive unit at an affordable price, so I'd act accordingly.
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Looks really well maintained & clean- 2 things I would check-1) How old & what make & size are the tires?? Newmar & Michelin had a recall on the 285 & 275 70 R22.5 XRV tires because they were too lite of ply & blowing out- I had 5 blowouts on my '99 DSDP! Be sure these have been changed out. 2) check the rubber EPDM roof- has it been replaced? I would think so at this age- 22 years old.
These are two things that have the potential to cost you big $$$$!


That old 300 hp. Cummins will give you about 8-8.5 mpg- really a good engine & no DEF required !

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Says in the description, "new roof and new skylight".
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DandyDon- thanks for your input - I didn't open the "Bookface" details - I just viewed all the pictures.

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Anytime you can find a quality built coach for sale by a private party, that's been well maintained, that is the one your after....
If the service records are current the DS is a no brainier.
Looks like it's been well loved for a long time.
Not to knock the Bounder, but these two are apples to oranges.
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