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Old 09-14-2017, 04:48 PM   #1
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Looking at 2002 Newmar Mountain Aire, 400 Hp

Anybody have one? Is it a good coach?
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The Newmar Mountain Air is a fine coach. Whether the one you're looking at is a good coach depends.
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Great coach if it has been taken care of. Check and make sure all items are working. Have some show you how everything is working. Remember tires that are 6 years old or older need to be replaced at about 550$ a piece when you take tax and mounting. Should take a couple hours to do a full inspection.
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Yep, have a 2002 MADP with the 400 ISL. No complaints has been a solid coach for the 3 years we have owned it so far.
If the one you are looking at has been well maintained, it will be a good coach for many more years.
I have a lot of information with pictures posted here about modifications and maintenance.
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You will find SPK64 information on his MOD's and rebuilding of items on his 2002 in QT's # 3 near bottom of first section.
Your coach your looking at may not need items replaced but you have the answers if needed.
Good luck in your quest.
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Ok... I am looking at the coach tomorrow, Sunday. I talked to the owner today and he is selling due to health reasons. The coach has been parked in a shed for 2.5 years... not on the road. He said he has started the coach and the generator periodically to keep it operational. There really aren't any maintenance records as he did all routine maintenance himself. The coach has 48,000 miles on it and it has the original tires from 2002. I am a bit skittish, but it is close enough to me that I thought I would take a look, and I may even buy it. If I do buy it.... it goes immediately to a shop in town for new tires.
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You have the right idea changing tires, than fluids and you have to check out hoses, battery water levels, he may have had coach plugged in to keep batteries fully charged with the diesel Bird system maintaining them.
Good luck maybe joining the Newmar family.
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It may be fine, but on a 15y/o coach with original tires, I'd build in a cushion of at least $4K to replace tires, all batteries, belts, hoses, fluids & filters, etc. Any coach that has been "parked in a shed for 2.5 years will need lots of things replaced and a complete service.
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It may be fine, but on a 15y/o coach with original tires, I'd build in a cushion of at least $4K to replace tires, all batteries, belts, hoses, fluids & filters, etc. Any coach that has been "parked in a shed for 2.5 years will need lots of things replaced and a complete service.
Good advice Jim, but six new tires for my coach was $4200. Other items, several thousands more, then there's labor, which ain't cheap.
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Looking at 2002 Newmar Mountain Aire, 400 Hp

Sitting unused can be bad on many things. Seals dry out, no normal maintenance that comes with use. Tires for sure will need replaced.
It may take a lot of time and money to get it fully trip/road worthy.

Edit: I would budget $15-20k for upgrades and repairs. May not need it all at once but there will be items that need addressed. Tires being the first.
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Good advice Jim, but six new tires for my coach was $4200. Other items, several thousands more, then there's labor, which ain't cheap.
After thinking about your comment, I think you are correct. The rehab budget probably needs to be more like $10K-$12K...maybe even $15K-$20K as Spk64 suggests, though I think that may be on the high side unless a major issue is found. This would have to be a really nice coach and be priced really right for me to consider it. Good luck to the OP.
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Looking at 2002 Newmar Mountain Aire, 400 Hp

If someone goes into buying an old coach with a budget for repairs and updates they may have a pleasant experience. If you go into it thinking you are buying low and not going to have to spend more you will be disappointed.
I went into it knowing that I was going to spend more money but I spent $30k less by passing on a slightly newer coach that was in worse shape and did not have near the options we have. So far I have spent around $18k on maintenance and upgrades. With this there were some large expenses that drove the cost up. Some were needed and some were nice to haves.
Tires $3600
Batteries $700
Winegard Travlr dish $1300
Hardwood all floors. $2000
Sleep number Mattress $1300
TPMS $500
Replaced all Air Bags $1200
Hydrohot controller $550

As a side note I do any work I can myself. Except for the tires all work was performed by myself. Based on my rough estimates of what I would have paid someone for all work. Saved about $15,000.
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I really would want a mechanic you trust Dino the engine to make sure of the condition of engine . that would be the big ticket item and diesel don't like sitting around with no lube for cylinders
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