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Old 02-28-2019, 03:50 PM   #1
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Looking at Buying a 2015 Baystar 3215

Are there any thoughts, suggestions or comments about this coach? I realize that the 3215 no longer made by Newmar, was there problems? A question or two I have. Is the roof fiberglass? Do the three slides cause any problems?

We want to upgrade from our Winnebago Sightseer 30b. It's been a difficult road so far. We are pretty picky, so for small gas coaches we are looking at Tiffin and Newmar.

Thanks in advance.
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Hi daydream37,
Newmar adds and eliminates models on a regular basis. I know of no chronic problems with the coach. Just check out or have checked out all the usual stuff.
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Chhttps://www.rvusa.com/rv-guide/2015-newmar-bay-star-class-a-floorplan-3124-tr24539eck out specs and information here:

From the brochure:

BriteTEK™ Roof (optional one-piece fiberglass roof)
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Old 02-28-2019, 07:42 PM   #4
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This Forum is awesome. The salesman told me over the phone that the roof was fiberglass and I thought he was mistaken. He is normally knowledgeable and he may be right on though. Thanks for the tip.

I am pretty excited about the possibility of owning a Newmar. Their coaches are high on my list of good ones.
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Old 03-01-2019, 07:42 AM   #5
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Hi daydream37,
Missed the roof material question in post #1. The standard roof is Brite-Tek. Do not fear a Brit-Tec roof. My coach is 14 years old (purchased new). The Brite-Tec roof has done outstanding. Wash with 409 once a year. No leaks. Looks very good. The coach has been outside since it was born. Think you will find a Brite-Tec roof quieter (rain) than a fiberglass roof. Both are good roofs.
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I have a 2017 Baystar Sport model 3013. 31 ft long. Newmar choose to maximize coach space and this resulted in a very upright drivers seatback while driving with the slide in. Newmar acknowledged the issue but refused to change conditions. I performed my own modification to the molding at the slide. That resulted in an additional 3 to recline the drivers seat. Drive your rig to determine if you have the same issue. Ill be happy to share my solution. Ranger John
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Old 03-02-2019, 06:48 AM   #7
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(op) Thanks everyone, today is the day I look at the coach. I have to say Newmar owners seem to be a very happy lot. I have not heard any negative comments about their coaches or the company.

Ranger John not to worry, I am a little old short guy and my fear is that I won't be able to reach the peddles.


I will let you guys know how things went today.

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Woohoo, we did it. When we arrived we were amazed with the coach's pristine condition. It was spotless inside and out. I believe it has every possible option offered including satellite and suspension upgrades.

Now all I need is to have someone show me the Newmar secret handshake.
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Congratulations!
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She is a beauty! Took her for a 10 day trip around Florida. Everything went well. The satellite TV is not right and the brakes are just so so. I took it to Ford and they say the pads are glazed and they are sticking in their rails. It did feel like glazed pads.

I can't understand the wiring for the satellite dish. I purchased a Wally and tried to hook it up. There is an A-B switch and an Orange coax cable labeled Sat 1 which I attached to the Wally and I bypassed the the A-B switch. I ran the HDMI from the Wally to the TV. Wally and TV talk to each other but I am not getting a signal from the dish antenna. What I can't understand is why there is an Orange Coax labeled "Sat 1" when the cable coming out of the dish sat antenna is gray. There must be an intermediate splitter somewhere but I am unable to find it. HELP!
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Congratulations! Use tow haul mode and you'll save a lot of brake wear. Perhaps the previous owner used too much brake pedal on a trip through some mountains. Also, do check plumbing fittings...I found some in my Bay Star, but it was older so it had more time for vibrations and such. But, Newmar makes a great gas motorhome. IMHO, the only competition is Tiffin and possibly the right Winnebago!

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Check the bolts on the slide-out motors. There have been numerous loose bolts reported.
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Thanks, I will check the slide-out motor bolts. All I have to do is find them. How does one get to them? I have given a cursory look but have not found them yet. I have three slides and all of them look like the mechanism is different on each one.
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On my Bay Star, the bedroom slide motor is under the bed. The storage area under the bed has a narrow middle section with a plywood panel covering it. You lift of the panel and the slide out mechanism/motor is right there.

Our living room slide motor is located in one of the storage compartments. If you look carefully, you should be able to see the mechanical parts of the slide out and find the motor. When I checked my bolts back in March, they were basically pretty tight. I may have slightly tightened a couple of bolts, but I don't think they were anywhere at the point where they were going to loosen up. I haven't been able to find any posts from Bay Star or Canyon Star owners indicating that the loose bolt problem is a problem. But it doesn't hurt to check.

Contact Newmar service and I'm sure they will be able to give you more details. I've called them a couple of times and they are really helpful. Have your VIN number handy when you call.
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