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Old 10-24-2012, 02:14 PM   #1
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Mountain air vs Essex

Can anyone tell me what's major difference between Mountain air and the Essex?

Essex have more features a step up?
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Old 10-24-2012, 02:28 PM   #2
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Hi Ken326,
1. Larger engine
2. Larger chassis
3. 45' long vs 43'
4. Larger basement
Go to Luxury Motorhomes By Newmar | Essex Specifications and Luxury Motorhomes By Newmar | Mountain Aire Specifications to compare the details of each coach.
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The Mountain Aire used to be quite a bit fancier and better.

A few years ago Newmar reduced it's appeal by taking it off Spartan and putting it on Freightliner, smaller engine and reducing its price point.

It used to be closer to the Essex, but no more. The Essex is quite an upgrade over the Mountain Aire now.
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what about an 2002 Mountain air vs 2003 essex?
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They were a lot closer then, than they are now.

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what about an 2002 Mountain air vs 2003 essex?
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Remember when Mountain Aire used to be available with a gas engine? (and front diesel in the later 90s). At one point, Mountain Aires and Dutch Stars seemed to be more or less the same thing.

I wanted a 02-03ish V10 Mountain Aire, but all I could find were Workhorse units.
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ok in those years is one any better than the other or hold more value than the other?
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Old 10-25-2012, 04:05 PM   #8
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wasn't RVing during those years so cannot answer

but today, there is some $$$$$ difference between the MA and Essex and would believe that you get the max for the $ in buying the Essex
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You sound like you don't like workhorse, or 8.1 litre engine. We have a 2003 MH, workhorse, 8.1 engine, 37 ft, and really like it. Have not had any other to com pare it to. Al.
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When we first looked into Newmars it seemed like the DSDP was about two years different than a MADP. The 2002 DSDP was close to the 2000 MADP.

Really haven't looked into them much since we got the 2002 DSDP as we haven't worn it out yet! I like to go look at new rigs, wife hates to look, so can't get her interested.
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You sound like you don't like workhorse, or 8.1 litre engine. We have a 2003 MH, workhorse, 8.1 engine, 37 ft, and really like it. Have not had any other to com pare it to. Al.
I don't dislike Workhorse exactly, it's just that the V10s are more powerful (NADA lists V10 as an "add" for MH values)...and I prefer that extra power for my towing needs. Personal preference.
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There are more differences than just larger chassis and engine. Larger generator, 12500 in place of 10,000, 3 15K air conditioners, better insulation, paint upgraded, roof AC drains, more elaborate climate control pad, upgraded electric/fluid monitor, air leveling as well as hydraulic (Year dependant) and general upgraded materials throughout the interior.

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