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Old 04-21-2013, 10:06 PM   #1
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New To Me 1999 Dutch Star DP

I wanted to thank the folks on this forum for all the great information that has been provided.

About 3 months ago I purchased a 1999 38' DSDP and because of all the info I found here I was able to find my way through the process of the purchase and how to get the rig up to snuff. I spent several hours every night for a couple of weeks scouring through this forum. It really helped me get up to speed quickly.

I took a risk and did the pre-purchase inspection myself without consulting a mechanic. I probably shouldn't have taken this risk but I felt the price was right ($33k) and I planned to spend some money to make things right.

I had all fluids changed, belts done, new tires, had the roof re-sealed, and a few other minor repairs done. I re-caulked the sides, lubed all the latches on all doors and repaired an exhaust leak on the generator. I also installed a flat panel and replaced the KingDome with a new satellite dish.

I'm mainly using this as a support vehicle for my auto racing addiction. I've been on two race weekend trips with it so far and it's been fabulous. The main thing that blows me away about this rig is how it drives. Unbelievable compared to all of the large gas powered rigs I've ever driven. What a dream. I wish I could just head east and keep going.

Thanks again for all the info and tips that you all have provided.
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Old 04-21-2013, 10:12 PM   #2
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Glad that you got all info you wanted prior to your purchase. Welcome to irv2 and the Newmar Owners family.
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Old 04-21-2013, 10:23 PM   #3
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Won't go wrong with a Newmar, have had two so far and will be looking at another one on Wed. Our first one was a 2000 3865 on FL chassis, our present one is a 2002 4090 on Spartan.
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Old 04-21-2013, 10:37 PM   #4
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Oh yeah, I forgot to mention. It's a 3865 with Cummins on a Spartan chassis. It has 35,000 miles on it so it sat a bit over the years. It was a bank repo so I had zero service history. But I did get all the books.

So far things run good, so I believe I may have some luck on my side. It was a shame buying all new tires when the old ones had lots of tread and no cracking but the date codes showed that they were 11 years old. So based on what I gathered her I went ahead and got new ones.
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Old 04-21-2013, 10:57 PM   #5
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Welcome to the forum SM and congratulations on your find.
Many safe miles ahead and enjoy your passion in both the Newmar and racing.
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