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Old 10-14-2017, 02:52 PM   #1
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New to rv'ing Just bought a 2002 DSDP 4097

Just bought a 2002 DSDP 4097 and this is our first Class A so the learning curve will be steep This coach has spent the majority of it's life in a climate controlled barn when not in use and it shows! Never driven in snow and salt and is cleaner inside and out, than every other coach we looked at (read MANY) .

It was used for frequent short miles trips and just turned 44K miles on our trip home to Michigan from New York.

350 ISC on a spartan chassis. Our First order of business is to install new tires. Right now it has Firestone FS 560 275/70r22.5 Should I stick with this size or will others fit and be better? We've seen 295/75r22.5 tires at very attractive prices. I've been looking at Sumitomo, Roadmaster & a local dealer has suggested Aeolus tires that he claims have held up well on the many class a coaches he's installed them on. Say's no complaints from owners or dealerships in the 4 years he installed them.

Ball joint boots are cracked but still all there. Anything I can do to forestall their deterioration? No noises or odd handling as of yet. Just picked up some Boeshield to lube them up.

I have a million other questions, but I'll try the search feature before posting them.
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Just bought a 2002 DSDP 4097 and this is our first Class A so the learning curve will be steep This coach has spent the majority of it's life in a climate controlled barn when not in use and it shows! Never driven in snow and salt and is cleaner inside and out, than every other coach we looked at (read MANY) .

It was used for frequent short miles trips and just turned 44K miles on our trip home to Michigan from New York.

350 ISC on a spartan chassis. Our First order of business is to install new tires. Right now it has Firestone FS 560 275/70r22.5 Should I stick with this size or will others fit and be better? We've seen 295/75r22.5 tires at very attractive prices. I've been looking at Sumitomo, Roadmaster & a local dealer has suggested Aeolus tires that he claims have held up well on the many class a coaches he's installed them on. Say's no complaints from owners or dealerships in the 4 years he installed them.

Ball joint boots are cracked but still all there. Anything I can do to forestall their deterioration? No noises or odd handling as of yet. Just picked up some Boeshield to lube them up.

I have a million other questions, but I'll try the search feature before posting them.
Oop's heres a couple pictures.
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Welcome to the forum and irv2.
Congrats on your fine looking coach should get years of enjoyment.
OK lets get started in this link you will find all TSB's, brochures, owners guide and other important stuff.
All the links below, in my signature will relate to your Newmar
In QT's # 3 you will find a member SPK64's Mod and repair section that you can relate to your DSDP.
We have many knowledgeable DP owners on forum to help you out.
Tires want to check this out and maybe read this also.
I would stick with Michelin's. HOW OLD ARE YOUR TIRES?
Have you started enjoy the fun and safe travels when you do.
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Stock tire size on our 2002 4090 was 275/70. I went to 305/70 on the front to gain capacity as the 295/80's were way too large. In fact the 305/70's hit and broke the outside edge of the body.
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Congrats on your fine looking coach should get years of enjoyment.
OK lets get started in [B][URL="http://www.irv2.com/forums/f103/technical-service-bulletins-recalls-1999-to-2018-trailers-5thw-chassis-and-coach-313846.html
this link[/URL][/B] you will find all TSB's, brochures, owners guide and other important stuff.
All the links below, in my signature will relate to your Newmar
In QT's # 3 you will find a member SPK64's Mod and repair section that you can relate to your DSDP.
We have many knowledgeable DP owners on forum to help you out.
Tires want to check this out and maybe read this also.
I would stick with Michelin's. HOW OLD ARE YOUR TIRES?
Have you started enjoy the fun and safe travels when you do.
Thanks for all the links, I'll be sure to read them all.

I'll be doing a lot of reading in the Cummins forum also, I've never owned a diesel anything...

I know that I'll be ordering some oil sample test kit and checking everything.

There are a few issue's like the entry door won't latch open, the air horns don't work, and there is a slow leak in the front that lowers the suspension after 6 hours of being parked. I'll be adressing these as time allows.

The tires are dated 09 and have a few sidewall cracks. We slowly made our way home with it and now the search for tires begins.
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Stock tire size on our 2002 4090 was 275/70. I went to 305/70 on the front to gain capacity as the 295/80's were way too large. In fact the 305/70's hit and broke the outside edge of the body.
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Nice looking coach. Welcome to the Newmar family.
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Looks like a nice coach. I have no regrets with or 2002 MADP. Been a great coach, Always little things to take care of but nothing out of the ordinary. Btw mine had an issue with front dropping quickly, ended up being the rear ride height valve.
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I think in the tire discussion link I gave you they discuss the side wall cracks scroll back in that link to find, as with any link I may give you, there maybe information in either direction.
In QT's # 3 there is info on the door problem. I will let you fine it so you see other info, # 3 is in two sections.
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Looks like a nice coach. I have no regrets with or 2002 MADP. Been a great coach, Always little things to take care of but nothing out of the ordinary. Btw mine had an issue with front dropping quickly, ended up being the rear ride height valve.
And where would I find this valve on the coach?
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And where would I find this valve on the coach?


Directly above rear axle on drivers side.
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When you stop might be able to hear it leaking or may need to spray with soapy water. I happen to stop one time and it was leaking loud enough to hear, did not happen all the time.
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Congrats on your new ride and home!!!

We had a 2002 DSDP.......had a lot if fun in it and learned a lot also as it was our first RV.

Not sure where yours spent most of its life but you can get in touch with Newmar Customer Service, give them your coach serial number and they will give you any history of work done at the Newmar factory. They will also send you the original build sheet, so you can see what was initially installed at the factory and what "options" it came with.

The coach serial number is located on a label on the inside of one of the kitchen cabinets.

As an FYI, you can take your new to you coach to the Newmar factory for work on the house part and simple work on your chassis - oil changes, etc. Nobody knows your coach better than the manufacturer.

Good luck and please feel free to ask away.

And as a Past Commander in the American Legion, thanks for your service and my Freedom....and your participation with the Patriot Riders.

Take care,

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