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Old 10-02-2020, 02:49 PM   #1
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Old 10-02-2020, 03:11 PM   #2
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Welcome. I am thinking you need to narrow it down. Size, Diesel or Gas, New, Used ? What exactly are your questions ?
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Hi ! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined us!

Plenty of Class A info here!

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I am considering buy a USED Mh.I have been doing my homework, WOW so much to learn. I think I have narrowed it down to the following, (and very open to constructive criticism). So here is what i`m thinking.

Newmar 40ft. Diesel with a tag axle. From what I have read its very stable on the road, parks a little easier., and can use state parks, lot have a 40ft. limit?? an use my free pass for vets. So that`s as informative as short as i can make it and give you all the info. you need ..... Jim, Lay it on me...
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Newmar 40ft. Diesel with a tag axle. From what I have read its very stable on the road, parks a little easier., and can use state parks, lot have a 40ft. limit?? an use my free pass for vets. So that`s as informative as short as i can make it and give you all the info. you need ..... Jim, Lay it on me...
Hi Jim:

Welcome to the hobby. A 40ft tag DP is quite an undertaking for your first coach, no matter where it happens to fit. As to the fit issue, you'll find that many state parks do not accommodate coaches that size. (We down-sized a few years ago from a 41ft Dynasty for that very reason; we like to move round a lot when we travel.) As to the tag DP, it's kind of like jumping into a Jet instead of a Piper Cub. Very much more complicated, from both mechanical and RV systems standpoints. IRV2 can certainly help, but there's just no substitute for experience.

Point is, you will have a HUGE learning curve to conquer, and it's hard to say even where to begin. That said, if you're willing to spend the time and effort, go for it.
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I am considering buy a USED Mh.I have been doing my homework, WOW so much to learn. I think I have narrowed it down to the following, (and very open to constructive criticism). So here is what i`m thinking.

Newmar 40ft. Diesel with a tag axle. From what I have read its very stable on the road, parks a little easier., and can use state parks, lot have a 40ft. limit?? an use my free pass for vets. So that`s as informative as short as i can make it and give you all the info. you need ..... Jim, Lay it on me...
Don't worry about biting off more then you can chew with a 40ft Newmar Coach. My first coach was a 39' 8" Newmar and I took my time learning all the features along with watching Video's on driving and backing it up, rear end swingout, etc. the first day of ownership. It can be a bit overwhelming at first but after it all sinks in you'll be fine. After 7 days we took it to The Keys in Florida and then back to Ft. Wilderness for another few days. We now have a 40' 9" Newmar model 4018, your 40' model and we love it. It is actually a lot easier to drive and handles much much better on the road. So you're looking at one of the best right off the bat... Good luck and enjoy yourself once you get one

Oh and just another note... when asked how long your coach is... just say you believe it's around 39' +/-.
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Try reserving a spot for a 40’er in a few parks and see what happens. We stayed in many in Texas, Florida and New mMexico.
Set your budget, pick a floor plan you like and have at er.
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NY state parks will take a 40’ coach. Some say buy your last coach first but that never works since we all like to keep looking. I have also heard buy your second coach first. Makes more sense. We bought a CS to ease into it and bought a Ventana 2 years later. Would have saved money info took the plunge up front
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Thanks to all replies!!

So what do you think about over 40ft. or under Pros and cons???
Tag axle or No tag???
Pre DEF or after???
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Better question is not length but floorplan. We did not lok for a 44' coach, we looked for a great floorplan and it happened to be 44'. Personally I like at least 40' so you can get a tag axle which answers another question. Yes to tag. Stability, handling, higher weight limits and 2 extra brakes in an emergency stop.
The DEF question can also be answered with how old of a coach are you comfortable with. You will be looking at least 10 years old for pre-DEF. I like the bells and whistles that come with a newer coach (as well as a warranty). The DEF is just something that comes with it.
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Pre DEF V’s DEF. DEF coaches burn cleaner so less soot to deal with. Newer coaches will have more bells and whistles. I know of a 2014 Mountain Aire 43 ft and a 2017 37 ft Dutch Star on the market by private owners. The MA is a tag and the DS is not. You have to be comfortable and like the floor plan. After that...enjoy the ride
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Thanks for the info, its very helpful when your a rookie.
So its probably going to be just "I", so is floor plan that important???
I am very sure about a tag, but reasons for over 40ft.
Where do you stay while on the road???


Rick and Jeanne, how much info about your friends MA 43ft?? Not sure I want any thing shorter (no tag) as the Kids and Grand kids may want to stay for a Vac.
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Search for Bob Natoli on Facebook. He has pics posted. He recently putative new tires, new sofa, new sat. Dish. Low miles and stored inside when not in use. I also have friends who are trading their Ventana 4369 in on Monday. We are attending a rally a Tappan Lake with them this weekend. They are trading to Midway RV in Grand Rapids. Chad DeMaat is handling their deal. You might give him a call. Midway is a great dealer and Chat is a straight shooter.
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