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Old 05-01-2020, 04:42 PM   #1
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U320 or 2004 Newmar MADP

I'm having second thoughts. We bought a 04 MADP last year to live full time in Florida. Really like the coach, but the whole time I kept looking at Foretravels at Motor homes of Texas. I made the mistake of watching going rving on Dish and got the itch to look at Foretravels again. MHOT have a few 2000-03 320s that would work for us. Am I crazy for thinking about trading or keep what we have, and just have Foretravel as a dream.
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I talked to my local Newmar dealer about one of those they had on the lot and had just sold (went back to Texas) and he said handling wasnít all that great by comparison. So Iíd say go drive it to satisfy your curiosity. Might cure the itch, or it might cost you for a coach replacement. But at least youíll know...
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MOT takes trade-ins, ask them what they will give you in for your MA. The two slide 2003, 40 or 42 footers are, in my opinion, the best made of all Foretravels.
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Going to give a call tomorrow and pick their brain. That's free so far.
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Going to give a call tomorrow and pick their brain. That's free so far.
Good idea, they have six 320's in those years, they will probably work a good deal to move one. Don't be afraid of the ride, went from a Newell to a Foretravel, and not much difference.
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The two slide 2003, 40 or 42 footers are, in my opinion, the best made of all Foretravels.
I would agree with this. 2001 and 2002 with slides were a bit of a learning curve - not as much cabinet storage above the LR slide; don't remotely consider one with an air-operated awning (unless you make replacement with a manual one part of the deal). Slide mechanism is a bit different.

'03 had the bugs worked out. We owned one for 13 years and I still miss that coach. '04 is almost identical, but lower volume since the company started having financial troubles in '03 and nearly went out of business in late '04 (we owned ours at that time - there were no parts available for many service items and suppliers were owed a lot of money). In 2005 the company was purchased by an investment group and it was a particularly challenging year financially and transitionally.
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Had to figure out what a MADP was so had to look up on google. In looking at the specs it would be a no brainer to go with the Foretravel. I may be bias since I am on my 4th one.

In looking at spec I do not see these options that make a big difference between coaches
Foretravel Disc brakes all around, Outside mounted air bags. retard

My old 295 36' feels almost like a sports car in the way it take corners and stops. Friend that has a 45' Entregra said he can not keep up with me in corners of course when you look at both sitting side by side big difference.
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Did you end up going to check one out?
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No we rethought our situation and going to keep our MA. My better half has a few more years to work, and we live full time in Newt now. So when we can start traveling more full time, we'll dive back in.
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So Iíd say go drive it to satisfy your curiosity. Might cure the itch, or it might cost you for a coach replacement. But at least youíll know...
This sounds like the blueprint of how my first marriage failed

Anyway.... that was 25 years ago. Now, back to RVs.... I agree, you'll never know until you at least go look at it (or a similar one). That being said, once you get to these high quality coaches I think the improvements are pretty minimal. For example, going from a gas whatever to a Newmar is like going from a 3 to a 9. Newmar to Foretravel? Maybe a 9 to a 9.5?
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This sounds like the blueprint of how my first marriage failed

Anyway.... that was 25 years ago. Now, back to RVs.... I agree, you'll never know until you at least go look at it (or a similar one). That being said, once you get to these high quality coaches I think the improvements are pretty minimal. For example, going from a gas whatever to a Newmar is like going from a 3 to a 9. Newmar to Foretravel? Maybe a 9 to a 9.5?
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No we rethought our situation and going to keep our MA. My better half has a few more years to work, and we live full time in Newt now. So when we can start traveling more full time, we'll dive back in.
Thank you for the response! I was mostly just curious. I'm a lurker now while we decide what kind of rig we'll purchase (planning for after christmas). We're still in the Class A vs Class C decision point for 1-2 month trips. I believe a Class A would fit that requirement best but wife is, so far, thinking a Class C as the perceived ease of driving.

I'm personally growing a big liking to these early 2000s Foretravels, Country Coaches, Monaco's, etc! Or, 90s Prevost. I'm going to have to work on the information campaign on the home front some more hehehehe.

I am always curious as to folks' decision making process with what rigs they pick.

The best of luck in continuing with your current rig, as well as if you do actually decide to change out!
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Thank you for the response! I was mostly just curious. I'm a lurker now while we decide what kind of rig we'll purchase (planning for after christmas). We're still in the Class A vs Class C decision point for 1-2 month trips. I believe a Class A would fit that requirement best but wife is, so far, thinking a Class C as the perceived ease of driving.

I'm personally growing a big liking to these early 2000s Foretravels, Country Coaches, Monaco's, etc! Or, 90s Prevost. I'm going to have to work on the information campaign on the home front some more hehehehe.

I am always curious as to folks' decision making process with what rigs they pick.

The best of luck in continuing with your current rig, as well as if you do actually decide to change out!


When my wife and I were looking, in my mind a class A was the best choice. I was willing to look at other choices, so we looked at tag-a-long, fifth wheel, class C, and class A. Class C was just too small for us and our dogs. Tag-a-long and fifth wheel meant driving our 98 dodge 2500. The problem with that, is my wife canít sit still in the passenger seat for very long and the dogs would be on the back seat. Ultimately, we bought a 1988 Beaver Marquis about seven years ago. It has served us well but is getting tight being it is a non slide. Now Iíve got my eye on an 06 Foretravel pheonix-quad slide. Hope we can make that happen
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