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Old 08-20-2017, 09:18 PM   #15
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I've mentioned here previously.... We're had a Winnebago Sightseer, + Itasca Suncruiser + Winnebago Journey + Itasca Meridian. We just bought a 2018 Coachmen Mirada 35KP from MHSRV in Texas and are happier than we've ever been! This brand comes in full paint, has more storage than ANY coach we've ever owned, plenty of CCC and the inside looks great. Tell your wife to call me and I'll help set her straight. Better yet call "Mitch" at MHSRV.com and let her get the full nickel tour of a Mirada...
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Old 08-21-2017, 04:20 AM   #16
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We decided to upgrade our 96 Allegro Bay, so started at our local Tiffin dealer, and liked what we saw. Read a lot here, went to our local Newmar dealer and once again liked what we saw. I've been a first responder most of my life, and never liked having nothing more than a piece of fiberglass between me and the thing that I might hit someday. I'm also fond of airbags. So when I saw a Super C going down the road one day we changed our research path. Now I'm headed to the Hershey show next month, and won't be surprised if I come home with a Showhauler contract in my pocket. Price kept going up as we researched, but so did the quality and safety.
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Old 08-21-2017, 07:35 AM   #17
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We decided to upgrade our 96 Allegro Bay, so started at our local Tiffin dealer, and liked what we saw. Read a lot here, went to our local Newmar dealer and once again liked what we saw. I've been a first responder most of my life, and never liked having nothing more than a piece of fiberglass between me and the thing that I might hit someday. I'm also fond of airbags. So when I saw a Super C going down the road one day we changed our research path. Now I'm headed to the Hershey show next month, and won't be surprised if I come home with a Showhauler contract in my pocket. Price kept going up as we researched, but so did the quality and safety.
I like the idea of having the diesel up front, under that up swinging hood and so very accessible, but not enough for me to give up on the bus style.
I do get it with the safety factor, however.
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Old 08-21-2017, 08:29 PM   #18
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Known how you feel. The wife sees really nice new higher end MH and she wants one real bad. I tell her that her "next" husband will get her one. I keep taking her to the RV Shows but she keep threatening me she will not leave me...
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Old 08-22-2017, 06:41 AM   #19
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Hmmm, yeah, love the Newmar quality.
Almost bought one but got the Bounder instead. With the money saved I am going to be retired in less than 2 weeks as opposed to working at least another year.
Soooooo
We all make choices in life. I chose to retire sooner...
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Old 08-22-2017, 08:40 AM   #21
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Hmmm, yeah, love the Newmar quality.
Almost bought one but got the Bounder instead. With the money saved I am going to be retired in less than 2 weeks as opposed to working at least another year.
Soooooo
We all make choices in life. I chose to retire sooner...
Did you even consider, dropping back some years for the Newmar you desired and for one that would meet your budget, as well.
As you say, we all make choices and in our case, we won't settle for less than what we want. Somewhat older, maybe, but still like new condition. When we bought last year, the newer choices didn't even come close to what we required for quality and budget. Actually picked this one up for around $10K under budget. Also believe that down the road, this one will outlast and hold it's value better than a newer entry level model
. Again, to each his own and wish you all the luck with your purchase and so far, so good with our decision.
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Old 08-22-2017, 07:55 PM   #22
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now I like Newmar and owned one and just about bought a new Dutch star. so what is the new insulation rating on the coach now, and include floor ceiling and bottom of basement/// oh oh how high are the ceilings. what do they have others don't??. well just bragging like we all do.... I like all the coaches that my wife and I like..


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Among its other excellent attributes, you will appreciate Newmar's superior insulation.
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Old 08-23-2017, 07:25 AM   #23
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I would like to have a newer one like a Newmar, but I am not feeling as good as I used to. We are both now 71, hubby and I talked about it last year when my 92 Eagle diesel needed an overhaul. We decided with my
age, maybe not driving to many more years we got the overhaul. We also
redid a lot of the aesthetics inside. I still want the nose repainted. It would have been nice to have a newer bigger one with slides but I'm comfortable driving that one and everything works so we didn't.

I had a lot of chest pain a month or so ago, attributed most of it to a fall
I took a few months back but doc decided to send me to a cardiologist.
Appears I had a heart attack, they are checking soon to see if the valves
were effected, I'm still very tired but doc thinks all I need is a baby aspirin daily at this point. I also immediately took a big dose of aspirin when I
had the pain which likely stopped the damage.

I guess I'm saying if you are able to do this stuff when younger do it. I didn't even know I would enjoy it until in my 60's so waited a few years to long. But still I've had a ball, been all over and going more as long as I can. Don't destroy your budgets, we have to be realistic to survive but enjoy yourselves.

If I had known I would enjoy it so much we would have done things differently, just some random thoughts.
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After having a 2015 Coachmen ( for 3 months, as it was built so poorly), and now a 2015 Dutch Star, I can tell you that I have no doubt they are worth the extra money, and wish I'd saved the depreciation by buying the Newmar first. Have I had issues with the DS, yes, nothing is perfect, but the build quality and overall longevity, are much better in the DS.
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After having a 2015 Coachmen ( for 3 months, as it was built so poorly), and now a 2015 Dutch Star, I can tell you that I have no doubt they are worth the extra money, and wish I'd saved the depreciation by buying the Newmar first. Have I had issues with the DS, yes, nothing is perfect, but the build quality and overall longevity, are much better in the DS.
You're right and they all have issues, as we have had some in ours, as well, but when the rig is built from the ground up with some of the best materials and products, available, one doesn't mind so much with the little fixings.
Always did hate putting a new and expensive roof on a stick house that had a crumbling foundation, if that's a reasonable analogy. Never put new fancy wheels and tires on a rusted out car, either.
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Old 08-24-2017, 08:00 AM   #26
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We bought a used '07 Newmar KStar about 3 years ago, our second Newmar, we've had some issues due to neglect from the previous owner.
At the FMCA International, we looked at lots of new coaches. Some were really attractive.
As we found a few we liked, we made note of what it was that we liked vs. what we currently have. To make a long story short, almost all the "likes" were cosmetic, since we are happy with our chassis, length, drive train, exterior paint, etc.
So, instead of trading, and spending tens, of thousands for a newer coach, why not spend a few thousand on cosmetic upgrades?

1. Adding quality engineered wood floor in Oct.
2. Had fogged windows refurbished in July
3. Adding crown molding today, decorative mirror as well.
4. Backsplash and faucets in bath, Sept.

Have already,replaced an upgraded:
1. Couch
2. Satellite system
3. Sleep Number king mattress
4. Toilet and shower door
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