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Old 11-08-2016, 03:25 AM   #99
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Don't jump into it...know what you want. We looked for at least a year, mostly online...lots of looking, reading and research. We ended up buying a 40.5 ft., 2000 Monoco Windsor, 350 Cummins diesel, Onan generator, 78,000 miles. We've upgraded the interior to suit our needs. Earlier this year we went to the Tampa RV show just to see the new motor coaches and we are so glad we did what we did! Are they new and modern ? Yes, but they are built with fancy looking, but cheap materials and you'll lose lots of value once you drive it off the lot. Our cabinets have solid wood unlike the new ones. It's a personal choice, of course. We could've spent the big bucks, but we're not about how many people we can impress...we're about enjoying the RV experience. All the best in your journeys!
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Actually most diesel pusher coaches have heavy duty chassis, whether it is Freight-liner or Spartan which are in 99% of all motor homes. They are both real good chassis and will last you for half a million miles with proper maintenance.

Now as to how to rate quality on the house part is where you see a great difference. Quality control has been missing on most of the high producing companies. All they want to do is to push them out as fast as they can, and that is not good. Too many things are over looked, like how a screw is driven in or the bracing of the interior part of cabinets. Most of your high quality coaches will use fine wood for all of the wood work in the interior of the coach. Lower class motor homes will use plywood wrapped with paper that has wood grain painted through it. But that is why you pay more for the higher quality on these coaches, even though they both will serve you in RVing.

Good companies in my opinion that give good customer service is one of the most important things in purchasing a coach. Companies that do not want to answer their phones should not even be considered, if you are planning on buying a new motor home. Unfortunately there are a lot of those companies around.

I will not recommend any company as the best because some would think I am biased towards one or the other. You need to do research, and do not believe everything you read because some of these forums are controlled by a couple of favorites, and they scream the loudest.

Finished product is what determines quality.
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Old 11-08-2016, 02:05 PM   #101
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Take a look at the Newmar Coaches, truly exceptional. We have a 2016 Dutch Star, we owned Tiffin, Fleetwood and Georgetown, so far Newmar is far the best for us
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Most of your high quality coaches will use fine wood for all of the wood work in the interior of the coach. Lower class motor homes will use plywood wrapped with paper that has wood grain painted through it.

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Take a look at the Newmar Coaches, truly exceptional. We have a 2016 Dutch Star, we owned Tiffin, Fleetwood and Georgetown, so far Newmar is far the best for us

Actually, Newmar uses vinyl wrapped cabinet frames unless you upgrade to the optional cabinets. Mine has the vinyl wrapped oak. Cabinet doors and drawer fronts are solid oak. I think the frames are pressboard. They don't hold screws as well as solid wood does. I believe they are still using the same thing now on current coaches unless they changed in the last couple of years. I have to say I was surprised to find out that's how they did it when I bought my coach. I had heard about the superior quality of Newmar coaches and then found that.
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Most of your high quality coaches will use fine wood for all of the wood work in the interior of the coach. Lower class motor homes will use plywood wrapped with paper that has wood grain painted through it.



Actually, Newmar uses vinyl wrapped cabinet frames unless you upgrade to the optional cabinets. Mine has the vinyl wrapped oak. Cabinet doors and drawer fronts are solid oak. I think the frames are pressboard. They don't hold screws as well as solid wood does. I believe they are still using the same thing now on current coaches unless they changed in the last couple of years. I have to say I was surprised to find out that's how they did it when I bought my coach. I had heard about the superior quality of Newmar coaches and then found that.
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Most of your high quality coaches will use fine wood for all of the wood work in the interior of the coach. Lower class motor homes will use plywood wrapped with paper that has wood grain painted through it.



Actually, Newmar uses vinyl wrapped cabinet frames unless you upgrade to the optional cabinets. Mine has the vinyl wrapped oak. Cabinet doors and drawer fronts are solid oak. I think the frames are pressboard. They don't hold screws as well as solid wood does. I believe they are still using the same thing now on current coaches unless they changed in the last couple of years. I have to say I was surprised to find out that's how they did it when I bought my coach. I had heard about the superior quality of Newmar coaches and then found that.
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We've had two DSDP's and ordered the hardwood cabinets on both. Wasn't cheap even back in 2002 on the last one but worth it after fighting the cheap cabinets on the Santara before that.
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What model newmar?
I believe jt said that he had a....
"2005 Newmar Kountry Star Gas 3742
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did he not?
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I guess I assumed real wood throughout would of been status quo on DUtch star and up. Certainly wouldn't expect it on the entry level dp's
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I believe jt said that he had a....
"2005 Newmar Kountry Star Gas 3742
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did he not?
That I did!

Looking at the current Newmar specs, it appears that the hardwood frame is an option on the gassers and I think also Ventana LE. Not sure about Ventana and DS, but I think they may get the hardwood frames. I don't have too big of a problem with mine other than some screws that have wallowed out and I've had to repair. I'm just surprised I didn't catch the vinyl when I was looking at the coach before I bought it. It doesn't look bad, most people have no idea. It would not have made any difference in my decision to purchase anyway.
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Our 2004 Dutch Star had no option for cabinets. It came standard with hardwood - no vinyl wrap.
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Your tagline re understanding binary might be the best I've ever seen! Love it!
Thanks gk42! I have used that tag line on all the forums I belong to for 1111 years.
(Who can tell me how many years that is in decimal?)
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Thanks gk42! I have used that tag line on all the forums I belong to for 1111 years.
(Who can tell me how many years that is in decimal?)
I think that would be 5 years?
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