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whited44 02-02-2011 09:26 AM

My vote is the Newell. I tried to buy one a couple of years ago but financing was hard to get because they have no book value. But that may not be a problem for you I don't know.

Tom-NC 02-02-2011 12:27 PM

I agree with Pameridian that the Newell is old and may have more problems than you can shake a stick at.

How do you know if the price of the Newell is correct if it isn't in the BlueBook.

I would go with any other high end coach used or the new Tour or even the Journey.

Good luck!:thumb::thumb::thumb:

B Bob 02-03-2011 01:50 PM

I don't think I have ever heard a complaint about service or reliability on a Newell. What I have read is glowing statements from people who bought old ones and said they were treated like they had bought a new one direct from Newell. That does not mean I fall on the side of the Tour vs Newll debate, I put down my feelings on that earlier. But I do want to say that Newell has a "sterling" reputation for looking after people that own their coaches.

BUT Newell uses top grade components so if something does need to be replaced you will be buying a top grade component. But that said, most of the parts for coaches are the same / similar. We have a fairly expensive coach that approaches what the Newells cost when it was built. Yesterday I had to replace an ice maker in the fridge. Same one as in my house fridge. Likely same one as in a Newell.

TQ60 02-03-2011 04:18 PM

6 of one 1/2 dozen of the other...
This is apples to oranges, so new or old, depends on personal choices.

The Newell will always be the better quality coach, but may never be the best choice for this person.

I am biased to Country Coach, now they are back in buisness.

I would think a CC Prevost would be a good choice, but then a lot of cash.

There are many CC units on the road, the dyno-max? chassis looks to be top notch.

Either way, the installed components in most of the better grade units are going to be standard off some shelf somewhere items, the chassis parts may be more difficult to get as well as some wear items.

It all boils down to what coach fits your needs the best, the floor plan, condition of the unit, the ability to drive it to where you want to go and the expected ability to retain its resale value among a ton of other variables.

KIX 02-03-2011 04:46 PM

If you even think you may use your coach in cold weather I would urge you to purchase one with an Aqua Hot type heating system. We don't have one but when it's cold I sure do wish we had it.

Traps90 02-03-2011 06:49 PM


Originally Posted by KIX (Post 783579)
If you even think you may use your coach in cold weather I would urge you to purchase one with an Aqua Hot type heating system. We don't have one but when it's cold I sure do wish we had it.

The new Tour/Ellipse coaches come with aqua-hot

JackHammr' 02-04-2011 02:26 PM

The Newell's I am interested in have the aqua hot system ..

I am not in the least concerned about having the very latest technology available , though the Newell's I am interested in have them for the most part ..

From what I understand , from talking to the people there , when Newell brings in one of theirs for resale , it gets the fine tooth comb and anything that needs repair or replacement is taken care of ..

My concern is , as I stated earlier , and others have noted , as well , when something does squat on a Newell , it is surely to be somewhat more expensive than the same component on another coach ..

Someone else noted , and I noted as well , no doubt , the Newell is in a class of it's own , but the interior appointments , ( to me , the furniture ) is a bit overboard for my tastes ..

While I dont purposely abuse my stuff , I want something I can "live in" , and not be afraid to get a spot of grease or dirt on the upholstery ..

The price of admission into a used Newell , in my price range , is comparable to the Tour/Ellipse new , but I am certain , like many things , the price of admission , isnt the issue , the price of keeping it up may be the killer ..

My interest is in the cockpit , and all things mechanical , you know who , is in charge of the "other stuff"

bbeane 02-04-2011 06:28 PM

There is a lot of places to have bus conversions, Newells, or any other MH for that matter serviced besides the oem dealer. For my my $$$$ I'll take an older highline, bus conv, over a factory stamped copy fron the big 3 or 4, with all the electronic blinds and lighting controlls to make you nuts and cost big $$$. You might take a look at Foretravel's dam fine coach, there are some 87 models on the road and still loved. Have fun looking. :D

encantotom 03-08-2013 02:05 PM

i can speak from experience with a newell. i have had a 1990 and now have a 2002. the newell factory treats me not different than someone who bought a new one. the build quality is amazing.

i have a web forum for supporting our older coaches where we help each other like this forum does. you can get just about any question answered about coaches that are in the more "affordable" price range. (i guess that depends on what is affordable, eh?)

Newell Gurus



Cat320 03-09-2013 01:00 PM

Another consideration is the size of the Newells...they are huge. Will it fit into the type CGs you like to use?

Coaster1 03-09-2013 05:06 PM

Do you have an engine preference? As I recall, a 9 year old Newell will have a Series 60 Detroit. Ease of maintenance and the ability to get to the part that needs servicing go to the Newell as well as the redundantcy of systems make the Newell very heavy but, the ride is oh so fine. In my view they are traveling coaches rather than campers. Never owned a Newell but I did have a Marathon on a Prevost chassis. It too was a traveler as it had no slides which suited me just fine.

GOLDWINGER2 03-09-2013 05:14 PM


Originally Posted by loulong (Post 778452)
Two years from now the Itasca will be just another used Mh. The Newell will still be a Newell. JMHO


cmpncrsaider 03-09-2013 07:15 PM

If the floor plan in the Newell suits you and they don't rock you on the financing that's the one I'd buy. We love our Winne but Newell is a couple steps up IMO.

Ramzfan 03-09-2013 08:30 PM

I guess I'm with the minority here...I never owned a Newell, but I never wanted to either. I've owned several motorhomes and I always keep coming back to Winnebago. They're like an old, service, answers, always there when you need them. Owning a Newell would be like going First Class on the Queen's nice to think about, but when you actually do it, you find you have nothing in common with the other first-classers and you end up wishing you'd have traveled with the "common folks." Just one man's opinion...

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