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Old 03-25-2016, 08:57 AM   #29
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Hi, nice motorhome; I'm sure you will enjoy it. At one time, we were thinking of switching to a similar motorhome. I liked the 32'er, but my wife liked the 36'er. [the 36'er had a washer/dryer] Needless to say we still have our trailer.
Bob... we had a stacked washer and dryer in our last motorhome and man was that nice to have (particularly for the wife). Not having that this time is a sacrifice we are making to keep the coach to a nice, compact 32'. But using a park's laundromat once in a while isn't such a bad thing.
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Old 03-25-2016, 10:01 AM   #30
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So... Just ring the bell and move on, no need to try and impress anyone.
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Old 03-25-2016, 02:15 PM   #31
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For those who asked about the recliner modification to the Newmar, and those who expressed a similar interest in going with a Class A motorhome, I have a few photos for you. Also, this motorhome is about 1' longer than our International Serenity.




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Old 03-26-2016, 11:59 AM   #32
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I want to reach out and thank the people who sent "Thanks" comments encouraging me to continue to participate on the forum and who appreciate and enjoy seeing and hearing about other brands/types of RVs.

I think most of us can enjoy and do appreciate RVs of all types. I enjoyed my VW Westfalia campers in the seventies, my 5th wheel in the early 2000s, my 44' Diesel Pusher in 2011-2013, the Airstream in 2015, and now the Newmar in 2016. Something great about each of them.

There are some awesome people on this forum who make great contributions, to RVing in general, and I plan to remain a participating member.
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Old 03-28-2016, 07:36 AM   #33
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There are some awesome people on this forum who make great contributions, to RVing in general, and I plan to remain a participating member.
Glad to here this DHart. Weather we own a Airstream or any other R.V., we all love the great outdoors. Looking forward to future post on places to visit or roads conditions to avoid. Sharing information benefits everyone. Once family always family...safe travels my friend. streaminwild
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Old 03-28-2016, 08:54 AM   #34
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Good luck and enjoy. We had a 37 foot Newmar Canyon Star for nine months. Also a V10. It will not handle the same as the 44' pusher, which I am sure you realize. Loved the coach, but missed the handling of the F250 and Airstream. Storage in the Canyon star was terrific, amazing and we too towed a Jeep (wrangler) which we loved to use when stopped.

Best of luck and keep moving forward.

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Old 03-28-2016, 10:18 AM   #35
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Glad to here this DHart. Weather we own a Airstream or any other R.V., we all love the great outdoors. Looking forward to future post on places to visit or roads conditions to avoid. Sharing information benefits everyone. Once family always family...safe travels my friend. streaminwild
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Old 03-28-2016, 10:25 AM   #36
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Good luck and enjoy. We had a 37 foot Newmar Canyon Star for nine months. Also a V10. It will not handle the same as the 44' pusher, which I am sure you realize. Loved the coach, but missed the handling of the F250 and Airstream. Storage in the Canyon star was terrific, amazing and we too towed a Jeep (wrangler) which we loved to use when stopped.

Best of luck and keep moving forward.

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Thanks, Bud. I gave some consideration to the Canyon Star (nice coach!), though not very much, as we really wanted to keep to the shorter and lighter-weight 32' Bay Star.

Yes, nothing is quite like a 44' tandem axle diesel pusher! But there are a few simple mods (front and rear sway bars and steering stabilizer) that are quickly and easily made to the Ford V-10 chassis which make the gas coach more stable and handle a bit more like a dp. We're planning to do those mods soon.

The V-10 front engine has more noise and less power than dp, of course, which are compromises we're ok with given the advantages of having a 32' Class A vs. the larger and much more costly diesel pushers. Every RV has its pros and cons, of course.
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Old 03-28-2016, 10:43 AM   #37
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When we had our Canyon we happened to camp next to one of the retired Ford engineers who developed the V10. He gave me some tricks, which you might already know. "Push it, you literally cannot hurt the engine" was one, another was "with no air brakes, downshift before going down the hill and keep downshifting in the mountains". Ours actually was not too noisy, more than a pusher we had some years ago, but not bad. We do miss the storage, especially on our long trips of two to three months.

Hope it works better than you anticipate. Enjoy

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Old 03-28-2016, 11:01 AM   #38
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Your "smaller" Class A still looks huge to me. (Having never driven a MH, I guess I'm a bit intimidated).

You are a nice man. Glad this isn't a Dear John/Jane letter.

Look forward to reading about your Newmar adventures.

Keep safe and happy.
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When we had our Canyon we happened to camp next to one of the retired Ford engineers who developed the V10. He gave me some tricks, which you might already know. "Push it, you literally cannot hurt the engine" was one, another was "with no air brakes, downshift before going down the hill and keep downshifting in the mountains". Ours actually was not too noisy, more than a pusher we had some years ago, but not bad. We do miss the storage, especially on our long trips of two to three months.

Hope it works better than you anticipate. Enjoy

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Thanks for the tips. I've read here and there that unlike diesel engines, the V-10 totally thrives at high RPMs. So your comment about worry-free 'pushing' of the V-10 engine makes sense. Ten smaller pistons are probably more eager to go fast than eight much larger ones.
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Your "smaller" Class A still looks huge to me. (Having never driven a MH, I guess I'm a bit intimidated).

You are a nice man. Glad this isn't a Dear John/Jane letter.

Look forward to reading about your Newmar adventures.

Keep safe and happy.
Thanks FaN for your kind remarks. Once you drove one of these 32' Newmars, you would become accustomed to it quickly. They are like driving a large van. Having driven a 44' diesel pusher for 24k miles or so, I guess that makes the 32' seem small to me, as well.

And you are a nice woman, as well!
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Best of wishes with your beautiful new MH and the adventures which await down the road! I have always enjoyed your many contributions on the AirForums and am pleased to read you plan to continue. I must admit that early on, DHart in my head simply morphed to DearHeart. Nothing implied here. I just assigned you a nickname, DearHeart! Happy trails. Enjoy your new home.

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Old 04-06-2016, 08:45 PM   #42
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Allyson... what a nice note from you! Thank you very much.

DearHeart...that's a nice morph indeed.

I hope we meet up sometime along the trail! Let's keep an eye out for each other. I often strike up a chat with other Airstreamers on the road.

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