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  Norman, Ok
Posted by: afrench - 09-17-2012, 06:16 PM - Forum: Newell Sightings - Replies (2)

Hi all,
If ever in Norman Oklahoma or surrounding area on a OU football gameday there are several Newells around. Two weeks ago I counted 9 Newells there.
Coach 612 Coach 488
Coach 621 Coach 797
Coach 599 Coach 798
Coach 1472 Coach 57?
Coach 694
Those are the "usuals" that attend every game, there has also been several other coaches come on a game by game basis. There are a few Prevost, and Foretravels there but Newell deffinitly has the larest market share. All the coaches park at SooneRVillage. Its a fun time tailgating

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  Towing Accidents
Posted by: ron skeen - 09-17-2012, 06:03 PM - Forum: Towing - Replies (10)

I have been towing for 12 years with 4 different coaches. 1. Incident was the first time pulling dodge Dakota and I turn the key off steering lock up, 2 new front tires. 2. Hitch broke a main weld. 3. Pin came out of connection on truck. When you see front of truck in your side mirror you have a problem. 4. Weld broke on hitch. 5. Tow bar was not level and truck came up over the ramp into my Motorcycle. I have also had the base mounts get loose on the truck. I have always had the ramp on the back of the coach and that has kept the truck away from the coach. No damage was ever done until this last event and the truck did 4K damage to the motorcycle. This should have never happen except I was not level and I stop downhill, hit bump and brake all at the same time. Three out of the five were my fault and the other two were probably also from overloading. I always have a Brake Buddy in the truck except it has never activated because the tow vehicle has never separated. Be sure and have the tow bar level and check when ever you stop.I have posted some pictures.

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  wjindshield replacement
Posted by: ron skeen - 09-17-2012, 05:18 PM - Forum: Exterior - Replies (22)


Had both windshields replace with new gaskets. This is what it look like by the time I got Home less than 1K miles. I have reset with the instructions of Matthew Russo of Performance Glass as he walk me through the proper processor on installation. I went the wrong way home from Newell is what cause the movement I guess. I have seal the gasket to the fiberglass up both side and across the top. Will be driving the coach to Gilbert WV in 2 weeks which will really be a test for glass movement after being glue. Jeff & Pam will be going the same route so we will see what happen.

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  My Stage-coach experience.
Posted by: HoosierDaddy - 09-17-2012, 02:36 PM - Forum: Travel Logs - No Replies

We have friends (Mimi and Steven Tyler) who have a Celtic-Rock band. They have been working hard for years building a fan base, recording etc. This past weekend they asked me if I would take them to a gig in Cincinatti, OH. Their gear totally filled the storage bays.
We had a great time...I was concerned that I may have a mechanical issue that would prevent us from getting there on time so we left at 10:00 am Saturday for their stage call at 9:30 pm. (The downside of being the headline act is you are last up and last to leave)..The Newell ran great. The only problem I had was the pressure relief valve on the water heater started seeping but I was able to get by for this trip.
The band members were great...(there were seven altogether, plus their assistant and 3 kids) I really enjoyed spending time with them.
Navigating the streets in downtown Cincinatti was a challenge....The parking lot we were supposed to park in was designed for automobiles so I had one of the band-members get out and block traffic so I could back in off of the one-way street.
No Sweat!!!...............................................................
Well , not MUCH sweat.!
I've mentioned before that our coach was originally a band-bus. It has 6 bunks in it that we plan to remove in the future when I get all of the outside work completed. The bunks were certainly welcomed for this trip. They could sleep on the way down. I slept in the rear salon during the opening acts of the show so that I could be alert for the drive home. I arrived home at 5;00 am Sunday...Felt great!

here's their link:

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  cummins vs cat on new newells
Posted by: encantotom - 09-17-2012, 11:49 AM - Forum: Drivetrain - Replies (13)

i see that newell went to a cummins 600hp with an allison 6 speed tranny from the cat 625hp with the 10 speed zf tranny.

anyone know the reason why? i thought the 10 speed zf was to die for and now they are back to the 6 speed allison?


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  Silverleaf VMS
Posted by: rheavn - 09-17-2012, 04:59 AM - Forum: Engine and Transmission Monitoring Systems - Replies (26)

Bill Johnson, aka bikestuff, replaced his VMS unit, so he had an extra. Bill was nice enough to allow me to try his old VMS unit as I have had questions about the reliability of my dash gauges. Most of my dash gauges record readings that are consistent with the VMS. Two gauges are not even close. My oil pressure gauge has always run between 18-25 psi--VMS shows oil pressure as 48-50 psi. My voltage gauge has recently began registering around 11 volts--VMS shows 13.6 volts.

Thanks Bill..........................

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  Saw one today
Posted by: whatsnewell - 09-16-2012, 12:30 PM - Forum: Newell Sightings - Replies (4)

This morning around 9:30am we were on I-25 southbound in Colorado, about 10 miles south of the Wyoming border when we spotted a late model Newell going northbound toward Wyoming. Black, red and gold. I'm so unused to seeing Newells that I didn't realize it was one until I saw the back cap in my mirror, and the word NEWELL on it.

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  How to tow your Newell
Posted by: encantotom - 09-14-2012, 09:42 PM - Forum: Anything else - Replies (19)

I know this is a question that only comes up when you have a problem.

i thought it would be a good discussion on how to have your newell towed. i recognize that the different vintages and sizes of newells may have different optimum ways, but i thought we should have some ideas shared so others can find them easily.

i had my 1990 38' no tag towed when i had engine problems. they used a super big flatbed rig and used a winch to pull it up on the flatbed. they had to put a wheel in the trailer hitch to help it roll since it would have totally drug on the ground at the rear when they were tilting it as they pulled it up on the flatbed.

please others please share what you know to be the procedure for towing your coach.



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  Location map?
Posted by: kb0zke - 09-14-2012, 06:27 PM - Forum: Suggestions - Replies (30)

Would it be possible to have some sort of location map or searchable chart so that members who are willing to be visited could be contacted? Several other brand-specific forums that I'm on have such a feature, and being able to contact someone who is nearby and owns a coach like what I'm interested in is a big help.

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  best speed for fuel economy
Posted by: encantotom - 09-14-2012, 09:23 AM - Forum: Drivetrain - Replies (24)

i thought it would be an interesting thread to provide data on what speed provides the best fuel economy for different engines used in our newells

i will start with some speculation on my series 60. i have read that the optimum rpm for best efficiency is 1400 on a 12.7L series 60.

i had taken a few pictures of my vmspc while driving so had a couple of data point.

70mph was 1566 RPM on a snapshot i had taken. from another one it was ~ 11 RPM per MPH in 6th gear.

so to hit 1400 RPM i would need to be at ~55 MPH.

i tend to drive in the mid 60's typically. i heard somewhere else that MPG goes up about 1 MPG for every 10mph you slow down if you are driving 55-75mph. i got about 7.4mpg on my 4300 mile trip. lots of long grades and hills on it and pulling a car.

any other data on this and for other engines as well? i know on my 8v92 i seemed to get about 6.5mpg no matter what i did...



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