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Posted by: Fulltiming - 10-01-2018, 01:13 PM - Forum: Coaches for Sale (Please read the info in the Category description) - No Replies

35' 1975 model used as a portable medical office/bloodmobile prior to 2003. One bunk in the rear, large work table in the salon, 148k miles, Cat 1160 V8.



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  Aquahot smoking
Posted by: mickinuk - 09-28-2018, 06:34 PM - Forum: Heating Systems - Replies (7)

It was cold last night and we are unhooked. It was the first time using the Aquahot since it was serviced at Newell. At some point, I think this morning, it started to produce less heat and it was billowing smoking out of the exhaust. It looks like an over fuel or an under air problem. Wanted to ask here for advice before piling in to take it apart as I've never stripped one before.

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  t handle twist drain plug and body
Posted by: encantotom - 09-27-2018, 11:30 PM - Forum: Plumbing and fixtures - Replies (3)

anyone have a part number for the piece that goes in the wet bay where the water hose comes up through the coach into the compartment?  meaning the chrome piece that goes in the coach and the t handle twist plug that goes in it?



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  1975 Newell - Ride Rite rear Firestone air springs - Normal pressure
Posted by: superbirds - 09-25-2018, 02:44 PM - Forum: Suspension/Tires/Wheels - Replies (6)

1975 Newell - Ride Rite rear air spring - Normal pressure

I need to back up a little to explain this. When I picked up this coach I noticed the air pressure on the dash showed around 90 psi after running for several minutes. I found a line that came from under the dash connected to the brake switch "parking plunger" that was leaking or regulating I'm not sure. I found a new one and replaced it now the line maybe a waste pressure release port. Currently it is not leaking or regulating and the line pressure is running around 120-128 psi. I replaced the unit with the same number, also looks identical.
This has caused the rear of the coach to sit higher then it originally did. Looks a little too high to me. 
I can adjust the regulator on the engine mounted belt drive compressor, however it doesn't go much lower then 120 psi. 

This has Firestone air springs quantity = 4.  Two on each side front and rear or the axle mounts. The front suspension is standard leaf springs no air springs. I also plan on inspecting the rear bars/arms the rear air springs and shocks attach to. My thinking was to get it cribbed up with wood blocks and 20 ton jack stands then get up close and personal with the rear axle and air springs.

This coach also does not have a leveling system when parked. They may have used ramps or wood to level it, not sure. I did run across someone selling a hydraulic 4 shock/strut system. Looking underneath I'm not sure how you'd mount it. My crazy idea was to use the rear air springs with a aux 12v air pump. 

I suspect I either need to adjust or replace a pressure regulator for the rear air springs. I've done some searching online, but really have not found anything that gives a range for this setup. I've not called Newell yet. since it's such an old unit, I thought I'd ask here first to see if anyone has any thoughts.

Thanks in advance.

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Posted by: Georgeb - 09-25-2018, 01:48 PM - Forum: Interior Things - Replies (5)

We our coach (385) has the Sharp convection microwave 
The convection button does not work. Has anyone replaced their unit?
If so what brand did you use?

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  A Few Questions from a Newbie...
Posted by: rostyvyg - 09-25-2018, 09:16 AM - Forum: Please introduce yourself - Replies (3)

Hi Everyone! 

We are considering buying a used Class A circa 1996 - 2004, - either a Prevost conversion or a Newell. Coming from yachting experience I understand very well that initial quality is very important but age will pose problems and am prepared to deal with them. What I don't have a gripe on - is extent. My concern is not an engine or various house components (after all, pumps, heaters, plumbing, toilet, inverters, batteries, etc are very similar on motorhomes to what can be found on a boat). The main question is drive-train and suspension. Let say, I buy a 1996 rig with close to 200,000 miles on it. Would I have to immediately work on suspension? Airbags, control arms, ball joints, bushing, break air chambers - should I expect all of that to be end of life and in need of replacement? Are suspension parts for Newell readily available? Do they cost more then suspension parts of other motorhomes? Can any bus mechanic work on them or am I bound to go to Newell factory for service? Also, considering that I lean more towards simplicity then luxury (and associated lower reliability) are there threshold years after each Newel became over saturated with pneumatics and electronics? Do slides present a big maintenance problems when getting old? I mean, I would rather open a door manually then get stuck in a middle of nowhere troubleshooting pneumatics with no diagram. Any advise would be greatly appreciated. 

Also, I found this 45' 1196 Newell for sale upstate NY. No slides. Does anyone recognize  it from the picture and can shed some light on its history? I don't have the coach built number. The VIN is 1N9450X82T1011403

Thanks you all so very much in advance.


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  How about some acacia?
Posted by: Ernie - 09-24-2018, 03:24 PM - Forum: Interior Things - Replies (48)

In a 2000 Newell

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  Tag axle switch confusion and axle weights
Posted by: DK on the road - 09-23-2018, 11:05 AM - Forum: Suspension/Tires/Wheels - Replies (2)

I have access to a truck scale. I know this is not the preferred way to measure axle weights. I can confirm that its not, by the facts below. My confusion comes from the switch on my dash that says "tag axle" and the light that says "Dcres weight" or something like that.  While checking axles on the scale, I left only the 3rd axle on the scale, the drive and steer were off the scale. 

with out the "tag axle" switch I read #17,140
with the "tag axle" swicthed and the light reading "dcres weight" I get #20,760

why ?

has somebody mis wired my switch ?

#20,760 seem too much on the tag axle.

Back to the scale, it is not level going off one of the ends, so I choose the better end of the 2 to measure from. Also as I park the front axle on with tag and drive axles just off the end. I get different reading from going on the scale from a different direction. In other words, trying to get as close to the middle of a 80' scale. #20,800 facing west, #18,900 facing east.

Totals for Going west
Steer only                    #20,800
steer and drive only      #43,240
All 3 axles                    #57,070
drive and tag only         #37,920
Tag only not measures because the ramp going off would add weight to the Tag.

Totals for going east 
Steer only                   #18,900
Steer and Drive only    #32,740     (ramp or bump at this end may throw this measurement off)
all 3 axles                   #57,460
Drive and tag only       #39,380
Tag down (?) #17,140
Tag Up (?)     #20,760

 Are scales not accurate when not loaded evenly across the "plate" ?  Crappy scale ?

It's has to be the scales....partially. Right?

I want the correct weights, Where have you folks found to get this accurate information


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  SCAM? 1980 in SLC
Posted by: Blue Moon - 09-23-2018, 10:25 AM - Forum: Coaches for Sale (Please read the info in the Category description) - Replies (3) $6000
It shows also for $35,000 in North Carolina

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  transfer switch sizing
Posted by: encantotom - 09-22-2018, 11:46 PM - Forum: Electrical - Replies (1)

with our 20kw generators, what amperage should the transfer switch be rated to.  i know how to convert to amps, but am interested in the real world approach.  


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