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Coach 197 1989
My wife and I are considering putting our beloved '89 Coach up for sale, and would like to know if there is any interest out there. We have just moved into a year-round home in Northern Maine, and we believe that our long-term road trips may be at an end. It might be time for someone else to enjoy our coach. We purchased it used, at the factory in 2003, and are its second owners. We lived in the coach full time for the better part of ten years. Throughout this period, we have spent a minimum of 7 months a year in the coach; so it has been our home. 

     Ever since our purchase, we have maintained the coach at the Newell factory on an almost annual basis. We have had the engine and transmission maintained by a Detroit Diesel dealer. We have also taken it to a suspension and frame shop (Tampa Spring), almost yearly for the past 6 or several years for preventative maintenance. Over the past 14 years of our ownership, we have authorized virtually all repairs and services recommended by these experts. Newell technicians have told us that it is in remarkably good condition. It runs well, and is a true joy to travel in.

     The coach was a show coach in 1989, and the last of the Classic breed. It is 102" wide, 40 ft long. Engine is the original Detroit 8V92T: a clean one that doesn't leak oil. Total mileage is about 240,000 miles. The Allison transmission was rebuilt by detroit Diesel in 2007. The coach features a YanMar 12KW diesel generator. Tankage is 375 gal diesel, 110 gal fresh water, 120 gal black. There are two joey beds in the basement, an 18' Zip Dee patio awning and four window awnings. Tires (24.5" - 6 Michelin, 2 Bridgestone on Tag): four are 4 yrs old, three are 5 yrs old, and one is 6 yrs old: all with good tread.

     The interior is white formica. The front salon includes a Villa leather couch (2009), a dinette, bookcase, file drawers, and a leather Euro chair and ottoman (2009). Kitchen is spacious. The bathroom is mid coach, and is about 8' X 8'. The queen bed is in the rear. The coach has a Splendid washer/dryer (2003). Everything is in full working order. 

     The coach is cooled by three basement split air conditions which Newell can service. For heating, in addition to numerous electric heaters, Newell just installed three new Atwood furnaces to replace the original Suburbans.  

     The coach features full air suspension and levelling. Weighing about 40,000 lbs loaded, it is fast in acceleration, it cruises easily at 70 MPH+, and it rides on a cloud. 

     We are located on a lake in Northern Maine, and our coach is here with us, in our heated barn. It is available for a visit now, and we expect to drive it to Washington DC in early May.     

     We have owned two Newells over a total of 25 years, and have greatly enjoyed the quality that was built in and the committment to quality and friendliness of the outstanding people at the Newell factory. Things work better in our coach today than they do in many new coaches we visit on the sales lots. We aren't yet sure that we want to make this move at all; but it will help to know whether we can find a good home for our coach.

     You can contact us at, or by our home phone at (207)965-8438,  or on our cell phone (703)469-1834.

Dick and Maura Quirk
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Dear Quirks:

I am a pastor/concert artist in Stone Mountain,GA , just outside Atlanta.
I currently spend 6-8 weeks a year visiting churches, conferences and colleges, where I speak and/ or present a concert.

When I retire, in 6 years, I intend to be on the road 9 months a year.

Two questions:
1. What do you think will be the asking price(or range) if you decide to sell?
2. Would you consider donating the coach to our non-profit organization in exchange for a tax-deductible contribution receipt?

Glad the tomb is empty,
Pastor Richard Allen Farmer
Pastor Farmer,

Thank you for your note back. We haven't decided on how much to ask as yet; but we will attempt to do that within a few days, when we have decided whether to put it up for sale.

At this time, we are not considering donating it; but we will keep your offer in mind.

Dick and Maura Quirk
After a lot of looking at downsized coaches and even more soul-searching, we have decided that we aren't ready to let our '89 Newell go at this time; so we are taking it off the market. Thank you for your interest. Dick and Maura Quirk

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