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Hello, we are looking at purchasing a 1997 Newmar London Aire 4257 diesel pusher and would appreciate any help/advice.

1 The cab sticker shows 1996 build date, seller says 1997 model, but
NADA only shows 4257 built in 1998. Really just want to nail
this down so we can check for any recalls.

2 Mileage is only 30K, is this too low for the year, possible
problems from being "underused"?

3 Price. Cosmetically very nice inside, outside not as good:
spiderweb cracks in paint, some gaps/cracks where various
panels meet. Mechanically supposedly good - we don't know
much about diesels. Again only 30K on mileage. Has the
HydroHeat (AquaHeat) system. Can probably get it for
$80K. Does this seem like a fair price?

4 Anyone out there with a same/similar rig? How do you like it
or what have you heard?

5 In IL we will need to upgrade our license from Class D to
Class B, no big deal - few questions and road test, BUT
IL also says legally we are required to conform to Federal
requirement of Medical Certificate (according to DMV -
not issued by state of IL, but enforced by IL State
Police). Any advice/etc. on this?

Thanks is advance for any help!

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Posted: 09/01/09 08:48am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Yes the mileage is low for a 1996 coach, but that is a top of the line coach and should last you a long time.

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Medical certificates (driver physicals) are a federal requirement for commercial drivers of trucks and buses. I don't know why Illinois would require one for a motorhome driver.

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it is probably on a spartan mountainmaster chassis which is good for many more years. the gaps in the panels is not a problem unless they are on the roof. take it for a ride and see what wide open throttle on an uphill grade does for the cummins-allison operation. look under the front hood for wood rot and rust.
push up on the ceiling to check for delamination, which might show prior water leaks. walk the roof, check for soft spongy feeling and cracks. price may be a little high.


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That is Too high a price for a 1997.
The Typical Motor Home will have a Chassis build date that is Older than the house completion Date. Eg Title reads 1997 Chassis build sheet 1996
The Builder has to order Chassis well in advance of Construction of the House.


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johnnygalt wrote:

3 Price. Cosmetically very nice inside, outside not as good:
spiderweb cracks in paint, some gaps/cracks where various
panels meet.
This one item would worry me. If there has been any water intrusion into those cracks, you are in for a very expensive ride. I think I would keep looking, both because of the exterior condition and the price.


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Thanks for all the input. Helped us decide which way to go. (Took a pass on the London Aire.)

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johnnygalt wrote:

Thanks for all the input. Helped us decide which way to go. (Took a pass on the London Aire.)
We have friends with one about that year. He was a Boeing engineer and his is maintained well. Should have aluminum superstructure so no possibility of rot or dry rot in them. Top of the line at the time but probably not worth the asking price. Way too few miles for that year too.

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Posted: 09/01/09 03:42pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

johnnygalt wrote:

outside not as good:
spiderweb cracks in paint, some gaps/cracks where various
panels meet. Can probably get it for
$80K. Does this seem like a fair price?



Yes it was a top of the line coach. I have seen and been in them. I would pass on it because of the above. Why spend something like that on something with visual problems? You could do a LOT better for 80 grand or maybe a little more...IMHO.



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tommy wilson wrote:

the gaps in the panels is not a problem unless they are on the roof.


I mean no offense - but how can you say this without seeing them??? I would worry if my DSDP had cracks in the panels ....This unit could have set in the hot direct sun for 10 years...who knows.

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