You can usually tell a bath and a half Newell from the windows. In the very rear of the coach on the passenger side if there is a small window it's probably a 1-1/2 bath. My '98 doesn't have that window and is a mid walk through bath.
Oh and there are a few mid-entry Newells with a window in the door. Just not very common. Like Clarke said they are all custom built.
Yes they are heavy, we full-time in a 45' 2 slide 1998 and carry more than we probably should. We still have about 1000# carrying capacity and a 10,000# towing capacity.
Newells are built to a different standard than most other motorhomes.
The best way to tell the year is from the front end design. Like others said check out newellgurus.com there is quite a bit of info there.
Let me apologize in advance if I don't seem overly friendly or if I don't sit outside enough to please others. We are not camping, we are living full-time in our Newell. We chose the Newell for many reasons, one of which is value. The few people I've told what price we paid were amazed. I had no problems buying a 15 year old coach.
If we're not "home" we're out enjoying life. Somedays we're out sightseeing, riding the RZR, hiking, shopping, eating, etc. Some days we're inside because my back hurts, got work to do, etc. Or I don't enjoy sitting in the sun, I do love the shade though.
We've met quite a few different people while traveling and I won't make the distinction over which type of RV they have as to who was the friendliest.
And please don't be offended if I don't invite you into our home. Would you invite a total stranger into yours?
You might find more Newell owners over at www.newellgurus.com
Don't know if many owners hang around over here.
We have a rally scheduled for the last week of June at http://www.ozarksrvresortontablerocklake.com/
That would be a good time to visit and see different models.
I spent my entire career working for a natural gas pipeline company. My responsibility was to keep gas flowing throughout the system. I lived in a hurricane prone area and would watch as a hurricane entered the gulf and offshore wells shut down. Our pipeline pressure would go from 900 psi to as low as 200 psi! But never once did we lose our supply.
So yes the natural gas supply is vulnerable to disruption. We would see the same situation with winter storms. Natural gas (if available) would still be my preferred choice of fuel but I would have a diesel backup.
Another thing and I've never found this, would be a timer circuit so when power goes out and you're not home due to evacuations or vacations then the timer would only let the generator run for a couple hours a few times a day. This would be much better than it running continuously and would keep the freezer and fridge cold.
Sorry, don't read this forum that frequently.
The system I'm presently installing are definitely not drop-in ready. These are 4 individual cells + a BMS that must be connected together. Not a big problem but does require some wiring skill and knowledge.
I'll be using my existing inverter to charge but may need to change out the voltage regulator for my engine alternator since my system will be so large it could fry my alternator. Even after all of that the total cost will be the same as AGM's. I'm replacing six 8D batteries.
I bought the cells and BMS from www.balqon.com
Sorry but I don't plan to document the install here since there are too many naysayers and I don't have the time or patience to deal with that.
This technology is still pretty much experimental for RV's. But if people don't jump in and test the waters then it won't become mainstream.