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Busskipper

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Posted: 01/12/19 07:05am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

JCat wrote:


I am looking into getting my next RV and want to upgrade to either a

Prevost Bus (marathon, vantare, etc) or a

Newmar king air, all used.

I drove a new King air and and it was a great ride, but still had some wind noise at the door and windows.

I have not driven a Prevost yet, but I hear the ride is great and a lot less wind noise.

Also want to hear about insulation and cold air seeping in around the windows.

Anyway I would like to get input from those that own or have owned a Prevost and a King Air on the pro's and con's.

Thanks


First - Do not own either - BUT - Have a good friend with a Prevost, and have driven it often (Also helped with figuring out some of the issues he's had over the years) and Have driven many Newmar's and own a TS.

So you can take my advice with that Knowledge. $.02

Prevost is for a Million Mile Drive - But - you need to have a Heavy Duty Maintenance Fund, likely 6 figures over a few years. As an older Prevost will have a much higher list of Maintenance items that, will all cost more, as they are not built with the Same standard equipment as most production line Coaches.

Check into the number and type of A/C's - Generators - Heaters - Tires - electronics as they will all be different and Likely much more expensive to locate, replace and maintain.

If you just want to have people say "Oh that guy has a Prevost" - then ..........

King Air - will give you a lot of Bang and Glitter, so you will not feel Bad with that very Upper End Choice[emoticon]

Still, very high end but parts and Maintenance are just easier.

Is truly made to live in, so it's easier to set up and Enjoy (Not a bus that was converted, but a Top End MotorHome) almost everything is designed with the RV'er in mind, which just makes life in a CG Fun and Easy.

So in summation, if money is not a consideration and you are driving a couple hundreds of thousand miles in the next couple of years - literally coast to coast every month then the Prevost will be Nice.

But if you are bumping around for the next 5-10 years, going from CG to CG with maybe 10-15 thousand miles a year with a new CG every few weeks as you see the country, then the Production Coach would be MY Choice. (I would likely stop at say Mountain Air - little less Glitz - a lot more Bang for the Buck)

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15 year old Prevost vs. 5 year old King Aire. Tough decision for sure!


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univmd wrote:

15 year old Prevost vs. 5 year old King Aire. Tough decision for sure!


Not in my book. The newer appliances do not last as long as the older ones. I'm running a 23 year old Norcold and 23 year old Coleman A/Cs. In fact, the only appliance I've replaced are the TVs, but not because they broke but because I wanted to save on weight and power. The shop at the RV store where I work is regularly replacing appliances in 2 year old coaches, Newmars included.

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Mondooker wrote:

I mean no disrespect but you cannot compare a Newmar Of any style or type to a Prevost! One is a bus while the other is a fiberglass motorhome. Mr. Mark said how a Prevost has front and rear bumpers and folks that is huge. Have you seen videos of a fiberglass coach in an accident with fiberglass flying everywhere? No fiberglass on a Prevost! Again, no disrespect it just is what it is.


When/If you ever do crash the Prevost look at the cost of repair, where you must get it done vs, the fiberglass coaches.

We hit a bear on the Casier highway in 2017, I took pictures sent them to Newmar they gave me part numbers, I ordered the part, and it was waiting for me when we got home, Painted the new part, removed the broken one and installed the new piece.
Insurance paid the whole bill. $1300.00.
Prevost may be the best built coach. but fiberglass offers some advantages too.


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Tom/Barb wrote:

Mondooker wrote:

I mean no disrespect but you cannot compare a Newmar Of any style or type to a Prevost! One is a bus while the other is a fiberglass motorhome. Mr. Mark said how a Prevost has front and rear bumpers and folks that is huge. Have you seen videos of a fiberglass coach in an accident with fiberglass flying everywhere? No fiberglass on a Prevost! Again, no disrespect it just is what it is.


When/If you ever do crash the Prevost look at the cost of repair, where you must get it done vs, the fiberglass coaches.

We hit a bear on the Casier highway in 2017, I took pictures sent them to Newmar they gave me part numbers, I ordered the part, and it was waiting for me when we got home, Painted the new part, removed the broken one and installed the new piece.
Insurance paid the whole bill. $1300.00.
Prevost may be the best built coach. but fiberglass offers some advantages too.


Is it possible that the STEEL bumper on the Prevost might have just killed the bear and resulted in nothing more than washing the blood off of the front end? Just saying........

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rgatijnet1 wrote:

Is it possible that the STEEL bumper on the Prevost might have just killed the bear and resulted in nothing more than washing the blood off of the front end? Just saying........

This is true, but I've seen bears bend a truck bumper that's much stronger than a bus bumper.

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Tom/Barb wrote:

Mondooker wrote:

I mean no disrespect but you cannot compare a Newmar Of any style or type to a Prevost! One is a bus while the other is a fiberglass motorhome. Mr. Mark said how a Prevost has front and rear bumpers and folks that is huge. Have you seen videos of a fiberglass coach in an accident with fiberglass flying everywhere? No fiberglass on a Prevost! Again, no disrespect it just is what it is.


When/If you ever do crash the Prevost look at the cost of repair, where you must get it done vs, the fiberglass coaches.

We hit a bear on the Casier highway in 2017, I took pictures sent them to Newmar they gave me part numbers, I ordered the part, and it was waiting for me when we got home, Painted the new part, removed the broken one and installed the new piece.
Insurance paid the whole bill. $1300.00.
Prevost may be the best built coach. but fiberglass offers some advantages too.



Wow you hit a bear and only $1,300.00 in damage.
Around here if the bear just scratched you bumper with its claw you couldent even get it painted for $1300.00 never mind parts also


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Prevosts are made of a Kevlar/Fiberglass composite above the waist-line as is the rear/front caps which gives it a very smooth finish. The bay doors are metal.

The H3 chassis's are the taller ones (ours is the H3-45 VIP chassis), the XL's are generally the Prevosts with the stainless steel on the lower sides.

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That bear story is just crazy. A Prevost owner would simply reach down for the bottle kept in the leg pouch, open the side window and pepper spray that bear. Even a bear would know that and would look for the next fiberglass coach silly!

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mike brez wrote:


Wow you hit a bear and only $1,300.00 in damage.
Around here if the bear just scratched you bumper with its claw you couldn't even get it painted for $1300.00 never mind parts also


Yes, it happened so fast the bear ran out from the left side of the road. and almost made it, he just hit the lower right corner of the front cap, it simply unbolts.

I did the repair, and yes paint is expensive.

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