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  1. We are on our second Newmar coach. Our first was an 01 Mountain Air and now we have an 08 Mountain Air. The first we bought used because we were not sure how much we would use the motorhome. We fell in love with the lifestyle and bought the 08 new after doing tons of research on Newmar and other manufacturers. We travel about six months a year all over the country and we love our coach. The Mountain Air is a step below the Essex however it does have the same Spartan K2 chassis, marble floors and Villa furniture. It lacks some of the finer interior accents seen in the Essex however it drives and wears identical to the Essex. As someone already mentioned you might want to seriously consider Comfort Drive - even if it puts you in an 07 Mountain Air versus an 06 Essex. Drive a coach with Comfort Drive and one without and you will see an amazing difference. We just finished a 6 hour drive across South Dakota on I90 with 35 mile an hour winds and it was a piece of cake with Comfort Drive. After the drive, we pulled into a campground and chatted with a neighbor who just completed the same drive in his 2012 non Newmar high end coach. He was exhausted from the drive. Another thing to consider on a used coach is an extended warranty. Although it might be pricey you just don't know how the coach was maintained or used. If you do get a policy make sure everything is covered. Too many policies out there have too many restrictions. Also, unless the coach had tires replaced in the last six to seven years you may need new tires ($6,000 through the FMCA Michelin program). We just had ours replaced at the 6 year mark and nobody can touch the FMCA/Michelin pricing. Good luck with your search! Lisa and Joe Grant, Marco Island Florida
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