6 Most Common Problems with Newell Coach

After being in business for 50 years, Newell Coaches are still rolling! Andrew Steele, the RV-ing star has deemed the Coach the best RV now at 2022. However, that was a sponsored video (I couldn’t help but notice). So does the coach have some shortcomings?

Yes, they do! Some of the Newell Coach problems are air leaking, failing resettable fuses/breakers from heat, expensive and resale value problems, problems locating parts, rust and corrosion issues, and engine stalling.

How severe are these problems? Are these coaches still worth buying? Find out below!

Problems and Solutions at a Glance

Problems with Newell CoachSolutions
Air LeakingReplace the leaking part, and replace the control solenoid valve.
Failing Resettable Fuses/Breakers From HeatReplace fuses.
Expensive and Resale Value ProblemsBuy second-hand products.
Problem Locating PartsTake help from service persons to locate parts.
Rust and Corrosion IssuesReplace the rusted part.
Engine StallingReplace corroded ECU pin, replace ignition circuit solenoid.

Common Problems with Newell Coach and the Solutions

Whether or not to buy an 8 or 10-year-old coach is a good choice is a question. Considering you would expect it to go for another 20 years. All the answers can be found in the Newell Coach problems I discuss below.

1. Air Leaking:

The problem mainly includes the leak in the 120V compressor compartment. Users report finding the air system to be completely down. The reason is a leak in any part of the unit, such as, on the sidewall, on a little silver/black component.

Now, before the air gets to the part that’s leaking, the air supply has to go through another component. The entire system will seem to be emptied by an air leak from the bottom of this little component.

An air solenoid valve moves air at 120V. It is located between the compressor and a check valve. Its job is to let off pressure when the air compressor isn’t running. So the air compressor doesn’t start up against high pressure.

Here’s a tip on finding the leak: They are mainly found in the high-pressure area of the air system. The control solenoid valve will be near the cylinder that opens and closes the door. Find this portion and check for leaks.

Owners will have to figure out how to get in this place depending on the coach model. But look up on both sides of the cavity the door goes into.

The Fix:

Unfortunately, the control valves are not available easily. Even if it is, it is a straining task to find it. So just order the valves from Newell and replace the leaky ones.

But if the leak is not near the valve, find the leaking part and replace it. Reattach properly, tighten the control valve and you are good to go. 

2. Failing Resettable Fuses/Breakers From Heat:

At an excess temperature of 113 to 117 degrees Fahrenheit, you may have some electrical issues. You will find the resettable fuse in the fuse panel (located right next to the engine) failing.

The engine is ventilated out the far side. So it gets all the cooling on that side. Therefore, the 5 amp resettable fuse that works as a breaker, in that extreme heat, gives out.

The technicians conclude that these extremely sophisticated fuses cannot tolerate such high temperatures. 

The Fix:

It is an inherent issue of the fuses. You need to replace them. Find a cooler place if you can to put the auto fuses inside the fuse box. Try to keep extra fuses when operating the Coach in a high-temperature area.

3. Expensive and Resale Value Problems:

Newels tend to be the most expensive A motorhomes out there. No doubt they are luxurious and give proper value for money. However, the resale value I not as much. They don’t sell as much as the camper.

This is not to say that people don’t want a second-hand Newell. But the owner will not get enough value for the price he bought the RV originally.

Dealers can’t afford to have them on their lots, too, which is why they don’t buy them. They need to think of the cost of the flooring too. Now, a consignment dealer wouldn’t have that kind of restraint.

The Fix:

The fix is not really a fix. It is just that you can buy a second-hand RV. In this case, you will get a cheaper Newell but a lot more value for money.

4. Problem Locating Parts:

Well, some parts are difficult to find while others are not. Some basement A/C units couldn’t be repaired since owners couldn’t get replacement parts (as reported by them).

Obtaining chassis is rather easy. Though it occasionally requires some investigation due to the vehicle’s age to determine the correct part number.

For example, 2-stroke Detroit Diesels have been out of production for approximately 20 years, getting them repaired has become a bit more of a problem.

The Fix:

Get in touch with the mechanics whether they know about the availability of the parts. Talk to your dealer too if you want. There is rarely any part that’s impossible to find.

Service people always seem to know where to find these parts. So you can take help from them.

5. Rust and Corrosion Issues:

This issue is comparatively less reported. And I’ll be honest I had to search with a microscope to find this fault! Rust and corrosion are seen mainly in the older models like the 80s ones.

A professional shop should be able to provide an estimate if you don’t know how to fix it yourself. Corrosion bubbles up under the body’s paint, which can be easily visible.

The Fix:

To get rid of rust, you must remove all the rust from the surface. A structural component will need to be changed if that is compromised.

6. Engine Stalling:

Like rusting and corrosion, this issue is also rare but it does come up. Especially if the engine is not serviced regularly. The engine begins stalling at around the 4th gear.

If the engine shuts down and it appears as if the key has been turned off, you know something is wrong. The instrument panel lights dim down too.

A bad pin due to corrosion at the ECU may be the reason. The ignition circuit solenoid located in the passenger footwell may also be the reason.

The Fix:

Replace the corroded pin at ECU or the ignition circuit solenoid if they are the problem. Consider installing an engine monitoring system.

What Majority of the Users Feel?

In my opinion, the first thing to discuss here first is the warranty condition. Newell declares on their website that by buying a used machine from them, less than 8 years old, only a 24-month warranty is offered. This might be a bit controversial.

Otherwise, the Newells are made with highly robust engineering and are simple to work on for most people. They also have excellent handling for such a large coach.

Although there aren’t enough large storage compartments, this allows for more interior room. Newell Coaches receive mostly positive feedback from users.

Final Thoughts

Newell Coach is one of the best coaches made out there. They have sturdy engineering with minimum complaints from users. Although it has less storage space and a lack of updated interior, it is still a favourite.

The Newell Coach problems can be overlooked as they can be easily fixed. Besides, no machine is without fault. So it is a coach you can easily purchase.

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