After three and one-half years of fulltiming in our Safari, we made the
decision to move to a large motorcoach. Our new home is a 1992 Newell
Coach. Newell is a custom coach builder located in Miami, Oklahoma.
Newell Coaches custom builds their own chassis and historically has used rear
mounted diesel engines manufactured by Detroit Diesel and equipped with Allison
transmissions. Beginning with the 2006 Newell Coaches, most coaches are
available with a Caterpillar C15 and a either a 6 speed Allison
transmission or the 10 speed ZF-AS Tronic transmission. A 12 speed ZF-AS
Tronic was made available beginning with the 2008 models. In 2011, Newell transitioned
to the Cummins ISX engine.
Our Newell Coach is 43'6" long. It has a 500 horsepower Detroit
Diesel 8V-92 diesel engine rated at 1470 lb-ft of torque at 1200 rpm
transferring power through an Allison HT-740 automatic transmission. The
coach has a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 48,200 pounds . Tank
capacities are: Diesel fuel: 320 gallons, Fresh Water: 169 gallons, Waste Water:
173 gallons, Propane: 68 gallons (52.4 gallons at the 80% fill level), Water
Heater: 20 gallons. Power service is 50 amp backed up by a 12.5 KW Kohler
diesel generator and a 2.0 KW Pure Sine Wave inverter running off 2-8D Absorbed
Gas Mat (AGM) coach batteries and 2 8-D chassis batteries. The inverter
powers the front TV, VCR, desk outlets, microwave, bathroom outlet and 120 volt
lights, and the bedroom TV and electric outlets. Leveling is handled
through the HWH air leveling system. Climate control is provided by four
13,500 BTU basement mounted air conditioners, a pair of 35,000 BTU propane
furnaces and 5 electric baseboard heater.
The chassis was designed specifically for the coach and rides on six
11R24.5 tires in the rear and a pair of 305/75R24.5 tires in the front.
Suspension is handled by 12 airbags, two airbags per side on each of the
Living Room, Kitchen and Dinette
Shower, Vanity and Bed
Dynamometer Test Maximum 429 Wheel Horsepower (500 BHP)