Around 2004 we bought our first motorhome.....it was a 1987 Fleetwood Tioga 26' Class C. Our oldest son had purchased a travel trailer a couple of years before and was encouraging us to buy some sort of RV, so instead of buying something brand new and then finding we didn't like the lifestyle we went the 'previously owned' route. We fell in love with being weekend RVers almost immediately, and by 2007 we had decided we would become full timers when we retired, but we also decided we would need a bigger motorhome, so the search began.
We wanted a late model Class A diesel pusher under 38 feet in length with no slides, and I wanted it to be 'low tech'.....by that I mean I wanted to be able to work on everything myself, if possible. After looking at a lot of 10 year old Class A's that seemed to be 'threadbare' after just a decade of occasional use we were getting discouraged. Then one morning I found this really interesting 1982 Newell Classic on Craigslist located out in Palm Desert. I had never heard of Newells previously, and was a little put off by the age (26 years old at that time). Having just spent a lot of money over several years on a vintage Class C I was wary, but still intrigued by the pictures the owner had attached to the ad.