In an earlier post, Newmar New Aire: A Breath of Fresh Aire, we introduced the all-new 2018 New Aire, a smaller diesel pusher that doesn’t sacrifice on amenities and is designed to attract Millennial to the motorhome market.
A different kind of premium coach, the New Aire is built from the ground up to deliver high end luxury in a smaller package.
The New Aire measures just under 34 feet in length and is 12 feet 3 inches high. It is packed with high-end features, inside and out.
The New Aire incorporates hung-sidewall construction, which Newmar uses in all of its motorhomes. Similar to residential home construction, this method provides a strong foundation and excellent insulation properties versus vacuum-laminated foam. High R-value insulation is placed in the walls and ceiling: an R-16 floor, an R-19 roof, and R-11 walls, with additional R-4 in the basement floor.
Newmar’s STAR foundation strengthens the existing chassis frame and provides a solid base upon which to build—particularly important with the full-wall-slideout floor plan. HWH hydraulic leveling jacks are standard.
The chassis offers a 38,600-pound gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR), a 48,600-pound gross combination weight rating (GCWR), and a 10,000-pound-rated trailer hitch. The ZF IFS front axle, rated at 14,600 pounds, is matched by a 24,000-pound-rated rear axle, the latter a feature of Freightliner’s V-Ride rear suspension.
Both axles come equipped with Michelin 305/70R22.5 XRV series tires mounted on Accuride polished-aluminum wheels. The 6.7-liter Cummins ISB engine produces 360 horsepower and 800 pound-feet torque, and utilizes VGT engine braking. A 75-gallon diesel fuel tank and a 15-gallon driver-side DEF tank supply the engine, which is coupled with an Allison 3000MH six-speed automatic transmission.
The New Aire features Newmar’s Masterpiece full-paint finish. A pair of roof-mounted Girard awnings are placed into the molded roof fascia for a clean appearance. Stainless-steel trim on the bottom sides of the coach protects the lower edge of the baggage compartment doors and contributes to the vehicle’s upscale look.
A keyless entry system controls the entry door (which has a doorbell) as well as the power baggage compartment locks. The New Aire’s large, one-piece windshield offers a panoramic view, and Diamond Shield protective film covers the front cap.
Newmar has incorporated an emergency egress door in the street-side bath. This provides a second exit in the event the main door is blocked by fire or another emergency. Unlike other emergency doors we’ve seen in RVs, it is not designed for just one-time use. A ladder, new for 2018, makes stepping down from the coach easier.
The newly designed cockpit is impressive. The glass dash instrument panel seems to show every bit of information one might want, and it can be customized. The New Aire is equipped with electronic stability control, antilock brakes, and a VIP Smart Wheel. Data from the optional OnGuard Collision Mitigation Adaptive Cruise system, plus trip and travel information, are displayed on the rearview monitor.
Another really cool feature is the Xite HD 360 camera system. A total of four cameras are mounted on the front, rear, and sides of the coach, near the top. These video feeds merge into one common feed, displaying a drone-like view from above. Selecting this 360 mode eliminates any blind spots when driving or maneuvering into a tight area.
Wireless charging mats for cell phones, tablets, etc. are built into the dash and the passenger’s side console. USB outlets are plentiful in the cockpit area.
For more information about the New Aire and other products in the Newmar lineup, contact your Newmar dealer. In Western Canada that would be Midtown RV located in Penticton in the beautiful Okanagan Valley of British Columbia.
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Newmar Corp currently manufactures Class A gas motorhomes (Bay Star Sport, Bay Star, and Canyon Star), Class A diesel motorhomes (Ventana LE, Ventana, Dutch Star, and New Aire), and luxury Class A diesel motorhomes (Mountain Aire, London Aire, Essex, and King Aire).
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