Newmar Makes Motorhome Driving Easier with Comfort Drive

Five years ago, Nappanee, Indiana-based Newmar Corp created the ultimate combination of advanced technology and intelligent design.

The Newmar Comfort Drive Steering System is one of the most significant innovations in motorcoach drivability ever… and it’s another innovative feature that defines the Newmar difference.

Comfort Drive Steering is an intelligent steering system that decreases driver fatigue often associated with operating a typical diesel pusher over long distances. It also aids a driver to maintain a straight path by compensating for cross-winds and crowns in the road.

Comfort Drive creates a positive on-center feel which reduces parking efforts and improves reversibility when backing up a motorhome.

Newmar first introduced the Comfort Drive Steering System on its 2007 Luxury products.

With Comfort Drive, you’ll exert less effort turning the wheel when you drive, back up, and turn. This advanced technology responds to your steering—then makes your driving experience easier.

Comfort Drive removes friction from the steering process so you steer with a light grip, making long trips less tiring. It makes your motorcoach handle more like a car with a self-straightening wheel and lane change sensor adjustments that make it easy to stay in a lane once you’ve committed to it, even at high speeds.

With Comfort Drive you can fine-tune the system’s resistance and responsiveness with a touch of the adjustable Comfort Drive controls right on the dash.

This standard feature was developed by TRW Automotive, Spartan Chassis, and Newmar.

The Newmar Comfort Drive Steering System comes equipped on the following models:

  • Ventana Diesel Pusher
  • Dutch Star Diesel Pusher
  • Mountain Aire Diesel Pusher
  • Essex Diesel Pusher
  • King Aire Diesel Bus

During the recently concluded Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA) National Convention at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis, Newmar Corp. provided 72 attendees with test drives as part of its Comfort Drive Steering promotion.

Participants were awarded $100 in free fuel once they completed a test drive and a survey.

“Comfort Drive Steering is an innovative feature that makes driving a Newmar diesel motorhome a much more comfortable and easy experience,” said Matt Miller, Newmar’s president.

“Unlike a slideroom, however, Comfort Drive Steering can only be properly demonstrated during a thorough test drive. So we decided to allow our visitors to experience Comfort Drive Steering first hand at this event.”

The test drives conducted by Newmar personnel lasted about 40 minutes and covered roughly 23 miles. The course included secondary roads in addition to interstate roads conditions. Newmar made 80 test drive appointments available using four of its diesel motorhomes.

“I felt completely at ease driving the Dutch Star with Comfort Drive Steering,” commented Allen Polka, from Comfort, Texas.

“Driving the Newmar motorhome required me to place so much less pressure on the steering wheel to keep going straight or making a turn. It was like driving on auto pilot.”

2013 Dutch Star Diesel Pusher

On a personal note, when I first got behind the wheel and road tested my 2012 Dutch Star Diesel Pusher at Midtown RV, I thought I had died and gone to heaven.

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NEWMAR: When You Know The Difference

Established in 1968 Newmar is an innovator and leader in the RV manufacturing industry and recognized for its excellence in quality.

Newmar Corp is privately owned and has a dealer network that spans across the United States and Canada.

Newmar Corp is located at 355 N. Delaware Street, Nappanee, Indiana.

Newmar Corp currently manufactures Class A gas motorhomes (Bay Star Sport, Bay Star, and Canyon Star), Class A diesel motorhomes (Ventana LE, Ventana, and Dutch Star), and luxury Class A diesel motorhomes (Mountain Aire, Essex, and King Aire).

Address: 355 N. Delaware Street, PO Box 30, Nappanee, Indiana 46550-0030

Phone: (800) 860-0086

Website: newmarcorp.com

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Newmar Introduces 2013 Dutch Star

Newmar introduced its 2013 product line-up at the recently completed Good Sam Rally in Louisville, Kentucky and at the Newmar Kountry Klub Rally in Gillette, Wyoming.

A design emphasis on bolder colors, and more eye appeal was welcomed by customers at both events.

Highlighting the product change was the total life-cycle redesign of the Dutch Star, according to a news release.

One of Newmar’s best known brands, the Dutch Star features a new front cap with stainless steel grill and LED accent lighting. A new hood design with hidden hinges and a heavier duty windshield wiper system with more coverage area; highlight the change to the front of the new Dutch Star.

The rear cap has also been redesigned and features new automotive taillights with LED accents. Four distinct, exterior graphics choices allow customers to choose from a variety of colors. Each graphic includes five different colors with blended paint “fades.”

Interior improvements include three wood choices, hidden hinges on all cabinetry, and new designer mitered cabinet doors with glazing.

2013 Newmar Dutch Star exterior

Other interior features include polished porcelain tile with glass inserts, solid surface countertops, and a new backsplash design with cut-glass. Additional interior upgrades include a feature ceiling added to the bedroom of all floor plans, and a soffit with standard halogen lighting added to the full wall slide floor plan.

Several former options were made standard for the 2013 model year including, auto gen start, Weather Pro electric patio awning, Oasis power entry door awning, and side view cameras.

The Dutch Star is offered in ten floor plans in 37-foot, 40-foot, and 43-foot lengths. The 37 foot features a 400 ISL Cummins on a Freightliner chassis, while the 40 foot and 43 foot feature a 450 ISL Cummins on the Freightliner.

Highlights of several floor plans include the Flexsteel L-shaped Extenda –Flex sofa, a 46-inch Sony television on an electronic powered mechanism, (televator), that raises or lowers the television from behind a sofa or a fireplace are included in some of the innovative floor plans.

2013 Newmar Dutch Star interior panoramic view

“Prior to these rallies, all of us at Newmar were very excited about the all new 2013 Dutch Star. The results indicated our excitement was spot-on, as dealers and customers alike have shared their acceptance of the major changes,” according to Pat Terveer, Director of Luxury Sales, Product Planning and Design for Newmar.

“We expect Dutch Star to experience a significant growth in sales based on early results,” Terveer added.

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Newmar Corp

NEWMAR: When You Know The Difference

Established in 1968 Newmar is an innovator and leader in the RV manufacturing industry and recognized for its excellence in quality. Newmar is privately owned and has a dealer network that spans across the United States and Canada.

Newmar Corp is located at 355 N. Delaware Street, Nappanee, Indiana.

2013 Newmar Durch Star bedroom

Newmar Corp currently manufactures Class A gas motorhomes (Bay Star Sport, Bay Star, and Canyon Star), Class A diesel motorhomes (Ventana LE, Ventana, and Dutch Star), and luxury Class A diesel motorhomes (Mountain Aire, Essex, and King Aire).

Address: 355 N. Delaware Street, PO Box 30, Nappanee, Indiana 46550-0030

Phone: (800) 860-0086

Website: newmarcorp.com

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