Newmar, like other manufacturers, has a line of RVs that begins with smaller ones that are inexpensive to their top-of-the-line King Aire that retails for almost a million dollars. In our case, we had already decided that we wanted a diesel pusher, so our options within the Newmar line were limited (by price range) to the Ventana or Dutch Star. Those are the ones we were looking at when we knew that we had found what we wanted.
The 2015 Dutch Star 4018 is 40' long and has a lot of the basic features that we wanted, like instant hot water and an all-electric option (no LP gas for a stove, instead you can get an induction cooktop). While we had been debating a lot of the bath and a half models we saw, the 4018 convinced us how nice it would be to have that half bath. After seeing the 4018, we were sure that this was the coach for us....
Not only did it have a great rear bath, but the pantry was twice the size. Because it is three feet longer, you can also get a third air conditioning unit. And the fuel tank in the 4369 is 50% larger than the one in the 4018.
Because of the extra weight in the 4369, it can only carry about 5500 pounds of people and their stuff. The 4018 can carry over 8000 pounds. But we figure that we'll be fine.
So we changed our mind and decided on the Dutch Star 4369. The only thing was that we knew we wanted to do a custom order and we had to wait for about a year or so. This meant that our 4369 would be the 2016 model, and we had no idea what changes they would be making.
So we waited. And when the 2016 Dutch Star 4369 information was published by Newmar and began to appear on dealer web sites, we were thrilled to find out that it had some new features that were well worth the wait.
Next up: The features and specs for the coach we have chosen, the 2016 Dutch Star 4369.