- Wait and see if they would fix it in the 2016 model.
- Wait to order the 2017 model - if the problems were fixed (to our satisfaction)
- Look for something from another manufacturer
- Order an earlier but similar model of the same type
Wait for a "fix" to the 2016
For us, this option was full of potential "gotchas". First and foremost, the proportional valve solution being investigated by Newmar and Freightliner may or may not solve the problem. Everyone thinks that it will take some weight off the problematic front axle, but it will add weight to the other axles. That might not be so bad, except that quite a few people believe that the most weight that could be taken from the front is 200-400 pounds. Typical weights with full fuel, water tanks, people and a reasonable amount of cargo are right up to the maximum 17,000 pounds - or they are exceeding it by several hundred pounds. There isn't much margin, and a lot of people think that the "solution" is merely a band aid.
Wait to order the 2017 model
This is a good, viable option for those willing to wait - with one big caveat. Newmar hasn't announced what they're doing to the 17's and customer service basically says they don't know yet how the axle weight issues will be resolved in the 17's.
Look for something from another manufacturer
In the same price range as the 2016 Dutch Stars and of comparable build quality and customer satisfaction are Entegra and Tiffin RVs. If you spend some serious time reading Facegroup groups like Big Rig RVs and Full-Time RVer, and following the topics in forums like irv2's Newmar Owners Forum, you'll soon discover that Entegra is appreciated for their build quality (similar in many ways to Newmar's) and Tiffin seems to have many devoted and very satisfied customers. If we were to start looking at other manufacturer's, we would certainly begin with these two.
Order an earlier model of the same type
More than a year ago, we decided that the coach we really wanted and preferred above all others was the Dutch Star. We visited some dealers and then went to the show in Tampa and felt sure that either the model 4018 or the 4369 was the coach we wanted to buy. After lots of walk-throughs, a lot of research, and discussions with owners, we locked our sights onto the 4369. It seemed like the perfect floor plan and it had a phenomenal chassis.