Newmar New Aire – First Impression: Space & Quality

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We love our RV, but we’ve talked about downsizing for years. So we were excited to see the Newmar New Aire, which promises to provide the quality of a larger rig in a more compact size.

When asked what the “right size” RV is, our standard answer is “Buy the smallest RV you think you can be comfortable in.” Now, we know this might sound a little disingenuous coming from a couple of guys touring around in a 43′ big rig, but needs do change over time, and nothing is 100% perfect for every situation or every RVer. But take it from us… we’re talking from experience… if we could go back in time and do it over again, the one change we’d make is to go smaller.

Don’t get us wrong… we love our Mountain Aire. Our 13 years on board is hands down the longest either one of us has ever owned any single home our entire lives. And it is just that… HOME. But when we bought it, we accepted that its length would be a hindrance to getting into many places.

Since we’d spent a frenetic first two years on the road visiting literally every National Park in the Western US (many of them repeatedly), we decided that we’d be okay visiting them less often, and in a different way…. parking outside the parks and using our toad to get around inside.

Now there are a lot of National Parks that any RV can fit in. But even in those, the longer you are, the fewer site choices you’ve got. So we haven’t had any shortage of return visits to many of our favorite places. But the trade-off for “luxury” is just that… a trade-off. We long ago decided that ANY new RV we got would be smaller.

Of course we know lots of people travel full-time in far smaller rigs than we’ve got. But we do have our limits, which makes us tip our hats to the full-time-travel-trailer crowd. Do they keep a lot of belongings in a relative’s basement or in a storage facility? Do they wear smaller clothes than we do? Are they simply okay with far stricter limits on stuff than we’re comfortable with? Whatever the differences, we’ve developed a particular affinity for some of the things that, simply put, require space.

For example, we had a queen size bed in our first rig, a Fleetwood Bounder. Now we have a king, and would rather not give that up. We also had a typical combo washer-dryer in the Bounder, and Hated it (with a capital H). Not only was it tiny, but you (obviously) couldn’t run a second wash load until the first load was done drying. We’ve had our fantastic apartment-size separate washer and dryer for 13 years now, and Love it (with a capital L). We hate resorting to laundromats, and the ability to do real life-size loads of wash while we’re here working on board is something we’re not willing to do without. Luckily, the same type of separate washer & dryer we have is now far more common… as is our residential fridge, which we also would not want to be without. But all these things do require space.

So chopping 9 feet off our current RV without losing certain features that we’ve found to be highly desirable for us personally… hmmmm. It’s all about floorplan, but you still can’t defy the laws of physics. How small can we go while still keeping the minimum features that we want?

We’ve also gotten a bit spoiled by Newmar’s quality. We think our RV has higher-quality materials than most of the other “comparable” rigs we’ve seen. But with so many manufacturers cutting corners over the years, to save both weight and cost, has Newmar maintained the level of quality we’re used to?

Also, technology has come a long way since 2005 (thirteen years is an eternity when it comes to tech). So this new RV brings with it all sort of upgrades that weren’t available back in ’05: glass dashboard, multiplex wiring for lights & window shades, 360° “birds-eye-view” cameras, and more. These are the kinds of things that get our geeky hearts fluttering!  😃

With all the whiz-bang new features now available, will we even care about size & quality?!? We address these questions in this video, during our first look at a 2018 Newmar New Aire.


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  1. Geeks,

    I am a proud owner of a New Aire 3443. This is my third Newmar ,first new one. (16 Canyon Star 3710 and 15 Dutch star 3736). I enjoyed the video and glad to see you approve will definitely help with resale value.(LOL) This is a very heavy coach weighing almost the same as my Dutch Star which was four feet longer. The ride is superior because of the weight and the independent front suspension. Also a must was side mount radiator. I would like to clarify about the size of bed. Remember a a queen bed is the same length as a king. It is a foot narrower. If you widen the bed by 12″ there will be may sacrifices made. The Ventana is 12″ inches longer the model with the King bed cuts size of refrigerator and living area. Remember the goal of this project was a high end short coach. Once you start going bigger you might as well get the Dutch Star. The finishes and options are very high end. My coach has 360 camera,adaptive cruise,heated floors and integrated awnings all the things you would expect on a high end longer coach. The storage is much better than the Dutch Star. If anyone has any questions feel free to contact me at crozen363@aol.com. Keep the videos coming.

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      Hi Cory, and a big “congratulations” on your new rig! Always great to hear from a fellow Newmar owner… even one that we’re jealous of! 😉 Thanks for all the feedback and input. We also like the idea of staying as small as possible, but even though John mentioned our height (I’m 6’2″ and John’s 6’1″), and you’re absolutely right about the length of a queen & king being the same, it’s more about the amount of space available. Not sure if we’re restless sleepers, or what, but we’re definitely more comfortable in a king. We stay in queen beds whenever we visit family & friends away from the RV (we don’t know anyone with a king bed in their guest room), and we’re never as comfortable as we’d like. We’re okay with that compromise when we’re short-term guests in someone else’s place, but not in our own home. We could do it if we had to, but a really good night’s sleep is a tough one to compromise on! We’ll hope that a new 34′ 10″ floorplan might include a king bed without bloating things too much by adding that one extra foot (of course we’ve drafted our “dream” floorplan, including king bed. 😊 Now that we’ve heard how much you like your rig, we’re more interested than ever! And we’re with you on the side radiator. We love ours.

  2. We have been watching your videos and are new to comment. We were at the FMCA Expo in Perry, GA. this year and were looking at the Newmar New Aire too. It is the one that we will be trading for this August. We have a 2003 Newmar Mtn Aire. 40.5 ft. We know you will love the New Aire, have fun.

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      Welcome to the comment section, Russell & Lea! And thanks for watching! You must be so excited to be getting into your new New Aire this summer! We know if it was us, we’d be busting at the seams. We’ll have to live vicariously through you, though, because there’s no New Aire in OUR future (unless we win the lottery, that is! LOL!)! Keep us in the loop!

  3. Loved the video! You guys have gone from talking hands to fantastic on camera hosts. Really enjoyed seeing your take on the new coach and it looks like they have done a good job of balancing size/space.

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  4. Interesting that you would produce this video at this time. We saw the NewAire at the Dallas RV Show and share your feelings about this rig. It was refreshing to see high end coach quality in a 34′ coach. I think Newmar has covered a niche here that will be a good seller for them. We are currently in a 38′ Travel Supreme and feel the NewAire has comparable storage capabilities. We were also impressed with the quality of workmanship and design features in the NewAire. The area beneath the steps has been something I have been commenting on for years as unutilized space. Like you we will seriously be looking at this coach in the future.
    Thanks for this and all the other videos. We used your Carefree awning replacement video this spring while replacing our awning.

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      Thanks so much for your thoughts. It’s great to hear that we’re not alone in our interest in the New Aire, and our impressions of it. Great to hear that we could be of help with the awning replacement, too! 😊

  5. Watching you guys and reading your posts is one of my favorite pastimes. I also love the New Aire, though I will have to wait and buy used I think. You have caused me to ask a question. I read your reply about towing 4 down over a dolly, saying the benefits of flat towing are too numerous to count. As we’re newbies to rving and just completed a disastrous first dolly towing experience, I’m sincerely interested in what the benefits of flat towing are. I have not seen a video of yours covering this yet. I know I’ll be seeing you guys in a New Aire very soon! Hope to meet one day, meanwhile keep up the great work!

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      Thanks so much, Joe! We haven’t actually done a video about the benefits of flat towing vs dollies. We’ve only shown things about using a tow bar. I guess the benefits aren’t as numerous as they are important to us. The single biggest problem is that many campsites are crowded already, so where would we put the dolly? Also, the ease of use for a good tow bar is absolutely awesome. We can connect and disconnect so quickly and easily it’s amazing. There are also 2 fewer tires and brakes to worry about, so less maintenance (towbars require virtually nothing). All that said, there are pros to dollies, too. You can use any FWD car, they’re less expensive, and you can back them up. As far as cost, we sucked it up and made the towbar & baseplate investment once, and since we’d be using it full-time for years, and had no plans to change our toad, it was worth the investment. We also bought a specific car for RVing, which was flat-towable, no problem. So our very first choice of car was perfect and without compromise. As far as backing up, we could count on the fingers of one hand the number of times in 15 years we’ve gotten ourselves into a situation where we had to specifically disconnect to back up and then immediately re-connect. And we’d have fingers left over! LOL If you know you can’t back up, you plan, drive and maneuver accordingly.

      There are indeed reasons why some people choose to dolly tow. Cost is one, since dollies are cheaper, and they may already own a car that they very much want to use, but it’s not flat towable. We think a good indication that dolly towing is better for most serious RVers, especially full-timers, is our friends Marc & Julie Bennett of RV Love. They dolly towed for quite a while, and recently made the switch to a tow bar. Since they’ve had both, you might try reaching out to ask them what they think of both methods, and why they made the switch. They’ll be more unbiased than we are probably, since we never considered a dolly, ever! If you do, tell them Peter & John sent you…. and said hello!

      1. Thanks, and thanks again for such a quick reply. I’ve also watched lots of RVLove videos. I will investigate this a bit more. I know how busy you guys are and I really appreciate the time you took to help me out!

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          Our pleasure, Joe. We’re just sorry we couldn’t be of more help, since we’ve never dolly-towed before. There are a lot of factors involved in the decision, so what’s right for us isn’t necessarily right for someone else. But feel free to hit us up with any other questions you may have about it, and we’ll do our best to answer!

  6. Hello, I write from Italy, I apologize for the errors.
    Honestly, I really like newmar New aire, great for driving in Europe, but like all new products has many things to improve according to my opinion:

    -KING BED SIZE (the standard bed is too small)
    -INTERTER 3000W TOO NEAR THE EXTERNAL FRIDGE (excessive heat)
    -ANTENNA WI-FI in motion TOO NEAR THE SATELLITE (interference)
    – SOME ESSENTIAL COMMANDS ARE FAR FROM THE RIDER
    – NO LPG, REFRIGERATOR ONLY ELECTRIC AND INDUCTION HOT PLAN WITHOUT HAVING OF STANDARDS ON THE ROOF OF SOLAR PANELS
    – WATER AND FUEL TANKS (too small for long distances and outdoor)
    – SLIDE MECHANICAL ORGANS TOO IN VIEW
    – NOISE, SCRATCHING DURING THE GUIDE
    – WIRING AND ELECTRIC CABLES IN DISORDER
    – SHOWER WITHOUT FLEXIBLE TUBE
    – WALL-MOUNTED SWITCHES INSTALLED NOT CORRECTLY
    -TABLE DINETTE BED, INSTABLE
    – LADDER IN THE EMERGENCY DOOR NOT EASY TO USE FOR OVER 50
    – THE GENERATOR SHOULD HAVE A SLIDE FOR EASIER MAINTENANCE
    – A SECOND MONITOR IN BEDROOM FOR THE VISION WITH 360 CAMERAS SHOULD BE INSTALLED
    – FOR A LUXURY MOTORHOME THAT LITTLE FOR THE VALUE OF 400K DOLLARS THERE SHOULD NOT MISS EXTRA ACCESSORIES, AS FOR EXAMPLE A WINNER CELL, PNEUMATIC CONTROL SENSORS, TWO EXRA CAMERAS IN THE SURFACING SYSTEM, ONE ON THE ROOF TO OBSERVE THE OBSTACLES BETTER AND ONE INSIDE IN THE DAY AREA.

    I HOPE THAT ALL OUR OPINIONS ARE TAKEN INTO CONSIDERATION FOR THE NEW 2019/2020 MODELS.

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      Thanks for all your input Daniele, and welcome from Italy! We’d love to have one of the gorgeous RVs they sell in Europe. We don’t know why they don’t have them here in North America.

  7. I understand, fully, the reason for a smaller rig is it allows greater access to sites, otherwise, not compatible for something larger. That is what we did when we purchased our toy hauler travel trailer, and we are glad we made that decision. Thanks for the great video.

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  8. This was the quickest “look at” video that has probably ever been done on a new RV. But it was still tantalizing and the comments/responses are very well worth reading.

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      It is interesting the same switches are still used after a decade of building. Also, the New Aire stairs are IDENTICAL to the ones on my 2010 Newmar. Too bad you did not have power – they light up quite well.

      Standing by for a powered-up review, a test drive, some more thinking and wishing, and a signing ceremony.

  9. I was wondering how long it was going to be before you guys posted a New Aire video…HaHa! I saw one at the Newmar factory in September and was impressed. Like you guys, I own an older Mountain Aire and love the quality. Your points regarding the cabinetry and unexpected storage areas is spot on in my opinion. Just hoping for a 3441 or 3541 model in 2019 with a king bed. We’ll know in a few weeks when the product changes are announced. My only reservation with the new chassis is the fuel capacity of 75 gallons.

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      Thanks Doug! Guess it was only a matter of time. 😉 We love our 150-gallons of fuel, allowing us to go 900-1,000 miles between fuel stops. The larger item that makes us scratch our heads a bit is the fresh water capacity… 75 vs our current 105. That would impact our ability to boondock for as long as we’re used to without moving. Might require the purchase of a water bladder.

      1. 2019 floor plans became available last night. New Aire has a new plan number 3345 which is a hybrid of the existing two plans but still is a Queen bedroom. 34 foot Ventana now has two King bed plans and there’s a 37 foot Dutch Star with a King bed. Rumor has it that Dutch Star will have a digital dash in 2019. Historically, the 37 foot Dutch Stars have had the highest power to weight ratios but don’t know stats for 2019 models. You get to keep the larger water tanks with both Ventana and Dutch Star. Maybe 2020 will be the year that New Aire comes with a King bed.

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          Hi Doug! Someone else had posted that there was going to be a third New Aire floorplan for 2019… so it will be interesting to see what it’s like. Too bad it doesn’t have a King bed, but it’s understandable at only 33′ long. And it will also be interesting to see what New Aire features start making their way into other products. A 37′ Dutch Star with glass dash, King bed, larger tank capacities and bigger engine could be a really interesting option! It’s great to have choices!

  10. Agree that comfort drive is a great plus – wish other manufacturers would buy into it…. unless Newmar has a proprietary lock. Would like to see these “safety” options (like comf. drive, and fire supression systems in engine bay) be standard equip. Would rather have those instead of flat glass instrument display….

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    2. No Newmar and I love ’em too, as I have a ’45 2015 Mountain Aire, does not have a proprietary lock on A feature they call “Comfort Drive”. Foretravel has the same feature and call it “Premiere Steer”. Of course Foretravel is a bit out of my price point.

  11. Unlike Steve at M4, I can’t wait to show this video to my wife as a great big ‘I TOLD YOU SO’! All during our planning, the park size limitations kept turning me off to a large RV. Mama would not have it,,,”The bigger the better”, said the sage. So what did we do…we bought a 2005 Newmar Mountain Aire, same color as yours. At least I get to go to school on your videos hopefully turning me into a qualified RVgeeks DIY’er- so I got that going for me. Regarding the size of our RV, those first couple of right hand turns was an experience not only for me and Mom, but for the whole intersection, as I watched in my side mirror, my tow vehicle bounce off the curb and go up on two wheels and slam back to the pavement. However, I am getting better as a driver and having the size RV we do, well, I’m OK with this big sucker.

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      1. We have a 4304 as well, we might be related. Yes! your Off-Tracking video has been very helpful. We really appreciate what you contribute to the RV community, particularly to us new guys. Thanks! (Duh! It took me a while to figure out what MADP is, LOL.)

  12. Hi Guys, Great video. We’ve been in early negotiations on a New Aire having been very impressed with the build quality and flexibility a 33 and a bit foot coach can provide. I think Newmar has really hit the sweet spot on this one…New orders will now be on 2019 models and there will be a new floor plan available taking it to three for the new model year…We like the 3343 with the kitchen and booth dinette on the patio side and the full bath. Would be interested to hear your take on length versus wheel base and the consequences on handling and safety. Leaving the tag axle option would impact on handling to a degree. How do you feel Newmar has catered for this?

    Many thanks, Dave and Anita

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      Hi Dave & Anita! Great to hear that a 3rd floorplan is imminent! We’re honestly not fans of tag axles, primarily because they eat up 3 feet of basement storage, and are only needed to carry excess weight on larger vehicles. Our 43′ rig has no more basement space than a typical 40′ rig. Yes they do provide additional ride smoothness and stability, but without the added size and mass of a larger rig, it’s not as important. There are a few 40 rigs that were so heavy with options (like tile floors and other heavy stuff) that they required tag axles. We would never consider one of those. The best solution as far as we’re concerned, it to go shorter, thereby reducing weight, eliminating the need for a tag axle altogether. That’s one of the many benefits of going smaller. An additional benefit of eliminating the extra axle is a 25% reduction in tire replacement costs. ;-)

  13. Thanks for this quick review! We have toured the New Aire several times and really like this concept (except for the Dark, depressing wood finish) – but (to get this out of the way 1st) you neglected to mention the price – an MSRP of almost $400k. Wow – that’s a lot! But beyond that –

    1> Really like the practical emergency Exit door off the bath. Really smart!

    2> Agree with you that a slightly longer floor plan (~ 35′) would be nice.

    3> Also agree on Newmar quality – I think they have some of the best!

    4> Would like to see them offer a high-end gas version – to get the price down

    5> Height – This model shows a 12’3″ overall height. What do you think of that? This is not as high as some, but to help prevent damage from tree branches and to have access to a high garage (typically with a 12′ High Door) would prefer something a bit lower. Your thoughts from your driving experience?

    6> Residential fridge – We really love that our Norcold runs on A/C or LP gas – Really nice when boondocking. While a larger residential refrigerator is nice, all that we have seen are strictly electric – therefore requiring a lot of solar panels and batteries if we want to go off-grid. Would love to see LP gas options in larger refrigerators.

    7> From living in our 37′ Winnebago (which we love for many reasons) we have learned that while a desirable floor plan is important, there are many other features that make or break a really livable motor home. For example – Immediate switches upon entry. I cannot believe that some RVs out there have no switches by the entry steps to turn on lights, connect the house batteries, etc.. Or power panels that provide good information yet located in a convenient location. Or light switches in general – nothing like having nice wall mounted switches right where you enter a room vs. just having switches on ceiling lamps which you cannot even see in the dark. From our experience having things like switches and outlets in intuitive locations can make all the difference. TV locations. Available storage – especially for Clothes for us full timers – is key. Etc.. There are lots of other small touches which are important as well but you get the idea, so I wish more manufacturers would offer better design by looking more at user ergonomics rather than just floor plans. And I think that Newmar has done a great job with many of these things.

    Thanks for your review. I enjoy your videos and really appreciate your other reviews and comments based on your real-world experiences. Hope to meet you out on the road this summer! (What are your travel plans?)

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      Thanks for all the input, Richard! Replies below, in line, in bold.

      1> Really like the practical emergency Exit door off the bath. Really smart!
      Sorry, but that door is one of our least favorite features. One more opening in the bodywork, for something that will never get used. We know some are very sensitive to the idea of maximum safety, but adding so much mechanism seems like overkill. We’ll just hang from the window sill and drop a couple of feet to the ground. Of course we’re tall and still young enough, so we do get it that others may feel differently.

      2> Agree with you that a slightly longer floor plan (~ 35′) would be nice.
      That’s our perfect length!!

      3> Also agree on Newmar quality – I think they have some of the best!
      For sure. We haven’t seem better. Big fans here, from experience.

      4> Would like to see them offer a high-end gas version – to get the price down
      Personally, we’re not interested in gas for full-timing, but more options are always better.

      5> Height – This model shows a 12’3″ overall height. What do you think of that? This is not as high as some, but to help prevent damage from tree branches and to have access to a high garage (typically with a 12′ High Door) would prefer something a bit lower. Your thoughts from your driving experience?
      Height is the least worrisome dimension for us. The loss of headroom and all that basement storage height would make this length rig untenable for us.

      6> Residential fridge – We really love that our Norcold runs on A/C or LP gas – Really nice when boondocking. While a larger residential refrigerator is nice, all that we have seen are strictly electric – therefore requiring a lot of solar panels and batteries if we want to go off-grid. Would love to see LP gas options in larger refrigerators.
      After living with a Norcold fridges in two RVs during our first 8 years on the road, we agree the flexibility is nice for boondocking. But after our second fridge failed catastrophically, and was replaced with our current residential unit, we would never go back. All it takes is the proper battery bank to power it, and we no longer have to defrost every month, live with such limited space, and deal with barely-frozen ice cream. Not to mention the endless recalls for fire hazards. It’s obviously a trade-off, but since we’ve chosen residential, the ability do without propane completely allows the New Aire to use that space for other things.

      7> From living in our 37′ Winnebago (which we love for many reasons) we have learned that while a desirable floor plan is important, there are many other features that make or break a really livable motor home. For example – Immediate switches upon entry. I cannot believe that some RVs out there have no switches by the entry steps to turn on lights, connect the house batteries, etc.. Or power panels that provide good information yet located in a convenient location. Or light switches in general – nothing like having nice wall mounted switches right where you enter a room vs. just having switches on ceiling lamps which you cannot even see in the dark. From our experience having things like switches and outlets in intuitive locations can make all the difference. TV locations. Available storage – especially for Clothes for us full timers – is key. Etc.. There are lots of other small touches which are important as well but you get the idea, so I wish more manufacturers would offer better design by looking more at user ergonomics rather than just floor plans. And I think that Newmar has done a great job with many of these things.
      These is definitely a lot of variability in how creative/thoughtful various manufacturers are with these sorts of things. Definitely good to keep in mind when shopping!

      1. Thanks guys for your fast & pertinent comments to my posting – very much appreciated. Gives me more to think about.

        Excellent point on the residential refrigerator – that you can reduce/eliminate LP Gas altogether if you have sufficient solar & battery capacity that can also power a hot water heater and induction cook top. Though heat??

        Anyway – any thoughts on towing – – 4 down vs. using tow dolly? (You’ve probably already done a video on that which I have not yet found).

        Thanks for your great advice!

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          Hydronic heat is the real game changer when it comes to propane. You get heat and hot water from a fairly robust resource: diesel fuel. Now you can omit the LP fridge and the LP cooktop (in favor of induction) and you’re all set to hit the road without propane. This is one place the New Aire hits on all cylinders. As far as flat towing vs a dolly, we would never opt for a dolly, especially as full-timers. The benefits of flat-towing are too numerous to count, and we’ve never regretted for one minute the larger investment in getting it set up, or the limits it places on car choice. We have a number of videos about our experience with Roadmaster tow bars, including a special deal we arranged for our viewers on their top-of-the-line Nighthawk.

  14. We’re in the planning process of RVing full-time in about 2 years, so you can imagine the thought processes we are currently going through. We’re focusing on a Class A Diesel Pusher but have not zeroed in on all the features we want and therefore have not decided on a manufacturer. But, we do like what we’ve already seen from Winnebago, Newmar, Entegra, Tiffin and Thor.

    My question at this time is this (and I may already know the answer but am going to ask anyway – looks bigger) – why does it seem that most of the interior furniture is always white or egg shell color?

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      Hi Mike! You’re at a very exciting point in the process… planning & dreaming! Hope you’re having fun getting ready. I think the reason that so much furniture is light colored is to keep the interiors from being too dark. We’ve been on a couple of RVs with dark furniture, and it felt (to us) kind of oppressive in such a small space. By the same token, we don’t understand why people choose dark woods. Both of our interiors have been light, natural maple, and they seem so much brighter!

      1. Totally agree on interior color choices!! It seems that virtually all RV manufacturers copy the same trends – whether it’s what customers really want or not. From recent shows we have been to over the last few years the trend seems to have been dark woods, black furniture, – ugh!

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      2. Thanks for the reply and information. Yes, we’re having a lot of fun looking at this time and as you say “planning & dreaming”. We don’t care for the dark wood (especially the high gloss) nor do we like the dark brown or black furniture either. It always seems though once we find a floor-plan that we like it’s shown in the “hard-to-keep-clean” white interior colors. We don’t plan on buying new, at least not our first full-timing RV, maybe down the road. RVs that I’m referring to are less than 10 years old.

    2. Word of advice from personal experience (and confirmed by other bloggers over the years) – stay away from Thor – very poor quality. If not convinced just go to their website and see what support docs they offer owners . Zilch, Nada. No parts diagrams. No service materials. No resources. Check out their generic Owners Manual – 1 manual for ALL of their Diesel coaches?? Not model specific at all – are you kidding me? If you call them for help they just tell you to go to a dealer (who are mostly backed up for 3-6 mths), and of little help if you happen to be 200 miles away from the closest one. Just be warned.

      1. Richard – thanks for the heads-up on THOR, much appreciated. We will keep your information close by when choosing our full-time motor-home.

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      What, are you having a slow work day there, Steve!? 😂 We’ll now have to make it our goal to create more content that qualifies for a “Terri embargo!” We’re afraid to drive one… might be too much to resist.

  15. Love the review – but have looked at the specs on the New Aire. Coach is heavier by several 1000 lbs. than our 6′ longer Winnie Vectra, but with 2/3 the torque (cummins isb vs isl – huge difference). Our Vectra is adequate in power – not sure the New Aore will be! I understand that better fuel mileage drives some of these choices – but why not an isc – no question that the chaszis is already “robust” enough ( if not downright “porky”)…

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      Hi John! Without having driven one, we can’t speak to the power of the New Aire / ISB combination, but we haven’t seen anyone post anything negative about that topic. We’d assume our 43′ Mountain Aire ISL (400 hp / 1200 lb/ft of torque), weighs a lot more than your Vectra (we’re about 19 tons + toad), but we’ve always found it more than adequate. We’ll hopefully get a chance to test drive the New Aire, but so far, we have steadfastly avoided driving ANYTHING with Comfort Drive, out of fear we’ll never be happy with our rig again, and be forced to buy new! LOL

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