Newmar Super Star Super C RV – Detailed Tour & Impressions from RVX

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We attended the RVX trade show in Salt Lake City last week to host Newmar’s live broadcast, during which we revealed their very first entry into the Super C market – The Super Star!

After the broadcast, we heard from lots of you who said “More Super Star!” So without further ado, here is our considerably more detailed tour of this beautiful new rig.

If you missed our original live tour during the show, you can watch the re-broadcast on the RVIA website here:

http://bit.ly/Newmar-RVX-Livestream

Also, here are the answers to a few of the most common questions we’ve received since the live broadcast went out:
  • What chassis is it built on? A Freightliner M106 chassis
  • What’s the size of the engine? Cummins 350HP diesel with 1,150 lb-ft of torque
  • What transmission is used on the Super Star? The Allison 3200
  • What are the tank capacities?
    • Fuel: 100 gallons
    • Fresh Water: 150 gallons
    • Gray Tank: 60 gallons
    • Black Tank: 40 gallons
    • Propane: 32 gallons
  • What will the standard and optional items be for heating water and interior heat? Propane gas furnace with ducted heat and a 10 gallon gas/electric water heater will be standard. There will be an option for the Oasis brand heating and hot water system will be available when production begins.
  • What is the overall length and wheelbase for the 37′ and 40′ models? TBD and subject to change. Protypes shown at RVX may not refect the final wheelbase.
  • Will a Tire Pressure Monitoring System be standard and/or an option? TPMS will not be an available feature on the Super Star.
  • How about Adaptive Cruise Control? Adaptive cruise will also not be available on the Super Star.

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  1. Thank you for providing what I needed to know.

    I was planning to buy a new New Aire because they have the Adaptive Cruise Control and Collision Avoidance and a TPMS. Now I know I will.

    Why can’t these safety items be made standard features on ALL COACHES?

    Steve in Leander, Texas

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  2. I looked forward to watching your videos regarding the premier of the Newmar Super C, and I was not disappointed. Congrats on an excellent presentation (as always). The fact that Newmar asked you to do the reveal says a lot about your expanding industry presence.

    I wanted to tell you that the new Super C is not the only innovative departure Newmar has taken from a more traditional RV product line. In 2001 Newmar introduced the original NewAire 2801 Classic, a 29 foot diesel pusher that was many years ahead of its time. Only 40-odd units were produced over a two year production cycle, and we are fortunate enough to own one!

    If you or your fans would like to learn more about our Original Newmar NewAire, you can check it out on a website dedicated to its preservation: http://www.TomAndPeg.com

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      Hi Tom & Peg! Thanks so much for your kind words, and for sharing your New Aire! We’ve only seen one of them in person, and were totally blown away by it. If only Newmar could get back to that forward-thinking design with the NEW New Aire!

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      Hi Kenneth! Sorry we don’t have final specs yet. The two units at the show were prototypes, and we’re still waiting for things to be finalized. Keep an eye on Newmar’s site for details.

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      1. So given typical RV discounts off of MSRP of 25-30% we should able to buy this for ~$275k ?
        Still kind of pricey compared to what this will buy you in a nice Class A.

        However – I really like the Super C concept for several reasons:
        1> Engine accessibility. Cannot be much better than having the entire fronthood swing up and away from the engine, giving you fantastic accessibility to everything around the engine.
        2> Safety. I guess Newmar does not want to make a big issue on this because people might then start to question their Class A lineup – but with that engine out in front of the driver/passenger they are much better protected if in a severe front end crash. I recognize the safety aspect even though I drive a 38′ Class A myself. Some have commented that we are just “hanging out” there if we were to have a head on encounter with opposing traffic. I have to accept this risk, but try to offset it by my driving technique of total concentration on the road and my driving. I do not even play the radio as I prefer to always scan as far ahead of me as possible – looking at both traffic lanes and identifying all possible hazards as much ahead of me as possible. (as examples)
        3> Really heavy duty chassis. You have discussed this in terms of towing capacity, but it bears repeating.

        Thanks RVgeeks for your reviews – I really appreciate your clarity, honesty, and the accurate information you provide. You are part of the reason my wife & I went into full time RV living.

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          Hi Richard. The Super Star is priced pretty much on par with a Ventana… so we’re not sure it’s necessarily “pricey” compared to a comparable Class A. You’re losing some of the length of the coach to the hood… but we were surprised by how little that actually is. Especially since Newmar’s flush floor between the cab and the house, and the size and height of the opening, make the cab feel much more like it’s part of the living space when you’re parked.

          Glad you liked the info… we’re hoping Newmar does really well with the new model!

  3. Good introduction to the Newmar Super C. I suppose that this will fill the market for the outdoor enthusiast that needs to pull a trailer with his Jeep, two off-road bikes, kayaks, and five bins of fishing gear.

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      That’s right, John. For the same length, Super C’s typically have greater trailer towing capacity than a comparably sized & spec’d Class A. So if you need to tow a large trailer for your goodies, they offer extra oomph! ?

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      Hi Ron. We didn’t have an opportunity to see the Super Star with its slides retracted at the show… but when they start appearing at dealers later this year, we’ll see if we can’t find one to check out that way. Sorry!

  4. Wow!!! Beautiful quality and powerful too :) When I started looking at RV’s to buy, my mechanic son recommended Freightliner chassis and Cummins diesel – well I ended up with a used Mercedes turbo diesel on a Sprinter chassis – but I love it nonetheless – it’s my Baby!!

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  5. As an experienced Class A owner, the obvious question is why Super C versus Class A? I’m guessing there’s not much money difference, so why would I choose Super C over Class A? Why would Newmar offer a Super C? What market segment were they after that they didn’t access with the Class C?

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      Hi Phil! We’ve never really looked much at Super C’s ourselves, before, either. From what we hear from people who choose, them, there’s a couple of reasons.

      1. Towing Capacity: for the same size/length, Super C’s can usually tow significantly more than a Class A. For instance, the 40′ Super Star we were on has a 20,000# towing capacity… while a 40′ Ventana (which is at the same price point as the Super Star) has a 15,000# trailer rating. So if you absolutely need to haul a large trailer (for a car, 4×4’s, motorcycles, etc), a Super C is a good choice.
      2. Ease of Maintenance: having the engine under a hood at the front of the motorhome makes maintenance easier than on a diesel pusher… which can make it something you’re more likely to do yourself, or can save money on maintenance since it takes less time to get to things.
      3. Driving Characteristics: having the steer axle ahead of your seating position makes some people feel the RV handles more like a car/truck, while a Class A (with the steer axle underneath/behind your seating position) feels more like a bus. One’s not necessarily better than another, but comes down to personal preference.

      As far as why Newmar would make a Super C… and what market they’re after? Well… the Super C market! ? Other manufacturers are out there making and selling them, and apparently Newmar felt there was enough demand that they wanted to provide an option to people who are already looking. We give them credit for being willing to reach outside of their typical (Class A) box and try something new. And, personally, we hope they do GREAT with it! Options are always a good thing… and if people interested in Super C’s wouldn’t have given Newmar a look before, now they will!

      1. Theres only 2 real high quality Super C makers. Dynamax, Renegade. Showhauler is more custom. Jayco since being bought by Thor has lost its quality. When we were shopping for our super c they said both Dynamax and Renegade were 6 to 8 months out on being able to get it unless we went with one off the lot .

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