RVIA Economic Impact Study

The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association commissioned an Economic Impact Study on the RV industry, released on June 7, 2016. The study found that the RV industry contributes about $49.7 billion in economic output or 0.28 percent of the Gross Domestic Product. Through its production and distribution linkages, the industry impacts firms in 426 of the 440 sectors of the United States economy.

Nationwide, the industry is responsible for 216,170 jobs, both directly and inderectly, creating an economic impact of $37.5 billion. The full study results, along with each individual state and congressional district's economic impact is available on the website by clicking here .

Newmar Announces 2018 New Product Changes

Wed Oct 4, 2017

150721691124865.jpgFor the company’s 50th anniversary, Newmar will commemorate and promote its 50th in several ways throughout the 2018 model year.

In anticipation of celebrating 50 years in business, Newmar designed and created a special 50th anniversary badge that will be installed on every 2018 Newmar motorhome manufactured over the next year. This new badge will be prominently placed on each side of every unit, right next to the brand logo.

During the last week of April, Newmar hosted its dealers from around the U.S. and Canada to show them all the new changes and upgrades that have been engineered and designed into the 2018 Newmar products. Those changes are outlined below.

The Bay Star, Bay Star Sport and Essex are all new with life cycle changes. These changes include new front and rear caps, headlights and taillights and new instrument panels in the cockpit area. In fact, the 2018 Essex features an all new glass dash with digital instrumentation, much like the one introduced in King Aire last year.

When it comes to new models, half of the 88 floorplans available in the 2018 Newmar product lineup are new. In fact, all of the new models available this year are Newmar originals created by Newmar’s Engineering and Floor Plan Teams. Here are three examples of these new floor plans.

With feedback from prospective customers and dealers, Newmar is introducing the Canyon Star 3924, a new rear ramp model offering a patio deck. This rear patio Canyon Star features a new ramp design, sturdy support system, as well as railing and steps for safety and access. The new Canyon Star 3924 also offers a small refrigerator, sink and television just inside the rear cap facing the patio.

Another unique new floorplan design created by Newmar is the 2018 Ventana 4046. This model offers a large 92-inch sofa in the front living area, and a bedroom featuring a “north – south” bed as well as an “island” just in front of the foot of the bed. The portion of the “island” facing the bed houses the large television. The other side, facing forward, offers a large vanity in addition to the one in the main bath area.

A common request recently from the company has been for a smaller 40-foot version of the Mountain Aire. Taking this feedback into account, Newmar has introduced the new Mountain Aire 4047. This new floorplan should be familiar to Newmar dealers. It is a full wall slide bath and a half model very similar to the popular and successful 4018 model in the Dutch Star brand, but with a 500 horsepower engine, Silverleaf electronic monitoring system and air leveling and ride height controls not featured in Dutch Star.

The 4369 Ventana and Dutch Star models also are now offering a larger 50-by-34-inch residential shower for 2018.

Wi-Fi access is becoming more and more of a requirement to customers. Either as a standard feature or as an option, there will be two ways that dealers can offer Wi-Fi access to their customers on every 2018 Newmar motorhome.

Ranger Wi-Fi, which has been offered as an option in Newmar’s luxury brands for several years, allows the operator to access a nearby Wi-Fi service as one user, and run multiple electronic devices by using that internet service. This feature is available as an option on Newmar gas and core diesel products, and is now standard on Newmar’s four luxury motorhome brands.

The new Winegard mobile “in motion” Wi-Fi is available on all 2018 Newmar products including all gas brands. This new device, with a wireless subscription available only from Winegard, essentially turns the motorhome into its own wireless “hot spot”. This allows the user to run several devices remotely including streaming and downloading content quickly and efficiently.

Kim Moore and Newmar Engineering have been busy again, making everything look fresh and even more attractive in all Newmar products for 2018. Here are just a few examples.

Empire Maple, and its hardwood cousin Manhattan Maple, have been the dark woods offered by Newmar for many years. A new and warmer dark wood finish is being introduced to replace these cabinet options. The new finishes are called Calypso Glazed Maple and Bermuda Glazed Maple for the wrapped style and hardwood style version of this new cabinet stain. Several units in the Newmar product display will feature these new wood colors.

Another new cabinet feature offered in 2018 is the availability of high gloss finish on all optional wood colors in Dutch Star, Mountain Aire and London Aire. So now the Newmar customers can select a matte or, at an additional cost, a lustrous high gloss look on the cabinets in these three Newmar products.

Newmar and its diesel chassis suppliers have made some enhancements as well, making it even easier and more comfortable to drive and operate most any 2018 Newmar diesel motorhome.

The 2018 Ventana LE and Ventana will feature suspended throttle and brake pedals. Electronic Stability Control, a new feature offered in 2017 on the London Aire, Essex and King Aire, has been added to the chassis specifications on the 2018 Mountain Aire.

The Spartan chassis offered on Newmar’s 2018 luxury brands offer an auxiliary air compressor to assist with air leveling the coach when the engine is turned off. In addition, this auxiliary compressor will operate the rear engine access door on the King Aire.

The Cummins ISX 600 engine offered in the 2017 London Aire, Essex and King Aire has been renamed X15 and the engine is now rated at a higher 605 horsepower with no change to the torque rating.

Electrical changes include the relocation of the switch for the entry step cover on Newmar diesel products from the dash to the passenger side console. Wherever a Televator is available, the switch has moved to a location opposite the TV near the seating area. For added convenience, two USB outlets have been added near the driver’s seat and at each of the bunk beds in bunk models.

The showers in the 2018 Ventana and Dutch Star provide an Aqua View water miser system. Prior to turning on the shower to get hot water delivered, the user can turn a switch to recirculate the initial cooler water back to the fresh water tank while waiting for hot water to get to the shower head. When hot water is available and ready to flow into the shower, a blue light is illuminated. At that time, the user simply flips the switch back to redirect the water to flow into the shower. This new feature will save many gallons of valuable water, especially when dry camping.

Newmar has received rave reviews from customers regarding the supplemental egress doors introduced by Newmar over the last couple of years. For 2018, these doors are now standard in all Newmar diesel floorplans except Ventana LE. In addition, all supplemental egress doors will feature a vented window and a newly developed extendable ladder system for easier and safer exit from the motorhome.

Finally, there are some new options available on specific Newmar products for 2018.

On select Bay Star and Canyon Star floor plans, a new exterior kitchen option is now available for 2018. This outdoor kitchen includes a refrigerator, microwave oven, a sink and storage.

Flexsteel, in conjunction with Newmar, has developed a comfortable sofa that converts into bunk beds in seconds. This new optional furniture will be available in select models of Bay Star, Canyon Star, Ventana LE, Ventana and Dutch Star. This allows customers the ability to have bunk beds on certain Newmar coaches without dedicating room inside the coach to an area just for bunk beds.

Optional radios in Newmar 2018 gas and core diesel brands feature Xite radios with 6-inch monitors and Rand McNally navigation. Similar options are available on Newmar’s 2018 luxury brands, but these offer larger monitors.

In the 2018 Newmar brands where “More Floor” is a standard feature, the option for heated floors will extend the heat out to the tiles in the slide in the bedroom.

New for 2018, the Xite HD 360 camera system is an available option on Essex and is the new standard camera system on King Aire.

The On Guard adaptive cruise and collision mitigation system replaces the optional Vorad system offered on Newmar’s four luxury brands. In addition, a “Mobile Eye” lane departure warning system is a new standard and only available on the King Aire in the Newmar line up. This warning system notifies the driver audibly, visually with an indicator light on the dash when he or she is approaching the lane marker, and then by vibrating the driver seat bottom when departing the lane.

The King Aire also features a button activated self-latching electric baggage doors system that eliminates the traditional chrome “paddle latches.” This new luggage door system is designed to make it easier to open and close the doors, eliminating the need to slam them, and creates a smoother and cleaner looking profile up and down the sides of the King Aire.

There are even more changes to Newmar products for 2018 that will be available at the California RV Show, RVDA and RVIA shows and more. To learn more about the changes to the 2018 Newmar product line up, visit www.newmarcorp.com.

2018 New Aire

Over the last 3-4 years, there has been a growing demand in the type A market for shorter and smaller diesel motorhomes. Motorhomes that are easier to get into and drive, without sacrificing all of the luxury features and amenities offered in the luxury motorhome products being offered today.

Newmar’s sales of 34-foot and 37-foot diesel motorhomes have grown over the last couple of years.

Newmar Vice President of Sales John Sammut says that this demand will only gain momentum over the next several years.

“We understand that our current shorter diesel pushers, while meeting the needs of many traditional motorhome enthusiasts, may in some cases fall short of what some customers really want in terms of size and a lower profile,” Sammut says.

Over the last 24 months, Newmar has been busy developing just such a motorhome. A luxury type A diesel motorhome less than 34 feet in length, and shorter in height than a Bay Star Sport by 2 inches, making this the lowest profile motorhome Newmar builds. What’s more, this new coach has an entry where the first step is only 4 inches off the ground with the air dumped.

Newmar introduced the New Aire to its dealers in Orlando.

Newmar and Freightliner partnered in the development of the New Aire to create an entirely new chassis upon which to build this product. The 2018 New Aire offers a lower profile, but still has 22-inch tires. It is powered by a Cummins ISB engine with 360 horsepower and side radiator. Other chassis features include V-Ride and independent front suspensions, a glass dash with digital instrumentation and push button ignition and Comfort Drive Steering.

Standard features on this first of a kind product include hardwood cabinets available in four stains offered with either matte or hi gloss finish. Also designed into the Newmar product are solid surface countertops , tile flooring all the way to the bedroom plus “More Floor”, power shades on all the windows as well as designer ceiling treatments with a cathedral ceiling in the bedroom.

The 2018 New Aire provides standard equipment like all-electric appliances including an induction cook top, hydronic heating and hot water system, power electrical cord and water hose reels, an 8.0 kw Onan generator with automatic gen start.

Entertainment is provided by Sony televisions, a Winegard Rayzar automatic digital TV Antenna, Bose Solo 5 sound bar, as well as a Xite dash radio with a Harman JBL 180 watt sound system and Rand McNally navigation all standard. There are also various satellite dish options from which to choose.

Other luxury standard features include power baggage door locks with keyless entry, Silverleaf multiplex wiring system and a Girard 2000 power box awning. It also has a secondary egress door with the new extendable ladder.

“What’s truly incredible is that, with all this content packed into the 2018 New Aire, it has 0-40 and 0-60 acceleration times that are slightly quicker than a 43-foot Dutch Star, and nearly identical to that of the Mountain Aire,” Sammut says. “Preliminary weights on the units on display in Orlando showed great carrying capacity, including weight numbers on the front and rear axles.”