Dec 17, 2014

FRVTA SuperShow to Feature 'Wall That Heals'

The Wall That Heals exhibit, honoring Vietnam War veterans, will be on display to the public during the 2015 Florida RV SuperShow, January 14-18 at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa.

According to press release, the exhibit is a 250-foot replica of the original memorial in Washington, D.C., that travels across America.

“The Wall That Heals transcends the Vietnam War to help our great nation renew its relationship with veterans of all wars,” said Jan C. Scruggs, founder and president of VVMF. “It helps veterans from all of America’s conflicts to find healing and a powerful connection through their common military experiences.”

Each of the aluminum replica’s two wings is approximately 123 feet long and meet at an angle of 121 degrees, rising to a height of approximately five feet at its apex. Each name is laser etched into panels of reflective black, powder-coated heavy aluminum supported by a structural aluminum frame.

A database of names and their precise arrangement on The Wall was created to engrave the panels. The database was then linked to a computer-operated laser system developed solely for the purpose of engraving The Wall That Heals. The system etched image areas of a specific size, requiring remarkably precise calibration across a wide field to match partially formed letters and lines.

The names on The Wall That Heals replicate the names on The Wall in Washington, D.C. As on The Wall, the names are listed alphabetically by day of casualty. Beginning at the center/apex, the names start on the East Wall (right-hand side) working their way out to the end of that wing, picking up again at the far end of the West Wall (left-hand side) and working their way back in to the center/apex. Thus, the beginning and ending of the conflict are joined at the center, signifying an epoch in American history.

The Wall That Heals is transported from community to community by a 53-foot, fifth-wheel trailer with cases built into its sides, allowing it to serve as a museum that tells the story of the Vietnam War, The Wall and the divisive era in American history. The exhibition is sponsored by Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Charitable Trust, Federal Express, Geico, AON Corporation, and New Century Transportation.

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Dec 11, 2014

An inside look: How Newmar engineers and builds world-class coaches

Here at Newmar, we spend countless hours each and every year designing Class A motorhomes that are truly second to none. It begins with our industry-leading engineering team and ends with our quality control experts. And while a lot happens in between, we wanted to take this opportunity to share with you just what goes into the development and construction of each and every Newmar model.


Superior product design and innovation have been a Newmar mainstay since the beginning. We work hard to maintain our top-tier engineering capabilities, and are constantly looking for ways to bring new features and technology to our customers.

We start with the latest tools in CAD technology to leverage the knowledge and experience of our staff. Next, 3D software is utilized for all of our assembly drawings to assure proper design and fit on the production floor. We create all of the molds and tooling required to produce our dashes, cockpits, front and rear caps and holding in house to ensure quality and compatibility.

Our mold shop and R&D know-how allow us to generate master patterns and full scale mock-ups to assure proper design and testing, thus guaranteeing a quality manufacturing process. The Newmar engineering team does extensive weight analysis on all models built to record the actual weights of every wheel position on every unit to optimize the distribution and properly balance our coaches for the best drive possible.

Over the years, Newmar has developed or pioneered the following applications:

  • The first slideout in a motorhome
  • Flush floor slideouts with rack and pinion electric drives
  • Automatic entry door latching systems
  • Satellite TV systems on motor coaches
  • Integrated power management systems
  • Central air conditioning systems
  • Ceramic tile flooring
  • Power baggage door locks
  • Dual automatic HVAC controls for driver and passenger
  • Mechanically operated, fully automatic slide room locking systems
  • Concealed ramp door systems for rear garage units

As you can see, Newmar has been on the cutting edge from day one, and we’re fully dedicated to staying there for years to come.


Since Newmar was founded in 1968, our company has grown from one small building with six employees to a large complex that features 24 buildings, covers over 750,000 square feet and employs more than 500 individuals.

Three of our newest facilities are the chassis prep and sidewall building, our main production facility and our paint and detail building. All three contain state-of-the-art technology and encompass most of the Newmar production process.

Each building is staffed with dedicated individuals who have spent an average of 12 years with our company. Having this level of experience is critical to the craftsmanship that is required to build products worthy of donning the Newmar badge. Every one of our units is built one at a time on the same assembly line by the same people, all to the same demanding specifications and level of quality. A Bay Star Sport – our most affordable model – might go down the line right beside a King Aire – our most luxurious model.

Every unit we build undergoes more than 1,000 quality checks as it moves through the manufacturing process before it is examined a second time. We build every Newmar with floor, sidewall and roof construction on 16” centers that are not only thicker than those used by our competition, they are warmer and quieter.

Go and see, feel and test drive a Newmar coach for yourself. Then compare our products to the rest. It won’t take you long to see why a growing number of RV shoppers prefer the Newmar Difference.
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The Newmar Difference – What it is and why it Matters

At Newmar, we love what we do because we love the recreational vehicle lifestyle, and we take pride in building motorhomes that are some of the very best on the road today. Our success comes from a strong commitment to craftsmanship, innovation and doing right by those who make our success possible. For more than 40 years, we at Newmar have chosen to lead rather than follow, using customer insights and our own passion for RVing to craft beautiful, durable coaches built to surpass even the highest of expectations. Because we don’t want to be the biggest, we just want to be the best.

The Construction Process
While legendary Amish craftsmanship is at the core of our build process, each and every person inside our factory walls is completely dedicated to assembling a better RV through an attention to detail you’re sure to notice the second you step foot in one of our coaches.

Newmar does not make a mass-produced product. We build every coach by hand in our own facilities. Every chassis is welded, leveled and squared for seamless integration with the rest of the RV structure, for a higher level of strength and integrity. Flooring is laid with precision – tile is bonded with quality adhesives while carpeting is cut back from the walls so moisture can’t enter the interior. Every piece of cabinetry is custom built in our facility and hand-sanded to combine beauty with durability.

Newmar sidewalls are rigid and dependable and reflect those featured on many residential homes, providing you with superior insulation. Our flat-floor slideouts – an industry first – are incredibly functional. And on the outside, our exclusive Full-Paint Masterpiece™ finish creates a mesmerizing look you won’t see on any other brand of motor coach. Combine all of this with our rigorous multi-step weighing and inspection process and award-winning customer service and you have a manufacturer with an unwavering commitment to excellence.

Unrivaled Innovation
The folks at Newmar never stop searching for ways to improve overall motor coach experience. Our exclusive Newmar Total Comfort™ is standard on every model we offer, delivering the comfort of a traditional home at the press of a button. The Newmar Comfort Drive™ Steering System means you’ll exert less effort while driving because your motorhome will handle more like a car. The Full-Paint Masterpiece™ finish is included on every coach we build, creating an incredibly detailed look that is one of the industry’s most durable.

Our Values
Newmar is a company that was founded on Christian principles that will always guide the way we do business. These principles – courtesy, fairness, honesty, integrity, morality, reasonableness and reliability – ensure we remain steadfast in our vision to create the highest-quality products in our industry while treating our employees and customers as if they were our own family members. We look for many of these same traits when seeking out dealers to carry our products. If we can’t find a dealer partner that we can trust to treat our customers with the utmost respect, we’ll move on, even if that means temporarily foregoing an open market until we can locate a dealer that meets our high standards. We only want to work with dealers interested in doing business the old-fashioned way, helping to create customers for life.

Our People
Since the very beginning, Newmar has built every one of its products in our home of Nappanee, Indiana. We are a family-owned company located in the heart of the Amish and Mennonite communities, where we are lucky to employ the best people in the industry. Their unrivaled skill and incredible attention to detail is what drives our success. What’s more, our employees take an extraordinary amount of pride in what they do and want their work to be nothing short of perfection.

Newmar’s outstanding customer service reputation comes in part from providing Seamless Service, a cooperative agreement between Newmar, its suppliers and dealers to provide unified service to each and every customer. All problems are to be solved quickly – no finger pointing, no blame shifting. While most manufacturers just want to move as many units as possible, the people at Newmar choose instead to focus on the customer. We not only commit the resources necessary to do so, we back it up on a daily basis by doing exactly what we say we’re going to do and nothing less.

Newmar is the best RV company in the industry. We have the best quality, the best customer service, the best employees and we do our best to attract and sign up the best dealers. These are things that can’t be copied readily by other manufacturers. You can copy products but you can’t copy the culture that is Newmar. That culture comes from our people and the way we do business – with integrity. We take care of the customer. That’s what Newmar is all about.”
-       Matthew Miller, Newmar President

Ready to experience the Newmar difference? Take the Newmar factory tour and see for yourself. 
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What’s New for 2015: Highlights from the Entire 2015 Newmar Lineup

Resting on our laurels – it’s a concept the folks at Newmar have never been willing to embrace.

Each and every year, our entire team works tirelessly to further refine our existing products while remaining focused on developing new breakthroughs, innovations – or in the case of the 2015London Aire – an entirely new coach. Furthermore, many of the ideas that help us develop leading-edge products come from you, our customers. We pay close attention to what our owners have to say, and use that feedback to build coaches any RV enthusiast would be proud to call their own.

This commitment to continuous improvement can be seen throughout the entire 2015 Newmar lineup, from the incredibly affordable BayStar Sport to the extraordinary KingAire. Below, you’ll discover the highlights representing the dozens of updates and additions made to each of our 2015 coaches.

2015 Bay Star Sport Gas Motor Coach

·         Two new floor plans have been added, including floor plan 2707, a 27’ model featuring a sofa slide in the living area, a queen bed slide in the bedroom, a mid-ship TV at the dry bar, an enclosed bath area and a functional galley for preparing meals.

·         Countertops, dresser tops and night stands now feature a new laminate material.

·         Full-paint exterior graphics are now standard on every 2015 Bay Star Sport. The exterior mirrors are also painted to match the base color of the graphic selected.

·         A new carpet style is featured for 2015.

·         Frameless single pane windows are now standard (driver and passenger windows excluded).

2015 Bay Star Gas Motor Coach

·         Two new floor plans have been developed, including floor plan 3402, which features three slides (two in the front living area and one in the bedroom), an extra deep slide that houses a large U-shaped dinette as well as a 50” LED TV across from an 84” sofa, a large split bathroom with linen storage and a modern kitchen with large pantry.

·         The Ford 22,000 pound GVWR chassis with 22” tires and aluminum wheels is now standard on every 2015 Bay Star.

·         All-new furniture styling decorates every floor plan option.

·         LED headlights are now standard along with LED lighting for the vanity and sidewall fixtures.

·         A work station has been added to the front passenger seat.

2015 Canyon Star Gas Motor Coach

·         Five new floor plans have been developed, including floor plan 3919, which features a front kitchen with spacious galley, two pantries, a coat closet, patio side dinette, 100” L-shaped sofa across from a perfectly-angled Televator, optional fireplace, split bathroom with 36” radius shower with room for a two-piece washer and dryer and a king bed.

·         Upgraded speakers accompany a Sony in-dash radio with SiriusXM satellite radio capability.

·         Two all-new interior decors, artwork, carpeting and 12” x 24” vinyl tile have been added.

·         The Weather Pro power side awning and Fantastic Vents with rain sensors are now standard.

·         An optional power wheelchair access door is now available on the wheelchair accessible 3911 floor plan.

2015 Ventana LE Diesel Motor Coach

·         Five new floor plans have been added, including floor plan 3635, featuring a front living area with hide-a-leaf dinette with buffet and large fixed LED TV across from a 74” sofa and recliner, enclosed bath area with 38” x 30” shower and large vanity and king bed.

·         Half baths feature vessel sinks and provide more usable counter space.

·         Dinettes are now made of solid surface material, while solid surface tops have been added on TV cabinets and dry bars.

·         A completely new entry door features a longer hinge for added strength and durability.

·         A Carefree Traveler power side awning, power entry door awning and slide out awnings are now standard.

2015 Ventana Diesel Motor Coach

·         Nine new floor plans have been made available, including floor plan 4311, the first wheelchair accessible floor plan available for Ventana and also offered on the 2015 Dutch Star. Compared to floor plan 3911, the wheelchair accessible floor plan available for Canyon Star, floor plan 4311 features a 74” sofa, a larger galley, a roll-in shower that offers an additional 12” of space, a bedroom with a full wardrobe along the rear wall and a Braun lift that retracts into a luggage compartment.

·         The heat exchanger under the dash uses a 20,000 BTU unit, replacing the 6,000 BTU exchanger featured on the 2014 Ventana.

·         Specific floor plans now feature a 100” L-shaped sofa that provides a pull-out double sleeper.

·         LED lighting has been added to the basement compartments. Opening any compartment door turns on all compartment lights on that side of the coach.

·         The galley in every 2015 Ventana now features a stainless steel sink.

2015 Dutch Star Diesel Motor Coach

·         Eight new floor plans options have been introduced, including floor plan 4311, the first wheelchair accessible floor plan available for Dutch Star and also offered on the 2015 Ventana. Compared to floor plan 3911, the wheelchair accessible floor plan available for Canyon Star, floor plan 4311 features a 74” sofa, a larger galley, a roll-in shower that offers an additional 12” of space, a bedroom with a full wardrobe along the rear wall and a Braun lift that retracts into a luggage compartment.

·         Premium Comfort Fit furniture is now inside every 2015 Dutch Star, including the front driver and passenger seats.

·         A new solid surface entry step well, 20” floor tile, carpet styling, artwork and bedroom tile is all standard.

·         The galley features a new stainless steel sink (with two equally-size sink bowls).

·         The exterior now features the addition of gutter rails and a flat fiberglass roof.

2015 Mountain Aire Luxury Motor Coach

·         All new for 2015, the iconic Mountain Aire introduces five never before seen floor plan options, including floor plan 4599, a quad-slide bunk model with a bath and a half that address a very specific but growing part of the luxury motorhome market. The front living area provides an 84” hide-a-bed sofa across from a 59” fixed sofa with televator, a dining area that overlooks the patio across from a spacious kitchen, a master suite with king bed, spacious master bath, large wardrobe, two-piece washer and dryer, large vanity and 40” x 32” residential shower with glass enclosure and much more.

·         Three Penguin 15,000 BTU air conditioners with heat pumps are now standard.

·         Freightliner’s SLR chassis and Cummins 12L, 500 horsepower engine is now the standard platform and drivetrain.

·         A&E brand slide out covers and an Oasis power entry door awning are now the standard.

·         The front overhead cabinets are now the same as those used in the 2015 Essex, while the height of the exterior storage compartments has been increased to match that of the Essex.

2015 London Aire Luxury Motor Coach

·         The legendary London Aire name returns to the Newmar lineup, offering a slew of standard features for less than you ever thought possible. Floor plan 4503 is a full wall slide bath and a half layout. The front living area features a 100” L-shaped sofa across from a 68” sofa with Televator. The dining area features a large residential-sized refrigerator and pantry, while the kitchen comes equipped with a two-piece washer and dryer cabinet in the rear. The master suite is outfitted with a king bed and large master bath with two sinks in the vanity, a 40” x 32” residential shower and a large wardrobe that runs the entire width of the rear wall.

·         Premium-quality speakers for an enhanced sound experience.

·         Window treatments, headboard and furniture styling featuring Villa furniture, slide out fascias, window treatments and fabrics – all exclusive to the 2015 London Aire.

·         Standard heavy duty Freightliner chassis powered by a Cummins 600 horsepower diesel engine.

·         A 10kw generator on a sliding tray is standard.

2015 Essex Luxury Motor Coach

·         Five separate 45’ floor plan options, including floor plan 4501, a quad-slide front kitchen model featuring a front L-shaped kitchen and stationary peninsula, a dining area that faces out onto the patio and a large residential refrigerator and pantry. The mid-coach living area comes with a 100” L-shaped sofa across from a 74” sofa that both face the entertainment center. The spacious master bath offers an enclosed stool room with sink and additional dual sink vanity and 40” x 32” residential shower.

·         Bedroom sound system featuring a Bose Solo system with Bluetooth adapter.

·         Sony “Z2” tablet that allows for the control of the audio and visual components, KIB lighting and window shades, as well as the Sony Silverleaf system.

·         New floor tile is featured throughout the 2015 Essex along with redesigned shower walls and bathroom vanity inserts, shower body sprays and a “touchless” kitchen faucet in the galley area.

·         Cellular remote access that enables users to control heating and air conditioning from their Apple or Android phone.

2015 King Aire Luxury Motor Coach

·         Five separate 45’ floor plans options, including floor plan 4568, a traditional quad-slide model with a front living area and rear bedroom. The living area features a 100” L-shaped sofa across from a 68” sofa with Televator. The kitchen and dining areas are especially spacious, while a mid-ship bathroom provides an enclosed stool room with small vanity, along with a second larger vanity and residential style 40” x 32” glass-enclosed shower. The master bedroom comes with a king bed and a large wardrobe along the rear wall that houses a two-piece washer and dryer.

·         A cutting-edge JBL speaker system is standard.

·         Cabinet hardware has been changed to feature a chrome finish, while slide out fascias have been completely redesigned.

·         Spartan K3 chassis with new on-board weighing system, 20,000 pound rear tow hitch and standard passive steering tag axle.

·         Exterior entertainment centers now come with Bluetooth compatible sound bars, so users can stream music from a number of compatible devices.

View the entire 2015 Newmar lineup at or call 1-(800)-731-8300 to request your brochure today!
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