Over the weekend Liz and I negotiated the final price for our new motorhome and today we put down a deposit and placed our special order. We decided on a 2016 Newmar Ventana 4041. This is a new floor plan for Newmar this year and adds additional storage over other models, but sacrifices part of the seating area. We decided that 90% of the time it is just the two us and there is plenty of seating for us, and at least one or two more couples. If we have more than that we normally set outside anyway. Therefore, we decided the storage space was more important. Below is a link to some pictures of the new models and the floor plans posted on one of the dealer’s websites. Newmar has yet to post the 2016 model line on its site.
We ordered the all electric model (comes with Onan generator if electric not available) so we won’t have to mess with propane. We took advantage of most of the other options offered which were pretty extensive. It is powered by a 400 hp. Cummings diesel engine and comes with a residential fridge, washer/dryer, convection oven, king size bed, and 1 1/2 baths. We added a dishwasher and changed the sink from stainless to a solid surface under mount. We also are having them add some extra outlets and other wiring that others have told us they found to be a valuable addition.
Now comes the hardest part – The Wait. Newmar is still in production of the 2015 line and the 2016s will not start rolling out till the end of July or the beginning of August. Newmar only makes eight coaches a day so we are probably looking at a production start for our unit sometime in September, with delivery in October. We plan to pickup the motor home at the factory in Nappanee, IN. This option will allow us to camp for five days at the factory and have a factory technician assigned to us for the week. He will go over every system on the diesel coach so that we thoroughly understand it, and also handle any manufacturing issues that we might identify. This is without a doubt the most intensive customer support that I have seen from any of the manufacturers. We plan to pull our Ford Edge behind the motorhome so we will drive it out to Indiana and pull a small trailer with all the stuff from our current RV that we will need to put in the new one. We got the dealer to include all the towing equipment we need to enable us to tow the car behind the coach. That part is more complicated and expensive than I originally thought as the car brakes need to be activated when you use the brakes in the motor home so I’m glad we got them to include it (I’m sure it didn’t hurt them financially). We will have most of that installed on the car before we leave so that we can basically just connect it once we get there.
Needless to say we are both excited, but we need to turn our focus to getting things done around the house while we wait. Once we take delivery, it will be hard to keep us out of it.