Continually among the best sellers in the diesel-pusher market, Newmar’s Dutch Star has made a name for itself through quality construction, attention to detail and functional floorplans. That approach continues for Newmar’s 2013 product lineup and what the Nappanee, Ind.-based builder calls a “total life-cycle redesign” of the Dutch Star.
A new front cap with stainless steel grille and LED accent lighting, along with a new hood design that adds a heavier duty windshield wiper system, highlight changes to the Dutch Star’s front, while the redesigned rear cap features new automotive taillights with LED accents. Buyers can choose from four standard exterior graphics packages, each with five different colors blended with paint fades.
The Dutch Star’s new look continues on the inside, where you’ll find polished porcelain tile flooring with textured glass inserts, now-standard maple hardwood cabinetry and a feature ceiling with LED accent lighting. Six new floorplans headline the 2013 lineup, and the Dutch Star 4318 integrates luxury appointments with a functional layout.
Coming in at nearly 43 feet in length and with its 7-foot-high ceiling, the bath-and-a-half 4318 faces no shortage in living space. A full-wall streetside slide expands the living, kitchen and bedroom areas, and houses several of the 4318’s amenities — including the fireplace. Standard on the 4018 and 4318 floorplans, the fireplace is located behind the Ultralux leather captain’s chair. A 46-inch Sony LCD TV rises from behind the fireplace and is easily viewed from the opposing L-shaped Flexsteel Extenda Flex sofa. For another sleeping choice, opt for Flexsteel’s hide-a-bed sofa. Find storage above the TV or within the media center.
A decorative backsplash continues the upscale feel in the kitchen, where meal preparation is made easy with a three-burner cooktop, convection microwave and 10-cubic-foot Norcold refrigerator. A range cover and flush sink covers expand usable solid surface countertop space, as does the pullout cabinet. Residential style full-extension drawers provide ample storage space, as does the refrigerator’s neighboring pantry. Enjoy meals at the hide-a-leaf dinette or choose the optional round hardwood dinette table with two fixed and two folding chairs.
Amidships, the Dutch Star 4318’s half-bath is accessible even with all three slides closed. In addition to the overhead cabinets, the half-bath offers linen storage space and a mirrored medicine cabinet.
A flat-panel door opens to the king-size bed with plush leather headboard and dual nightstands. Carpet is the standard flooring, though Newmar offers the option to extend the porcelain tile into the bedroom. Relax in front of the 32-inch TV with double-door wardrobe on each side. A chest of drawers provides even more room for clothes or other cargo.
Step up into the master bathroom with glass-doored, 36-inch radius shower and Thetford Aqua Magic toilet, standard on 40-foot and 43-foot Dutch Stars. A residential vanity makes attending to grooming needs easy, and to really make the 4318 feel like home, add the optional Whirlpool washer/dryer in place of one wardrobe.
Several former options were made standard for the 2013 model year, including auto generator start, a WeatherPro electric awning, Oasis power entry door awning and side view cameras. Two Penguin heat pump central air conditioners are also standard.
Chassis: Freightliner Tag Axle XCR
Engine: Cummins ISL, 450 hp
Fuel: 150 GAL
GVWR: 47,000 LBS
Exterior length: 42′ 9″
Exterior width: 8′ 5″
Exterior height: 12′ 10″
Freshwater cap: 105 GAL
Gray-water cap: 65 GAL
Black-water cap: 45 GAL
LP-gas cap: 32 GAL
Base msrp: $311,272