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Old 11-14-2007, 04:46 PM   #1
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I am leaning towards getting a 2008 Dutch Star, the deciding factor seems to be the Comfort Drive based on what I have read of it.

Can ya'll who own one with comfort drive give me your true life experiences with it?

Thanks in advance.
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Old 11-14-2007, 04:46 PM   #2
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I am leaning towards getting a 2008 Dutch Star, the deciding factor seems to be the Comfort Drive based on what I have read of it.

Can ya'll who own one with comfort drive give me your true life experiences with it?

Thanks in advance.
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Old 11-14-2007, 05:11 PM   #3
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In my opinion everything positive you have read is reality. Take one for a test drive probably will do nothing for your belief, other than it appears very light. Do a few thousand miles and you will know why it is the future.
The increase in safety has no equal. Try it, you will love it.

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Old 11-14-2007, 05:16 PM   #4
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Heres some more info on Comfort Drive that should help. Like Peter said you have to drive a coach yourself and maybe save yourself $1000 for doing so during their campaine till March 08.
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Old 11-14-2007, 05:31 PM   #5
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I am on my third coach. Two without Comfort Drive & one (current) with. I have an arthritis problem in both shoulders, and after driving the withouts for 4+ hours, I was ready for some heavy duty pain killers.

Both withouts were a pig-wrestle to drive in cross-winds & when a big rig would come up from behind. Uneven pavement would send them into a cyclic side-to-side movement & I was holding on for dear life.

With Comfort Drive, I can EASILY go 8+ hours (although why I'd do it is another story). My usual hand position going down the road is 2 fingers on one hand. Trucks & cross winds now are mere small annoyances, not white-knuckle inducing moments.

I will never own another coach that doesn't have Comfort Drive - or it's replacement.
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Old 11-14-2007, 06:36 PM   #6
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Regrettably there are those folks that seem not to accept improvements when they're made...

Thank goodness I've met Ken Sherwin and seen the inner workings of the Comfort Drive and I have over 25,000 miles of personal driving experience with it....

The sky is falling....the sky is falling!!
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Old 11-14-2007, 08:42 PM   #7
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One thing to consider with Newmars comfort drive campaign, in order to qualify for the $1K purchase incentive you must purchase your comfort drive equipped 2008 Newmar product from the same dealership that you did your test drive with!

Test drive product by the end of Dec, incentive coupon will be good for purchase and delivery until the 1st of Mar. is the way I read the campaign extension.

Chose your test drive dealership carefully if you plan on cashing in your incentive coupon!

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Old 11-15-2007, 05:23 AM   #8
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Comfort drive is everything it's advertised which sounds really good,what's best is the way you will feel at the end of the day!!!!! Best improvement in motorhomes since power steering first came out.I would not buy a MH without it.!2007 EXDP 4104 ISM 500
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Old 11-15-2007, 06:20 PM   #9
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Although comfort drive is one of the best improvements in recent years, the handling and ease of driving my 06 MADP 43' with a tag (Spartan chassis) is wonderful. I can only compare it to my former Fleetwood Revolution (Freightliner XC - 40') and Holiday Rambler Endeavor which wore me out after 300 miles. The Mountain Aire with a tag can be driven with one hand, even when the big rigs pass me by. I can only imagine what comfort drive can do. Newmar and Spartan is a great combination.
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Regarding Comfort Drive. . . 2 weeks ago we took delivery of a new 08 MADP from Lee's RV and are DELIGHTED to have CD. It's everything people say it is and then some. Yes, it takes a little getting used to Ė sort of like going from unassisted brakes or steering to power Ė but once you adapt your "touch" it make the coach a joy to drive.



We had an 01 Mountain Aire before our new one and while looking to replace it we drove many other Newmar products, mostly 05 Ė 06 MAs and Essexes. They all drove similar to the 01. But driving a coach with CD was like going from black-and-white TV to color. There's no going back.



As more and more recent model coaches begin to hit the resale market I'm convinced, given a choice, people will opt for and pay a premium for those equipped with Comfort Drive.

Go for it - you won;t be disappointed.
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I drove three different models of Comfort Steer from Newmar all were 2008 models(Ventana,Dutch Star, Mountain Aire)and I had the opportunity to drive all three models more than fifty miles each and in my opinion if just for safety sake my next coach will have Comfort Steer on the unit, you have a great feeling of confidence that the coach will drive where you point it, no wander, your more relaxed. Ed.S
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by JJ Simba05 FLSTCI02:
I am leaning towards getting a 2008 Dutch Star, the deciding factor seems to be the Comfort Drive based on what I have read of it.

Can ya'll who own one with comfort drive give me your true life experiences with it?

Thanks in advance. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

25,000 miles with Comfort Drive and I can say it's all that and a bag of chips!!
Sure, it takes some getting used to but after a couple hundred miles you won't want to get out of the driver's seat...
I once drove from Virginia Beach to Nappanee over some 14 hours and only stopped for fuel,food and potty breaks...wouldn't recommend that to everyone, but my point is that it's a dream to drive....The CD makes driving the coach relatively effortless.

If I could've just figured out a way to fix a sandwich without stopping.....is that what the cruise control's for?
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by rebelsbeach:


If I could've just figured out a way to fix a sandwich without stopping.....is that what the cruise control's for? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Yeah, then like the Winne owner when you crash you could sue because no one ever told you couldn't do it that way.
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Thank goodness that never happened.....proven to be an urban legend...
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