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Old 04-21-2005, 06:44 PM   #1
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WE are in the planning stages of trading our 2004 KSTAR for a 2006 Dutchstar. It will come standard with 400 HP Spartan Mountain Master, 84" interior height (4" increase) and an exhaust brake is included. We briefly drove a 2004 with a 370 hp engine...seemed plenty powerful on minimal hills.
It comes with 8.0Kw Power Tech Diesel generator, with option to pay $417.00 for Onan 7.5Kw Diesel Quiet Series generator. I have only limited experience with our Onan gas generator (400 hours).Any thoughts on which of the two is preferred would be helpful.
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Old 04-21-2005, 06:44 PM   #2
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WE are in the planning stages of trading our 2004 KSTAR for a 2006 Dutchstar. It will come standard with 400 HP Spartan Mountain Master, 84" interior height (4" increase) and an exhaust brake is included. We briefly drove a 2004 with a 370 hp engine...seemed plenty powerful on minimal hills.
It comes with 8.0Kw Power Tech Diesel generator, with option to pay $417.00 for Onan 7.5Kw Diesel Quiet Series generator. I have only limited experience with our Onan gas generator (400 hours).Any thoughts on which of the two is preferred would be helpful.
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Old 04-21-2005, 07:03 PM   #3
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I would look for a 05 so I could get the 3 year 50,000 mile warranty. In 06 you will get a 1 year and maybe 12 or 15,000 mile
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Old 04-22-2005, 02:35 AM   #4
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I have over 1600 hours on my Onan genset, and have not had any problems with the unit. I am very careful about changing the oil every 150 hours and changed the belt and antifreeze at 1000 hours. The worst thing you can do to a genset is not use the unit. You will have fewer problems if you use the genset reguarly.

I run my genset when going down the road. This way I have hot water when needed, my refrig is on 110 and cold, and I shut off my propane tank. This way if there is an accident I do not have to worry about propane leaking. I know there is a saftey valve in the propane tank for ruptured lines but this only works if there is a large break in the line. If it is just a crack the saftey valve will not shut off the tank and you will have a prpane leak.

The first oil change shows up real quick at 50 hours. I am looking at either a Mountain aire or Dutch Star. I will pay the extra for the Onan.
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Sounds like a great coach. I came very close to buying a Dutch Star before buying the Bus so I'm pretty familiar with them. I would definitely opt for the Onan genset. You can get it serviced at any Cummins service center and parts are both readily available and affordable. Another advantage is that the Onan uses a variable speed design. Normally an engine needs to run at a constant 1800 RPM to produce 60 herz with a 4 pole generator rotor. Onan uses a variable RPM design whereby the RPM increases as the load increases. They then utilize inverter technology to produce a steady 60 herz regardless of the engine speed. This means you use less fuel at lower loads and that the genset runs much quieter also.
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Pairodocs, we have an'04 DSDP with the 370/Spartan combo. We do some fairly long and steep hills and seem to have more than adequate power; especially, wehn you consider that we are towing a 20' enclosed trailer wih a car, electric assist bikes and other "stuff". We have the Onan 7.5 quiet generator on this coach and the previous coach and have found them to be very reliable, extremely quiet and as others have said can be serviced at most Cummins shops. I for one would spring for the Onan, good luck however you elect to proceed, Ken...
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I take it you have seen the exterior changes on the DSDP for 2006. Personally, I don't like it. It's just too Fleetwood for me. A total departure from the traditional Newmar styling.
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Lug-Nut,
Do you know where I can find a picture of the 2006?
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Unclejohn, Go to rv.net and do a search for 06 Dutchstar pics
You might be disappointed.
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PairoDocs, very good choice, especially with the new Front and Rear End Caps.
The chassis warranty is still 3 year 50,000 miles on a Diesel Pusher. Ed.S
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Old 05-24-2005, 09:09 PM   #12
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We have seen a few pictures of the 06 Dutchstar from our dealer. I think it looks nice, and the rearview mirrors actually look just fine. The rear end cap does look better than the 05. Front looks ok to me as well. The Cajun spice color looks like the color for us.
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