RV Trip Planning Discussions

Go Back   iRV2 Forums > THE OWNER'S CORNER FORUMS > Newmar Owner's Forum
Click Here to Login

Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Reply
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 06-02-2018, 08:45 PM   #1
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2017
Posts: 73
New Aire for Boondocking

First a Skywatcher Status Update Before The Boondocking Review:

It was a long story on our 3343 NewAire, in short, we had a bit of a rough start. Our coach was due at the dealership by end of February 2018, but it took two months for dealer delivery due to a very long PDI punch list of items found by the dealership service tech (nice job). We asked the dealership to perform a very through PDI, since there is no Newmar dealership in our home state.

Newmar flew a factory tech to the dealership for a week to assist the dealership tech with repairs. When we picked up the coach in April, it was in good shape without any major issues until we discovered a few while dry camping. Since I work full time at a time-intensive job, we have only been out a few times for several days each trip, but we have put about 1500 miles on the coach.

What we like about the NewAire. The materials for flooring and cabinetry are good quality. The bathroom, though not large, is very nice with a rain shower-head and a folding bench. I’m 6’0 and can move around in it without issue. We purchased the 3343 model and love that layout. The Samsung electric refrigerator stays sufficiently cold when set one light down from full cold on the display and the freezer set at one light (lowest setting,) will still make ice. We don’t use the ice maker since we don’t drink city water (ice) when camping.

We have the Euro Dinette and we ordered two leaves for it. We use the larger leaf and it makes a big difference in table space. Since there is only one table area in the coach, having it expanded gives us more room for meals, iPads, PCs etc. All the furniture in the coach from the standard queen bed to the dinette, couch ad especially the FlexSteel captains chairs are very comfortable. We prefer a king size bed but the queen works fine for this shorter coach.
__________________

__________________
2018 Newmar NewAire 3343 towing 2019 Chevy Equinox AWD Diesel.
2012 LTV Unity (sold).
Skywatcher1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 06-02-2018, 08:47 PM   #2
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2017
Posts: 73
BOONDOCKING

Communication:
We spent four days and three nights at the Firehole Canyon Campground at Flaming Gorge Wyoming. The campground has no power or water hookups, but spectacular views of the river and geological formations (see pics). It was a small campground with 35 sites, but most of the time there was a maximum of three tent campers in the area. There was never another RV at the site other than the camp-host trailer, whose owner split his time across multiple campgrounds. Although prime season, we think most people don’t come to this campground because there is no cell service at the campground (spotty at the boat dock), nor TV signal and the sites are short.

My wife needs to stay in daily contact with our boys, so she picked up a Garmin InReach+ Communicator which allows text messaging via satellite and she used it constantly. Tip for the Garmin satellite, you must text the user first, let them know it’s you, before they can text you back. Each user receives a different cell number to text you back, but the number seems to stay the same, so they can add it to their contacts. You can also get a weather report for free, which is important to know when you don’t have outside communication. The monthly plan also includes free SOS emergency communication, if necessary. The unit cost about $350 and you can sign up for a month-to-month plan for as little as $15 a month for ten texts, but we opted for the plan for $35/mo which allows 40 texts a month, free weather, and unlimited pre-written texts. If we did not have the Inreach communicator, I would be boondocking alone, as my wife insists on staying in daily contact with family.
__________________

__________________
2018 Newmar NewAire 3343 towing 2019 Chevy Equinox AWD Diesel.
2012 LTV Unity (sold).
Skywatcher1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-02-2018, 08:48 PM   #3
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2017
Posts: 73
BOONDOCKING:

Site size: Our campsite at Flaming Gorge was the longest available at 35 feet long, but far from level and it took some pads under tires and jacks to get it somewhat close to level for slide operation. On the very positive side, if our rig was 37 feet, it would not fit into those sites, so the smaller footprint made this trip possible. The turning radius and maneuverability of the smaller class A is very good. This is our first class A, we had a B+ previously, so I canít compare it to others.

Water usage: With two people, 3 meals a day, 2 short showers at night, the fresh water can last 4 days. The black water tank, in which we emptied our used dishwater into the toilet, still only registered 20% after 4 days, so the black tank could be half the size and the fresh water tank increased a bit. The Oasis burner brings hot water within 10 minutes, then you can turn it off and still take two quick showers without running the burner again. Not sure how that works since itís tankless.
__________________
2018 Newmar NewAire 3343 towing 2019 Chevy Equinox AWD Diesel.
2012 LTV Unity (sold).
Skywatcher1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-02-2018, 08:49 PM   #4
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2017
Posts: 73
BOONDOCKING:

Power usage: The HB 210 amp hour, 880 amp hour capacity batteries work well for boondocking. We have the factory-installed 400-watt solar panels and that is one of our favorite options. During a sunny day the solar panels will supply 17 to 22 amps which covers the fridge (13-17 amps depending on compressor and with the inverter and coach battery on). The solar really helps keeps the battery topped off at 100%. In the evening, we still needed the generator to run the stovetop (required).

We did a bit of both outdoor grilling and cooktop use. The generator is loud, although I’ve seen comments stating otherwise. In a quiet remote area in the wilderness, you can easily hear the generator (quieter mode at 2200 rpm with no A/C) at 25 yards away and even at 50 yards away it’s very noticeable, but tolerable for those tent camping around us at this very quiet site. At 9pm we had about 98% battery on Victron. At night we only used only accent lights until bedtime. Each morning at 8am we would have 82% battery charge (12.44V). So we had no issue dry camping in an all electric coach. We needed to run the generator two hours in the morning to fully charge the depletion from the night before and then use the solar panels to stay topped off.

Do not use the ‘Ceiling Lights’ when dry camping, they light up 13 separate LED lights and draw a huge 3 amps. We love the ceiling lights, but not when boondocking. We cheated a bit with power and used a rechargeable fan to help with airflow and offload the coach battery drain
__________________
2018 Newmar NewAire 3343 towing 2019 Chevy Equinox AWD Diesel.
2012 LTV Unity (sold).
Skywatcher1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-02-2018, 08:50 PM   #5
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2017
Posts: 73
Overall:

We love the coach and if we had to select a motorhome again we would choose the same brand and model. We had a few problems as does every RVíer and Iíll post those shortly, so we are not glossing over issues. But I donít think you can beat the quality, features, livability and maneuverability of this Class A. Itís in a class of its own.
__________________
2018 Newmar NewAire 3343 towing 2019 Chevy Equinox AWD Diesel.
2012 LTV Unity (sold).
Skywatcher1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-02-2018, 08:56 PM   #6
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2017
Posts: 73
Some pictures of coach and dry camping site.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	new aire on pull off.jpg
Views:	43
Size:	244.1 KB
ID:	205372   Click image for larger version

Name:	it fits.jpg
Views:	36
Size:	530.5 KB
ID:	205374  

Click image for larger version

Name:	site surroundings - empty.jpg
Views:	32
Size:	413.1 KB
ID:	205375  
__________________
2018 Newmar NewAire 3343 towing 2019 Chevy Equinox AWD Diesel.
2012 LTV Unity (sold).
Skywatcher1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-02-2018, 09:03 PM   #7
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2017
Posts: 73
Here's what the tent campers had for a shower - I don't think so. The New Aire shower is the way to go for us.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	campground shower.jpg
Views:	31
Size:	199.8 KB
ID:	205378   Click image for larger version

Name:	NewAire Shower.jpg
Views:	37
Size:	280.2 KB
ID:	205379  

__________________
2018 Newmar NewAire 3343 towing 2019 Chevy Equinox AWD Diesel.
2012 LTV Unity (sold).
Skywatcher1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-02-2018, 09:05 PM   #8
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2017
Posts: 73
Campsite - we fit!
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	newaire in campsite.jpg
Views:	33
Size:	608.8 KB
ID:	205380  
__________________
2018 Newmar NewAire 3343 towing 2019 Chevy Equinox AWD Diesel.
2012 LTV Unity (sold).
Skywatcher1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-02-2018, 09:11 PM   #9
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2017
Posts: 73
Factory installed 4 solar panels (400W) on a sunny day covers the day power use for the coach.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	solar amps.jpg
Views:	34
Size:	162.4 KB
ID:	205381  
__________________
2018 Newmar NewAire 3343 towing 2019 Chevy Equinox AWD Diesel.
2012 LTV Unity (sold).
Skywatcher1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-02-2018, 09:21 PM   #10
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2017
Posts: 73
I took this passenger camera viewing idea from Mike Mas - but I had to dumb it down since I am not as handy as him or Turbo.

I used a DVD player with video input plugged into video controller so my wife can see the cameras. It's a temporary connection (easy and quick since the dash cover is velcro attached). We will see if its useful before routing cable. The DVD player has a 8 hour rechargeable battery.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	monitor for passenger.jpg
Views:	25
Size:	284.6 KB
ID:	205382  
__________________
2018 Newmar NewAire 3343 towing 2019 Chevy Equinox AWD Diesel.
2012 LTV Unity (sold).
Skywatcher1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-02-2018, 09:23 PM   #11
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2017
Posts: 73
It's all about the BBQ
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	BBQ hot dogs.jpg
Views:	24
Size:	317.0 KB
ID:	205383  
__________________
2018 Newmar NewAire 3343 towing 2019 Chevy Equinox AWD Diesel.
2012 LTV Unity (sold).
Skywatcher1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-02-2018, 09:26 PM   #12
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2017
Posts: 73
You can text via satellite in the middle of nowhere with this thing. Worked well.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	Garmin Satellite.jpg
Views:	25
Size:	220.5 KB
ID:	205387  
__________________
2018 Newmar NewAire 3343 towing 2019 Chevy Equinox AWD Diesel.
2012 LTV Unity (sold).
Skywatcher1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-02-2018, 09:31 PM   #13
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2017
Posts: 73
Roof top showing solar panels, Winegard satellite, Winegard TV, Winegard WiFi/4G. Very glad we ordered the solar on this electric coach. It made it more accessible for dry camping. It's not the 1000W monster Turbo has but it was easier to check the solar option box on the Newmar order sheet.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	roof top w solar.jpg
Views:	38
Size:	165.1 KB
ID:	205388  
__________________
2018 Newmar NewAire 3343 towing 2019 Chevy Equinox AWD Diesel.
2012 LTV Unity (sold).
Skywatcher1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-02-2018, 09:38 PM   #14
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2017
Posts: 73
Not sure you can boondock comfortably without a Battery Monitor. This one was used by Turbo Pilot, so I had the dealer install it in a convenient location. The app works well but because the display is so accessible we just flip through the display settings.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	Victron BMK mount.jpg
Views:	39
Size:	264.9 KB
ID:	205389  
__________________

__________________
2018 Newmar NewAire 3343 towing 2019 Chevy Equinox AWD Diesel.
2012 LTV Unity (sold).
Skywatcher1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
air, boondocking



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Boondocking guide. Boondocking Atlas. Rickndebw Boondocking 11 10-26-2016 04:38 PM
Boondocking vs. 'Boondocking' MonkeyClaw Boondocking 73 05-15-2015 07:25 AM

» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 12:33 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.