Go Back   iRV2 Forums > MOTORHOME FORUMS > Class A Motorhome Discussions
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
  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 08-18-2016, 11:43 AM   #1
Junior Member
Join Date: Oct 2015
Posts: 27
Class A comparison Newmar vs Entegra

Am fairly new to the Class A Motorhomes as have been looking at 5th wheel toyhaulers but DW and I recently saw a 2016 Newmar Dutchstar and really liked the layout and features. When I started researching Newmar and saw there is another brand (Entegra) which seems to give similar layouts for better price. I also went onto the forums of both and heard that customer service for Entegra seems better as well as the insulation of the coach is far better then the Tiffin but did not see any comparisons on Newmar. So my question is does anyone know which brand is better quality from construction, reliability, etc. I know that all coaches will have some issues but is there a key difference between the two that could sway one to buy that brand. I am not so concerned about the interior decorations as both will have many features but more around construction quality, ride quality, insulation, etc. We are looking to buy in the next 2 - 4 yrs before retirement.

billyf 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 08-18-2016, 11:54 AM   #2
Senior Member
Join Date: Jan 2001
Location: Cape Cod, MA
Posts: 645
We have been looking at both for a while. I don't thing you could go wrong with either. We have done both factory tours and are impressed with both.

Jeanie, Ed & Slade the GSD
Cape Cod, MA
2011 Jounrey 40L & Sierra Crew
Cousin Ed is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-18-2016, 04:02 PM   #3
Senior Member
rlott2k's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: BC, Cariboo, Lower Mainland.
Posts: 258
I love the quality of my used KountryStar. In trim level it wont compare to a Integra, but find a model of each you like ( eg Mountain Air and Aspire) and check price for new. Then compare for same models but 4 years old. I think Newmars hold their value better.
2008 KSDP/2013 Flex
They're both paid for and they're ours!
rlott2k is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-18-2016, 04:10 PM   #4
Senior Member
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Enjoying the Western States!
Posts: 4,028
We had excellent experience with our Newmar during our full-timing. We though it was insulated very well. Newmar is wall hung so no delamination issues. Take a tour of each if you can and decide for yourself. Newmar also has some short videos on their site of their build process. Newmar is a small company that's been in business for a long time. The build custom coaches. They don't mass-produce.

If you're not ready to buy for another 2-4 years when you DO decide, pick out a couple models of this year's builds that you like and make note. Then when you're ready to buy search for those models in a used. A 2-4 year old used will save you a LOT of money. Good luck finding the one just for you!
Full-timed for 16 Years
. . . Back in S&B Again
Traveled in a 2004 Newmar Dutch Star 40' Diesel
twogypsies is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-18-2016, 08:24 PM   #5
Junior Member
madmaxx52's Avatar
Newmar Owners Club
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: sandpoint, idaho
Posts: 9

I also recently looked at both brands - Entegra and Newmar. The Entegra was the coach that initially made us decide to get a new(er) coach, they are a very very nice motorhome and apparently pretty well built. The Aspire is nice but does not have all the niceties - The Anthem was what initially captivated us. We liked the 42 DEQ - but after doing much much homework and looking we went with a Newmar Dutch Star and could not be happier - the reason, well even though Entegra makes a very nice well built coach - their floor plans are extremely limited. We found what we really liked as a floor plan in a Dutch Star. Even though it doesn't have everything an Entegra has - it has some things Entegra does not. Some of the most important things to me were independent front suspension, both Dutch Star and the Anthem series have that. Newmar also has Comfort Steer which is a nice addition. In our opinion - both coaches are very well constructed and seem do well - but floor plan was most important given everything else was somewhat equal.

Just a little added info I found out recently ( after purchasing our Dutch Star) - Entegra ( Jayco ) was just purchased by Thor - in my opinion a much lesser quality manufacturer - I would guess at some point that will impact the quality of Entegra.
madmaxx52 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-18-2016, 08:48 PM   #6
Junior Member
Join Date: Oct 2015
Posts: 27
Thank you all for the replies and useful info for sure. Am going to Hershey show and hope to see more models and help narrow down the field
billyf is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-18-2016, 09:07 PM   #7
Senior Member
Gordon Dewald's Avatar
Winnebago Owners Club
Join Date: Mar 2014
Posts: 7,917
IMO you should go with whichever model suits you the best. Either manufacturer will have good and not so good units. Each is produced on an assembly line from in-house and 3 party manufacturers.

Based on complaints on the threads it appears to me that all manufacturers have about the same failure rate per 100 units produced.

Posts about quality are anecdotal from each poster and must be taken in that context. Your opinion is the only one that will matter after you plunk your cash down and sign on the dotted line.

Features and floorplan are the things that really matter. It seems to me that more people change because they are not happy with the floorplan than for reasons of bad service or product.

Gordon and Janet
Tour 42QD/inTech Stacker
Gordon Dewald is offline   Reply With Quote

class a, comparison, entegra, newmar

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
Class A Motor Home Comparison: Tiffin VS Newmar VS Entegra RVgambler Class A Motorhome Discussions 21 06-01-2016 03:54 PM
A Question for those who traded in an Entegra for another Entegra Taylode Entegra Owner's Forum 14 05-22-2016 03:03 PM
Comparison between Newmar and Foretravel Arnie7640 Class A Motorhome Discussions 5 05-25-2014 04:40 AM
Entegra Brand Comparison Cruzer Entegra Owner's Forum 44 01-13-2013 05:54 PM
In-depth comparison - Ford E450 vs. Chevy - Class C Chassis WinnebagoDRVR Class C Motorhome Discussions 66 07-31-2007 01:07 PM

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 12:20 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.