Hi to All,
I'm finally following 007's wise advice and starting our own thread on our soon-to-be-born new home. I've given the details of what we ordered and the timing on another thread, '2014 Dutch Star' started by Deek, but, as 007 suggested, to keep it all in one place I'll repeat it here.
On April 26th we closed on the sale of our stix'n'brix home of 26 years and ordered a 2014 Dutch Star 4018.
The details of the order are:
- Verona Maple woodwork
- Mousse interior
- Espresso exterior
- 2 15M A/C's in place of standard
- Stacked washer and dryer
- All electric
- Sirius radio
- Combination desk/dinette w/roll away table
- Fold & tumble sofa in place of L-shaped
- Queen bed
- Energy Management system
- LED lighting
- Power rewind electrical cord
- Recessed docking lights
- Large chrome mirrors
- Large storage tray in 3rd bay
- Floor tile extended into bedroom
- Fiberglass roof
- Power baggage doors
- One long awning over driver side windows
- Kitchen window
The specials we have on order so far are:
- One additional 120v outlet in the first bay door side
- One additional 12v outlet on the left side of the drivers area
- Ground satellite dish prep (not a normal option in 2014)
- Frosted glass shower doors like 2013 (2014 are clear)
- Delete the unique diamond pattern wallboard in bathrooms and use living room wallboard thru out
- Change the color of the carpeting to 2014 Toffee (2014 Mousse carpet is very dark brown)
We ordered the coach from Chad DeMaat of Midway RV in Grand Rapids, MI. He's a great, knowledgeable guy and we'd recommend him to anyone. Chad updated us today and let us know that our Dutch Star will enter building 7 some time on June 12th. We plan on being there for the whole trip through building 7, staying over the weekend if necessary. We'll stay at The Inn at Amish Acres. We stayed there in March and it was very clean, and you can't beat the Newmar room rate.
Although I've gotten most of my questions answered by reading this and other iRV2 forums I am in need of advice on a couple items. The first one is very minor, but specifically recent Dutch Star related. On the 'Our 2013 Dutch Star' thread there was a discussion regarding sewer hose elbows best suited to getting out through the hole in the bottom of the wet/service bay. I understand it's a tight turn. I've read through the discussion and I'm still unsure, is the Rhino 39852 or 39857 elbow the best one to use? Would just like to order the best one from Amazon on the first try.
My other question is not specifically Newmar related so I'll likely also post it on the Toad forum. However, I know that at least skmwalden and PDR John tow Jeep Wranglers. We've ordered a Wrangler Unlimited as our toad, but I'm struggling with the best baseplate setup. I plan to use a Blue Ox tow bar as we had 40,000 miles of good service with one on our old motorhome ten years ago. I've read that you risk grounding and damaging the standard BX1126 Blue Ox baseplate because it fits basically below the stock bumper. Some have mentioned using a Rockhard aftermarket bumper with Blue Ox adapters mounted to the front of it, thereby reducing ground contact issues in the event you go off road. I don't plan on any heavy duty off roading, just some occasional exploring on two tracks. I don't want to spend a fortune on aftermarket stuff, but a couple hundred extra over the standard Blue Ox baseplate would be OK if it solved a valid clearance problem.
Thanks for any advice as we prepare for our great adventure!