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Old 02-05-2019, 11:51 AM   #1
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Good morning from Sedona.
I am considering upgrading from my 2016 Ventana LE 4037 to a 2016 Dutch Star 4381. Thoughts?
A few questions to the forum of owners...
1) what are the dimension for the Euro Booth dinette table within the 4381? My concern is that it is too narrow (width) to get 2 rectangular placemats (and plates) on it.
2) does the driver captains chair have a power footrest (same as the passenger seat) ??
Any other comments or observations for the 4381 floorplan would be much appreciated.
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Old 02-05-2019, 02:20 PM   #2
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We have a 2015 4381, and love the floorplan, because of the rear bedroom.
The euro dinette, has a take out section, which when added will give you enough room for 4 placemats. It comes with two fold up chairs, stored under the bed.
The passenger seat swivels round, and has a powered footrest.
If you need to know anything else, feel free to ask, although I don't know what differences there will be from 2015, to 2016.
if you post a link to the coach you are interested in, I'll take a look and see if anything jumps out.
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Sorry, misread your post, it's 25 1/4 wide
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We have a 2015 4381, and love the floorplan, because of the rear bedroom.
The euro dinette, has a take out section, which when added will give you enough room for 4 placemats. It comes with two fold up chairs, stored under the bed.
The passenger seat swivels round, and has a powered footrest.
If you need to know anything else, feel free to ask, although I don't know what differences there will be from 2015, to 2016.
if you post a link to the coach you are interested in, I'll take a look and see if anything jumps out.
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Is the euro dinette leaf 12" wide and 25.25" long?
Does the drivers captains chair also have a power footrest and rotate?
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I will take a picture of the add in leaf tonight, with dimensions.
Yes the drivers seat swivels, and has a powered footrest also.
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11 1/2" x 25 1/4"
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Make sure the front axle has been dealt with and the front axle is not overweight. This was a real issue with 2016's
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Make sure the front axle has been dealt with and the front axle is not overweight. This was a real issue with 2016's
Thank you for the axle reminder... I had to take my 2016 Ventana LE to Gaffney SC to have my 12,400 front axle changed to a 13,500 axle. My impression is that the DS 4381 has an original stock 15,500 front axle... which should be sufficient?
Is there an existing thread about the 2016 DS axles in question?
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I think the issue with the 2016's was on those models with the full wall slide, which was tiled, like the 4369............
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Thank you for the axle reminder... I had to take my 2016 Ventana LE to Gaffney SC to have my 12,400 front axle changed to a 13,500 axle. My impression is that the DS 4381 has an original stock 15,500 front axle... which should be sufficient?
Is there an existing thread about the 2016 DS axles in question?
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on the affected coaches, the 15.5 was not sufficient and Newmar does have a recall on the 4381 to upgrade the 4381 axle to an 18k axle.

This is PIB #444, and I have attached it here for you.
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on the affected coaches, the 15.5 was not sufficient and Newmar does have a recall on the 4381 to upgrade the 4381 axle to an 18k axle.

This is PIB #444, and I have attached it here for you.
Also note: If the coach was not upgraded because the consumer was not aware, the offer is NO LONGER available according to the TSB. This offer expired on 7/31/2017.

You will need to check with newmar to find out what the charge would be, and use that as part of the negotation.

IT IS NOT SAFE to drive this coach without upgrading the axle. DO not listen to anyone that says otherwise.
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