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Old 09-18-2020, 08:50 PM   #1
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Downsizing, Up or Down Grading Model, Changing Brands,

We are committed to downsizing from our 43 footer, but having difficulty choosing the model. Definitely decided on the Newmar Brand.
Looking at Ď21 Ventana on Spartan Chassis or Used or leftover year Dutch Star.
I know all the differences between the the 2. Mostly concerned with the ride of the Ventana without the independent suspension that Iím accustomed to.
Anyone made this move and can share your experience?
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Old 09-18-2020, 09:56 PM   #2
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Well I went up from a Bay Star to a Ventana and I was certain I needed IFS. But when I drove the Ventana I knew immediately that the ride perfectly acceptable. I think the only time youíll notice the difference is when one front wheel encounters a dip or bump, in which case the IFS model would prevail. But for over 95% of your driving the Ventana suspension will be entirely pleasing. It just glides along sweet as you please. Where itís somewhat deficient is in slow speed maneuvering on uneven surfaces where it rocks back and forth a bit too much, but Iím told this can be corrected with stiffer front shocks. I plan to find out soon.

I wanted a short rig so it was either a Ventana or New Aire and I didnít want all electric, and of course thereís a bit of a price difference. But if a 38í rig fit my cruising style, Iíd have a Dutch Star just because of the ISL power. And of course Iíd get IFS as a side benefit. I could see buying a gently used 35í New Aire in a few years after all the bigs are worked out, but for now, and possibly for the duration, my Ventana is completely satisfying.

A couple things about it if you are ordering new: the oasis system is quite nice, tile in the bedroom and central vac make life easier, and upgraded counters and cabinets add to the aesthetics.

Things I wouldn't pay for are the high priced awning upgrades, the $7k heated floors, all that expensive satellite tv stuff on the roof Iíll never use, and power window shades which seem to be problematic. JMHO.... Oh also that silly hammock - itís on a shelf in the garage to stay. $800 for that???

Please check back with your progress on this.
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Old 09-18-2020, 10:46 PM   #3
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Only true way to know is to get behind the wheel. You know what you like, and will be able to decide one way or the other. Most of the folks I know with the Ventana are very happy with their rigs. Your an experienced RV'er, buy the rig you find that meets your needs and the way you want to use it. Enjoy! Best of luck.
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Only true way to know is to get behind the wheel. You know what you like, and will be able to decide one way or the other. Most of the folks I know with the Ventana are very happy with their rigs. Your an experienced RV'er, buy the rig you find that meets your needs and the way you want to use it. Enjoy! Best of luck.
Have test driven a 40 ft Dutch Star which is shorter than our current rig, but it still drove and felt like a 43-45 footer.
Tested a 37 DS and loved the way it handled. Took the curved interstate ramps with ease at faster speeds than the larger coaches. It also seemed to track well at higher speeds.
Hard to get a good feel for what a coach will do on a long hall, when you do a 2 mile loop around the dealership. Guess more test driving is in order!
We are also working within a certain budget that almost rules out a new(21) Dutch Star.
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inventories are so low right now, you will be narrow band on what is available. Hope you find that "Perfect" rig!
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