A couple of years ago Newmar renamed the Ventana LE to Kountry Star for their entry level diesel pusher. Looking at the Newmar website I only see a 2,000 lbs. difference in GVWR between the Kountry Star (33,400 lbs. GVWR) and the Ventana (35,400 lbs. GVWR) for the 3426 floor plan --> https://www.newmarcorp.com/diesel-mo...a/coach-specs/
The primary reason for the higher GVWR for the Ventana is due to its larger gray and black water tank capacities which are 10 gallons each higher than tank capacities on the Kountry Star which adds ~170 lbs. of weight. More significant is the Ventana has ceramic tile flooring vs. vinyl flooring in the Kountry Star. The 3426 model will have ~275 square feet of "tiled" area. Ceramic tile vs. vinyl flooring will add ~5 lbs per square foot of flooring area. As such, the ceramic tile adds ~1,400 lbs. of additional weight --> https://findanyanswer.com/how-much-d...ding%20mortar.
The higher capacity gray & black tanks plus ceramic tile flooring combined adds nearly 1,600 lbs. of weight to the chassis which accounts for most of the 2,000 lbs. higher GVWR for the Ventana.
Both the Kountry Star and Ventana has a 360 HP Cummins 6.7L ISB engine coupled to an Allison 3000MH transmission. Both coaches have a 10,000 lbs. towing capacity.
You can't go wrong with either the Kountry Star nor the Ventana. The Ventana has a $40,000'ish higher price tag for a few added luxuries e.g. ceramic tile floor, Girard vs. Dometic patio awning, etc. (the Girard awning also adds more weight).
Let the forum know what you decide to purchase. Have fun shopping!