Originally Posted by taratiffin
Should the weight and slide problems I read about keep me from looking at a 2015 or 2016 tag DS or Ventana in 40 or 43 foot lengths. I like the floor plans of the full wall slides but am concerned about these problems. Thanks
In 2016 Newmar went to the Star Foundation, a more rigid frame system under the diesel coaches. This decision added weight to all of the coaches
In 2016, for DutchStar and above, they also changed the full wall slide mechanism to a hydraulic system built by HWH that could handle more weight than the electric ramp based system in Newmar coaches prior to 2016. This allowed the More Floor feature which has tile instead of carpet in the slide. This new slide system and tile floor also added significantly to the weight of the coaches.
These two changes resulted in some Ventanas being a little overweight and some DutchStars being a lot overweight when they were loaded up with gear and occupants.
There were also some issues with the new HWH slide system relating to a non level floor and some slide alignment issues in the 16s.
The Response from Newmar...
Newmar has been replacing the axles in the 2016 DutchStars to significantly increase the weight carrying capacity. They have been doing this under warranty. I do not know if this warranty is extended to a second owner.
They have also been upgrading some suspension components on the 16 Ventana line to increase the weight carrying capacity.
Newmar has been gradually fixing and adjusting the HWH slides under warranty as well and has made some design changes that have resolved the problem for 2017/2018 coaches.
2015 coaches are NOT
affected by either of these issues.
2016 Ventana and Ventana LE will not be affected by the HWH slide issue because they still use the older electric ramp system that Newmar has used for years and has proven pretty reliable.
If you are looking at 2016 models, I would just make sure that the front axle weight issues have been dealt with by looking at the weight capacity sticker next to the driver seat and then confirm with Newmar that it is the correct, up to date, rating.
If you are looking at 2016 Dutchstar models I would make sure the HWH slide system is working properly and smoothly and the floor is level enough for you.