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Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 11-20-2018, 09:18 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,293
Posted By Johnidaho
Idle up (Mike Mas) did a very detailed piece on a...

Idle up (Mike Mas) did a very detailed piece on a New Aire link. Also good info from Turbopilot on same subject. Two ways to do it.

I opted to run positive and negative leads to the top two pins...
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 11-20-2018, 11:05 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,558
Posted By Johnidaho
If you are looking for speed up grades, the New...

If you are looking for speed up grades, the New Aire is not the answer. All our driving is in the western US, a lot of it in and over the mountains.

We tow a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited all the the...
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 11-16-2018, 10:41 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,558
Posted By Johnidaho
Same for me on the smaller tank; just takes a...

Same for me on the smaller tank; just takes a little extra planning after being spoiled by two prior coaches with 150 gallon tanks.

Just for fun I confirmed that two (empty just to check fit for...
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 11-13-2018, 09:35 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,076
Posted By Johnidaho
Turbopilot, I certainly don’t doubt you on...

Turbopilot,
I certainly don’t doubt you on this, but how do we “just wire up” these switches to make them backlighted? Separate wire to each, or just one connection that activates all the...
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 11-13-2018, 11:53 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,803
Posted By Johnidaho
You won’t need to run the generator with that...

You won’t need to run the generator with that plug-in setup, also assuming your Oasis is not drawing power for heat. I leave my inverter “on” when plugged in;
Does anyone recommend that the...
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 11-13-2018, 11:47 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 10,182
Posted By Johnidaho
One more thought on the bed motor/cog shaft...

One more thought on the bed motor/cog shaft alignment...
With the slide extended simply remove the forward cover under the bed, remove (not just loosen) up the bolts holding the motor to the...
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 11-13-2018, 11:33 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 10,182
Posted By Johnidaho
Ferdie, Sorry to hear about your bed slide...

Ferdie,

Sorry to hear about your bed slide issues; it happening multiple times leads me to believe that misalignment of the motor and cog shaft is the likely culprit.

It is pretty easy to just...
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 11-08-2018, 09:26 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 10,182
Posted By Johnidaho
This is no longer timely to your situation, but I...

This is no longer timely to your situation, but I went through the same dilemma last spring before taking delivery of my New Aire in early June; after I ordered in January all the “Issue” posts kept...
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 11-03-2018, 08:40 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,235
Posted By Johnidaho
Lucky that you are computer literate! Once they...

Lucky that you are computer literate! Once they figured out my computer skills are behind the curve Silverleaf shut the door on selling me an Omniscope. Hopefully my relatively good luck with the...
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 11-02-2018, 05:28 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,235
Posted By Johnidaho
Thanks to both of you who steered me the in the...

Thanks to both of you who steered me the in the right direction! This forum is great for getting help and guidance from experienced people!!

Talked to Silverleaf, and they were very hesitant to...
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 11-01-2018, 08:57 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,235
Posted By Johnidaho
New Aire Issues/Updates

Just finished a 3,000 mile trip down the Oregon and Northern California coasts, to San Clemente via central California, Tehachapi, then to Havasu via Palm Desert, then through Las Vegas and central...
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 10-09-2018, 11:56 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,145
Posted By Johnidaho
I have only seen two other New Aire coaches on...

I have only seen two other New Aire coaches on the road; one (silver/Black) in April at Spanish Trail RV Park in Moab, UT (before I took delivery of our 3343), and one (cream/brown) parked at a...
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 08-31-2018, 04:48 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,390
Posted By Johnidaho
Mystery solved!! Second round of calls were...

Mystery solved!!

Second round of calls were made to Newmar and Freightliner, and although Craig at Newmar was trying his best by having me hold while he checked with several departments at Newmar...
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 08-30-2018, 10:43 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,390
Posted By Johnidaho
Thanks, everyone, for the input. My confusion...

Thanks, everyone, for the input. My confusion comes from limited specs on the 2018 NA (only “10,000 Flat” and +10,000# for GCWR), specs on 2019 NA, no markings on my hitch, Freigliner saying that...
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 08-30-2018, 04:18 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,390
Posted By Johnidaho
New Aire Towing

Does anyone have the tow hitch ratings for 2018 New Aire?
All I can find in the literature is the generic 10,000 flat-tow rating.
I need to know both the trailer weight rating, and the vertical...
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 08-29-2018, 11:56 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,117
Posted By Johnidaho
wall switch provides power on or off. Must use...

wall switch provides power on or off. Must use included remote to activate speed, directional changes.
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 08-29-2018, 10:10 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,117
Posted By Johnidaho
Fantastic Fan makes a remote controlled...

Fantastic Fan makes a remote controlled replacement kit that fits any Fantastic fan housing. It has multiple speeds, a reverse mode, and rain sensor. Found it on Amazon, about $130, as I recall. ...
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 08-29-2018, 09:55 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,046
Posted By Johnidaho
The motor that drives the cog wheel to...

The motor that drives the cog wheel to extend/retract the BR slide in my New Aire was bolted down too tight (should have been shimmed to make the alignment correct), and thus put tremendous stress on...
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 08-26-2018, 07:49 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,592
Posted By Johnidaho
I ordered my New Aire with the King Aire floors....

I ordered my New Aire with the King Aire floors. Looks fantastic, no slip (good for us and our dog), easy to keep looking good. No paw print marks, easy clean, etc. would never have shiny slick...
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 08-21-2018, 09:39 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,660
Posted By Johnidaho
No such possibilities for the new coaches,...

No such possibilities for the new coaches, particularly In this new age of tighter regulations and DEF. Driving on flat roads over 50 or so mikes, my computer shows about 9.2 mpg, but hilly or...
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 08-21-2018, 09:32 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,660
Posted By Johnidaho
Have not weighed it recently or as loaded for...

Have not weighed it recently or as loaded for that trip, but just the normal load of fuel, water and basics for two adults and our dog. Well under GVWR and GCWR.
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 08-19-2018, 10:04 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,660
Posted By Johnidaho
New Aire Fuel Economy

Our 3433 New Aire is not even broken in yet (odometer showing about 3,800), but already showing much better fuel mileage than the prior DS 4369:

Trip #1 about 450 total miles towing 3,200# trailer...
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 08-02-2018, 09:43 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,352
Posted By Johnidaho
When you say “passenger seat doesn’t move”, do...

When you say “passenger seat doesn’t move”, do you mean it will not rotate at all on the pedestal’s vertical axis, or do you mean that the power controls do not work to activate any seat movement?
...
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 07-29-2018, 12:13 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,310
Posted By Johnidaho
Once again you have enlightened us with an...

Once again you have enlightened us with an excellent and helpful video; THANKS!
I plan to make this adjustment before our next venture...tired of manually tweaking the jacks every time until the...
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 07-19-2018, 09:05 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 658
Posted By Johnidaho
Pretty straightforward procedure if you make the...

Pretty straightforward procedure if you make the effort to lie on the floor to watch as the chairs turn. I had the “benefit” of doing the same fix for the same problem on our Dutch Star seats, so the...
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 07-19-2018, 08:39 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 658
Posted By Johnidaho
FIRST time I swiveled the driver’s seat the main...

FIRST time I swiveled the driver’s seat the main power wire separated at a poorly crimped and poorly located connector. Of course, this happened on the first night after delivery parked at a rest...
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 05-29-2018, 10:04 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,010
Posted By Johnidaho
Looks like something to consider for us...

Looks like something to consider for us westerners! Ballpark cost?
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 05-29-2018, 10:48 AM
Replies: 1,182
Views: 203,817
Posted By Johnidaho
New Aire Observations

Thanks to all of you for the tips and procedures!
Hopefully I can discover something helpful and pass it on to benefit others.
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 05-28-2018, 06:00 PM
Replies: 1,182
Views: 203,817
Posted By Johnidaho
Mike, Thanks for the heads-up on the...

Mike,

Thanks for the heads-up on the disconnect. I am now a week into New Aire ownership (3343), and was really annoyed with the radio and both screens staying on; this is a great help!

Thanks...
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 05-24-2018, 04:42 PM
Replies: 136
Views: 24,908
Posted By Johnidaho
Just took delivery of my New Aire 3343 this week...

Just took delivery of my New Aire 3343 this week (ordered in January); this thread made me very hesitant to go through with the purchase and just keep my 4369 DS. Never any problems with the DS, and...
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 04-03-2018, 03:15 PM
Replies: 425
Views: 51,799
Posted By Johnidaho
Add me to the list! Delivery of NA 3343 expected...

Add me to the list! Delivery of NA 3343 expected May, 2018; moving “up” from 2017 DS 4369 (love it, but decided the 34 footer will better suit our lifestyle.
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 02-24-2018, 03:06 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,428
Posted By Johnidaho
I had a 2015 Dutch Star 4002, then moved up to a...

I had a 2015 Dutch Star 4002, then moved up to a '17 DS 4369 (going to put it up for sale soon, as we have decided to downsize to a New Aire we just ordered; the 43' models are fantastic, but now...
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 02-24-2018, 01:23 PM
Replies: 425
Views: 51,799
Posted By Johnidaho
I have purchased three motor homes (two Newmars)...

I have purchased three motor homes (two Newmars) from Transwest, all through Steve Kovac as the sales rep. Steve is a real knowledgeable, no-BS straight shooter who knows the Newmar line extremely...
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 05-10-2017, 11:26 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,005
Posted By Johnidaho
1. extra drawers more useful than dishwasher IMHO...

1. extra drawers more useful than dishwasher IMHO
2. Front TV is a very useful item...easier to see when sitting/working in the kitchen area, and with without televator up there is a window view to...
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 04-19-2017, 09:13 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,074
Posted By Johnidaho
I installed all the magnets INSIDE, even the top...

I installed all the magnets INSIDE, even the top two corners. The system works fine, and I used nothing but the double-sided stick pads supplied with the kit.
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 04-10-2017, 08:23 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 840
Posted By Johnidaho
How big/small of a hole? Something like 1/4"? ...

How big/small of a hole? Something like 1/4"?
Thanks.
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 04-05-2017, 08:07 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,480
Posted By Johnidaho
Hi Francisco. It is troubling that some of the...

Hi Francisco. It is troubling that some of the above posts seem to treat this as a minor inconvenience rather than a potential disaster with devastating ramifications far beyond a few days of...
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 04-02-2017, 07:36 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,081
Posted By Johnidaho
Don, Do you have the specific KONI part number...

Don,
Do you have the specific KONI part number for the Freightliner/DS?
A friend installed KONI's on his 2014 King Aire, and said it made a huge difference for a smoother ride over any bumps. I am...
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 04-01-2017, 02:48 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,091
Posted By Johnidaho
We had the same reel failure on our 2015 Dutch...

We had the same reel failure on our 2015 Dutch Star. On an emergency basis I was able to rotate the reel a bit and get power flowing through it again.
After having the whole reel assembly replaced...
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 04-01-2017, 02:33 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,868
Posted By Johnidaho
Heat pump is a great feature in outside temps...

Heat pump is a great feature in outside temps over 40 degrees, but only if plugged in or running generator. Use the RV park's electricity for your heat rather than burning your propane. Nice even...
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 03-21-2017, 03:51 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,006
Posted By Johnidaho
We drove I40 from Kingman to east of Flagstaff...

We drove I40 from Kingman to east of Flagstaff just last week, both directions...
The road surface is in HORRIBLE shape. Nothing but constant bumps, potholes, chunks out of the pavement. In one...
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 03-14-2017, 09:09 PM
Replies: 130
Views: 20,776
Posted By Johnidaho
I have owned/used Tire Minder, TST, and now the...

I have owned/used Tire Minder, TST, and now the EEZ. The EEZ works for me far better than did the other two; the display is larger, better back-lit, better with audible alert. Bought the 12-sensor...
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 03-14-2017, 08:32 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 784
Posted By Johnidaho
Best option you can get if you will be anywhere...

Best option you can get if you will be anywhere the night temps are under 60*. Save the fuel and time on your Oasis whenever plugged in at an RV park...until it gets to 25-30 degrees, the floor heat...
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 03-06-2017, 03:20 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,852
Posted By Johnidaho
Good apsuggestion to think of a 2016 "leftover". ...

Good apsuggestion to think of a 2016 "leftover". Brand new, full 1 year warranty, will be worth a lot more in 3-5-years.
Even if $25,000 more than what you might pay for the used one, that amounts...
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 03-04-2017, 04:42 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,852
Posted By Johnidaho
A-summitman, I agree completely with a few of...

A-summitman,
I agree completely with a few of the other responses... You will be SO much better off with a brand new coach! Full one year warranry, new tires, new battery, no maintenance neglect,...
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 03-04-2017, 08:38 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,325
Posted By Johnidaho
After initial evening cool-down with AC, if...

After initial evening cool-down with AC, if consider using Fantastic Fans and open windows if outside temp is below 74 or so; less time on the generator, 15amp will handle all three fans fine.
Forum: Camping Locations, Plans & Trip Reports 02-27-2017, 05:32 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,146
Posted By Johnidaho
We did all the same spots last spring with same...

We did all the same spots last spring with same stops and RV parks. I recommend the same places and parks with one exception...if you get to Page, we thought Upper Antelope Canyon was even more...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 02-10-2017, 10:53 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 9,002
Posted By Johnidaho
Have owned several motorhomes over past 20+years,...

Have owned several motorhomes over past 20+years, Newmar, Winnebago, American, and unfortunately, one Thor...for a very short time. Thor coach was a piece of C#AP!!. Started falling apart on the...
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 02-08-2017, 03:16 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 10,896
Posted By Johnidaho
Bill, a few thoughts: 1. My experience...

Bill, a few thoughts:
1. My experience coincides with the other 25-27% MSRP discounts.
2. Strongly suggest you contact Tim at Steinbring in Garfield, MN. Excellent feedback and courtesy, and gave...
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 01-31-2017, 08:35 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 545
Posted By Johnidaho
U-Dinette Reviews?

Any King Aire or Essex owners with the U-dinette (either with the standard sofa or the sofa/U-dinette ensemble? How well does it function. both with slides in and out? Are you pleased with it? Does...
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