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Newmar Corp. has added a 38-foot front living-room floorplan with five slideouts to its 2005 Kountry Star luxury fifth-wheel series – making it the second five-slide towable on the market today.
The Nappanee, Ind., manufacturer of luxury towables and motorhomes debuted the new Kountry Star during its annual dealer seminar June 10-11 at the Westin Diplomat Resort in Hollywood, Fla.
Product highlights at the seminar, attended by representatives of about 100 dealers, included major lifecycle changes in Kountry Star fifth-wheels and Class A diesel pushers in addition to Mountain Aire gas-powered Class A’s.
Following the seminar, 350 Newmar employees, dealers and guests, including Recreation Vehicle Industry Association President David Humphreys, boarded Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.’s “Navigator of the Seas” for a seven-day cruise on the western Caribbean.
“The dealer reception of our ’05 coaches was very good,” said marketing manager Phil Miller. “We exceeded our order-writing goal by about 10%.”
Immediately after the cruise, Newmar hosted its 21st International Kountry Klub Rally June 21-25 in DuQuoin, Ill., where 2005 products were on display for owners of 869 Newmar coaches.
Newmar product highlights for 2005 include the following:
* Kountry Star five-slide floorplan features opposing 18-inch-deep front slideouts in addition to two opposing slideouts in the kitchen and one in the rear bedroom. The height of Kountry Star front caps has been increased by 7 inches and rear caps by 12 inches, and gelcoated sidewalls and caps now are standard. Retail prices start at $48,044, with the five-slide starting at $68,596.
* With a retail base price of $168,620, Kountry Star diesel A-bodies feature new front and rear caps, redesigned instrument panels, dual-pane windows and 10,000-pound Class 5 hitches. The interior headroom of the Kountry Star Class A has been increased to 6’8” and two quad-slide floorplans have been added to the series for the first time. Built on either Freightliner XC or Spartan Mountain Master chassis with Cummins or Caterpillar diesel engines, the Kountry Star is available in eight floorplans in lengths of 33 to 38 feet.
* Newmar’s gasoline-fueled Mountain Aire Class A motorhome features the new, larger 24,000-pound GVWR Workhorse W24 chassis paired with a 9.1-liter, 340-hp GM Vortec engine. With fiberglass sidewalls and full-body paint, Mountain Aire is offered in seven 35- to 37-foot floorplans for a base retail price of $149,753.
* Spartan Mountain Master GT chassis are standard this year on Newmar’s Dutch Star and Mountain Aire diesel-pusher series.