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Canyon Star 3642

Originally Published in MotorHome Magazine

Living in a motorhome with the family, even for a few days, can
sometimes pose a challenge. The always-present issue of elbow room is
magnified with kids — and can occasionally turn a promising weekend
into a disaster. Wouldn’t it make things a lot easier if they had their
own room, just like at home?

That’s the logic behind Newmar Corporation’s new Canyon Star CSCA 3642.
Dual living areas are becoming more commonplace in high-end diesel
pushers — but Newmar has adapted the concept to a mid-priced gas Class A

Taking its cue from hotel rooms and space-constrained
apartments, the 3642 is equipped with a wall bed that turns the master
suite into a dual-use area. When not needed, it opens up the floor area
for a variety of uses, and, when the parents are ready to sleep, “they
just pull the 60 x 80-inch queen bed down from the rear cap,” explained
John Sammut, Newmar’s vice president of sales and marketing. “When it’s
stowed, it looks like a closet or a fine piece of furniture, with
beveled mirrors and hardwood trim.”

The bedroom’s curbside slideout is fitted with a pair of
recliners (sofa optional) bisected by a small, flip-down table, while a
streetside slideout houses a wardrobe and 24-inch flat-screen TV. With
this design, the room can be enjoyed bed up or bed down, without moving

Moving forward, an amidships bath area incorporates a neo-angle
shower, lav and a separate water closet. Up front, the family-friendly
living area features a large streetside slideout, which accommodates
half of the galley (double-bowl sink and three burner stove) and a sofa.
The curbside wall is home to the pantry and eight-cubic-foot Norcold
refrigerator, as well as a fixed dinette. “With the full-size queen bed,
an optional hide-a-bed sofa in the living area and two kids in the
convertible dinette, there’s sleeping room for up to six,” added Sammut.

It should be a comfortable existence, too, as the 3642 comes
loaded with nice features. Among them are oak raised-panel cabinet
doors, solid-surface countertop in the kitchen (laminate in bath),
Flexsteel furniture, space-saver microwave oven, color TV with DVD/VCR
player and day/night shades. Other features of note include a 10-gallon
DSI water heater, a 5.5-kW Onan Marquis AC generator and 50-amp service;
optional are a Sony surround-sound system, washer/dryer and 600-watt

About the only feature the 3642 doesn’t share with the other
six Canyon Star models is the Super Storage rear pass-through storage
system. If carrying stuff is a greater concern than people, consider a
different floorplan — but if family comfort is paramount, it’s tough to
beat multi-zone living quarters.

“With the 3642, the parents and kids can each have a place of
their own,” said Sammut. “It’s the perfect coach for young and
middle-aged families.”

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