As part of their effort to grow the RV market, motorhome manufacturers are taking aim at first-time buyers, and for Newmar Corp. that means creating an entry-level fleet with a high-end feel and no shortage of standard features.
The all-new Bay Star Sport lineup, which the company calls the “best value in a Class A gas motorhome since [Newmar’s] introduction of the Bay Star in 2006,” includes four models ranging from 27 to 33 feet in length, built on the Ford F53 chassis and powered by the 362-hp Ford Triton V-10 engine.
The more affordable Sport (its 2702 model starts at $93,450) was developed, Newmar said, following the success of the company’s redesigned entry-level Ventana LE. But don’t worry, fewer dollars doesn’t translate to an inferior outcome, as Newmar builds the Bay Star Sport with the same quality construction, Total Comfort Air Conditioning system and slideout mechanisms used on all its other luxury products.
The family-friendly 3310 model, the longest Bay Star Sport at almost 34 feet, brings with it ample overhead storage and is the only floorplan to feature bunk beds that convert into a wardrobe with wood doors.[slideshow auto=”off” thumbs=”on”]
While the kids have their own space, the adults can retire to the rear bedroom with its queen bed, dual nightstands and mirrored wardrobes, which stand on either side of the optional 26-inch LED TV. A chest of drawers sits below the TV while above the suede-like headboard is another cabinet.
Making the Sport feel even more like home is the bathroom with privacy glass shower door, accompanied by an acrylic sink, laminate countertop, radius lavatory cabinet and china bowl toilet.
Moving forward into the living area you’ll find a mini-peninsula galley that is home to a three-burner range with glass oven door, stainless steel sink and solid-surface countertop. The 3310 features a 22-inch Spacesaver microwave while all other models include a 1.2-cubic-foot microwave.
Enjoy a view of the 42-inch LCD TV – housed in the dry bar and standard in the 3310 – from the streetside sofa. If more sleeping space is needed, an optional Flex-O-Bed sofa with air mattress is available.
Opposite the sofa is a four-person dinette, above which is one of five overhead cabinets with standard Empire Maple square raised panel doors (Monterey Maple cabinets are optional). Also curbside is the Dometic 6-cubic-foot refrigerator with wood paneling, and the pantry.
The Sport’s cockpit provides additional comfort with its leather driver and passenger seats that rotate and recline. Safety is also paramount, and the Sport features a standard rearview color monitor system with audio.
Exterior standards include gel-coated fiberglass side walls with vinyl graphics, lighted storage compartments and a Dometic patio awning. Other available options include partial exterior paint, hydraulic leveling system, slideout awnings and a 600-watt power inverter.
Chassis: Ford F53
Engine: 6.8-L Triton
V-10, 362 hp
FUEL: 80 GAL
gvwr: 20,500 LBS
Exterior length: 33′ 11″
Exterior width: 8′ 5.5″
Exterior height: 12′ 4″
Freshwater cap: 75 GAL
Gray-water cap: 60 GAL
Black-water cap: 40 gal
LP-gas cap: 25 gal
Base msrp: $123,382