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Newmar’s All Star 3950: Built for Families

Originally Published in MotorHome Magazine

One of the conundrums of the RV industry is that, the bigger a Class A diesel coach gets,
the fewer people it can accommodate. The thinking behind this is, of course, that the
customers who have the means to purchase such a product are usually empty-nesters or
retired couples, and they simply don’t need room for more than two. The fact remains,
however, that there are RVers who are looking for a diesel-pusher that can comfortably
house a family — and Newmar’s new All Star 3950 was built just for them. “It seemed like
every time we went to a show, people would ask us when we were going to build a diesel
product that could sleep more than four people,” explained John Sammut, vice president of
sales and marketing for Newmar Corporation. “The All Star actually sleeps eight, dines
eight and provides belted seating positions for eight.” According to Sammut, this was made
possible by using the new Spartan Me2 chassis, which locates the 350-hp Cummins engine
amidships, leaving the rear of the coach wide open. In the case of the 3950, this allows
space for a two-level bedroom — bunks up top, queen bed down below. Four additional guests
can pair up in the four-place dinette and optional sleeper sofa, which are housed in a
large streetside slideout. To make good on the promise of dining eight, the dinette has
room at one end for two folding chairs, while two swiveling captain’s chairs on the
curbside (bisected by a small pull-out table), take two more hungry people. These seats,
along with the dinette, are equipped with seat belts, as well. Cooking for up to eight
mouths is made possible by a curbside galley featuring a three-burner cooktop, overhead
microwave, double-bowl sink, 10-cubic-foot Norcold refrigerator and a large pantry. Aft of
the slideout is the bath area, equipped with a 38 x 30-inch shower, lav and toilet; across
the hall is a large wardrobe that can be fitted with an optional washer/dryer. There’s also
an additional lav in the corner of the two-level bedroom. Of course, no modern RV is
complete without televisions, and the All Star has four of them — a 24-inch flat-screen at
the front, a 26-inch LCD above the dry bar next to the dinette, and two more in the
bedroom: The kids have a 13-inch unit with ports for popular gaming units, while the adults
can enjoy a 26-inch LCD at the foot of their bed. There’s even an option for a fifth
television, as part of the outdoor entertainment system package. Sammut stressed, however,
that this is only one of many floorplans that are likely to arise from the unique chassis.
“We have at least five that are finished or close to being finished, including a unit with
a rear garage,” he said. “I’m not sure we even understand all the possibilities yet, but I
think we’ll find out real quick.” Newmar Corporation, (574) 773-7791, newmarcorp.com

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