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Newmar Makes Motorhome Driving Easier with Comfort Drive
Five years ago, Nappanee, Indiana-based Newmar Corp created the ultimate combination of advanced technology and intelligent design.
Comfort Drive Steering is an intelligent steering system that decreases driver fatigue often associated with operating a typical diesel pusher over long distances. It also aids a driver to maintain a straight path by compensating for cross-winds and crowns in the road.
Comfort Drive creates a positive on-center feel which reduces parking efforts and improves reversibility when backing up a motorhome.
Newmar first introduced the Comfort Drive Steering System on its 2007 Luxury products.
With Comfort Drive, you’ll exert less effort turning the wheel when you drive, back up, and turn. This advanced technology responds to your steering—then makes your driving experience easier. Comfort Drive removes friction from the steering process so you steer with a light grip, making long trips less tiring. It makes your motorcoach handle more like a car with a self-straightening wheel and lane change sensor adjustments that make it easy to stay in a lane once you’ve committed to it, even at high speeds.
This standard feature was developed by TRW Automotive, Spartan Chassis, and Newmar.
The Newmar Comfort Drive Steering System comes equipped on the following models:
- Ventana Diesel Pusher
- Dutch Star Diesel Pusher
- Mountain Aire Diesel Pusher
- Essex Diesel Pusher
- King Aire Diesel Bus
During the recently concluded Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA) National Convention at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis, Newmar Corp. provided 72 attendees with test drives as part of its Comfort Drive Steering promotion.
Participants were awarded $100 in free fuel once they completed a test drive and a survey.
“Comfort Drive Steering is an innovative feature that makes driving a Newmar diesel motorhome a much more comfortable and easy experience,” said Matt Miller, Newmar’s president.
“Unlike a slideroom, however, Comfort Drive Steering can only be properly demonstrated during a thorough test drive. So we decided to allow our visitors to experience Comfort Drive Steering first hand at this event.”
The test drives conducted by Newmar personnel lasted about 40 minutes and covered roughly 23 miles. The course included secondary roads in addition to interstate roads conditions. Newmar made 80 test drive appointments available using four of its diesel motorhomes.
“I felt completely at ease driving the Dutch Star with Comfort Drive Steering,” commented Allen Polka, from Comfort, Texas.
“Driving the Newmar motorhome required me to place so much less pressure on the steering wheel to keep going straight or making a turn. It was like driving on auto pilot.”
On a personal note, when I first got behind the wheel and road tested my 2012 Dutch Star Diesel Pusher at Midtown RV, I thought I had died and gone to heaven.
NEWMAR: When You Know The Difference
Established in 1968 Newmar is an innovator and leader in the RV manufacturing industry and recognized for its excellence in quality.
Newmar Corp is privately owned and has a dealer network that spans across the United States and Canada.
Newmar Corp is located at 355 N. Delaware Street, Nappanee, Indiana.
Newmar Corp currently manufactures Class A gas motorhomes (Bay Star Sport, Bay Star, and Canyon Star), Class A diesel motorhomes (Ventana LE, Ventana, and Dutch Star), and luxury Class A diesel motorhomes (Mountain Aire, Essex, and King Aire).
Address: 355 N. Delaware Street, PO Box 30, Nappanee, Indiana 46550-0030
Phone: (800) 860-0086
In every thought and action, think excellence.
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