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Our First Ride

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Lorraine took this shot as I was bringing our coach, the Castaway, up our driveway.

We live in the country. We have 7 acres. We have a long, twisty gravel road that runs about 1,000 feet. Our house is on a hill surrounded by a forest.

Getting the coach up to the house was the second most challenging part of the drive. The first most challenging part of the drive was leaving the dealership.

Of course, I decided that it would be a great idea to take my first drive with our new motorhome through the busiest highways in all of Canada: the 400 highway and the 401 highway in Toronto.

Outwardly, I believe I looked calm.

Inwardly I was terrified. For the first hour or so. Then I became captivated with the driving experience. This is one amazing coach. Wonderful feel on the road. The 450 hp Cummins diesel provides all the power necessary to climb hills. The three stage engine brake helps to slow the coach without excessive wheel braking.

Once we had cleared the Greater Toronto Area, I was able to set the cruise control and enjoy the driving experience.

I loved it.

Lorraine took a few videos to capture our first ride in our new motorhome.

Still so much to do before we head out on the road but this is a major milestone for us. We have the Castaway.

Our New Dutch Star

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Our 2016 Newmar Dutch Star 4002 had arrived to the dealer end of April. We were able to take delivery this weekend.

They say that you can only prove the delivery with photos so we have a few to share with you. First up is a shot of the interior layout of the main living area.

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Jamie was our service technician. He was very professional and very thorough. He explained all of the systems on our coach. Mind you, I had done so much reading and research that things were not quite as overwhelming as I had originally feared. Hey, I know this stuff!

Here he is installing our licence plates for the coach. We are now ready for the road.

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Our stateroom includes a king-size bed.

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The Dutch Star 4002 is a bath and a half design. This is the rear bath which includes a stacked washer/dryer, shower, and safe.

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The entrance to the rear bath as seen from the bedroom.

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Our dining area. Perfect for two although the table does extend and we have a couple of extra chairs.

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The galley includes a Whirlpool residential fridge, a Whirlpool convection microwave, a Kenyon countertop stove and a dishwasher.

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The captain’s chair. Although the initial reaction to all of the buttons and dials was a bit alarming, the driving experience of our coach was amazing.

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Here is the coach with the awnings extended.

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A couple of exterior shots as we made our way back home. This was at a service centre midway between the dealer and our house.

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I’ll share more about the first drive in the coach tomorrow.

Hershey RV Show

In many ways, our journey really started at the RV Show in Hershey, Pennsylvania. It was here, in September of 2015, that we began to take a really hard look at the lifestyle and whether it would be for us.

We also began to take a really hard look at RVs.

The first one we saw as we entered the show was this Entegra:

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Stunning coach. The salesperson tried to make a deal on that coach right then and there. We were not ready to buy. We wanted to get a sense of which RV and floorplan might work for us. We still had a lot more research to do before making any purchase decisions.

The Hershey show is big. Billed as the largest RV show in North America, there are literally hundreds if not thousands of RVs on display.

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We were really interested in RVs from three manufacturers: Newmar, Entegra and Tiffin. Mind you, we looked at Class A Diesel Pushers from all of the manufacturers at the show. We also looked at Super Cs and fifth wheels.

For whatever reason, the Newmar Dutch Star took hold of our imagination. We loved the 4002 floorplan.

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We walked in and out of the 4002 several times during our stay at the Hershey RV Show. The last time I walked out, Lorraine was still in the coach. Behind the wheel.

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And, nine months later, we will be bringing our new Dutch Star 4002 home.

The 2016 Show will be held in September. You can find out more information about the Hershey RV Show here.