Our fleet consists of two vessels: our coach and our toad.

The Castaway

2016 Newmar Dutch Star 4002


This is our coach. She is called “The Castaway”.

We currently flat tow a 2018 Lincoln MKX behind our coach.

If you become a castaway, this is not a bad way to go. A home away from home.


We decided to make our dream of travelling North America and living mostly full-time in an RV a reality. We had narrowed down our choice of RV to a Class A Diesel Pusher. In September of 2015, we went to the RV Show in Hershey, Pennsylvania to look at all of the potential candidates. From the show, we had a shortlist of manufacturers: Newmar, Entegra, and Tiffin. We kept coming back to Newmar. We loved the 40-foot coaches and we loved the 4002 floorplan.

In October of 2015 we made an offer to purchase a custom order Newmar Dutch Star. This was probably one of the most dramatic decisions we have made in our married lives.

Here is the complete list of The Castaway’s features (an asterisk indicates an option that we added to our build).



Freightliner Passive Steer Tag Axle XCR Chassis with 450 HP Cummins ISL Diesel Engine
Comfort Drive Steering with Adjustable Controls
Manual Tilt and Telescope Steering with VIP Smart Wheel
Polished Aluminum Wheels
Recessed Fuel Fills with Crossover to Fill from Either Side
Back-up Alarm
Anti-lock Braking System
In-dash Electronic Chassis Information Center

Air Conditioning and Heating


Two 15M Penguin Heat Pump Air Conditioners*
Electric Heat Installed Below Floor Tile*
Hydronic Zone Diesel Heating System with Continuous Hot Water
Wall-mounted Heating and Air Conditioning Sensors
Roof Air Conditioning Drainage System
Driver and Passenger Dash Overhead Ventilation System




30″ Overhead Convection Microwave*
All-electric Flush Mount Kenyon Cooktop*
All-electric Whirlpool Residential Refrigerator*
Whirlpool Two-piece Washer/Dryer*
Central Vac*

Audio, Video and Accessories


Sony LED TV and Blu-ray Player in Bedroom
Sony 48″ LED TV with Televator in Living Area
Sony 40″ LED TV in Front Overhead*
Dash Radio with Touch Screen Navigation*
JBL Premium Audio – Tuned 180 Watt DSP Amplifier with 6 Speakers
Sony Surround System with Subwoofer
Color Rearview Monitor System with Audio
Two Bedroom Radio Speakers
Side-view Cameras
Winegard Automatic Satellite Dish for Bell and Dish Satellite Services*
Winegard Automatic Lift Digital TV Antenna*
Sirius Satellite Radio*

Cabinets and Furniture


Carmel Glazed Cherry Cabinets*
Mountain Aire Solid Surface Countertops*
Flexsteel Furniture
Six-way Power Driver/Passenger Seats with Power Lumbar Support and Power Footrest
Passenger Seat Workstation
Door-Side Hide-a-Bed Sofa, Off-Door Side Two-Swivel Wall Hugger Recliners with Lamp Stand*
Combination Desk With Buffet Table*
Heated Driver and Passenger Seats*
Power Incline Retracting Bed Base with Sleep Number Premier Air Mattress*



8.0 Kw Cummins Onan Diesel Quiet Series Generator
50-Amp Electrical Service with Flexible Cord and Automatic Transfer Switch
12-Volt Auxiliary Receptor on Dashboard
Four 6-Volt House Batteries on Pullout Tray
5-Watt Solar Panel to Charge Chassis Battery
2,000 Watt Inverter
Midship Side Turn Signals
LED Lights Recessed in Ceiling and Overhead Cabinets
Accent Lights in Slideout Fascia Trim
Automatic Generator Start on Low Battery or Temperature Setting
Battery Disconnect Switch for House Battery
Emergency Engine Start Switch
Engine Block Heater
Exterior Security Lights
Manually Operated Hold-to-Run Slideout Switch
KIB Backlight Switches for Interior Lights
USB Charger on Dinette and Bedroom Night Stand
LED Lights in Exterior Storage Compartments
Recessed Docking Lights*
Solar Prep Rated for 1200 Watts*
Energy Management System*
Power Rewind with 50′ Cord



Full-paint Masterpiece Finish with Diamond Shield Protection on Front Cap
Chrome Convex Exterior Mirrors with Remote Control, Defrost and Turn Signals
Rear Protective Tow Guard
Stainless Steel Kick Panel at Entrance Door
Lit Exterior Storage Compartments with Cargo Liner
Automatic Step for Entrance Door
Rear Hitch for Towing Car
Hydraulic Leveling Jacks
Stainless Steel Trim Kit*
Chrome Power Baggage Door Locks*
Keyless Entrance Door with Touch Pad and Door Bell*
Large Storage Tray*



Designer Feature Ceiling
MCD Power Window Shades with Remote Control*
Custom Tile Floor in Kitchen, Bathroom, Bedroom and Living Areas*
Front Entrance Door with Power Stepwell Cover
Dash Panel Color Coordinated ABS
Quilted Bedspread and Accent Pillows
Fire Extinguisher, Smoke Detector and Carbon Monoxide Detector
Safe Located in Bedroom Wardrobe*



Demand Water System
Sentrel Acrylic Shower Walls with Glass Door
Dometic China Bowl Stool
Systems Monitor Panel
Exterior Shower
Sewage Holding Tank Rinse
Water Filter
Fold-down Shower Seat*
110-Volt Heat Pads for Holding Tanks*
Power Water Hose Reel*
Hot Water Line to Generator Area*



Fibreglass Roof with Walkable Decking and Integrated Gutter Rail
Gelcoated Fibreglass Exterior Sidewalls, Front and Rear Caps
Aluminum-Frame Sidewalls and Roof Construction 16″ on Center
5/8″ Foam Insulation Laminated in Sidewalls and Ceiling
Mechanical Lock Arms on All Slide-out Rooms
Polar Pak R19 Batten Insulation on Roof

Windows, Awnings and Vents


One-Piece Tinted Windshield
Frameless Double-Pane Tinted Safety Glass Windows
Fan-tastic Vent with Rain Sensor in Kitchen and Bathroom
Two Girard Nova Side Awnings with Wind Sensor, Remote Control and LED Lights*
Dometic Slide-out Covers and Power Entrance Door Awning with LED Lights
Driver Side Power Window
Egress Door in Rear Bathroom


Overall Length: 40’9″
Overall Height: 12’10”
Interior Height: 84″
Interior Width: 95.5″
Width: 101.5″
Grey Tank: 65 Gallons
Black Tank: 45 Gallons
Water: 105 Gallons
Fuel: 100 Gallons
GVWR: 44,600 lb.