November '19

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24 • RV PRO • November 2019 rv-pro.com O P E N H O U S E C O V E R A G E Newmar Supreme Aire Oh, the mystery of the Super C. RV manufacturers knew that building on a truck chassis could make for a powerful vehicle that had the potential for an extremely smooth ride, but there wasn't an easy way to take advantage of that feature. As a result, they built the vehicles by separating the air cab from the chassis, resulting in a big hump between the cab and the living quarters and a rougher ride. Until now. With the Supreme Aire, Newmar solved the problem by using the type of accordion seals seen on some large buses to preserve the function of the truck chassis. But the seals are small and hidden away, so that they are unlikely even to be noticed. The result is a 45-foot vehicle on an M2 112 Freightliner truck chassis with a 505 Detroit Diesel engine that can tow 30,000 pounds – and a smooth ride experience that keeps the driver in comfort and the contents in the back from any undue bouncing around. "It makes for a smoother ride and allows you have a lighter cab top with the Sky View window above the driver's area," says Sales Representative Ken Williamson. "It makes it so you can have a flush floor from the housing all the way through the cabin," says John Sammut, vice president of sales and marketing. Supreme Aire is Newmar's second Super C, after last year's introduction of the Super Star. Anyone thinking Newmar's legendary luxury might somehow be compromised by being on a truck chassis needn't worry. Supreme Aire is a full luxury coach with the look at feel of a top-of-the-line Class A. Sammut explains that the interior of the Supreme Aire is based upon the Mountain Aire Class A motorhome. He says that the vehicle will only be available to two dealers for the 2020 model year before potentially being opened up to more in the coming years. Williamson points to a number of features and details that will be familiar to any Newmar devotee. All cabinets and drawers come with a soft-close feature that keeps them from slamming shut. A large TV lifts out of its resting place for viewing or easily slides away for just looking out the window. In the kitchen, a two-seat table easily lifts up and pulls out an additional 12 inches, making from for two more chairs. Supreme Aire, which also comes with the Silver Leaf control system, three air conditioners and a 19.7-cubic-foot residential refrigerator, has an MSRP of around $600,000. What impressed RV PRO: Newmar's solution to making a truck chassis work for an RV is at once brilliant and simple. The accordion panel connecting the cab with the rest of the vehicle is completely unnoticeable to anyone who isn't actively looking for it. But the fact that it allows the manufacturer to take advantage of the ride-smoothing benefits of the chassis makes the Supreme Aire a Super C in a class by itself. Newmar's Supreme Aire Super C takes full advantage of its M2 112 Freightliner truck chassis by using accordion seals to connect the cab to the rest of the vehicle, making for a smooth ride. The coach comes with all of the luxury appointments customers expect from Newmar.

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