For the team behind the recently launched Winnebago Intent, the result was not only a new design, it was a new way to build a motorhome.
“The team took a modular approach,” according to Niles Whitehouse, Winnebago Product Manager for Class A gas coaches. “We did a lot of research with customers to determine what features are most important to them, and we worked hard to make those features standard in every Intent.”
For example, all four Intent floorplans include a dinette, walkaround queen bed and a powered bed over the cab, which gives the coach added sleeping capacity.
Also standard are the exterior tailgate package, an Onan generator and one-kilowatt inverter, plus pre-wiring for solar panels.
The team’s “clean sheet” approach also resulted in a unique LP tank system. Instead of a fixed tank that requires a trip to a propane supplier to fill, the Intent uses up to four easily exchangeable 20-pound propane cylinders, just like the ones used on barbecue grills.
The Intent also features a patented dash in the cab. An aluminum channel runs along the dash, allowing driver and passenger to place snap-in accessories like cupholders and a work station right where they want them.
Other innovations include a stand-up desk, storage compartments below the entry steps, and a centrally located rear gas fill — no more worries about which side of the pump to pull in on.
The Intent is built on Ford’s F-53 chassis, and uses Winnebago’s proven SuperStructure technology to surround the cab with a sturdy steel framework. That allows the Intent to have slimmer A-pillars, resulting in outstanding visibility through the expansive front windshield.
The Intent’s four floorplans range from 26’10” to 31’10,” and feature either dual slideouts or a full-wall driver-side slide.
By including so many standard features, the team was able to simplify production, but Winnebago took things a step further, building a dedicated new manufacturing line for the Intent.
Taken together, the modular design, limited options and new production line “let us build more value in, take some costs out, and pass the savings on to our customers,” according to Whitehouse.
You can see Niles give a walkthrough tour of the Intent, and learn more about this remarkable motorhome here.
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