Several new 2018 RV models are turning heads for breaking out of traditional design molds. And at least one creates a whole new category. This fall’s bolder roll-outs include four unusual models from Winnebago, unveiled at the Elkhart Open House in September via a Facebook Live broadcast (archived here).
After nearly 60 years, the RV icon is clearly still driven to innovate. Here’s a quick look at the four newest Winnebago products:
There’ve been a few boutique 4x4s (i.e., Volkswagen’s Westfalia Syncro and EarthRoamer), but the Winnebago Revel is the first off-road RV built and supported by a major U.S. manufacturer. Until now, most aspiring 4WD RVers have had to spring for custom conversions and wait up to a year for delivery. The Revel, says Winnebago, drives off the lot ready for “comfortable exploration of remote places.”
Built on the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter platform, the Revel incorporates a number of key features for going off the grid:
- Off-road tires and 21” of clearance
- Three-liter turbo-diesel engine with 325 lbs./ft. of torque
- High/low range and hill descent mode for off-road capability
- Rear gear garage with 140 cu. ft. of storage
- Platform bed that raises out of the gear space
- All-in-one wet bath with cassette toilet/shower
- Electric galley with compressor refrigerator
- Roof mounts for watercrafts and mountain bikes
- Solar system and extra USB charging ports
- Latching cabinets to secure contents during travel
Prominent outdoor blog sites like Gear Junkie have jumped on this news, and a Revel video on Car Insider has racked up more than 436,000 views. Winnebago is following up on information requests and says it will deliver first orders this fall. The Revel starts at $134,799—well worth it, according to adventurer Peter Holcombe, who tried out an early model.
This Class A gas motorhome is Winnebago’s value option—something more affordable without compromising the company’s legendary quality (20 Quality Circle Awards from the RV Dealers Association—more than any other RV manufacturer). With the Intent, Winnebago uses its proven “SuperStructure” design, combining composite construction with a durable all-steel frame.
Advanced materials, a modular approach to floorplans, and a dedicated manufacturing process brings this feature-packed Class A in at a budget-friendlier price, starting at $115,517. As a bonus, it has number of refined features that stem from Winnebago’s customer research:
- Two removable 20-pound LP tanks that can be refilled without pulling the whole rig up to a filling station;
- Wider front view with large windshield and narrow corner pillars
- Customizable dash system with snap-in accessories
- A tailgate package for outdoor entertaining. Under a large awning, there’s a TV, refrigerator, countertop sink, storage, and pull-out extension table.
“We spent hours listening to input,” says Niles Whitehouse, product manager for the Intent. The result is a Class A gas coach that includes practically every option an experienced RVer could wish for—at a price that won’t break the bank. Look for the Intent at dealerships this fall.
The Class A diesel category now has an ultra-contemporary option with Winnebago’s Horizon—called “entirely unique,” by Product Manager Ryan Roske. For those who prefer modern elegance, the Horizon is more like a luxury urban condominium.
Two Horizon floorplans both include:
- LED tube lighting and electric fireplace
- Available king recline/incline bed
- Full galley with residential-style refrigerator
- Dining area you can easily re-arrange
- Abundant exterior storage with slide-out trays
The Horizon is built on the Maxum® Chassis, with an 8.9-liter turbo-diesel-powered Cummins® engine, and is expected in Winnebago dealerships beginning late 2017.
The Minnie Plus Fifth Wheel
This roomy option completes Winnebago’s towables line, joining the Minnie Drop®, Micro Minnie®, Minnie®, and Minnie Plus®. Each floorplan (there are three) includes private sleeping space with a queen bed, full bath, and large LED-lit awning.
With eight colors and a choice of decors, the whole Minnie line now reflects “right combination of aesthetic appeal and features,” says Product Manager/Engineer Ron Brown.
To explore any of these new models, go to WinnebagoInd.com
Stay tuned for more new model reviews in the coming weeks.
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