The 4×4 Era

In the motorized RV space, the Class B market continues to grow, in large part due to the success of the Era and this exclusive rear twin bed setup and the flexible sleeping capacity of the rear and front sleeping setups. Its combination of fuel efficiency, maneuverability, and high end features has introduced a whole new set of enthusiasts to the van style RV. With its fuel efficient and dependable Mercedes-Benz diesel engine, driving your Era more closely assimilated driving your own personal vehicle.

Era 70A with 4x4

And now, this Era is available in a limited edition of a fully contained off the grid RV with Mercedes-Benz on-demand 4×4!

Arrive at your destination safely and on time with the help of the new Mercedes Benz safety enhancement package. The Era offers a full featured galley and swivel cab seats that increase your functional living space while parked. Inside, you’ll find dimmable LED ceiling lights, MCD blackout roller shades, Corian countertops, and a rear screen wall. An awning with LED lighting will keep the outdoor fun going well into the night.   For versatility and style with Winnebago’s legendary construction standards, choose the Era.

This coach is powered by the tried and true Mercedes Benz powertrain:

1.  Mercedes Benz 3.0 litre six cylinder turbo diesel

2.  325 lb ft of torque or power

3.  188 horsepower

4.  Five speed automatic transmission with grade braking capability

5.  On demand 4 wheel drive with low range, to selectively stop individual wheels if wheel spin is detected.   The system can be safely driven on dry pavement without the risk of damaging differential locks.

6.  Electronic stability and traction control

7.  Four wheel ABS

8.  Trailering package with 5,000 lb towing and a 500 lb vertical tongue weight

Includes the following factory installed features: 

1.  Mercedes Benz safety upgrade package, featuring the light and rain sensor for automatic headlight dimming and wiper operation, blind spot monitoring with indicator warning lights in the side mirrors, collision prevention assist, lane keeping assist, high beam assist, first aid kit, emergency flashlight, leather wrapped steering wheel, and additional Mercedes insulation in the cab doors

2.  Mercedes Benz dash infotainment and rear camera front radio

3.  Roof mounted cargo and luggage racks with multi position movable rear ladder

4.  Inverter, 1,000 watt pure sine wave with dual AGM Group 31 RV batteries being replenished by the Zamp 200 watt solar system with solar panel battery charger and controller, junction box, and plug for additional portable solar panel

5.  Deluxe exterior appearance package with graphics tape delete, to provide a more stealth like automotive appearance

6.  Stainless steel exterior valance

The latest version of the Era now includes the following enhancements made:

All new interior refinements:

1.  High gloss cabinetry, which is lightweight to preserve cargo carrying capacity, yet is moisture and humidity resistant

2.  Under cabinet accent lighting

3.  Continuous dimmable race track ceiling lighting, which eliminates shadows

4.  New Firefly multiplex wiring allows single touch controls to lighting, monitoring systems, powered awning controls, energy management and so much more!

5.  Advanced all new climate control system:

a.  The Era now features the new, 97% efficient, Truma Combi heating and hot water system.

b.  Provides quick hot water recovery with LP and electrical heating.

c. LED digital control panel allows time adjustable settings for water and air temperature- maximizing comfort and reducing fuel usage.

d. Quick multi stage heating system with four high performance ducts keeps the coach at a consistent temperature using LP, electricity or both for maximum performance.

e. Insulated and tuned heating and air delivery system is extremely quiet, insuring a restful nights sleep.

f. Electric heating element allows users to take the chill off on a brisk morning using the camp ground’s electricity.

g. High efficiency 13,500 BTU air conditioning features two stage operation that cools quickly and maintains the cool with lower fan noise.

h. MAXXAIR premium vent system includes remote and automatic temperature control enhances off the grid camping. The rain hood allows the customer to use the vent and fan in bad weather or even when the coach is not occupied

6.  Zamp 200 watt solar system with solar panel battery charger and controller, junction box, and plug for additional portable solar panel

7.  Standard rear screen wall, with heat reflective properties and allowing for fresh air and an excellent rear view

8.  Refined rear end interior finishing with concealed storage, finished in weather resistant synthetic leather

9.  New fiberglass bath surround with a single control shower and faster adjustments to temp to conserve water.

10.  Separate shower and sink faucets

11.  New dual burner range combo

12.  New single control faucet

13.  Decorative heat shield over the stove

Includes the following exterior highlights, in addition to the specifications on our website page and brochure:

1.  24.5 gallon fuel capacity

2.  16 gallon LP capacity

3.  TrumaCombi continuous unlimited water heater capacity and eco heating

4.  30 amp electrical service

5.  13,500 BTU high efficiency air conditioner

6.  13 foot powered patio awning, Colorado Carefree armless with motion sensor and LED lighting

7.  Dual group 31 absorbed glass mat maintenance free AGM batteries

Click Here to see a complete listing of Winnebago Era’s for sale.

At Lichtsinn RV our website has a full video walk-around on each RV, making it easy for you to purchase. On our website you can go for a virtual test drive, purchase your RV over the phone or the internet, and then take delivery at our dealership, which is only 1 Mile from Winnebago, Itasca, and Winnebago Touring Coach here in Forest City, Iowa!

Compressor Refrigerators vs. Absorption Refrigerators in the Winnebago Travato

RV refrigerators are available in two styles, either a compressor-powered refrigerator or an absorption refrigerator. Compressor-powered refrigerators sometimes referred to as two-way refrigerators use a small compressor unit to cool the refrigerator. Often they have two ways of powering the compressor either through 12-volt battery power or 110-volt power, hence the name two way refrigerator. The other option when looking at portable refrigerators are absorption-refrigerators. Absorption refrigerators, sometimes called three-way refrigerators, rely on a gas flow heat exchange system located in the back of the refrigerator to extract heat from the refrigerator and cool the internal temperature. Absorption refrigerators have three means of being powered; 12-volt battery power, 110-volt battery power, and LPG gas.

Compressor Refrigerator


Let’s look at the pros and cons of compressor refrigerators and absorption refrigerators –

Compressor Refrigerators – 


  • Compressor refrigerators are able to chill to lower temperatures and cool more consistently than absorption refrigerators regardless of the outside ambient temperature, due to the more powerful compressor motor.
  • Most compressor refrigerators can double as freezers because of the powerful compressor motor.
  • Compressor refrigerators work well in uneven terrain, in fact most compressor refrigerators will operate just as well regardless of being flat or on an incline.
  • Compressor refrigerators are built with 12-volt power in mind, which means they run very efficiently on battery power compared to the absorption refrigerators


  • Though modern refrigerators are extremely quiet, there is still some audible noise when the compressor is running, similar to that of your standard home refrigerator.
  • May need solar to assist in powering the batteries which ultimately power the refrigerator.

Absorption Refrigerators –


  • Absorption refrigerators can run for an extended period of time because they rely on the gas flow exchange system rather than 12-volt.
  • You will not need to spend additional money on batteries and charging systems like solar power to run.
  • The heat exchange system of cooling means the refrigerator runs completely silent.


  • Due to the gas flow exchange system, an absorption refrigerator should remain level in order to function efficiently
  • Absorption refrigerators are run mostly on gas, so users will need to ensure they have good ventilation and they shouldn’t be run in an enclosed space.
  • Absorption refrigerators tend to be horribly inefficient running on 12-volt power, and will drain the batteries much quicker than a compressor refrigerator.
  • Because absorption refrigerators tend to be more heavily affected by ambient temperatures, they are usually only able to bring internal temperatures down to a certain amount below the ambient rather than setting to a specific temperature like the compressor refrigerators.