An Overview of the Maxum Chassis and Freightliner V-Ride

The perfect diesel-pusher experience begins starts with a solid base, and Winnebago’s exclusive Maxum Chassis provides the ultimate framework for an unsurpassed ride in a Class A Diesel motorhome. Winnebago’s engineers worked closely with Freightliner Custom Chassis – the proven leader in diesel motorhome chassis – to create the Maxum Chassis: a stronger, better performing chassis. The Maxum Chassis sets the standard for diesel-pusher chassis with its lowered-rail frame providing better handling, a smoother ride, and incredible strength. In fact, the Maxum Chassis is seven times stronger than a raised-rail chassis which minimizes chassis flex and twisting. To top it off, the Maxum Chassis’ lowered-rail design increases the basement storage height allowing for pass-thru storage with room for slideout trays.

Winnebago maxum chassis

In conjunction with the exclusive Maxum Chassis, Winnebago offers Freightliner Custom Chassis’ V-Ride single axle suspension rated at 24,000-lbs. Freightliner Custom Chassis V-Ride is designed for luxury motorhome owners who want the ability to carry more gear, the freedom to equip their interiors with premium amenities, and a comfortable, confident driving experience.Freightliner Custom Chassis V Ride

Benefits of FCCC V-Ride –

  • Increased towing capacity
  • Quik-Align® allows for easy axle alignment without the use of shims
  • V-rod connection dissipates suspension forces, reducing stress for greater durability and longevity
  • U-Shaped Assembly – The transverse beam integrated with the trailing arm form a single-piece U-shaped assembly – enhancing stability at all speeds
  • Consistent Handling – The V-rod connection and U-shaped assembly design result in superior roll stability and more predictable handling in all road conditions, giving motorhome owners a confident driving experience
  • Smooth Ride – Large volumetric air springs and premium Sachs shocks deliver the smoothest ride available in a motorhome

FCCC V-Ride vs. the Competition –

FCCC has the Best Class A Ride

  • FCCC has a custom-built drive suspension by FCCC-engineering
  • Competition has an off-the-shelf truck suspension with swiveling bushing

Stability for All

  • FCCC suspensions are rated from 17,500 to 24,000 lbs. and designed exclusively for RV usage
  • Competition uses a generic truck/bus axle configuration

Driver Control

  • FCCC’s V-Ride is the only suspension that controls the weight of a top-heavy vehicle – giving control and confidence to the owner for the life of the coach.
  • Competition is still using technology that FCCC stopped using in 1999.

All motorhomes built on the Freightliner Custom Chassis – including the Maxum Chassis – qualify for Winnebago’s Carefree Diesel Living warranty. This program extends the Winnebago warranty on our diesel pusher lineup —  all built on Freightliner chassis — to an industry-leading 3 years or 100,000 miles, whichever comes first.

Lichtsinn RV, America’s closest dealer to Winnebago Industries, has been named Top North American Winnebago Dealer by Winnebago Industries for the last four consecutive years. We proudly sell New RVs manufactured by Winnebago Industries as well as Used RVs.

Posts you may like:

Winnebago Forza Floorplan Comparison

Winnebago Carefree Diesel Living Warranty Program

Winnebago Horizon Named 2018 RVBusiness RV of the Year

Winnebago Horizon 40A

Winnebago Introduces Horizon 42Q Floorplan

Confident and bold, the Winnebago Horizon brings a fresh look to the diesel pusher category, with the performance to back it up. Each of the Horizon floorplans feature a refreshingly clean design, highlighted by LED tube lighting and luxurious Villa furnishings. Both include a spacious master bedroom with an available walk-around recline/incline king bed, abundant interior storage, full galley with residential-style refrigerator, and the versatile Glide & Dine dining table and chairs that let you configure your dining area to suit your needs. Every Horizon is built on our turbo-diesel-powered Maxum Chassis, so you can count on the performance, ride, handling, and storage to match the Horizon’s elegant good looks. Drive, arrive, and thrive in style: the new Horizon is calling.

The Winnebago Horizon 42Q features a mid-coach guest bath, dedicated lounge area, and private master suite make the 42Q ideal for entertaining — or getting away from it all.

WATCH THE FACEBOOK LIVE VIDEO TOURING THE ALL NEW HORIZON 42Q & FORZA 38F HERE.

Drive your Horizon worry-free with Winnebago’s 3-year/100,000-mile Carefree Diesel Living warranty.

See Lichtsinn RV’s Winnebago Horizon Inventory here.

Freightliner Custom Chassis’ V-Ride vs. the Competition

Freightliner Custom Chassis V RideAs the first-ever single axle suspension rated at 24,000 pounds, Freightliner Custom Chassis V-Ride is designed for luxury motorhome owners who want the ability to carry more gear, the freedom to equip their interiors with premium amenities, and a comfortable, confident driving experience.

Benefits of FCCC V-Ride –

  • Increased towing capacity
  • Quik-Align® allows for easy axle alignment without the use of shims
  • V-rod connection dissipates suspension forces, reducing stress for greater durability and longevity
  • U-Shaped Assembly – The transverse beam integrated with the trailing arm form a single-piece U-shaped assembly – enhancing stability at all speeds
  • Consistent Handling – The V-rod connection and U-shaped assembly design result in superior roll stability and more predictable handling in all road conditions, giving motorhome owners a confident driving experience
  • Smooth Ride – Large volumetric air springs and premium Sachs shocks deliver the smoothest ride available in a motorhome

FCCC V-Ride vs. the Competition – 

FCCC has the Best Class A Ride

  • FCCC has a custom-built drive suspension by FCCC-engineering
  • Competition has an off-the-shelf truck suspension with swiveling bushing

Stability for All 

  • FCCC suspensions are rated from 17,500 to 24,000 lbs. and designed exclusively for RV usage
  • Competition uses a generic truck/bus axle configuration

Driver Control 

  • FCCC’s V-Ride is the only suspension that controls the weight of a top-heavy vehicle – giving control and confidence to the owner for the life of the coach.
  • Competition is still using technology that FCCC stopped using in 1999.

 

See Lichtsinn RV’s Class A Diesel inventory built on the Freightliner Custom Chassis here. Don’t forget… Winnebago’s Class A Diesel Pushers qualify for Winnebago’s Class A Diesel Living 3-Year/100,000 mile warranty.

Lichtsinn RV Attends the Winnebago Redefined Dealer Event

The Lichtsinn team headed to sunny San Diego, California to attend the Winnebago Redefined Dealer event. At the event, Winnebago released the Outlook, a new Class C, the lithium-powered Travato 59GL and 59KL, an all-new Ability Equipped Intent, and the Horizon 42Q floorplan.

WATCH OUR VIDEO ON THE WINNEBAGO REDEFINED DEALER EVENT HERE

A Brand-New Outlook

Meet the Outlook, the groundbreaking new Class C motorhome that’s fully equipped and priced to fit almost any budget. Built on Ford’s proven E350 and E45 chassis. The Outlook’s five well-appointed floorplans include up to two slideouts, and range in length from 24’ to 31’. Each floorplan features a full galley, overhead bed, and a long list of standard amenities at a friendly price point. When your long day of adventures ends, you can count on a good night of rest in the queen bed.

outlook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Travato Gets Powered Up

Under 200-lbs. the three-module automotive grade energy pack provides 8,700-watt hours. It is watertight and durable; the steel housing is the safest on the market. The 59KL and 59GL come standard with the most powerful inverter – a 3,600-watt pure sine inverter – bringing 30 amps of power wherever you go. The Travato’s dedicated 58-volt alternator, or under hood generator, is twice as powerful as competitors. Its compact design keeps it out of the way of curbs and road debris and the auto-start and high-idle control significantly extends air conditioner run time.

The Winnebago and Volta team included the best automotive grade electrical connectors and wiring harness to ensure trouble-free operations and one simple analog gauge that changes color to let you know how much energy is remaining with just a glance.

The MPPT solar controller provides best-in-class solar absorption, up to 30 percent better than competitors, giving you more off-the-grid performance. The Travato 59KL and 59GL come standard with 200-watts with ports to plug-in additional panels.

WATCH OUR VIDEO ABOUT THE TRAVATO 59KL AND 59GL

travatp

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Freedom of Travel with the Comforts of Home in the Ability Equipped Intent

For RVers with physical challenges, the new Winnebago Intent can be specially equipped to allow you to: Travel comfortably to visit family and friends — and still sleep in your own bed each night, bring pets or service animals along with you in the motorhome, travel to faraway places without the hassles of flying, get away from the routine of everyday life and build lasting memories!

The following modifications are available on the 26M and 30R floorplans:

  • Ricon S-Series platform wheelchair lift with 800-pound lifting capacity
  • ROM powered roll-up lift door won’t interfere with the awning hardware. Wall-mount and key-fob remote controls allow a wheelchair user to independently enter and exit the coach
  • 23″ high queen bed with Ideal Rest digital control mattress allows easier transfer to and from a wheelchair; the head of the bed can be power-raised and lowered using switches on each side of the bed
  • Large roll-in style shower with vertical-mount assist bar and adjustable height shower head make bathing easier (A wall-mount folding bench seat is also available)
  • Expanded hallway and toilet areas are for greater accessibility (an optional folding assist bar can be added near the toilet if desired)
  • Many other modifications for your comfort and convenienceeasier transfer to and from a wheelchair; the head of the bed can be power-raised and lowered using switches on each side of the bed
  • Large roll-in style shower with vertical-mount assist bar and adjustable height shower head make bathing easier (A wall-mount folding bench seat is also available)
  • Expanded hallway and toilet areas are for greater accessibility (an optional folding assist bar can be added near the toilet if desired)

intent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Horizons

Confident and bold, the new Winnebago Horizon brings a fresh look to the diesel pusher category, with the performance to back it up. The brand-new 42Q with a mid-coach guest bath, dedicated lounge area, and private master suite make the 42Q ideal for entertaining — or getting away from it all.

Each of the Horizon floorplans feature a refreshingly clean design, highlighted by LED tube lighting and luxurious Villa furnishings. Both include a spacious master bedroom with an available walkaround recline/incline king bed, abundant interior storage, full galley with residential-style refrigerator, and the versatile Glide & Dine dining table and chairs that let you configure your dining area to suit your needs. Every Horizon is built on our turbo-diesel-powered Maxum Chassis, so you can count on the performance, ride, handling, and storage to match the Horizon’s elegant good looks. Drive, arrive, and thrive in style: the new Horizon is calling.

 

R42QL16

Feature Teacher: Ultraleather and Primera by Ultrafabrics

RV Life requires innovative surface solutions that can withstand the demands of active lifestyles, kids, and pets. Ideally suited for such demands, Ultrafabrics high performance materials are the preferred choice for applications varying from driver’s seats to lounge chairs.

Winnebago uses Ultraleather in cab seats, sofas, loungers, and more. Ultraleather gives you the softness, comfort, and luxury that is more durable than lather and incredibly easy to clean. Made with proprietary technology that combines four material layers including PVC-free polycarbonates, it has been tested and proven to surpass competitive fabrics for integrity and durability. Plus, Ultraleather offers superior thermal comfort- creating a comfortable temperature regardless of the setting. With Ultraleather, you can stay pleasantly protected from the bumps, spills, and scrapes of life on the road.

Winnebago also uses Primera by Ultrafabrics as furniture coverings. The Primera® Collezione is the first collection in a newly-created category of value-engineered polyurethanes from Ultrafabrics®. Utilizing performance-equipped polymers and a sturdy rayon/polyester blended backcloth, Primera’s construction meets or exceeds demanding performance standards. This fabric is the ideal upholstery solution with proven stain resistance and durability.

Lichtsinn RV is America’s closest RV dealer to Winnebago and Winnebago Touring Coach Factory, located just one mile north of the Winnebago factory in Forest City, Iowa. Winnebago Industries has named Lichtsinn RV the Top North American Winnebago Dealer for the past 3 consecutive years. We also have the #1 Winnebago Parts Department in the Country, shipping parts throughout the United States and Canada.

 

Feature Teacher: Maxum Chassis

maxum chassis

 

The perfect diesel-pusher experience begins starts with a solid base, and Winnebago’s exclusive Maxum Chassis provides the ultimate framework for an unsurpassed ride in a Class A Diesel motorhome. Winnebago’s engineers worked closely with Freightliner Custom Chassis – the proven leader in diesel motorhome chassis – to create the Maxum Chassis: a stronger, better performing chassis. The Maxum Chassis sets the standard for diesel-pusher chassis with its lowered-rail frame providing better handling, a smoother ride, and incredible strength. In fact, the Maxum Chassis is seven times stronger than a raised-rail chassis which minimizes chassis flex and twisting. To top it off, the Maxum Chassis’ lowered-rail design increases the basement storage height allowing for pass-thru storage with room for slideout trays.

The Maxum Chassis is accompanied by Freightliner Custom Chassis’ UltraSteer, in the Grand Tour and Tour, further increasing maneuverability – up to a 17% reduction in curb-to-curb turning radius as compared to a fix tag axel (a 140% improvement over a competitor’s chassis). In the Horizon and Journey models, the Maxum Chassis is accompanied by Freightliner Custom Chassis’ V-Ride rear axle/suspension which provides drivers with consistent handling in all road conditions, giving motorhome drivers a confident driving experience.

When you purchase a Winnebago Class A Diesel from Lichtsinn RV you will get both the best RV manufacturer and the best chassis as well! Enjoy Carefree Diesel Living with Winnebago’s industry leading 3-year, 100,000-mile warranty on all diesel-pushers built on the Freightliner chassis.

See Lichtsinn RV’s full Class A Diesel lineup here. 

RV PRO Names Horizon and Revel as Top RV Picks for 2018

RV industry trade publication RV PRO named the all new Winnebago Revel and Horizon as top picks for 2018 at the annual RVIA Tradeshow in Louisville, KY.  

The Revel was designed specifically for active outdoor enthusiasts, and takes a no-nonsense approach to adventure, with a straightforward design and function-driven features. It is built on the 4×4 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter chassis with an on-demand 4WD system with high/low range for added off-road capabilities. Features unique to the Revel include a 140-cubic foot gear garage with power lift bed, an all-in-one wet bath and gear closet, standard 200-watt solar system and a diesel-powered heating system.

Revel lifestyle 3-18
The true 4×4 opens up a world of possibilities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RV-B2F-18
The Revel is quite simply the most off-road capable RV Winnebago has ever built.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Confident, and bold, the new Horizon brings a fresh look to the diesel category, with the power to back it up. Each floorplan features a refreshing, contemporary design highlighted by ambient LED lighting and luxurious Villa furniture. Both Horizon floorplans include spacious master bedrooms with available walkaround recline/incline king beds, copious interior storage, and a full galley with residential style appliances.

 

HZ-Awning-18
Sleek, sophisticated, and functional is how you would describe the new Horizon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HZ-F2B-18
When you are ready to see new horizons, then set out in your Horizon to get you there in style!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Learn more about the Revel and Horizon at LichtsinnRV.com

 

 

Winnebago Horizon is Named 2018 RVBusiness RV of the Year

Horirzon Microsite

December 2017 – RVBusiness.com – The 2018 RVBusiness RV of the Year is Winnebago Industries, Inc.’s high-end Horizon Class A diesel motorhome with its authentically different modernistic interiors designed by the Iowa manufacturer’s in-house staff with input from Italian supplier Technoform S.p.A.

The 41- to 43-foot Horizon’s ultra-contemporary interiors feature high-gloss laminates, radius doors, plenty of stainless steel and backlit translucent panels – the kind of look that Winnebago President and CEO Mike Happe said is more likely found “in a Manhattan condo or London flat.”

It’s also a motif that, the RVB staff concluded, could well impact recreation vehicle product development down the road in coaches selling for considerably less than the $430,000 Horizon. The wall panels in the Horizon, built on a hybrid Maxum chassis and a customized Freightliner platform mated to a 450-horsepower Cummins engine, contain storage compartments with soft close doors and easy-access, pull-out shelf systems, which project the look of a high-end European yacht.

 

HZ-F2B-18
The Horizon brings elegance and style to Class A diesel living with high gloss Technoform cabinetry, Corian countertops, and contemporary interior styling.

 

The Horizon, in addition, sports Corian countertops with both integrated dish drain gutters and popup power strips for countertop appliances and USB charging.

“I think our design team, our product management leadership in the diesel category, wanted to create something with a more modern, more contemporary, more fresh interior within a high-end diesel luxury coach but in a way that gives the appearance that the coach is even more expensive than it is,” said Happe. “And so it was this dream that emerged to create a million-dollar look in something much more affordable.

 

HZ-B2F-18
The Horizon’s lounge is accented by luxurious Villa furnishings, a home theater system with soundbar, porcelain tile flooring, and soft ambient LED lighting.

 

“The journey on this product started several months ago with a team at Winnebago putting together the concept of what this could look like, the different materials that would be used,” he added. “We had a growing relationship with Technoform, an Italian cabinet supplier that has been very critical to this project. So, the vision behind this has been several years in the making. But the team was given the room to take its time and was empowered to bring to life something that was truly different than anything else on the market.”

Learn more about the award-winning Winnebago Horizon Here.

The Winnebago Horizon 40A

The Winnebago Horizon 40A – The new Look of Diesel Luxury and Performance.

Sleek, sophisticated, and functional is how you would describe the new Horizon class A motor home by Winnebago. These diesel luxury motor homes are sure to draw your attention, some would even say that the interiors have an European design throughout. Each floor plan offers comfortable Villa furnishings, LED tube lighting, and in the galley you will find a full residential style refrigerator plus a Glide & Dine table and chairs.

The Horizon features a refreshingly clean design, highlighted by LED tube lighting and luxurious Villa furnishings, as well as a spacious master bedroom with a walkaround recline and incline king bed, abundant interior storage, full galley with residential style refrigerator, and the versatile Glide & Dine dining table and chairs that let you configure your dining area to suit your needs. Every Horizon is built on our turbo diesel powered Maxum Chassis, so you can count on the performance, ride, handling, and storage of 183 cubic feet in the exterior basement to match the Horizon’s elegant good looks. Drive, arrive, and thrive in style: the new Horizon is calling.

The Winnebago Horizon, a Winnebago Diesel Pusher, is covered by the confidence in quality for Winnebago diesel pushers!  At Winnebago, innovation isn’t limited to our cutting edge products.  We also lead in after sale service support.  So while some manufacturers such as Tiffin District Service Centers are turning coaches older than 4 years away from their service facilities, Winnebago will be there for you, today, tomorrow and for years to come.  The Diesel Pusher Warranty has been extended –   all built on Freightliner chassis — to an industry-leading 3 years or 100,000 miles, whichever comes first.  Winnebago has always stood behind its products, and for anyone who is concerned about service, this program clearly demonstrates the confidence we have in our diesel pusher lineup!

The Winnebago Horizon 40A includes a large walk-thru bathroom, that can be accessed from the front living space as well as the bedroom while keeping privacy between the two. This quad-slide diesel pusher seamlessly blends meal prep, dining and entertaining areas for the ultimate experience in versatile living space. It has a large Rest Easy Sofa and comfortable lounge chair seating in front of 2 expansive TV areas (one is located as a retractable TV in the full storage Buffet) and a cozy fireplace. Doors in the Pantry conceal the microwave and stylish in-drawer dishwasher. The attention to detail and elegance will not be missed in the new Winnebago Horizon 40A.

Lava Gray

This coach is powered by the tried and true Freightliner Maxum chassis with a Cummins ISL powertrain:

1.  Cummins ISL 8.9L turbo charged diesel engine

2.  1,250 lb ft of torque or power

3.  400 hp

4.  Allison 6 speed automatic 3000 MH transmission with grade braking

5.  Air brakes with ABS

6.  Engine exhaust brake

7.  QuickConnect air connection with manual shut off

8.  Automatic hydraulic leveling jacks

9.  Stylized aluminum wheels

10.  Front air suspension

11.  V Ride rear axle suspension

12.  Trailering package, 15,000 lb. drawbar with 1,500 lb. maximum vertical tongue weight

13.  Chassis ignition slide room lock system

Includes the following factory installed options: 

1.  Infotainment Center with Rand McNally RV GPS featuring a 10.4 inch touch screen color monitor with split screen function, second monitor, Rand McNally RV GPS safe and easy routing, amenities and tools, trips and content, turn by turn voice guidance, AM FM stereo, steering wheel and handheld remotes, SiriusXM satellite radio with a 90 day trial subscription, compass, outside temperature, iPod and iPhone audio integration, Bluetooth hands free connectivity, color rearview camera, sideview cameras, and house mode feature which displays all 3 cameras and audio of radio screen to any TV in or on the coach for using SiriusXM or trip planning on any HDTV

2.  JBL 11 speaker Premium Cab Sound System

3.  Winegard Razar stationary automatic local off air HDTV antenna

4.  Stacked washer and dryer, separate units for maximum capacity

5.  Central vacuum system

6.  Dishwasher

7.  Ground effects lighting package with smartphone and tablet app to adjust to outdoor illumination in static colors, or to change to meet that of certain colors or will move in relation to exterior music

8.  Pneumatically adjustable powered king bed with Ideal Rest Natural Reserve digital comfort control mattress with remotes

9.  Tire pressure monitoring system, integrated into the Infotainment center and expandable to dinghy tow setups

10.  Exterior ladder

11.  Lounge TV with a full bank of overhead storage, adjacent to the galley and lounge chair

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

1.  183 cubic feet of exterior and basement storage

2.  100 gallon fuel capacity

3.  5.6 gallon LP capacity, used only for outdoor grilling as this is an all electric coach

4.  Aqua Hot 400 hydronic dual zone heating system with continuous hot water

5.  50 amp electrical service

6.  TrueAir Maximum Comfort air conditioner system with concealed cold air ducting for whisper quiet operation, three 13,500 BTU 3 cooling units with heat pumps

7.  Powered patio awning, 20 ft, with motion sensor and LED lighting

8.  Six AGM absorbed glass mat group 31 RV batteries

To see more than 115 photos of this unit, plus video CLICK HERE.

Call the Lichtsinn RV Sales Department today to find out more about the 2018 Winnebago Horizon 40A!

These Aren’t your Grandparent’s RVs

Iowa-based Winnebago Industries recently rolled out a trio of new motorhome models aimed at shaking up the camping industry. The new RVs, which range from value-minded to high-end luxury products, represent a bold departure from the norm for the brand. But they’re not necessarily unexpected, given CEO Michael Happe’s motivation to update the storied brand to better compete within the industry and to recruit new consumers to RVs, which traditionally have appealed primarily to audiences 55 and above.

Already, orders are backing up for some of the new models, said Ron Lichtsinn, owner of Lichtsinn RV, Forest City’s Winnebago dealer. Demand has been particularly strong for Winnebago’s new four-wheel drive motorhome, called the Revel. It’s designed for campers who want to get off the main drags and experience nature up close.

“We just can’t get our hands on enough of these,” Lichtsinn said. “It’s not going to be a model that every dealer wants to carry because they’re not going to understand the activities that these will be used for. But it’s such a unique model that can be used for so many different things.”

Lichtsinn said it’s an exciting time to be a Winnebago dealer.

“We have the most creative, broad audience lineup we’ve ever had from Winnebago Industries,” he said. “The response so far has been incredibly positive.”

While Winnebago is certainly charting a new course under Happe’s leadership, the dealer said the brand is managing to stay loyal to its roots.

“I think we’ve taken a mindset of traditional quality and maintained that mindset but also driven a much fresher look with a more contemporary style with all three of the new products,” Lichtsinn said. “It’s driven more toward an audience that Winnebago hasn’t really played in in the past.”

Here’s a look at Winnebago’s three new motorhome models:

Horirzon Microsite

HORIZON

The sleek exterior of the diesel-powered Horizon might not stand out in a crowd of huge coaches. But the interior features a decidedly modern look that could be confused with a contemporary urban apartment.

“This is a product that when you walk in it, you feel like you could be in a flat in London or a condo in Manhattan,” Happe said. “This is not your grandparents’ interior or living room. This strikes a chord with those customers looking for the RV lifestyle but wanting a contemporary design.”

With a suggested retail price tag of about $385,000, the Horizon is well below the company’s top-of-the-line Grand Tour model, which is listed as high as $513,000. The model, which ranges from 41 to 43 feet long, features a warm gray and brown color palette highlighted by Corian countertops, porcelain tile floors, glossy white cabinets and stainless steel appliances. Options include extras like a double vanity in the master bedroom and an electric fireplace.

“I think our diesel product manager and his product development team really stuck their neck out here and said, ‘Listen, we feel that this type of look is really missing. It doesn’t look like anybody’s doing that,'” Happe said.

He’s hopeful that the sharp design will help expand demand for the RV lifestyle among nontraditional buyers.

“They’ll look at the exterior and the interior and say, ‘OK, there’s an RV that matches my design taste.'”

microsite

Revel

On the opposite end of the spectrum is Winnebago’s new four-wheel-drive Revel. Marketed as taking a “no-nonsense approach to adventure,” the utilitarian motorhome has a suggested retail price of about $135,000.

Built on a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter chassis, the Revel is the most capable off-road vehicle ever built by Winnebago, Happe said. Its was designed to increase the occasions for RV use in North America.

“By producing a product that allows someone to explore the outdoors and get off the grid and be closer to the stream, be closer to the bike path, be closer to the ski hill is something that resonates with active explorers,” he said.

The 19-and-a-half foot, van-style RV includes a standard solar power system, diesel-powered heating and a dinette with a pull-up table that converts to additional sleeping space.

Forest City’s Winnebago dealer says the Revel is driving more demand than any other new Winnebago product in history. Some people want the motorhome for short adventures. Others want to make theirs a full-time home. Small enough to fit into many residential garages, some are even swapping their hulking SUVs in favor of the Revel.

“The Revel is literally the highest-demand product since launch that I’ve ever seen from Winnebago,” Lichtsinn said, “primarily because it appeals to such a larger audience than the traditional RVer.”

Intent Microsite

Intent

The Class A Intent is Winnebago’s attempt to better serve the value-minded customer.

The gas-powered coach, which ranges from 26 to 31 feet in length, is manufactured in Forest City. It includes a rear master bedroom, a convertible sofa and a dinette that converts into a bed.

Happe calls it a “groundbreaking product” for the brand. Listed at about $115,000, Happe said the “street price” for many customers will be in the $80,000 range. Positioned as a starter motorhome, company literature promises “the lifestyle you have been longing for at a price that meets your budget.”

But the CEO said Winnebago didn’t cut any corners with the more affordable RV.

Happe doesn’t want Winnebago to become the low-price leader in the industry. But he said the brand must do a better job of providing value with lower-priced models.

“We’ll still provide customers the Winnebago story around quality, structural integrity, craftsmanship and customer support,” he said. “But the Class A gas Intent is really a groundbreaking product for us at Winnebago to prove that we can deliver Winnebago character at an affordable price.”

To see more on the article CLICK HERE.

Article courtesy of The Des Moines Register| Kevin Hardy

To see additional information on these latest models from Winnebago Industries click on the links below or call your Lichtsinn RV Sales Department today! 1-800-343-6255

Winnebago Horizon | Winnebago Intent | Winnebago Revel

To see our current inventory of these models CLICK HERE.