Hey Mercedes! Reviewing the Mercedes-Benz MBUX System in the VS30 Chassis

Debuted in 2018, Mercedes-Benz’ MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) is a revolutionary infotainment and multimedia system in both the automotive and recreational vehicle industries.

The MBUX system is both an infotainment and multi-media system that can be activated by voice controls. Similar to Amazon’s Alexa or Apple’s Siri, the MBUX system is activated by a driver stating, in natural language, “Hey Mercedes.” The MBUX system is powered through artificial intelligence, so it is able to learn about the users driving preferences and create a better, more tailored experience for the driver. MBUX will learn your preferences and present them to you through a suggestions panel

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In addition to voice command, the MBUX system is accessed through the 10″ widescreeen touch screen in the cockpit that offering built in navigation, USB and USB C connections, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and SiriusXM Satellite Radio. Users can control the MBUX infotainment center through the new touch screen buttons located on the leather-wrapped steering wheel. The cockpit also offers wireless charging for cell phones and devices.

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The MBUX system provides  notifications to drivers from the VS30’s enhanced safety features including –

Active Brake Assist senses the likelihood of a collision with a vehicle ahead and sends both a visual and audible warning followed by initiating autonomous braking, and an industry exclusive to include pedestrian active braking.

The new active distance distronic is an intelligent cruise control system that senses traffic conditions and actively controls your speed to keep you at a safe distance from the vehicle ahead.

The new active lane keep assist will provide you with visual and audible warnings if your van leaves its lane unintentionally.

Blind spot assist including Rear Cross Traffic Alert – employs automatic braking to avoid a collision with traffic crossing the vehicle’s path including traffic passing while the van is backing up.

Crosswind Assist detects strong gusts of crosswind and helps the driver to stay on course. At speeds over 50 mph it corrects the vehicle’s course by means of automatic braking intervention on the wheels on the side of the vehicle facing the wind.

When TechCrunch, a technology-focused publication, reviewed the MBUX system they said, “In the end, MBUX is that rarest of beasts: A first-party infotainment system that’s exciting, powerful and extremely well-crafted from a technology perspective.”

See our Winnebago Revel inventory here.

Experience the Best℠ at Lichtsinn RV, the #1 Winnebago Dealer in North America for the last four consecutive years. Lichtsinn RV is located 1 mile north of Winnebago Industries in Forest City, IA and we proudly sell new Winnebago motorhomes and pre-owned RVs from various manufacturers. While at Lichtsinn RV, you can expect no delivery miles on new RVs, a complimentary half-day educational orientation of your RVexcellent guest reviews, an assigned support team from sales, parts, service and the business officesuperior accommodationsno-hassle pricing and competitive financing. See our extensive new and used inventory here.

 

Introducing the 2020 Winnebago Revel

Now with the 3rd generation Mercedes Benz Sprinter VS30 chassis, the true 4×4 Revel opens up a world of possibilities with off the grid capabilities and complete four season comfort in the #CamperVanLife #VanLife revolution!

2020 Winnebago Revel in Pebble

WATCH OUR LIVE INTERACTIVE WEBCAST ON THE WINNEBAGO REVEL HERE.

Designed specifically for active outdoor enthusiasts, the all new Winnebago Revel takes a no nonsense approach to adventure with a straightforward design and function driven features. Taking full advantage of the proven 4×4 Mercedes Benz Sprinter chassis, the Revel’s 3.0 litre turbo diesel puts 325 lbs ft of torque through an on demand 4WD system, complete with high and low range and hill descent mode for added off road capability.

Inside, the Revel’s unique features start with a floorplan designed around a Power Lift Bed with a 140 cu. ft. gear garage below. This allows for a 49 x 79 inch cross coach sleeping area.  A full galley, including a 2.5 cu. ft. refrigerator, makes meal prep a breeze, while the all in one bath and gear closet boasts a cassette style toilet that eliminates the need for a separate black water holding tank. Add a standard solar power system that is expandable to 510 watts, diesel powered Espar hydronic heating and hot water, a dinette with a pull up table that converts to additional sleeping space, and many more innovative features and the result is the new Revel: quite simply the most off road capable RV Winnebago has ever built.

Storage and living space are maximized by the flared body and Power Lift Bed that converts to a 49 x 79 inch sleeping surface. Welded aluminum cabinet face frames, dual pane windows with insulated shades, snap in screens for fresh air circulation, and an available quieter Mach 10 NDQ AC system all contribute to the Revel’s off the grid livability.

This Revel is powered by the innovative, fuel efficient Mercedes Benz VS30 Sprinter, with interior aesthetic upgrades, similar to what is in the Mercedes S Class luxury auto:

1. 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.

2. 3.0 litre six cylinder turbo diesel

3. 325 lb ft of torque or power

4. Seven speed automatic 7G Tronic Plus transmission with grade braking

5. Power sliding cargo door

6. Telescoping steering

7. MBUX Infotainment:  Make trips more enjoyable with the new Sprinter’s multitude of sophisticated MBUX infotainment optional features, including an oversized 10 inch touchscreen, wireless charging, USB and USB C connections, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and SiriusXM Satellite Radio.  Includes advanced GPS navigation built right in.

8. MBUX Hey Mercedes voice guidance and artificial intelligence services

9. New touch steering wheel controls and MBUX Touch Control Buttons: touch sensitive controls on the steering wheel for instrument cluster and infotainment system control, similar to a smart phone interface, which respond to vertical and horizontal swiping movements.

10. True automatic climate control

11. Leather wrapped steering wheel with multi touch controls of the MBUX and cluster

12. Active brake assist:  In case of any oncoming danger, Active Brake Assist warns drivers and if necessary, will brake for them. As a class leading feature, it is the only system that can recognize and respond to pedestrians

13. Active Distance Assist Distronic:  In high traffic areas, Active Distance Assist Distronic keeps enough distance between your vehicle and the one ahead of you to ensure optimal safety.

14. Active Lane Keep Assist:  If a driver is ever to unintentionally drift or leave their designated lane, Active Lane Keep Assist immediately alerts them.

15. Traffic Sign Assist:  Throughout your travel, speed limits can be ever-changing. Traffic sign assist helps to identify the correct speed and adjust accordingly.

16. Blind Spot Assist Including Rear Cross Traffic Alert:  Blind Spot Assist provides warnings regarding vehicles in the blind spot while Rear Cross Traffic Alert warns about crossing objects when reversing.

17. Rearview camera monitoring system with rear ultrasonic park assist

18. Wet wiper system, with rain sensor

19. LED High Performance Headlights improve illumination, maximizing the view of the road ahead while further enhancing the vehicle’s overall aesthetic with a sleek optional front end design

20. Three sets of safety airbags, front, window and thorax pelvis airbags

21. Comfortable extended seating for those even with 34 inch inseams

22. Factory installed tow package, 5,000 lb

23. Industry leading 5 years or 100,000 mile warranty and engine and transmission

Includes the following factory installed options:

1. Performance wheels upgrade with BF Goodrich TA KO2 all terrain tires LT245/70R17, featuring a longer tread life in dry pavement conditions, with aggressive all terrain traction perfect for gravel, rocky and snowy conditions.  The Method 701 wheels include bead grip technology to seat the bead while running with lower air pressures, a reinforced inner lip, and are one piece cast 356 aluminum with T6 heat treatment

2. Mach 10 NDQ quiet roof air conditioner

3. Exterior graphics delete for a stealth like automotive exterior.

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

1. 140 cubic ft under bed garage store with six removable cargo tie down anchors

2. Digital, thermostatically controlled Hydronic Espar heat and hot water source, with a diesel burner using the main diesel tank to heat a glycol mixture that is circulated thru heat exchangers for coach heat, and flow adjusted continuous hot water.  This also then heats the freshwater and gray tanks in subfreezing temps.

3. New side and rear Rolef screen door system

4. 24.5 gallon fuel capacity, with the VS30 fuel gauge optimized for aux fuel tap for the Espar

5. 30 amp electrical service

6. 13,500 BTU low profile high efficiency air conditioning system

7. All new metal roof rack and ladder, detachable, moveable ladder and roof rack allows access from various locations around the coach

8. Powered 10 ft patio awning

9. Whole house 2,000 watt inverter, wired to all outlets including the induction cook top

10. Solar panel charger, with 200 watts standard, expandable to 510

11. Three deep cycle AGM absorbed glass mat maintenance free RV batteries, with a 315 AMP hour bank standard

12. Compressor driven refrigerator and freezer, 2.5 cubic feet

13. Single burner induction range top with glass cover

14. Exterior wash station and service center with city water hookup, diverter valve, drainage vales, sewer hose valve and exterior wash station with pump switch

15. TrueLevel holding tank monitoring system

16. Winterization package, for storage, as the coach is four season ready

SEE OUR WINNEBAGO REVEL INVENTORY HERE

Experience the Best℠ at Lichtsinn RV, the #1 Winnebago Dealer in North America for the last four consecutive years. Lichtsinn RV is located 1 mile north of Winnebago Industries in Forest City, IA and we proudly sell new Winnebago motorhomes and pre-owned RVs from various manufacturers. While at Lichtsinn RV, you can expect no delivery miles on new RVs, a complimentary half-day educational orientation of your RVexcellent guest reviews, an assigned support team from sales, parts, service and the business officesuperior accommodationsno-hassle pricing and competitive financing. See our extensive new and used inventory here.

Reviewing the VS30 Chassis on the 2020 Winnebago Revel

Designed specifically for active outdoor enthusiasts, the all new Winnebago Revel takes a no nonsense approach to adventure with a straightforward design and function driven features. Taking full advantage of the proven 4×4 Mercedes Benz Sprinter chassis, the Revel’s 3.0 litre turbo diesel puts 325 lbs ft of torque through an on demand 4WD system, complete with high and low range and hill descent mode for added off road capability.

2020 Revel on VS30 Chassis
Introducing the 2020 Revel on the VS30 Chassis!

This Revel is powered by the innovative, fuel-efficient Mercedes Benz VS30 Sprinter, with interior aesthetic upgrades, similar to what is in the Mercedes S Class luxury auto.

WATCH OUR WINNEBAGO REVEL WEBCAST HERE

Mercedes-Benz VS30 Powertrain – 

The new Sprinter’s design evolution features a reshaped grille, fenders, and lights, plus a new rear window. The cabin area redefines comfort with ergonomic seats, a redesigned instrument cluster, and a leather wrapped steering wheel. The 3.0L 6-cylinder turbo diesel offers 325 lb.-ft. of torque or power with 188 horsepower and Mercedes-Benz’ 7G-Tronic automatic 7 speed transmission with grade-braking assist. The 7G-Tronic automatic transmission has shorter acceleration times without sacrificing fuel economy.

Safety Enhancements – 

When Mercedes built the new Sprinter, they didn’t just aim to set a new benchmark for vans – they set out to make one of the safest vans on the road, period. To accomplish this lofty goal, Mercedes brought all of their legendary knowledge, research, and development to the task.

Active Brake Assist senses the likelihood of a collision with a vehicle ahead and sends both a visual and audible warning followed by initiating autonomous braking, and an industry exclusive to include pedestrian active braking.

The new active distance distronic is an intelligent cruise control system that senses traffic conditions and actively controls your speed to keep you at a safe distance from the vehicle ahead.

The new active lane keep assist will provide you with visual and audible warnings if your van leaves its lane unintentionally.

Blind spot assist including Rear Cross Traffic Alert – employs automatic braking to avoid a collision with traffic crossing the vehicle’s path including traffic passing while the van is backing up.

Crosswind Assist detects strong gusts of crosswind and helps the driver to stay on course. At speeds over 50 mph it corrects the vehicle’s course by means of automatic braking intervention on the wheels on the side of the vehicle facing the wind.

LED High Performance Headlights improve illumination, maximizing the view of the road ahead while further enhancing the vehicle’s overall aesthetic with a sleek optional front-end design.

Technology –

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The 2020 Revel will have technology like never before with the new VS30 Chassis. It starts with the large 10” MBUX touch screen with the “Hey Mercedes” operating system with intelligent voice control and natural speech recognition. The MBUX’s infotainment center features USB and USB C connections, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Sirius XM, and a mobile hot spot in the van. The Revel also features Mercedes-Benz’ Mercedes PRO functionality. Perfect for off-the-grid camping, Mercedes PRO users can access mobile WiFi and Car to X communication, one of the new Mercedes PRO connect services. Receive a warning in your new Sprinter with Car to X communication if there is heavy rain, fog, icy roads, or accidents ahead. This service is based on automatically collated data from all the vehicles using this technology, drivers get notifications when other drivers encounter a hazardous condition. The Mercedes PRO features require a Mercedes PRO account which is an additional fee.

The Winnebago Revel has several additional innovative features that will improve the off-the-grid capabilities for users.

See our Winnebago Revel inventory here.

Experience the Best℠ at Lichtsinn RV, the #1 Winnebago Dealer in North America for the last four consecutive years. Lichtsinn RV is located 1 mile north of Winnebago Industries in Forest City, IA and we proudly sell new Winnebago motorhomes and pre-owned RVs from various manufacturers. While at Lichtsinn RV, you can expect no delivery miles on new RVs, a complimentary half-day educational orientation of your RVexcellent guest reviews, an assigned support team from sales, parts, service and the business officesuperior accommodationsno-hassle pricing and competitive financing. See our extensive new and used inventory here.

 

 

What’s New in the 2020 Winnebago Revel

Designed specifically for active outdoor enthusiasts, the all new Winnebago Revel takes a no-nonsense approach to adventure with a straightforward design and function driven features. Taking full advantage of the proven 4×4 Mercedes Benz Sprinter chassis, the Revel’s 3.0 litre turbo diesel puts 325 lbs. ft. of torque through an on demand 4WD system, complete with high and low range and hill descent mode for added off road capability.

WATCH OUR FULL 2020 WINNEBAGO REVEL INVENTORY VIDEO HERE 

Inside, the Revel’s unique features start with a floorplan designed around a Power Lift Bed with a 140-cu. ft. gear garage below. This allows for a 49 x 79 in. cross coach sleeping area.  A full galley, including a 2.5 cu. ft. refrigerator, makes meal prep a breeze, while the all in one bath and gear closet boasts a cassette style toilet that eliminates the need for a separate black water holding tank. Add a standard solar power system that is expandable to 510 watts, diesel powered Espar hydronic heating and hot water, a dinette with a pull up table that converts to additional sleeping space, and many more innovative features and the result is the new Revel: quite simply the most off road capable RV Winnebago has ever built.

WATCH OUR LIVE WEBCAST ON THE 2020 WINNEBAGO REVEL HERE

2020 Revel on VS30 Chassis
Introducing the 2020 Revel on the VS30 Chassis!

Check out the new features in the 2020 Winnebago Revel

This Revel is powered by the innovative, fuel-efficient Mercedes Benz VS30 Sprinter, with interior aesthetic upgrades, similar to what is in the Mercedes S Class luxury auto. Key safety features include the 10” MBUX dash radio with “Hey Mercedes!” voice guidance, navigation and vehicle information, fog lamps with cornering-light function, plus high-beam assist, active breaking assist, and active lane-keep assist. The updated sprinter chassis comfort and convenience features include a power sliding door, Artico leather cab seats, dash charging center, and fuel gauge optimized for auxiliary fuel tap.

10" MBUX Dash Radio
The 10” MBUX dash radio with “Hey Mercedes!” voice guidance, navigation and vehicle information.
Revel Headlights
The Revel’s fog lamps with cornering light function and high-beam assist.

The 2020 Winnebago Revel had many interior enhancements as well including -Aluminum shelf securely mounted above the cab area, Easier-to-use leg for the exterior fold-down table, Two additional lights on the underside of the power lift bed, New assist handle for the sliding door entryway, New digital thermostat for the diesel-fired, hydronic heating system.

Enhanced Ventilation – Winnebago added the new Rollef easy-to-use, rollup side and rear screen doors with magnetic closures, so there is no need to unzip the screen door.

Improved Ground Clearance – Easy-to-use rollup side and rear screen doors with magnetic closures so there is no need to unzip the screen door.

For the exterior, Winnebago offers three exterior color choices including: Silver Forest, Pebble Grey, and the all-new Blue Grey and added a new significantly quieter air conditioner.

Optional Performance Wheels ­– The 2020 Winnebago Revel now features the optional Method 701 wheels. The new wheels are made from a highly durable aluminum (356 aluminum) cast in a one-piece mold and processed through a 2-step T6 heat treating process to ensure maximum strength. The wheels also feature the patent pending ‘Bead Grip’ technology that provides increased grip while running lower air pressures, an aggressive safety hump on the inner and outer bead set that further stabilizes the tire and prevents de-beading.

Optional Performance Wheels on the Revel
The 2020 Winnebago Revel now features the optional Method 701 wheels.

Experience the Best℠ at Lichtsinn RV, the #1 Winnebago Dealer in North America for the last four consecutive years. Lichtsinn RV is located 1 mile north of Winnebago Industries in Forest City, IA and we proudly sell new Winnebago motorhomes and pre-owned RVs from various manufacturers. While at Lichtsinn RV, you can expect no delivery miles on new RVs, a complimentary half-day educational orientation of your RVexcellent guest reviews, an assigned support team from sales, parts, service and the business officesuperior accommodationsno-hassle pricing and competitive financing. See our extensive new and used inventory here.

 

Winnebago Vita vs. the Competition

With more than 14 years of Sprinter RV experience, Winnebago designed the innovative Vita and Porto to be the most trouble-free and easy to operate Sprinter class C in the industry. Best of all, the new Vita and Porto provide industry-leading Winnebago quality and performance at an affordable price. Here are a few of the advantages of the Winnebago Vita and Porto over the competition.

Watch our video on the Winnebago Vita vs. the Competition here.

Best-in-Class OCCC – The Winnebago Vita and Porto are segment leaders for occupant and cargo carrying capacity. The OCCC is listed on the required yellow weight label that you can find inside one of the entry doors to the motorhome. The OCCC figure is the maximum allowable weight for all occupants, food, tools, and personal belongings, including the weight of all the fresh water that you carry. Even the weight you put on the hitch must be included in your cargo calculation and the total must be less than the OCCC for safe operation of your RV. Based on the option and floorplan selection, the View and Navion typically provide well over 1,000 pounds, while the new Vita and Porto were designed to provide up to 1,800 pounds of capacity.

Increased Maneuverability – At just 24’7” the Winnebago Vita and Porto lead the class in maneuverability and allow users to park in smaller campsites that the competitor’s coaches may not be able to. The Winnebago Vita and Porto also have a 5,000-lb. tow hitch and plenty of OCCC to be able to tow a small vehicle.

Standard Solar – 200-watts of solar help keep your batteries fully charged and extend off-the-grid use. The Vita and Porto’s solar system is also expandable up to 450-watts. Most RVs in this segment come with solar prep or solar as an option for an additional fee.

1,000-Watt Pure Sine Wave Inverter – The Winnebago Vita and Porto’s 1,000-watt pure sine wave inverter safely powers electronics including the refrigerator, TV’s and certain 110V outlets from the coach batteries. This allows you to safely power your personal electronics without fear of a surge.

Dual Group 31 Batteries – The Vita has industry-leading battery capacity from the dual group 31 batteries providing 210 Amp Hours. The competitors either come with a single RV battery or dual batteries that do not have the 210 Amp Hours.

Connectivity Roof Port Wiring Access – Easy wire path for outdoor equipment to the inside of the coach. Allows the owner to install their desired equipment – like WiFi boosters, antennas, etc. As equipment becomes outdated, this port allows for easy change out and replacement for new equipment/wiring to be run inside the coach.

Unique Bathroom Layout – The bathroom door design in the Winnebago Vita and Porto 24P provides a large passageway to enter or exit the corner bath. When the door is closed, it creates a 90-degree corner for more usable inside space. Easy entry and exit are possible with the slideroom extended or retracted.

Compressor Refrigerator – The Winnebago Vita and Porto have the largest refrigerator in the class and are the only ones that have a compressor refrigerator. Compressor refrigerators run more efficiently and cool more effectively than absorption refrigerators.

Flexible, Multi-Use Storage – The Vita and Porto’s flexible storage areas are designed to be configurable for multiple uses, such as a pantry or a closet.

Winnebago SuperStructure Design – Winnebago’s SuperStructure design creates a durable and strong motorhome. Key elements include – roof, sidewall, and floor interlocking joints, laser-cut steel and aluminum substructure, advanced E-Coating for corrosion protection, Thermo-Panel composite sidewalls with welded tube framework, thermal break and embedded steel plates for secure cabinet and appliance attachment.

Large Full-Wall Slideroom – The Vita and Porto 24P have a large full-wall slideroom that encompasses a large section of the drivers side and is 3 ft. deep.

New SuperShell Sleeper Deck – Winnebago’s exclusive SuperShell composite hull is produced in a closed mold with injected urethane foam sandwiched the fiberglass outer shell and an interior panel. This superior design strengthens the cab over area and improves the sound and thermal comfort while also reducing the weight and potential for leaks and squeaks.

Rear Corner Bed – The Vita and Porto 24F offer an 80″ length corner bed for sleeping comfort. The 24F rear corner bed is the largest in its class.

Experience the Best℠ at Lichtsinn RV, the #1 Winnebago Dealer in North America for the last four consecutive years. Lichtsinn RV is located 1 mile north of Winnebago Industries in Forest City, IA and we proudly sell new Winnebago motorhomes and pre-owned RVs from various manufacturers. While at Lichtsinn RV, you can expect no delivery miles on new RVs, a complimentary half-day educational orientation of your RVexcellent guest reviews, an assigned support team from sales, parts, service and the business officesuperior accommodationsno-hassle pricing and competitive financing. See our extensive new and used inventory here.

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Sleeping Options in the Vita 24P

Sleeping Options in the Winnebago Vita 24P

The Winnebago Vita and Porto combine Mercedes-Benz fuel-efficiency and durability with Winnebago’s legendary build quality and innovative features. The 24P features spacious interior, multi-purpose storage, plenty of sleeping configurations and the result is a compact and easy driving package that is perfect for solo travelers, couples or families.

WATCH OUR VIDEO ON SLEEPING OPTIONS IN THE WINNEBAGO VITA 24P HERE

Option 1: SuperShell Sleeper Deck 

Winnebago Vita 24P Overhead Bed

Winnebago’s exclusive SuperShell composite hull is produced in a closed mold with injected urethane foam sandwiched between the fiberglass outer shell and an interior panel. This superior design strengthens the cab over area and improves sound and thermal comfort, while also reducing weight and the potential for leaks and squeaks. The sleeping surface is 49″ x 87″ and comes with a ladder and privacy curtains. The sleeping surface supports 450-lbs, perfect for kids.

Option 2: Extendable Dinette Expandable Dinette in Winnebago Vita 24P

The dinette in the Winnebago Vita switches from a dinette with two seat belts and a storage compartment to a sleeping surface with expandable sleeping for 40″ x 76″ without the expandable sleeping the dinette sleeps 40″ x 64″.

Option 3: Queen Walk Around Bed 

Walk Around Queen Bed in Vita 24P

The Winnebago Vita 24F features a walk around queen bed that extends from the driver’s side slideout. This walk around queen bed measures 60″ x 75″ and has nightstands on both sides.

 

Experience the Best℠ at Lichtsinn RV, the #1 Winnebago Dealer in North America for the last four consecutive years. Lichtsinn RV is located 1 mile north of Winnebago Industries in Forest City, IA and we proudly sell new Winnebago motorhomes and pre-owned RVs from various manufacturers. While at Lichtsinn RV, you can expect no delivery miles on new RVs, a complimentary half-day educational orientation of your RV, excellent guest reviews, an assigned support team from sales, parts, service and the business office, superior accommodations, no-hassle pricing and competitive financing. See our extensive new and used inventory here.

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Top Questions from our Webcast on the Winnebago Vita

We recently held our monthly interactive webcast on the Winnebago Vita and Porto. You can watch our webcast here. Below are the top questions we received during the webcast about the Winnebago Vita.

February Webcast on the Winnebago Vita and Porto

What is the difference between the Vita and the Porto?
Nothing. They are both built by the same people, on the same lines, with the same quality materials. They offer the same options and standard features and are the same price.

What are the benefits of the OCCC in the Vita related to competitors?
OCCC is how much stuff, water and people you can carry in your RV. The Vita and Porto offer up to 1,600-lbs. Some competitors, like the Forest River product only offer 600-lbs of OCCC which once you get your people and water on board you are at max capacity.

Where do the Vita and Porto fit in the Winnebago compact coach line-up?
The Vita and Porto are built on the same chassis as the current (2019) Winnebago View and Navion. The Vita and Porto are Winnebago’s offering of the Mercedes-Benz Class C Sprinter Chassis at a more entry-level price.

What are the optional features in the Vita and Porto?
Exterior Paint Option – Canyon standard graphics, Canyon deluxe graphics, Pacific standard graphics or Pacific deluxe graphics
Diesel vs. LP Generator

Should I get a diesel generator?
In our experience, the pre-owned Views and Navions we receive with diesel generators typically have less than a 100 hours on them. So if you take the upfront expense of about $4,000 – you would pay $40 – $50 an hour to run your generator. And diesel generators do not offer any additional resale value over LP generators.

Why are the options so simple in the Winnebago Vita?
Winnebago made many of the features in the Winnebago Vita standard – and the competitors either don’t offer the feature or they cost an additional fee. Like the standard 200-watts of solar, the 1,000-watt pure sine wave inverter, and the electric stabilizer jacks.

What is the MPG rating of the Vita and Porto?
Conservatively 16-18 MPG based on the testimonials of the Winnebago View and Navion owners that have the same chassis as the Vita and Porto. The Vita and Porto are lighter than the View and Navion so there might be some additional fuel efficiencies gains versus the View and Navion.

What are the new, innovative features in the Winnebago Vita and Porto?
– SuperShell Sleeper Deck – The strong, lightweight SuperShell Sleeper Deck provides added thermal and acoustic insulation.
– Roof Access Wiring Port – allows for the addition of WiFi boosters, cell boosters and other technology without having to cut a hole into the roof of your coach.
– Fresh Water Manifold System – eliminated hundreds of connection ports for increased water pressure and minimizes water consumption.

What are the tank sizes in the WGO Vita and are they heated?
Both floorplans have the same tank sizes with 37 gallon fresh water tank capacity and 41 gallon black and gray tank capacities. And no they aren’t heated, but our RVDA/RVIA certified technicians have the abilities to make them heated by adding the heating pads.

How fast does a compressor refrigerator – like the one in the Vita – drain the batteries on a cloudy or snowy day?
Very little. Very minimal draw off the batteries. The compressor refrigerator was field tested with only group 24 batteries (the Vita has larger, group 31 batteries, solar and the 1,000-watt pure sine wave inverter) and the batteries lasted 42 hours.

Do the windows slide in the Vita?
Yes – they do slide open and the large windows allow for great fresh air ventilation. The Vita has a sealed MaxxAir fan, the galley has a roof vent, and the bathroom has a powered ventilator fan.

Does the Vita come with front privacy shades?
The Vita does come with front privacy shades that aren’t like the cab curtain that prohibits front cab seat usage.

When will the Winnebago Vita be available?
The Winnebago Vita is currently available. See our inventory here.

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Winnebago Launches New Products at RVX

Additions to the motorhome lineup include the Boldt, View, Intent 28Y and Forza 34T AE. Winnebago Towables will showcase a series of new floorplans from the Spyder, Micro Minnie Fifth Wheel, Minnie Plus Fifth Wheel, Minnie, Micro Minnie and Minnie Drop lines.

Boldt — The Boldt is a four-season coach intended for real world use, the release noted. The Pure3 Advanced Energy system eliminates the traditional RV generator and gives owners the ability to power through the night without the use of shore power.

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“The Boldt perfectly balances between sophistication and practicality,” said Product Manager Russ Garfin. “Our latest introduction to the B-van lineup is a quiet, comfortable camper van that can thrive in nearly any environment.”

The Boldt offers two floorplans, the 70KL and 70BL and is built on the new Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Chassis which features a 3.0-liter V6 diesel engine, blind spot monitoring, active brake assist, rain sensor and auto-high beam assist.

View — The View has been redesigned and features the all-new SuperShell Sleeper Deck that provides premium thermal and acoustic insulation, advanced Mercedes technology, new and upscale residential amenities, and other features to extend off-grid capability. It includes standard 200-watt solar and a 2,000-watt inverter.

Winnebago View

The View 24J and 24D will be on display at RVX. Both will showcase new Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Chassis features such as brake assist, lane keeping assist, LED headlights and adaptive cruise control.

Intent 28Y — The Intent’s newest floorplan features three slide-outs, a bedroom with a walk-around queen bed, and a large galley, the release noted.

Forza 34T AE — Like the other two wheelchair-friendly models in the AE lineup, (the Intent 30R AE, Adventurer 30T AE) the Forza 34T AE features a wheelchair lift with an 800-pound capacity with controls that let wheelchair users independently enter and exit the coach with a key-fob remote.

Other wheelchair-friendly improvements include expanded hallways and toilet areas; a roll-in shower with assist bar and accessible faucet controls and adjustable showerhead. There are reachable appliances, systems monitor, light and generator switch placement, and a power transfer seat option as well.

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.

 

Motorhome Madness – Winnebago Vita vs. Winnebago View

In the spirit of March Madness, we at Lichtsinn RV will be comparing various Winnebago motorhome models. Our next comparison in the March Motorhome Madness blog series is the ALL-NEW Winnebago Vita vs. the Winnebago View

Winnebago Vita 

The Winnebago Vita combines Winnebago’s legendary build quality with best-in-class features, a spacious interior and plenty of useful storage: the result is a compact and easy-driving package that’s perfect for solo travelers, couples or families. Designed specifically for the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter chassis, the Vita’s two all-new floorplans boast the largest galley, the largest bed — even the largest holding tanks in the class. And with standard features like the strong, lightweight and quiet SuperShell™ Sleeper Deck, 200-watt solar energy system, roof-port wiring access, panoramic galley window and exclusive customizable storage cabinets, it’s clear the Vita is more than best in class — it’s simply in a class all its own.

Winnebago View 

The motorhome that started the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter revolution just keeps getting better. From the powerful and economical turbo-diesel engine to the elegantly appointed interior, the Winnebago View is the ultimate in efficient, luxurious RV travel for couples and families. The View’s four slideout-equipped floorplans offer a variety of sleeping and living-space choices. All feature swivel cab seats for added seating flexibility in the lounge, a powered patio awning, and a cabover bunk for added sleeping capacity. For those seeking the ultimate Sprinter-based Class C motorhome, the View has never looked better.

Both the View and Vita are powered by the tried and true Mercedes Benz powertrain, estimated to achieve 16 to 18 mpg highway:

1.  Mercedes Benz 3.0L turbo charged diesel

2.  325 lbs feet of torque or power

3.  188 hp

4.  5 speed automatic Tip Shift transmission with grade braking capability

5.  Adaptive ESP technology for superior ride and handling

6.  Three point safety belts

7.  Front seats that rotate to become integral lounge chairs with seat height boosters for a more residential feel.  Also include armrests, adjustable lumbar support, headrests, and reclines, swivel and slide

8.  Hydraulic four wheel ABS brakes

9.  Dual front airbags

10.  Factory installed 5,000 lb towing package with 7 blade bargeman wiring and 500 lb vertical tongue weight

Floorplans: 

Winnebago View

24D – The Winnebago View 24D‘s slideout provides added room to the Murphy+ Bed, while the dinette quickly converts to a comfortable bed for added sleeping capacity.

24G – The Winnebago View 24G‘s dual slideouts provide added room to the main living area and the rear bedroom, which also features a walkaround queen bed.

24J – The Winnebago View 24J‘s U-shaped dinette is perfect for dining, games, or taking in a movie on the HDTV.

24V – The Winnebago View 24V’s Flex Bed System quickly converts from two twins to a king bed, while your choice of the TrueComfort+ Sofa with table or dual recliners with table lets you truly make this View your own.

Winnebago Vita 

24F- The Winnebago Vita 24F is equipped with a driver’s side slide that holds the expandable dinette, and a rear corner bath and the best-in-class rear queen bed.

24P – The Winnebago Vita 24P is equipped with a full-wall slide, on the driver’s side, holding the expandable dinette, refrigerator with multi-use storage, and walk-around queen bed.

Specifications:

Specification Vita 24F Vita 24P View 24D View 24G View 24J View 24V
Length 24’7″ 24’7″ 25’8″ 25’8″ 25’8″ 25’8″
Exterior Height1 11’6″ 11’6″ 11’1″ 11’1″ 11’1″ 11’1″
Exterior Width 7’6″ 7’6″ 7’6″ 7’6″ 7’6″ 7’6″
Exterior Storage2 (cu. ft.) 42 45 39 53 48 43
Awning Length 15′ 15′ 16′ 16′ 16′ 16′
Interior Height 7′ 7′ 6’8″ 6’8″ 6’8″ 6’8″
Interior Width 7’3″ 7’3″ 7’3″ 7’3″ 7’3″ 7’3″
Freshwater Tank Capacity3 (gal.) 37 37 30 31 32 31
Water Heater Capacity (gal.) 6 6 Continuous Continuous 6 6
Optional Water Heater Capacity NA NA N/A N/A Continuous Continuous
Holding Tank Capacity – Black/Gray3 (gal.) 41/41 41/41 40/34 36/40 34/40 36/36
LP Capacity4 (gal.) 12.2 12.2 13 13 13 13
Fuel Capacity (gal.) 26.4 26.4 26.4 26.4 26.4 26.4
GCWR5 (lbs.) 15,250 15,250 15,250 15,250 15,250 15,250
GVWR (lbs.) 11,030 11,030 11,030 11,030 11,030 11,030
GAWR – Front (lbs.) 4,410 4,410 4,410 4,410 4,410 4,410
GAWR – Rear (lbs.) 7,720 7,720 7,720 7,720 7,720 7,720
Wheelbase 170″ 170″ 170″ 170″ 170″ 170″
Seating Capacity 4 4 4 3 5 4

Key Differences –

The Vita is 1’1″ shorter than the View, but it does have a larger standard fresh water tank capacity and larger holding tank capacities making it perfect for extended camping off-the-grid. The Winnebago View starts at around $137,000 while the Vita starts around $120,000. The View is loaded with more premium amenities including the light-weight Technoform cabinets, Corian countertops, Primera by UltraFabrics furniture coverings, and MCD roller shades. The View also has a slightly more powerful air conditioner at 15,000 BTUs compared to the Vita’s 13,500 BTU air conditioner the View also offers a tankless water heater, providing users instant hot water, standard in the 24D and 24G and an option in the 24J and 24V.

The Winnebago View and Vita are both great Mercedes-Benz Sprinter-based RVs from Winnebago Industries and Lichtsinn RV is proud to carry both models as well as every other Winnebago Motorhome Product. See our View Inventory Here and our Vita Inventory Here.

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March Motorhome Madness: Travato vs. Revel

In the spirit of March Madness, we at Lichtsinn RV will be comparing various Winnebago motorhome models. The first in our March Motorhome Madness is the Travato versus Revel. Both the Travato and the Revel have off-grid capabilities and are small and agile Class B motorhomes.

Winnebago Travato 

Based on the powerful, fuel efficient ProMaster chassis, the Travato has been at the forefront of the van life revolution since its launch.  Estimated to achieve 18 to 22 mpg highway, at only 21 feet long the Travato offers all of the comforts of home in a nimble, efficient van.

SEE OUR WINNEBAGO TRAVATO INVENTORY HERE

The Winnebago Travato comes in four floorplans – the 59G, 59K, 59GL, and 59KL. Based on the powerful, fuel-efficient Ram ProMaster chassis, the Travato has been at the forefront of the camper van revolution since its launch in 2014. Thanks to premium features such as the energy-saving Truma Combi eco plus heating, the Deluxe FROLI sleeping system and Corian countertops, the new Travato is better than ever. With significantly upgraded standard features like 200-watt solar panels and new interior décor colorways, alongside several options, you can tailor the Travato to suit your needs.

Travato 59K
Winnebago Travato 59K Floorplan

 

Travato 59KL Floorplan
Winnebago Travato 59KL Floorplan
Winnebago Travato      59G Floorplan
Winnebago Travato 59G Floorplan
Winnebago Travato 59GL Floorplan
Winnebago Travato 59GL Floorplan

SEE OUR WINNEBAGO TRAVATO VIDEOS HERE

The Travato 59K and 59KL feature swiveling cab seats that become an integral part of the living and dining space, two twin beds that convert into cross-coach sleeping, and a spacious rear bath with wardrobe. The Winnebago Travato 59K and 59KL are 21 feet long, with an interior height of 6 ft. 3 in., and holding tank capacities of 13 gal. (black) in the 59K and 12 gal. (black) in the 59KL and 13 gal. (gray) in both the 59K and 59KL.

The Travato 59G and 59GL feature a spacious corner bed and corner wet bath, swiveling cab chairs that join the dinette to form a seating area for up to four. The Winnebago Travato 59G and 59GLhave seating and sleeping for up to four compared to the 59K and 59KL that have sleeping and seating for two.

Specification 59G 59GL 59K 59KL
Length 21′ 21′ 21′ 21′
Exterior Height 9’4″ 9’4″ 9’4″ 9’4″
Exterior Width 6’9″ 6’9″ 6’9″ 6’9″
Awning Length 13′ 13′ 13′ 13′
Interior Height 6’3″ 6’3″ 6’3″ 6’3″
Interior Width 6’2″ 6’2″ 6’2″ 6’2″
Freshwater Tank Capacity (gal.) 21 18 23 18
Water Heater Capacity (gal.) 2.6* 2.6* 2.6* 2.6*
Holding Tank Capacity – Black 11 11 13 12
Holding Tank Capacity – Gray 15 15 13 13
LP Capacity (gal.) 6 6 6 6
Fuel Capacity (gal.) 24 24 24 24
GCWR (lbs.) 11,500 11,500 11,500 11,500
GVWR (lbs.) 9,350 9,350 9,350 9,350
GAWR – Front (lbs.) 4,630 4,630 4,630 4,630
GAWR – Rear (lbs.) 5,291 5,291 5,291 5,291
Wheelbase 159″  159″  159″  159″
Seating Capacity 4  4  4  4

And now, the Travato also offers the most powerful, durable and easy-to-use lithium energy system in the RV industry.

The Pure3 Energy Management System comes standard in the Travato 59GL and 59KL. This best-in-class system is U.S. built in partnership with Volta Power Systems, helping RVers “cut the cord.” Pure3 is built with advanced engineering and a simple user interface so you can have confidence and peace of mind as you travel down the road. The 48V automotive-grade lithium energy storage pack provides up to 8,700-watt hours of energy, and powers all coach appliances. Designed for reliability, the Pure3 system makes replenishing power fast, simple, and available through multiple charging options. The 58V alternator, although compact in size, packs a punch and quickly charges the pack as you drive. Pulling off for the night is stress-free with this advanced lithium system that meets all your power needs without requiring power hookups or the use of a generator.

This fully integrated system includes a powerful 3,600-watt pure sine inverter that offers 30 amps. of power at any time, powering air conditioning and appliances wherever you go. The best part of this hassle-free system is that it operates on the push of a button and a simple analog gauge that tells you how much energy remains. With the same automotive-grade technology used in hybrid vehicles and EV applications, this newly advanced lithium energy system provides better value, ease of use, and confidence as you travel, live, work, and play.

Lichtsinn RV has a collection of videos and blogs about the Winnebago Travato. See our Travato Tales page featuring our videos, blogs and more here. You can also sign up for our monthly Travato Tales email newsletter here.

Winnebago Revel

The true 4×4 RV opens up a world of possibilities!  Now with enhanced safety features from Mercedes Benz including blind spot monitoring, collision prevention assist, lane keeping assist and much more!

Winnebago Revel 44E Floorplan
Winnebago Revel 44E Floorplan

SEE OUR WINNEBAGO REVEL INVENTORY HERE

Specification 44E
Length 19’5″
Exterior Height 9’10″
Exterior Width 7’1″
Awning Length 10′
Interior Height 6’3″
Interior Width 6’7″
Freshwater Tank Capacity (gal.) 21
Water Heater Capacity (gal.) continuous
Cassette Toilet Capacity 5
Holding Tank Capacity – Gray 21
LP Capacity (gal.) NA
Fuel Capacity (gal.) 24.5
GCWR (lbs.) 13,550
GVWR (lbs.) 8,550
GAWR – Front (lbs.) 4,101
GAWR – Rear (lbs.) 5,360
Wheelbase 144″
Seating Capacity 4

Designed specifically for active outdoor enthusiasts, the all new Winnebago Revel takes a no nonsense approach to adventure with a straightforward design and function-driven features. Taking full advantage of the proven 4×4 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter chassis, the Revel’s 3.0 litre turbo diesel puts 325 lbs ft of torque through an on-demand 4WD system, complete with high and low range and hill descent mode for added off road capability.

WATCH OUR WINNEBAGO REVEL VIDEOS HERE

Inside, the Revel’s unique features start with a floorplan designed around a Power Lift Bed with a 140 cu. ft. gear garage below. This allows for a 49 x 79 inch cross coach sleeping area.  A full galley, including a 2.5 cu. ft. refrigerator, makes meal prep a breeze, while the all in one bath and gear closet boasts a cassette style toilet that eliminates the need for a separate black water holding tank. Add a standard solar power system that is expandable to 510 watts, diesel powered heating, a dinette with a pull-up table that converts to additional sleeping space, and many more innovative features and the result is the new Revel: quite simply the most off road capable RV Winnebago has ever built.

Storage and living space are maximized by the flared body and Power Lift Bed that converts to a 49 x 79 inch sleeping surface. Welded aluminum cabinet face frames, dual pane windows with insulated shades, snap in screens for fresh air circulation, and an available roof mounted AC system all contribute to the Revel’s off the grid livability.

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.

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