Winnebago Vita 24P Receives RV News Best of Show Award

Winnebago’s type C Vita 24P upgrades the over-cab area with extra insulation, both to provide more warmth in colder weather and to ensure a quieter ride. Below the cab bunk and its 49-by-87-inch bed, the driver and and passenger seats swivel so that users sit at eye level when having face-to-face conversations with others in the RV.

Winnebago Vita
Winnebago Vita

The full wall slide on the driver’s side of the vehicle is uncommon on a type C. The Vita’s interior is open and spacious in a noteworthy way. The slide runs from the dinette behind the driver’s seat back through the rear bedroom. Another benefit to the expansive slide is the addition of two additional feet of exterior storage compartments, elevating total exterior storage to 40 cubic feet.

As in many RVs, the dinette transforms into a bed, but in the Vita 24P, Winnebago designers placed cubbyholes on one end to extend the dinette bedding’s length, letting taller consumers stretch out comfortably.

The kitchen features European-style cabinetry, a 7.3-cubic foot residential compressor-style electric refrigerator and microwave underneath the stovetop. The new microwave placement resulted from customer feedback about commonly spilling hot food on the cooktop because of the microwave’s height. Rather than being simply wired for solar, the 24P  includes 200-watt solar panels as standard equipment. The Vita’s two standard onboard batteries and larger-than-average storage further accommodate off-the-grid usage.

The stabilizer jacks extend the 24P’s ability to overnight in terrain more rugged than a perfectly flat concrete pad. The coach is also less than 25 ft. to address tight parking in state and federal campgrounds.

Standard outside features include a powered patio awning with LED lights, exterior lights at crucial hook up points, an attachment on the running board for dog leashes or bicycle locks and a backup camera.

The Vita 24P is built on a Mercedes Sprinter chassis offering between 18 and 20 MPG fuel efficiency, and is 24 ft. 7 in.

What impressed RV News: The 24P offers unusually robust off-the-grid readiness for a type C. The full-wall slide opens up the interior impressively, and the overall look and quality of the interior shouts, “Winnebago.” The coach should meet consumers’ expectations for the legacy brand.

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.

Open House: RV Industry Gets “Smart”

If there is an overriding theme at this year’s RV Open House in Elkhart, Indiana, this week, it is technology. The smart RV is no longer talk of the future; the smart RV has arrived.

“The industry is definitely moving in the direction of the smart RV,” states Sam Jefson, public relations specialist for Winnebago Industries, which introduced ASA Electronics’ iN-Command system on some of its 2019 offerings. With the iN-Command system, RVers can control RV functions, such as climate control, slide outs, awnings and lights, as well as monitor batteries, holding tanks and auxiliary fuel, from an app on their smart phones.

Jefson says Winnebago has rolled out the technology with its travel trailers, which tend to be used by a very tech-savvy demographic, but adds he fully expects all units to eventually be similarly equipped.

Winegard is making tech headlines as well as more OEMs prewire their units for Winegard ConnecT 2.0. Some companies are also making this technology standard on their rigs.

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Designed specifically for the mobile environment, the Winegard ConnecT 2.0 WiFi Extender + 4G LTE is a long-range, high-performance WiFi extender that increases the range of accessible WiFi hotspots, well beyond the range of a typical smart device. The product uses its multiple, built-in smart antennas to scan and connect to WiFi signals, rebroadcasting them in and around the camp site. The 4G LTE model can also connect to nationwide 4G LTE when WiFi is not available, ensuring reliable, uninterrupted, in-motion and stationary coverage. Users can stay connected to family, friends, web content, entertainment, and now their RV.

The 4G LTE ConnecT 2.0 model is now certified with AT&T and Verizon as a 4G LTE mobile hotspot, and RV enthusiasts can either add it to their new or existing data plan by simply swapping out the included SIM card or choose Winegard ConnecT’s data plan, which features no-contract, 30-day plans with no data throttling, so users only pay for the time it’s being used.

At last week’s open house, Winnebago introduced the Vita and Porto: A compact Class C diesel built on the Mercedes Benz Sprinter chassis. Both products are equipped with best in class storage, tank sizes and carrying capacity. Other features include a new quiet, durable Supershell composite sleeper deck, a new prewired track and roof panel for Wi-Fi and cellular boost antenna systems and industry leading off the grid capabilities.

Reports Jefson, “We are seeing a great interest in being off the grid. More and more people seek a product they can take pretty much anywhere. But they want to be off the grid and still be able to run their appliances.”

This can be seen, he says, in the popularity of Winnebago’s Travato 59KL and 59GL, which were introduced at Winnebago’s Dealer Event in March. The Pure3 Energy Management System powered by Volta Power Systems ­­is a powerful, durable, and easy-to-use lithium system.

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Under 200-lbs. the three-module automotive grade energy pack provides 8,700-watt hours. It is watertight and durable; and the steel housing is safe. The 59KL and 59GL come standard with a powerful inverter – a 3,600-watt pure sine inverter – bringing 30 amps of power wherever you are. Travatos also have a dedicated 58-volt alternator, or under hood generator. A simple analog gauge changes color to let users know how much energy is remaining with just a glance.

“The lithium ion battery is really exciting technology,” Jefson states. “You can imagine the options it opens up if you are not tied to a campground.”

Lichtsinn RV is America’s closest RV dealer to Winnebago and Winnebago Touring Coach, located just one mile north of the Winnebago and Winnebago Touring Coach factory in Forest City, Iowa.

We have been named by Winnebago Industries named Top North American Winnebago Dealer for the last four consecutive years. We proudly sell New RVs manufactured by Winnebago Industries as well as Used RVs. Lichtsinn RV is also one of the few Iowa RV Dealers that offers these top brand-name RVs like Winnebago as RV Rentals. Being the closest dealer to the Winnebago factory affords us the opportunity to provide you with speedy delivery of parts from our warehouse and Winnebago. We offer Winnebago, Itasca, Winnebago Touring Coach and Workhorse parts at competitive discounts and we offer fair shipping quotes, and you can avoid sales tax on out-of-state shipments! We have RVIA-certified technicians to service your motor home, travel trailer or fifth wheel. Our Circle of Excellence customer satisfaction index scores rank in the best of class for Winnebago and Itasca dealers! See our interactive map of Lichtsinn RV Motor Home Owners from around the world

Winnebago Debuted Several New Products at Open House

Winnebago Motorhomes is pleased to announce the launch of several new products at this year’s Winnebago Open House event in Elkhart, Indiana. Additions to the motorhome lineup include the Class C Vita and Porto and the Class A gas Adventurer.

Vita and Porto: A compact Class C diesel built on the Mercedes Benz Sprinter chassis, the Vita and Porto offer quality and innovation customers have come to expect from Winnebago at an affordable price. Both products are equipped with best in class storage, tank sizes and carrying capacity. Other features include a new quiet, durable Supershell composite sleeper deck, a new prewired track and roof panel for Wi-Fi and cellular boost antenna systems and industry leading off the grid capabilities.

The interiors are highlighted by a best in class galley with large counter space, double sink, ample storage and a big panoramic window. The Vita and Porto are available in two floorplans – the 24P and 24F.

“At under 25 feet, the Vita and Porto allow you the freedom to explore everything from a major metropolitan area to a remote forest,” said Russ Garfin, product manager. “Throughout the coaches, we have implemented features for customers who are looking for a high-quality, easy to drive, durable and efficient base camp to support mobile and active lifestyles.”

Adventurer: The all-new Adventurer is the definition of Winnebago Class A Gas luxury. Built with Winnebago’s legendary SuperStructure, the Adventurer offers styling and floorplans to meet a variety of tastes and needs. It is packed with interior features normally found in diesel pushers like: Corian countertops, a Versa driver cab seat and Primera furniture coverings. Key exterior features include an entertainment center, pet leash tie down, an LP system provided in the patio area of the coach and full body paint with chrome mirrors.

“The Adventurer is packed with user-friendly features, and more value than ever before,” said Director of Sales Niles Whitehouse. “Family-friendly floorplans offer spacious living, and ample storage space to provide all the comforts of home.”

The Adventurer is available in five floorplans – the 27N, 30T, 33C, 35F and 36Z.

Lichtsinn RV is America’s closest RV dealer to Winnebago and Winnebago Touring Coach, located just one mile north of the Winnebago and Winnebago Touring Coach factory in Forest City, Iowa.

We have been named by Winnebago Industries named Top North American Winnebago Dealer for the last four consecutive years. We proudly sell New RVs manufactured by Winnebago Industries as well as Used RVs. Lichtsinn RV is also one of the few Iowa RV Dealers that offers these top brand-name RVs like Winnebago as RV Rentals. Being the closest dealer to the Winnebago factory affords us the opportunity to provide you with speedy delivery of parts from our warehouse and Winnebago. We offer Winnebago, Itasca, Winnebago Touring Coach and Workhorse parts at competitive discounts and we offer fair shipping quotes, and you can avoid sales tax on out-of-state shipments! We have RVIA-certified technicians to service your motor home, travel trailer or fifth wheel. Our Circle of Excellence customer satisfaction index scores rank in the best of class for Winnebago and Itasca dealers! See our interactive map of Lichtsinn RV Motor Home Owners from around the world