Winnebago Class C Motorhomes: Gas vs Diesel

Winnebago is known for continuous innovations in the motorhome industry and exemplifies this in their entire lineup, including the available Class C motorhomes. Available on both gas and diesel chassis, this another step in deciding on the perfect RV for you will be determining which fuel-type is best for your planned adventures. Continue reading to learn more about the Class C Gas and Class C Diesel motorhomes offered by Winnebago.

Winnebago Class C Gas versus Diesel

Winnebago Class C – Gas

Winnebago Minnie Winnie/Spirit – The Winnebago Minnie Winnie/Spirit are built on either the Ford E350 or Ford E450 depending on the floorplan and achieve an estimated 8-12 MPG highway. With six floorplans to choose from ranging from 23’10” in length to 32’9″, Winnebago’s industry-leading innovation capability meets your own creativity in these Class C models. Inside, there is plenty of space for your family and gear, so you can get outdoors and bring all the creature comforts of home with you. The Minnie Winnie and Spirit are powered by the 4,000-watt Cummins Onan MicroQuiet generator, (2) deep cycle Group 24 batteries and an AC/DC 1,000-watt inverter.

Winnebago EKKO – Another Winnebago Class C gas motorhome is the Winnebago EKKO which is built on the Ford AWD Transit Chassis. The AWD capability of the EKKO coupled with its expansive storage for gear appeals to many adventurous RV guests. The EKKO combines the efficiency of a camper van, the added capacity of a Class C coach, and the enhanced capability of AWD to create not just a new model, but an entirely new type of RV. The EKKO achieves 15-17 MPG highway and measures 23′ in length. The Winnebago EKKO is powered by the Cummins Onan® QG 2800i gas generator, (1) 320-amp-hour lithium ion battery (2) 170-watt and (1) 115-watt solar panels (220-watts flexible surface solar panel w/optional pop-top) and a 2,000-watt pure sine wave inverter. You also have the option on the EKKO to remove the  Cummins Onan QG 2,800i gas generator and you can also add (1) additional 320-amp-hour lithium ion battery (generator delete mandatory with this option.)

Winnebago Class C – Diesel

Winnebago View/Navion – The Winnebago Class C Diesel lineup includes the Winnebago View/Navion. These models are built on the proven Mercedes-Benz VS30 Sprinter Chassis which includes many safety enhancements and a fuel-efficient turbo-diesel V6 that provides plenty of towing power. This chassis also provides an estimated 16-18 MPG highway. With luxurious details and features throughout, the View offers industry-leading amenities that promise an unparalleled Class C experience, and with the dependable diesel-powered Sprinter chassis, you can stay in control, even off-grid. The View and Navion are each available in 3 floorplans each measuring 25’6″ in length. The View and Navion are powered by (2) deep-cycle, Group 31 RV batteries, a 3,600-watt Cummins Onan MicroQuiet LP generator, a 2,000-watt pure sine wave DC/AC inverter and (2) 100-watt solar panels. You have the option to add Lithium Ion Smart Batteries and a 3,200-watt Cummins Onan Diesel generator in place of the LP generator.

Winnebago Vita/Porto – The Winnebago Vita is built on the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter VS30 Diesel Chassis and includes more standard features than ever before! The Vita is designed for those who love to wander. It is perfectly sized and offers updated décor, enhanced amenities and a host of best-in-class features so you can enjoy longer, more comfortable stays. The Winnebago Vita is available in the 24P floorplan. The 24P floorplan measures just 24’5” in length and includes a full wall slideout. The Vita includes dual group 31 batteries to extend your camping experience as well as (2) 100-watt Zamp Obsidian solar panels. These panels are ultra-low profile with an aerodynamic frame design and made of tempered glass laminate.

As you can see, Winnebago offers a number of options in their Class C lineup, from the gas powered Minnie Winnie and Winnebago EKKO, to the diesel powered Winnebago View and Winnebago Vita. As you decide which Winnebago Class C is right for you, you will want to take into account your floorplan needs. Do you need a more expansive floorplan like the Minnie Winnie and Spirit offer? Are you going to be primarily plugged in at a campsite or are you going to be taking your RV off-road? If you are going to be plugged in most of the time the Minnie Winnie or Spirit may be right for you. Or, if you’ll be going off-grid, without shoreline power, for extended periods of time the Winnebago View and Navion or EKKO may be better suited for you. Do you need space to store adventure gear? If so, the large gear garage in the EKKO may be right for you.

Contact a Lichtsinn RV Sales Consultant today to find our more about the Winnebago Class C motorhome lineup!

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