Winnebago EKKO vs. Coachmen Cross Trail

Winnebago has been a leader in the RV industry for over 60 years. Winnebago motorhomes are built with superior craftsmanship, advanced manufacturing technologies and steel-focused construction that enhances motorhome safety and reliability. From groundbreaking RVs to game-changing features to spacious floorplans, Winnebago innovation is unrivaled for continuous industry firsts.

Because many manufacturers aim to replicate this quality, we are often asked what the differences are between Winnebago motorhomes and other manufacturer’s coaches that have similar floorplans or are built on the same chassis. One such example of this includes the Class C Motorhomes, the Winnebago EKKO and the Coachmen Cross Trail. Continue reading to learn about the key specifications and features of the Winnebago EKKO and the Coachmen Cross Trail 20XG and 21XG models.

Winnebago EKKO Floorplan

Winnebago EKKO

Key Specifications 

  • Exterior Length – 23′
  • Exterior Height – 10′ 6″
  • Freshwater Capacity – 50 gal.
  • Fuel Capacity – 31 gal.

Key Features

  • Standard AWD Ford Transit Chassis
  • Large Exterior Heated Gear Storage
  • (2) 170-watt Solar Panels and (1) 115-watt Solar Panel for a total of 455-watt hours
  • Standard Lithium Power
  • All-Season Insultation in Roof, Walls and Floor
  • Optional Pop-Top Sleeping Area
  • Optional Batwing Awning
  • Optional Luggage Rack (n/a with the pop-top)
  • Optional Exterior Kitchen
Coachmen Cross Trail Floorplans

Coachmen Cross Trail

Key Specifications – 

  • Exterior Length – 24′ 1″
  • Exterior Height – 10′ 6″
  • Freshwater Capacity – 30 gal. (20XG) 41 gal. (21XG)
  • Fuel Capacity – 25 gal.

Key Features – 

  • Available AWD Ford Transit Chassis
  • Power Bed (20XG Floorplan Only)
  • Exterior Gear Storage
  • Optional 380-watt hours of Solar
  • Optional Lithium Power
  • Optional Exterior Entertainment Center with TV

Continue reading to learn about why Winnebago’s innovations and standards set the the Winnebago EKKO apart from the competition.


The Winnebago EKKO is ready for all-season and off-grid adventures. The EKKO is powered by the Cummins Onan QG 2800i gas generator and a 320-amp-hour lithium ion battery. You may add an additional 320-amp-hour lithium ion battery and delete the generator entirely. The EKKO also has a dedicated second alternator under the hood to charge the coach batteries. The EKKO has 455-watt hours of solar power, or a 220-watt flexible surface solar panel if the pop-top option is selected. The EKKO also has a 2,000-watt pure sine waver inverter.

By contrast the Coachmen Cross Trail has AGM batteries with just 400-amp hours requiring more maintenance then Lithium batteries. No amount of Lithium battery power is standard in the Cross Trail but is an available option. The Cross Trail has a 3,000-watt Inverter and instead of a generator has the Renogy Empowered Hybrid Electrical System.


Both the Winnebago EKKO and Coachmen Cross Trail feature exterior storage at the rear of the RV. However, the heated gear garage in the EKKO allows for maximum passthrough storage and includes an L-track cargo tie down system.

One convenient optional addition to the EKKO is the exterior kitchen that includes a chest style refrigerator/freezer, a 2-burner LP cooktop, flip-up counter extension, quick connect faucet, collapsible sink, and an LP quick-connect hose. This significantly extends your outdoor camping experience once you reach your destination.


Upon entering the Coachmen Cross Trail, you are immediately confronted with another example of its lack of space efficiency. For floorplans with limited space, it is important to have areas that can double as multiple living spaces, such as seating areas that can convert to dining areas. Both of the Coachmen Cross Trail Transit floorplans include a dinette and swivel cab seats, but neither floorplan allows the two areas to function together.

On the Winnebago EKKO, however, when the cab seats swivel and the fold down table is in place, the driver’s seat and bench seat convert into a convenient dining area. The passenger seat includes a removable and adjustable work table that also functions as additional galley counter space when swiveled. This is the kind of attention to detail that makes the EKKO stand out against the competition.

The Winnebago EKKO has a large twin bed sleeping area that can be converted into one large bed with the Flex Bed System. The layout of the sleeping area creates maximum space for the Gear Garage below. In the Cross Trail 20XG floorplan, the bed is powered and can raise and lower for access to the gear storage. However, this forces you to choose between storage or a comfortable sleeping area, not both simultaneously.


Among Winnebago’s greatest strengths is their attention to detail when it comes to maximizing space without sacrificing comfort and amenities. This is best exemplified in the Winnebago EKKO’s bathroom, which features a pivoting wall that allows the sink and medicine cabinet to be aligned over the toilet and reveal a spacious shower area. Combining these two functions, the EKKO offers significantly more space throughout the rest of the floorplan.

In contrast, neither of the two Coachmen Cross Trail floorplans uses space-saving features in their bathrooms. In particular, the 20XG floorplan separates the shower from the sink and toilet, effectively doubling the amount of space taken up by the bathroom while the 21XG has a full bath in the rear corner that takes up a similar amount of space.


Even though the Coachmen Cross Trail’s exterior storage is considered one of its highlights, it infringes on the sleeping space too much to be considered practical. The ceiling of the storage area is the underside of the bed and provides adequate space. However, it limits the size of the bed to a full size, unlike the 60″x80″ queen-sized Flex Bed in the Winnebago EKKO.

As mentioned, the sleeping area in the EKKO allows for a queen-size bed when converted with the Flex Bed system. The default configuration of the sleeping area features twin beds equipped with the WinnSleep® System. This allows for additional passthrough space and extensive storage underneath. Also, between the (2) twin beds at the rear of the RV is an additional cushion that, when flipped, functions as a nightstand between the two twin beds with cupholders. Because the beds are raised, this increases the extensive gear garage storage on the exterior of the RV.

Another advantage of the Winnebago EKKO is the optional addition of the pop-top. This provides a significant addition to available sleeping space that comfortably sleeps two people.

Call a Lichtsinn RV Sales Consultant today to learn more about the Winnebago EKKO and find the best RV for all of your future adventures.

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