While Ford has been the dominant supplier of chassis, engines and platforms for the recreational vehicle industry in modern times, its market share has been eroded by the increased availability of new commercial vehicles on the market. In the days of Daimler-Chrysler, the Sprinter was Chrysler's alternative to the Ford E-Series as a basis for Class B and C motor homes. But then Daimler split and the Sprinter went back to being a Mercedes product in the US, though it still continued currying favor in the RV world by offering diesel power with a smaller footprint. With the marriage of Chrysler and Fiat, though, the Pentastar brand once again has a foreign-sourced commercial van alternative – the Ram ProMaster – and Winnebago is the first RV manufacture to make it into a motor home.

Actually, Winnebago has unveiled a pair of ProMaster-based RVs: the Trend and Travato. The Trend is a Class C motor home, which generally means it's based on the chassis cab version of a van and features a bed over the cab and larger body for living space behind the B-pillars. Available in a tidy 24-foot length, the Trend can be had with two floor plans, both of which include large sleeping areas, a bathroom, kitchen and a dinette. The Trend also has some unique touches, including seats in the cab that swivel around to face the rear and three-point seat belts for the dinette.

Winnebago TravatoThe second ProMaster-based Winnie is the Travato, a Class B motor home, which is basically the full van model with as many amenities for living crammed into its quarters as will fit. The Travato measures in at just under 21 feet in length, but packs the full RV experience into the ProMaster's tall body, including a double bed, full bath, kitchen and dinette. The rear bed can even flip up and out of the way, allowing stowage of larger things likes bikes through the van's rear double doors.

The only disappointment we see in Winnebago's two new models is that they won't be offered with a diesel engine from Fiat, at least not yet. The inherent pulling power and fuel efficiency of diesel engines makes them ideal for RVs big and small, but for now Chrysler is leaving that edge in the marketplace to the Sprinter. Instead, the Trend and Travato will both be powered by Chrysler's 280-hosrepower, 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine mated with a six-speed automatic transmission. Feel free to check out the complete press release below.
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Winnebago Industries Launches Exciting New Products at Hershey RV Show

FOREST CITY, Iowa, Sept. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Winnebago Industries, Inc. (NYSE: WGO), a leading U.S. manufacturer of recreation vehicles, is debuting several new and exciting products at America's Largest RV Show in Hershey, PA.

Winnebago Industries is the first to build a Class C motorhome on the new Ram ProMaster chassis with the world renown V6 Pentastar gas engine and 9,350 lb. GVWR, six air bags in the cab for added safety, and best in class cab ergonomics and visibility. The nicely affordable new Winnebago Trend delivers peppy, fuel-efficiency and comfortable living space for up to six people. Both 24' floorplans feature a powered StudioLoft™ bed that lifts tight to the ceiling to conserve space during the day. Other features include energy-saving LED lighting and available soft, easy-to-clean Ultraleather™ furniture. The Trend features industry-leading three-point seat belts in the dinette. The 23B offers front swivel cab seats, a sofa/bed and dinette, a large, full-featured mid-coach galley and rear bath. Two large sleeping spaces provide comfortable sleeping for four adults with the Queen size front loft bed and a King size Flex Bed System. The 23L also features swivel cab seats expanding the living area of the motor home, as well as a forward-facing dinette on the driver's side and a side-facing dinette bench seat on the curb side of the unit. Together these comfortable seating spaces convert into one convenient sleeping space. Additional sleeping space is available with the rear corner bed and front Studio Loft bed. A mid-coach L-shaped galley is full featured and has a forward facing sink.

The all-new Travato is the latest Class B motorhome to join the Winnebago Touring Coach lineup. The Travato is also built on the Ram ProMaster chassis. At just under 21' long, the Travato is unbelievably agile while still offering a full-feature RV experience that is perfect for the adventurous explorer. Travato also provides value-conscious enthusiasts amazing fuel efficiency. With swivel cab seats, LED ceiling lights, standard touch-screen navigation, a split dinette, and an abundance of features, the Travato delivers a whole lot of fun. The Travato is the only product in its industry segment to provide a 3-point seat belt harness for passengers in the dinette. The innovative 59G floorplan features a rear double bed that is designed to flip up out of the way to allow for large items like bicycles to be stored securely inside and making them easily accessible through the large double doors at the rear of the coach. The Flex Bed system allows for additional sleeping in the front of the unit as well.

The new Winnebago Forza 38R floorplan will also be on display for the first time. Providing a luxury Class A diesel at an affordable price, the Forza is built on the Freightliner® XCS straight-rail chassis which provides a solid foundation with a Cummins 340-hp diesel engine and Allison six-speed transmission delivering the power. Diesel pushers are known for storage and the Forza ups the ante with its Smart Storage™ design that pushes capacity even further. Inside, you will appreciate fine amenities such as polished Corian galley countertops, coffee-glazed cabinetry, upscale entertainment features, and LED lighting. The 38R features two slideout rooms with an exceptional bath-and-a-half floorplan. A rear master suite provides a private rear bathroom and a queen-size bed with large wardrobe and a 28" HDTV that flips down from the ceiling for easy viewing. The 38R also includes a Flex Bed system that provides bunk beds, storage, or converts into a dinette, whichever you choose. Also standard in the 38R is a half bath, Comfort Sofa Sleeper, BenchMark dinette with Dream Dinette™ table, full-featured galley with pantry and residential refrigerator, and large 50" LED HDTV above the optional fireplace.

Winnebago Industries will also have the full complement of 2014 Winnebago, Itasca, Winnebago Touring Coach and SunnyBrook products on display.

About Winnebago Industries, Inc. - "The Most Recognized Name In Motor Homes®", is a leading U.S. manufacturer of recreation vehicles, which are used primarily in leisure travel and outdoor recreation activities. The Company and its subsidiary build quality motor homes, travel trailers, fifth wheel products, and transit buses under the Winnebago, Itasca, Winnebago Touring Coach, SunnyBrook and Metro brand names. Winnebago Industries has received the Quality Circle Award from the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association every year since the award's inception in 1996.


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      Matt C
      • 1 Year Ago
      The waaayy nicer Westfalia class B conversion of the Fiat branded version of the same van is available in North America here: http://www.westfalia-canada.com/EN/
        waetherman
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Matt C
        That westy does look pretty good, though I think the layout of the Travato is more appealing to me. Not much of a difference though. To me a Westphalia needs a poptop. I hope that's an option.
        Shiftright
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Matt C
        Nice!
        th0mb0ne
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Matt C
        I wish more RV's had a contemporary look like that Westfalia. Its made for people under 80.
      Neez
      • 1 Year Ago
      Lowest cost entry point. These have to be cheaper than the V8 econoline style chassis vans. Coupled to higher fuel economy, if these can manage 15mpg, i think most people would be happy. However, it doesn't give you much towing power. I'd like to see them offer their diesel 4cyl just for that. Also, they have a 4x4 chassis cab as well, offer that in a 24foot and you'll get rediculously more sales.
      waetherman
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm liking the Travato, though the lack of diesel is disappointing. One thing I still don't understand; why do RVs have to have such horrible graphics on them? Why can't somebody just give it a nice paint job and be done with it. Are RV companies still working through an old stock of 1980's vinyl stickers?
        King of Eldorado
        • 1 Year Ago
        @waetherman
        I agree about the graphics, although a plain solid color might look a bit too tradesman-like. At least these wavy ones are a step up from the kitschy 1970s airbrushed unicorns, knights in shining armor, soaring eagles against a red-white-and-blue banner, etc.
        JSH
        • 1 Year Ago
        @waetherman
        The same reason that bass boats are covered with glitter: Rednecks love them.
        gary
        • 1 Year Ago
        @waetherman
        Diesel is supposedly coming later.
      truckguy
      • 1 Year Ago
      I would not take them if they gave me ten of them.
      b.rn
      • 1 Year Ago
      Surprisingly ugly.
        Dean Hammond
        • 1 Year Ago
        @b.rn
        so ugly its actually pretty cool, but a couple of issues...FWD hauling around that aft weight could lead to the front end feeling exceptionally light and drift prone, plus no diesel...the 3.6 toting this around screams over-stressed and deplorable mpgs...
          Healthy Chap
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dean Hammond
          It could also hilariously lead to 50:50 weight distribution.
          PTC DAWG
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dean Hammond
          All rv's suck fuel.
          EXP Jawa
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dean Hammond
          Winnebago has a bit of experience with FWD coaches. They've built all of those VW-chassis campers with both the 1.8L and the VR6 engines, so they probably know what to expect. FWD in a motorhome has some advantages. You can have more storage under the body (like a Greyhound bus) or possibly a lower floor and more standing height inside. The old GMC motorhomes are a good example of putting that packaging to good use.
      Cruising
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's amazing how quickly the traditional American full size van market has changed. The old Dodge Ram van is long gone, Ford Econoline is out of production and only the Chevy Express van remains. Otherwise everything else is European based vans. The only other American van in production I can think of is the Ram Tradesmen C/V based on the Grand Caravan but those are small compared to the others and I've yet to see one. There are still so many old Ford, Dodge, Chevy works vans still out there they have become part of American car scene, ok fine they might not be as fuel efficient but they are the workhorses that keep on working. I welcome the new vans but it's just not the same as seeing a old E series beat up or a old Ram Van being used at local places or worship or the hundreds of Express vans in fleets all over.
        wilkegm
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Cruising
        Aside from the GM van, the big Nissan NV is really the most American- with a full frame and V8
        bK
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Cruising
        I get what your saying, but i guess people realized how dated American trucks were compared to the world.
      bK
      • 1 Year Ago
      I still don't understand the beard look bumper...
        John
        • 1 Year Ago
        @bK
        It keeps repair costs extremely low. No paint needed and the lights are up high and back out of the way of front end impacts.
          bK
          • 1 Year Ago
          @John
          I know but why the big bulge. Fiat version doesnt look that outrageous
      mookieblaylock
      • 1 Year Ago
      "The only disappointment we see in Winnebago's two new models is that they won't be offered with a diesel" no awd no care, sadly transit and sprinter the same, Lame as they could sell a few of them
      Joe
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm all on board with the platform if they bring it with a diesel. I wouldn't buy a gasser motor home.
      • 1 Year Ago
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      Hybridnetics
      • 1 Year Ago
      Look at that pretty mug
      Bill
      • 1 Year Ago
      So basically its kind of like 2013 Winnebago LeSharo, except its a Fiat underneath instead of a Renault? Well at least the LeSharo you could get with a 5-speed manual (and a diesel), which I'm sure all the AB fanboys would just snap up in a heartbeat. Riiight.
        Suzq044
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Bill
        from googling it, it looks to be an RV of a different era, so it's not exactly surprising with today's 'the easier, the better' way of thinking (automatic everything everywhere)
        wilkegm
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Bill
        I would be surprised if the old Renault chassis even had an available automatic. The diesel is a late release IIRC- next year some time, so at that point ou could probably get one special order.
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