Will it meet my needs?
As you’ve no doubt discovered, motorhomes come in a variety of sizes, shapes and floorplans — how the living space is laid out.
To make sure you end up with the motorhome that best meets your needs, it’s important to think a little bit about how you’ll use it:
- How many people will typically be aboard?
- How many days a year will you use it?
- Will you use it more for weekend trips or extended stays?
- Will you spend more time in parks designed for RVs, or in places you won’t have access to power and water hookups?
- How much entertaining will you do?
- Will you use it as a base at sporting and other events?
Your answers, plus the guidelines that follow, will help ensure that you end up in the perfect motorhome for you!
The first key to a great motorhome experience is finding the right floorplan. At Winnebago Industries, we offer floorplans that range from ultra-efficient 24-foot compact coaches to 42-foot super-luxurious, double-bath diesel-pushers — and everything in between.
We consistently deliver many of the most innovative
floorplans on the market, including the 42QD (below), found on the Winnebago Tour® and Itasca Ellipse®. This premium floorplan offers unprecedented features, including large slideouts, our Rest Easy extendable sectional sofa, a half-bath mid-coach and a private master bathroom with the BIG Shower.
The best way to experience a floorplan is from inside the motorhome. But you can save a lot of time by learning to read floorplan diagrams (also called floorplans). These floorplans are like the blueprint for a house. They show the various living spaces of the
motorhome, including the galley, bathroom (some motorhomes have two!), bedroom and living areas. Slideouts — walls that literally slide out to provide more living area — are typically shown fully extended. Optional features are often shown
outside the walls. Once you’ve looked at a number of floorplans and compared them to the actual motorhome, it’s surprisingly easy to visualize how a given floorplan might look and “live” in real life.
Packing it all in: The story behind all that storage.
Abundant, accessible storage makes motorhome travel even more enjoyable. But there can be significant differences in storage even when two coaches are the same size.
Our engineers have several advantages when it comes to conjuring up every last cubic inch of storage in our floorplans.
- We work closely with chassis manufacturers as we develop new models and floorplans; this partnership provides us with the opportunity to have a chassis tailored to our specific requirements.
- Our engineers use a Unigraphics/NX Computer-Aided Design (CAD) system to ensure a precise fit for all components and reduce wasted space.
- We manufacture our own holding tanks, so we can size and shape them to fit precisely into the space allotted (impossible to do with the off-the-shelf rectangular tanks other manufacturers use). That frees up surrounding space for additional storage.
- As part of our SmartSpace™ design approach, we focus on how well things are “packaged” in our coaches. A sofa arm may actually hold a table, or if you pull on a knob in the galley, a spice rack may appear. The space we save adds to your living or storage space.
All of these factors allow us to provide more (and more useful) storage than similarly sized competitive motorhomes. For example, our 34T floorplan offers a whopping 150 cubic feet of exterior storage — equivalent to more than 1,100 U.S. gallons in storage space — in a 36-foot motorhome!
When it comes to storage, it should be abundant and convenient. In this case, the compartment by the entrance door is prime real estate — perfect for lawn chairs, umbrellas, sports equipment, or anything else you use outdoors.
Whoever thought of putting the batteries in this particular storage compartment certainly wasn’t thinking like an RVer.
Motorhomes designed around you.
Our innovative products are the direct result of input from the people who use them. We continuously gather data from surveys, focus groups and market analyses, as well as feedback from our District Sales Managers and Service Managers who work with dealers and their customers on a daily basis.
Listening to customers led us to invent a whole new category with our innovative Winnebago View® (above) and Itasca Navion®, the first North American motorhomes built on the Mercedes-Benz® Sprinter chassis, as well as the Itasca Reyo® and Winnebago Via®, North America’s only Sprinter-based Class A motorhomes. Today, we build significantly more coaches on this fuel-efficient chassis than anyone else in the industry.
From the time the first RVs rolled out of our doors in 1959, Winnebago Industries has pioneered hundreds of industry firsts that have enhanced the lives of RVers. Here are just a few:
- Thermo-Panel® — our sophisticated coach wall construction method.
- TrueLevel™ — advanced, highly accurate holding tank monitoring system.
- Maxum Chassis® — developed with Freightliner®, this “lowered-rail” chassis offers enhanced ride and cavernous exterior storage.
- Extendable Sectional Sofa — provides comfortable seating for up to seven, instantly!
- BIG Shower — a 36" x 36" shower that lives up to its name.
- StudioLoft™ — a large drop-down bed that converts the cab into an additional bedroom.
- BenchMark Extendable Dinette — lets you change seating from four to six, provides extra storage, and even converts to an additional sleeping space.
You’ll find much more evidence of our innovation — in how we design, manufacture, and even test our motorhomes — in the following pages.
But the story doesn’t end here. Just as important is how well your motorhome is put together, and how well it works.
Your eyes, ears and hands can tell you a lot. Does everything look square? Does that door sound solid when you close it? Are there large gaps where you’d expect a tight fit?
At Winnebago Industries, we draw on our decades of experience, plus research (with customers, prospects and even our own employees) and extensive testing to create fully functional homes on wheels that are lasting sources of enjoyment for our customers.
Our engineers spend a lot of time packaging systems and components in the most efficient manner possible. We call it our SmartSpace design philosophy, and it’s one reason our motorhomes seem to “live” much bigger than comparably sized competitive units. For example, our Pantry x2 opens to reveal vertical storage, then opens again to reveal spacious shelves and drawers.
Your safety is no accident
While we are confident you won’t find a safer recreational vehicle on the road today, we never take safety for granted. It’s the number-one reason we go through such extensive testing and put such care into our construction process. In addition to meeting or exceeding all Federal and industry standards, we employ a multitude of other safety features:
- Our SuperStructure® cab design surrounds the cab area with a sturdy steel framework.
- Driver and passenger seats and seatbelts are bolted to steel.
- Three-point safety harnesses are used in all driver and co-pilot seat applications.
- Exterior mirror locations are designed and tested to ensure optimal viewing angles.
- Side view cameras (available on most models) offer added comfort in backing and maneuvering by eliminating blind spots.
- TV’s and other components are “shake tested” to ensure they — and their mounting hardware — will stand up to road vibrations.
- Windshields are installed automotive-style with urethane.
- Forward-facing dinette seats feature child seat tether anchors.
- Appliances and cabinets are mounted to steel embedded in sidewalls.
Our engineers use a Unigraphics/NX Computer-Aided Design (CAD) system (the same system used by General Electric) to design our motorhomes and components. This system allows us to model each part in 3D and simulate its full range of motion, test stress levels and specify clearances.
To bring large-scale designs to life, skilled modelers create full-sized clay mockups, which are electronically scanned to create production molds. Although standard in the auto industry, we know of no other RV manufacturer using this unique blend of old-world craftsmanship and modern technology.
Sophisticated multi-axis milling machines turn CAD designs directly into exact prototypes and production molds and fixtures, resulting in better fitting parts, less waste and faster design cycles. Other manufacturers haven’t invested in this precision technology.
Better Cab Access
Not only will you be comfortable in these cab seats, you’ll be comfortable getting to them, thanks to the low-profiile engine cover.
Like a painter who paints himself into a corner, these cab seats are nearly inaccessible. With no driver or passenger door, crawling over the tall engine cover is the only way in or out.
It’s a beautiful world out there — and you’ll see more of it thanks to our large, unobstructed-view windshields.
The raised cab area and low overhead bed of this coach combine to restrict visibility through the short windshield. This is further aggravated by the wide A-pillar blocking vision to the front left.