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Old 04-30-2013, 11:28 AM   #1
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Default 2014 Winnebago Travato

I saw a post on mentioning a new Class B from Winnebago named the Travato that will based on the Ram Promaster van.
Same post on RV.net : http://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fusea ... 911253.cfm

Winnebago is not wasting any time - it is going to be an exciting year for Class B enthusiasts!

Winnebago Industries is holding its “Game On” Dealer Days Event from April 29-May 1 at the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas and is unveiling its all-new lineup to dealers.

Here's some info about the 2014 Ram ProMaster van http://www.classbforum.com/phpBB2/vi...php?f=9&t=2483

I wonder if the Winnebago Travato will look anything like the Fiat Ducato based Westfalia shown here: http://www.classbforum.com/phpBB2/vi...php?f=9&t=2243
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Old 04-30-2013, 12:11 PM   #2
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Two photos of the new Winnebago Travato via Twitter links



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Old 04-30-2013, 06:25 PM   #3
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The end of the Sprinter as a base chassis? On price alone, I'd guess. Unless Fiat/Chrysler or Ford do something stupid like trying place their price point close to the MB product.
We've all seen dumber stuff happen.

Looks like the imported one I saw a few years back at Bryce Canyon.
http://classbforum.com/coppermine/thumb ... m=2&page=3
http://classbforum.com/coppermine/thumb ... m=2&page=4

I see you added your Travato pic to the same picture section of the forum for comparison.
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yes - definitely a European look.

a bit more info:

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Winnebago Touring Coach includes the very successful Era® product, which is built on the Mercedes-Benz® Sprinter chassis, as well as the new Travato™ Class B product built on the exciting new Ram ProMaster Chassis. The Travato is a new fuel-efficient entry into the Class B market with fuel economy of 15-18 miles per gallon and represents another aggressive "industry first" for Winnebago Industries.
and another photo of the new Winnebago Travato Class B based on the Ram ProMaster van.



I wonder if the main sleeping area is near the front with a bathroom in the rear?

Any guesses on the msrp price? It has to cost less than their Era model which can be had for $85,000.
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Fuel economy estimate suggests a gasoline powered engine?
Still, no worse than any other Ford/GM non-Sprinter styled commercial vans.

Chassis price info? I see mention of an eco-diesel engine and 6 speed auto-trans.
It's not a Chrysler/Fiat website, but there is button to click to see the official manufacturer's press release.
http://www.autoblog.com/2013/03/06/2014 ... at-26-030/

Looks like the cargo version is under $30,000.
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Lichtsinn Motors was kind enough to send me the following info about the new Winnebago Travato 59G:
They were one of the first to have all the info on the Winnebago Era and they've done it again

Lichtsinn Motors
http://www.lichtsinn.com/rvs-default.aspx

826 Highway 69 North
Forest City, IA 50436

1-800-343-6255
Phone: 641-585-3213
Fax: 641-585-5758

sales@lichtsinn.com

Contact them if you are interested. They tend to have very good pricing.

The details:

1. Travato 59G, part of the Winnebago Touring Coach Division housing the Era and Travato
2. Ram Promaster chassis
3. 3.6L V6 gas engine 280 HP
4. Front wheel drive
5. Rear full bed on a platform
6. Enlarged marine bath
7. Cross coach sleeping with dinette
8. 20’ 11”
9. 6’ 8” wide
10. 9’ tall
11. 11’ electric awning with LED lighting
12. 9,350 GVWR
13. Estimated CCC of over 500 lbs after deducting for people and full fluids
14. 159” wheelbase
15. Front seats that rotate to become integral living components
16. Exclusive refer with freezer
17. 24 g fuel tank
18. Estimated highway 18MPG
19. Rand McNally GPS option
20. LED lighting

and another photo of the Travato 59G from Winnebago Touring Coach Division courtesy of Lichtsinn Motors:

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Originally Posted by markopolo
Lichtsinn Motors was kind enough to send me the following info about the new Winnebago Travato 59G:
They were one of the first to have all the info on the Winnebago Era and they've done it again

Lichtsinn Motors
http://www.lichtsinn.com/rvs-default.aspx

826 Highway 69 North
Forest City, IA 50436

1-800-343-6255
Phone: 641-585-3213
Fax: 641-585-5758


Contact them if you are interested. They tend to have very good pricing.
They should be one of the first to get the scoop on all things Winnebago, they're located about a mile north of Winnebago Industries on Old Highway 69 in Forest City, IA.

How do I contact Winnebago Industries?
Mail: Winnebago Industries, Inc.
605 W. Crystal Lake Rd
P.O. Box 152
Forest City, IA 50436-0152

PDI and freight should only be a few dollars over that distance, so their prices are probably really good.
My only concern might be trying to use a 280HP V6 to pull what is probably a fairly heavy vehicle when loaded up with the RV systems. No mention of the torque of that motor/transmission combo.
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Yep, the 280hp may be a problem based on what the torque looks like. Probably not great from a 3.6Liter. Front drive might be OK, but it pretty heavy for a front drive, we will see how that works out, but it leaves lots of space with no tunnel, which is very nice for the builder. 500# load capacity is really low. Looks like crossways sleeping which would rule it out for DW, as she insists on front to rear.

The good part is that it is going to put some pressure on the Sprinters, which they badly need, and also add some gas engine options for folks. There is not much bad that can happen from more models and options.
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What will sell the Travato model to me over the ERA will be two things. Price (if it is 95% of a Sprinter for $15-20k less), and the Pentastar model with a gasoline generator, which gives more versatility when finding fuel, although diesel isn't hard to find anymore compared to how it was in the past. Of course, I wonder how Dodge will handle servicing of the van. I'm hoping any RAM dealer can handle the vans, versus the Five Star dealers when they co-made Sprinters.
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