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Old 08-05-2015, 04:20 AM   #1
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Default 4x4 Winnebago ERA 70A - in the flesh

Couple quick pictures on facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/thefitrv/posts/887606661320497

In all respects, a pretty typical ERA. Just built up on the 4x4 Sprinter. From the inside, you wouldn't know it was any different (unless you got in the driver's seat).
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Old 08-05-2015, 12:14 PM   #2
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Nice! thanks for sharing the link to the photos
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It is about a 4 inch higher hike to get in. I was asked yesterday about getting to the upper storage of my Advanced RV in the back end. I thought it rather easy with the two tier step bumper they install on the hitch receiver. But thinking about it, 4 more inches might make that difficult. My wife already uses a collapsible stool we keep in the back to step up on that step bumper. None of the Advanced RVs had the fiberglass or nerf bar sides installed on their 4 x 4s when I looked at them. I wonder how they are handling the extra 4 inches at the sliding door. It seems rather high on that ERA.

I ordered about 8 months too soon or I probably would have opted for a 4 x 4.
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Pretty cool. I'd think the A with this chassis would be a big seller.

Not sure I'm sold on the extra 4" of ride height though. I'd like 4WD at a normal ride height. Or better yet, an adjustable ride height like on the Range Rover.
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4x4 Sprinter Conversions been around in Australia for two years. Paradise Motorhomes with 70c like slide. Trakka is another Company doing the Sprinter 4 x4 Conversions
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a1...psburfrq1t.jpg

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4x4 Sprinter Conversions been around in Australia for two years. Paradise Motorhomes with 70c like slide. Trakka is another Company doing the Sprinter 4 x4 Conversions
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a1...psburfrq1t.jpg

http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a1...pscfexkdpy.jpg
It's unfortunate that North American manufacturers are behind the curve on many RV innovations, when compared to Australia and Europe.
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It's not the RV manufacturers. It's Mercedes Benz decision to delay importing the van. As soon as the imports started, WGO came out with a conversion.

That's like saying Winnebago is at fault for not having Ducato conversions 10 years ago. They started making conversions immediately upon the van being available.
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It's not the RV manufacturers. It's Mercedes Benz decision to delay importing the van. As soon as the imports started, WGO came out with a conversion.

That's like saying Winnebago is at fault for not having Ducato conversions 10 years ago. They started making conversions immediately upon the van being available.
To be factored in as well is Ford's Umming and Ahhing in introducing the Transit. If they had not ,Mercedes would have respected the Status quo and did nothing. Influx of the European Vans, has opened a new RV chapter in the U.S., as I suspected it would. How long is the Chevrolet Van going to last as a Van and basis for Conversions? I would expect not long.
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Suprisingly, the Chevy Express is still selling well considering it's an old design in a sea of new product. I suspect GM will drop the price if sales slip to maintain sales. What is surprising is that they have a Euro-van that could be brought over fairly quickly. Are the just milking the old cash cow until they have no other choice?
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Suprisingly, the Chevy Express is still selling well considering it's an old design in a sea of new product. I suspect GM will drop the price if sales slip to maintain sales. What is surprising is that they have a Euro-van that could be brought over fairly quickly. Are the just milking the old cash cow until they have no other choice?
Just like Ford did with the Econoline. If it is still making reasonable money, no reason to drop it. For traditional buyers, it is the only " American" Van still available
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