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Old 02-18-2019, 05:32 PM   #1
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Default Winnebago Era no longer in production

I have been looking forward to making a class B purchase but the industry seems to be working against me. The Paseo was discontinued, Roadtrek has major issues and now I have been told the Winnebago Era is no longer in production. (It is not clear if a redesign is in process or if it is simply being discontinued.) My short list is now down to the Ford Ecoboost CrossFit. Being new to RVs, how much concern should a buyer have on sustainability of brands? It appears the industry is small with around 5,000 units being produced per year. Is the class B concept economically unsustainable for manufacturers seeking scale and dealer networks for support?
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I highly doubt that is true. Most likely they are retooling for the new model of vans. Even that may be doubtful as the body and interior are not changed - only the drivetrains and the front and rear clips.
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Old 02-18-2019, 05:42 PM   #3
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now I have been told the Winnebago Era is no longer in production. (It is not clear if a redesign is in process or if it is simply being discontinued.)
With the next generation Sprinter production volume ramping up in SC and the larger Amazon order being fulfilled, I hope this announcement is due to the changeover.

LTV was mentioned as working on their next gen B+ vans on the new Sprinter Chassis at the moment.
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if i was buying today i would buy a Travato KL
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If you visit the Sportsmobile website, there was a comment on their homepage which may explain the Era situation. It said that they have factory time available (it is normally a one year wait) for work as there is currently a delay in the delivery of the new 2019 Sprinters.

LTV is already having 9+ months to wait for a new one, so the slow roll out of the new Sprinters may not be a major problem for them yet... and they are using cab/chassis models, not the full van. So they wouldn't be competing for rigs with the big fleet buys.
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If you visit the Sportsmobile website, there was a comment on their homepage which may explain the Era situation. It said that they have factory time available (it is normally a one year wait) for work as there is currently a delay in the delivery of the new 2019 Sprinters.

LTV is already having 9+ months to wait for a new one, so the slow roll out of the new Sprinters may not be a major problem for them yet... and they are using cab/chassis models, not the full van. So they wouldn't be competing for rigs with the big fleet buys.
As near as I can tell, Wendland is going to switch from the Wonder he has to an LTV Unity on the 2019 Sprinter on a new floor plan in a month or so.
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As near as I can tell, Wendland is going to switch from the Wonder he has to an LTV Unity on the 2019 Sprinter on a new floor plan in a month or so.
So I wonder if they bumped somebody's order so Mike could get his.
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So I wonder if they bumped somebody's order so Mike could get his.
It doesnít seem so, it is the first Unity build on a new floor plan that hasnít been released yet but it did use up a production slot. They must have already been building it to reveal the new floor plan. Who knows, he may decide he wants something different in the end.
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LTV is already building the Unity on new 2019 cab chassis. It was featured in the Wendland's recent "Most Epic RV Factory Tour Ever!" video. In the video Dean Corrigal said their new Sprinter cab chassis were from Germany. Image of new 2109 Sprinter from video attached FYI.

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If you visit the Sportsmobile website, there was a comment on their homepage which may explain the Era situation. It said that they have factory time available (it is normally a one year wait) for work as there is currently a delay in the delivery of the new 2019 Sprinters....
There is no delay on Sprinters as long as you buy off the lot. New Sprinters are out there. Mercedes and Freightliner dealers around me in Washington DC/Baltimore area have 4-5 new Sprinters on each of their lots. The problem is they are all spec'd by Daimler Vans marketing and only in black or white colors. They are not yet filling custom orders - that is the real delay.
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