Economy and luxury are combined in the Winnebago Era, a class B motorhome built on the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter chassis with a six-cylinder 188-horsepower turbo-diesel engine.
Winnebago is marketing the Era as a superior value, since its suggested retail price of under $102,000 is substantially less than that of its leading competitor.
The advantage of a Class B motorhome is that it can be driven almost anywhere you can drive a car. The cab of the Era is designed for comfort and convenience with Ultraleather seats, and an RV Radio that plays CDs, has an iPod/MP3 input and a weather band and features a touch screen control panel that incorporates a rearview monitor. You can add an optional entertainment and GPS system.
The 2013 Era is available in two floor plans, the 70X and the 70A. The 70A has a flex bed system at the rear that can be made into a large queen bed or two twin beds. There is also a sofa bed. Another feature is an LCD TV that swivels so it can be viewed either from inside the motorhome or outside, while sitting under an awning.
The 70X has a large sofa at the rear that folds down into a large bed at the press of a button. There are four captain’s chairs that swivel to face a moveable pedestal table.
The galley features Corian solid-surface countertops and includes a two-burner range top, microwave oven, refrigerator/freezer and a stainless steel sink with a faucet that folds down beneath a glass cover to increase counter space.
Other features include LED lighting, MCD American Solo blackout roller shades, rear doors that swing open, and a heating and cooling system with a 16,000 BTU furnace and 13,500 BTU roof air conditioner.
The two floor plans of the Era carry suggested retail prices of $101,590 and $101,927. For more information, visit a Winnebago dealer or see winnebagoind.com.