Sport Utility Recreational Vehicles (SURV) – or toy haulers as they are often called – have come leaps and bounds since their boom in popularity in recent years. Whether you race on the competitive circuit, or just engage in a series of outdoor activities with your family, space and functionality are the name of the game with these RVs.
Like any segment of the industry, designs and concepts always evolve. Winnebago Industries has ventured into the SURV market for 2016 with its Scorpion line, a first for the Indiana-based company where they have raised the bar a little higher by combining RV-friendly features and plush comfort with optimum space to provide a versatile trailer for adventurous RVers.
The Scorpion shines from front to back and top to bottom with innovative and contemporary appointments. Three floorplans are available – the 3480, 4013 and 4014 – that range from approximately 39 to 44 feet. It also comes with a GVWR from 16,000 to 20,000 pounds (depending on the floorplan), a wide-body design, and dry hitch weight of 3,000 pounds.
If it’s style you want, its style you get with the three-slide Scorpion. Inside, with its radius ceiling design (that offers almost nine feet of headroom), the standard floor plan (the 3480) features a dresser-wardrobe in the master bedroom, a large sofa in the living area, and a microwave and refrigerator in the galley. There’s also a large kitchen island with a raised breakfast bar for easy entertaining, plus opposing side sofas on a powerlift bed in the garage. A queen bed is optional here as well, making more use of this space for functionality at the campsite.
“What we did was extend the options of the patio and rear area of the Scorpion to accommodate people’s pets, use as a remote office or provide even an area to fulfil the duties of those who workamp on the road,” says Heather Stoppenhagen, Marketing Manager for Winnebago Towables. “The Scorpion is the first of its kind for Winnebago and as we have a long line of towables, this is a model we want people to grow and evolve into.”
So far, the model has been well received by dealers at the winter RV shows with its choice of floorplans and overall styling. Regardless of what plan is chosen, users can enjoy the 12 to 14 feet of garage space, the entertainment center in the living area (with an optional flat screen in the garage), a queen or king bed in the master and ample storage throughout. When the ramp is not in use, space on the Scorpion extends to a large, exterior patio.
What you don’t see is impressive as well. Structural integrity is backed by Barreled-aluminum trussed ceilings, Winnebago`s Equa-Flex Suspension System with Correct Track and an extreme weather package to protect the Scorpion from the often-harsh elements.
Winnebago Towables has a long list of units to its credit introduced in the last five years. If you`re looking for another SURV model from the company, perhaps look at the 2016 Spyder, which offers four floorplan models, ranging from approximately 30 to 38 feet.