Winnebago Industries Inc. ushered in a new age in motorhomes with the
introduction of its new 2009 ERA at the National RV Trade Show in
Louisville, Kentucky, late last year. The ERA is said to offer interior
and exterior refinements in a boldly styled package that delivers
comfort, functionality and performance at an exceptional price.
The ERA, a Class B motorhome, combines maneuverability and
functionality into a seamless, aerodynamic package. Built on an
8,550-pound gross vehicle weight rated (gvwr) Dodge Sprinter chassis
with a fuel-efficient 3L six-cylinder turbodiesel engine, the ERA
features a striking exterior with smooth lines. Contemporary interior
styling includes curved cabinetry, Corian countertops and plush seating.
“Winnebago Industries is pleased to introduce the new ERA and
again, enter the Class B category,” said Winnebago Industries’ Chairman
of the Board and CEO Bruce Hertzke. “Winnebago Industries was a leading
manufacturer of Class B vehicles with our production of the popular
Volkswagen EuroVan Camper product, which was last produced in 2003. Now,
we are excited to enter this arena again with the new ERA that
capitalizes on a remarkable chassis design, as well as exceptional
interior and exterior styling. The ERA offers everything a larger
motorhome has, but in a compact, striking package.”
The new ERA made its debut with a 170 floorplan, which offers a
removable 60×80-inch sofa bed in the rear, and a fully equipped galley
and bathroom. With two trim levels, the Touring and the Limited, the ERA
allows the customer to choose his or her design preferences. Additional
ERA floorplans will be introduced this year.
With fuel-price concerns, Winnebago is set to roll out a
motorhome that claims 22 miles per gallon. The 2009 model ERA is priced
at approximately $91,000.