Winnebago will debut its 2012 Journey and Itasca Meridian 42E the week at the Florida RV SuperShow in Tampa, Florida. The new triple slide 42E is the first tag-axle floorpan in the RV maker's Journey and Meridian lines.
The 42R is built on a 44,320 GVWR Maxum lowered rail tag-axle chassis. The chassis features 220 cubic feet of exterior storage. It is powered by a 400 horsepower Cummins ISL 8.9-liter turbocharged diesel engine.
"Our diesel products have never been better than in 2012," said Winnebago Industries' Vice President of Sales and Marketing Roger Martin, in a press release. "In fact, over the last three years, we have more than doubled our diesel market share to become the second largest manufacturer of Class A diesels. Much of that is thanks to innovative, new floorplans like the 42E that offers amenities and spacious living that make them a cut above the competition."
The new RV features one and half bathrooms, and a full wall slide-out on the passenger side. It includes a 40-inch LCD HDTV, recliner with pull-out table, buffet with extendable dining table and chairs, four-door refrigerator, pantry and residential-like bedroom wardrobe. The living area also has an extendable sectional sofa, tray ceiling design and polished ceramic tile.
The mid-coach gallery has a pull-out island which increase preparation and storage space. The wardrobe has a full-length clothes rod with six drawers and a shoe shelf. The pull-out has a queen-size bed and dual nightstands -- a power operated king bed is optional. It also has a large master shower and a washer and dryer are optional. A half bath is located near the center for quests.
"The new 42E is a great floorplan at a great price point," said Mike Regan, president and general manager of Crestview RV Center in Buda, Texas, in a press release. "I love the bath and a half floorplan, and I think customers are really going to like the usability and layout of this coach."