Rising above the dark days of several years ago that saw the bankruptcy or closing of several recreational vehicle manufacturers, as well as the closure or consolidation of dozens of dealers nationwide, Winnebago is taking a much more upbeat tone going into the 2013 model year. "The recessionary mindset of 'let's just survive' is officially over," said Winnebago CEO Randy Potts. "We are here to succeed." The company is unveiling new models of the Winnebago Vista Rally and Itasca Sunstar Sport. Both are value-oriented Class A products that were the result of a revised and accelerated product development process.
The 2013 Winnebago Journey and Itasca Meridian models feature new styling, new paint schemes, and a new 34B floorplan that features a full wall slide for added space. The design features an extendable sectional sofa/sleeper and dining area as well as a retractable 40-inch LCD flat-screen TV. The RV also features 220 cubic feet of exterior storage capacity.
For those seeking top-of-the-line features and comfort, the Winnebago Tour and Itasca Ellipse feature a new 42GD floorplan with a front driver-side galley with pullout island, large walk-through bath featuring the company's 36x36-inch Big Shower, and an HDMI 4x4 Matrix system that allows viewing of high-definition video from multiple sources on multiple televisions, including the front 40-inch flatscreen and mid-coach 55-inch HDTV. New for 2013 is an all-electric appliance option featuring an induction cooktop, eliminating the need for propane tanks.
The 2013 model year also marks the debut of the first Winnebago-branded towables in 30 years. Highlighting the lineup is the Winnebago Minnie, a lightweight travel trailer designed for the value-conscious consumer.