Winnebago Industries, Inc. is hitting the road this summer with its 2009 Winnebago Adventurer 35Z concept hybrid RV. The RV is the first hybrid concept in the Recreational Vehicle Industry and will be on tour with Brad and Amy Herzog, spokespersons for the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA).

The Winnebago Adventurer hybrid travels on a Freightliner Custom Chassis' ecoFRED chassis and is the motor home industry's first hybrid-electric chassis featuring Eaton hybrid power components. This is a full hybrid system in that it utilizes a diesel engine and an electric motor that work in combination to power the vehicle. The Adventurer hybrid also features regenerative braking for less brake wear. This allows the hybrid electric motor uses electricity to create torque, while also being able to reverse the process to use torque to create electricity to recharge the battery to save energy.

"We are excited to be the first RV manufacturer to begin active testing of this hybrid technology," said Winnebago Industries Vice President of Sales and Marketing Roger Martin. "This hybrid concept can bring many benefits including improved fuel efficiency in select driving environments, reduced noise and emissions, improved acceleration and reduced maintenance. We are proud to provide this hybrid concept vehicle to the Herzogs this summer for their tour as we continue to test the viability of hybrid technology in the RV industry."

The 35Z was introduced in 2009 and features three slideout rooms, two located in the living area and other slideout features a king bed. Other amenities feature the a rear wardrobe that can be easily turned into bunk beds, with 8.5-inch flip down video screens with integrated DVD players and headphones, a fully equipped galley, including a four door refrigerator/freezer, and a 32-inch LCD TV and home theater sound system.

Brad Herzog is a best selling author of such travelogues as "States of Mind" and "Small World." He has also authored over a dozen children's books, including the most recent "S is for Save the Planet: A How-to-be Green Alphabet."

"I'm thrilled to be driving this concept hybrid RV from Winnebago Industries," said Herzog. "There are many ways in which RVing teaches Earth-friendly lessons -- just by doing things like visiting natural wonders, shopping at farmers' markets and reducing consumption and home energy use. But the Adventurer hybrid is an exciting step forward in the industry's green initiatives. I've always reduced the RV vacation advantage to four Fs -- fun, family, flexibility and financial savings. But now I can add a fifth -- facing the future."

Source: Winnebago Industries, Inc.