March '20

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48 • RV PRO • March 2020 rv-pro.com RV M A N U FA C T U R E R S R uss Garfin, director of product management for Class B and C motorhomes at Winnebago Industries, still vividly recalls back in 2006 when he showed the company's first Sprinter-based Class C to his district sales managers. "That was our first serious effort at a more European-style of a Class C motor- home. They all liked it, but were nervous whether it would sell or not. They all said that's pretty cool-looking – but it's too expensive," he recalls. "'It's fun to have something new, but who's going to buy it?' they asked," he says now. Winnebago's View and Navion – the first Class C's ever built on the Sprinter chassis for the North American market – did attract buyers and stood for years as the top-selling brand in their class. The rest of the industry eventually began building on the Sprinter platform and slowly caught up, however, necessitating a new review of the market. The result of that review at Winnebago is a new series comprised of the Vita and Porto, built on a Sprinter chassis that is 13 inches shorter than the View/Navion and retails for some $25,000 to $30,000 less. " We've given customers another choice," Garfin says simply. The difference between View/Navion and Vita/Porto is basically in the level of amenities offered between the two products. "Something we still do better than anybody else is we provide more carrying capacity, so whether it's a Vita or Porto or even a View or Navion, if you equip them the same as competitor coaches, you're always going to find more carrying capacity in a Winnebago motorhome and that's because we design in weight savings. "Our styling on the 2020 View and Navion is gorgeous with all-new walnut and white interiors and an all-new front cap," Even in an increasingly crowded field, RV manufacturers say they have high hopes this year for Class C motorhomes built on the Mercedes- Benz Sprinter chassis platform. By Steve Bibler PHOTOS COURTESY OF WINNEBAGO, COACHMEN AND RENEGADE RV Sprinting Toward C Success

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