September '20

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82 • RV PRO • September 2020 RV PRO ➤ NEW MODEL YEAR PREVIEW "It picks up an extra 18 inches behind the bed – it's a big deal," Bienert says. He adds, "Built on the extended 3500 RAM chassis. That extra bit of space allowed us to include an innovative built-in L-track system. This strong, durable system can be customized with a variety of mounts and tie-downs that you can position precisely where you want to secure bikes or other gear and cargo." The Solis also offers the ability to have outdoor showers in both the front and back. Bienert notes that there is a rear annex with a crossbar that connects between the rear doors to install a privacy curtain for users to rinse off. The 2021 Solis 59PX also features a Cum- mins-Onan new 2,800-watt gas generator. Solis will be the first in the market to use this new, quiet generator that meets National Park sound level requirements, according to Bienert. Its 220-watt flexible solar panel on the rooftop also allows users to spend more time off the grid. "It's our first van since we worked with VW on the Eurovan that's designed around the concept for a family of four," Bienert says. He adds that there was considerable market research that went into the 2021 Solis. "It was the culmination of listening to people at shows and rallies who wanted a product that was sufficiently designed to accommodate a family – and to sleep four it required a pop top," he says. The interior features automotive-style seating with two sets of three-point seatbelts and a dinette. "It also has a considerably lower price-point than other Winnebago products for younger families," Bienert says. WINNEBAGO TOWABLES The Winnebago towable line up starts with the Hike trailer. Introduced last fall as a concept with production in January of 2020, this trailer is built for beyond the beaten path and is making a splash with a more off-road look and off-the-grid, ready-for-adventure features. It offers a sleek interior with a note to European styling and the newly pat- ented exterior exoskeleton that lines the fiberglass front, roof and rear with pow- der-coated metal racks. This system is built for hauling all manner of kayaks, bikes and other toys. The Hike also has a rear 2-inch receiver integrated in the trailer frame for more storage/cargo options. An additional gear box on the tongue holds LP-gas cylinders and batteries with room to spare. This fall, there are a few updates to the Hike: a spare tire will be standard and the gear box has been updated to more easily accommodate various sway control options for retail customers. Meanwhile, the Minnie series is Winnebago's foundation for travel trailers and has been the key focus for change by Winnebago Product Manager Adam Christoffersen and General Manager Joel Eberlein. Leading with Micro Minnie, these models are all 7 feet wide and average a 3,500-pound dry weight. This product has gone through an extensive design update for both the interior and exterior. Starting on the outside, the brilliant Silver Max fiberglass from Crane will be standard throughout the Winnebago towable line, complemented with new graphics, rims and more aggressive tire package. Larger outside awnings and improved window locations enhance the basic features from prior models. The interior with modern colors are highlighted by the new full overlay cabinet design and hidden style hinges, continuing the sleek Euro-styling introduced in the Hike through both the Micro and Minnie trailer. PREVIEW Winnebago Towables General Manager Joel Eberlein First introduced last fall as a concept, the Hike travel trailer has been updated for 2021. The unit is built for traveling off the beaten path and features an exterior exoskeleton with powder- coated metal racks that are designed for hauling kayaks, bikes and other toys.

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