Camper goes supersize
Winnebago is thinking big for its Aussie launch, writes Mark Hinchliffe
US MOTORHOME and campervan maker Winnebago is launching into the Australian market with two new models, the Escape and Diversion.
Winnebago marketing manager Max Mayo says most campervans cater for two people.
‘‘Our new campervans take comfort and versatility to a new plateau and both models will cater for four people in style,’’ he says.
The Escape is a 6.4m campervan on a Fiat Ducato three-litre turbodiesel, and the Diversion is built on a 7.3m, long-wheelbase Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van.
There are no prices yet for the Diversion, but the Escape’s drive-away price is $105,929.
They have an electric roll-down double bed which drops from the ceiling. There are other beds for two more people. Both will be displayed for the first time at the Queensland Caravan Camping Touring and Holiday Show from June 9 to 15 at the RNA Showgrounds in Brisbane.
Most campervans do not include bathroom and toilet facilities or have a small shower recess, but the Escape and Diversion have an expanding bathroom system with a flushing toilet. There is also a large ‘‘garage’’ area in the rear of the campervans made by storing the electric double bed against the ceiling and folding the two single beds against the wall.
The space created can hold a motorbike or two, a quad bike, bicycles, surfboards, fishing rods and more.
During the week, the Escape can double as Mum’s car or as a tradie’s truck with optional checker plating installed for the tool box.
At the weekend, it can be used as a selfcontained campervan.
Winnebago claims the Escape has the biggest bathroom of any campervan and a fold-away external table. The Diversion has leather armchairs, a well-equipped kitchen and an electronically controlled sofa bed.
It also features roof and cabin airconditioning, an LCD 120-volt TV with DVD player, awning, microwave, two gas bottles and the largest campervan bathroom on the market.
Both campervans have kitchen drawers that can be reached from outside.
Home away from home: the spacious threelitre turbodiesel Winnebago Escape (above) and the roomy Diversion (below).