Camper goes su­per­size

Win­nebago is think­ing big for its Aussie launch, writes Mark Hinch­liffe

Herald Sun - Motoring - - On Road -

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).

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