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RSchleder

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We bought our 2012 Winnebago ERA in early Feb aftar selling our Allegro Bus. The bus was our 3rd DP and we bought it new in 2005. Downsizing was our plan and I'm pleased to say we have not looked back. So far we've went on 2 trips of 2000 miles each and we continue to be very happy with our new Sprinter. This is the first ( we've owned 12) RV that has not had to go back to the dealer for repairs/defects after the first trip. The ERA has performed flawlessly during our first 2 trips and we continue to feel we made a great buy. The fit and finish is great and we're pleased that we saved $30k compared to the price we would have had to pay for either the Airstream or the Roadtrek. I'm not trying to start a ERA vs Roadtrek vs Airstream. I'm simply trying to provide our experience with the Winnebago ERA and let those that are considering an ERA that our experience has been outstanding!

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Thanks for posting that.

I have been looking at lower cost alternatives to Roadtrek and Pleasureway, and this looks very attractive.

Winnebago is a high volume maker, which gives them very experienced crews and good costs.

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That sounds great! I hope you enjoy your Sprinter as much as we do ours.

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What type of fuel mileage are you getting? The ERA is a neat RV!


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Our first trip without anything in tow and the Sprinter being brand new gave us 18.5 mpg. This trip we were towing our Mini Cooper on a dolly so I really didn't keep track. Hope that helps a little, Ron

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We just got a new 2012 ERA, replacing a '95 Pleasureway. Our first trip was to Savannah, where we stayed 3 nights at Skidaway Island SP and drove into the city each day. ERA is comfortable to drive and roomy when stopped. We also got about 18.5 mpg on the trip.

We found that the pull-down shades and the front door shades leave some large gaps when closed, allowing people to see in pretty easily when the lights are on inside and it is dark outside. Haven't figured out how to fix that, but now know why Leisure Van puts a large baffle/surround around their rear windows.

In two weeks, we'll leave for our next trip, to Iowa for graduation, then on to a Winnebago factory visit.

RSchleder, we'll watch for you on our way through IC.

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Have any of you guys that have or are considering the ERA, seen the new 2013 170A twin bed floorplan?
You can see a video and pics at Lichtsinn.com. The dealer just down the road from the Winnie plant


Bob & Sharon
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Posted: 05/10/12 11:11pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

What price did you get the ERA for? Best I saw was on Ebay for a 2012 80K


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Bob, I have not seen the actual unit yet. It's a rather interesting new floor plan with a much larger refrig. From the video, it may be a bit chopped up and the living space not nearly as open. I'll be very interested to hear from anyone that see's the new plan too!

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I've just started shopping for a Class B and am pretty sold on using one that has a Sprinter chassis. Am considering buying a previously-owned Sprinter Cargo Van and having it converted to meet my needs by Creative Mobile Interiors,which is located near where I live in Columbus, OH. Has anyone here used that company for a conversion?

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