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Posted: 04/29/13 11:42pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Tonight Winnebago introduced a new class B offering on the new Ram Promaster van calling it the "Travato".
More info to come.

* This post was edited 04/30/13 02:54am by bobojay5 *


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Posted: 04/30/13 02:25am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Not to be Debbie Downer but does anybody remember the Lesharo?

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Posted: 04/30/13 06:33am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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Looking forward to seeing more photos and detailed specs.


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Posted: 04/30/13 09:23am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Well, one thing we do know is that all the chassis specs are the best in the industry. GVW, turning radius etc. for any given model. 2500, 3500 etc.

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Get a load of the shnoz on that thing. But if they run great and give some competition to the game then the more the merrier.

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I'd love to get some more views of this rig. The 2 person bench seat behind the driver looks similar to the setup in the Hymer Car; I can't tell what's in front of the door on the passenger side.





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Posted: 04/30/13 06:37pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Lichtsinn Motors sent me info and photos which I posted here:

Winnebago Travato photos and details

I think they'll be putting the photos up on their Facebook page soon as well so you can check there as well.

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I'd like more back to front, or front to back views. The floorplan pictured above looks interesting, and usable, especially with the dinette. I can't tell if the bed is one unit, or if it flips up into a couch.

Since the ProMaster is going to be here to stay (Dodge has absolutely zippo in the van arena and a minivan won't cut it, Ford is having delays on getting the Transit, and there is demand for high MPG vans), I would probably say that the Travato will be better than the Rialta or the Lesharo in being a long time model.

I like the gasoline option. That means that the generator could be a gasoline model, allowing for more run time.

I do have a few concerns though:

1: Service. The Dodge/Mercedes/Sprinter dealer runaround that was done with the Sprinter would be not acceptable, we have been through that before, and since this only one car make sells these in the US, it really needs to be serviced by any Dodge/RAM dealer. As far as I know, Ford Transits will be serviceable by any Ford seller.

2: Engine. The 280 hp Pentastar looks a bit underpowered for such a large vehicle, especially on steep grades.

3: Price. I want to see what the cost difference on a finished model is.

All and all, this seems to be something worth looking into. I was expecting upfitters to take 1-2 years before taking a stab at upfitting the new van models.

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I didn't care for this floorplan - or at least what I could see of it from the pictures - but it's good to know that the converters and RV companies are already working with the ProMaster. I'd like to know what the bed sizes are and how the front dinette converts. I couldn't figure what the upholstered piece in front of the door was, other than an inconveniently located piece of a convertible bed. I'm hoping that it'll all make sense (and I'll like it better) when Lichtsinn is eventually able to put a video up. I also thought the CCC was low, especially since it appeared from the pictures that this was built on a 3500 ProMaster. I thought the CCCs on some of the Bs that were built on the 3500 Sprinter were over 2000 lbs. Maybe because the Sprinter is a dually? I didn't notice whether this ProMaster was. In any event, this is much sooner than I expected to see a B using the Ram van.

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The one in the pics is a 3500 with single rear wheels. Unusual

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