March '16

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18 • RV PRO • MARCH 2016 rv-pro.com sits lower to the ground so it gives you a lower seating position. It's more like a car, while the Sprinter is more truck-like. People like one or the other." Garfin notes that the Fuse features many cosmetic upgrades that are sure to appeal to RVers, such as multiple USB charging points, good passenger foot room, better visibility from the cab, a great sound system in the cab and lots of little cubbies for storage. The Fuse is available in one wheelbase, and comes standard with a 185-horsepower, 3.2-liter PowerStroke five-cylinder diesel. MSRP on the Fuse starts at $93,880. Winnebago sees the buyers of its B's and small C's as people moving up from small towables as well as those downsizing from large fifth wheels and Class A's. "It is also important to note that many who have owned Class C's or B's before are staying in the category because they enjoy the product offerings," Garfin says. "These motorhomes are perfect for buyers who want to enjoy the RV lifestyle, but also want an easy-to-drive, fuel-efficient and highly maneuverable, full-featured motorhome. Winnebago claims it held a 45 percent market share in the "compact" motorhome category entering 2016. The RV maker defines a compact motorhome as any Class A, B or C product with a narrow-width body (90 inches versus the conventional 101-inch-wide motorhome) and under 26 feet in length. Winnebago bases this market share assessment on its own calculations because Stat Surveys does not specifically track sales by chassis length. However, Stat Surveys data does show that Winnebago stood atop the B market with a 33 percent market share through November. That's notable given that Winnebago Renegade Product Manager Tim O'Connell is pictured next to the RV maker's Vienna motorhome, a B+ model built on the Mercedes Sprinter chassis. The Vienna comes in two floorplans: the 25-V-QRS, which features a rear slide with a queen- size bed and the 25-V-HAB (pictured), which features a sofa with hide-a-way bed, which gives the motorhome a surprisingly spacious feel.

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