After years of waiting, North America has finally gotten the 4×4 version of the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van, which is quickly gaining popularity amongst camper van converters. Gizmag reported that Winnebago Industries Inc. has rolled out a more highway-friendly 4WD Sprinter camper called the Era 4×4.
Winnebago may be best known for its large, bus-sized RVs, but it has also been offering Class B motorhomes (camper vans) for decades. It currently sells both the Sprinter-based Era and the Dodge ProMaster-based Travato.
With the Era already in its lineup, the Era 4×4 was just a matter of getting the 4×4 option from Mercedes. Winnebago advertises the new model as its first Sprinter-based off-road RV, but an engineer admitted to us that the model is designed more for road driving. It appears to be well-equipped for all-weather highway driving and light off-roading, like navigating the dirt road to the campground, but it falls well short of a more serious off-roading expedition van.
Inside, Winnebago offers several floor plans from the standard Era options list. At last week’s Outdoor Retailer show, it displayed a van with the 70A layout, which has two twin beds in the rear. The beds expand into a single queen bed via a removable wedge-shaped cushion, while the sofa directly behind the driver’s cab converts into a single bed.
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