The retail market share leader in Class C motorhomes, Winnebago Industries Inc., anounced today (June 1) it was introducing two new gas-engine Class C brands for 2005: the Winnebago Aspect and companion Itasca Cambria.
The Aspect and Cambria will be among the 2005 models shown during Winnebago’s “Dealer Days” July 25-28 at the Paris Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.
With a low profile, aerodynamic styling and contemporary interior, the Aspect are Cambria are intended to appeal to younger RVers who lead active lives, according to Bruce Hertzke, chairman, president and CEO.
“The market will be a little different than the traditional retirees and campers,’” Hertzke said. “People who buy this vehicle will probably be doing some kind of towing with a trailer, whether it’s a boat or a four-wheeler or dirt bikes.”
Forest City, Iowa-based Winnebago will build the high-gloss fiberglass Aspect and Cambria in 23-foot single-slideout floorplans, the 23D, standard on the 11,500-pound GVWR Ford E-350 chassis, with the 14,050-pound GVWR Ford E-450 cutaway chassis available as an option. The Aspect and Cambria 26-foot floorplan models, the 26A, will come on the 14,050-pound GVWR Ford chassis.
Equipped with a 5,000-pound hitch, the Aspect and Cambria are well suited to be a “motorized toy hauler,” Hertzke said.
The Aspect and Cambria 23D feature a 20-inch driver-side slideout with a dinette across from the sofa, angled galley, wardrobe and rear bath. The Aspect and Cambria 26A includes a 30-inch slideout with a large U-shaped dinette, rear double bed and a corner bath.
Winnebago Aspect 23D will retail starting at $62,318 and the 26A at $67,292. Itasca Cambria will start at $62,528 and $67,596 for the 26A.
Entertainment features include a 24-inch flat screen TV and available DVD/VCP, satellite dish or In-Motion satellite system. Interior features include satin nickel fixtures throughout and two new wood choices – washed maple and Sierra maple. Both floorplans offer child-seat tethers anchored to the dinette to accommodate traveling with small children.
The sleek front cab-over – reminiscent of the B+ style of minimotorhome that’s become popular during the last two years – is designed to echo the lines of the Ford cab, which, with deluxe graphics options, can be painted silver.
“It will have flashier graphics on the outside with different paint options so that it will definitely have eye appeal,” Hertzke said.
Aspect and Cambria are being manufactured in a factory on Winnebago’s Forest City campus that previously served as the company’s hardwood cabinet shop, which has been moved to new facilities in Charles City, Iowa, where Winnebago opened a Class C factory in May 2003.
“They have the room in Forest City so that we can take the capacity to 20 units a week (or) 1,000 a year,” Hertzke said.