The all-new 2006 Winnebago View and Itasca Navion by Winnebago Industries Inc., Forest City, Iowa, are the first minimotorhomes built on the imported 10,040-pound GVWR Dodge Sprinter diesel cutaway chassis made in Germany by Mercedes Benz.
“The View and the Itasca will be for both people who want to downsize from bigger units and still want to travel to younger families who want to take weekend trips,” Bruce Hertzke, Winnebago’s chairman, president and CEO, said during the product rollout at the 42nd Annual National RV Trade Show, Nov. 30-Dec. 2 in Louisville, Ky. Available in two 23-foot single-slideout floorplans, the View and Navion feature 6-foot, 8-inch interior ceilings, brushed nickel fixtures, curved washed maple or honey cherry cabinetry and a hinged front bunk. With 3,500 pounds of towing capacity, the View and Navion are powered by a Mercedes Benz 154-hp, 2.7-liter, five-cylinder, turbo-diesel engine providing an estimated 17 to 19 miles per gallon. Previously, the Dodge Sprinter had been seen in the RV industry in van camper applications. Retailing in the $70,000 range, the 2006 View and Navion will be in production in the spring.