The first minimotorhomes built on the imported Dodge Sprinter cutaway chassis were shipped to dealers April 1 by Winnebago Industries Inc., Forest City, Iowa. The twin 2006 Winnebago View (pictured) and Itasca Navion Class C’s were introduced at the 2004 Louisville Show. The View/Navion, featuring the 2.7 liter 5-cylinder 154-hp turbocharged CDI Mercedes Benz diesel-engine cutaway chassis, is built by DaimlerChrysler AG’s Mercedes-Benz subsidiary. Used previously in the RV sector only in van camper applications, the German-built Sprinter boasts a 10,040-pound GVWR and gets an estimated 17-19 miles per gallon of fuel. “We are trying to appeal to a crowd who is looking for good, solid fuel economy,” said Bill O’Leary, Winnebago vice president of product development. The View and Navion are offered in two 23-foot single slideout floorplans – one featuring a sofa slide, the other a dinette slide – along with independent front suspension and a 23 1/2-foot turning radius. With maple or cherry interiors and contoured cabinets with accent moldings, the MSRP for the Winnebago View is $78,635 and the Itasca Navion retails for $78,872.