The model year 2001 version of the Journey DL mid-priced diesel pusher was among the highlights at recent Winnebago’s national dealer meeting.

The new Journey DL is has a 330-hp Caterpillar engine with a 6-speed Allison transmission on a 26,350-pound gvwr Spartan chassis.

Meanwhile, the main 2001 Journey series was similarly upgraded from a 4-speed to the 3000MH 5-speed transmission, and has a 275-hp Cummins engine on a 24,350-pound gvwr Freightliner rail.

Flat-floor slide-outs are also available on the 36-foot Itasca Horizon – the companion line – and 36-foot Journey DL.

Ron Buckmeier, vice president of product development, explained that the firm had to settle for a 4-speed transmission in the 2000 models because of problems with the availability of 6-speed transmissions and the performance specifications of the original 5-speed transmission.

Another highlight to the product line is the redesigned cockpits of the Ultimate Advantage and Ultimate Freedom lines, the firm’s high-end diesel pushers.

“The new cockpits feature luxurious, cream-colored leather and ergonomic, user-friendly configurations, making it easy to touch all of the buttons and features,” said Buckmeier.

Both models also come with an in-dash digital compass and thermometer made by American Technologies.

Available in the new 40WD Ultimate Freedom is a walk-in closet, as well as a six-way power seat at the computer workstation that boasts a massage-and-heat feature.

The Advantage, meanwhile, has been “bumped up” to a standard 330-hp Cummins engine, according to Buckmeier.