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Hybrid RVs - the story begins...
Industry-First Winnebago Adventurer Concept Hybrid RV Hits the Road for Summer Media Tour

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Winnebago Adventurer hybrid RV - side view
The concept Adventurer on the ecoFred chassis

Winnebago Adventurer class A motorhome exterior 
The 2009 Winnebago Adventurer class A motorhome
 (This is not the hybrid version however) See RoTi review

 
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FOREST CITY, IA, June 2009 - Winnebago, the nation's top selling motor home manufacturer, continues to lead the way in innovation by providing the industry's first hybrid RV, a 2009 Winnebago Adventurer, to Brad and Amy Herzog for their summer travel tour. The Herzogs, spokespersons for the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), will be traveling in this concept hybrid RV this summer as they promote the benefits of RV travel.


Winnebago Industries is on the cutting edge of RV hybrid technology with this concept vehicle that explores the viability of advanced hybrid systems in motor home applications. The Winnebago Adventurer hybrid rides on a Freightliner Custom Chassis' ecoFRED(TM) chassis (see RoTi article), the motor home industry's first hybrid-electric chassis featuring Eaton hybrid power components. This is a full hybrid system in that it utilizes two independent power sources (a diesel engine and an electric motor) that work in conjunction to optimally power the vehicle. The Adventurer hybrid also features regenerative braking for less brake wear. With regenerative braking, the hybrid electric motor uses electricity to create torque, while also being able to reverse the process to use torque to create electricity. By reversing its electric engine to become a generator, electricity is fed back into the battery resulting in energy savings.

"We are excited to be the first RV manufacturer to begin active testing of this hybrid technology," said Winnebago Industries Vice President of Sales and Marketing Roger Martin. "This hybrid concept can bring many benefits including improved fuel efficiency in select driving environments, reduced noise and emissions, improved acceleration and reduced maintenance. We are proud to provide this hybrid concept vehicle to the Herzogs this summer for their tour as we continue to test the viability of hybrid technology in the RV industry."

The Herzogs will be enjoying the new 35Z floorplan as they travel the US this summer. Introduced in 2009, the triple slide 35Z is perfect for all ages with three slideout rooms for added spaciousness when parked. One of the highlights of this model is the rear wardrobe that can be easily turned into bunk beds. Attractive doors open fully to reveal the beds that fold down when not in use. When the beds aren't in use, the space is perfect for clothing, bedding or your latest souvenirs. Kids love bunk beds and this area is even more appealing with 8.5-inch flip down video screens with integrated DVD players and headphones providing the perfect escape. Kids don't have all the fun in this floorplan! In the rear, there is a king bed nestled in the slideout room for a relaxing area at night. The living area features two slideout rooms that create social space for the entire family. A fully equipped galley, including a four door refrigerator/freezer, is also featured, as well as a 32-inch LCD TV and home theater sound system.

Brad Herzog is a best selling author of such travelogues as "States of Mind" and "Small World." He has also authored over a dozen children's books, including the most recent "S is for Save the Planet: A How-to-be Green Alphabet."

"I'm thrilled to be driving this concept hybrid RV from Winnebago Industries," said Herzog. "There are many ways in which RVing teaches Earth-friendly lessons -- just by doing things like visiting natural wonders, shopping at farmers' markets and reducing consumption and home energy use. But the Adventurer hybrid is an exciting step forward in the industry's green initiatives. I've always reduced the RV vacation advantage to four Fs -- fun, family, flexibility and financial savings. But now I can add a fifth -- facing the future." :

 

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Re: RV industry bubble - just like housingPatty O CamperI enjoyed reading the interview with Randy Potts, the new CEO of "Winnebago". His comments confirmed the feeling I had about the economy and it's impact on the RV Industry. I also noted he ignored the interviewer' s question about "how president Obama could help the RV industry" the question was stupid. The best thing government can due for the economy in general is to back-off on all the regulations that have strangled the American spirit of self-reliance. The crash in the economy was the result of government involvement in the housing industry. Insisting that banks loaned money for real estate to people who could never make the payments....all in the name of "equality". Banks started to fail, the housing market went into a depression and all because too many unqualified mortgage holders failed to make their payments. During this crisis the government continues to print money every week reducing the value of our currency on the world market and fueling inflation in this country. It is good to see Winnebago isn't in line for any government handouts like too many members of our dependent society seem to be. Reduce regulations, build the Keystone pipeline and the price of fuel for our RV's will go down....and get the ethanol out of our gasoline....it is reducing gas mileage and destroying our motor vehicles!9/2/2014 8:56:00 AM
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