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Hybrid RV Hits the Road
for Summer Media Tour
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Adventurer on the
The 2009 Winnebago Adventurer class A motorhome
(This is not the hybrid version however) See RoTi review
See RoTi class A section Search RoTi RV reviews
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
"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 housing||Patty O Camper||I 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".
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