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Winnebago debuts Itasca Solei at FMCA rally

(June 21, 2013) -- The all-new, attractively-priced Solei showed off its muscle with a Freightliner XCS straight-rail chassis featuring a 340-hp Cummins diesel engine coupled with a six-speed Allison  transmission, the company noted.  Its softer side comes through in the polished Corian galley countertops, coffee glazed cabinetry, LED ceiling lights and upscale entertainment features.

Itasca SoleiFOREST CITY, Iowa — Winnebago Industries, Inc., Introduced the Itasca® Solei™ for the first time to retail consumers at the Family Motor Coach Association’s (FMCA) Gillette 2013 Family Reunion and motorhome showcase event held in Gillette, Wy., this weekend. The Gillette gathering is a culmination of FMCA’s 50th birthday celebration.  

Hundreds of motorhomes are on-hand for the event where the Itasca Solei made its debut.  The all-new, attractively-priced Solei showed off its muscle with a Freightliner XCS straight-rail chassis featuring a 340-hp Cummins diesel engine coupled with a six-speed Allison  transmission, the company noted in a press release.  

Its softer side comes through in the polished Corian galley countertops, coffee glazed cabinetry, LED ceiling lights and upscale entertainment features. And, with Smart Storageas an integral part of both the 34T and 38R floorplans, there is plenty of room to bring even more luxury items along for the ride.    

John Dogger, from Hinkley, Ohio, said, “This 34-foot Solei is smaller in length than the unit I am in now, but actually has more usable storage and floorplan space. It’s also less than 12 feet tall, so I could fit it in my garage.  I love the 340hp Cummins diesel engine on such a well-priced motorhome.  I’ve owned motorhomes for 25 years and have always known Winnebago to be the best in the market, but I’ve never owned one before now.  That may change soon. The Solei is a home run, an absolute home run.”  

Solei standard features include:

  • All-new Class A Diesel pusher series
  • Two floorplans – the 34T and 38R
  • Attractive price
  • Loaded with standard features
  • Powered driver and passenger seats in leatherette
  • Radio/rearview color monitor system with 6-inch touch screen
  • Powered mirrors with defrost/side-view cameras
  • Powered MCD visor shade for the front windshield
  • MCD blackout shades in the coach area
  • Soft vinyl ceilings
  • LED ceiling lights
  • Comfort Sofa/Sleeper (38R)
  • Extendable Comfort Sofa/Sleeper and movable drop leaf table (34T)
  • BenchMark dinette with Dream Dinette table (38R)
  • Vinyl tile flooring throughout
  • Polished Corian galley countertops and tiled backsplash
  • Home theater sound bar with DVD/CD player
  • Full-coach water filtration system
  • 6,000-watt Cummins® Onan® diesel generator
  • 2,000-watt inverter/charger
  • Roof A/C with heat pump
  • Hydraulic leveling jacks
  • Dual-glazed coach windows
  • Heated holding tank compartment and winterization package
  • Powered patio awning with LED lighting
  • Exterior wash station
  • Low profile allows unit to fit through 12-foot door opening while having amazing storage of up to 228 cubic feet (38R)

Other available features include:

  • Fireplace
  • +Lounger
  • Powered StudioLoft (34T only)
  • Stackable washer/dryer
  • Automatic HDTV satellite antenna system
  • Satellite radio
  • Ideal Rest Noveau air sleep system
SOURCE: Winnebago Industries press release
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Greg Gerber is the editor and founder of RV Daily Report. A native of Madison, Wis., he moved to Phoenix in 2009 to escape the endless winters and wicked humidity of the six-week "summer" season. He's a DODO -- Dad of Daughter's Only -- who would crawl across the desert on his hands and knees for an In-N-Out Double Double. He has visited every state except Hawaii and is anxiously waiting for some RV company to host a conference in the Aloha State.

2 comments

  1. Cudo’s to Winnebago for going back to lower, less than 12 ft. height motorhomes. There’s actually no reason to have stretched these things close to 13 ft. as they have been doing in the last ten years or so. I only hope they and other manufacturer’s extend this creativity to all their future designs. This alone would probably decrease overall weight and hence increase mileage better then any other features.

  2. I am at the FMCA and this unit is a winner.
    Has all the features of more expensive models on a smart design plus an affordable price!!!
    Wow…

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