The Winnebago Era is a Class B diesel camper and is one of the first Class B RVs based on the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Chassis class. The Era is designed to offer both on-road and off-road capabilities, in a reliable and powerful platform coupled with top-of-the-line interior styling.
Introduction to the Winnebago Era
The Winnebago Era is a Sprinter-based Class B campervan that has a lot to offer. The chassis on the Era is a Mercedez-Benz sprinter chassis with a 3.06L six-cylinder turbo-diesel engine with 188-hp married to a 7G-Tronic automatic transmission.
It has excellent towing capacity at 5,000 lbs, however, you want to keep your towing at 60% of the rated capacity. As an option, you can opt for on-demand 4-wheel drive.
The exterior features of the Era are plentiful and very well thought-out. You’ll find a spacious sliding entrance door, a side screen door, and a rear screen door.
There is a powered patio awning (16′ in length)with LED lights that runs about 8/10 of the entire length of the RV. Here are some additional exterior features:
- Slideout compartment tray
- Running board
- Rear muds guards
- Exterior speaker system
In addition to the standard exterior feature, you have the option of adding a luggage rack and a rear ladder.
Winnebago Era Interior Design and Features
The interior design of the Era is something to marvel at. They have packed quite a bit of luxury into its Class B van and it shows. Let’s start with the cab and work our way back.
The cab is very comfortable and well-designed. It features creature comforts and high-tech accessories.
In the cab, you have an MBUX touchscreen infotainment center with navigation, an interactive voice interface, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and a rear camera. The touchscreen is huge at 10.25 inches.
The seats are very comfortable and covered in Ultraleather and they slide, swivel and recline. Here is a sampling of other features you’ll find in the cab.
- Dual airbags
- DISTRONIC PLUS® (adaptive cruise control)
- Power steering w/tilt and telescoping wheel
- Power mirrors w/defrost and turn signal
- Power door locks w/remote
- Power windows
- 12-volt powerpoints
But wait there’s more…
The inside features tinted windows, a cool touch screen systems panel USB charging ports just to name a few.
A 24-inch HDTV with swivel for outdoor viewing (on the 70A model only)
The kitchen was designed with Corian countertops, two or three burner range with glass top. (Depends on model). A fridge that ranges in size, depending on the model, from 4.3 cubic feet to 5.5 cubic feet depending on the model as well.
You will also find a stainless steel sink and a cold water purification system, along with a microwave and decorative backsplash.
As you head towards the bathroom there you’ll find a wet bath toilet with a foot pedal and sprayer and powered roof vent.
The bedroom features a twin bed 24-inch HDTV, wardrobe, or a powered sofa bed. (Depends on the model). Here are some additional interior specifications:
- Coleman – Mach 10NDQ air conditioner
- Truma Combi Eco Plus heating system
- 2-deep cycle Group 31 batteries (AGM maintenance free)
- Coach battery disconnect system
- 200-watt solar panel/battery charger
- 45-amp. converter/charger
- 30-amp. power cord
- 2,500-watt Cummins Onan® QG LP generator
- 1,000-watt Pure Sine Wave inverter
Winnebago Era Video Walkthrough
In this video Ruby aka Ryker Mom walks through the exterior and interior of the Era 70X floor plans.
What Floorplans are Available on the Winnebago Era
The ERA is available in 3 distinctive floor plans. They are:
- 70A – sleeps 3, and has a length of 24′ 3″. This plan includes a passenger side galley, front lighe sofa/bed and lots of storage.
- 70B – sleeps 2 and has a length of 24′ 3″. This floor plan comes with removable front lounge seats, large refrigerator, and a rear sofa that comforts to sleeping space.
- 70X – This floor plan sleeps 2 people, but has seating for up to 7 people. it’s the same length as the other plans. It features a driver-side galley, wet bath and powered rear sofa/bed.
What is the Winnebago Era Warranty?
The warranty on the Era is a 12-month/24,000-mile basic limited warranty.
I give this warranty a thumbs-down. For a Class B campervan with a price tag starting at $204K, I find this warranty very limited in length. Winnebago should consider going above and beyond with at least 3-year and 36,000 miles.
Review Sources and Comments
For consumer reviews on the Winnebago Era, I searched on PissedConsumers.com. Many of the reviews were several years old. Unfortunately, the reviews were not very complimentary of the Era.
Issues reports included issues with batteries, generators, brakes, oil problems, etc. The reviews quite honestly were not very kind. Some were definitely Winnebago-related while others were dealers with poor customer service.
On the RVInsider review site, owner comments were more favorable. There were some issues reported however the most part those who bought one liked it. Many of the reviews were more recent as well.
Winnebago Era Review Final Thoughts
Overall the Winnebago Era is a good Class B RV. It has an excellent chassis with a drive-train that performs really well. The interior is classy as it should be for a camper at this price.
Owner complaints however are common so that is something to consider if you are interested in buying this camper.