Motorhomes sales are on an upswing, with van-based units posting double-digit growth in 2016. Whether the increased popularity is due to a certain television show about a high school chemistry teacher or simply people taking advantage of cheap fuel, sales are stronger than they’ve been in years. Winnebago is releasing two new motorhomes based on the highly malleable Ford Transit platform, the Paseo and the Fuse.
Ford and Winnebago have a long and storied relationship, especially with E-Series vans. The Transit is a popular platform thanks to its wide variety of body styles and powertrains. The Winnebago Fuse uses a cutaway chassis with a dual rear wheel setup. The 24-foot motor home has a kitchen, bath, and slide out area for sitting or sleeping. The Paseo – not to be confused with a mid-1990s Toyota compact – is a high-roof, long-wheelbase Fuse with a full bath, kitchen, refrigerator and sleeping for two.
E-Series based motorhomes are still hugely popular with Winnebago customers, though the company says more and more people are moving to newer and more refined Transit-based vehicles. Prices vary depending on options, but models can be found at any one of Winnebago’s 130 US and Canadian-based dealerships.