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Winnebago Designs Class B for Disabled

By: On: Wednesday March 10 2010

winnebago-era0310Winnebago Industries, Inc. has developed and manufactured a new Ability Equipped design for its ERA Class B motor home.

According to Winnebago, the ERA features an additional new floorplan available for those with special physical needs. The new Ability Equipped floorplan  is designed to meet the needs of those customers who face physical challenges.

The Ability Equipped ERA features a Ricon KlearVue lift in the rear of the motor home. This lift is designed to provide easy access into the ERA while its low profile design allows an unobstructed view out the windows of the rear entrance door.

Additionally, the unit boasts wider aisle-way for easier navigation inside the motor home and wheelchair lock-downs on the driver’s side of the vehicle behind the front cab seats. Also, bath doors swing out for easy access into the bathroom and an assist bar and second shower head holder are found in the wet bath.

Other features include a custom galley with sink, stovetop, microwave mounted under stovetop for easy access, and Waeco refrigerator which extends on a sliding tray from the end of the galley cabinet.

Built on an 8,550-lb. GVWR Mercedes-Benz Sprinter chassis with a 3L 6-cylinder turbo-diesel Mercedes-Benz engine, the ERA features an aerodynamic design and full body paint. Sixteen-inch aluminum wheels and full-length running boards come standard. A 5,000-lb. hitch and optional patio awning are additional highlights of this coach. In addition to the rear door with the wheelchair lift, the Ability Equipped ERA also has front cab doors and a large sliding door on the passenger side of the vehicle for easy entry for additional occupants.

The ERA also features Winnebago Industries’ RV Radio that combines an AM/FM radio, CD and weatherband in one and includes an iPod/MP3 jack and hand held remote. The radio is also combined with a rearview monitor system with a touch screen, displaying weather alerts and song type, in addition to a picture of the exterior behind the motor home for use when backing up. The rearview monitor system also features one-way audio that is helpful when a person outside can help the driver navigate in and out of tight spots.

The ERA has contains UltraLeather furnishings, solid-surface countertops and a 15-inch pivoting TV with DVD player. A rear dinette pedestal table and bench seats easily convert to a comfortable 40” x 69” sleeping area. The front cab seats swivel fully to face the rear of the motor home for easy access from a wheelchair. A removable pedestal table by the cab seats also provides a second dining area or a convenient spot for playing games. The ERA has a ceiling height of 6 feet, 3 inches and an exterior length just over 24 feet. The ERA also offers a 5,000-lb. trailer hitch.

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