Winnebago Introduces New Tag-Axle Journey and Itasca Meridian

Forest City, Iowa-based Winnebago Industries, Inc. introduced the new tag-axle 42E to its 2012 Winnebago Journey and Itasca Meridian Class A diesel lineup at this week’s Florida RV SuperShow in Tampa, Florida.

“Our diesel products have never been better than in 2012,” said Winnebago Industries’ Vice President of Sales and Marketing Roger Martin. “In fact, over the last three years, we have more than doubled our diesel market share to become the second largest manufacturer of Class A diesels. Much of that is thanks to innovative, new floor plans like the 42E that offers amenities and spacious living that make them a cut above the competition.”

As the first tag-axle floor plan in the popular Journey and Meridian lineups, the new triple slide 42E has it all, according to a news release. This bath and a half floor plan features a full wall slide on the passenger side of the coach that includes an impressive 40-inch LCD HDTV, Euro Recliner with pull-out table, buffet with extendable dining table and chairs, four-door refrigerator, pantry, and residential-like bedroom wardrobe.

The living area also offers a Rest Easy extendable sectional sofa, tray ceiling design, and polished ceramic tile for an inviting, upscale look.

2012 Winnebago Journey 42E exterior. (Credit: Winnebago Industries, Inc.)

The fully-equipped mid-coach galley features an innovative pull-out island for more prep space, as well as increases your storage space with three drawers on full-extension slides.

Besides the one-of-a-kind wardrobe that features a full-length clothes rod, his and hers three drawer units and an adjustable shoe shelf, the roomy bedroom includes a queen bed nestled in the slide out and dual nightstands. A new, power-adjustable king bed is also optional.

The private master bath in the rear of the coach features our incredibly spacious BIG Shower as well as plenty of storage, with a washer/dryer optional. A half bath sits mid-coach that is perfect for guests.

The 42E is built on Winnebago’s 44,320-pound GVWR Maxum lowered rail tag-axle chassis that features 220 cubic feet of easy-to-access exterior storage and superior ride and handling, and is powered by a 400-hp Cummins ISL 8.9L turbo-charged diesel engine.

2012 Itasca Meridian 42E interior. (Credit: Winnebago Industries, Inc.)

“The new 42E is a great floor plan at a great price point,” said Mike Regan, president and general manager of Crestview RV Center in Buda, Texas. “I love the bath and a half floor plan, and I think customers are really going to like the usability and layout of this coach.”

The 2012 Winnebago Journey and Itasca Meridian 42E make their retail market debut at this week’s Florida RV SuperShow in Tampa, Florida.


Winnebago Industries, Inc.

Winnebago Industries, Inc., The Most Recognized Name In Motor Homes®, is a leading U.S. manufacturer of recreation vehicles, which are used primarily in leisure travel and outdoor recreation activities. The Company builds quality motorhomes, travel trailers, and fifth wheel products under the Winnebago, Itasca, Era, and SunnyBrook brand names.

Winnebago Industries has received the Quality Circle Award from the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association every year since the award’s inception in 1996.

Postal Address: P.O. Box 152, Forest City, IA 50436

Street Address: 605 West Crystal Lake Road, Forest City, IA 50436

Phone: (641)-585-3535

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