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The Winnebago Access Travel Trailer Is the Cheapest of the Bunch, Still Pretty Fancy

The world is slowly going back to pre-2020 routines, and that includes the RV industry, where booming sales are not so booming anymore because they're heading towards "normalization." RV giant Winnebago hopes to tackle said normalization with an offer of the kind you can't refuse.
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The Winnebago Access travel trailer debuts as the cheapest Winnebago option, still packs premium featuresThe Winnebago Access travel trailer debuts as the cheapest Winnebago option, still packs premium featuresThe Winnebago Access travel trailer debuts as the cheapest Winnebago option, still packs premium featuresThe Winnebago Access travel trailer debuts as the cheapest Winnebago option, still packs premium featuresThe Winnebago Access travel trailer debuts as the cheapest Winnebago option, still packs premium featuresThe Winnebago Access travel trailer debuts as the cheapest Winnebago option, still packs premium featuresThe Winnebago Access travel trailer debuts as the cheapest Winnebago option, still packs premium featuresThe Winnebago Access travel trailer debuts as the cheapest Winnebago option, still packs premium featuresThe Winnebago Access travel trailer debuts as the cheapest Winnebago option, still packs premium featuresThe Winnebago Access travel trailer debuts as the cheapest Winnebago option, still packs premium featuresThe Winnebago Access travel trailer debuts as the cheapest Winnebago option, still packs premium featuresThe Winnebago Access travel trailer debuts as the cheapest Winnebago option, still packs premium featuresThe Winnebago Access travel trailer debuts as the cheapest Winnebago option, still packs premium featuresThe Winnebago Access travel trailer debuts as the cheapest Winnebago option, still packs premium featuresThe Winnebago Access travel trailer debuts as the cheapest Winnebago option, still packs premium featuresThe Winnebago Access travel trailer debuts as the cheapest Winnebago option, still packs premium features
That offer goes by "Access," and the name holds the answer to its goal: to offer access to unlimited adventures to first- and longtime RV-ers alike. It is the latest addition to the Winnebago lineup, and it's also the cheapest of them all, swooping in to take the Least Expensive crown from the $37,200 Macro Minnie.

With all that, Access still packs a range of standard Winnebago features and even eight premium ones, meant to turn any outing into a pleasant, want-for-nothing vacation for the entire family. Four available floorplans, a range of optionals, the Winnebago guaranteed quality, and a very strong network for lifetime support add to the appeal of this new model.

But pricing is definitely the cherry on top of the Access cake, as it makes the new arrival the best value for money right now.

The Winnebago Access travel trailer debuts as the cheapest Winnebago option, still packs premium features
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Winnebago is yet to reveal the full list of specs for the new model, but it's expected to come with the formal introduction of the travel trailer. The debut is scheduled for September 2023 at America's Largest RV Show in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Deliveries for the Access will start in November 2023, so there's still a bit of a waiting period.

The manufacturer promises it will be well worth it: the Access is the best-in-class towable, the perfect travel trailer that combines high quality with some luxury features and a price point that's virtually unbeatable right now in this segment of the market. That sounds like a "too good to be true" scenario, but it's the direct consequence of recent developments on the market.

An RV with excellent features and excellent versatility, that's easy to tow and cheap to buy – what's there not to love, right?

The Winnebago Access travel trailer debuts as the cheapest Winnebago option, still packs premium features
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That's exactly what Winnebago is thinking, too. "We know we built a best-in-class towable," Joel Eberlein, vice president of the Winnebago brand's towables division, says in a statement. "In fact, Access owners are sure to enjoy outdoor adventures with a level of comfort and convenience they won’t find anywhere else."

Access is the first conventional-class travel trailer from Winnebago and the first to feature this type of front profile, more aerodynamic to decrease drag and improve fuel efficiency. Premium features include a fully enclosed and heated underbelly to protect plumbing and wiring from the elements and debris (rendering the unit suitable for year-round use), electric tongue jacks, powered stabilization jacks, 12V water tank pad heaters to keep the holding tanks from freezing, and WiFi prep.

A 200W solar panel is offered as standard to cut down reliance on the grid, in conjunction with power-efficient LED lights throughout. Another premium option is that of a 2-inch accessory receiver hitch with a 350-lb (159-kg) capacity, just perfect for a bike rack or other storage/cargo gear.

The Winnebago Access travel trailer debuts as the cheapest Winnebago option, still packs premium features
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Features considered "emblematic" for Winnebago include skylights, the option for porcelain toilets instead of plastic, and reinforced underbed storage that adds versatility to the space by allowing its use as a laundry area or a sleeping nook for the family pet. Thicker sidewall metal with UV-blocking properties guarantees durability and all-season use for the RV.

The Access comes with accommodation for as many as eight people, depending on which of the four floorplans you choose. All four options have in common the main bedroom with a queen-size bed, a full kitchen, a full bathroom, a dinette, and minimalist yet modern interiors. Add one or two slide-outs, an exterior kitchen, and a rear "Pack-N-Play" access door, and you're bound to get the RV of your dreams, tailor-made for your specific needs, affordable, and with support from a solid network of dealers.

The RV market has seen an incredible boost in the aftermath of the international health crisis for reasons that are easily understandable. The need to social distance and limit international travel paved the way for old-school family travel coming back, with vanlife and local travel gaining considerable popularity.

The Winnebago Access travel trailer debuts as the cheapest Winnebago option, still packs premium features
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In a typical bursting-bubble move, RV sales have gone down this year. Winnebago is confident it can stay ahead of the competition by offering a complete family package at a starting price you can't get anywhere else, with features no one else is offering. In other words, it aims to offer comparable features and the same kind of quality and an even lower price point.

Long story short, the Access will retail at a starting MRSP of $29,600. That's peanuts compared to similarly-sized and similarly-specced travel trailers, and Winnebago is betting big on the comparison. Here's a teaser for the new travel trailer, and keep an eye out on this space for more details if you like what you see.

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About the author: Elena Gorgan
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Elena has been writing for a living since 2006 and, as a journalist, she has put her double major in English and Spanish to good use. She covers automotive and mobility topics like cars and bicycles, and she always knows the shows worth watching on Netflix and friends.
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