Maintaining the tradition of innovative engineering and unique styling, Winnebago Motorhomes has announced the introduction of the 2012 Birdsville motorhome range. The Birdsville name has been synonymous with motorhomes for some years and the Winnebago Birdsville is at home on city highways or country roads, even on the world famous Birdsville Track.
The 2012 Birdsville range offers six attractive living plans accommodating two to eight people in comfortable sleeping positions using permanent and temporary bedding as required.
There is the Birdsville highline (C class) offering a streamlined fibreglass front peak encompassing an additional double bed over the cabin or perhaps the lowline (B class) styling without the additional bed over the cabin is more appealing to some. Then there is the choice of a centrally located ensuite and an island bed down the back else single beds if they are the preference. Alternatively there is the choice of a bathroom at the rear of the motorhome with an island bed centrally located.
Each motorhome is equipped with four seatbelts, all retractable lap/sash style for greater safety and all passengers face forward whilst travelling, a far more comfortable position while on the move.
The additional passengers are seated at the dinette close to the driver and passenger to better communicate and their heads are also protected by high back seat cushions. Two child restraint anchorage points are thoughtfully provided to securely support babies or young children in approved car seats or capsules.
From the outside, Birdsville has a streamlined and modern appearance that offers practicality as well, assisting in providing excellent fuel economy to the careful driver. Previous testing by the NRMA on the Birdsville range recorded a fuel consumption of 11.34 litres per 100 kilometres, that’s roughly the same as a large family car and far less than the 20.52 litres/100km recorded by the motor vehicle towing a caravan in the same test.
The new 2012 Birdsville offers a huge amount of external storage on both sides of the motorhome for the BBQ, comfortable camp chairs and all those necessities to enhance the stress free motorhome lifestyle. Inside, large cupboards and drawers hold all of your personal items securely and safely so no matter where you travel you have everything you need with you, even the kitchen sink.
The kitchen is extremely well equipped with a gas cooktop, deep sink with fresh hot and cold water on tap and drawers and cupboards for your appliances, even the pots and pans. The refrigerator is state of the art offering multiple energy sources – the home battery whilst travelling, 240 volt when plugged in at a caravan park or if free camping is your choice, the refrigerator works from your LPG gas bottle, and the refrigerator is smart enough to select the appropriate energy source itself.
The interior décor is light and bright with huge double glazed windows complimenting the light timber furniture and contrasting trims. Open and spacious is the immediate impression with a wide flat walkthrough from the cab to the rear of the motorhome. A mix of energy saving LED lights and bright reading lights all operating off the motorhome battery provide a friendly night-time ambience as does the flickering light emanating from the LED flat screen television with built in DVD player.
The electric start gas/240 volt hot water system provides steaming hot water for those cleansing showers and the 2012 Birdsville carries larger fresh water tanks on board including a separate water supply for the flushing toilet. The ensuite is a “dry” bathroom in that the toilet is not saturated whilst you shower and the separate vanity is conveniently located outside of the bathroom, usable even when the bathroom is occupied.
Robust and reliable, Winnebago’s construction techniques produce a motorhome that goes on and on, confidently backed by the best factory warranty available, a 2 year 1 million kilometre warranty and 5 year structural guarantee. Look underneath and note the unique fully metal under body sheathing for protection against road debris and this highlights the lengths Winnebago goes to, to build a motorhome you can trust.
For further piece of mind, Winnebago offers a free two year RV HELP emergency roadside assist program and can boast the largest service support network in Australia and New Zealand with accredited service agent’s right around the country.
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