Winnebago’s wish: Take a Hike deep into the woods

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By James Raia
Winnebago has a new camper trailer with an unusual but appropriate name — the Hike. It’s designed for a more active consumer with an emphasis on accommodating lots of varied gear.

Winnebago has introducted The Hike.
Winnebago has introduced the Hike.

The manufacturer is promoting the Hike as ideal for attaching to a 4×4 and hauling kayak and bikes and heading off-road. It’s available in 20.6-foot single-axle and 25-foot double-axle versions.

An integrated rack system for bikes, paddleboards, kayaks and other recreational gear is a keen exterior feature. Gear attaches directly to the rack with ratchet straps and bungee cords.

The slide-out kitchen is another sharp innovation. Included on several trailer floor plans, the dual-burner stove and sink pull out of a rear cabinet. It’s the opposite, of course, of traditional indoor trailer cooking. A side awning and exterior speakers complete the outdoor living space.

Five floor plans are offered: All include a slide-out sidewall extension to open up extra interior space and sleep three or four people. Four plans include a master bed for two and a convertible dinette for one or two more.

One single-axle plan has a convertible dinette/master bed on one end and two bunk beds on the other. The 6.4-foot ceiling height across all models provides room enough for most people to stand up comfortably. One floor plan includes a Murphy bed that folds over the couch at night.

All Hike models include a dry bathroom with separate shower and toilet compartments. Kitchen equipment varies by model, with single-axle models relying on a dual-burner stove and double-axle models upgrading to a three-burner range complete with oven. All models include a gas/electric refrigerator and microwave.

Other features common among all Hike floor plans include an 18K-BTU furnace, 22.7-liter water heater and a full entertainment system with LED TV. Single-axle models have a 117-L freshwater tank, double axles have a 140-L tank. Dry weights range between 3,260 and 4,360 pounds.

Hike pricing starts at $27,513.

James Raia, a syndicated columnist in Sacramento, California, publishes a free weekly automotive podcast and electronic newsletter. Sign-ups are available on his website, www.theweeklydriver.com. He can be reached via email: james@jamesraia.com.

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Donald N Wright
1 month ago

Why is the Big Bend campground “The Basin” closed ?