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Winnebago Pops Its Top for the 1st Time With New Solis Van

The 2020 Winnebago Solis RAM Promaster pop-top class B RV is the brand’s first foray into the pop-top category. And with the Solis, Winnebago aims at the all-season outdoor adventurer.

Winnebago is following in the footsteps of classic pop-top vans like the VW Westfalia. The Solis is the most affordable campervan in Winnebago’s three-van lineup. Prices start at $100,667. It’s also the first to offer sleeping accommodations for four adults.

Three years ago, Winnebago launched the Revel 4×4 Sprinter-based campervan, which has gotten a lot of attention and sold quite well. While the Solis is not a 4×4, it does offer a lot of the features of the Revel — and more.

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Winnebago Pop Top

This is Winnebago’s first foray into the pop-top van market place. The fiberglass pop-top on the Solis offers a huge amount of headroom and a sleeping area for two. A collapsible ladder makes it easy to get in and out of the upper bed.

Three windows in the pop-top allow for stargazing, elevated photography, and maximum ventilation. The windows also offer up bug screens and full blackout privacy shades.

The pop-top makes it possible to sleep two up top and two in the rear of the van. This is Winnebago’s first van that offers sleeping space for four adults. This setup will be great for road trips with two couples or families of four.

All-Weather Van Life

The Solis is specifically aimed at four-season outdoor adventurers. It’s a full-featured campervan, but at the same time super basic and durable. The whole idea was to make it affordable while offering all the amenities that you’d want in a “surf-to-slope” campervan.

The entire camper is heated and insulated. Even the bathroom — with a shower, a cartridge toilet, and optional shelving — is heated. This is perfect for drying that wet surf or ski gear after a soggy day outside. All plumbing in the van is run internally as well, so it won’t freeze.

Winnebago Solis: Adventure-Focused

The fridge is located just inside the sliding door. This makes it easy to load with groceries and to grab a beer without tracking the snow, mud, or sand in after a day outside adventuring.

Winnebago Solis

Behind the Solis, there is an exterior “annex.” That means you can open the rear doors and, using a pole and a privacy curtain, create an enclosed outdoor area. This area is perfect for getting changed out of dirty gear and for showering in privacy.

The Solis also offers up bountiful storage space. There are big cabinets above the galley kitchen, below-floor storage in the rear, and a big storage locker under the rear Murphy bed.

Heavy-duty vinyl flooring should stand up to years of hard use. You know you’ll be tossing your gear in there and occasionally getting in and out with ski boots and the like, which would beat up a less-durable floor quickly.

The Van Life Goods

Besides interior and exterior showers, toilet, fridge, lots of storage, and sleeping for four, the Solis also offers up a ton of other great features. It has a two-burner stovetop, large stainless steel sink, recirculating hot water system, and a standard large 220W solar panel.

Up front, the two forward seats swivel, combined with a swiveling table and two rear captain’s chairs, to create a dinette seating area for four. The rear fold-down bed also provides seating for two and offers up a versatile movable desk surface that is perfect as an office or for additional counter space for cooking.

Solis Van Life

Is the Winnebago Solis the answer to your van life dreams? Overall, we think it’s an extremely compelling full-featured package. But we’d love to see it offered with four-wheel drive for true four-season capability.

Bryon Dorr
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Bryon Dorr caught the outdoor adventure addiction through whitewater kayaking, and worldwide adventures to remote places ensued. He crafted his own professional path as a photographer, journalist and marketing consultant in the automotive and outdoor industries, while full time overland traveling for nearly 8 years. You’ll usually find him out exploring by adventure motorcycle or 4x4, while seeking out opportunities to ski, mountain bike and kayak.

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