Winnebago's new Burleigh motorhome tested
Winnebago stunned the market earlier this year with a new range of wholly Australia-built caravans and motorhomes for the local market.
When the Talvor/Apollo group obtained the rights to the use of the Winnebago name in Australia in 2014, previously held by Avida, it was expected the range would be extended by importing RVs from the American brand’s home country. However, that plan has been shelved in favour of growing the brand with locally-made RVs – a decision made, no doubt in part, due to the poor $US/AU exchange rate.
The first Aussie-built Winnebago was the Burke, reviewed by CW in May, and the latest RV out of Winnebago’s Northgate, Qld, factory is the Burleigh motorhome, first launched at last month’s Brisbane Supershow.
The Burleigh is based on an Iveco Daily 50C170 cab chassis with a 170hp (125kw) single stage turbo diesel 3L engine. .If you want a bit more grunt, the twin turbo version is available, but the 125kW turbo diesel handle the Burleigh without any difficulty.
With a tare weight of 3900kg, the Burleigh has a load capacity of nearly 600kg but if that is not enough, a higher-rated 5200kg chassis can be ordered but that means a Light Rigid licence is required. The Burleigh can come with either four or six fitted seat belts, but the latter is only available with the 5200kg-rated chassis.
There are two slightly different layouts available for the Burleigh - one with a club lounge in the rear, which we tested here, and the other with a fixed east-west bed.
Immediately in front of the club lounge, there's a split bathroom with the toilet cubicle on the nearside and the shower cubicle opposite. That leaves enough space for a nearside kitchen bench and a cafe dinette on the opposite side behind the driver's seat.
In addition to the rear lounge that can be folded down into a bed, and the dinette which also converts to a bed, there is a fixed bed above the driver's cab, bringing total sleeping capacity to six at a pinch.
Those who like a fixed island bed aren't going to be looking at this layout, however, we quite liked the flexibility it offers in terms of beds.