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Date:         Tue, 4 Mar 1997 15:56:18 -0800
Sender:       Vanagon Mailing List <>
From:         "Matthew L. Dekker" <>
Subject:      VR6 Eurovans

Hello everyone,

As I'm typing this I'm on the phone with VWoA and the rep is telling me = the MV and the Weekender versions of the 1997 VR6 Eurovan HAVE JUST BEEN = RELEASED! (Start calling your dealer, now.) The GL (or maybe GLS) is = showing as not available and there's no release date yet. The rep wasn't = sure of the price, but he quoted the $25k figure for the pre-Winnie = conversion.

Since VW ships Winnebago a nearly complete van less the rear seats and = interior trim, and Winnebago can outfit it for 10 grand more, it would = seem VW could throw in a couple of seats, some carpet, and trim and = still keep the cost of the van well under $30,000. Might have something = to do with the 25% import truck tax that importing an unfinished product = sidesteps?

It also seems kind of odd that VW would go to the trouble of having the = K2 vans on their website and around the country if they weren't going to = sell the "EVR6" over here.=20

I attended the Seattle RV show yesterday and saw both the '97 VW Eurovan = camper and the '97 VR6 Winnebago Rialta. The EV was exactly as it was at = the auto show last November. The Rialta, while not cheap at around = $50,000 was on par with other conversion van campers. The big difference = is that all the domestic van/campers give the front passenger no foot = room because the engines protrude into the cabin so much. Imagine taking = a cross country trip with your feet stuck in a kitchen bucket, that's = how much foot room the domestics had.

The Rialta is available in three floor plans, but the most interesting = part of the brochure is on the bottom of the last page. There's a = postage stamp size picture of an EV with a plain Winnebago box and some = TV station's call letters on the side. The text around the picture is, = "Winnebago Commercial Vehicles. We build commercial vehicles such as = mobile command units for fire and police departments and mobile clinics = for hospitals. A variety of models is available and sizes range from 22 = to 37 feet. Each vehicle is custom designed." Some deep pockets could = come up with a very interesting EV, indeed.=20

Back to work, Matt Dekker

Dekker Service Inc. Website

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