Winnebago might be the most recognizable name in the camper industry. However, the RV company is mostly associated with the monster Class A motorhomes, but that is not all this famous RV maker can do. The Winnebago Solis Pocket is much smaller than what we are used to and is a (relatively) affordable camper van.
The Winnebago Solis Pocket is everything you need from a camper van
As the camper van craze has continued to grow over the years, Winnebago has made several great examples. The pop-up Solis and the off-road-focused Revel prove that Winnebago is more than capable of building a small, more affordable camper van.
The newest camper van from Winnebago is the Solis Pocket which will be the smallest and cheapest of the lineup. In the world of RVs, a “cheap” camper van has to be looked at in context.
This is the ultimate affordable camper?
Camper vans have been popular since the 1960s VW “hippie vans.” But it wasn’t until the last 10 years or so that the more mobile among us were choosing vans for the preferred RV option. Before the van wave, the big motorhomes were the flavor of the day. It’s not uncommon to see a price tag well into the six figures to get a capable motorhome.
The conversion camper van and truck makers like EarthRoamer and the like still can cost up into the half a million-dollar territory, but for the most part, the build-out camper vans tend to be just above the $100 mark.
Thankfully, the Winnebago Solis Pocket will start at just $95,763. Saying “just $95k” may sound a bit elitist, but this is a bargain for the segment.
What is the Solis Pocket?
According to Gear Patrol, other than being the most affordable camper offered by Winnebago, it is also the smallest. It is based on a Ram Promaster van with a 280-hp 3.6-liter V6 paired with a six-speed automatic gearbox.
One of the things other than the price that scare people about the big motorhomes is the size. The bus-like dimensions can scare away even the most seasoned drivers. If the size doesn’t intimidate drivers, it can seriously limit where you can explore. The coolest part about the Solis Pocket is how small it is.
The Solis Pocket measures nearly 14-inches shorter and 1.1-inches narrower than the Ram 1500. Somehow, this smaller camper van still has everything one could need to traverse the wilder places of the world.
Solis Pocket specs
The Solis Pocket can sleep up to three people using a two-seater murphy bed that extends over the gated storage area in the back. The dinette can turn into a sofa/loveseat and turns into a daybed as well.
The kitchenette hosts a refrigerator, a two-burner stove, and an extendable cook prep table. The Winnebago camper van also has a Truma VarioHeat climate system that allows campers to roll comfy for longer into the harsh seasons. It also has 20-gallon fresh and grey water tanks and a 170-watt rooftop solar panel.
The main difference between the Solis Pocket and the full-blown Solis is the Pocket lacks a full-wet bathroom. The Solis Pocket only has a folding cassette toilet. Oh, and the Solis Pocket doesn’t have a pop-top. Those omissions chop more than a cool $10,000 off the price of the Pocket, making it the most affordable camper in the Winnebago lineup.