Winnebago Rolls Out Tag-Axle Journey, Meridian

January 12, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

2012 Winnebago Journey 42E exterior

Winnebago Industries Inc. has introduced the new tag-axle 42E to its 2012 Winnebago Journey and Itasca Meridian Class A diesel lineup.

“Our diesel products have never been better than in 2012,” said Winnebago Industries Vice President of Sales and Marketing Roger Martin. “In fact, over the last three years, we have more than doubled our diesel market share to become the second largest manufacturer of Class A diesels. Much of that is thanks to innovative, new floorplans like the 42E that offers amenities and spacious living that make them a cut above the competition.”

As the first tag-axle floorplan in the popular Journey and Meridian lineups, the new triple-slide 42E offers a bath-and-a-half layout with a full-wall slide on the passenger side of the coach that includes a 40-inch LCD HDTV, Euro Recliner with pull-out table, buffet with extendable dining table and chairs, four-door refrigerator, pantry and residential-style bedroom wardrobe. The living area also offers a Rest Easy extendable sectional sofa, tray ceiling design and polished ceramic tile for an inviting, upscale look.

The fully-equipped mid-coach galley features an innovative pull-out island for more prep space that also increases storage space with three drawers on full-extension slides. The spacious bedroom is set off by a “one-of-a-kind” wardrobe that features a full-length clothes rod, his-and-hers three-drawer units and an adjustable shoe shelf. A queen bed is nestled in

2012 Itasca Meridian 42E interior

the slideout with dual nightstands and a new, power-adjustable king bed is optional. The private master bath in the rear of the coach features a spacious “BIG Shower” as well as plenty of storage, with a washer/dryer optional. A half bath sits mid-coach that is perfect for guests.

The 42E is built on Winnebago’s 44,320-pound GVWR Maxum lowered rail tag-axle chassis that features 220 cubic feet of easy-to-access exterior storage and superior ride and handling, and is powered by a 400-hp Cummins ISL 8.9L turbo-charged diesel engine.

“The new 42E is a great floorplan at a great price point,” said Mike Regan, president and general manager of Crestview RV Center in Buda, Texas. “I love the bath-and-a-half floorplan, and I think customers are really going to like the usability and layout of this coach.”

The 2012 Winnebago Journey and Itasca Meridian 42E make their retail market debut at this week’s Florida RV SuperShow in Tampa, Fla. For more information on the 2012 Winnebago Journey and Itasca Meridian, or to find a dealer, visit or


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