A House Is Not a Home. Maybe a Bus Is

What, you may be wondering, is the reason for running a picture of a bathroom here.

What, you may be wondering, is the reason for running a picture of a bathroom here. After all, this is an automotive website, not a house beautiful or architectural destination.


(PR NewsFoto/Winnebago Industries)

But that is actually the bathroom that can be found in the 2012 Itasca Ellipse 42JD from Winnebago Industries.

At the risk of being too common regarding something that has a starting price on the order of $353,000, that is just one of the features that is found in this bus. Or I suppose that the appropriate moniker for this vehicle that is 42-ft, 10-in. long and 8-ft, 5.5-in. wide, is a “coach.”

The vehicle is powered by a 450-hp Cummins 8.9-liter turbocharged diesel. There is a 150-gallon fuel tank and a 92-gallon tank for freshwater.  There are two TVs in the living area—a 32-in. LED HDTV and a 40-in. LCD HDTV—and  a 26-in. LCD HDTV in the bedroom at the rear of the coach.

As Roger Martin, Winnebago Industries’ vp of Sales & Marketing, put it, “There’s not just one thing that makes this floorplan appealing—there are many, like the enormous bathroom in the rear with his and her sinks or the dual wardrobes in the bedroom, or the ultra-comfortable lounge area with opposing couches. Or, you can go outside and fully appreciate the exterior beauty of this coach, with its powerful Maxum chassis that offers unsurpassed drivability and storage. The Ellipse is the total package in 2012.”

No word on the ride and handling.  However, assuming you’re ensconced in the king-side bed in the back, presumably you wouldn’t feel any potholes.