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I’ve been so focused on mods lately, that it’s been a minute since we’ve done a full-on RV review. What better way to jump back into it than with a review of Winnebago’s newest Camper Van model, the Solis Pocket 36B. When we shot this video, the new model wasn’t even on their website yet. Check it out!
Most of what we learned about this small-but-capable Class B is in the video, but there are a few things that stood out to me personally about this one.
1. Holy Counter Space, Batman!
Even though the Solis Pocket 36B is a full 5 feet shorter than our own EKKO, somehow, it manages to have more kitchen counter space than we do. Like *way* more. I realize there are other tradeoffs in an RV that’s less than 18 feet long, but still. This thing has like double our countertop space. Color me jealous.
2. Modes, Modes, and More Modes
The flexible dinette space is one of the major stars of this Pocket show. There are a lot of different ways this space can be set up – probably 5 different ones if you asked Winnebago officially. But you don’t have to stop there. We started making up modes and ways to set the space up. You can really flip this thing around to accommodate whatever situation you might find yourself in.
Now granted, Stef and I aren’t big fans of puzzle beds or moving your RV components around anyway, but the versatility here really does deserve a mention. I expect many users of this van will find their one or two favorite modes, and typically just work with those. A solo traveler might even be able to adapt to one mode and just leave it that way full-time. Lots of possibilities here.
3. Thank Goodness for the Bathroom
The original Solis Pocket didn’t have a designated bathroom space. I know some folks don’t really care about that, but I can tell you if I were to start using the toilet in the aisle while Stef was having a bowl of corn flakes… well let’s just say nobody is comfortable in that situation. I think it’s fantastic that there’s now a “shorty” option that includes a proper bathroom. How they managed to fit that into a floor plan this short is just incredible.
4. The EcoFlow Power Option
We do mention this in the video, but I’m not sure it totally comes across like we were thinking. We’re all familiar with the Jackery/Bluetti/InsertCopycatNameHere type of all-in-one battery/inverter/charger solutions. This is *kind of* like a large one of those, but also kind of not.
It’s kind of like it in that there’s a single component installed in the RV instead of 7 separate components in various places with all the associated wiring and connections. So there’s not an inverter installed here, and a solar charge controller there, and the batteries over yonder. It’s all in one.
But where it diverges from that model is that this one is hardwired into the RV just as all those individual components would have been. This enables ALTERNATOR CHARGING. Just like traditional RVs have had. Fixed solar panels on the roof are now possible, as well as shore power charging. In other words, you treat it just like a “regular” RV. You can’t remove the EcoFlow unit from the RV to take it to the beach, though.
So basically, it’s easier install and configuration for Winnebago, and full RV functionality for the end user. It’s pretty darn clever.
I can see this floor plan becoming popular with solo travelers. It’s got everything you need, it’s a bit more like a traditional RV with living space and a bathroom, but it’s still small enough that you should be able to take it literally anywhere in an urban setting. (Except maybe into a low parking garage… don’t try to take it there…)
Tell us what you think. Sound off in the comments below!