- The Winnebago LeSharo I spotted a while back

Spotted: Winnebago LeSharo

The story of a motorhome I found abandoned a while ago.

2y ago

Hello, everyone and welcome to my first article series, spotted. This is where I will tell the stories of rare, interesting, or weird cars I have seen lurking around. This is my first story in this series, so I hope you like it.

This Winnebago I found was tucked away behind a boat and a few box trucks, but I was able to get photos anyways. It was all rusty and moldy, it even also had the word "junk" written on the window. Still however, you could tell it had character, you could tell it had stories to tell.

The LeSharo story starts off in 1983 When the first generation LeSharo goes on sale to the United States public. This vehicle was sold because of tougher emissions laws in the USA, causing larger motorhomes to lose sales. What Winnebago needed, was something more fuel efficient, and that's exactly what the LeSharo was. A fun fact about this car as well, is that it was based on a van that was never even sold in the United States, the Renault Trafic. Renault sold cars in America in the 80's like the Fuego and the Alliance, but they didn't sell the van. But anyways, Winnebago managed to sell the Trafic van In the united states, as a fuel efficient motorhome (the LeSharo). Winnebago managed to sell 21,000 motorhomes between 1983 and 1992, but buyers complained about a powerless engine. The LeSharo was replaced by the Winnebago Rialta later on, which was based on a Volkswagen and had more power.

So how is the LeSharo remembered today? Well, it's really not remembered at all. They are not at all common anymore, and are remembered by few.

That's all for today. See you all when I write my next article!

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Comments (1)

  • Fascinating article Ben. I enjoyed reading this. Glad to see that you have paid homage to it, by writing this article. Can't wait to see what you come up with next

      2 years ago