Ever since the first Winnebago rolled off the manufacturer’s floor in 1966, the iconic motorhomes, vans, and trailers have been quickly moving with the times. This is even more true with the new Winnebago Solis Pocket 36B.
Not only does this fully equipped van reflect the amenities of Winnebago’s Solis line, but it is also a little more compact to appeal to the outdoors-driven vanlifer community.
The Solis Pocket is Winnebago’s shortest Class B model.
“Since unveiling the Solis Pocket 36B earlier this summer at our owner’s rally, we’ve had tremendous response to the functionality and livability of this compact camper van. It allows owners to truly customize how they use the van while having all the power they need with the power kit. It is a fantastic addition to our highly popular Class B lineup.Niles Whitehouse, vice president of motorhome sales and service for Winnebago×
Coming in at just under 18 feet in length, the Solis Pocket is made for more maneuverability in the backcountry.
The Solis Pocket line has two floor plans. The 36A includes a convertible dinette and a raised Murphy bed with room for gear underneath. This configuration allows sleeping space for up to three people.
The Solis Pocket 36B is designed with ultimate versatility in mind.
We’ll be concentrating on the 36B floor plan. The design can comfortably sleep two people and allows for a lot of flexibility—even in the bathroom/mud room at the rear.
To appeal to full-time van dwellers and nomad workers, the Pocket focuses on the dinette. It starts out as a comfortable place to eat and work for two to four people. It can also be converted into a sofa, daybed, L-shaped lounger, and the primary sleeping space.
The dinette has several modes, including sofa, lounge, and sleeping.
The dinette also has a travel mode complete with seatbelts that allow two people to safely sit when the van is in motion. In addition, there is also a seatbelt tether for a car seat.
The sleeping mode is available in both double and single.
For sleeping, the dinette can be extended out into a double bed. It can also stay as a single sleeper which allows for more room around the kitchen.
The kitchen features plenty of storage and a fridge accessible from the outside.
As for the kitchen, nothing is skimped here, either. It’s compact but has everything you need for cooking and storage. Because of the compact space, much of the van’s kitchen can be accessed from both the inside and outside. This includes the three cubic foot refrigerator and an exterior adjustable table.
The kitchen includes a propane-powered two-burner stove and a sink with a residential faucet. The storage and prep space includes two overhead cabinets and several drawers. The kitchen is unique in that there is a water-fill receptacle inside the kitchen rather than outside. The cabinetry also contains the 110, 12-volt, and USB ports.
The EcoFlow® Power Kit Pro system powers the van.
The van gets its power from the EcoFlow® Power Kit Pro energy system. The system delivers up to 3,600 watts of power and can keep you off the grid for about three days.
The kit combines a 5kWh lithium-ion house battery with the exclusive 5-in-1 power management controller. This controller allows you to automatically manage inputs, charge the battery, and deliver power to whatever ports you need or don’t need. The 190-watt solar panels on the roof keep the battery topped up.
The EcoFlow® power kit also powers the Truma® VarioHeat™ system as well as the rooftop A/C unit (for about five hours while off the grid).
The rear wet bath is also a closet and potential mud room.
We saved the best for last. A favorite part of the Solis Pocket has got to be the bathroom/mud room/shower room/closet. Yes, they fit all that into the last few feet of the rear of the van.
You can access the bathroom from both the inside and outside of the van. It includes a removable cassette toilet by Dometic. With the toilet removed, the shower pan is huge and can be used for bathing or storing wet or dirty gear.
If the shower area is still not large enough, the rear doors can be converted into an outdoor shower. Just use the same shower faucet, which is fed by the 20-gallon freshwater tank.
Unlike many van wet baths, this little bathing area also includes a sink with a mirror. It’s surrounded by 110, USB, and 12-volt outlets. The storage is plentiful, too, and includes a hanging wardrobe, cubby holes, and even a MOLLE panel.
The Solis Pocket starts at $149,005.
With all these conveniences in such a small package, the Winnebago Solis Pocket is sure to appeal to those who want to live full-time on the road but still want to stay small. However, these conveniences do come with a heftier price tag. Currently, the Solis Pocket starts at $149,005.