6 Reasons why we chose the Winnebago Solis Pocket

I get asked often WHY we opted to go for the Winnebago Solis Pocket. When we first began our journey almost 5 years ago there were very few new Class B/Camper vans that could accommodate a family of 4+. Now, however some of the larger RV companies are seeing the want/need and filling those shoes. PLUS you have the smaller custom Campervan companies who have been popping up like crazy- to fill that void and offer specialty vans for all different walks of life.

Camping overnight at distillery in New York State

Before settling on the Pocket – I drove everyone in my household crazy. HA! truth. I dragged them all over god’s green earth looking for used Class B’s. I learned after almost a year of searching that this was not in my cards. I then reached out 2 custom campervan companies located on the east coast, Vanture Customs and live a little vans . In the end, I opted (due to production time and overall cost) that it wasn’t going to work out for me to go this route.

I knew Winnebago was doing Class B’s but had no idea what they were up to. So in typical Stacey fashion – I deep dove into it.

Winnebago offers a slew of Class B’s but for the purposes of this post Im only going to talk about the three Solis models. The Winnebago Solis 59P, 59PX and my baby the newbie, the Pocket. — The P and Px are both a bit longer in length and both can/do have a pop top along with having a full wet bath.

Inside our little Bagel van

My top 6 reasons for choosing the Winnebago Solis Pocket

  1. It is smaller in length at 17ft 10in – making it easier to maneuver, park, and keep in my driveway without any issues
  2. it has a nice open feeling inside. the 2 other solis have a bathroom that sits in the middle of the van cutting off flow and making it feel a bit tighter inside
  3. The dinette is wonderful. Since we travel as a threesome the dinette was a really nice feature – I bought a collapsable stool and all three of us eat at the table, and my kids play, color and eat at the table while I drive.
  4. It sleeps 3, with the dinette turning into a sleeping bed. Since my husband isn’t rushing into the great outdoors with us, I only *needed* sleeping for 3.
  5. AC. I like AC. the 59p with a pop top (next model up) has no AC… meaning, not happening.
  6. It was “affordable” in terms of Class b/Custom camper vans it was the most affordable NEW van out on the market that also fit all our wants/needs.

Is the Winnebago solis pocket the right fit for everyone… no, def not. Might we grow out of it in a few years.. possibly. But by then, Im hoping we will have enjoyed it and be ready for a new van with new adventures. For now, I’m going to soak up every moment in our “Winnebagel” creating memories that will last a lifetime.

Oh and if you have any questions regarding any of the vans mentioned – feel free to leave me a comment below!

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  1. Hi, I’m torn between the pocket and the P. I like the AC but what do you do about hot water? The pocket has no water heater, correct?

    1. Hi Joan! So the lack of hot water did not bother me. The ONLY thing I felt was necessary to have hot water for is to shower. I purchased a solar shower bag which I will hang outside when we are places that the weather is warm enough to use it… I don’t mind doing dishes with cold water and if I felt I really needed hot water for something I can boil it on the stovetop! The AC however was necessary for us – I want to be comfortable whenever Im somewhere that allows hookups. We often do campgrounds in the summer because my kids enjoy the activities, water play opportunities and friends they make 🙂

    1. Hi Marti! Yes, I’ve considered it for our van, at the moment though we haven’t really needed it 🙂 But it’s on my amazon wishlist just in case! For now we have a solar shower bag in the event we need/want hot water!

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