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Autotrader Find: 1999 Volkswagen Eurovan Winnebago Rialta

This Autotrader find is an oddball Volkswagen RV from the late 1990s and early 2000s.  Technically known as a Winnebago Rialta, the Class C RV you see here began life as a chassis cab version of the Volkswagen Eurovan before having living quarters grafted onto the rear by Iowa-based Winnebago Industries; one of the oldest and largest manufacturers of recreational vehicles in the world.

While the Volkswagen Eurovan Camper by Winnebago is likely the most well-known Winnebago Eurovan conversion, the Rialta was the bolder of the two models.  While the Eurovan Winnebago Camper, which maintained the factory van body style, would’ve counted as a small Class-B RV, the Rialta is categorized as a Class C RV, given that it mates a van chassis cab with a custom-built RV body at the rear.

The Rialta was built from 1995 all the way through 2005, even though Volkswagen pulled the normal Eurovan from the US market in the early 2000s.  Given its roots, the Rialta is nimbler and easier to drive than most other RVs; even small ones.  It utilized front-wheel drive, which is more efficient and offered better traction than rear-wheel drive, and came with a relatively potent VR6 engine throughout most of its run.

This particular Volkswagen Eurovan/Winnebago Rialta comes with low mileage; just 100,090 according to the listing.  That’s impressive for a vehicle like this, whose sole purpose is to travel on long-term, long-distance road trips.  Like most RVs, this one comes in white, though it’s worth mentioning that these were also offered in silver for a short period.  Also predictable for an RV from any era, this one comes with wavy body graphics that kind of remind you of bathroom wallpaper from the 1990s.  The listing doesn’t include photos of the rear quarters, but a quick Google search tells us these were offered in four different main configurations.  One appears to have room for up to eight people to ride along, though actual sleeping space was somewhat limited across all variants, leaving the Rialta best suited for a single individual, couples, or very small families.

If you’re interested in owning a cool Volkswagen Campervan with significantly more room than your average #vanlife dweller is accustomed to, this 1999 Winnebago Rialta is listed by an independent dealer in Deer Park, WA with a reasonable asking price of $19,950.  Find a Volkswagen Eurovan for sale

Chris O'Neill
Chris O'Neill
Chris O'Neill is an author specializing in competitive analysis, consumer recommendations, and adventure-driven enthusiast content. A lifelong car enthusiast, he worked in the auto industry for a bit, helping Germans design cars for Americans, and now lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. He runs an Instagram account, @MountainWestCarSpotter, which in his own words is "actually pretty good", and has a... Read More about Chris O'Neill

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