Editor’s Note: The following article, authored by Gary Bunzer for the April 2015 issue of Family Motor Coaching magazine, offers an overview of Winnebago’s Travato Class B Touring Coach. The magazine is published by Cincinnati-based Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA). For the full story click here.
It’s obvious that for some, it’s all about the journey. For others, the final destination and all it offers are paramount to fully enjoying a recreational lifestyle. One camp might look to the amenities of their motorhome solely for comfort while traveling, while another simply can’t wait to “get there,” yet still take advantage of traveling in a motorhome to enjoy their next outdoor adventure.
Both schools of thought can apply to the same vehicle. Winnebago produces a Type B motorhome that melds utility, fun, and style into a small and affordable package that should satisfy the whims of those seeking outdoor RVing adventures. Called the Travato, from the Winnebago Touring Coach family, this practical Type B unit proves such a blending is indeed possible.
Our subject model for this review, with its Flame Red Upgrade color scheme, came equipped with an optional bike carrier, ladder, and kayak rack — the perfect vehicle to travel to that special whitewater stream or mountain trail.
Winnebago has redesigned the Travato for the 2015 model year. My test unit, the 59G, was the original floor plan introduced. It recently was joined by the 59K, a twin-bed, rear-bath configuration.
Versatile and well-thought-out, the Travato is built on the fuel-efficient, front-wheel-drive Dodge Ram ProMaster chassis, which has long enjoyed a billing as one of Europe’s most successful commercial vans. The 3.6-liter, V-6 gasoline engine is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. (A 174-horsepower, 3-liter diesel engine is available as an option.) The gas engine yields a torque rating of 258 foot-pounds to take advantage of a 3,500-pound tow rating. But more on that later. For now, let’s take a walk around the outside of this motorhome.
Full-body paint highlights this newest edition, along with stainless-steel trim and the aforementioned optional bike and kayak racks. And it’s inevitable that this bright Flame Red Travato will generate a lot of interest from fellow RVers wherever it stops. The coach is available in three other exterior schemes as well: Bright Silver with standard graphics, Bright Silver with graphics, and Bright Silver Upgrade.
All utilities in the Travato are conveniently located on the driver’s side, including generator access, a 30-amp shore-power connection, a propane fill, a fresh-water fill, a city water inlet, the waste plumbing, and a cable TV entry. It’s nice when all connections can be centered in one area, eliminating the need for owners to walk from side to side when setting up camp.
Other exterior features include stylish headlamps, fog lights, large rear tail lamps, powered mirrors (with a defrost function), side-mounted stereo speakers, a powered patio awning complete with LED lighting, courtesy lamps, aluminum wheels, a King Jack over-the-air TV antenna, an electrically operated entry step, plus the previously mentioned roof ladder mounted to one of the rear doors and the bike rack mounted on the other. Both doors swing open 260 degrees. An optional sliding screen door is available for this rear access opening.
Behind the right rear door, Winnebago designers installed a convenient exterior wash station assembly, along with a 120-volt-AC duplex receptacle, a water pump switch, a propane grill connection, and a rear porch lamp. Having the ability to rinse off sandy feet before entering the motorhome is a nice feature. It is possible to gain access to the RV living space from here, though not as convenient as entering through the side door.
Located on the passenger side, the main sliding entry door is equipped with an electrically operated entry step. Our review Travato also was outfitted with the hidden screen door. All it takes is one visit to a bug-rich campground to appreciate this optional item. Having grown up in Florida, I would heartily recommend the screen.
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