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It’s been a few months since the first launch of the Winnebago Boldt, a Sprinter-based Class B motorhome which debuted at RVX in Salt Lake City earlier this year. Stef and I helped co-host the launch of the Boldt, so you may have seen that video (if not, you can watch it here). In addition to that, we went in-depth with Chris from Winnebago – the Boldt’s main designer – in another video, that you can have a look at here. But we never actually got to do one of our regular top-to-bottom, front-to-back reviews on it.
Well now that the Boldt is showing up in showrooms and out on the road, we thought we needed to fix that. Behlod!!
There are two floor plans of the Boldt, and in this one, we reviewed the “KL”. Those of you familiar with the Winnebago Travato K will immediately recognize why they went with “K” as the designation here. This is a twin bed floor plan with the bathroom in the back and the galley up front – just like its Travato cousin. There’s another “BL” floor plan we hope to review in the future.
And while much of the walk-through is self-explanatory, there are a few things that bear pointing out or emphasizing separately. Some of these are things we can’t even show in the video:
- The BOLDT was born as a Lithium powered Class B. This is not a case of having a product and then figuring out how to add a Lithium power system to it. There are no apologies here for not having a generator. This is a forward looking coach, and if you really want an old-school rig with a propane-powered-lettuce-freezer, a wake-you-up-furnace, and an annoy-everyone-within-earshot generator then you need to look elsewhere… like the 1990s.
- The Pure3 system on the Boldt is more than powerful enough to run the induction cooktop, the electric-only refrigerator, your waffle iron (watch the video) and whatever else you may plug in to the vast collection of outlets. Stef and I have been rolling in a coach with the same sized lithium system for several months now, and usually we don’t know what to do with all the extra power.
- You can’t see this in the video, but the coach is exceptionally well-insulated for a van. This makes it energy-efficient and quiet. You can see some of the insulation in our video with Chris.
- This coach has a ridiculous amount of cargo capacity. OVER TWO THOUSAND FOUR HUNDRED POUNDS of cargo capacity. That is literally the largest cargo capacity I have ever noticed in one of our reviews. To put this in real terms, that’s one and a quarter tons. Over three hundred gallons of water. So yeah, you could install a hot tub. Insane.
There’s a lot more to like about the Boldt, but you can see most of that in our video. Watch the video, see what you like or don’t about the Boldt, and then sound off in the comments below!
(Except if you’re going to try to convince me that absorption refrigeration, single-point RV furnaces, and batteries-you-have-to-add-water-to are cool technologies… then don’t bother. I’m right on this one.)