We haven’t reviewed too many coaches with slides. The reason is simple: we just gravitate toward RVs that would work for us. We move around a lot, put in a lot of miles getting from A to B, and don’t much like to “set up camp”. So there are a lot of times when we wouldn’t want to or just plain couldn’t put a slide out. And just about every floor plan out there with a slide is awful to try to live in with the slide retracted for travel. But every once in a while we come across a floor plan with a slide that is actually a reasonable rig, even with the slide retracted.
So now that you know that, watch this review of the new View / Navion 24D, and you’ll see why we reviewed this smaller Class C RV.
Even though this was at a dealer-only show (you can see dealers and sales people walking in and around the rig while we videotaped it), we made them put the slide in for us so we could show you the coach as you would see it while traveling. We actually liked what we saw! Clearly, the designers at Winnebago had their thinking caps on when they came up with this one. The refrigerator door clears the sofa when the slide is in! You can still reach the back of the galley drawers when the slide is in! You can still walk (easily) to the bathroom when the slide is in! And there’s even a usable daybed on the sofa.
The other thing we really liked about this floor plan is this: Usually, when you find a Murphy Bed floor plan, the Murphy Bed collapses on top of the dinette. This means you can choose to either have the dinette, or the bed, but not both. The Navion 24D arranges things so you never have to make that decision. The bed is completely separate from the dinette. If you’re like Stef and me, one of you gets up earlier and stays up later than the other. With this floor plan, you can get to the dinette and have coffee, work late, or whatever you like.
The final big thing we liked is that Winnebago really paid attention to cold weather camping for this floor plan. The fresh water tank is indoors, where it’s not likely to freeze if you’re using the rig. The grey and black tanks have heating pads on them. And in my crawling around under the motorhome, I was unable to find a single fresh water line outside. I don’t think they’d call it a 4-season rig, but they’ve hit a lot of cold-weather check boxes right there, and we’re glad to see it.
There are other things to like about this one as well. Like, storage, storage, and storage. And some more storage. And there may be other features hidden inside the storage. But you’ll have to watch the video for those.
And you might see some storage.