Our Review of Winnebago’s New View/Navion 24D!


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.



James is a former rocket scientist, a USA Cycling certified coach, and lifelong fitness buff. When he’s not driving the RV, or modifying the RV (or – that one time – doing both at once), you can find him racing bicycles, or building furniture, or making music. In his spare time, he works for a large IT company.


    31 thoughts on “Our Review of Winnebago’s New View/Navion 24D!

    1. Rick Owen

      You and Stef are so much fun to watch and ‘hang out’ with (virtually). Thanks for some of the best RV reviews on the Internet!

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    2. Smiley

      You guys are GREAT ambassadors for Winnebago and they are certainly getting their fair share of pub from Fit RV. Good to see this floor plan and I wonder how much they meaning Winnebago liked what LTV has done with their layouts on the MB chassis. Its too big for us and as somebody already mentioned probably limiting in carrying capacities due to the huge slide.

      Too bad nobody is copying euro designs and hopefully Hymer brings in fresh and new layouts as it seems this industry is copying what works for the leaders.

      Keep the rubber side down and may a tail wind show you the way home.

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    3. Wade Anderson

      We have a 2008 24H. The slide is smaller, but we like it for the similar reasons you share here (indoor water tank, etc.) Having the slide in is no big deal and everything is accessible. We’ve slept with it in on occasion when traveling (family of 4 with 2 tall teenagers).

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    4. Jay

      The problem with these Sprinter vans with big slides and lots of storage: you will be limited with the total weight of people, water, and storage. You probably are limited to less than a 1000 lbs.

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      1. wes

        I think the design of these are great but most of these view/navion on the road are over weight. Meaning technically they are NOT insurable if the Insurance company finds out about it being over weight after an accident. With full tanks you have to subtract 492 lbs from your Carrying capacity (cc). Subtract the weight of people lets say 300 lbs and that leaves you will 200 lbs of cc left. Tools, food, liquid refreshments, clothes books, can put you overweight in an instance. Of course the only way to really find out cc is to weight the vehicle and I would guess the the 1000 lb cc is optimistic.
        Put this on a Ford f450 chassis and it solves your weight problems but of course this changes a lot of things. Winnebago of course does not make one of these on a ford chassis.

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    5. Terry Lee

      The floorplan is very similar to my 2013 Itasca Reyo 25R (and Winnebago Via 25R, which were both discontinued after 2013) except mine has a permanent Queen, not a Murphy bed. Mine also has inside water tank, heater pads on waste tanks, but water lines are exposed. As an aside, I’ve never understood the purpose of tank heater pads when the water lines are exposed. I’ve never used mine.

      Al-In-All a great floor plan (the 24D and mine). I’ve never seen one I like better.

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    6. Donald Pfaffl

      I LOVE LOVE this model. They sure did good thinking out the layout. There is nothing I don’t like. I especially like the Murphy bed. Nice to have your bedding all made up. Great job showing us your review of this rig. Keep up the good work. Maybe when I get older i’ll buy this unit. I’m only 79 now so I ha e plenty of time to make up my mind.

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    7. Ted

      It’s interesting that the manufacturers are installing bigger slides in the smaller units. We saw the Jayco Melbourne 24L at Pomona which also has a big slideout. I’m surprised Winnebago is putting the water tank in the slide due to the added weight. I’m wondering if there have improvements to the slide mechanism that allow that.

      I noticed the slide drawers in the big cabinet eliminates space to hang heavy jackets and other clothing. The cabinets above the bed are blocked when the murphy bed is up, so you’d mainly use them for things you’d access with the bed down. Outside storage is impressive (it seemed lacking in the Melbourne 24L). I’d want to store the “Stinky Slinky” separate from the utility compartment so not to mix with the fresh water hose.

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      1. James - Post author

        I wondered about the water tank in the slide too, but I asked and they’re OK with it. Must be better made slides these days!

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    8. warsurplus

      Great review. Thank you. I think this is one of the most practical floor plans that you’ve reviewed in any RV. It lends itself to a more extended stay use without being an extremely large vehicle.

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      1. James - Post author

        Well, it’s a Sprinter.
        We’ve reviewed so many Sprinter-based RVs… They’re all basically the same – with a few minor switches different, depending on what options the manufacturer ordered from Mercedes.

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    9. beef jones

      rv corral on youtube shows a navion j model with dual pane tilt out windows. do you think these windows will be offered on the travato? thank you.

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      1. James - Post author

        The dual-pane acrylic windows have been a Navion option for some time.
        They are more challenging to install, as they are really meant for something with a thick wall. Not a thin-walled van.
        Not saying it can’t be done (or won’t be), but there are challenges.

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      1. James - Post author

        You mean performance like 0-60 times? I don’t know that anyone has ever tested that out.
        In general, the class Cs drive and ride like the larger, heavier vehicles they are. They’re not huge or unmanageable, but they are bigger than their van-bodied cousins. And you can tell that when you drive them.

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