The Parky Tour!! Winnebago’s Limited Edition National Park Foundation Travato


You’ve requested a Parky tour, AND IT’S FINALLY HERE! You can find our original post about it over on WinnebagoLife: [CLICK HERE!]

Back in March 2019, we rolled ‘Parky’, the very first Limited Edition National Park Foundation Travato, out of the RVX show in Salt Lake City where he was revealed live IN THIS VIDEO. It was then that we embarked on a national parks tour on behalf of Winnebago and the National Park Foundation. Our goal is to visit and promote #parkslesstraveled in Parky (one park each month) through the end of the year.  Being the huge national parks nerds we are, we’re honored and excited to have this opportunity.

So far, Parky has visited five states: California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, and our current location: Colorado.

We’ve seen a lot of parks in our three months with Parky, and we’ve also gotten a lot of questions about this very special Travato along the way! This video gives a closer look at Parky, and the features that make him different from standard Travatos. Give it a look!

 

Leave us your questions or comments below!



Stef spent 15 years as an educator in both the public K-12 setting and at the University level in Special Physical Education before making the leap to her true passion… the fitness world. She’s currently a personal trainer and wellness coach with a specialty in working with people with medical conditions and injuries. Stef has been a running enthusiast her entire adult life, and shares James’ love of cycling. She feels lucky they have a shared hobby in bicycling that enhances their RV lifestyle.


    28 thoughts on “The Parky Tour!! Winnebago’s Limited Edition National Park Foundation Travato

      1. James

        Well, you’d have to ask Winnebago. We don’t really know what their plans are for Parky once they get him back.

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        1. James

          I’d start with customer service, honestly. Not sure what their plans are, so I can’t really say whose department it would be.

    1. yarg

      Congratulations to Stef on making the ultimate climb out of Balcony House! Great picture.
      Did you two have an opportunity to bike at Wetherill Mesa?

      Thanks for your informative news letters.

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      1. Stefany - Post author

        We certainly did do the Long House Loop bike ride atop Wetherill Mesa!!! What a wonderful trail with so much interesting stuff to see along it!

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    2. Tom

      You guys mentioned that your preference was for the “acrylic” windows as an option. What are the pros & cons?
      Oh, and happy Colorado too!

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      1. James

        Having had some of both types of windows in Lance for some time now, I can say that the acrylic windows are better insulated, quieter, and have the option for venting while the window is still locked. The only negative I can come up with is that they scratch easier if you take a brush to them. (But we have not scratched ours in four years or so.)
        Glass windows are more resistant to scratching, and they’re cheaper. Perhaps they are also easier to tint if that’s your thing.
        Other than those, I can come up with no good reason to opt for glass windows.

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      1. Stefany - Post author

        LOL! Oh heck no. James is the biggest ninny rule-following driver out there. But he did roll up fast at that intersection, and stopped a little beyond the sign, ha! Such a rebel…

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    3. Sandra T.

      How does the screen door work out with Mel? It looks kinda easy to escape through. I know my cocker spaniels would watch me zip up once…..then the handy flip-flap exit/entrance would inspire unaccompanied walks. Just sayin’.

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      1. Stefany - Post author

        There’s a velcro closure at the bottom that keeps the magnetic opening closed, but we never use it. We’d be more worried about Mel sneaking through the bottom, so we simply put a small Scat Mat there, and he’s long been trained not to walk on those! 🙂

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    4. Tom Law

      What are your suggestions for ordering the Natl. Park Edition.
      Thru a dealer or direct from Winnebago?
      Also, is the unit being built on the 2019 or 2020 model year ProMaster chassis?
      Thank you guys for your diligence and hard work.

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      1. James

        Good question. I’d suggest getting in touch with a Winnebago dealer about ordering. They should be able to get you complete information on options, standard features, model years, etc.

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    5. Ed

      Thanks for the review. That floor mat sure beats the hodgepodge mat collection in our KL. Any idea if they’ll be selling these as an accessory for all KLs.

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      1. James

        Oooh. Good question. Last I heard, the mats were going to be unique to the NPF editions, but it couldn’t hurt to give them a call and see if they’ll sell a mat.
        I’d call Winnebago parts if you’re truly interested.

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    6. Steve Mason

      Yes, thanks for doing this. I was hoping for a bit more compare and contrast with Lance, but I get that Lance is a heavily modded (and documented) one-off. Also, maybe you didn’t want to hurt Lance or Parky’s feelings?

      I noticed the uncovered table mounts on Parky’s floor. One of the first mods I did for our 2017 Trend was to design a plug to be 3D printed. It fits flush and keeps out all but the smallest dirt particles but is easily removed with fingertips. If you are interested, I can send photos and the file so you can print out your own. (3Dhubs.com is what I used but there are plenty of potential sources.) Note: I am not selling this but making it available to anyone who wants it. If you find it useful, you can post it on your site for download.

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      1. Stefany - Post author

        Very cool, Steve! Love hearing about creative RV mods and solutions! We will keep this in mind, thanks! xo

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    7. Craig Zerbe

      Thanks so much for doing this. We have had ours on order for 10 weeks and still don’t have an estimate on delivery. I am getting guesses ranging from July to September. Looking forward to it. I though that the NPFLE also had different running boards and the quiet AC?

      On the Volta site, they indicate that the bigger battery pack also has enhanced heat control for use in lower temperatures. Any signs of this?

      FYI..On the NPF price sheet the bike rack was a required option….not sure why.

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      1. Stefany - Post author

        Actually Craig, others have you to thank for getting us to do this video as it was your comment that made us realize it was long overdue! And yes, you’re right… the running boards are different and the quiet AC is standard, too. Keep us posted if you learn more on delivery date! So excited for you! xo

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        1. Dave

          We love our 2019 KL, except for the obnoxious RAM spelled out on the front grill of these new models. These are easy to operate system-wise, and fun to drive with the front wheel drive.

        2. Craig Zerbe

          We are hoping to go to the Winnie B rally in Virginia this September at the start of our first big adventure – I think Greg is planning to be there too, so there may be 2 of Parky’s cousins in attendance. Heard you might be able to stop by too. Hope to have the RV far enough in advance for a good shake out.

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