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We saw a lot of RVs at the Louisville RVIA show. We stick mostly to the Class Bs, and also the small Class Cs (or B+, if you’re a marketing guy). And though we saw lots of cool stuff, this one was the one that actually got me to think “Wow. Nobody has done that before.”
It’s the new twin bed floor plan – Winnebago Trend 23D. Have a look:
We love our ProMaster. But everyone had always told us that it didn’t have the GVWR to do a floor plan with a slide. Until now.
Apparently, the engineers at Winnebago have either altered the space-time continuum, or they’re using carbon fiber, or who knows how – but they got a slide on a ProMaster chassis. The difference it makes in the interior space is pretty dramatic, and the living area up front, with the slide extended, is very roomy. But you can also still sleep and use the facilities with the slide in – the coach remains functional. This is one of our chief complaints with slide floor plans, and the Trend 23D avoids it.
There’s more to like about this Trend. Right off the bat, I noticed that it has Seitz acrylic windows. If you saw the infrared pictures of our RV, you know that the Seitz windows are far and away better insulators than regular glass windows – even with the MCD shades drawn. It’s not even a contest. So those windows are an option I would take in a heartbeat – and on the Trend, I could!
The Trend also has tank heaters and the fresh water tank is inside. Those things by themselves don’t make it a 4 season RV, but they’re a step in the right direction. And if the insulating windows and tank heaters don’t keep you warm, the twin beds can be made into a ginormous bed – enough for you, a partner, and a whole kennel full of pets.
I didn’t crawl around underneath this one, because we just didn’t have time for the full review. (Sorry!) But if we come across the Trend 23D in the near future, we’ll definitely be doing our full review on it.