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At Winnebago, they’re finishing up on our shiny new yellow Travato, which I’m calling the 59GX. Here in Salt Lake City, we couldn’t be more excited! I’m told he’s going to paint this week. It’s a short week with the holiday, so paint and final inspections will finish up next week just before we get there to pick him up.
So, if he’s gone to paint (for the black striping, I would imagine), then he must be mostly finished inside. I’ve got a few pictures to share, so let’s get going.
But before we get started – again – remember that this just a concept RV. Winnebago has not decided to make any of these features standard or optional on new Travatos. So please, look at our new RV as an experiment. A very, very, cool experiment. But not one that’s necessarily on the menu.
So first, here you can see our new friend suspended up in the air a bit.
You can see that the roof rack and awning have been installed already. We’re assuming this raising of the vehicle was done to facilitate the installation of the running boards. Winnebago is installing tubular running boards with accent lighting in our coach. We won’t have an electric step. To me, this makes a lot more sense (and it’s what we have in Das Bus now). We won’t have to wait for the step to extend before entering or leaving or driving away, and it’s one less thing to maintain.
OK, but what do the running boards look like? Well, they’ve got them wrapped up right now to keep them protected, but here’s a shot that might give you an idea.
Next up is this metal stripe in the floor. (We love the flooring, BTW.)
This metal plate sits flush with the floor, and is covering a channel that water lines run through. One of our “must haves” for a new coach was water lines run inside. This is how Winnebago addressed it. We’re completely OK with this solution. Before you ask, I don’t know if the lines are sitting on the bare metal floor of the van or not, but either way, it’s OK. The cover, as you can see, is just screwed down. If I find it necessary later, I can open it up to add insulation, or heat tape, or whatever might be required.
The additional galley window is in. Last time, we showed you where it would go over the galley. Well now, it’s done. Check it out
That should let a good bit of additional light into the coach. And here’s what it looks like from the outside.
Remember that center section of the side wall will be painted black. So the window won’t stand out as much. Looks good to me.
And speaking of windows, they completed the installation of the acrylic European window up in the penthouse. Here it is from the outside.
I’m actually calling the penthouse window a “porthole”.
Next up is something that I threw at Winnebago as a last-minute change, and I’m stoked that they got it done.
That’s a WeBoost Drive 4G-X cell signal booster. It’s supposed to boost the signal up to 50 dB for all cellular devices inside the coach. Our roof is metal, so we didn’t have to install a giant metal plate to put the antenna on. If this thing works as advertised, I’m a bit worried that people will start congregating around our coach to get the boosted signal! Initial reports from Winnebago are that it seems to work: When they switch it on, they have more bars. Expect a more detailed test once I’ve got my hands on it.
In this next shot, you can see some of the upholstery, and some bits (the subwoofer mainly) of the upgraded JBL sound system.
Believe it or not, we weren’t too picky with Winnebago about colors. So we didn’t know what we were getting! We had met their design team though, and trusted their judgment. They didn’t disappoint us. When we saw it for the first time, Stef and I both liked it, and both were relieved. And I CAN’T WAIT to fire up that sub…
Now for the big part – the raised bed. Here it is, complete and installed, taken from behind the van.
They’ve got the bed stowed in that picture, but you can see a few little things. Like, the Froli Sleep System is installed; and it looks like they were able to get us one cabinet in the overhead area after all (I think that’s what I’m seeing to the left). The gooseneck lights on the driver’s side rear door have also been removed, because they would have been sitting on our heads. I don’t know if those white lenses are covering up smaller lights or not, but I can’t wait to find out.
Here’s another picture of the penthouse area, closer up.
In this picture, I think I see switches on those two white circles, but I’m not completely certain. Either way, it’s OK with us. And you can also see the shades have been drawn on the porthole window up top.
Finally, in that picture, you can see the wardrobes better. I have to tell you, the wardrobe cabinets are even cooler than you think. They’re built with removable shelves. This means Stef has freedom to hang her stuff, or fold it, or wad it up in the bottom of the wardrobe, or whatever. I can guarantee that I’ll be using the shelves in mine. When I go on vacation, I really try not to bring stuff that needs to go on a hanger. The other thing this means is that I can toy with the idea of adding shelves to the other wardrobe by the galley. That would make one mega-pantry! I don’t think we’re going to be hurting for storage space in this rig. Here’s another angle of the wardrobe cabinets just because they’re awesome.
And you probably saw the toilet peeking in on that last picture. Yep, the Airhead composting toilet is installed, as well as the teak shower step. Here’s a full shot of that.
Check out that platform! No little kiddie stool in front of the toilet for us. When we’re there, I’m going to have to hunt down the person who made the teak platform and talk shop with them. It looks great. Of course, neither Stef nor I has a clue how to USE this toilet yet – but I do have instructions.
And that’s going to just about do it for construction pictures. As I said, he’s pretty much done but paint and final inspections and prep at this point. Stef and I have already started piling stuff up to take with us to meet him in Iowa for the first time.
We will be doing a detailed walk-through video at some point, but that takes some planning and prep. You can expect more than a few pictures from us in the meanwhile.