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Posted: 02/13/14 07:39pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I think those dashed lines on the Travato floorplan say that the 2 'bench seats' make up a crosswise sorta narrow bed. But it'd be one of those 'multi-cushion' horrors where the joins between the cushions are always in the least comfortable spots and get wider with time. So two beds, with the rear flip-down.

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Posted: 02/14/14 08:38am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

A lot of European "B"s have drop-down beds. I wouldn't be surprised to see Winnebago go this route in the future. I can see the kitchen moved to the back corner, the bathroom left where it is, and a drop-down bed used in the front, for example. This would take little in changes to the underlying plumbing layout, as far as I know to do well.

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Mlts22 wrote:

A lot of European "B"s have drop-down beds. I wouldn't be surprised to see Winnebago go this route in the future. I can see the kitchen moved to the back corner, the bathroom left where it is, and a drop-down bed used in the front, for example. This would take little in changes to the underlying plumbing layout, as far as I know to do well.

Which AVIDA the Australian "Winnebago" already has Looks like there are other similarities, noticed these two very similar Advertisements for both. AVIDA produced theirs about a year ago.
Winnebago Travato
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AVIDA Escape.
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For the AVIDA Escape
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Electric roll down bed
Fold up & removable single beds
Magazine holder
Rear lounges

Removable table
Versatile storage area at rear for tool boxes, motorbikes, quad bikes, accessibility scooters and much more
Vinyl floor throughout
Wardrobe



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We bought the Travato a week ago. So far so good, we really like it. Great cargo space in the back. We price compared at 3 dealerships and all 3 were very close in price. They do give a lot off of the sticker price. Very worth it for what we paid.

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suethomp1 wrote:

We bought the Travato a week ago. So far so good, we really like it. Great cargo space in the back. We price compared at 3 dealerships and all 3 were very close in price. They do give a lot off of the sticker price. Very worth it for what we paid.


Congrats! Please give us a review and update after you've used it. There are not too many out there yet.


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Thank you! Of course we jumped right out there and used it right away! This is our findings so far...
Easy to go anywhere in it. The size is great. Easy to park and parallel park.
Happy with gas mileage
Our family has 2 adults and one 8 year old child. It is the perfect size. It would be too small for a family larger than that.
Each of the two bed options are comfortable. The rear bed sleeps north to south. Easy to crawl out the bottom without disturbing other person.
Shower and bathroom are a great size
We are first time RV-ers. This is a great coach for a first timer. Everything is very easy to use and figure out.
Pleased with the storage space.
We live close to the beach, we are into kitesurfing. Great cargo for all of the gear. The rear of the coach has a water hose to wash feet and beach items.
Really like the outdoor speakers
Fridge is a super size
Great storage for a small coach
Great size, easy to use awning with led lights
Dumping grey and black water tanks is very simple. It is a little odd that the pump button to dump the tanks is in the back, but it doesn't bother us. You can hear when the tanks are empty.
Happy with overall city and highway driving performance. It was between the Travato and the ERA. The Travato felt a little more sturdy. It was much quieter on the highway with wind noise and quieter on bumps.
So far we love it and recommend it. The only con we have come across is the dinette table. It is easy to fold into the second bed, but the table is flimsy. We wish it was a little more sturdy. If you touch it it wobbles. It is also a low table. We are not big people and we make it with our legs under the table, but it would be nice if it were a few inches higher. Some have complained about the dinette seat being uncomfortable, we haven't found that. It is also an option to fold the table down, and move the cushion to make it into a chaise lounge option . I would do that if I were an adult sitting there on a long trip.
The table was the only con we have found and it doesn't really bother us.
Others have complained about the water tank location with the seat on top where the sliding door is. That doesn't get in our way and it works as a comfy ottoman for our feet when the front seats are swiveled back.
If anyone is interested in this coach, I recommend two things. First, get the optional screen door. It's fantastic and keeps bugs out of the coach. You can keep the sliding door open and use the screen. It is a cheap option, it was $200 and change. The second recommendation is this coach does not have a spare tire. Winnebago sells a tire protection plan. If you get a flat, you call the 800 number and they bring you a new tire and fix it all up right there. We bought the extended warranty and the tire protection plan.
Hope this helps!

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Great input Sue, and welcome to the forum! (And the world of RVing.) Hope you'll post more reports and photos as your adventures continue.


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Thank you, Sue, for taking the time to write that. I'll be downsizing soon and the Travato is on my list of possibilities. I like 90% of the van, but in all my years of RVing, I've never dealt with an electric only water heater. I'm an early riser when I camp and I need hot water well before generator time. On the other hand, the Travato is not unique in this respect. Other Bs do the same so maybe, I'm the problem.

Again, congratulations. I'm jealous [emoticon]

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That is a good point about the hot water. It's warm where we are, so the water remains on the warm side. We just take cold showers and the water is room temp warm. I'll keep posting if we encounter anything of importance to post. We looked over the hot water issue and flimsy table for the money we saved over the ERA. I will have to figure out how to post a photo. We are using the Travato as a mobile office at Juno Beach today and the view is glorious. Have a great day everyone!

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