As with most RVs, there are things you love, things you don’t love, and things you can accept. We have owned our new Class C – Winnebago View 24D for a short time now and have only been out camping in it twice (2 shake down trips) but we have a list of our initial thoughts of the rig. We made a set of modifications and upgrades both when we initially purchased the motorhome and then again after each of our shake down trips. Of course some of these initial thoughts will change over time as we spend more time in the motorhome.
Our list is divided into 3 sections, one for the things we love, a second for the things we aren’t sure about yet and can go either way, and third, those things we just don’t love.
Note that our 2019 Winnebago View is a 2018 Sprinter Chassis with a 2019 Winnebago coach.
List 1 – Things We Love
Small and Compact – The rig is small and compact which means it is easy to drive and maneuver, easy to park in campsites, etc. It opens up a whole new set of campgrounds where we can camp and allows us to explore areas that were more awkward in a big rig. Ferry fares should be less expensive due to the shorter length. It also means we spend less time loading and unloading when setting out on a trip or returning home.
Great fuel mileage – Who doesn’t love spending less on fuel!
Onan Diesel Generator – We prefer diesel to LP for a generator simply because we find that filling LP is sometimes a chore with trying to find LP for sale (at a decent price) and especially finding an LP filling qualified employee at work at the time we want to fill.
Cargo Carrying Capacity CCC – The CCC for this motorhome is 1,077 lbs and many rigs of a similar size have much less capacity.
Water Pump switch in bathroom and above fridge – This makes it easy to access the water pump switch when needed.
Propane turn on/off in 2 locations – The on/off switch for the propane is both above the fridge on the inside and an additional switch is outside in the basement compartment by the propane tank. This makes it very handy for turning the propane on or off as either one can be used.
Zamp Solar Controller mount location – The controller is mounted above the refrigerator therefore we can watch the controller in action from bed – how cool is that? My husband loves waking up at sunrise and monitoring how much the batteries are charging!!
List 2 – Things In The Middle
Truma Water Heater – The Truma heats up quickly and works great but how much more propane are we going to be going through and how much time will we be spending filling up with more propane? The jury is still out on this one, it could go either way, so we will probably love it or we will hate it. Right now we are loving it!
Norcold Refridgerator DC 0061-RH – This fridge is a 2-way fridge, only AC or DC but Winnebago hooked it up to only work on DC. This also means, since it is a 2 way, it does not work on propane. It is advertised as not requiring much power to operate but our initial experience was that it has roughly a 50% duty cycle and draws in excess of 5 amps when running. We found that while boondocking/dry camping the fridge drew down the (cheap) house batteries over night. Having a DC fridge means that when boondocking and/or dry camping you need lots of battery capacity and you need to pay careful attention to your batteries’ state of charge to ensure your fridge keeps working and you don’t harm the stock batteries by draining them.
MobileEye – Collision Avoidance System – This system is part of the chassis and warns the driver about nearby potential objects or veering out of your lane. We haven’t really gotten a good feel for it yet to determine if this is going to be helpful but logically speaking, more eyes on the road is always a good thing.
Jensen Radio in coach – The remote for the coach radio only works if you stand in front of it which severly limits the usefullness of the remote. The USB in the Jensen doesn’t seem to output to the TV. Again, we just need to spend more time in the coach to determine if this radio is a benefit to us or not – so far we have found it inconvenient and of little actual use.
Zamp Solar Controller – The controller is a very basic system and we have thought about potentially upgrading it to a better controller to include more customization and settings for battery types including charging profiles which would allow for more refined charging. We replaced the stock house batteries with LiFePO4 batteries but aren’t able to see/change what the charging profile is. We can only select “battery type” and not the actual parameters of the charging stages.
Skylight – This wonderful large skylight allows lots of light and fresh air in the coach when needed but it can also be bad when the wind quickly picks up since it has such a large surface. It could potentially provide a security risk since it is so large. Additionally, there is both a screen pull and a shade pull that can be used. The screen seems quite flimsy and it is difficult to shut the accordion style screen cleanly and always bunches. We know this is going to be a continued problem.
Murphy Bed – Yes, the jury is still out on the Murphy Bed. It seems like a great idea and so far we have found the bed comfortable. The mattress is divided into 2 sections (a small upper section at the head of the bed and the larger lower section) which we have found quite cumbersome when opening and closing as the 2 mattress sections rub up against it each and always need realigning. You also can’t put an additional topper or mattress pad on since the extra thickness interferes with the closing at the top. There is no strap for tying the bedding down when closing the Murphy Bed therefore you have to be quite careful that the bedding does not fall between the 2 mattresses. (Something we will be adding). The Murphy Bed sits higher than most beds which can be either a plus or a minus. Short people may find this a problem getting in and out of it.
List 3 – Things We Don’t Love
Riverpark Xite Infotainment System – The software is quite flaky and the Rand McNally GPS software is cumbersome (at best) to use and very slow to react. The rear camera software is slow to react when putting the vehicle in reverse. Sometimes the NAVI button (which should display the Rand McNally GPS software) displays the Media app. Many times the MENU button won’t display anything and the same with the NAVI button. The system will freeze and eventually reboot. It basically cannot be depended on to work. Replacing the system requires a different backup camera to be installed since supposedly the Xite backup camera only works with the Xite Infotainment system. We have updated the software on the SD card but it is still very frustrating to actually use this system. I’m not sure we can live with this flaky system. We see either a new system in our future or a new RV!
MaxxAir Roof Vent in bathroom – This vent allows very little air to get through and it must be turned on (one speed only) to really get some ventilation. We prefer the Fantastic fans which allow quite a bit of air to come through without the fan on and it also provides a range of speeds. This will probably be an upgrade one day.
Insignia 32″ TV – The picture quality on the TV is acceptable but the lack of support for playing a movie on an external USB device is quite disappointing considering this is a TV made in 2018! We take and make lots of videos and we cannot play the videos nor any music through our TV (except we made a mod to allow it).
Inverter – 1,000 Watt – This RV could use a bigger inverter. Again, another mod for the future is to replace this inverter with a 2,000 Watt inverter.
Mercedes Chassis 3500 Driver and Passenger Seats – The seats seem taller than the 2500 chassis seats even in lowest position. We guess that is why the new and improved 2019 Sprinter 3500 chassis now has extensions on the seats?
Cheapo mini blinds in kitchen and bathroom – We are sure these won’t last long and will be all crinkly and bendy just like when you lived in a dorm or your first apartment. But new blinds/window coverings are an easy fix.
No transfer switch for the generator – We must go outside to plug the shore cable into the generator outlet. This is archaic and no motorhome with a generator should come without an automatic transfer switch! It is something we can, and will, fix over time. We see that the 2020 Winnebago Views have this feature now. Yay!
We have seen a few previews of the new 2019 Sprinter Chassis and the 2020 Winnebago View 24D. Winnebago has added some much needed changes that would have cut down our list of mods immensely. BUT if we had not purchased at this time then our planned trip in a few weeks might be put on hold. Stay tuned. We are ready for a big shake down trip. Let’s hope it holds together!!