2016 Winnebago Travato 59G Review
A comfortable and affordable Class B motorhome
The Travato comes in two floorplans: the 59G, equipped with one bed, and 59K, equipped with two beds. We’ll be exploring the 59G because it’s the perfect size for a solo adventure. It has a length of 21”, exterior height of 9’1”, exterior width of 6’9”, interior height of 6’3”, interior width of 6’2”, and awning length of 11’6”. For liquids, the Travato 59G has a freshwater tank capacity of 21 gallons, water heater capacity of 4 gallons, holding tank capacity of 11 gallons, and gray water tank capacity of 15 gallons. Its LP capacity is 6 gallons and fuel capacity is 24 gallons. For measurements, Travato’s gross combined weight rating is 11,500 lbs and gross vehicle weight rating is 9,350 lbs. It has a front gross axle weight rating of 4,630 lbs and rear gross axle weight rating of 5,291 lbs. You can choose between four body paints: Bright Silver, Bright Silver with Graphics, Bright Silver Upgrade and Flame Red Upgrades.
Travato’s power comes from its Ram ProMaster chassis. It features a 3.6L V6 gas engine and 6-speed automatic 62TE transmission. For an extra price, customers can get the Ram ProMaster 174 hp, 3.0L diesel engine with six-speed automated manual transmission. The Travato is equipped with four-wheel ABS brakes and stylized aluminum wheels. The heating/cooling system is composed of a 16,000 BTU furnace and a 13,500 BTU high-efficiency roof air conditioner with a heat strip. Controlling the electrical system is an AC/DC load center/converter and 2,800-watt Cummins Onan gas generator. Customers who want to be eco friendly can request a 100-watt solar panel battery charger. Travato’s plumbing system features an LPG accessory connection, pressurized city water hook-up. The exterior wash station comes with a pump switch and the winterization package comes with a water heater bypass valve and siphon tube.
COMPARISON: Read our review of the 2015 Airstream Interstate Lounge EXT Wardrobe
The most comfortable room in the house is the cockpit. Cab seats are equipped with armrests, telescoping lumbar support and adjustable headrests. For the driver’s convenience, the seats slide, swivel and recline. Both driver and passenger have front and side airbags, along with side seat bolsters. The Travato comes with power steering (with a telescoping wheel), power mirrors, power door locks and power windows. To keep you entertained and alert, there’s a radio/GPS navigation/ rear-view monitor system, equipped with a 5” LCD colour touch screen. To prevent you from being distracted at the wheel, the monitor system is voice controlled. It also has a color rear camera, Sirius XM, Bluetooth and USB ports.
When you need a break from the road, park your Travato at a nearby parking lot, and take a short walk to the living room. Have a seat on the bench seat, located across from the dining area, and turn on the TV. The Travato is equipped with a 22” HDTV and coach stereo system that comes with an AM/FM radio, Bluetooth, and CD/DVD player. To set the mood, you can turn off your LED ceiling lights, and roll down your MCD blackout roller shades. Although small in size, the interior feels very cozy and warm. The soft vinyl ceiling warms the space, while the tinted coach windows give you privacy.
You can say goodbye to fast food pit stops because the Travato is equipped with a fully furnished kitchen. You can prepare food on the laminate countertops, and cook it on the two-burner range top with a glass cover. Store leftovers in the refrigerator/freezer. Lazy chefs can reheat leftovers in the microwave oven. After supper, put the dirty dishes in the stainless steel sink, and if you don’t feel like washing them right away, cover them up with a glass cover. To maximize storage space, a wardrobe is located right beside the refrigerator.
COMPARISON: Read our review of the 2013 Roadtrek RS Adventurous
After supper, clean yourself up in the bathroom. Small in size and basic in amenities, the bathroom gets the job done. Features include shower with flexible showerhead, porcelain toilet, and medicine cabinet with mirror.
Last but not least is the bed. We can’t call it a bedroom, because the space is only large enough to contain a double bed, which comes with a comfortable mattress cover. For extra storage space, there is an overhead storage compartment and storage below the bed.
The Winnebago Travato 59G sells for around $80,000. Visit WinnebagoInd.com for more information.
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