2014 Itasca Viva! 23B Review

by RVGuide.com

Light on fuel and efficient with space, the 2014 Itasca Viva! is built for long adventures.

With two floorplans to choose from, our decision was easy. We like the 23B because it offers ample space for small dinner parties and rainy get-togethers. It has a length of 24’, exterior height of 10’1”, exterior width of 7’6.5”, interior height of 6’7” and interior width of 7’3. A 15-foot awning provides a shady spot to relax outside on a sunny day.

COMPARISON: Read our review of the 2014 Winnebago Trend 23L

The Viva! has a freshwater capacity of 27 gallons, black water tank capacity of 40 gallons, gray water capacity of 32 gallons, and continuous water heater capacity. Its LP capacity is 13 gallons and fuel capacity is 24 gallons. Viva! 23B’s gross vehicle weight rating is 9,350 lbs.

Inside the cockpit, the driver is treated to a seat that can adjust in height and lumbar support. It can also swivel, slide and recline. When you need a break from driving, swivel it around and you’ll be facing a small table, where you can eat lunch or dinner comfortably. There’s a 5” LCD touch-screen color monitor, equipped with GPS and SiriusXM. For your gizmos, there’s an iPod/MP3 input and Bluetooth. Mundane rides on empty highways can be tackled with cruise control, while navigation is handled with power steering, which features an adjustable wheel. The power exterior mirrors have de-frost and turn signals. For privacy, the Viva! comes with cab window privacy panels. Safety features include airbags, seat-mounted side pelvic-thorax and three-point seatbelts.

If you want privacy, just walk into the Viva! LED lights brighten the interior and the vinyl ceiling makes you feel at home. The skylight has a shade, which brings warmth to the space. Set up a movie on your 26” HDTV and pull down the MCD blackout roller shades. The space is satellite system ready and equipped with an amplified digital HDTV antenna. If you really need alone time, crawl into the Studio Loft, which has an electric lift and privacy curtain. Those who love music will take full advantage of the Coach Stereo System, which features AM/FM, CD/DVD player, Bluetooth, front input jack, and alarm clock.

COMPARISON: Read our review of the 2012 Itasca Navion iQ 24G

Long road trips don’t have to mean long lineups at drive-thrus. Instead, Viva! dwellers can cook meals on the road. Store meat in the single-door refrigerator and chop veggies on the laminate countertops. The two-burner range top comes with a glass cover, but if you’re just reheating leftovers you can use the microwave oven. Wash dishes in the double stainless steel sink, equipped with covers. To create a warm atmosphere, Viva!’s galley has a decorative backsplash with indirect lighting. Once dinner is ready, sit on the Flex Bed System, which is an Ultraleather sofa by day and a bed by night. It sits in front of the extended dining table. Viva! is the first coach with three-point seat belts located in the dinette.

Before you hit the sack, hit the bathroom. The shower door is retractable and self-cleaning. It comes with a flexible showerhead. Above, is a skylight. There’s also a water pump switch. Of course, the Viva! is equipped with a toilet and small sink.

COMPARISON: Read our review of the 2011 Monaco Montclair 29PBT

Those interested in the Viva! are undoubtedly interested in the outdoors. That’s why exterior features are essential. The Viva! comes with a powered patio awning, LED lighting and a porch light with interior switch so you can easily see who’s standing outside your home in the middle of the night. Automatic entrance doorsteps are standard, as are front and rear mud flaps. For extra storage space, the Viva! is equipped with Rotocast storage compartments. Add dancing to your outdoor barbeques with the exterior speaker system.

As with most RVs, safety is key. Other than the three-point dinette seat belts, the Viva! also has two child tether anchors. Other features include LP, smoke and carbon monoxide detector, 10 BC fire extinguisher, ground fault interrupter, and daytime running lamps.

The 2014 Itasca Viva! 23B sells for around $80,000. For more information visit: http://www.goitasca.com/.