We’ve seen some pretty cool vehicle concepts from Jeep and Toyota before, but this one is my favorite so far. Improving quite a bit upon last year’s model, the 2015 Winnebago Travato is dubbed the “best value for the adventurous explorer” and comes equipped for just about anything outdoorsy we’re into.
Built on the Dodge Ram ProMaster frame, the 20’11” touring RV gets a kitchenette, full bath, flat screen, two beds, dining area, storage, a complete array of hookups and more as standard fare. The integrated bike rack and kayak mounts are optional, but we’re kinda digging the high placement for the bikes.
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Other standard features include exterior speakers, a retractable awning with LED lighting, blackout roller shades, touchscreen GPS/radio with rear-view camera monitor, power everything and plenty of 12-volt outlets. Inside is a 22″ HDTV wired to an HD antenna, LED ceiling lights and dual roof vents.
Ladder and roof rail system are standard. Open the rear door and there are accessory outlets and a hose attachment for washing off bikes and muddy people.
Side and rear screen doors are optional, but based on my own RV’ing experiences they’re highly recommended.
The front captain’s chairs swivel to make for good family and friends time, and the forward facing bench seat has two 3-point seatbelt with child seat attachments for drive time. A Cummins gas generator runs the fridge, water heater and rooftop AC unit when outside power’s not available. It’ll also power the water pump, which is good for running the toilet in case of emergency.
Two colors are offered, red and gray/silver, along with several paint/trim levels. From top to bottom are basic to best, with the top models getting polished steel accents and full paint coverage on the bumpers and trim. All models have alloy wheels.
The only option we’re left wanting for is the ability to put all this on a diesel Mercedes Sprinter platform. As is, it’s powered by a 280hp, 3.6L V6 with 6-speed automatic transmission. It comes with a Class II hitch and wiring harness and a tow rating of 3,500 pounds. Base price is $85,500 and, as if you needed any additional encouragement, RV financing isn’t so bad.