For years, we've known RVs based on the Ram ProMaster chassis are a huge success across the pond, so it was just a question of time before they made their way to the states. This week at the Chicago auto show, three such subjects debuted for 2014: Winnebago's Travato and Trend models, along with the like-minded Itasca Viva! They all share the Ram ProMaster platform (among other things), which includes the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 gas engine and six-speed automatic transmission with the unique European styling we're sure to see a lot more of in on America's highways and campgrounds. So not only will you see up to 16-18 mpg in your new vacation home on wheels, you're going to get a lot of attention doing it. Don't be surprised if passers-by ask your country of origin or what the cost of shipping was as opposed to what state you hail from! See more on each of the three models below.
2014 Winnebago Travato
The newest Class B motorhome to join the Winnebago Touring Coach lineup is the 2014 Winnebago Travato. At 20 feet long, the Travato is geared toward explorer types, but still creates a full-feature RV experience. The 59G floorplan boasts a rear double bed that flips up and out of the way to allow for fun travel items like bicycles to be loaded up and easily accessible through the large double rear doors. Other amenities include swivel cab seats, LED ceiling light, a split dinette, a full-featured galley, and MCD blackout roller shades. The U-Connect 5.0 Infotainment Center comes complete with touch screen, voice command and steering wheel controls, and features AM/FM radio with CD/DVD player, SiriusXM Radio with 12-month trial subscription, hands free Bluetooth, iPod/iPhone audio integration, speed adjusted audio levels, compass, color rearview camera, and integrated GPS with navigation for safe and easy routing and turn-by-turn voice guidance. Winnebago hopes to introduce a new level of value, style and living to Class B motorhomes.
2014 Itasca Viva!
Itasca is the first RV manufacturer to build on the new Ram ProMaster chassis. The all-new Class C product series Viva! is full of signature SmartSpace features that make the most of the available space, including a StudioLoft bed with a power lift so it is easily up and out of the way until you need it. It is also the first coach in the industry with three-point seatbelts in the dinette. The Viva! boasts two floorplans: 23B and 23L.
The 23B offers front swivel cab seats, a sofa/bed and dinette, a large, full-featured mid-coach galley, and rear bath. Two large sleeping spaces provide comfortable sleeping for four adults with the queen-size front loft bed and a king-size Flex Bed System.
The 23L also features swivel cab seats expanding the living area of the motorhome, as well as a forward-facing dinette on the driver's side of the unit and a side-facing dinette bench seat on the curb side, which together convert into one convenient sleeping space. Additional sleeping space is available with the rear corner bed and front StudioLoft bed. A mid-coach L-shaped galley is full featured and has a forward-facing sink.
Other highlights of the Itasca Viva! include a skylight with room-darkening shade, MCD blackout roller shades in the coach, a StudioLoft bed with electric lift, a retractable, self-cleaning shower door, aluminum wheels, automatic entrance step, powered patio awning with LED lighting, U-Connect 5.0 Infotainment Center, and seat belts for six passengers, including industry-leading three-point seatbelts in the dinette and cab.
2014 Winnebago Trend
The new 2014 Winnebago Trend Class C motorhome delivers a peppy, yet comfortable living space for up to four people. Both 23-foot floorplans feature a powered StudioLoft bed that lifts tight to the ceiling to conserve space during the day. Other features include energy-saving LED lighting and available soft, easy-to-clean Ultraleather furniture. This model also includes the three-point seatbelts to the dinette, and shares the U-Connect 5.0 Infotainment Center as well as all the other top offerings of the Itasca model.