Why We Downsized to a Winnebago View

There’s seems to be a sudden shift in within the RV community lately; especially amongst the full-timers. Several couples, solos and even small families who once traveled with big rig motorhomes, fifth wheels and travel trailers are downsizing down to much smaller RVs. And we decided to join in on the dance and downsized even further from our fifth wheel for several reasons. But, why the Winnebago View? 

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Why We Downsized to a Winnebago View

Our “Pre” View

It’s kind of a misnomer amongst RVers that each will own three RVs before finding the ‘perfect one’ that fits their lifestyle, change in adventures or for the quest of more freedom. Well, those are sort of how our big shift happened.

We actually started planning our own big downsizing shift in October of 2019 after meeting a van-life couple at the RV Nomadfest in Wellington, Texas. Wendy and Larry at the time we still working full-time at their corporate jobs in Michigan. They were that little spontaneous spark that lit the fire under our butts into making us think, ‘we too, can live in a van down by the river’. While we were still full-timing in our 42′ fifth wheel, they showed us the serious side of van life. And, after days of ponder, the thought of downsizing grew on us as did the excitement of actual transition.

So, after five plus years of full-time RVing, we decided it was time to shake it up a bit. Full-time traveling with a big honkin’ fifth wheel toy hauler and later, our luxury fifth wheel with our monster-size dually truck, we were ready to spread our wings and fly faster. While our fifth wheels we great and had most every mod and upgrade possible, we had one growing problem. As we sailors often say, “when our ship is restricted in size, it’s constrained by draft”. We found we were too big for a lot of campgrounds; especially in our National Parks, state, regional and municipal parks.

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We fell in love with boondocking (dispersed camping off the grid) and traveling off the beaten path but a lot of where we wanted to go was constrained by our RV’s size. So, we started our quest to finding the perfect little motorhome that would serve its’ purpose of home (on wheels) and adventure-seeking vehicle. Oh, and we wanted to move a little faster. RVing with our fifth wheel caused us to stay put in one location upwards to a month sometimes because it just seemed to be a big evolution to move her. Now, we’re underway making way to a new destination in less than 10 minutes!

It’s not about downsizing but right-sizing

One Winnebago View owner said it best on a social media page we frequent, “your transition as right-sizing. We resonated with that. Because while we were already in the more minimalist lifestyle, our home and vehicle was holding us back from what we really wanted to do.

And though we definitely lessened our RV footprint and everything inside and out, it was about finding solace in a different kind of RVing adventure. We yearned for more mobility. It’s about getting off the interstates and taking the back roads. We want to explore and adventure in America’s small towns and places beyond. But with that took a lot of attitude changing and more downsizing from our previous transition of a 3600 square foot home to a 350 square foot home on wheels.

So, as I blog this, it’s been a year and a half since trading our big rig RV to our compact Class C Mini Moho, short for Mini Motorhome. Now with our Winnebago View, most of the roads are inviting us to peek around new corners, choose new routes and destinations.

After a few warranty repairs, upgrading some major components and a bit of frustrations during our transition to an ‘almost’ van life, we are happy  to say that we’re loving our Winnebago View. And, here’s why!

 

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Why Winnebago and the View?

Amongst all of the compact Class C manufacturers, we chose Winnebago because of their long-standing reputation of building quality RVs. Also, our decision was also based on others’ reviews and recommendations. Our friends, Dan and Lindsay of Follow Your Detour have been instrumental in answering late night questions and concerns before we even stepped foot into a showroom. They have an earlier model Winnebago Navion, which is actually the exact same as the View; just with a different model name. We read about their more-mobile lifestyle of traveling pretty much anywhere and everywhere.  We latched onto that.

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Follow Your Detour, Dan and Lindsay, with their Winnebago Navion.

We searched many hours; looking at other brands but they either didn’t have what we were looking for; full-body paint, modern European interiors, modern appliances and components. We also observed the amazing cohesion amongst not only the Winnebago brand but the View/Navion communities.

While we looked at several other small motorhome manufacturers’ similar models, we kept coming back to the Winnebago View. And rightfully so. We fell in love with the Winnebago View’s fit, fixtures, fashion and finish.

While our previous Landmark 365 fifth wheel had a beautifully updated interior, we wanted something different; something with modern European flair. So, when we looked inside the View the very first time, it instantly felt like home. The View interior’s light-colored wood tones, vinyl and fabric patterns and modern lighting kept telling us ‘Pick me! Pick ME!’.

Why did we choose the View 24D model?

First, let’s look at the floor plan because this truly is the icing on the cake of what brought us to purchase the View 24D.

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The Winnebago View 24D model appeals to us because of the open floor space when the Murphy bed is folded up. While we don’t use the pedestal table, we didn’t just toss it out the door during our cross-decking evolution. We confess, it’s still in the wardrobe (bathroom) and never been used. We just don’t need it. Or, at least not just yet.

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The second reason we chose the View 24D is the larger galley kitchen. Since we prepare and cook about 85% of our meals, we wanted a floor plan and kitchen that would accommodate that. There is more space between the sink and the gas cooktop for food prep and dish drying.

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Another feature we wanted is a bonafide eating area. Dan and I raised our family on principles and importance of the family dinner table. Even though it’s just Dan and I now, we still enjoy meals looking at each other and engaging in conversation. When we looked at other models or even brands, we winced every time we saw the U-shaped dinettes.

Since it’s just Dan and I, there’s really no need for massive seating for meals anyway. But we still needed a comfortable table and workspace to conduct business, meetings, work and school. From working on our family budget, letter and post card writing, to watching television located over the galley counter, this seating arrangement works perfectly for us. So, the dinette offers not only a nice place to enjoy meals but also a great workspace and relaxation area. When it does come time for our Grandson to accompany us on some RV adventures, he will sleep on the dinette that transitions to a bed or up in the loft when he’s older.

The Winnebago View 24D model also enables additional seating. Like most all Class A and Class C models, the cockpit chairs swivel around providing additional seating. We can sit nine people comfortably in our RV. This is a bonus because we may visit family or friends who may want to come inside when the bugs bite or there’s a chill in the air. With a touch of a button, our already-made Murphy bed stows away and the sofa provides seating. While not the most comfortable, the sofa does offer a place to take cat naps if needed instead of having an all-access bed. And, speaking of cat naps, it’s Kandi’s favorite napping spot.

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Also, Dan wanted the Cummins diesel generator (option) as opposed to propane generator. Diesel fuel is easier to get, more efficient, and usage is extended. We only need propane to fuel our cooktop stove unit, furnace and our Truma AquaGo on-demand tankless water heater.

To see how the Truma Aqua Go works, check out Mortons on the Move video as Tom explains every part of it’s operation:

What are some of the Winnebago View 24D features?

The Winnebago View is manufactured on a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Chassis.

From Winnebago RV’s website:

“Outfitted with the new 10” (10.25”) MBUX infotainment system with AI (Artificial Intelligence) voice interface, as well as advanced safety features, like brake assist and active lane keeping assist, the new Mercedes-Benz®Sprinter chassis assures your next adventure will be as safe as it is comfortable”

Our amazing “Little Liberty” or Mini Moho (what we refer to it) will provide us much more traveling freedom! Our View 24D came equipped with large Group 31 batteries, two 100 -watt flex solar panels, 2000 watt inverter as well as decent-sized holding tanks and fresh water tanks.

OH! And we now have a Truma AquaGo On Demand hot water system! Now, at the flick of the switch, we have instant hot water for as long as we want. Of course, when we’re boondocking, we will have to monitor our water usage, however, this new-to-us system will enable us to conserve water better because we’re not going to have to wait for the water to warm up coming through the faucet.

So, those are just a few of the neat features that helped us with our decision in investing in our Winnebago View 24D! You can check out the specs and more features of our View as well as the other floor plans.

We now will have more freedom to explore and go places where no RV has gone before!

Upgrades we’ve completed on our Winnebago View…

Our Winnebago View Suspension Upgrades

Our Winnebago View Solar & Energy Upgrades

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17 Replies to “Why We Downsized to a Winnebago View”

    1. Roger, thank you so much for taking the time to read our blog. We hope for safe and adventurous travels! Hope to see you on the road again. Maybe we can borrow your fire pit sometime LOL -Lisa and Dan

  1. I Owned a 2007 VJ and a 2012 NM very satisfied with both. But I would prefer now the J floorplan because the bed is always ready and time of day go too fast to make it every night…

    1. Claude, thank you for reading! We have friends who have the J floor plan who love it. Its interesting to see what each perspective and choice ends up to be and reasons for picking a certain floor plan. The galley was super important to us as also the wider open floor space. We can see why you love the J though. Safe travels!! -Dan & Lisa

  2. Nice write up. I enjoyed seeing/hearing what you did after we met you at Maverick Ranch in Lajitos last December. We still love our Roadtrek and it is obvious you are going to enjoy your View.

    1. Nice to see you here, Darrell! Thanks for following and staying in touch. We’re excited to get on the road to really experience this tiny RV life. We’re grateful you showed us it can be done. Thank you! -Dan & Lisa

  3. Great writeup. Are you dragging a vehicle? If so, what kind? If not, why not?

    I am new…sorry if I don’t know all the lingo!

    -Joey

    1. JoeyB, thank you for checking us out. The first 6 months, we went without a toad to see what our limitations vs. freedom of mobility would be. Now, 10 months later as we write this, we now have a 2-door Jeep. We chose that vehicle because of the lesser weight than a 4 door. That’s the primary thing you have to consider is your GVWR weight ratio. So the 2-door Jeep ‘for us’ was the best option as we also carry 2 kayaks, bicycles and racks as well as hiking gear.

  4. We upsized from the Winnebago ERA 70X (our 1st ever RV) to the Navion 24D. It is absolutely perfect for us and our 2 dogs. We go out for a month and love the size, maneuverability, ease of driving & parking, great bathroom and comfortable bed, big galley size/area, and the list goes on. After 2 yrs. there isn’t one thing we would change. WE LOVE IT!

    1. Hi Cynthia, sounds like your trade in works well for you. Not sure we want to upsize anytime soon as we’re loving the small size mobility. Plus, we’re digging the minimalism requirement that leaves us to spend more time and money on adventures and memories vs. things. We hope you get good service from Winnebago. We have not ‘really’. They don’t answer their emails nor are concerned about listening to our suggestions or recommendations.

  5. We went from a Coleman pop-up to a used 2015 View V. Length of the RV and ability to access state parks were key considerations. Also having my wife comfortable to share driving duties is another plus. Ditto to all your comments. A couple more to consider: driver and passenger doors, two air bags and 16.5 MPG! When my fellow RVers brag about their 40-45 ft rigs, I just smile. I know they do not have those three features on their rigs. To each their own, I am satisfied with our Winnie!

    1. Hi Peter, sounds like our experience too. We ‘had’ a big 43′ fifth wheel and 44′ toy hauler fifth wheel and while they served us well for our intentions at the time, we wanted exactly the mobility you guys enjoy too. It’s amazingly liberating to be able to pull into ‘any’ campground or site and know we’ll fit no problem.

    1. Hi Pat, please accept our apologies for responding late to your question. We do want to thank you for taking the time to read our blog. As to your question, we splurged on getting a Beddy. It’s a two-piece zippered bedding ensemble that zips up and stows perfectly with our Murphy bed. And yes, when we stow the bed, pillows get stored vertically up at the head of the bed against the headboard. Easy peasy! Hope that helps! -Dan and Lisa

  6. We have a View and love it. Our only regret is we did not wait a year when they put convection burner in. Does anyone ever use an instant pot in the VIEW.? If we could run it while driving (putting in the sink for safety) we’d have food when we stopped for the night.

    1. hi Dennis, we’re so sorry for not getting back to you to answer your question. Thank you so much for following along on our blog. We hope our information is helpful. As to your question about the Instant Pot – we’ve never cooked in the Instant Pot for two reasons. First, the cord is too short on the IP to reach the outlet when the IP is in the sink. And second, not sure we want really hot stuff under pressure cooking while we are transiting. I know several of the big rig motorhome owners do it but not sure it would be a safe idea for a tiny motorhome like ours. Hope that helps. We hope you’re enjoying the freedom of travel with yours. Be well and stay safe on the road! -Dan and Lisa

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