Is the Winnebago View an RV or is it a van? That is the question! While it provides all the comforts of what we’re used to in an RV, it offers much more compact RV design when it comes to maneuverability. We downsized from our big fifth wheel to this amazing little compact Class C motorhome to enable us to experience and explore on a much grander scale.
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There’s seems to be a sudden shift in within the RV community lately; especially amongst the full-timers. RVers who once traveled with big rig motorhomes, fifth wheels and travel trailers are downsizing down to much smaller RVs and Vans. We decided to join in on the dance downsizing from our fifth wheel to the Winnebago View Class C motorhome for several reasons.
Why We Downsized to Our Class C Winnebago View
Our “Pre” View
It’s kind of a misnomer that RVers will own at least three RVs before finding their perfect RV. One that fits more into their lifestyle, their purpose of adventures or a quest of more freedom. Well, those are why we downsized to a much smaller more mobile motorhome.
We actually started planning our own downsizing in October 2019 after meeting a van-life couple, Wendy and Larry, at the RV Nomadfest in Wellington, Texas. They were that little spark that encouraged us into thinking, ‘we too, can live in a van down by the river’.
Still living in our 42′ fifth wheel full-time, they showed us everything encompassing van life. After just a few days of pondering, the thought of downsizing actually grew on us quickly.
So, after almost six years of full-time RVing in big rig fifth wheels, we decided it was time to shake it up a bit. We were ready to spread our wings and fly faster.
While our fifth wheels served us well; having most every fifth wheel modification and upgrade possible, we had one growing problem.
As we sailors often say, “we were constrained by draft” meaning, our RV size was holding us back from places we wanted to traverse. We found our fifth wheel and truck was just too big for a lot of older campgrounds; especially in National Parks and State Parks.
While we preferred boondocking (dispersed camping off the grid) and traveling off the beaten path, a lot of the places we wanted to go was constrained by our RV’s size.
So, we started our quest to finding our perfect little motorhome. We wanted to drive our home instead of pulling our home. It needed to serve the purposes as our home, having greater mobility and small enough to take on adventures.
In other words, we wanted a smaller RV to explore and move a little faster.
RVing with our fifth wheel required us to stay put in one location; upwards to a month sometimes. Moving days were long, tedious and time consuming because our RV was so big. We were required to stay on major highways because of our fifth wheel’s height and weight.
Fast forward, now, we’re underway making way to a new destination in less than 10 minutes in our small Class C Winnebago View motorhome!
It’s not about downsizing but right-sizing
While we were downsizing, we realized quickly we were actually right-sizing. We were already living the minimalist lifestyle in our big fifth wheel and truck. However, we felt the size of our RV was holding us back from what we really wanted to do.
And though we lessened our RV’s footprint, it was more about finding solace and a different kind of adventure. It’s about getting off the interstates and taking the back roads to explore the heart of America; her small towns and roads less traveled.
But with that, it took a lot more downsizing. Our previous downsizing transition from our 3600 square foot Kentucky home to our 350 square foot fifth wheel.
Now, we’re downsizing even more to less than 200 square foot of living space. That includes our bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, workspace and living area.
Yeah! You read that right! 200 square foot of space to live in for however long we decide to do this.
So, as I blog this, it’s been a year and a half since trading our 42′ luxury fifth wheel to our compact Class C Winnebago View motorhome. Now, the backroads are luring us to peek around new corners, choose new routes and more exciting hidden destinations.
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.
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.
The Winnebago View 24D model appealed to us because of the open floor space when the Murphy bed is folded up. So, while we don’t use the pedestal table, we didn’t just toss it out the door during our cross-decking evolution.
The second reason we chose the View 24D is its’ more spacious kitchen. Since we prepare and cook about 85% of our meals, we wanted a bigger kitchen with more kitchen prep space. This particular model offers the biggest kitchen counter of all the View and Navion models.
Dinette Eating Area
Another feature we wanted is the dinette eating area. Dan and I raised our family on principles and importance of gathering around the family dinner table.
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, not only for eating but also work.
And, when it does come time for our Grandson to go with 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.
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.
The Winnebago View 24D model also enables additional seating. Like most Class A and Class C motorhomes, the cockpit chairs swivel around. Those, with the dinette seating and sofa seating, we could essentially fit 8 or 9.
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 Mini Moho (what we refer to it) will provide us much more traveling freedom! The 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.
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 tankless water heater.
Truma Aqua Go Tankless Water Heater
Our Winnebago View comes equipped 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.
Check out Mortons on the Move video as Tom explains every part of it’s operation:
We will have to monitor our water usage more carefully because of our water tank size. 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!
After a few warranty repairs, upgrading some major components and a bit of frustrations during our transition, we are happy to say that we’re loving our Winnebago View.
Check out our video tour!
RV Upgrades and modifications we’ve completed on our Winnebago View:
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