I’ve actually been on a road trip since buying it in January and have driven over 5,000 miles with it. With two months of living in it and driving it, I feel I can give a first hand comparison of the two vehicles. I’m not trying to show how one is better than the other or give a detailed feature comparison since they are different vehicles. I just thought it might be helpful to others to share my experiences with the two products.
First, let me say that I have no axe to grind and have no affiliation with or compensation from either of the vendors of these motorhomes. Also, I respect that there are folks who love their Class B and would never think of trading up and there are similar folks who love their Class C. The specs I quote were accurate at the time I wrote this article.
We’re all different and have different needs and different uses for our RV’s. I’m more of a traveler versus a stay put camper, but I do some stay put camping during the year. I’m also a minimalist camper. I like small, simple, and tend to get by well with the bare essentials.
Why the Change
So, it all starts with the reason why I traded up. I began traveling the country with my Roadtrek and logged over 33,000 miles with it. It is a great road trip vehicle and I loved traveling in it. But my reasons for trading were two fold. First, I wanted to be able to live in an RV for two months parked in Florida for the winter. I found that the living space within the Roadtrek did not suit me for that type of living. This was the major drive for trading up.
Second, I wanted to stay with a small motorhome, but have just a little more space like a permanent bedroom. The Mrs. and I at times like to take naps (its an age thing) and the permanent bedroom versus a fold down couch was much more preferable.
Expanding on the small motorhome requirement, I wanted something that I could drive pretty much anywhere. I liked the nimbleness of my Roadtrek (I used it to go grocery shopping at home) and didn’t want to give that up. I wanted to still be able to pull into a McDonalds, get fuel a regular gas station, camp in all state and national parks, drive the scenic roads, and not have to bring a toad.
So why a Winnebago View? It best fit our requirements. I’ll give the specs below, but I think it’s still small, has the floor plan we liked, built on a very reliable chassis, is fuel efficient, is from a large reliable vendor with a large dealer network, and the model has a demand on the trade in market (lots of people own them). I had also talked to several campers who owned them (either a View and Itasca Navion) and all were very pleased with them. I also follow a few blog writers who have them and all have the same positive comments.
So, now the comparison.
So that’s the comparison from my perspective. The bottom line – They both are great vehicles. Both are reliable. They drive very similar and can pretty much go the same places. I like having the extra space and for that I’m paying more for fuel and maintenance for the Winnebago. But I made that decision so I would have something to live in while wintering in FL.
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