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J. Dawg’s RV – Living Large in a Small Motorhome

Winnebago View Profile

Winnebago View Profile 24V

I’m guilty of some RV adulation here, but I wanted to write an entry about my 2014 Winnebago View small motorhome.  I bought it new in January 2014, when I traded up from my Class B Roadtrek.  I wanted something a little bigger than a camper van that would be more comfortable for stay put camping, but still had the nimbleness of a small vehicle.  And, after 35,000 miles and over 300 days of traveling, it continues to meet all my expectations.

I have the Winnebago View Profile model 24V.  Its 25 1/2 ft long and 7 1/2 ft wide and technically a Class C motor home.  Its built on the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 3500 chassis which has a GVWR of 11,030 lbs.  Its considered a small motor home.

All the specs and features for the Winnebago View are listed on the Winnebago web site and here’s a link to the specifications Winnebago View Specs.  Below are some opinions on how things work and how it’s worked for me.  I also highlight some of the features and aspects that I find appealing or are noteworthy.

Drivability

  • It drives like a van not like a bus.  I’ve been able to go everywhere I wanted.  I’ve driven down side streets, parked in small retail store lots, parked on the street, driven thru cities, and gotten into gas stations.  It fits width wise in one parking space but because of its length it take up two unless you can over hang on the edge of a lot.
  • Because of what I said above, I don’t tow a car and doubt that I ever will.  It takes less than 5 minutes to unhook and you’re on your way to run errands or go sight-seeing.
  • It’s a high-profile vehicle and is affected by wind.  It can get pushed around in cross winds.  Also, at 11 ft 3 in in height, I have to keep awareness of low tree limbs and low telephone lines.  So, far I’ve had no problems.

Chassis

  • This is my first diesel.  It has its own nuances like waiting a couple of seconds on a cold start for the glow plugs to heat up and adding DEF (diesel exhaust fluid).  Adding DEF every few 100 miles is an added procedure with all new diesels, but its simple and straight forward.  Here’s a link to – Lessons Learned from Owing a Diesel.
  • Most maintenance and service can only be done at a MB dealer.  The diagnostics are unique to MB and the dealers are the only ones with the diagnostic systems to work on them.  And, unfortunately, the MB dealers are not as prevalent as Ford of Chevy.
  • The 3.0l V6 turbo diesel engine is surprisingly quiet but has plenty of power.  I’ve gone up 12,000 ft mountain passes without a problem.  It has slowed down to around 45 mph on 12% grades.  It also has a long maintenance schedule (oil & filter every 15,000 miles).
  • After 35,000 miles my fuel mileage is averaging right around 16.5 mpg.  On some trips its close to 17 mpg and on windy days it can go down to 14 mpg
  • The cruise control will hold the speed you set even on most downgrades.  This is a real handy feature to help minimize braking and downshifting on descents

Features

  • All windows have sunshade and light blocking MCD shades.  The windows slide open (vs crank) and let in plenty of air.  All the lights are LED and there’s plenty of them.
  • The One Place monitoring panel accurately shows all tanks levels (propane, water, grey, black) and battery levels
  • The AC unit is ducted in the ceiling and very quiet.  It evenly cools the motor home and also functions as a Heat Pump even when the outside temps get down to the high 30’s.
  • The holding tanks are huge at 36 gals each and they are heated.  I can go 4-5 days or longer before I dump and camp in cool weather without a worry.
  • The frig is a 5.3 cu/ft that can run off DC, AC, and propane.  It is a 2 two door with a separate freezer.  It can easily hold a weeks worth of food.
  • There’s a replaceable fresh water filter plumbed into the main sink faucet.
  • The 3,600 kw on board generator is autostart (press the button and it starts itself).
  • It has a fully enclosed bath with a porcelain toilet, sink, and a shower.
  • There’s an outside water station with a handheld shower nozzle for rinsing off.
  • My model has twin beds that can be made into a king.
  • My unit has one slide with the sofa.  When it’s out the front space becomes a nice living room. Both front seat swivel to face backwards.
  • The 16 ft power awning is huge, very sturdy, and comes with built in LED accent lighting.  When its open, I’ve got a nice large outside living area.

I really like my motor home and feel I made the right choice for my needs.  It’s nice and nimble for road tripping and sight-seeing.  It’s also very comfortable for staying by a lake for a couple of weeks or for spending a few months in Florida in the winter.  For me, it’s the perfect second home.

If you have a question about my RV, please leave me a comment and I’ll do my best to respond.  You can read more about my experience with the View here – A Two Year Summary.  Thanks.

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12 thoughts on “J. Dawg’s RV – Living Large in a Small Motorhome

  1. Willis & Shirley Lynes

    I totally second every statement you have made! We also had a 2013 Roadtrek RS Adventurous, and felt it had everything we needed,…. EXCEPT SPACE! (We went from a 32′ fifth-wheel with two slides to the RT!-). After almost three years and well over 20,000 miles, We also traded for a 2016 Winnebago View 24 V— We really liked the change Winnebago made in 2016 with the addition of a kitchen window and the TV mounted above. I have since added three 100W solar panels, and a Satellite TV receiver, making it pretty much all we want it to be. I was very impressed with the MB diesel in the RT, so that played a very important role in our decision to go to the Winnie 24V.
    As-a-matter-of- fact, our rig appears to be the same color scheme as yours, J. Dawg! We look forward to meeting you in person somewhere down the road.
    Willis & Shirley Lynes — Kingman, AZ

  2. Will Barns

    Thanks for your comments. We are considering returning to the RV world by buying a 2016 Winnebago View 24G. Winnebago has come a long way since we last looked. Do you have advice on necessary add-ons? Is it possible to get 25% off retail? Thanks again and keep writing!

    1. J. Dawg Post author

      Will, Thanks for reading. The only real add-on that I did was to add a portable solar setup. At times, I dry camp and having solar charging is very helpful. As far as a discount, I negotiated 18% off the dealer list. I think 15-20% I reachable but it depends on the dealer. The Yahoo View/Navion group is a good place to ask question and get responses from numerous View owners. Hope the helps.
      J. Dawg

  3. Bob Wilking

    First thanks for the great blog. While we haven’t pulled the trigger on our purchase yet, we are strongly considering the View. I notice on the View/Navion Yahoo Group forum, there is a lot of comments on poor tire wear and alignment as well as the propane tanks valve that continually draws amps. What has your experience been with these issues?

    Thanks again for the blog

    1. J. Dawg Post author

      Bob;
      Thanks for reading my blog. I haven’t experienced a poor tire wear issue. When I first got my View, it had a slight drift to the left which was cured by rotating the front tires. My EOM tires lasted 35,000 miles and my new Michelins show no uneven wear after 8,000 miles. The propane tank valve does draw a little power. I haven’t seen it to be a problem. My batteries easily carry me for a day. When I park the rig at home, I flip the battery disconnect and I’ll go a week to 10 days before I have to recharge the batteries. Hope this helps. Good luck with your decision.
      J. Dawg

  4. Rich B

    Thanks for the review. We have found the perfect 2016 24V and are ready to purchase but are wondering if 76″ is enough space for a 74″ tall person in the back bed. How tall are you and how well do you fit ?

    Thanks again,

    -Rich

    1. J. Dawg Post author

      Rich,
      Thanks for reading. I’m 73″ tall and fit better on the passenger side bunk. It’s just enough space for me and not much more. Best thing is to stretch out on the hunk and see how you fit.
      J. Dawg

  5. Pete Miller

    J. Dawg
    Enjoy your insights. Have had a Coleman Utah popup for ten years (garaged and gently used) and after 20 years of Coleman Sundome tent camping with our kids all over the U.S. and Canada. Have actively shopped RV dealers and RV shows for over 3 years and am about to sell the popup and pull the trigger, on a 2015 View. After years of research, am convinced this is the best fit and quality for our camping/travel plans. We are van people (two VW busses and two Honda Odysseys) and a test drive in a View felt natural. I also drive a Ford F-250 at work and the sprinter ride quality is better and fuel consumption much better (10.9 vs 16).
    Any experience with wheel chicks on the dual wheels? Without levelers, is this a useful item?
    Thanks

    1. J. Dawg Post author

      Pete;
      Thanks for reading my blog. I think you mean Wheel Chocks? I do have a pair and use them when parked on a slope for safety. I don’t have levelers and just use blocks to level the RV. When using blocks under the dually’s you have to put a block under each tire. Hope this helps.
      J. Dawg

  6. Tom O'Grady

    We have the exact same model and year Winnebago View as you and love it. However, we had a lot of problems with it immediately after purchase (new) from Poulsbo RV in Washington State: fridge went out, auto steps motor gear stripped, awning lights stopped working, generator problems, and today, nearly three years after purchase, it’s in the shop again with check engine and low DEF indicator lights that wouldn’t reset after filling the DEF tank. The shop told me I must have purchased bad or outdated container of Blue DEF. I believe most of my early problems were caused by the careless person that drove it from Forest City, Iowa to the Winnebago dealer in Poulsbo, Washington, a 1700 mile trip. (It already had 1800 miles on it when purchased.) Where do you purchase your DEF? I hear it has a shelf life.

    Secondly, I’m considering an upgrade to the suspension. The vehicle sways a lot. Your thoughts?

    Safe travels,

    Tom O’Grady

    1. J. Dawg Post author

      Hey Tom,
      Thanks for reading my blog. I’ve had some similar problems. My frig was DOA and had to be replaced. My awning lights cable broke. I also had to the same CEL and DEF warning light issue. I wrote about those in my blog under the RV Problems category. But things have settled down. I get my DEF at either Walmart or an auto parts store. It does have a 2 year shelf life. I think the key on the DEF issue is to keep the tank topped off. The Winnebago View has a small tank and my guess is if it gets low its easy to get erroneous readings. I don’t notice any sway issues in my View. It is a high profile vehicle and can get impacted by cross winds. I would make sure all your tire pressures are up to the recommended level. I run mine at 62 PSI. Other than that, I have no experience or thoughts on doing things to the suspension.
      J. Dawg

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