Vans are undoubtedly renowned for their convenient enclosed carrying capability and overall usefulness on the job site or homestead. Pack it in, lock it up, and leave it unattended while you go to lunch or stay overnight at a hotel. No worrying about stolen items or fly-away contents. Plus, leave your tarps at home because rain doesn’t matter with a van. To this degree, it can be declared that the full size van has advantages over a pickup truck, no matter what the naysayer argues.
At a recent Chrysler media event, we got a glimpse of a 2014 Ram ProMaster Van. The ProMaster is based on the Fiat Dicato, which rules the European RV market. Would the ProMaster find its way beyond the construction site and into the world of recreation and adventure? You better believe that Winnebago would build a Class B motorhome on the Ram ProMaster chassis. It’s called the Travato and it’s the newest addition to Winnebago’s Touring Coach lineup. This agile motorhome (shall we call it), measures one inch shy of 21 feet and is powered by the 280hp 3.6L V6 Pentastar gasoline engine.
The 2014 Winnebago Travato includes mostly everything you’d find in a full-fledged Class A, scaled-down and speaking liberally of course. The galley houses a microwave oven, 2-burner ranger top with a glass cover, refrigerator/freezer combo, stainless steel sink with folding faucet and glass cover, and a water filtration system. There is a shower with a flexible showerhead, and a bath cabinet and 3-compartment soap dispenser. Allowing easy entrance and exit is an automatic step. Protection from the elements is provided by a powered patio awning with LED lighting. The electrical, plumbing, and heating and cooling systems facilitate comfortable travel and convenience. Tank capacities are as follows: 22 gallon freshwater, 4 gallon water heater, 11 gallon black water and 14 gallon gray water.
The base price for the 2014 Travato is $84,039, perfect for the traveling couple looking for a bona fide alternative to the massive price tag and huge hassle of a colossal RV.