Winnebago Via

Winnebago Via

On Friday we took delivery of a 2015 Winnebago Via 25T. Our intention in purchasing this new recreational vehicle is to explore North America with the conveniences of a home on wheels. After comparing gas and diesel engines, we decided that the Mercedes-Benz diesel engine offered advantages such as better mileage, less maintenance, and a potential long life. The fact that diesel fuel is presently less costly than regular gas is a plus, too. The Mercedes-Benz Splinter chassis as configured by Winnebago offers a small footprint with luxurious amenities. Our Via, only 25.5 feet in length with one slideout, meets our basic needs while relatively easy to drive. In addition to an expansive rear camera it has side cameras that are activated with each turn signal. It has the Rand McNally navigation system that offers help in finding rv friendly routes. The huge front window offers amazing views. The sophisticated sound system includes Am/FM/Sirius radio, CD and DVD capabilities, and two satellite ready TVs (one 26 inches, the other 22 inches). The two-burner gas stove, convection microwave, and refrigerator should allow us to prepare our own meals while traveling. The washroom on our T floor plan has a larger shower than the Q model. In order to enjoy this form of travel, one must learn how to navigate the electrical grid, the LP generator, and an inverter. We have received helpful support from Affinity RV at every step of our decision process. A technician, for example, gave us a thorough 3 hour plus walk through of how our rig works. I have started reviewing the pile of manuals for further understanding of the many features. Undoubtedly, there will be challenges in the days ahead, especially for this non-mechanical oriented owner. Nevertheless, we are excited about two upcoming outings, one to an rv park that offers electricity and water, another to a National Forest campground where we will experiment with dry camping techniques. The Winnebago Via offers us an opportunity to expand our travel adventures with a home on wheels. Stay tuned for updates.

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