Motorhome manufacturers are constantly trying to entice younger families into the RV lifestyle. As more and more of these families are discovering that RVing is the most practical way of spending a few days of quality time together, many new models feature amenities and floorplans aimed squarely at that segment. And after spending some time
in the Itasca Navion 24B, it’s obvious that Winnebago has paid attention to the demands of parents and children alike, making it easier than ever for enthusiasts of all ages to enjoy getaway RV trips in an easily manageable, rather nimble rig.
The Navion is built on the Dodge Sprinter chassis, and features a Mercedes-Benz 3.0L V-6 diesel (an optional 3.5L V-6 gas engine is available as well). A five-speed automatic transmission, four-wheel ABS and independent front suspension help keep the ride smooth and safe, and the Class C darts down the highway with aplomb.
The exterior of the Navion is sleek and stylish, and is a real attention-grabber at the campground. The Navion we tested features the pewter with Dark Tundra/Black Cherry/Gold accents, to go along with the standard white exterior and smooth lines. Storage compartments are offered curbside, though the majority of your gear will likely be stowed via the pass-through door that opens to the bunk area in the rear of the coach.
The cabover bed has a 49 x 75-inch mattress. Buyers can choose to replace it with an overhead cabinet, which would work well for additional storage space on extended trips. We opted to convert the two sofas into a cross-coach sleeping arrangement, which was actually quite comfortable. Two bunk beds at the rear of the floorplan rounded out the
sleeping options, and makes a fine “bedroom suite” for youngsters.
In the galley, the attractive Washed Maple cabinetry is pleasing to the eye, and its construction is top-notch. Each cabinet door is fitted with a sleek, stainless knob that’s spring-loaded. What the Navion lacks in exterior storage space, it makes up for in drawer
area. And, for a coach of this size, we found the bathroom to be quite spacious.
All in all, the Navion made for quite a fun trip. The model we tested is clearly aimed at the younger-family segment, though there are other floorplans available to suit the needs of enthusiasts who want to downsize without sacrificing quality. A few design issues aside, this
motorhome allows you and the family to relax and unwind once you’re set up — which is what the RV experience is all about. If you’re looking to head to the mountains for a quick weekend fishing trip (the Navion is rated to tow 3,500 pounds), or perhaps a quiet weekend in the woods, the Navion is a smart choice that’s easy on the fuel budget.
For complete details and full test impressions of Winnebago’s Itasca Navion 24B, pick up the December 2007 issue of MotorHome magazine on the newsstand — then subscribe to MotorHome so you can stay informed on the latest motorhome tests, previews,
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