Itasca Navion 24B

1315531_itasca_navion_ext.jpgMotorhome 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.

 

1315531_itasca_navion_int.jpgThe 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 1315531_itasca_navion_fp.jpglooking 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
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