Itasca Reyo 25R Sprinter
April 18, 2012
Filed under Motorhome Reviews
The Itasca Reyo represents a remarkable achievement for Winnebago Industries, offering a very well-executed Class A silhouette and craftsmanship that you would expect from a small coach that costs more than $120,000 in its base form.
Available in three floorplans, the 25Q, the 25T and the 25R — which we tested, the Reyo is a real head turner. The morning after we arrived at an RV park in Morro Bay, Calif., we were greeted almost immediately by RVers who were interested in the motorhome and wanted to learn more about it. Not surprising, considering the coach’s sleek appearance and optional Pewter full-body paint ($5,166) and stylized aluminum wheels.
And the Reyo drives as good as it looks. The Reyo is a tall Class A with large, flat sides and a fair amount of rear overhang, which is often a recipe for scary handling. Once on the road, however, all of those fears evaporated; the Reyo rode and handled just as well as its siblings in this test, making for a very pleasurable drive up California’s Pacific Coast Highway.
Packing for the trip was easy, considering that the Reyo had the most and best exterior storage of the three motorhomes in this test, with one compartment on the streetside that could easily swallow long items. We also liked the optional driver’s door with power lock ($1,400) that made it easy to enter and exit the coach — a real benefit when visiting fuel stations, since the fuel filler is on the streetside.
The 25R floorplan features a full-wall slide on the streetside that houses a sofa and a comfortable 60-by-80-inch queen-size bed. Adjacent to the sofa is a storage cubby that contains a pull-out snack table; otherwise, meals are enjoyed on the moveable pedestal table (which stows in handy under-couch storage during the day) that can either be positioned in front of the couch, or just aft of the swiveling cabin seats. You can also opt for a 38-by-69-inch BenchMark dinette in place of the sofa, if mealtime takes precedence over lounging and/or entertaining.
During the day, the bed serves as an attractive lounge complete with removable arm pads and throw pillows, but it does compromise livability somewhat, making the living area feel smaller here than it does in the View. At the foot of the bed/lounge is a 32-inch LCD TV that is perfectly positioned for watching in bed, yet is still very visible from the couch (or dinette, if specified). What we did find odd, however, is that the DVD player/receiver is located near the door, which was highly inconvenient and made for spotty operation from the remote. Placing the unit somewhere within reach of the TV would be a huge improvement.
The galley is adequately sized and features a large stainless steel sink with folding faucet and glass cover, a two-burner range with glass cover and a convection/microwave oven. Countertop space is generous, as is the well-made cabinetry with room for a trash can underneath the sink — something many coach manufacturers don’t consider. We also loved the valance lighting above the slideout and front cabinets — a small detail that adds a feeling of elegance. We were surprised to see laminate countertops, considering the much lower-priced ERA had genuine Corian. We were not big fans of the refrigerator’s removable freezer. We understand the concept (you can remove the freezer when it’s not needed for more refrigerator space) but when the freezer is in use, the bottom of it interferes with the soda cans in the top shelf of the door.
The rear bath offers plenty of room with a corner lav that features handy night lights on either side of the mirror, lots of countertop space and a nice-sized shower. The flexible showerhead was among the very best we’ve ever used, with great flow and a very convenient on-off button that allows you to save water while retaining your temperature settings. In all, this is a very pleasant bathroom.
The 25R’s base price is $122,137, but with the aforementioned options as well as additions such as an exterior protective mask ($1,225) and entertainment system with GPS ($1,386), the total as-tested cost swelled to $134,499. That’s a princely sum, and as we’ve pointed out, there are still some details that could use additional refinement. These facts notwithstanding, the Reyo is a great coach and could very well represent the future of Class A motorhomes.
- Fuel Economy: 17.3 mpg
- 0-60 MPH: 23 sec
- 40-60 MPH: 11 sec
- Model: Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
- Engine: 3.0-L V-6 turbodiesel
- SAE HP: 188 hp @ 3,800 rpm
- Torque: 325 lb-ft @ 1,400-2,400 rpm
- Transmission: 5-speed automatic with manual tip-shift
- Axle Ratio: 4.18:1
- Tires: LT215/85R16
- Wheelbase: 170″
- Brakes: 4-wheel Hydraulic disc with ABS
- Suspension, F/R: Independent with mono-leaf spring and stabilizer/leaf spring with stabilizer bar
- Fuel Cap: 26.4 gal
- Warranty: 3 yrs/36,000 miles
- Ext Length: 25′ 5″
- Ext Width: 7′ 6″
- Ext Height: 11′
- Int Width: 7′ 3″
- Int Height: 6′ 5″
- Construction: Aluminum/steel framing, fiberglass skin and roof, polystyrene block foam insulation
- Freshwater cap: 33 gal
- Black-water cap: 30 gal
- Gray-water cap: 40 gal
- Water-heater cap: 6 gal
- LP-Gas cap: 13 gal
- Air Conditioner: 13,500 Btu
- Furnace: 20,000 Btu
- Refrigerator: 6 cu-ft
- Converter/charger: 45 amp
- Inverter: 1,000 watt
- Battery: (1) 12-volt chassis,
- (2) 12-volt coach
- AC Generator: 3.6 kW LP
- MSRP: $122,137
- MSRP as tested: $134,499
- Warranty: 1 year/15,000 miles
- (Water & heater, Fuel, LP-gas tanks full; no supplies or passengers)
- Front axle: 3,760 lbs
- Rear axle: 6,480 lbs
- Total: 10,240 lbs
- gawr, F/R: 4,410/7,720 lbs
- gvwr/gcwr: 11,030/15,250 lbs
- roccc: 790 lbs
- (Deduct weight of passengers for net cargo capacity)
- gawr: Gross Axle Weight Rating
- gvwr: Gross Vehicle Weight Rating
- gcwr: Gross Combination Weight Rating
- rocc: Realistic Occupant and Cargo Carrying Capacity (full water, no passengers)