A Class C RV Review One Year Later
Would We Recommend Our Class C Winnebago One Year Later?
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Last year we switched RVs going from a 28ft Travel Trailer to our current Class C RV: a 2017 Winnebago Trend. We absolutely loved it (we wrote about how much we loved it on Winnebago’s blog here) and felt it was one hundred percent the right move for us. We even had fun giving you guys a tour.
However, it’s easy to be excited and in love with a purchase when it’s still brand new. One year in, do we still feel the same?
What We Still Love
How Nimble a 24 ft Class C Is
We fit in almost any parking lot, many driveways, and have parallel parked in various downtown urban settings with no problem. U-turns, which were impossible with our Travel Trailer, have been a breeze. Same when it comes to reversing. We love how easy it is to drive and travel in our Winnebago Trend, and in a Class C vs. a Travel Trailer. We also like that I can drive the Trend even when Jon can’t (I kinda hate to drive, but the Trend is easy to maneuver).
Dual-Pane Acrylic Windows
We raved about these when we first got our Trend. We still love the dual-pane acrylic windows. This is one RV upgrade that’s totally worth it. Dual-Pane acrylic windows insulate better than traditional RV windows. I for one, am always cold, and these have made all the difference.
We keep warm at night by fighting our dogs Remy and Sienna over our beloved Pendleton blanket. Unfortunately, we left it behind in our Travel Trailer. We picked up another one last spring, but not before we were caught in unexpected snow in Atlanta. Thanks to the windows’ amazing ability to insulate we slept comfortably even though we only had a thin fleece blanket on hand. (Now we have our windows and 2 Pendleton blankets; 1 for the dogs and 1 for the humans)
Interior With High Gloss Surfaces & Clean Lines
Interior design is extremely important to us. We remodeled a home before becoming full-time travelers, and home decor was our thing even before then. Aesthetically pleasing and clutter-free environments make both of us feel our most relaxed and productive.
While we don’t like the large amount of brown in our RV, the Trend has ample overhead storage, with hidden latches and beautiful, curved, high gloss doors. No intricate scrollwork, or out-dated patterns, and everything is hidden away.
The Trend has a bright outdoor light, blue awning light, and LED lighting throughout the inside. The lights have a nice warm glow and there’s mood lighting too (there’s a lower light setting where the backsplash and our bedroom shelves light up). Very thoughtfully designed!
FROLI Deluxe Sleep System
We had a residential Leesa mattress in our Travel Trailer. Due to the twin bed floorplan we couldn’t bring our mattress with us into this RV. We do miss it! However, the FROLI sleep system makes our convertible bed comfortable. It helps by making the cushions feel a lot softer than they would if they were laying straight on the wooden platform.
We don’t miss buying DEF (we pulled our Travel Trailer with a diesel GMC Canyon), or waiting for the diesel pump to be available. Although we never found either of those things difficult, we have enjoyed how easy it is to fuel up with a gas engine.
Open Floorplan With Huge Windows
We still love the floorplan. We have two rear twin beds (which can be converted into a queen bed) with a rear bath. This creates open sight lines throughout our coach making it feel very spacious and open. It also allows for large full-length windows down both sides of our RV. We had a lot of natural light in our Travel Trailer and have been able to keep the natural light and unbeatable views in our Class C.
Our skylight also lets in plenty of light. If we ever went for something like a Winnebago View, we’d be tempted to go with a bunk delete to have a skylight again.
Our shower, though we mainly use it for storage, is a great size. We recently rented an RV with Jon’s parents and realized what a nice size shower we have for a Class C.
Functional Floorplan without the Slide Extended
For us, it’s very important to be able to sleep without having to extend our slide. Not only does our Trend not have the bed on a slide-out, the layout is very functional even with the slide in. If we sat down to count, we’ve probably spent more nights with the slide in than with it out.
The slide houses our fridge and a small sofa. We don’t find the sofa practical to eat at, so we eat using the pedestal table in the rear lounge sitting across from each other. Also, the dogs claimed the sofa as their own. They don’t seem to like the sofa any less if the slide is in.
What We Would Change
The Bathroom Door
We really dislike the swinging bathroom door. Then again, if it were up to us, we’d probably replace every swinging door inside every RV ever with pocket doors.
The Water Heater
We love that our water heater is tankless, but… Our tankless water heater is the Girard water heater rather than the Truma. We wish it was a Truma. Our Girard water heater seems to only heat our water when we’re plugged in (zero problems with it at campgrounds with electric hookups). We’re not sure why that is, but it’s frustrating… (We had issues with the propane side of our water heater in our Travel Trailer too, but that was due to a part that was just plain missing).
Our Travel Trailer had ducted A.C. and a thermostat. We miss those things, especially how much quieter ducted A.C. can be. That said, we hardly ever use our A.C. We try very hard to follow the weather and stay away from heat and humidity. We boondock a lot and we have 2 dogs that need to be able to stay in the RV without us at times, so avoiding the heat makes sense for us.
We work in our RV yet love to boondock. An inverter, as it turns out, is a must for us. We really only need to charge our laptops and it would be nice to plug in our electric kettle for the minute or so it needs to boil water. It would be amazing to do that. Of course an inverter can be installed, we just haven’t because we suspect we’ll be switching rigs again soon…
It’s nice not having a stepwell. I’m that person that forgets stepwells are there and falls into them. Unfortunately, with no stepwell, our batteries are not easily accessible like in some other Class Cs. Luckily, our batteries are maintenance-free and they’ve done a great job with all our boondocking. But, next time, we’d like to have easier-to-access batteries.
Ground Clearance and Rear Overhang
We love, love, love boondocking. A shorter overhang, greater ground clearance, and a better departure angle would be amazing. The Trend is a total champ when we’re out east or asphalt surfing. Out west, we wish we could go down more dirt roads. Even still, our trusty Trend has taken us to some pretty amazing BLM spots and forest roads.
What Our Class C Has Been Perfect For
Our Trend has been amazing for our long roadtrips this past year. We have zipped across the country multiple times, gone up into Canada twice, crossed all of eastern Canada one of those times, and worked on projects in the very urban areas of Denver and Atlanta.
We cannot imagine covering the kind of ground we did and at the pace we did in another RV. Our little 24 ft Class Trend has been perfect for traveling long distances on the road.
We can also see this little rig as the perfect weekend rig. It’s so easy to set up and break down compared to our Travel Trailer. It’s also great for entertaining. With the slide out, 4 adults easily fit in the swivel captains chairs and 2 on the sofa. Then more people can sit in the rear twin lounge area and everyone can still see one another.
We do not tow a car. The Trend is only rated to tow 2,000 lbs. So, this isn’t the Class C for you if you’re hoping to tow a car. The Trend is absolutely perfect for anyone looking to have the conveniences of a Class B RV, but with more space.
Our New RV Wants
So while we would recommend the Winnebago Trend and still love our trusty Trend, we have decided to switch rigs (again). The smile on Jon’s face and the bounce in his step when hunting for a boondocking spot down a dirt road is undeniable. We would really like some off-road capability.
Mountain towns are our happy place. Climbing mountains and driving through those mountain passes we love would feel better with a diesel engine. We’d like a little more torque than what we have now with our gas engine.
Since we’re going to continue to fulltime we need some improvements in work space, sleeping, and showers. Although we love our floorplan, in order for us to both have a table to work on at the same time, the main walkway (and walkway to the bathroom) is blocked.
We really miss our memory foam mattress so we want a walk around bed, or at least a fixed bed. An inverter is a must for work. And, we’d like exterior storage. I’ve had my eye on this little BioLite stove since seeing it at Outdoor Retailer. Not to mention, exterior storage would free up our shower. As much as we love our residential style showers at Planet Fitness and Little America, we’d like to have our RV shower back, especially so we can boondock uninterrupted for longer (I can count on one hand the times the weather was warm enough to use our outdoor shower). And, we’ll also want that Truma water heater.
We love our trusty Trend. It was perfect for all the cross-country trips we took in the past year, but we’re thinking it’s time to switch rigs yet again. Are you thinking of switching RVs? What are you considering? Let us know in the comments below!