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Old 05-26-2018, 02:18 AM   #1
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Just today I purchased a 2017 Travato 59G after months of researching options (towable vs. Class B), models, etc. To me it seems ENORMOUS after a Subaru Forester. I am a mature solo woman who never owned an RV or van before. Survived the 78 mile drive back from the rv dealer to my friends' house where I am staying for awhile (good friends who accompanied me on my test drives, the purchase, and the drive back, made all the difference). Love the feel of driving the van, am more confident now that I'll master it. The roominess and foldup bed are awesome. Will spend this week practicing backing up and parking, etc. in an empty church parking lot, until I feel very comfortable, also pouring over the manuals. Tons to learn! Feel like I'm entering graduate school for campervans. I definitely want to do as much boondocking as I can once I understand it all more. Have loved camping in the past and very much look forward to this new arena. I look forward to meeting new friends. I am sure I'll be posting many questions.
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How exciting!
Congrats.

The "enormous" feeling will fade rapidly. It will soon feel no different from the Subaru once your nervous system adjusts. There are really only two tricky things: (1) Learning not to cut corners too tightly--you have to learn to keep going straight till the last minute and then turn sharply; and (2) backing up. Use your camera and mirrors and (as you say) practice. It is good to get out once in awhile to get calibrated as how far you really are from obstacles.

Hope you have many great adventures.
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Congratulations!

I, too, found the initial period pretty daunting. But you'll pick it up with time...and there's always this forum if you run into questions.

Have fun out there!
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Congratulations!

The most difficult part about driving an RV is making the right turn -- you have to remember to turn wide; watch out for the pedestrians' toes.
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After a dozen years with a Class B I am still a dyslexic backer upper, but after 2 years of having an Airstream trailer that I gave up on, the Class B is manageable.
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Old 05-26-2018, 08:08 PM   #6
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Just today I purchased a 2017 Travato 59G after months of researching options (towable vs. Class B), models, etc. To me it seems ENORMOUS after a Subaru Forester. I am a mature solo woman who never owned an RV or van before. Survived the 78 mile drive back from the rv dealer to my friends' house where I am staying for awhile (good friends who accompanied me on my test drives, the purchase, and the drive back, made all the difference). Love the feel of driving the van, am more confident now that I'll master it. The roominess and foldup bed are awesome. Will spend this week practicing backing up and parking, etc. in an empty church parking lot, until I feel very comfortable, also pouring over the manuals. Tons to learn! Feel like I'm entering graduate school for campervans. I definitely want to do as much boondocking as I can once I understand it all more. Have loved camping in the past and very much look forward to this new arena. I look forward to meeting new friends. I am sure I'll be posting many questions.
Thanks for the encouragement, everyone. I already feel surprisingly comfortable driving and make right turns and left turns. Made some parking/backing up progress in my first practice today and now at least feel I WILL be able to do it.
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Congrats....we are totally jealous!!! Funny...I just told my wife we need to sell everything and make our home a Class B.....she says we need a home base....I said the Class B would be our home base!
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I am a semi retired camping fiend lady about to do EXACTLY what you just did. Great to hear about your process. Keep us posted and if youre ever in Portland OR, look me up!
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Very relatable since I picked dup my 2016 Carado Axion just a few weeks ago! Another word of advice, don't keep appliances or electronic devices connected or powered (especially overnight) as it will kill the coach battery.
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I know how you feel but after 4000 miles In my 2018 G I am feeling pretty confident. If you dont know already there is a Travato owners group on Facebook. They are the most incredible resource
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Congratulations on your new Travato! We're new Winnebago Paseo owners ourselves. Definitely check out the Facebook groups for Travato owners and also check out the Winnie B's group: https://sites.google.com/site/winniebsclub/home

They have chapters and get togethers with other like-minded WGO owners.

We have learned SO MUCH by reading all the posts on these sites by current owners. Probably 90% of the modifications we've done, so far, have been sparked by seeing what others have done with their units. Hope to see some in person at the various rallies in upcoming months.

I am also adjusting to the larger chassis from our Subaru Outback - so totally get what you're saying. So far, so good.

Have a great time in your new Travato - they are great!
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Great to know I'm not the only one. Thanks.
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Silex840, I guess great minds think alike. I just unplugged the microwave etc. today for exactly that reason. Want to be as power conservative as possible.
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Thanks for the Winnie online site suggestions. I had just seen the FB and asked to join 1/2 hour ago. Will check out the other.
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Congrats....we are totally jealous!!! Funny...I just told my wife we need to sell everything and make our home a Class B.....she says we need a home base....I said the Class B would be our home base!
Patch of land will fix that and for relatively little money! Can't move land!
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I bought my 59G (2015) in late February and was scared to even test drive it at first. I now feel so comfortable driving it, I can't believe my initial trepidation. The side mirrors and back-up camera are your best friends. I have my side mirrors set so I can see the ground (to check for parking lot stripes and curbs) as well as all along the length of the Trav. I actually have better views with the Trav than I do on my car! You will soon love it and will be looking for new places to drive. Cheers!
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