As we have continued down the east coast of Florida in our Travato we’ve noticed that many places don’t allow you to actually wash your van. Once we tried to use an actual car wash to spray it off but we were afraid the brush would scratch the finish. So what did we do? We used a product called No Rinse and only 1/2 gallon of water to wash the entire van, including the tires and wheels.
So if you are like us and find that you really need to wash your van but you’re in a national park, well this is THE answer. It does a great job and in the video we actually broke out into a “my hiny’s clean” dance! We bet you will too.
When you live out of your van on the road it makes life so much better when you can reliably connect to the internet. That’s why we were so happy to buy a Verizon MIFI 8810L and try out their new Prepaid Unlimited plan. We’ve been doing that for a month now and have found it to be really good when it works. Every now and then the devices get kicked off, a known issue, but other than that it has truly been unlimited and unthrottled. A make-me-happy thing for this connected couple living in a Travato 59K van.
In this video we show you not only how we make use of the unlimited plan and the hotspot, we also show you how all that is made better with a Wilson WeBoost and the cherry on top is connecting the 2018 Roku Premier Streaming Stick to it and setting the resolution to 720p… almost like being at home.
Believe it or not there are a few things we’d change about our beloved Travato. We thought we could come up with a list of three of them, but as we discussed it there’s really only two that need addressing at this time.
The first one, and the only one we’ll look into making a mod while on the road is to make the platform for the passenger side bed easier to raise to keep raised so you can get things out from under the bed. The current setup might work with nothing on the bed. I’m not sure it would work with even a sleeping bag added, but it doesn’t work at all with a mattress pad and memory foam topper added. There’s just too much weight and the little piston thingy just can’t hold it up… and… it’s freaking heavy and awkward to lift it up. So, we’re going to look into ways we could improve this, with the most likely resolution being a locking chest door hinge. We could order one from Amazon and may do that but when you’re living on the road and moving around every few days you have to really know your schedule to be able to have something arrive in a city on a day you’re going to actually be there. Something comes in late and you have to hang around waiting, which throws the whole remaining schedule off. So, we might hold off on this mod until we get back to our sticks and bricks house in April.
The other mod we are seriously considering is swapping out the factory tires with K2 off-road tires. We spend a lot of time on dirt roads, sandy roads and muck. While the factory tires are quiet and get great gas mileage, they are not the best for semi-off-road situations. But, we only have 10,000 miles on them so I don’t see us making this change on this trip either, but of the two mods we’re considering this one would actually be much easier to do while traveling.
We considered adding a table that moves all around, giving us the potential for a nightstand kind of table and one that we could play games on and eat off of… but the passenger seat table when the seat is swiveled around is awesome. And the drivers side “table”, while not perfect, actually works. So, we’ll choose less stuff in the van and less clutter over the functionality an additional table would provide.
All in all, after 19 days on this trip, which will likely last 3-4 months, the van is very, very, very comfortable. Maybe it’s just that we adapt well to living together in small spaces. Maybe it’s because we are pretty good at putting things back in their spot when we finish using them. Or maybe we have the van arranged in a way that just works for us. Either way, we are more than happy about traveling around in this 59K Travato. We’ll post an update if we actually do any of these two mods, but we feel it speaks highly of the design of the Travato that we can live in it this long and not have a really long list of things to do to make it better. It’s crazy that that list is only two things and one of them is just getting a different type of tire when the time comes! Way to go Winnebago!
So you wonder if the awesome Winnebago Travato 59K camper van can be modified to allow for a cargo basket on the roof… in this short episode we will show you how we did just that… we added a huge basket to the roof of the Travato. To do so we had to move the 160-watt solar panel somewhere else. Where we moved it was pretty genius if we say so ourselves.
Why did we do it? Well actually did it for the fun of it. Fun, in the form of inflatable paddle boards. Before the roof rack we had no way to bring them with us. We contemplated adding a cargo box but thought making the van longer was not for us. We thought of pulling a small trailer but that would be even longer in length. In the end being a foot taller meant we could take out SUPs and not be any longer. A win/win.
So how do we like having it? Well, it was a challenge to get the boards up there. Maybe if we were younger and a lot stronger it would be a lot easier. But even though it was difficult we were able to get everything rig up there. Then we covered everything with a waterproof bag and straps. Then on that went a heavy duty bungee cargo net. After 400 miles of Travel we haven’t had a chance to use the boards yet but they are riding up there like champs and have even survived one brush with a low tree branch.
So if you need to take more with you this is definitely something that is doable and makes sense. It was hard to figure out how to make a mount to move the solar but after we figured that out the rest was a piece of cake.
Well, it’s been a week since purchased our Winnebago Travato 59K. We picked it up last Wednesday and then left the next day for a 5-day camping trip in Charlotte while we attended a few music concerts.
Our 5th wheel RV did not have a generator so it made leaving Maggie in the camper while we went off to have fun a little difficult. You had to be connected to power or it had to be a perfect temperature day. The Travato has a great small generator that will run everything on the coach, including the A/C. So as temps rose to the 105 range in the Charlotte area and we were out trying to see if we could set a new record for the most hours spent shopping while camping we ran the generator a lot. 26 hours worth of a lot.
The first service on the Onan generator should happen at 20 hours. We missed that by 6 hours but when we returned home it was my very first chore. Here’s the video of how that task went. I’d never, ever, changed the oil in a generator before. But thanks to the great folks on the Facebook group Travato Owners and Wannabees the steps were clearly documented and I was really happy with how the DIY task went.