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Old 01-12-2019, 11:27 AM   #1
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Ready to Purchase Navion or View 24D: need advice

Been camping for 38 years. Started with pop up, just sold our RV and truck last fall. Plan to buy a 2019 Winnebago Navion 24D soon, then tour the country while visiting our kids on the way.

After some research, have some concerns, and am hoping to get some help:
1. Heard that maintenance of MB engine can be expensive: knock detectors, etc. go bad?
2. Heard complaints about unit not level: Hard to sleep, cook, etc. am considering installing an automatic Bigfoot hydraulic leveling system to totally resolve that issue. We live in West Virginia where our favorite campground (Holly River State Park) had very unlevel campsites.

Any comments, suggestions, etc?
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Hi Phil! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

Sorry but I don't know anything about that rig! Have fun and keep her between the ditches!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Old 01-12-2019, 08:27 PM   #3
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Welcome to the forum and congrats on the upcoming new rig.

You are joining a good group of folks here with good info to share. We had a sprinter (Isata3 and very similar to your navion). In the 18 months we owned it we never had a problem with the spirinter. Yes up keep can be expensive. Our oil change was $150.

Enjoy the adventure.
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Old 01-15-2019, 11:33 PM   #4
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Hi Phil, looks like we are looking at the same 24D coach, pretty exciting stuff! Are you going to wait until they start to build on the new Sprinter chassis with the 7 speed trans and the many new safety features? My local dealer said Winnebago will up the price for the new chassis by $10K but I think it's worth it...although other mfg's I hear are only upping the price by $7K.
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Old 01-16-2019, 02:54 PM   #6
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We just bought a Navion 24D two weeks ago. Took it out for a 4 day trip already. We left in a windy rainy storm to drive 180 miles to the North coast of Calif from Sacramento. I drove in wind, rain, hills, winding twisting roads, Highway 1 through Jenner, Ft Bragg, and Mendocino. Had plenty of freeway miles as well.

I experienced NONE of the issues lots of people seem to freak out about like trucks pushing me around or difficult to handle on winding roads or windy conditions. I think those folks have just never driven a truck or van maybe???

EVERY system worked perfectly, it was VERY comfortable in that Murphy bed. The stove worked perfect as did the Convection /Microwave. This plan has hands down the MOST counterspace of ANY class C I looked at and I looked at in person or on line at every one I could find. Tons of interior storage space too. The tankless water heater is awesome, never run out of hot water (as long as you are hooked to land line anyway). To top it all off I got 14.7 MPG on a brand new rig. I think that will improve as I learn the vehicle and how to be efficient while driving.
Obviously I have not had any service yet but I can say I went to a local truck tire shop I have used for other vehicles and they do alignments on these rigs for $89.00. Can't say what you might find in your area. i did read the Mercedes Warranty and it does NOT say if someone OTHER THAN Mercedes does the maint like oil changes and alignments that it would void the warranty!

All in all, I don't know how I could be happier with this purchase and I researched for about 5 months, reading forums.
Enjoy your rig!!!!!! Great choice.


One other thing, the auto levelers will add significant weight..several hundred pounds. This rig gives you 1128 lbs of cargo capacity not counting a full tank of water (228 lbs) by the time you add the levelers and account for you and the wife you would be getting close to foil blankets and top ramen...joking about the food but you get what I'm saying. I bought LevelMate Pro. $140 and an easy set up. Once you get to your parking space you turn it on and it tells you how many inches which wheel needs to come up to be level. Easy Peasy!
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Thanks! Still going to shows and looking. Especially thanks for the LevelMate Pro idea! I will definitely look into that!
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Old 01-17-2019, 07:48 AM   #8
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We just added levelers to our Entegra Qwest 24L, and were surprised at the limited range they had. Haven't used it yet, but tested at the dealer, and what seemed like a relatively level parking lot was beyond the limits of the levelers, without using any blocking under the jacks. We'll see how it goes this spring when we get into regular use.
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