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Old 05-09-2018, 10:14 PM   #1
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Travato 59G Usability Issues

Hope Winnebago product managers read this forum. Have a friend that has a new Travato 59G. Beautiful RV. Several "I can't believe this" things I have found as a fellow Winnebago owner that I am going to help her fix post purchase that Winnebago should make standard !

- There is no air mover fan to move additional air across the evaporator fins on the back of the refrigerator like is standard on most if not all Class As and Class Cs. This would operate when needed - based on a temperature sensor that the refrigeration cycle is not working well due to lack of enough heat being moved out of the evaporator fins. As a result the fridge is not working well in hot weather. The lack of the fan also reduces the efficiency of the fridge causing more power / propane to be used.

- The refrigerator can be set to operate the refrigeration cycle heater on 12 volts. This makes it very easy to run down the coach batteries if one forgets to manually change it to AC or LP from 12 volts after driving. Don't know what the fix is - perhaps when making this feature standard a low battery voltage alarm audible alarm (some where around 12.2 volts) needs to also be standard so people don't wake up to refrigerators shut down due to coach battery voltage dropping to the point where the Dometic control board no longer functions. The resulting low voltage well below 12 volts is VERY hard on the battery life time as well, so the low battery alarm/reminder would help mitigate that problem, too.

- There is only a USB power outlet above the work space in the RV that is coach battery powered. No coach battery 12 volt power outlet inside the RV except in the extreme rear of the coach on the back wall inside near the rear doors. As a result there is no where to connect small 160 watt portable inverter to power laptop, tablet, phone chargers that can't use direct USB power.

- All the other 12 volt outlets in the cab area that are a reasonable distance to the work space are not powered when the RV ignition key is off. There is no switch to connect those power outlets to coach battery when parked with the ignition off.
Randy - Manhattan, Kansas
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