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Old 11-06-2020, 01:49 PM   #1
Winnebago Camper
Join Date: Oct 2020
Location: Rockwall TX
Posts: 18
My 2017 Win VIA now better than new.

2017 Winnebago VIA built on a 2016 MB Sprinter 3500 Chassis.

Upgrades and Alterations Done
Front Springs Sumo Blue
Rear Springs Sumo Yellow
Rear Shocks Bilstien
Rear Sway Bar- Helwig
Lift System - EQ Smart LVL
Passive Display screen for Radio/GPS- River Park
Smart Surge Protector + EPO- Hughes Watch Dog
Dash cover-Dash Designs.
Removed small TV from Bedroom area-Wanted space since I am tall and never use that tv anyway
Installed Pet Door into bedroom wall allowing cats to enter rear bay storage where we keep their litter box.(externally accessible for easy cleaning and odor control)
Replaced folding sofa bed with double recliner from Shop4seats
Replaced portable table with 2 smaller versions we swap around
Solo Stove Ranger Fire Pit (AWESOME)
Traeger Ranger Pellet Smoker
Quick disconnects for shore water and cable

Upgrades and alterations under consideration
Hitch mount storage system (want a few weather proof compartments for folding Electric bikes, Grills, Solo Stove etc. May have built custom
Upgrade living room TV and Wall Mount so bigger and can swing out instead of just slide.
Front Struts and sway bar
Move spare from Rear Bay to either Hitch mount or to front mount
Front Bra
Expanded fuel tank

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Old 11-06-2020, 05:20 PM   #2
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Location: Martinsville, IN
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Everything looks great.

I have a question. I love the theatre seats, but how did you install in a short slide out? I would like to replace my sofa, but the slideout isn't very deep, and all theatre seats I've seen are deeper than the slideout depth. thx
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Old 11-06-2020, 06:19 PM   #3
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Join Date: Oct 2020
Location: Rockwall TX
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Hi, Even our original couch stuck out beyond the end of the slide out floor. These stick out an additional few inches further but so worth it. This set up is actually two seats each with 2 metal rails that front to back that we screwed into the wooden floor of the slide out. We brought it further from the wall to allow the seats to fully recline. It's very secure and easily holds my large frame. We only had 55" of width to work with was the hardest part in finding something that would squeeze into that. We also opted to not go with anything powered to keep it simple. I am happy how it came out as we never used the pull out bed and this made much more sense to us.
Shop4seats has some great items to look at but some serious issues communicating once you purchase. I did get exactly what I ordered in the end. I would order from them again.
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Old 11-06-2020, 06:51 PM   #4
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The VIA was(is?) our first RV and I sometimes think about a larger unit. This (what we call the boat) is so easy to drive as its powerful and fits most car areas for gas food etc. the new suspension has made driving it a ton better. Still get tired in high winds after a while but have not tested with new sway bars. I like the fact I have a door on drivers side. It's about a foot less wide that the big ones. easy to maneuver in parking lots and gas stations. it's turbo diesel for on ramps and hills. A little shorter than the big rigs(bridges etc) but has plenty head room for my 6'4" hight. Get's 13-17 MPG.

FYI, with short length I have not needed a TOAD so far. I just bought Lectric bikes we may try for food runs next trip but they are mostly for fun. Lectric bikes roughly 900 each. They are folding and fat tire and so much fun.
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