By Joe Bruzek on February 7, 2014
The 2014 Chicago Auto Show is the perfect venue to show off the 2014 Winnebago Travato, a Class B motorhome based on the Ram ProMaster chassis. Why Chicago? Because the record cold temperatures and near record snowfall this very, very long winter have pushed us Chicago natives over the edge, and we're ready to pack up our belongings and get the heck out of here.
We'd have to leave the kids behind, though. This motorhome is meant for just two people. Roughly the length of a full-size pickup truck, the Travato motorhome could sit in the driveway off to the side and once the thermometer shows negative temperatures, this home would be pointing south. Just reading the Travato's feature sheet is a giant tease for Chicagoans in February.
The outside has exterior speakers, a retractable power awning with LED lighting and an outside-facing TV jack and household AC jacks that are a recipe for a giant picnic we can't attend for another four months. Although if the Bears were still playing, it could easily be used for tailgating — no matter the weather.
On the inside is a kitchen with stove, refrigerator, freezer, microwave, stainless-steel sink and 22-inch TV. There is also a bathroom with toilet, shower and sink. The bed in the back is quite small, though. The Travato's size does make it easier to park at a hotel than a traditional RV, if you need a night on a real mattress.
After seeing the motorhome on the show floor, the roughly $85,000 Travato looks like a good home away from subzero home, especially when imagined being parked somewhere in the Florida Keys.
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Road Test Editor Joe Bruzek covers Cars.com’s short-and long-term fleet of test cars and drives a 1998 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am. Email Joe