Winnebago Journey

Dave and Helen Damouth

updated 25 March, 2005

On July 1st, 2004, I flew to rural Virginia to look at a privately offered motorhome, bought it, and immediately drove it back to Golden. Click here to see a detailed report of the trip.

Our "new" RV is a 2002 Winnebago Journey DL model 32TD. It’s 32’ 8" long, 8 ½’ wide (not counting the mirrors, which add almost 2 feet of width), just under 12’ tall, and weighs approximately 21,000 pounds before adding our own belongings. (We’ll get an accurate weight soon).Motorhome Floorplan

The floor plan is an interesting side-aisle design which we like. There are two slideouts – a bedroom slide which contains only a large wardrobe closet, and a slide in the living area which contains the dinette, refrigerator, and pantry. One nice feature is that the rig is still almost fully functional with the slides retracted. We only lose access to one section of the wardrobe closet and several drawers under the other wardrobe sections.

The rig has lots of carrying capacity – about 5000 pounds – and is rated to tow up to 10,000 pounds – far more than we’ll ever need.

The interior décor is muted neutral beige carpets and wall coverings, with cherry cabinetry.  Click here for some photos of the interior and exterior: 

The roof has nothing protruding other than a plumbing vent, shallow skylight dome, radio and TV antennas, air horns, and a satellite TV antenna (which is currently removed and stored in the basement. The antennas are either very flexible or fold flat, so the roofline is quite streamlined.

Fuel, water, and sewage tanks are quite large, facilitating our desire to boondock comfortably:

- fresh water 86 gallons

- black water 52 gallons

- grey water 42 gallons

- propane 31 gallons useable capacity

- diesel fuel 90 gallons

This model is quite well equipped (including quite a few items that seem like frivolous frills), leaving only a few things for me to add or modify. Systems include:

300 hp 600 lb-ft Cummins 5.9 L. diesel engine.

6-speed Allison 3000 MH electronically controlled automatic transmission, which automatically adapts shift points to driving styles, and locks the torque converter during acceleration and deceleration in all gears except 1st.

Jacobs exhaust brake, which electronically controls transmission gear choice.

Antilock air brakes.

Air suspension.

Styled aluminum wheels.

Hydraulic leveling jacks.

Steel-framed cab area, steel firewall between engine and living area.

a heat pump rather than a simple air conditioner, located in the basement, with air ducted through the ceiling to many points through out the living space.

A 35,000 BTU propane furnace, with air ducted in floor.

Propane cooktop (3 burner).

Microwave convection oven (no conventional oven).

Large double-door Norcold refrigerator/freezer, with Icemaker.

Built-in automatic drip coffee maker.

Slideout pantry.

Swanstone solid counter surfaces, with single-lever faucets and molded sink.

Everpure water filter with separate faucet.

Two Fan-tastic powered manual-opening ceiling vents (I’ll purchase the upgrade kit to convert to the fully automatic rain-sensing model.

Deluxe surround-sound audio system with radio, CD player, 25" television.

Separate 19" TV and stereo radio/CD player/alarm clock in bedroom.

7500 watt Onan Quiet Diesel generator.

Dual-pane windows (except windshield).

Chrome air horns on the roof (I can make just as much noise as the big trucks).

Antenna and wiring in place for a CB radio (which I will soon add).

Electronic compass and thermometer.

Rearview monitor camera with audio.

Day/night window shades.

Exterior "entertainment center".

Electric remote-adjusting mirrors with with electric defrost.

Leather power-adjust passenger and driver seats with adjustable lumbar support.

Hairdryer and tilt-out hamper in bathroom.

A "real" queen bed (80" long, unlike most RV’s).

Shower with glass door and skylight.

10-gallon propane/110 V. water heater, with Motoraid (which heats the water using waste engine heat while driving).

50-amp shore power, with PowerLine automatic power monitor and manager (shares power among the big power-consuming items when on 20 or 30 amp shore power).

Remote house battery disconnect.

Heated holding tank compartment.

Solar battery charger (only a 10-watt ‘trickle" charger, primarily for use during storage).

1500-watt Heart/Xantrax inverter/charger.

Water system winterizing valve, with electric remote activation switches.

Big patio awning, front entrance door awning, and awnings over slideouts.

Ceramic tile floor in kitchen and bath.

Customization plans:

I still need to add the big solar panels and the Link 2000 battery monitor which I removed from our old trailer before selling it.

I’d like to add additional gauges for monitoring engine and transmission status.

Since we expect to spend a lot of time boondocking and we hate generator noise, I need to identify and eliminate as much as possible the "phantom" loads which not-so-slowly drain the batteries.

Install the CB radio (move it from our old truck).

Find a way to mount the laptop computer where it can be easily viewed by driver or used by navigator.

The turn signal is inaudible. Add a noisemaker.

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