2016 Winnebago Sightseer Review In Garlic Ice Cream Country!

2016 Winnebago Sightseer Review In Garlic Ice Cream Country!

I read an article the other day in MOTORHOME called Escape Vehicle. It was written by Chris Hemer and I thought I’d share it with you.

It’s a review of the 2016 Winnebago Sightseer. In the article they are handed the keys to a beautiful 2016 Winnebago Sightseer and they take it to the garlic capital of the world, Gilroy, California.  (If you ever drive through, stop and get yourself some garlic ice cream. I think it’s great! My my wife and kids on the other hand…)

This is a great review of an awesome piece of machinery that is built on a Ford chassis and powered by a 6.8 L Triton v-10 gasoline engine. This article spells out the good, the bad and the ugly with the Winnebago Sightseer. It’s a good read even if you’re not in the market for an RV, but it’s a great read if you are.

 

2016 Winnebago Sightseer Inside    Affinity RV
2016 Winnebago Sightseer Inside                                                                                                                       Affinity RV

 

Check it out…

 

When you want to get away in style, the Winnebago Sightseer provides the space and features for families large and small

Finding a Class A motorhome that speaks to your emotional and practical sides isn’t always as easy as it seems. Often, a motorhome that seems large enough for everyone really only accommodates two, and may not even have room for overnight guests. The 2016 Winnebago Sightseer,… is one of the nicest-looking gas coaches we’ve ever tested,… It’s also got plenty of room for family, and is an entertainer’s dream with abundant seating in the living area, and an amidships bath, in addition to a full bath aft of the bedroom.

If you read this magazine often, you know that we’re not exactly raving fans of the Ford gas chassis. … That being said, the Sightseer 36Z was actually among the quieter of the Ford chassis motorhomes we’ve tested lately and the steering and brakes inexplicably felt better too, but there is still room for improvement.

…The cab arrangement…Overall, the area works well, but the seats are on the firm side and could use more support, especially at the seat cushion. …

… We did, however, appreciate the power windshield shade and the manually operated side window solar shades. …

…In the test motorhome, there was also the optional StudioLoft powered bed…above the cab seats, which works well for those who need extra sleeping capacity. Even more sleeping space can be found behind the driver’s-side seat in the streetside slide. Winnebago’s optional 60-by-75-inch Rest Easy sofa…has a convenient power recline feature; …and…Of course it also folds out into a bed,…

Aft of the couch on the same side is a 42-by-74-inch BenchMark four-place fixed dinette that is very comfortable, and has a convenient mechanism that allows you to quickly turn the table into a bed without having to hassle with any wobbly posts. So even if you don’t opt for the StudioLoft bed, you can sleep two on the sofa and two more on the converted dinette….

Directly across from the couch in the full-wall slide is an entertainment center with an electric fireplace and a 48-inch HDTV that rises from the surface with the touch of a switch. On either side of the fireplace are wine racks, which we think are an elegant and useful touch. …

Next to the entertainment center is the kitchen, which is cleverly arranged to form an L-shape when the slide is deployed. The “L” portion is actually fixed, and the slide moves in over it when it is closed. It’s a smart design, because it always allows access to at least one bowl of the sink, and yields plenty of room to move through the coach during travel — The materials here are first rate as well;…The Sightseer was also equipped with a residential stainless-steel refrigerator with icemaker, …

 

2016 Winnebago Sightseer Kitchen Slideout    Affinity RV
2016 Winnebago Sightseer Kitchen Slideout                                                                                                  Affinity RV

 

In the center of the coach on the curbside is the guest bath, which has enough room for most people. By angling the porcelain toilet toward the door, there is adequate legroom while still allowing plenty of counterspace, three drawers and a cabinet/mirror above the countertop….

The bedroom likewise makes great use of space. … In the Sightseer, there’s not a lot of room on either side of the optional king, but … We found it to be supremely comfortable, although the pump was noisy and the control seemed to have a mind of its own at times.


At the rear of the coach is the master bath, which is a good size and well-equipped with plenty of countertop space, … an oval sink with metal faucet, plus a mirror and towel holder. Above the counter are more cabinets, …The shower is a mixed bag; on one hand, it has enough room for most people, and it has a residential-style metal detachable showerhead with on/off valve. But the bifold shower door is clunky and is a little on the flimsy side.

… because there are two baths, there are two compartments for dumping tanks, and a separate compartment for the freshwater connection, exterior shower, etc., which took some getting used to.

Yes, there were a handful of things with this motorhome that could be improved, but all bugaboos aside, the Sightseer is one of the best gas Class A’s we’ve tested in recent memory.

 

2016 Winnebago Sighteer Floorplan    Affinity RV
2016 Winnebago Sighteer Floorplan                                                                                                                   Affinity RV

 

Source: The always knowledgeable, Motorhome

Images: Affinity RV

 

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