Top Questions on the Lithium-Powered Travato

The lithium powered Winnebago Travato 59GL and 59KL with the Pure3 Energy Management System is built upon the powerful, fuel-efficient and safety enhanced ProMaster Chassis. Estimated to achevie between 18-22 mpg highway, at only 21′ long, the Travato offers all of the comforts of home in a nimble, efficient van.

As the top Winnebago Class B Camper Van Dealer in the country, we regularly receive questions regarding the 59GL and 59KL. Continue reading to see common questions we receive on the Winnebago Travato 59GL and 59KL.

Lithium Powered Winnebago Travato

What is the difference in operation between the Travato’s Pure3 system and competitors lithium systems?

The Pure3 system is considerably easier to operate – it is a simple and seamless one button operation that is run off one inverter. The control incorporates automatic engine start when the battery is low and can recharge a fully depleted system in approximately 1 hour. Travato competitor models often have several different gauges to operate the system.

What amount of power does the Pure3 system in the Travato 59KL and 59GL provide?

The standard lithium-ion energy pack on the Travato includes a 3-module energy pack with a heating system and provides more than 9,000 usable watt-hours of power. The energy pack is watertight, durable and with its steel housing is the safest on the market. And, with the benefit of not needing gas with a generator, the lithium powered Travatos include an induction cooktop instead of gas entirely eliminating your need for gas in the coach.

You have the option of adding a fourth battery model from Volta Power Systems, allowing for over 12,800-watts hours of usable energy which is double that of Roadtrek and more than Coachmen.

Does the inverter need to be on to run 12-V appliances in the Travato 59KL and 59GL?

No the inverter does not need to be on. The inverter is only required to be on when you are wanting to power 120-volt electronics, like the air conditioner, without shore power.

How do you charge the Pure3 System in the Travato 59KL and 59GL?

  • Under the hood generator – The Pure3 Energy Pack can be charged with the under the hood generator or second alternator. The Travato’s dedicated 58-volt alternator is twice as powerful as the competitors providing 160 amps of charging for fast recharge times. Its compact design keeps it out of the way of curbs and road debris.
  • Shoreline – Like other RVs, the Pure3 Energy Pack can be charged off shoreline power or when it is hooked up to power at a campsite. However, unlike most other RVs, the Travato 59KL and 59GL are equipped with a 3200-watt pure sine wave inverter bringing 30 amps of power wherever you go.
  • Solar Package – The Pure3 Energy Pack can be charged by the solar power system. The Travato 59KL and 59GL’s MPPT solar controller provides best-in-class solar absorption, up to 30% better than competitors, giving you more off-the-grid performance. The Travato comes standard with 215-watts of solar with ports to plug in additional panels. The solar controller in the 59KL and 59GL can handle up to 600-watts of solar.

Of the power sources, what charges the Travato 59KL and 59GL the fastest?

The underhood generator charges the lithium Travato the fastest. The Travato’s dedicated 58-volt alternator, or under hood generator, is twice as powerful as competitors. Its compact design keeps it out of the way of curbs and road debris and the auto-start and high-idle control significantly extends air conditioner run time.

How long can you run the AC off the Pure3?

6-8 hours if you are running several systems like the refrigerator and the Truma Combi at the same time.

What are the considerations for cold weather operation?

The lithium battery pack is in a sealed and insulated compartment. Temperatures in the compartment are regulated by the interior temperature of the motorhome.  A good rule of thumb is that if you as the coach owner are comfortable inside, so is your Pure3 lithium pack. The Travato’s Volta Power Systems Pure3 Lithium Energy Pack is sealed in a battery compartment that is heated and cooled with an environmental fan:

  • Fan will turn on at 59°F (Heat Mode) or 110°F (Cool Mode).
  • Fan will turn off at 68°F (Heat Mode) or 90°F (Cool Mode).

The Pure3 pack is discharged as required by the load and should only be used around the following conditions:

  • High Temperature Limit: 135°F
  • Low Temperature Limit: -4°F.

What is the lifespan of the batteries?

The expected useful life of the batteries is 10 years and they are covered by an industry-leading 8 year warranty.

Is the Travato a true 4 season RV?

Yes. The water lines are inside the coach along with the battery pack that is insulated and heated by the Truma Combi Eco Plus advanced climate control system providing coach heat and quick hot water recovery with LP and electrical heating using 1,750 watts of heating elements

Has Winnebago road tested the Travato 59KL and 59GL?

Absolutely. There is an employee at Winnebago that has put on over 10,000 miles and has yet to charge the system with shore power. Winnebago also tested the location of the underhood generator to ensure users don’t have issues with ground clearance causing damage to the underhood generator.

Currently, Lichtsinn RV has in-stock all Winnebago Travato floorplans including the 59K, 59G, 59KL and 59GL models. You can see our Travato inventory here.

For more information on the Winnebago Travato, please call 641-585-3213 and speak with one of our Winnebago Factory Trained Sales Consultants.

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