Winnebago has been a leader in the RV industry for over 60 years. Winnebago motorhomes are built with superior craftsmanship and advanced manufacturing technologies. From groundbreaking RVs to spacious floorplans, Winnebago innovation is unrivaled for continuous industry firsts in vehicle technology and design.
As many manufacturers aim to replicate this quality, we are often asked what the differences are between Winnebago’s and other manufacturer’s coaches that have similar floorplans or are built on the same chassis. One such example of this includes the Class C Motorhomes, the Winnebago View 24D* and the Thor Delano 24FB.
*The Winnebago View 24D and the Winnebago Navion 24D are identical with the exception of the name on the side of the coach. For purposes of this comparison we will refer to the Winnebago View, but the information applies to the Winnebago Navion as well.
Both the Winnebago View and Thor Delano are built on the reliable Mercedes-Benz® Sprinter Chassis; however, the View, which launched an RV revolution, was the first motorhome in America to be built on this chassis. Upon inspection of both models, the build quality of the Thor Delano is considerably lower than that of the Winnebago View.
Continue reading as we detail the differences in the build quality and other important differences between two very similar floorplans, the View 24D and the Delano 24FB.
Winnebago View 24D | Winnebago Navion 24D
- Exterior Length – 25′6″
- Exterior Height – 11′
- Freshwater Capacity – 30 gal.
- Holding Tank Capacity – up to 41-gal. (gray); up to 41-gal. (black)
- Fuel Capacity – 24.5-gal.
- Mercedes-Benz® Sprinter Chassis
- 3,600-watt Cummins Onan® MicroQuiet™ LP generator
- (2) Deep-Cycle AGM Group 31 Batteries
- SuperShell™ Sleeper Deck
- U-shaped Dinette w/footrests
- Murphy+ Bed with Euro-Suspension System
- Truma Aqua-Go® Water Heater
Thor Delano 24FB
Key Specifications –
- Exterior Length – 25’8″
- Exterior Height – 11’2″
- Freshwater Capacity – 30 gal.
- Holding Tank Capacity – up to 38-gal. (gray); up to 38-gal. (black)
- Fuel Capacity – 26 gal.
Key Features –
- Mercedes-Benz® Sprinter Chassis
- Leatherette Dream Dinette® Booth
- Sofa Electric Murphy Bed Conversion
- 4.0 kw LP Generator
- Single, High Output, Roof Air Conditioner
One key difference between the View and Delano is the roofing material. The Winnebago View features a one-piece fiberglass roof on top of a laminated block foam insulated superstructure that is backed by over six decades of RV construction. Of the four common RV roof materials, fiberglass is often considered to be the most preferred, as well as highest quality and longevity. In contrast, the Thor Delano has a one-piece TPO (a type of plastic sheet) that is made from lower quality construction that includes cheaper glue and assembly involving wooden trusses that can degrade over time. TPO roofs are also known to require more maintenance and regular repair to prevent degradation as opposed to fiberglass roofs that require lower maintenance and are more user-friendly.
The Winnebago View 24D includes a 2,000-watt pure sine wave DV/AC inverter as well as two 100-watt solar panels. Comparatively, the Thor Delano 24FB is equipped with a 1,000-watt inverter and only one 100-watt solar charging system. This means that the View has double the inverter and solar power.
The Winnebago View makes use of the Winnebago SmartSpace Design Approach. This is CAD aided design that ensures a precise fit for all of components in the View resulting in a reduction in wasted space. This allows the View 24D to store larger items with exclusive pass-through storage on the exterior.
An additional difference includes the entry door to each motorhome. The View 24D features Winnebago’s automotive-grade entry door. Winnebago took the best-in-class entry door to a whole new level with the custom-designed, automobile-grade entry door designed in Europe specifically for the Winnebago View. The new door is extremely sturdy, very similar to a car door, with dual latching points that greatly reduce wind and road noise. However, the Thor Delano features the typical third-party manufactured door that is often seen in entry-level trailers and RVs.
The View 24D floorplan features a U-shaped dinette that converts to an additional sleeping space or you can choose the optional theater seating which includes individually operated recliners and footrests, as well as swivel tables with storage. By contrast, the Delano 24FB has the smaller Dream Dinette® booth in the same location but does not offer alternative theater seating.
While both the View 24D and Delano 24FB include a cab-over bunk area, the SuperShell Sleeper Deck featured in the View provides premium thermal and acoustic insulation which makes the front bunk lighter and more comfortable that ever before and sleeps up to two people. The cab-over bunk in the Delano, however, was not engineered with the same level of thermal and acoustic insulation in mind.
The galley and kitchen areas in the View and Delano are very similar with a convection microwave, 2-door refrigerator/freezer, laminate countertops, and 2-burner cooktop. However, there are a few key differences that set the View 24D apart.
Both the View 24D and Delano 24FB include overhead cabinet space in the kitchen as well as a 32″ TV between the two cabinets that faces the dinette seating area. However, considerably more counterspace is available in the View which provides ample food prep space.
Also, in the Delano 24FB, the single bowl round sink is mounted below the counter which is likely to leak or cause other issues compared to the double stainless steel sink in the View 24D.
Both the View 24D and Delano 24FB include the bathroom at the rear of the motorhome. They also both have similar measurements for each individual area, including shower, sink, and wardrobe.
Thanks to larger holding tanks provided by the View’s SmartSpace Design and the Truma Aqua-Go® recirculating water heater, the Oxygenics® flexible showerhead, skylight and retractable self-cleaning shower screen, showering in the View is comfortable and convenient. The bathroom also includes plenty of storage space including the medicine and wardrobe cabinets.
The View 24D includes a powered roof vent with rain cover and many comfort amenities such as a removable clothes rod, a robe hook, integrated facial tissue holder and toe kick lighting. The Delano 24FB includes a 12-Volt Attic fan with cover for venting and a shower curtain. The Delano 24FB bath area may have similar amenities to that of the View 24D, including storage space and dimensions, but its lack of quality and comfort features contrasts with Winnebago’s focus on durability and reliability.
The View 24D includes an easy to use electric powered Murphy+ bed with deluxe queen mattress, gel foam topper, and the Euro-suspension system to increase comfort, relieve pressure and improve air circulation. The Murphy+ Bed with the View can be lowered with the push of a button once the bed legs have been released. Conversely, the murphy bed featured in the Delano 24FB must be setup manually.
The View 24D includes nightstand storage on either side of the Murphy+ bed while the Delano does not feature these additional storage areas.
The Winnebago View 24D is equipped with a 3,600-watt Cummins Onan®MicroQuiet™ LP generator that uses inverter technology for cleaner power while using less fuel and producing less noise than earlier generator models. The View also includes two 100-watt solar panels that double as battery chargers and include controller, junction box, and plug for additional portable solar panels.
By comparison, the Delano uses a gas generator, the Onan® RV QG 4000, and as mentioned previously, is equipped with half the solar and inverter power of the Winnebago View 24D.
Despite the Winnebago View 24D and Thor Delano 24FB being built on the same chassis and having objectively similar floorplans, the View is superior due to Winnebago’s commitment to quality and reliability in their products.
Call a Lichtsinn RV Sales Consultant today to learn more about the Winnebago View and find the best RV fit for your future adventures.
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