25 Reasons We Bought A Winnebago Brave

A big, big, big step up from our last RV

Heath & Alyssa Padgett Heath & Alyssa Padgett  |  11.30.2015

Last week I went to Crestview RV in Buda, TX and picked up our new Winnebago Brave. For the past 18 months, my wife, Alyssa, and I have lived and traveled in a 21 year old Coachmen RV. At 24 years old, we are young for your typical RVers, but quickly fell in love with the lifestyle and freedom of being able to work and live anywhere in the country.

As we shopped for RVs, one RV stuck out to me. It’s the new (or old?) Winnebago Brave, a throwback from the classic Winnebago that was popular in the 70’s. As soon as I saw it, I told Alyssa that we should get it. It’s the ideal balance of old and new, taking a new age spin on a classic, which perfectly fits our RVing personality.

When buying a new RV, everyone has different criteria for what they are looking for. As a person who lives, works, and travels in his RV full-time, we had a few reasons why we decided to go with the Winnebago Brave.

25 + 1 Reasons Why We Bought a Winnebago Brave:

Reason 1#1 How awesome does that RV look? … just look at it. Awesome. I know.

Reason 2#2 The brave is the perfect mixture of classic and retro.

Reason 3#3 These little lights make me feel like I’m in a 50’s diner. Where’s my milk shake?

Reason 4#4 Wait… these slide open? Yes, that is cool.

Reason 5#5 There are automatic leveling jacks. Basically, if the Jetson’s had an RV it would be this one.

Reason 6#6 The wood doesn’t have that awful laminate coating. Yuck… instead it’s pretty.

Reason 7#7 The sink goes on for days (oh, and you can detach the faucet, what what!).

Reason 8#8 The backsplash is trendy and shiny, unlike the horrendous wallpaper that’s been used in all RVs since 1985.

Reason 9#9 You can actually adjust the temperature with a thermostat, just like in a house. In our former RV, we had only one AC unit with two settings: hi or lo.

Reason10#10 There is a commercial-sized fridge in here. Which means it can fit an entire pizza box and that’s all I care about. Plus, it doesn’t run off propane, which means when I park on a hill, the fridge won’t blow up (Don’t worry, I haven’t done that before… okay, I totally have. Don’t judge.)

Reason11#11 There are hidden cabinet doors that pop out. Basically it’s like having secret rooms for your RV. But instead of being able to climb through the hidden book shelf, your wife decorates them nice flowers and coffee.

Reason12#12 Both the wife and I can have separate work stations. (She gets the dinette. I claimed the cool little table between the two front seats.)

Reason13#13 Oh, did I mention the chairs turn around? We could entertain six people in this thing!

Reason14#14 We can blare music and have a dance party… inside or outside, using the bluetooth speaker.

Reason15#15 Honestly, I just think the “W” in the Winnebago is really classy. Seriously, it’s cool. Kind of like Wonder Woman, but manlier.

Reason16#16 I probably should have saved the coolness factor for my last one, but I couldn’t wait any longer. THE TV RISES UP OUT OF THE COUNTER. I know… mind blown. That’s innovation, folks.

Reason17#17 We can nickname our RV ‘Merica the Brave. Because she is red and white on the outside and blue on the inside… and it’s a Brave. #mericathebrave.

Reason18#18 The views out this giant front window are incredible.

Reason19#19 They have a desk for the passenger seat. Now Alyssa can work and write as we drive down the road.

Reason20#20 KING SIZED BED. Our home on wheels just got homier.

Reason21#21Winnebago is literally the most well known RV in the entire world. People associate Winnebago with the actual term RV.

Reason22#22 Winnebago’s actually have a real shell around their RV. They even do this awesome thing called a “drop test” where they raise their RV’s using a crane and drop them. Check out the video here.

Reason23#23 The GPS is on tracks so my wife can type in the destination and slide in front of me. Plus, it tells me where there are low-clearance bridges and Walmart’s that will let us stay the night for free. Woohoo!

Reason24#24 The fridge has an ice maker. I forgot what ice tasted like because our old fridge didn’t have one. As it turns out, pretty much still tastes the same as I remember, but it’s nice to have!

Reason25#25 The length. At 33’ our Brave allows us to navigate narrow roads in state parks, but definitely gives us a lot more room than our 29’ class c motorhome.

Reason26#26 It was the right RV for us.

The Brave, in just about every single way, felt like the right fit for Alyssa and I. We loved that it was a retro throwback. In my eyes, it feels like I’m helping to bring back the roots of recreational travel. Escaping the big city to be in nature, seeking adventure, and doing it all with family. More so than any other reason on this list (other than perhaps the TV), this was the number one reason why we chose the Winnebago Brave, because we felt like it was symbolic of who we are and the way we want to live our lives.

Here’s to a new chapter in our RVing lives.

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  1. Stefanie Posted on 11.28.2018

    Ahhh this brings me so many feelings. I was on my way to the dealership to sign for our own dream RV, the brave too, when I got news my 37 year old husband had died unexpectedly. I ended up purchasing another Winnebago (the viva) because of its size/driveability, but still have small regrets about not buying the brave. Whenever I see it though, my mind wanders to thoughts of what my life could have been… and I’m so glad someone is getting to live the dream I had

  2. Candice Posted on 03.21.2017

    Wow, such an inspirational story for someone like me coming out of a 28 year marriage and ready to explore and travel…..just trying to decide which way I want to go. Wow, you guys have your whole lives ahead of you and look how far you’ve come. Your story was truly awesome….keep on RV (ing) on! Best wishes! Candice, Valrico Florida

  3. Richard Posted on 09.11.2016

    Winnebago sent me an email that said the Brave isn’t being made anymore. This was just two weeks ago. I asked because I was having trouble locating one anywhere.

    1. Don Cohen Posted on 09.11.2016

      Sad but true. If you haven’t already, try searching RV Trader. rvt.com

  4. J J Shifty Posted on 06.16.2016

    I Love this! Oddly torn between Travato and this.

  5. Dylan Posted on 04.07.2016

    Hey you two

    Your story is so inspirational , reading it over here in Aus. Ticks so many boxes !! Love your Brave that TV Omg yes!!! haven’t seen one here yet , I am about to step out of a house into fulltime living in Winnebago longreach 31′ and work travel.
    Thanks for the read, happy travels


  6. Heath Padgett Posted on 12.16.2015


    It’s been great for us :). I’m sure you guys are going to love it too! Good luck.


  7. Jon Anderson Posted on 12.07.2015

    Awesome post guys! My wife Heather and I are awaiting delivery of a 2016 Brave 31C, and we’re crazy psyched! We too both felt like the Brave just clicked for us: it just felt right, and it had everything we’d been looking for. Hopefully we’ll take delivery before Christmas, we shall see!