Many years ago Winnebago trailers stopped rolling off the assembly line, and although the company became highly regarded for its motorized RVs, for the most part, its trailer-building heritage was all but forgotten. For decades afterward, the company marched forward producing high-quality motorized RVs and established a name for itself that became part of the American lexicon. Then in 2010, trickles of talk were leaked that Winnebago was returning to the towable market, and eventually the feature filled Winnebago One line of travel trailers and Lite FIVE line of fifth-wheel trailers were born.
One of the newest to come into the family is the Winnebago One 32BH, and it piqued our curiosity enough to grab one for a review. Largest of the One series, the 32BH is a rear bunkhouse floorplan that is obviously built to house a big family, or maybe even two. The remainder of the trailer is given up to a large living space made larger by a nearly full-wall slide, a well-stocked kitchen and a splendid bath and front master bedroom.
But it’s the four bunk beds in the rear that define the character of this new 32-foot, 11-inch-long travel trailer from Winnebago.
One of the first things you notice when you step inside the 32BH is the arched ceiling. A 5.5-inch arch allowed for higher center and overall heights, while maintaining lower overall sidewall heights. A reduction in drag coefficient, easier towing (better fuel mileage for the tow vehicle) and a more pleasant, residential feel for the owner is the result.
Generous countertop spaces have been built into the kitchen, and cabinet and storage space is abundant. The cabinets are a rich Brandy Maple throughout, giving the entire trailer a luscious, regal look. The spacious drawers in the kitchen offer full-extension with ball-bearing roller guides for smooth operation as do all drawers in Winnebago One trailers. There’s plenty of room for a kitchen full of culinary implements, and a large pantry for all the foodstuffs needed. Extra large and deep double stainless steel sinks with snap-in cutting board/covers sparkle in the countertop. A three-burner range with a 21-inch oven and a 1.5-cubic-foot capacity microwave make meal prep easy. A 6-cubic foot refrigerator/freezer just forward of the stovetop can hold enough food to keep a family going for a week. A few more inches forward in that curved cabinet structure sits an optional ($718) 32-inch LCD HDTV angled just right for viewing from the dinette and optional ($428) hide-a-bed sofa. Just below the TV sits a DVD/CD/media player and entertainment center.
Another set of cabinets is perched above the convertible dinette (with storage under its seat cushions) and the optional ($428) hide-a-bed sitting in the slide. This main central area offers an amazing amount of living space with accent lighting for a touch of elegance, plenty of area lighting for general purposes and large windows for great natural light during the day. Ventilation, cooling and heating of the room was more than adequate considering the number and placement of jalousie windows, air-conditioning and heating vents. Two 120-volt AC electrical outlets are also placed in handy locations. It’s a good space to spend time visiting with family and friends, prepping meals and dining, and enjoying the entertainment center while relaxing in the living room. And to prove the versatility of the 32BH, when needed this space can double as a sleeping area and bed down four to six persons for the night.
The four-bunk rear bedroom offers a larger-than-expected three-quarter-length wardrobe, good size bunks and mattresses that are not all that thick or comfy. The bunkroom is, however, cable TV-ready, has a 120-volt AC outlet and cool toy box located the rear bunk.
Jumping far forward to the master bed and bath, we found a much different situation. The master bedroom was simply gorgeous and the bedding sumptuous with its standard Everpedic Memory Foam mattress. Again, the rich look of the cabinetry really came through here, and the marbled countertops of the bed’s nightstands gave the bedroom a classy look. Hanging mirror-faced wardrobes on each side, large cabinets above and space under-bed complete the storage story here.
The large bathroom features a porcelain toilet, tall double-door linen closet, and an angled shower with a glass enclosure that a 6-foot, 2-inch person can stand in. A large ceramic sink set in a sizeable cabinet has a mirrored and very well-lit medicine cabinet perched on the wall above it.
Before we ever stepped a foot inside the trailer, though, we spotted some features outside that were worth noting. Slideouts all have manual overrides, but some are difficult to find or are in hard-to-reach places. Not so with the 32BH. The access port to the manual override for the electric slide system is easy to find and reach, right on the lower exterior edge of the slideout room. The exterior shower with hot and cold taps, and all the water hook-ups, including a black tank flush are located together conveniently behind an enclosed, locked panel. Hooking up to power in camp will be a much smoother operation using the 32BH’s detachable 30-amp power cord, rather than having to wrestle with a dirty or muddy stiff cord you’re trying to stuff back into a tiny compartment in the side of a trailer.
The large pass-through storage compartment in the front end of the trailer will hold any lengthy cargo you choose to carry, and both sides were sealed with optional ($72) sturdy 1-inch thick, slam-latch baggage doors that have keyed locks unlike the universally keyed doors used by others.
Also mounted up front are two standard 7-gallon LP-gas cylinders, giving the Winnebago One 32BH enough propane for an extended stay on the road. Which brings us to a point: the rig has plenty of propane for a long haul, a large refrigerator/freezer, fairly good-sized fresh- and grey-water tanks, and the sleeping capacity of a football team. However, we think it needs a black water tank larger than 33 gallons.
Running gear consisted of dual E-Z-Lube axles with the optional ($363) deluxe aluminum spoke wheels, but Winnebago does offer the Trail Air Equa Flex independent suspension as an option for those that might be regularly traveling over irregular or severe road surfaces. Winnebago has also opted to provide radial (ST225/75R15) tires as standard on its towables; they come filled with nitrogen (NitroFill) that claims to offer cooler running temperatures, lower rolling resistance and higher fuel mileage.
Setting up the trailer for camp is quick with the help of the optional ($551) two-way electric jacks at each end of the Winnebago. With switches mounted on the trailer body just above the jacks, extension, retraction and leveling was accomplished with just the touch of a finger. The same was true when it came to the A-frame; an optional ($174) electric jack made hitching and unhitching the trailer a breeze.
Living outside is easy when you consider that within steps of the extra-wide 30-inch door are amenities such as a pair of high-quality marine-grade speakers wired to the rig’s Touch Elite radio/DVD/CD player system so you can enjoy great music (it even has Bluetooth so you can stream music from an iPhone/iPod while sitting outside), a GFCI 120-volt AC outlet to operate electrical appliances such as a blender, and a power A&E awning that shades nearly two-thirds of this trailer’s curbside length. Adding to the outdoor lifestyle, the 32 BH also came with an optional ($653) outside kitchen built in to the curbside of the trailer’s tail that delivered a small refrigerator, plastic sink and faucet, countertop and swing-out two-burner cooktop. The outdoor cooking accommodations did come in handy, but we found the workspace above the sink and countertop somewhat limited by a portion of the trailer’s bunk bed structure just a dozen or so inches over it.
Some of the 32BH’s construction highlights worth mentioning include extruded steel 8-inch I-beams for the main frame members, six-sided aluminum frame construction, laminated Darco-wrapped floors to keep out moisture, and an enclosed underbelly. All cabinetry is built using screwed and glued face frames so you get tight joints that will last longer than those assembled with staples.
During our evaluation of the Winnebago One 32BH travel trailer we were generally impressed by the comfort and luxurious feeling that the manufacturer injected into this trailer while attempting to create a rig that will satisfy the needs of a large group of people. It’s an eye-catching towable as well, with a one-piece fiberglass front cap, and the high-gloss gel coat finish more commonly seen on motorhomes.
While the ultimately powerful, richly comfortable and handsome 2012 Ram 2500 Mega Cab 4×4 turbodiesel handled it on tight roads with ease and pulled it like a champ on the open road, the overall length of the Winnebago One 32BH travel trailer does place it in a category that could have most owners gravitating toward larger campgrounds and resorts rather than state parks and more rustic locales where smaller sites and skinnier campground pathways are likely to be encountered.
Ext. length: 35’ 11”
Ext. width: 96”
Ext. height: 11’ 2” (with AC)
Interior width: 94”
Interior height: 6’ 10” (living area)
Freshwater cap: 56 gal.
Black-/Gray-water cap: 33/66 gal.
LP-gas cap: 14 gal.
Hitch Weight (Dry): 7,800 lbs.
Gross Weight (Dry): 760 lbs.
GVWR: 9,800 lbs.
Sleeping cap: 10
Base MSRP: $28,992
Price as Reviewed: $36,817