Travato Trails and Tails

It's always good to start a relationship with a good introduction, so as we enter the Winnebago Travato family, we thought it would be good to start with one. I'm Damon Bungard, Product Manager for Jackson Kayak, and Brand Manager for our new line of premium coolers, Orion Coolers. We make premium whitewater, kayak fishing, and recreational kayaks, and also premium coolers for the hunting and fishing markets. Our brands are known for innovation, performance, craftsmanship, and Made in Tennessee.

I'm also personally very active outdoors, hunting, fly fishing, paddling, and generally a born traveler. My wife Ashley and I , and our dog Tripper, live near our factory in Tennessee, in a small rural area near Fall Creek Falls State Park. My wife Ashley is a test engineering project lead for an aerospace company in Vermont, and she works from our home in TN. Our dog Tripper, a mini-dachshund, is 10-lbs of fury - kayaking, fishing, grasshopper hunting, sprinkler killing, and generally doing whatever we're doing fury.

Damon holding a fish with Ashley kneeling next to him and their dog Tripper barking at the fish.Tripper barks his approval at a hefty Colorado trout.

Tripper nose to nose about 2 inches away from a fish being held.Nose to gill. Tripper meets an Idaho rainbow. Who says Daschunds don't like water?

I travel quite a bit for work, or fun outside, and have been very fortunate to have my passions in the outdoors carry me all over the globe, see amazing places, and meet amazing people. The Travato appealed to us as a mobile 'base-camp', mobile office for Ashley, and a great tool to let us travel and work, and share experiences, together.

Coming from a Volkswagen Eurovan Westfalia, we still wanted something very compact, but with the full functionality the Travato provides -- full bed, functional bath/shower, kitchen, fridge, water systems, table/work desk area, good gas mileage, and internal and external gear storage options. Being able to buckle in while seated at the desk allows Ashley to safely work while I drive, without using her valuable vacation time. Once at camp, the integrated awning system and outdoor utility of external lights, speakers, and propane ports also make open-air camp life easy and comfortable.

Damon and Ashley resting on the shore eating lunch with kayak and gear around them.Time off for lunch in Key West, Florida.

Winnebago Travato with kayaks on top about to pass under a covered bridge.Maiden voyage of the Travato as it heads off from Tennessee to Arkansas.

So here we find ourselves, RV-rookies, getting to know our new Travato. We'll be sharing what we learn -- all the funny mistakes, successes, and lessons learned of somebody new to the RV life. We'll share adventures from the destinations we love, outdoor equipment that works well in both the Travato and on the river or trail, healthy recipes that we like, and certainly a fishing or hunting tale or two.

Fish being held above the water.The Travato's first streamside stop at White River Arkansas yields a hefty brown trout. (Size of catch and mileage may vary!)

Winnebago Travato with various decals on it.Wrap 'n Roll. The Travato points to new adventures.

We're really excited to see what trails lie before us. With the Travato as our travel companion, we should be ready to take the necessary turns in the road to get us there.

Buckle up, this should be a fun ride.


Outdoor adventurer Damon Bungard will continue to report to GoLife from his Travato.

Bear paw print in mud between mans feet.Safer at a distance. Damon sizes up a brown bear print in Alaska.

Damon with Caribou head strapped on his back while standing in grassy field.Roof rack. A successful caribou hunt in the Brooks Range in Alaska.