Unlike Renegade’s larger motorhomes, the Villagio is built on the Mercedes-Benz 3500 Sprinter chassis. This compact platform uses a Mercedes-Benz BlueTEC 3.0-liter diesel engine and a five-speed automatic transmission to power the 11,030-pound-rated motorhome smoothly and economically. Towing a vehicle is accomplished via a 3,500-pound hitch with a seven-way plug.
The cab area is comfortable. When seated behind the wheel, one is reminded more of a big SUV than a motorhome. Plus, the motorhome’s 25-foot length enables drivers to park in places where larger vehicles just won’t fit. The cockpit area contains a “media center” with an AM/FM radio, DVD and CD players, and a rearview camera and GPS. It also has its own climate controls. Cab-over storage is accessible via large cabinet doors.
The 215/85R16 all-season tires on my test unit were mounted on optional polished aluminum rims. When I filled the 26.4-gallon fuel tank and the 34-gallon fresh-water tank and ran the Villagio across the scales with two persons aboard, it registered 9,960 pounds. In my opinion, the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 11,030 pounds and the cargo-carrying capacity of 1,070 pounds are more than adequate for this motorhome. The front axle is rated at 4,410 pounds, with an actual weight recorded at 3,680 pounds. The rear axle was rated at 7,720 pounds and weighed 6,280. Thus, the weight was distributed evenly across both axles.
Laminated composite Beauflor flooring inside the Renegade Villagio.
Renegade employs “green” methods when building the Villagio. In fact, its manufacturing practices have been certified green by TRA Certification, an independent third-party company. Rather than using wood in its construction, as is common in many smaller RVs, Renegade designers work with various composites, such as Fortis, Cosmolite, and Azdel. These man-made materials are said to be 50 percent lighter than wood; to offer three times higher insulation values; to emit no odors or formaldehyde gassing; to better absorb sounds; and to be impervious to rot, mold, and water damage. The Azdel material sandwiches both the inside and outside of the aluminum-framed, laminated sidewall, resting beneath the exterior fiberglass panels as well as the interior décor panels.
Beauflor flooring is used in the interior. This upgraded laminated composite resembles wood-look vinyl but is more comfortable to walk on; it also is said to be more durable and better designed to handle the thermal expansion and contraction common to RVs than other materials. A laminated Fortis vapor barrier and special flexible adhesive help to achieve this. A woven Cosmolite vapor barrier layer helps to protect the underside of the floor from road debris and the elements. This space-age construction method results in an upscale look and is said to provide better insulation and durability than traditional materials.
The Villagio 25HAB incorporates frameless windows with hinges on top that allow a large opening area.
The Villagio’s gel-coat fiberglass exterior features standard full-body paint; my test unit was finished using the optional upgrade Caramel 4 color paint. Aerodynamic fiberglass caps grace the front and rear of the coach.
All of the DOT and convenience lighting uses LED technology. A 15-foot power awning with lateral arms covers the patio area. The awning can be extended out to 8 feet and is equipped with a weather/motion sensor; it also is outfitted with standard LED accent lighting. An enclosed topper awning protects the slideout from leaves, twigs, and other debris.
The motorhome entry door can be keyed manually or from the keypad located next to the entry-door handle. A two-stage electric step at the entrance is covered with nonslip material; a large grab handle is provided.
The frameless, flush-mounted tinted windows create a sleek appearance; they are hinged full-pane and open jalousie-style to afford maximum airflow.
Portable cabinets create dining space for four. They stow in a pull-out padded rack when not in use.Exterior Color:
FULL BODY PAINT
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