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Old 08-27-2013, 04:57 PM   #1
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Winnebago Minnie Winnie brand new...or different brand?

We went to the dealership and we fell in LOVE with the Winnebago Minnie Winnie 31H/HP. We have 6 kids, but two will be off to college when we start this venture. However, they will be joining us for an occassional trip. We will be hauling our minivan, or purchasing a lighter weight car for towing along (if we find a better option worth the money).

I am wondering, if I LOVED this particular Class C vehicle, would I love something else, for a better price? Or should I stop looking now? Also, we saw a Class A Winnebago brand that we liked a lot too. It would cost more though, and I am not sure if it was enough better to justify the higher cost. But my husband loved it! Both would work for us though.

Should we keep looking before we decide? Or have we pretty much found what is great? Also, this is our first time and the warranty stuff is really attracting us to the new Winnebago. But, we don't want to be unwise with our money.
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Lisa, with 6 kids and all of the "junk" needed to support them on a trip, I'd seriously look for a class A bunk house model from Winnebago or Jayco. A class A will have more cargo carrying capacity than a class C. I would avoid Thor products as they do not impress me in the least.

I think a C will be over weight when loaded up for 6 kids and parents plus supplies.

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Please see my recent post on the thread "Confused over Class C or entry Class A" on this forum concerning the Sunseeker 3170DS. Weight can be controlled; cost new cannot.
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Old 09-06-2013, 03:54 PM   #4
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I have 2 Boys (9&13), a 30' Minnie Winnie and we have put 12K miles on it in one year being "Weekenders".. Love the RV, ok with the gas mileage/cost.. I think my weight allowance is 14,050 and with the boys, Wife, Dog, full tanks, and all our stuff we are 13,900... (I'm 295 BTW).. I pull my 4,500lb 4runner occasionally all over Texas.. Everything's great, but if there is one more kid (ok, maybe two) inside... it feels crowded. There is a little plate/bracket above the rear shocks.. I have notice that the Bolt on top of the shock absorbers are denting the plate (looks like hail damage almost). I have not been good about airing up the airbags for the extra weight.

I would check out the class A if I were you, storage is very important.. I got the "C" with the larger underneath storage so no issues for us. I never have to run the Generator/AC while driving down the road.. the FORD AC has been sufficient thus far. To be fair we are based in Houston, and very used to the heat.

Test drive as much as possible, and take it to the scales with your whole family inside.. I think it costs $9.00 to get it weighed at Love's..
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Look at the the forester 3171. Price point for the C class will be -10k. Storage is an issue with class C's but perceived drivability is much better. My wife doesn't mind driving a class C and refuses to drive the class A. We are most likely going back to a lass C. We have looked at all the bunk models and have chosen the forester.
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If you go with a class C, stick with the Winnebago line. Better value for the $$$

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I owned a 2000 Minnie-Winnie, the most trouble free RV I ever owned. Served us well.
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Lisa,
Only the Winnebago and the Forst Rivers (new ones) have 1-piece fiberglass roof panels. I know it is debatable about whether this is better than a rubber roof membrane or not but in my slippery little mind it seems like it would be more durable. The Minnie is a good one.

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Have you looked at any Jayco class 'C' units. I almost bought a Melbourne a few years ago. It drove nice and had a very nice interior. We could not agree on price but after I bought a 5th wheel a few months later they had it priced less than my rejected offer...ugh.

I would at least look on-line to see if they have a floor plan that works for you.
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We just sold our 2008 Winnebago Outlook, we loved it. We had just over 70,000 trouble free miles, it never let us down. The only reason we moved to a Class A was the need for more space, inside and out. I can only imagine with a family of your size the larger Class A would seem to be a better choice.
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As we just moved to an older class a from a class c I do have to admit I do miss the full time overhead bed for the kids but that's about it having the extra storage and living quarters are nice even though we don't spend much time inside. With 4 kids all the time you will really regret not getting actuall bunks trust me you'll end up spending the money twice as you will quickly upgrade to a bunk model someone said it the class a with bunks is the way to go!!
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Oh and forgot to add that we went from a Bigfoot manufactured class c to the Winnebago even though its 17 years old the quality is outstanding everything works perfectly ( with a tiny bit of elbow grease )
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