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Old 09-21-2021, 10:19 AM   #1
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Looking to downsize on next purchase and need recommendations

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We have had class A RVs for 6 years, 1st a 34ft and now and 38ft. Issue is we dare not drive it in winter and there are a lot of State Forest campgrounds I like that it's too long for.

What I really would love is an AWD transit such as the Winnie Ekko and maybe that's the one, but I owe it to myself to look at other brands

We would plan to tow a lot but would like the option to use the RV by itself in winter

We won't be purchasing for a couple of years but would like to narrow it down as will need to travel 3-4 hours to view a lot of these.


Phoenix Cruiser
Winnie Ekko
Minnie Winnie
Leisure Travel vans Wonder

What do folks think?

Thanks,
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We downsized from a 42 foot fifth wheel toy hauler, to a 33 foot Thor Omni (Super C). It's built on a Ford, F-550 with the 6.7 diesel. Lots of power for towing just about anything, and 4 wheel drive. Pricey, but really easy to drive.
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We downsized from a 42 foot fifth wheel toy hauler, to a 33 foot Thor Omni (Super C). It's built on a Ford, F-550 with the 6.7 diesel. Lots of power for towing just about anything, and 4 wheel drive. Pricey, but really easy to drive.
Sounds good, thats a nice rig.
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I would consider a Sprinter but to have it serviced is 1.5 hours away and there are only 3 dealers in the whole state.
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Take a look at the Minnie Winnie 25B. No slides (you mentioned winter camping). Does winter just mean occassional drop below 32?

Minnie Winnie on the Ford chassis is the best bang fo the buck in my opinion.
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Take a look at the Minnie Winnie 25B. No slides (you mentioned winter camping). Does winter just mean occassional drop below 32?

Minnie Winnie on the Ford chassis is the best bang fo the buck in my opinion.
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I do like the look of the Winnie Minnie, also I read the new ones have alone for drivers safety aids.

Winter for me is down to -10f , rig would be winterized.
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Take a look at the Minnie Winnie 25B. No slides (you mentioned winter camping). Does winter just mean occassional drop below 32?

Minnie Winnie on the Ford chassis is the best bang fo the buck in my opinion.
Those Minnie Winnie small Class C motorhomes built on a Ford E450 chassis do make for outstanding RVs - both for the money and just plain in general.

However ... the OP mentioned liking/wanting an "All Wheel Drive" chassis under a motorhome.

It's really, really too bad Ford doesn't offer a factory 4X4 package for their V8 powered E450 cutaway chassis as a starting point for Class C builders. What a sweet combination that would be indeed!!!
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Phoenix Cruiser has 4WD models, unfortunately on just the 350 & not with "real" beds.
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Thanks both,

I think I need to remove the AWD from this to widen my net.

I do like the Phoenix Cruisers .

One thing I got to be careful is going too small on the living space. Our A now gets treated more like a mobile apartment we use as second home.

The market is so inflated at the moment I have not bothered doing any test drives.

Thinking about an E350/450 is probably my best bet

We are more than happy keeping our coach until we replace it.
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Hi all,

We have had class A RVs for 6 years, 1st a 34ft and now and 38ft. Issue is we dare not drive it in winter and there are a lot of State Forest campgrounds I like that it's too long for.

What I really would love is an AWD transit such as the Winnie Ekko and maybe that's the one, but I owe it to myself to look at other brands

We would plan to tow a lot but would like the option to use the RV by itself in winter

We won't be purchasing for a couple of years but would like to narrow it down as will need to travel 3-4 hours to view a lot of these.


Phoenix Cruiser
Winnie Ekko
Minnie Winnie
Leisure Travel vans Wonder

What do folks think?

Thanks,
The Leisure Wonder offers AWD on their ford Chassis. Made in canada, so not sure if you are in the USA how the dealer network is down there. Check out the youtube videos, as their spokesman does a good job of outlining all the features/ benefits. Check out the twin bed model huge exterior storage, as well as no slides ) one less thing to go wrong) and nice split bath separate dry shower. This isn't too common in a RV this small with no slides. Also their owners seem pretty pleased with construction and customer service. Just a thoght
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The Leisure Wonder offers AWD on their ford Chassis. Made in canada, so not sure if you are in the USA how the dealer network is down there. Check out the youtube videos, as their spokesman does a good job of outlining all the features/ benefits. Check out the twin bed model huge exterior storage, as well as no slides ) one less thing to go wrong) and nice split bath separate dry shower. This isn't too common in a RV this small with no slides. Also their owners seem pretty pleased with construction and customer service. Just a thoght
If I had the money…..I’d pick the Wonder Rear Twin Bed based on the Ford Transit AWD platform.

https://leisurevans.com/wonder/features/rear-lounge/

Here’s a fantastic video on all the features.
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I would bw more than happy with a Leisure travel van wonder :AWD once the financial stars align :-)
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You mentioned Leisure Travel first.
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Those LTV models look like sweet rigs ... almost.

Their wheelbase length versus ground clearance may be limiting with regards to any travel on rough roads for boondock camping, regardless of them being available with AWD. One of the main advantages of AWD is the ability to travel off hard surface roads into great somewhat remote camping spots.

I wonder how much larger-than-stock diameter tires could be fitted on them so as to gain more ground clearance?
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