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Old 10-15-2021, 06:47 PM   #1
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We are considering down sizing to a class C from a Monoco class A. Has anyone got any comments Pro or Con? Thanks
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Old 10-15-2021, 09:00 PM   #2
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We downsized last year from a Thor Miramar to a Winnebago View.

After several years we realized the Miramar was more than we really need for the traveling we do. It took focused effort driving and my wife was not comfortable behind the wheel.

The View Sprinter chassis is easy to drive, has advanced safety technology, and lets us go into areas inaccessible in the Miramar. Itís also less costly to maintain and operate.

Yes the View is smaller and we had to rethink what we really need to pack. And thereís a definite limit as to how long you want to live in a tiny house on wheels.

But for us the benefits made the switch well worth it.
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Old 10-16-2021, 07:57 PM   #3
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Our 24' is way too small for long stays but it great on gas, performance and parking. Very few amenities.
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Old 10-17-2021, 06:19 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by 4 R LABS View Post
We are considering down sizing to a class C from a Monoco class A. Has anyone got any comments Pro or Con? Thanks

We went from 32' Class A Itasca to a 24' Class C Tioga . We don't miss the Itasca .

However , we are not full timers .

Being boaters and Harley riders our whole life we learned early on what is really necessary , and more importantly , what isn't necessary when traveling.

Plus , the DW wasn't comfortable riding in or driving the Itasca . Too big , no front and side collision airbag protection and when towing it was too long for her.

We've completed several 4 - 5 week , 5,000 + mile trips with the Tioga and have enjoyed every minute .

We tend to spend most our time outdoors , including cooking so the size of the MH works for us.

If you haven't driven or camped in a Class C , you might try renting one to try it out .

Like everything in life , everyone has different needs and expectations .
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Old 10-17-2021, 06:34 PM   #5
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We have owned our Minnie Winnie since January, 2019 (approximately 33 months). We have spent 3-4 months in florida the last 3 winters and have made a couple long(2-4K) mile trips. So....we have actually lived in our Minnie Winnie for approximately 1 year(12 months). We are also past sailors and do just fine in the Winnie. We get a lot of pressure from many of our friends to move up to a Class A. We pull a small toad and are very content. My wife and I are small people which undoubtedly makes a difference. I am 75 and have no plans to change. If I did, it would be to purchase a winter condo and buy a Class B for shorter trips.....
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Old 10-18-2021, 10:58 AM   #6
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We have a 2017 Minnie Winnie 26a with three slides. Bought it new, and am wrapping up our fifth season. We are very, very pleased. Have had very few issues at all, and find the layout just perfect for the two of us.

Minnie Winnies are "entry level" coaches. Don't expect the really fancy stuff, but do expect a very functional, simple unit that's reliable (for us, anyway, YMMV) and easy to maintain.

Feel free to ask anything about our coach and experiences.
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Old 10-18-2021, 04:19 PM   #7
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Our Spirit (sister to the Minnie Winnie) has just over 25,000 miles on it now.
It has been the perfect size for just the two of us. As stated in another post, pretty basic, nothing fancy, not many bells and whistles, no slideouts, but we see that as an advantage. Fewer things to break, go wrong, and need repair. Would not even consider trading for anything bigger. Been there, done that.
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Old 10-18-2021, 05:31 PM   #8
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seems most so far are around 24-25 foot...
good choice for smaller folks,,or 2 IMO

I was just in a 25 ft 2020 this weekend e450,,, nice rig, slide,, shiny bells and whistles.. they love it, 2 adults 8 yearold, towing 7x14 enclosed with 2 dirtbikes,, Nice unit,,
the want list..
more battery power, bigger inverter, 600-800 watt of solar,,
storage when not towing trailer is so so , but has good. best tank storages,

I for one have an older 29 RQ no slides.. If the dinette was in a slide I would be in heaven.. me wife 3 siberian huskys oh my...
The dinette with opposing sofabed limits that area .. either smaller dinette or option with chairs..
Like the rear bed room.. the shower is outside of toilet room, nice dual purpose as the need arises..

I rather models with kitchen on same side as entrance door,,,

ducted AC IMO is worth alot, quiet..

Things I like in our old unit... it motor heat also heats the living space when traveling, it includes the wet tank areas as does the main propane heat..
Motor heat also heats the hot water while traveling.

Larger altenator was added 205A, that helps when traveling if i need inverter on for various reasons. cloudy solar off etc..

I added solar and IMO it should almost be main option unless you are a park only camper with full hookups..

Leveling system may be a good take if you are older or not nimble.. I added a poor mans set up I use cordless impact.. while i can still kneel I am good..

AS far a the Minnie, construction and hold out,, I can say that my old steed is very very stout...even after having a cover on it for six years in a damp yard and some minor delam, i fixed.. It is solid, rides like a caddy on a cloud. flies like an eagle when pushed the pedal and drinks fuel like a sailor o leave.. LOL no offense ment..

I would hop in it and tackle coast to coast..

So any newer modern power plant and suspension should be a premium and more joy...

there is good and bad and so so in each model, if your needs are covered, you got the right one....
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I owned a 2007 Winnebago View which is on the Sprinter chassis. The one BIG plus I give all Winnebago motorized equipment is that they have all of the wiring and plumbing drawings online going back to 1990. These are actual wiring diagrams and installation drawings showing location of components, even hidden ones, done as blueprint/engineering drawings. This is invaluable to have, and they are to be commended for keeping it current and up to date. While quality of work in many RV's is lacking, there does seem to be a minimum standard at WBO that they have, and they are actually ENGINEERED and prototyped and while the level of coach appointments may not be as high as some high end big motorhomes, it is very good, and consistent.

'03 Ram 2500 CTD, 5.9HO six speed PacBrake std cab long bed Leer top and 2008 Bigfoot 25B21RB.. Previously, 2008 Thor Freedom Spirit 180, SOLD! 2007 Winnebago View 23H Motorhome, SOLD!
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Old 10-26-2021, 11:29 PM   #10
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Our 2016 Minnie Winnie 27Q (no longer made) and it has been perfect for me, the DW, and Nemo the cat. Not too big and not too small. Has one slide but we seldom use it because the aisle is about 30" wide even with the slide in.

I'll admit to not knowing specifics about other Class Cs, but I've always considered our Winnie as a cut above average, and definitely not a cheaply made entry level rig.
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Old 10-28-2021, 11:48 AM   #11
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I don't consider our 2005 Winnebago Itasca Class C to be entry level - by a long shot. My list of items that justify this is long.

Of course reading what others have said about later model RVs, perhaps the manufacturers have been reducing their build quality over the last several years.
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