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ONels21963

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Posted: 07/29/03 08:02am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My wife and I have been shopping for an RV (Class C) and we've narrowed it down to the Winnebago Minnie DS 29 ft., Ford V10. We plan to tow a Honda CRV with the weight hitch capacity at 3,500 lb. Were about to become new RV'ers, so obviously we have alot to learn. Anyone out there who has this unit could you provide me some feedback on any problems with the Winnebago?

My next question is I've read alot on the open forum and the overall commments seem to be with the weight issue. Is there a weight issue with the Winnebago 29 ft class c and CRV tow I've mentioned?

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Posted: 07/29/03 08:17am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

BEFORE you buy the unit , have the dealer take you to a scale and weigh
it (truckstop) .

Then compare the GVWR , GCVWR , and look at the weight of full fuel and
water .

Carefully compare the listed CCC to reality . Also weigh your tow vehicle
with a full tank of fuel , and add the hitch weight .

With this data , you can make a safe and intelligent decision .

Good luck & be safe !




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Posted: 07/29/03 10:30am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Chris,

What year is the Winnebago you are looking at?


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We have a 02 Minnie Winnie 30V and tow a 02 CR-V. Love it.

Went with a BlueOx BasePlate as I didn't want much visible when I wasn't towing it. The BlueOx Adapters just twist into the base plate when you are ready to tow. Had the guy in the site next to me almost fall over when he saw how easy it was to remove the tow adapters. His toad had a Stowmaster stuck on the front of his PT Cruiser.

The following is a link to what the front of the CR-V looks like with the BlueOx baseplate and adapters. The silver things sticking out are the adapters and just twist in and out

http://www.aemfg.com/Baseplates/BPpictures/BX2225.jpg

Results of my weight check before I bought the rig

2002 Winnebago Minnie Winnie 30V Weight

Weighed with full tank of gas, full tank of propane, full tank of water, gear

Front Rear Total
Right___1960___4580___6540
Left____2060___4520___6580
Total___4020___9100__13120

CCC (lb) 930 14050 minus loaded weight

Tires:
Goodyear Wrangler HT LT225-75R16 Load range E

Max Single___2440 @ 70 PSI___2680 @ 80 PSI___2560 @ 75 PSI___2335 @65 PSI
Max Dual___2470 @ 80 PSI
At 70PSI front/80 PSI rear
Max Front__4880___Delta Front___860
Max Rear__9880___Delta Rear____780
Total wt___14760___lbs to max___1640

Best Inflation
Front___70 PSI
Rear____80 PSI

* This post was edited 07/29/03 11:35am by summersr *


2002 Mini Winnie 30V,ShurFlo Extreme water pump
2002 Honda CR-V toad,
BlueOx base plate/Aladdin towbar,
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Posted: 07/29/03 03:55pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thank you for the info. This will certainly help.

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Were looking at the 2004 Winnebago 29 ft. Bedroom and couch slideouts.
Appears that it will meet our needs for storage space and we really liked the idea of the slideouts as opposed to going with a longer unit.
If you own one or have owned, have you had any serious problems with it?

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Many thanks for all the info. Planning to buy the 2004 winnebago 29 ft. with slideouts for the bedroom and couch. Also, the blue ox tow bar and the brake buddy system for the tow vehicle. Do you have or know of another RVer that owns a unit like we are planning to buy? would like some info on any serious problems with it or whatever I should be aware of.

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The 29B is exactly the same layout as the Minnie Winnie 30V. Unless you have a lot of kids, the Entertainment center option in the Cab over is great. Winniebago re-did the cab over to remove the side windows and put the VCR in the center and the tv on the right side which is a better config that I have on my 02 30V.

Check out the bathroom size. A large person will find out it is a tight fit. Also the bathroom door is installed with a spring hinge that acts as a divider when you are taking a shower. The large shower is nice.

Also check to see if the 20B is prewired for a rear camera/monitor. Mine was. I just got the Voyager 5" setup from CampingWorld, removed the sunvisors so I could pull the wires down in front that are behind the head liner (you have to splice in the three wires in the headliner to the power cable for the monitor. The wires are 1) ignition +12v, 2) Reverse +12v and are yellow and 3) ground which is white), removed the rear view mirror so the monitor could hang in its place, remove the center marker light in the back to get access to the camera wire. Was an easy job to install and eliminates the sweaty hands wondering what is going on with the Toad as you go down the road. Have my camera aimed so I can see both sides of the CR-V as I go down the road so I can see if it is safe to change lanes.

The dealer wanted big bucks to install the rear view system. Was an easy install. The key was what camera wire was installed and what rear camera's it would support.

Don't know were the 8 inches are between the Minnnie Winnie 30V and the Minnie 29B are but they look identical from a layout standpoint.

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Posted: 07/29/03 08:12pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks for your reply. I have a question thats going to sound rather silly, but since were about to become new RVers, here goes.
When you travel with your unit and CR-V in tow, when going a rather steep downgrade (say 5-6%), do you put the RV in 3rd gear and just pump your brakes as necessary, or is there some other procedure used for going down steep downgrades? I'm told by the dealer that the winnebago (Ford V10) units have truck brakes. Our tow will have the brake buddy system.

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.If you don't feel it inappropriate, if you do buy one could you tell how good the deal was-did you see a "ccc" figure?
I was really interested, and am still considering one but..the roof discussions really scared me though.





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