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Posted: 05/17/19 01:55pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

way2roll wrote:

I think the Winnie, Thor ACE, Vegas/Axis, and the FR3 are probably your only options close to what you want. All of these are entry level. The shortest FR3 is 29' - still a few feet longer than you wanted and the ACE 27.2 is still almost 29'. And the Axis/Vegas is on the E450 Chassis. These are called crossover RV's. They bridge the gap between B+/small C's and A's. It's a niche, but manufacturers know that folks wanting higher end features also want more space and a better ride- thus a larger class A or a high end C. They know it wouldn't make sense to dump a bunch of money on a 26' class A on the F53 - no one would buy it. These crossovers are marketed as "weekender" and starter RV's. Heck the Axis is pretty much marketed as a soccer mom rv. No offense to anyone who owns one, I even know folks that full time in an Axis. I have looked them myself. But for the most part, their market share is the weekender/tailgater/starter.

Frankly I am not sure how Winnie shrunk their F53 chassis to get to 26' and still have a stable wheelbase - that thing might ride rough and loose. The wheelbase is only 158" - that's only 13'. I can't remember the calculation, but there is some math involved that the wheelbase should be more than a certain percentage of the overall length to provide a stable ride. The 26M is only 50% - if memory serves, the minimum benchmark for safe highway travel is about 55%. But something you could sort out in a good test drive.

The shortest "higher end" class A that I know of still in production is the Allegro Breeze DP. Used to be in a 28' - understandably still longer than you spec'd. If you want a higher end MH in your size range I think you'd be looking at a C on the MB sprinter chassis. The Tiffin wayfarer comes to mind.

The shorter class C's are not on the F53 and thus that's why the engine pairing is different.
. I think what you are referring to is the length to wheel base ratio that should be greater than 50 %. The intent is 50% and the Vegas/axis is 58%, but there is more to ride quality. My thinking if one is looking for a MH in this length usually C’s come to mind. However a short A usually brings more CCC, more storage, more GC, better suspension and more FW for dry camping. The Vegas has the same HP as a C but the intent is 60HP higher. I have never test drove anything that short so don’t know how any of them rides. From what I see the sprinter chassis does not have much CCC and people don’t complain about the ride quality. My friend just bought one and is on his way to Alaska with it I will see how he likes it when he returns.

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The Intent Class A and Outback Class C were the first Winnebago's in decades to be introduced with rubber roofs - if that tells you anything. They are entry level coaches - a step lower than anything produced before. You would yourself a favor to jump up a level or two.


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Mile High wrote:

The Intent Class A and Outback Class C were the first Winnebago's in decades to be introduced with rubber roofs - if that tells you anything. They are entry level coaches - a step lower than anything produced before. You would yourself a favor to jump up a level or two.


Countless Rv's out there with rubber/tpo roofs with no issues for decades. I have heard a lot of grumbling about the winnie fiberglass roofs peeling back. Of course that's due to lack of maintenance - but that is required on any type of roof. But roof material shouldn't be a deal breaker. Both types have their merits - and shortfalls.

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