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melandme

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Posted: 07/05/19 02:39pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We have a Winnebago Minnie Winnie 25B. 26 ft with no slide. This is our 4th year and no problems. Like that it has a sofa and a dinette. Some people do not like the corner bed, but we have learned how to deal with it. Lot of exterior storage.

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we have a 28 ft winnebago B+, the 24 fts we know of leave a lot to be desired. Friend bought 1 (thor) and it basic construction was a mess. Paid a bunch and lost his butt when he traded for a used bounder. The bed had to be folded to close the slide, bathroom very small and ajacent to the bedroom. Dining are also cramped. Couch on curb side was nice but the attachments on it were not secure, overal quality very suspect.

As to the sprinter types all depends on whether or not you like twin beds/couches to sleep on. Looked at a mercedes/winnebago and its Quality was also questionable. The wall sections and pieces under cabinets were already coming apart and they still wanted 6 figures for it. Just make sure as noted what is the floor plan and if you will like it.

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When I started looking I wanted to stay under 30 feet. I wound up buying an Entegra Esteem 29V. Tape measure and manufacturer says it is 32.5' bumper to bumper. Dealer told me it was 30' and the name implies it is 29'. Whatever size I notice no complications over the 27' Aspect we had before. The extra floor space is very nice.


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Personally, I would rather buy a Chev/Ford chassis due to the broader network of dealers. The Ford E450 will offer you a GVWR of 14,500# and Chevy just a tad less but the Chev will offer a little better ride and little more foot room for the passenger. I had to spend some money to upgrade the ride of my Ford where I might have been able to save that if I had bought a Chevy. But, I wanted the floorplan, so I bought what was avl. at the time.

I'm not sure about M.Benz Sprinter chassis. Having the cars in the family , I have learned to lease them so I don't have the expense to repair them.
Don't Sprinters have to go to a Sprinter or Freightliner dealership who have the necessary software to clear codes etc. Reading the forums, certain parts of the country can be spread a little thin for Sprinter service. I have heard of owners being stuck hundreds of miles from a dealership. Don't know how true or not . Just something to look into, maybe things have improved over the last year or so.

Regarding the floorplans:
How do they run the lines when you have a kitchen built into a slide ?
I would be concerned about what plumbing or gas lines move or what has to flex in order to deploy and retract the slide. Try to keep things as simple as possible, to limit potential problems that will mean down time for you.

I would only buy a slide floorplan that can be used 100% when retracted. You might have live that way until you can get an appointment for a slide repair.

Make sure your queen bed is really a queen bed 60x80, if that's important to you. Unlike 5th wheels, some "C" floorplans can be a little sneaky if your not paying attention to bed size.

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Pick one that will suit your needs and a floor plan that you can live with.

My recommendations or suggestions would be try to get one on a Chevy Chassis both MFG you listed have them on a Chevy Chassis. They will give you a better ride and more room among other perks.

As noted a Chevy or Ford have a larger network of dealers and service centers,that is one thing I would look at too.


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We have done exactly what you are thinking of doing. Sold the Arctic Fox 5'vr and bought a small Class C-used. It's a 2017 Forest River Forester LE with a Chevy 450 chassis and gas engine. Wanted a Chevy cause had heard/read a lot of complaints of heat coming through floorboards from engine/exhaust/etc. into front passenger seating area from Ford. Also, wanted slightly used Class C hoping the majority of issues/problems had been ironed by previous owner and would still be under warranties if something did pop up. It is about 24ft.- easy to drive and can take it anywhere. If the occasion did a pop up to not take the R.V. we used Uber and Enterprise-lot easier than a toad.


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I think 27 feet is the ideal size. It will drive much like a car. My own RV is a class C of 28'5" and I find the extra length means a LOT more tail swing.


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Thanks what I wanted to know not the bull

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We had the same predicament - the hooking up the trailer became too difficult. We traded our trailer for a 2019 Coachman Leprechaun 210 RS - 24’9. We have had it now for 10 months - no major problems. Love it. We lived in it in FL for 3 months comfortably. We now rent a car if we are going to be in a place for more than a week. For shorter trips, we just drive the Leprechaun to do errands - easy to park. We have no intention of getting a toad. We are finished with towing anything!

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Aadkins101 wrote:

We had the same predicament - the hooking up the trailer became too difficult. We traded our trailer for a 2019 Coachman Leprechaun 210 RS - 24’9. We have had it now for 10 months - no major problems. Love it. We lived in it in FL for 3 months comfortably. We now rent a car if we are going to be in a place for more than a week. For shorter trips, we just drive the Leprechaun to do errands - easy to park. We have no intention of getting a toad. We are finished with towing anything!


We got our C ten years ago. I was tired of sway bar hook-up, along with backing it and parking it. All we do now is pull in level it and plug in the electric. If it isn't simple, it seems too much like work. Ours is a 21 footer, shorter than some pick-ups.
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