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EMD360

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Posted: 10/27/21 09:14pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We never had a TT. They look comfy but we found them more expensive with the price of a decent truck added and the Class C comes with a truck. But they are noisy. We have rattles in our newer coach and still tracking them down. Our Itasca 22e was actually 22 ft long but it only had the overcab bed and the flip out couch and dinette. Still we got a lot of grandkids and even a second couple into it a few times.
We expanded to a Minnie Winnie 25b this spring and it’s a little over 26’. It has a rear corner bed, a couch and dinette and a huge overcab bed that I reduced to a 3” queen foam topper to make the bedding fit. Some people don’t like sleeping just in the overcab bed but we didn’t mind. We now sleep in the rear corner bed and it’s fine. But many people hate having to crawl over the mattress to make the bed.
We bring the family whenever we can and love the space under the back bed for storage. We take an inflatable boat and trolling motor and camp chairs and tables and a pop up shelter etc. lots of stuff fits in there.
So we are loving the larger RV. We can still fit in most “hang over” spots in parking lots. Even though that was easier with 22’.


2018 Minnie Winnie 25b New to us 3/2021
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2003 Itasca Spirit 22e 2009-2021


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Posted: 10/28/21 09:55am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

EMD360 wrote:

We never had a TT. They look comfy but we found them more expensive with the price of a decent truck added and the Class C comes with a truck. But they are noisy. We have rattles in our newer coach and still tracking them down. Our Itasca 22e was actually 22 ft long but it only had the overcab bed and the flip out couch and dinette. Still we got a lot of grandkids and even a second couple into it a few times.
We expanded to a Minnie Winnie 25b this spring and it’s a little over 26’. It has a rear corner bed, a couch and dinette and a huge overcab bed that I reduced to a 3” queen foam topper to make the bedding fit. Some people don’t like sleeping just in the overcab bed but we didn’t mind. We now sleep in the rear corner bed and it’s fine. But many people hate having to crawl over the mattress to make the bed.
We bring the family whenever we can and love the space under the back bed for storage. We take an inflatable boat and trolling motor and camp chairs and tables and a pop up shelter etc. lots of stuff fits in there.
So we are loving the larger RV. We can still fit in most “hang over” spots in parking lots. Even though that was easier with 22’.


The Minnie Winnie layout looks nice... If my husband agrees to sleep in the overhead then it works for me to have the corner bed lol....He's 6' so it looks nice and spacious up there. He'd also want a topper...

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jukes wrote:

pnichols wrote:

jukes wrote:

Great thanks everyone! pnichols, I am the same as your wife, I take over the comfy rear queen bed, for my bad back and better sleep lol. Hmm. so maybe the one above the cab could suffice for my husband, and dinette for the 9 yr old.. plus some tents just incase the older ones come along...
It's a catch 22, we now want to tow a boat sometimes, but then with a MH won't have a car for easy exploring! Although, I guess we could tow a car when not towing a boat!!
We do a variety of trips, everywhere from Yosemite, to Portland, to Shasta to Los Angeles to Olympic National Park next year we hope, and eventually Alaska!.. a real mix of towns and remote, although now the teens aren't coming we won't do LA in it again..


FWIW, just myself and my wife have traveled on two long trips across the U.S. (one of 9 weeks and one of 10 weeks) in our 24 ft. non-slide Class C and never needed a tow. However, our exploring and sight-seeing was not on remote/narrow forest roads, either, when on these trips.

In the western U.S. we sometimes tow our small fishing boat, and sometimes rockhound explore and boondock camp in the desert ... all with just the Class C. We carry a lot of equipment and tools with us and I have oversize tires on it's Ford E450 chassis to provide more ground clearance.


That's great to know, we were trying to imagine not having a car. some areas we will stay put at campsite but others we'd need a car, but then again a 24' is usually okay to park in most areas I'd assume, although there'd be the hassle of unhooking but then again we don't always need hookups... pros and cons I guess! We rented a 30' class C many years ago when visiting from England, before we lived here, before we'd ever had a TT. Even with that we found parking, bit did borrow a car and hitch a ride a big sur down to the beach area..Do you still have to level out and stabilize a 24' class C? that's a pain with our TT, and it's still a bit wobbly lol


Our 24 ft. Class C is built on a Ford chassis that is rated for a lot more weight than the coach places on it. Hence, the chassis springs are stiff enough such that our coach does not wobble when we walk around inside. It was built on the Ford E450 chassis rather than the Ford E350 chassis that is most often used under small Class C motorhomes. We specifically wanted an E450 chassis under a small motorhome for several reasons. Note that many new small Class C motorhomes are now built on a chassis - Ford E350 or otherwise - that have maximum weight capacities only a few hundred pounds over the weight of the coach structure. This is going to make them somewhat wobbly - due to the weaker springs - and hence require stabilizers when camped.

Regarding leveling, we want our motorhome level when camped for the most comfort when sleeping and for the longest life from our propane powered RV refrigerator. Propane RV refrigerators should be kept pretty level when parked for several hours. For easy leveling of our Class C when parking it, many years ago when the RV was level in a parking lot I mounted stick-on levels in the driver's cab area that indicate side-to-side and front-to-back levelness. At a campsite I just watch these levels and move the motorhome around and if necessary drive onto leveling blocks until these levels show the coach to be level. It's real easy to level the motorhome this way.

We like our "little home on wheels" with us all the time. We don't even put out the awning or get out the BBQ, tables, chairs, etc., unless we're going to be in a campsite for more than overnight. However on trips we don't go into cities much or try to park at trailheads to hike much, so where we do go we can usually park our 24 ft. Class C easily and therefore don't tow another vehicle. Also, we do take it off-road a bit and some of these areas require a small RV.


Phil, 2005 E450 Itasca Spirit 24V

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