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Old 11-14-2017, 12:56 PM   #1
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We recently sold our Winnebago Itasca Class C RV after completing all 50 states.

We are retired military and still want to Winter in different places for longer periods of time. We just started to look at Winnebago TT and have narrowed it down to the following.

Minnie Plus
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27RBDS

Minnie Winnie
2401RG- Galley Kitchen
2500FL- Front Living
2501RG- Rear Living

Looking for suggestions and input on these models. As there are only the 2 of us and an occasional grandchild we eliminated all the bunkhouse models and also models with no sofa or else dinette or sofa choice. We want both.
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Old 11-16-2017, 05:08 AM   #2
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What are you towing with?
I like the layout of the 2500FL and the 2401RG. The only issue with and rear kitchen in a trailer is the tendancy to "bounce" your kitchen... like riding in the back of a schoolbus. Dishes and fridge contents gets tossed around.
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Old 11-16-2017, 02:07 PM   #3
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If you've got a 3/4 ton truck, I'd go with the Minnie Plus. I wouldn't want to tow the Minnie Plus with a 1/2 ton. The Winnebago line of campers is very nice and for the most part, they are a cut above.
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Old 11-16-2017, 05:26 PM   #4
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We currently have the 1/2 ton. Looks like we need to do some research on towing also.
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Old 11-17-2017, 05:15 AM   #5
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Particularly on payload. The "wet" hitch weight on a Minnie plus will be near 1000lbs. My 2301BH is over 700.
If your half ton has a 1200 payload capacity and you hang 1000lbs off the back, then you and the family and all of your gear and fuel better be less than 200lbs.
You get the idea... overloaded and white knuckles is no way to enjoy camping.

When calculating hitch weight, figure 12% of the GROSS weight of the trailer (never look at the dry/empty weight they advertise).
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Old 11-17-2017, 08:14 AM   #6
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Looks like we have a huge learning curve. We want to stay with Winnebago but with the 1/2 ton PU we may ended up upgrading a truck also. A dealer mentioned a Winnebago 5th wheel as it would reduce length and claims a 5th wheel is easier to tow.

From what I am finding out, pricing goes up all everything in January when the Trade Shows start. I have only seen 1 Winnebago TT for sale used and that was a tiny tear drop or pod style. Either people are really liking the TT, or new to market I guess.

I sure appreciate all this advice and I do not want us to make a huge expensive error.

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Old 12-11-2017, 09:22 AM   #7
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We own a 2401RG. You should have no problems towing with a 1/2 Ton Pick up. One of the features we like is the television is directly across from the couch. No craning of the neck to watch. We don’t like the lack of access with slide in. But, we get used to using both doors if needed.
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Old 12-20-2017, 07:20 AM   #8
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We looked at the 26RBSS, and the 27RBDS and ended up getting the 27BHSS, one we didn't even consider until we saw it in person. Our kids are grown but our dogs travel with us and the 27BHSS had perfect space under the bunks for the dogs + we use the bunks for extra storage and I like having the outside fridge and grill.

We've only done 1 trip so far but my ecoboost F150 tows it fine, I do have the tow package (11,200). I trailer my 28' boat back and forth to the keys 5-6 times a year, so didn't expect too much of an issue with towing the camper. I know there is a huge difference from the 3/4 ton diesel to what I have but since I'm not full time on the road don't feel i need it at this point. (Time will tell..)
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Have you decided yet? I have a 26RBSS Minnie Plus, I love the floorplan but the roof has started leaking and it's only a few months old. Refer to my posts. It may just be that I got a lemon so don't let this discourage you from your purchase. Just thought I'd pass that along.
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“A dealer mentioned a Winnebago 5th wheel as it would reduce length and claims a 5th wheel is easier to tow.“

A little...maybe. Not enough to make the decision over floor plan, weight etc.
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A dealer mentioned a Winnebago 5th wheel as it would reduce length and claims a 5th wheel is easier to tow.

A little...maybe. Not enough to make the decision over floor plan, weight etc.
Plus, a 5th wheel limits your use of the PU bed. Personally I prefer a conventional TT so I can have a shell on my PU. This is all academic now since we've gone the opposite direction, from TT to Class A due to accessibility issues. This raises another issue as we age, a 5th wheel has those inside stairs and, in many cases, reduced headroom in the BR.
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Have you decided yet? I have a 26RBSS Minnie Plus, I love the floorplan but the roof has started leaking and it's only a few months old. Refer to my posts. It may just be that I got a lemon so don't let this discourage you from your purchase. Just thought I'd pass that along.
I have noticed that a lot of Minnie Plus owners seem to have leaks. I think they don't have the build process quite ironed out on those.
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I had taken ours back in for some items that were on the punch list when we bought it new (took 2 months for them to fix). What was interesting was that we did have a piece of trim that was obvious water damage, was the framing for the entrance to the master on the side where the slide is. They have replaced it and weve had weeks of really hard rains and Ive seen no signs of water intrusion. I actually think it might have been from the seal in the slide not being seated properly when it was open. I did inspect the roof (I do that before and after every trip) and so far so good.
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Any issues that you have encountered since your post? We have a half ton 2018 Chevy Silverado that also came with the tow package (11,200) and we're also considering the 27BHSS. We've read mixed reviews and some say it's too heavy and we should look into a smaller TT. We've fell in love with this design and wanted to get more feedback.

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26RBSS, and the 27RBDS and ended up getting the 27BHSS, one we didn't even consider until we saw it in person. Our kids are grown but our dogs travel with us and the 27BHSS had perfect space under the bunks for the dogs + we use the bunks for extra storage and I like having the outside fridge and grill.

We've only done 1 trip so far but my ecoboost F150 tows it fine, I do have the tow package (11,200). I trailer my 28' boat back and forth to the keys 5-6 times a year, so didn't expect too much of an issue with towing the camper. I know there is a huge difference from the 3/4 ton diesel to what I have but since I'm not full time on the road don't feel i need it at this point. (Time will tell..)
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