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Old 03-01-2024, 08:43 AM   #1
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2024 Micro Minnie Water Tank Issue?

We are planning to buy a 2024 2108DS in a couple months, curious if the water tank dropping issue was corrected in the 2024s.This was the issue where the braces that support the 31 gallon water tank in the Micro Minnie's would flex if you towed with a full tank of water, and tank would drop. I don't want to tow the extra weight, so I will not tow it full often, but I am curious if it was corrected in 2024. Thanks
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The issue was not the bar would bend. The issue was that the tapping screws, two on each side would work themselves out, and the whole assembly dropped. The only way to find out if the problem has been rectified is to go look at a 2024 model, or wait for an answer here from someone who has bought one. I seriously doubt Winnebago has fixed the problem. I don’t think it’s on their radar until someone files a lawsuit because an accident was caused by a dropped tank. To comfort you, this shouldn’t be a big concern because it’s highly unlikely to affect you if you’re always on paved roads. It’s the boondockers who go off-pavement that have the problem. And, there is a DIY fix that can be installed before going off pavement.
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I meant "Flex" not "Bend" I corrected it above. There will be times, not many that I am on rougher roads.

I have looked at the 2024s in person. Well, to see it on a new one you have to remove the underbelly insulation, is why I ask.

Here's a fix I found: video:
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Tank mounting on newer Micro Minnie’s is different than 2022 and prior years. In 2022 and earlier the tank brace was a single piece of angle iron the traversed the distance between frame rails, and was connected to the rails using two small tapping #crews on each side. I don’t know when they made the switch to the new brace system. On older units, The brace was mounted under the coroplast. So when I made my repair, there was no need to remove or cut the coroplast. One would think that after the redesign, the engineers would have gotten it right. But, noooo. Same problem. But now the repair is even more difficult.
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Tank mounting on newer Micro Minnie’s is different than 2022 and prior years. In 2022 and earlier the tank brace was a single piece of angle iron the traversed the distance between frame rails, and was connected to the rails using two small tapping #crews on each side. I don’t know when they made the switch to the new brace system. On older units, The brace was mounted under the coroplast. So when I made my repair, there was no need to remove or cut the coroplast. One would think that after the redesign, the engineers would have gotten it right. But, noooo. Same problem. But now the repair is even more difficult.
Thanks, What year is yours?
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We had a 2021b which was a mid-year redesign that carried forward to 2022.
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Would love to hear from 2024 Micro Minnie owners.
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One would think that after the redesign, the engineers would have gotten it right. But, noooo. Same problem. But now the repair is even more difficult.
Stupidity tends to be a habit, not a once-off event. They made those changes for a sleeker, more marketable look, not to actually fix the problem.

My 2022 (manufactured in August 2022, if I'm not mistaken) does not have any visible bracing below the corrugated plastic - everything is hidden behind it. I'll definitely be opening it up sometime this spring/summer to reinforce the water tank properly.

That video above shows a decent (not great) fix; certainly a starting point for repairs. Unfortunately the guy is insufferable, and managed to convey only 30 seconds of useful information in the entire 13 minute blah-blah-fest. Ugh.
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