RV Review: The 2013 Winnebago Minnie Winnie Class C Motorhome

posted by arbogast @ 3:39pm, Tuesday 11 February 2014.




Have you heard about the all-new Winnebago Minnie Winnie? Don't worry, it's not 1973 again-just the prodigal return of an American icon, courtesy of the world's top motorhome maker. The reincarnated 2013 Winnebago Minnie Winnie is packed with all the necessities. But it doesn't stop there, delivering a strong list of standard amenities for your home on-the-go.

Trim and Train

The motor home's interior skin is customizable with one of three fabric pattern-and-color themes: Sahara, Cider and Coastal, all of which rely on sandy neutrals and faux textures. These contrast well with the standard dark forest cherry cabinet setup. On the exterior, you'll find fluid, windlike illustrations tinted in metallic black, brown and golds, tasteful accents to the body's white paint.

Under the hood, a responsive automatic transmission equipped with overdrive carries out the wishes of either a GM Vortec or a Super-Duty V10 SEFI Triton engine for instant loadworthy acceleration. The drivetrain in the engine bay depends on which floor plan you choose. There are three options, ranging from the entry-level 25B plan to the more upscale 31K and 31H plans.

If you opt for the 25B, you'll get 324-horsepower from the 6.0-liter Vortec. Along with a six-speed gear box, the 25B's engine block is bolted into a proprietary Chevrolet Express 3500 Chassis with towing and hauling abilities.

Spring for the uptrim models and you'll be upgraded to Ford-engineered internals. Ford's Super-Duty powerplant, found in some the company's most powerful passenger trucks, offers ten cylinders' worth of power intercepted by a five-speed tranny called "TorqShift." The TorqShift converter is able to maximize the moment of force at low speeds, providing souped-up throttle when driving in the peak operating range. That means better performance and more torque when you need it most.

Space Efficiency

Part of the joy of RVing comes from a great motorhome's intelligent use of space. The latest Winnebago warrior is a brilliant case-in-point, sporting a private bedroom and extra bed space over the cab, with a surprisingly commodious den optionally equipped with HDTV and DVD tech.

Space efficiency is one of Winnebago's specialties. The company has invented crazy-convenient ways to create hidden compartments and make double and triple usage of spaces, like the storage cover that converts into a picnic table or the elegantly-designed dinette set, with flip-up seats and stowaway bays for kitchenware.

Space efficiency makes a motorhome feel bigger and more comfortable, while providing all the storage utility families require for the longest road trips. Remember, if the Minnie you want is not already equipped with your favorite Winnebago feature, you can have it custom-ordered for your motorhome of choice.

The real benefit of buying your dream RV becomes clear as soon as you drive it out of the city and onto America's great highways, sparsely dotted with rest stops and travelers' creature comforts. In an all-new Winnebago Winnie Minnie, you'll be happy to know everything you need and want is already onboard.

Originally posted by: Darrin Michael on Sunday, 28 April, 2013
 

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