Here it is, friends! Our home sweet home on wheels.
First, the backstory: We spent several months researching for hours on end, attending RV conventions and watching RV tours on YouTube after the kids went to bed, instead of Netflix (not even kidding, we are very cool), before we decided on a Winnebago Minnie Winnie 26A. Here were our big requirements:
1. A sleeping space for everyone.
2. A separate space for Mom and Dad for privacy (and sanity).
3. I really wanted an oven and a gas range.
4. A shorter length, preferably less than 28 feet, so we could easily stay at national parks should we choose to do so.
5. Decent cargo carrying capacity (aka, the total weight our rig can carry).
6. Decent tank capacities (aka how much fresh water we can hold, and how much our black and grey water tanks can hold before we have to dump them).
7. Good storage space.
8. Adequate seatbelt options for the kids.
There was a whole host of other reasons why we decided on a Class C motorhome, as well, but I’ll save that for another post. In short, we came across the Minnie Winnie sort of by accident, and decided within 48 hours, after being SO SURE we were going to buy a Winnebago View, to purchase a Minnie Winnie instead. So far, we love it. We have appreciated having all the above capabilities, but also being nimble in the way of having a shorter rig with a tow vehicle. All in all, we’re happy with our setup from a technical standpoint (though I’ll be honest: my heart still beats for an Airstream. Maybe someday!).
My biggest setback on the Minnie Winnie, as vain as this sounds, is that… well, it was pretty ugly on the inside coming right out of the factory (you can see some “before” pics in this post on my food blog!). Many RV owners share the lament that RV design is way outdated – for whatever reason, most models still haven’t joined the 21st century. Until they do, we are left to our own devices in terms of updating the space to feel more like home.