1999 Minnie Winnie Dl, 31A
Aug 21, 2000
Review by TXiceman
Rated a Very Helpful Review
Pros:Convient size and well appointed.
Cons:Cab floor heat and handling.
We bought our Minnie Winnie in March of 1999 and currently have 13,500 miles on it. It has been to the Grand Canyon once and the Ozarks twice. The problems have been few and minimal except for two items:
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Shortly after we got the coach, it developed a severe vibration starting at 30 mph and worse as the speed increased. Ford tracted it down to an improperly aligned drive shaft and a bad u-joint which Winnebago and Ford fixed. No more problems here.
The worst problem was the extreme heat coming from the cab floor...we live in SE Texas and the temperatures do get warm. My wife left her purse on the floor between the seats and had her lipstick melt in 90 dF weather due to the engine heat. Ford and Winnebago point fingers and say it is the others problem. As best I can tell it is a Ford problem and they should make sure the cab floor is properly insulated before the cab leaves Ford. This is a problem with ALL class C's on the E-40 chassis. I fixed the problem with $60.00 worth of foil backed fiber insulation and spray adhesive. Removed the front seats and carpet and glued the insulation to the floor and back side of the engine cover. It was a bit of work due to the carpet being glued directly to the steel floor.
The entertainment center developed a squeak and the dealer fixed it by installing missing screws. We had 3 interior pluming leaks develope on the road and found that the conical washers were installed incorrectly. Replaced them and no more problems.
The coach handles OK but could be better. The chassis is loaded fairly heavily and it had a tendency to roll from side to side which took constant steering corrections. We had come from a class A on a Chevy P-30 chassis and it took after market fixes to make it drive safely. I had to add Bilstein shocks and the iPd anti-roll or stabilizer bars to the front and rear of the Minnie Winnie. Made a world of difference. Now the coach is a pleasure to drive and my wife actually likes to drive it now that you don't have to fight it
Other than these problems, the coach has been a pleasure and we'd buy it again. We had looked at several brands of class C's and decided that the Minnie Winnie DL provided better quality interior materials and overall construction than did some of it's less expensive competitors. You have to pay for quality and Winnebago does provide it.
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