When you hear the name “Minnie Winnie” most of us think of the iconic Winnebago Class C motor home introduced in 1973. In fact, the Winnebago brand name is so well known it has become synonymous with “motor home” and is a commonly used generic name for such vehicles. Therefore, it comes as a surprise to most that the venerable Winnebago Minnie brand name has returned to the RV industry for the 2013 model line-up as a compact but distinctive pull behind travel trailer rather than its class C motorized predecessor. Winnebago Towable Division located in Middlebury, Indiana has introduced the Winnebago Minnie travel trailer in lengths ranging from 19 to 26-foot. All floor plans, but one, feature a single slide-out. Entry level units retail for under $16,000 and are offered in white, bright lime and lemon (almost neon, I say). Regarding colors, Fred Hershberger, Winnebago Towables national sales manager states, “Those colors have been really popular in the boat market and will stand out on the dealers’ lots,” Hershberger goes on to say, “We are able to include the same type of features that are in our Winnebago sister products (motor homes). It’s the same fiberglass, same faucets, same furniture and same cabinets.”
Standard features include: deluxe aluminum wheels, fold away grab handle, outside TV hookup, exterior speakers, outside shower, 26″ LCD TV, AM/FM/CD/DVD stereo, gas electric refrigerator, 3 burner cook-top and microwave with turntable. The Winnebago Minnie travel trailer debuted mid-May 2012 during Winnebago’s Dealer Days at the Las Vegas Hotel and should be on dealer’s lots by mid-summer. So new are the Minnie Winnie travel trailers that (as of this blog posting) the product isn’t even listed on Winnebago’s website. I look forward to seeing the new Minnie Winnie travel trailers at an upcoming show. It shouldn’t be hard to find, just look for the lemon or lime glow!