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If you’ve ever heard Stef or me talk about the “Sea of Same” in RVs, all it takes is one trip to an RV show and you’ll understand what we mean. Take travel trailers, for example. There are literally hundreds of travel trailer models, and I honestly couldn’t tell most of them apart. Sure, some are longer, some have more slides, bed here, bed there, yadda yadda yadda. But if I blindfolded you, and walked you inside a travel trailer, when I took off the blindfold, there’s a zero percent chance you’d come back with, “Oh, of course! We’re in a Jayco Jay Feather 21MML.” (I don’t think the president of Jayco would be able to identify it either.) And that’s what we mean by “Sea of Same”. You can’t tell one from the other.
This isn’t to knock travel trailers. They fulfill an important niche in the RV industry. They generally tend to be less expensive, entry level rigs. And you can usually expect that they’ll contain less expensive, entry level appointments.
Except this one:
The Winnebago Micro Minnie FLX (we review the 2100 Bunk House model here) sets itself apart with the quality of appliances and the high tech features it packs in. Now granted, the FLX models will be more expensive than travel trailers with “standard” RV appointments, but this is one of those cases where you get what you pay for. Here’s some of what makes the Micro Minnie FLX special.
Truma Appliances Throughout
For heat, the FLX uses the Truma VarioHeat. This is the same heater we have in our EKKO 4-season motorhome. It’s quiet. It’s efficient. And it was designed in this century. Same for the water heater, which is the tankless Truma Aqua-Go. Again, the same thing we have in our motorhome. And for air conditioning, it features the Truma Aventa – which is something WE WISH was in our motorhome. It’s quieter and more efficient than industry standard RV air conditioners.
Pimped Out Off Grid Capabilities
Instead of the standard 105 amp hour flooded cell battery, the FLX includes a 320 amp-hour Lithionics lithium battery (over 6 times the usable capacity)! This battery system is UL listed, and includes a circuit breaker as a safety measure. There’s also a 3,000 watt inverter, capable of running everything off-grid with no generator. There are 200 watts of solar panels, with the option to add a portable panel – and they all run through an MPPT solar charge controller (not a less expensive PWM controller). A lot of these features are things I’ve built into our own motorhome – we’re big fans of Lithionics Battery and ditching the generators.
Wired for Tech
Throughout the unit, there are thoughtful tech touches. The USB jacks throughout are also USB-C compatible, so bonus there. There is a wireless charging station on the counter. The unit is pre-wired for backup cameras, tire pressure monitors, and WiFi boosters.
The Personal Angle
Honestly, we had no idea they were putting cool stuff like this into travel trailers. It wasn’t on our radar, and wouldn’t have been – had not Tyler and Anna and the two grandchildren made us aware of it. They’re shopping for a travel trailer, and had narrowed their search down to two models – this one, or an R-Pod. Stef is absolutely thrilled about this, and she’s already got their next 10 vacations planned out for them (she’s a bit of a sMother).
So we made this video kind of for them, but kind of for all of you as well. Personally, I hope they get this one because of all the cool tech. I’m actually running out of projects to do on our own RV, so I could use something new to pimp out! If you want to see what they wind up with, check back in a while. Hopefully, I’ll get to try my hand at travel trailer mods soon!