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Winnebago Minnie Winnie 22R with 5.4L V8 Engine
« on: January 02, 2018, 09:05:16 AM »
Winnebago Minnie Winnie 22R with 5.4L V8 Engine

Gas Mileage and Performance

December 2017, we drove round trip between Cincinnati and Tampa and wanted to share gas mileage and performance information. I-75 is a good example because it has a mix of flat road in Florida, high inclines in Tennessee and lots of rolling hills.

Vehicle, Load & Fuel Type:
2015 Winnebago 22R Minnie Winnie
Approximately 4000 miles on vehicle prior to trip
Ford 5.4 L V8 engine
5 speed automatic transmission
Approximately 1500 pounds of payload
Used regular 87 octane gasoline

Speeds & Fuel Mileage:
Target speed was 75 to 80 on flat road, 70 to 80 on rolling hills and 60 to 80 on high grades
Target RPM was 2000 to 3000 mostly in 5th gear, 4th gear was necessary on highest grades
Total of 2015 miles @ 236.1 gallons = 8.53 MPG

Performance: The 5.4 L V8 engine will get the job done without excessive engine noise between 2000 and 3000 RPM which produces most of the engineís torque. Cruise control will constantly down shift on anything more than a slight incline or strong head wind. With calm wind on a flat straight road, one hand 80+ MPH driving is effortless with or without cruise control. In contrast, my last RV was an R-Vision, Trail-Lite B Plus with Chevy 8.1 L V8 engine which was 2í shorter, 6Ē lower, and 1200 pounds lighter. It accelerated much quicker and would maintain higher speeds without down shifting on fairly steep inclines but the suspension was stiffer which degraded ride quality. The Winnebago 22R with 5.4 L engine has an excellent ride quality and is a good value C Class RV but potential buyers should understand their needs and have realistic expectations. It is not fast but will generally handle inclines within GVWR near posted speed limits or keep up with most tractor-trailers. The Bottom line is knowing what you intend to haul and donít exceed your RVís GVWR. If you need to pull at or near the maximum GVWR often especially in hilly areas or want to use cruise control up-hill, get a bigger engine.


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Re: Winnebago Minnie Winnie 22R with 5.4L V8 Engine
« Reply #1 on: January 02, 2018, 09:45:10 AM »
Does this model have slides?
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Re: Winnebago Minnie Winnie 22R with 5.4L V8 Engine
« Reply #2 on: January 02, 2018, 10:57:48 AM »
Over the last three years, with the cruise control set to 65 mph while towing, we've averaged 7.2 mpg over a little less than 14,000 miles. When climbing grades, or anytime the engine load hits 100%, the instant mpg indicates 2.2 mpg. I'm pretty sure I'd have to have my foot on the floor to maintain 80 mph on flat roads. I can't even imagine the fuel bill.

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Re: Winnebago Minnie Winnie 22R with 5.4L V8 Engine
« Reply #3 on: January 02, 2018, 04:58:04 PM »

80 mph - holy cow, you must be in a huge rush. We run at 65 mph on the highway and we average about 7.4 mpg. Our gross combined weight (coach plus Jeep on a trailer) is about 40,000 pounds.

If you would dial back your speed,  I'll bet you can add about two mpg.
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