A C-Class recreational vehicle, or RV, is built on a multi-purpose platform produced by an automotive manufacturer, most commonly Ford or General Motors. The rolling chassis with drivetrain is sold to companies that build, among other things, RVs. One such company is Winnebago. In its 1985 model year, Winnebago produced two such vehicles.
Winnebago’s 1985 Sub-A-Class Offerings
Universally referred to as “Minnie Winnies” because they had conspicuously smaller footprints than Winnebago’s A-Class models, C-Classes produced for the 1985 model year were available in both 20- and 24-foot versions. The models were properly called the 20RG and the 24RC; the 24RC was the largest C-Class Winnebago had offered at that time. In the same year, Winnebago also sold the LeSharo, a B-Class unit built on a Renault chassis and drivetrain; its turbo diesel engine returned an estimated maximum fuel economy of 23 miles per gallon.
Both C-Classes were fitted with a standard 350 cubic inch V-8 gasoline engine; a 6.2 liter diesel was offered as an option. A separate chassis and coach battery -- the latter being deep cycle -- were standard. The cab had a number of features that were extremely forward-thinking for the era: tilt steering wheel, cruise control and intermittent control on the wipers were all standard. An in-dash radio/cassette was fitted, and a blackout curtain slung between the cab and the living part of the motorhome made night driving safer.
The living area was accessed either from the cab or through a central coach door. The galley was located immediately behind the coach door, with the bedroom-bathroom provision located at the rear of the vehicle. The 24RC was offered with a double bed as standard and bunk beds as an option. Forward of the coach door was a sofa and a captain’s chair, then the cab. With a convertible dinette and a “grannies attic” double bed above the cab, both models slept at least five adults. A propane-fueled furnace and 6-gallon water heater were standard, with both 3,000- and 4,000-watt generators and a roof air conditioner offered as options.
Galley and Bathroom
The galley was a full-size unit effectively transplanted from the larger Winnebago A-Classes. It featured a twin sink, a large tri-fuel refrigerator -- with a double door option -- an oven and a four-burner range. A microwave and a galley work-surface extension, a vented range hood and a monitor panel for holding tanks and LPG levels were available. The bathroom featured a one-piece tub-shower combination that reached from floor to ceiling without a break, and a folding door rather than a curtain.
Both models were delivered with an 80 amp-hour chassis battery and a 90 amp-hour coach battery. Both had a 33-gallon fuel tank. The 20RG was in fact 20 feet 10 inches long and 95 inches wide, with a 125-inch wheelbase. Exterior height was 123 inches, with an interior height of 80 inches. The potable water tank held 34 gallons, and both holding tanks held 12 gallons of wastewater. Gross vehicle weight was 10,200 pounds. The 24RC was 23 feet 3 inches long and 119 inches wide, with a 146-inch wheelbase. Exterior height was 119 inches, with an interior height of 77 inches. The potable water tank held 46 gallons, and both holding tanks held 35 gallons of wastewater. Gross vehicle weight was 10,500 pounds.
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