To start off, we were using the 6cyl, 4×4 double cab 2021 Toyota Tacoma. Has a 6400lb towing capacity, and it can definitely tow the Micro Minnie FLX, but on some of the coastal mountain range hills we felt like the Tacoma was struggling. I worry about long term issues. Thanks to trade-in values, we opted to go for a Toyota Tundra as a tow vehicle instead. The Tacoma is already off to its new forever home. Better fuel economy as well, which was surprising. We also needed to make sure that we had enough cargo capacity.
We were able to get the Micro Minnie FLX out for a weekend trip and so far, we love it. Only a couple things that we noted…
- AC & Microwave on at same time (while on battery) tripped main breaker which I did not expect.
- Inverter showed E01 (low battery) and kept cycling.
- Starlink router is reset to factory settings by rapid power cycling. The inverter cycling tripped the Starlink router into its reset mode. Oops! At least it was an easy fix.
- Xantrex app does not show battery level accurately at all, but now that I’m aware of that, I know to check the Lithionics app. Xantrex makes LiFoP4 batteries too so I am not sure why Winnebago did not go with their batteries for better integration. I actually wonder if they DO integrate. Who knows.
- Winnebago panel shows fresh/grey/black levels correctly, but not battery. This is to be expected, but I guess I wish the FLX got its own control panel that didn’t have a battery button on it. Had I not known this before, I might have been confused and thinking my battery was dead.
- GoPower app works ok. Seen charge Current of 13.71A, Solar Power 205 W at 1300. This was with the solar panels on the roof, which are 2 x 190watt panels. My Renogy 200w suitcase panel did not arrive in time. More on that later.
- Lithionics app works ok. Shows a lot of data, and makes it easy to monitor levels.
- Switched to battery only around 10am, down to 70% with AC on and some microwave usage. At that rate, battery has about 4 hours of usage.
- AC set to about 77 was quite comfortable. AC (obviously) does better when door is closed.
- Plugged back in around 2pm when battery was around 48%
- Starlink worked out quite well
- Fridge did well but was affected by ambient temperature, which is kind of expected.
- Shower did great. Showermiser was awesome.
- Still have 3/4+ tank of fresh water even after almost 4 days. We took washcloth showers, which helped.
- Nectar mattress is VERY comfortable. Might need to reinforce foot end of bed.
Recently saw that Starlink has launched for RVs and we decided to go ahead and get it. One new feature (at least I think that it’s new) is that you can pause your account. You still end up paying the $135 for the full month of service but otherwise, no contracts or anything. Of course you still buy the hardware up front.
Ours took about a week to get here and mostly that was due to FedEx being a dumpster fire these days. I took it out in the backyard and set it up in about 10 minutes. We are not in a normal service area (being in the middle of a metro area) so we expect it to be a lower priority, which is fine. Everything plugged right in and it was so easy I won’t even bore you with photos.
What I did get a photo of later is exciting to me. I have a small Jackery power unit and wanted to see how the Starlink hardware would do. The solar panel is drawing in 51W, and the Starlink stuff using 45W. If I wanted to, I could sit outside all day and still have Starlink internet. Is this a likely scenario? No. Do I need to do this? Also no. Can I do it if I felt like it? Oh yes.
Speeds were about what others have posted – I got about 100mbps down and about 20mbps up. You really don’t need a ton of bandwidth for most of the internet, and things are even lighter when you block ads & garbage with ublock origin and/or pi-hole. It’s amazing how much faster things load. Yet another reason I try to keep AGT (average guy tries) as lightweight as possible. But I digress..
Starlink is a bit pricy but when we’re working at a special event and *really* need internet access, it’ll most certainly be better than the current nothing that we have. We’re often way out of effective cellular service range too, so this will be great.
We bought a trailer! A 2022 Micro Minnie FLX 2108FBS.
It’s brand new and not a lot of real world information is out there yet, but if all goes well we should be able to camp totally off the grid for up to 5 days. We know that mileage may vary depending on usage, but we’re happy about it so far. Some users on YouTube have added good information. SpeedBumpMedia and Joe’s Travels both have them and have been updating their videos as well.
The Winnebago website has more information. Basics? 2 x 190 watt solar panels, Truma heat/AC unit, 3 burner gas stove, ShowerMiser system and tankless hot water heater, 3000 Xantrex inverter, Lithionics 320 amp hour battery, Dometic 12v fridge.
We just got it recently and haven’t been able to get it out camping yet. So far the solar panels have been doing a really good job of keeping the LiFePO4 battery nice and charged. Other owners have noted that they weren’t getting the battery life they expected but I also noticed that they’re in the south/southeastern United States and I wonder if the Trim air conditioner doesn’t do as well in more humid environments. We’re in Northern California and it’s been a lot more dry & arid here. Hopefully in a couple weeks we’ll be able to at least go on a short weekend trip to some BLM land and boondock it for a couple days. We’re going to bring a backup generator just in case. I’m not too worried about water storage or usage just yet. We already camp very resource light as it is.