RV factory tours take you behind the scenes in the RV industry.
Most recreational vehicle manufacturers offer factory tours, since it’s the best way for them to show consumers how their RVs are different and why they’re better constructed than the competition.
There’s no better way to see firsthand how an RV is built—from start to finish. You get to watch as an RV is transformed from a bare frame to a finished product.
More than 10,000 visitors come to Forest City, Iowa, annually to get the inside story of one of America’s most iconic brands—Winnebago Industries— and to take part in its free factory tour program.
In a recent news release, Winnebago Industries Inc. announced it would be launching its free factory tour program at its Forest City, Iowa, manufacturing complex in April.
The company invites RVers and prospective RV owners to see first-hand why Winnebago Industries is the most recognized name in the RV industry.
Founded in 1958, Winnebago became a household word when the company became the first recreation vehicle manufacturer to build motorhomes in an automotive-style assembly line system.
Winnebago Industries builds its Winnebago, Itasca, and Era motorhome brands in a technologically advanced RV manufacturing facilitity.
“If you haven’t been on our tour, you are missing out,” said Winnebago Industries Chairman, CEO and President Randy Potts in a news release.
“The tour not only shows you how our motorhomes are built from start to finish, but also the technology and innovative designs that set our motorhomes apart from the rest.”
Starting at the Winnebago Industries’ Visitors Center, the tour begins with a 20-minute video offering a preview of the manufacturing process, followed by a drive-through tour of the grounds. Participants are able to do walk-in tours of three buildings, including the main production area named Big Bertha—equivalent in size to eight football fields and encompassing three production lines. Visitors will see the magnitude of this building thanks to mezzanines that provide a bird’s eye view.
The tour includes:
- Chassis weld facility, where the raw chassis is prepared to become a home on wheels with the front cab and basement storage added
- Stitchcraft facility that builds quality chairs, window valances, sofas, and other innovative furniture pieces that are only found in Winnebago motorhomes
Before or after the tour, visitors may also tour the Winnebago Industries Museum located in the upper level of the visitors’ center. The museum chronicles the company’s 54-year history, as well as the design and construction of the company’s motorhomes.
Visitors can also see one of the first motorhomes built by Winnebago Industries, the classic 1967 Winnebago D22, as well as a 1959 Aljo trailer also manufactured by Winnebago Industries.
During the spring and summer months, the visitors’ center also features some of the current models of the Company’s Winnebago, Itasca, and Era brand motorhomes, as well as Winnebago and SunnyBrook brand towable lines.
Winnebago Industries factory tour has been selected as one of the best in the U.S.A. by factory tour experts Karen Axlerod and Bruce Brumberg in the new edition of their book, Watch it Made in the U.S.A.
Tours of Winnebago Industries are free, and all ages are welcome. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
The visitors’ center is accessible to those with disabilities; however the factory tour does include three staircases.
Winnebago Factory Tours
Tours are offered twice daily at 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Monday through Friday from April through October, and at 1:00 p.m. in November.
Reservations are recommended for groups larger than six.
Tour length: Ninety minutes to two hours
Phone: (641) 585-6936
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