Annually more than 10,000 visitors come to Forest City, Iowa, to get the inside story of one of America’s most iconic brands—Winnebago.
You are invited to see for yourself why Winnebago is the best-selling brand and most recognized name in RVing with a free factory tour.
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 builds its Winnebago, Itasca, and Winnebago Touring Coach motorhome brands in one of the most technologically advanced RV manufacturing facilities in existence today.
“If you haven’t been on our tours—you are missing out,” said Winnebago Chairman, CEO and President Randy Potts.
“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.”
The tour starts at the Winnebago Visitors’ Center with a 20-minute video that offers a preview of the manufacturing process. After the video, the tour bus, manufactured by Winnebago Industries, departs for a drive-through tour of the grounds.
Tour goers are also able to do walk-in tours of three buildings: the Chassis Weld facility, where the raw chassis is prepared to become a home on wheels with the front cab and basement storage added; the Stitchcraft facility that builds quality chairs, window valances, sofas and other innovative furniture pieces that are only found in our motorhomes; and our main production area named Big Bertha.
Equivalent in size to eight football fields, Big Bertha features three production lines. Visitors will see the magnitude of this building thanks to mezzanines that provide a bird’s eye view.
Before or after the tour, visitors can also visit the Winnebago Museum which is located in the upper level of the Visitors’ Center. The museum chronicles the Company’s 56-year history, as well as the design and construction of the Company’s motorhomes.
During the spring and summer months, the Visitors’ Center also features some of the latest models of the company’s Winnebago, Itasca, and Winnebago Touring Coach motorhomes, as well as Winnebago Towables, right off the assembly lines.
Visitors can also see one of the first motorhomes built by Winnebago Industries, the classic 1967 Winnebago D22, as well as a 1959 trailer. The Visitors’ Center is also home to WIT Club, the company’s product owners club and Winnebago Outdoor Store, which offers a variety of Winnebago branded apparel, gifts, and wearables.
Tours of Winnebago are free, and all ages are welcome. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. The Visitors’ Center is accessible to those with disabilities; however the factory tour does include three staircases.
Tours, which last approximately two hours, 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. If your group is larger than six, reservations are recommended.
Winnebago Industries, Inc.
Forest City, Iowa-based Winnebago Industries, Inc., “The Most Recognized Name In Motor Homes”, is a leading U.S. manufacturer of recreation vehicles, which are used primarily in leisure travel and outdoor recreation activities.
The Company builds quality motorhomes, travel trailers, and fifth wheel products under the Winnebago, Itasca, Era, SunnyBrook, and Metro brand names.
Winnebago Industries has received the Quality Circle Award from the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association every year since the award’s inception in 1996.
Postal Address: P.O. Box 152, Forest City, IA 50436
Street Address: 605 West Crystal Lake Road, Forest City, IA 50436
Phone: (641) 585-3535
Winnebago Website: gowinnebago.com
Itasca Website: goitasca.com
Era Website: erarv.com
goLife website: www.winnebagolife.com
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