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Old 03-31-2016, 12:24 PM   #1
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Winnebago Factory Tour

If you're shopping for an RV, this is a trip worth taking.

What a fantastic tour, they jump right in and explain everything in as much detail as you want. Couldn't stump the tour guide with questions in any way (he was a national sales trainer) and we are real geeks about this stuff.

You're not looking through a window, they take you right down in it, on the lines, talking to workers. Lots of fun.

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We will be picking up our new Winnebago Adventurer 38Q on April 21 in Iowa. We are touring the factory on April 22. Not sure which one I'm looking forward to doing more.
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We are going to the GNR and would love to get a factory tour. When and where do we sign up? Don't want to miss the tour. Lynn
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fun stuff in Forest city

So there is a used Winnie parts store near by. It has all these cool overstock new parts. Just all kinds of stuff. I don' t believe Winnie actually owns it but sell a lot of stuff to them. I spent hours there shopping for all kinds of cool stuff. The one's that I'm still using 17 years later are the extra nuts, bolts and little color matching sheet metal screws that they use on everything. use your phone and take some pix of the ones in your coach so you can match the color. Those are the ones that always seem to drop out never to be seen again. Most likely the wife vacums them up or sweeps them out the door.

I also was able to pickup some extra 12v switches for the entry and things like that. I've used the over the years to keep the coach in top operating condition.
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Yep,
Been there done that. We were at the GNR in '14 and, it was by chance that I got ta chance to do the 8 person factory floor tour. I spoke with just about all the assemblers, construction folks, tank builders, roofers, floor folks, cabinet builders, etc. It's pretty nice to get down and dirty, right there with them, while you watch a new Winne or Itasca being built.

I really wanted to go the painting side of things and watch one being painted but, didn't get a chance to do that side of things. But, if you get a chance, do the factory, limited personnel tour. That's the one that's "one on one" with all those folks mentioned above.
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I went and loved it. Definitely a must do if you get a chance. I have owned 3 winnebago motorhomes and # 4 will be a winnebago too.
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If you're interested in purchasing a Winnebago product you can make arrangements to take a private tour of the factory. In addition you will be able to browse through of the completed motorhomes to make choices of floor plans, color schemes, and options (both listed and non-listed).

Scheduled tours are usually available from May through September. You can arrange for a private tour anytime. When we were trying to decide on what options to include on our 2013 Adventurer we took a private tour in December.

During the tour we noticed that a power passengers seat was no longer an option on the Adventurer. We noted to the tour guide that we had one in our 2001 Adventurer and would really like one in the 2013. His response was that we could order any option that was available in any other Winnebago product as long as it would physically fit in the coach we were ordering.

Armed with that knowledge we went back to the dealer and gave him a list of options we wanted that weren't on the official options list. It took about 3 days to get the information from the dealer to the factory and get approval.

On the subject of parts, Winnebago had their own surplus store until about 2007. They decided the overhead wasn't worth retaining the store. They now sell all surplus items to an independent company at the end of the model year production.

The company they sell the surplus to is Mobility RV in Hanlantown Iowa. They have a huge sign on the front of the building that says Winnebago Motorhome Parts. This company is in no way related to Winnebago Industries. It's a totally independent company

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If you're interested in purchasing a Winnebago product you can make arrangements to take a private tour of the factory. In addition you will be able to browse through of the completed motorhomes to make choices of floor plans, color schemes, and options (both listed and non-listed).

Scheduled tours are usually available from May through September. You can arrange for a private tour anytime. When we were trying to decide on what options to include on our 2013 Adventurer we took a private tour in December.

During the tour we noticed that a power passengers seat was no longer an option on the Adventurer. We noted to the tour guide that we had one in our 2001 Adventurer and would really like one in the 2013. His response was that we could order any option that was available in any other Winnebago product as long as it would physically fit in the coach we were ordering.

Armed with that knowledge we went back to the dealer and gave him a list of options we wanted that weren't on the official options list. It took about 3 days to get the information from the dealer to the factory and get approval.

On the subject of parts, Winnebago had their own surplus store until about 2007. They decided the overhead wasn't worth retaining the store. They now sell all surplus items to an independent company at the end of the model year production.

The company they sell the surplus to is Mobility RV in Hanlantown Iowa. They have a huge sign on the front of the building that says Winnebago Motorhome Parts. This company is in no way related to Winnebago Industries. It's a totally independent company

Winnebago Parts, Online Ordering Ordering Available

Ah that is too bad, it was fun store and the prices were very reasonable. Only other thing to to in Forest City is the dollar stores.

Ordered mine from Lichtsinn Motors in Forest City. Saved at least $15k back in 98. Lichtsinn parts dept has never failed to send me replacement parts for my now, 17 year old coach. When I smashed up the rear bumper and rear corner cap they were at my house in Az in less than 7 days.
Many years ago, I restored my 3rd coach I ordered door hinges for my 25 year coach and they had them.

Lonnie in parts Rocks........
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