2015 Winnebago Grand Tour & 2015 Itasca Ellipse Ultra

by Josh Damm 15. April 2014 13:28

It was "Out Of This World" as Winnebago showcased the new 2015 lineup and the debut of several all-new products, including the all-new Brave and Tribute, Grand Tour and Ellipse Ultra motorhome lines unveiled at the event. 

Making its debut at the event is the new Grand Tour which takes luxury to the next level. Winnebago's flagship Class A diesel pusher just got grander with the new Grand Tour and its counterpart, the Ellipse Ultra. The tag-axle Grand Tour and Ellipse Ultra each feature unique, high end features such as a large skylight with powered shade in the front lounge/cab area, polished porcelain tile flooring, keyless entry, and four full-body paint packages. Multiplex switch panels located throughout the all-electric coach allow you to control exterior and interior lights, hydraulic jacks, MCD power shades, slideout rooms, and more. 

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2015 Winnebago Brave & 2015 Itasca Tribute

by Josh Damm 15. April 2014 13:24

Winnebago has blended vintage with a modern twist with the introduction of the all-new Brave and Tribute.  In the '60's and '70's, there was no mistaking a Winnebago motorhome with the distinctive "eyebrow" design and flying W logo. It was the motorhome that made America fall in love with the RV lifestyle. The new Brave and Tribute breathe new life into the legendary design, providing the opportunity to re-live childhood memories for a new generation of motorhome enthusiasts. Beyond the retro styling, the Brave and Tribute are loaded with today's best features and offered in two versatile floorplans with exciting color schemes like Good Vibration with Cherry Cola Cherry cabinets, as well as a price to fit the budget of a young, traveling family. 

"This is the most exciting product launch I've ever been involved with," said Winnebago Industries' Chairman, CEO and President Randy Potts. "The new Brave and Tribute are going to take the market by storm.  The retro, yet modern image they project is fun, while they offer great new features that are sure to capture the eye of new buyers."

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It Was "Out Of This World" As Winnebago Unveiled New 2015 Models at Dealer Days Event Held In Las Vegas

by Josh Damm 15. April 2014 13:19

FOREST CITY, Iowa - Winnebago Industries, Inc., a leading United States (U.S.) recreation vehicle manufacturer, today unveiled exciting new 2015 models to the Company's dealer partners at The Mirage in Las Vegas, NV.

The new vintage-inspired Winnebago Brave was introduced to rave reviews at Winnebago's Dealer Days event in Las Vegas.

It was "Out Of This World" as Winnebago showcased the new 2015 lineup and the debut of several all-new products, including the all-new Brave and Tribute, Grand Tour and Ellipse Ultra motorhome lines unveiled at the event. 

The Brow is Back! 

Winnebago has blended vintage with a modern twist with the introduction of the all-new Brave and Tribute.  In the '60's and '70's, there was no mistaking a Winnebago motorhome with the distinctive "eyebrow" design and flying W logo.  It was the motorhome that made America fall in love with the RV lifestyle. The new Brave and Tribute breathe new life into the legendary design, providing the opportunity to re-live childhood memories for a new generation of motorhome enthusiasts.  Beyond the retro styling, the Brave and Tribute are loaded with today's best features and offered in two versatile floorplans with exciting color schemes like Good Vibration with Cherry Cola Cherry cabinets, as well as a price to fit the budget of a young, traveling family. 

"This is the most exciting product launch I've ever been involved with," said Winnebago Industries' Chairman, CEO and President Randy Potts.  "The new Brave and Tribute are going to take the market by storm.  The retro, yet modern image they project is fun, while they offer great new features that are sure to capture the eye of new buyers."

Also making its debut at the event is the new Grand Tour which takes luxury to the next level.  Winnebago's flagship Class A diesel pusher just got grander with the new Grand Tour and its counterpart, the Ellipse Ultra.  The tag-axle Grand Tour and Ellipse Ultra each feature unique, high end features such as a large skylight with powered shade in the front lounge/cab area, polished porcelain tile flooring, keyless entry, and four full-body paint packages.  Multiplex switch panels located throughout the all-electric coach allow you to control exterior and interior lights, hydraulic jacks, MCD power shades, slideout rooms, and more. 

Several 2015 products received exterior re-designs, including the Class A gas-powered Vista and Sunstar lines, Class A diesel Via and Reyo lines and the Class C View and Navion on the 24V and 24Gfloorplans.  New standard features are included across the all product lines, and exciting new floorplans are also included in the Journey, Meridian, Vista, Sunstar, Tour and Ellipse motorhome lines. 

 

 

The Grand Tour was introduced as Winnebago's new flagship product at the Company's Dealer Days event in Las Vegas today.

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Removing Your RV from Winter Storage

by Josh Damm 9. April 2014 09:36

Removal from Storage

  1. Completely air out the RV.
  2. Have the entire LP gas system checked for leaks.  
  3. Check window operation.
  4. Check cabinet and door hinges. Lubricate with penetrating oil, if necessary.
  5. Close all faucets and drain valves that are open.
  6. Add a few gallons of water to the fresh water tank and turn on the water pump to check for leaks, especially at fittings.
  7. Open all faucets in turn to release trapped air and check to be sure faucet washers have not hardened during storage.
  8. Sanitize the water system as outlined under "Disinfecting the Fresh Water System" in your Owner's Manual.
  9. After disinfecting and flushing the water lines thoroughly with fresh water, remove the water filter diverter plug and install a new water filter cartridge.
  10. Store the diverter for future use. The diverter plug is intended for winterization only.
  11. Check the toilet for proper operation.
  12. Add water to the holding tank using the toilet flush pedal and galley sink faucet. Check to be sure dump valves seal tightly.
  13. Check around all appliances for obstructions and ensure that all vent openings are clear.
  14. Start refrigerator and check for proper cooling.
  15. Clean paneling and counter surfaces.
  16. Replace batteries if necessary and check out electrical system to make sure all lights and electrical components operate.
  17. Check tires for proper cold inflation pressure. See Vehicle Certification Label.

After washing accumulated winter grime from the exterior, carefully inspect the seams and sealants for separation or cracks that may have appeared around the window frames, vents and any other joints. Re-sealing is quite simple, and the material is quickly and easily applied.

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Removing Your RV from Winter Storage

by Josh Damm 9. April 2014 09:36

Removal from Storage

  1. Completely air out the RV.
  2. Have the entire LP gas system checked for leaks.  
  3. Check window operation.
  4. Check cabinet and door hinges. Lubricate with penetrating oil, if necessary.
  5. Close all faucets and drain valves that are open.
  6. Add a few gallons of water to the fresh water tank and turn on the water pump to check for leaks, especially at fittings.
  7. Open all faucets in turn to release trapped air and check to be sure faucet washers have not hardened during storage.
  8. Sanitize the water system as outlined under "Disinfecting the Fresh Water System" in your Owner's Manual.
  9. After disinfecting and flushing the water lines thoroughly with fresh water, remove the water filter diverter plug and install a new water filter cartridge.
  10. Store the diverter for future use. The diverter plug is intended for winterization only.
  11. Check the toilet for proper operation.
  12. Add water to the holding tank using the toilet flush pedal and galley sink faucet. Check to be sure dump valves seal tightly.
  13. Check around all appliances for obstructions and ensure that all vent openings are clear.
  14. Start refrigerator and check for proper cooling.
  15. Clean paneling and counter surfaces.
  16. Replace batteries if necessary and check out electrical system to make sure all lights and electrical components operate.
  17. Check tires for proper cold inflation pressure. See Vehicle Certification Label.

After washing accumulated winter grime from the exterior, carefully inspect the seams and sealants for separation or cracks that may have appeared around the window frames, vents and any other joints. Re-sealing is quite simple, and the material is quickly and easily applied.

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Lichtsinn Motors service techs receive RVIA certification

by Josh Damm 31. March 2014 09:41

Forest City, Iowa – Brad Buffington and Ben Follman, RV Service Technicians at Lichtsinn Motors in Forest City, have each obtained RVIA (Recreation Vehicle Industry Association) Registered RV Service Technician status in the RV Service Technician Certification Program.

“As we get settled into our new, state-of-the-art RV facility, we are excited to provide an even higher level of service to our guests through a continued commitment to RVIA certification for all of our RV Service Technicians,” said Ron Lichtsinn, owner of Lichtsinn Motors.

Certification is a way of assessing a body of knowledge that a worker needs to successfully complete their job. RVDA (Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association) and RVIA developed a technician certification program in the early 1990s. It has helped thousands of technicians validate their level of knowledge and improve customer service.

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How to Level Your Motor Home

by Nicole Follman 28. March 2014 08:57

When thinking about leveling your RV, there are a few different ways this can be accomplished.  You can manually level your coach with Lynx Levelers by driving up on this Lego-style of leveling blocks, you can use a crank-style of stabilizer jacks or level your coach automatically with HWH or LCI jacks (by Lippert Components, Inc.), like what Winnebago and Itasca use.

Lynx Levelers are a must for any RV owner that does not have leveling jacks on their unit!  They’re safe and very cost-effective.  The blocks interlock to allow you to adjust exactly how much you need and come apart easily for storing or cleaning.  The Lynx Levelers are strong, durable and economical.  They’re very safe and easy to use.  You can use Lynx Levelers under single wheels, dual wheels, tandem axles, fifth wheel jacks, hydraulic leveling jacks, stabilizer jacks and tongue jacks.

Stabilizing leveling jacks, which can be a straight-acting or scissor jack style help stabilize the RV when parked.  Stabilizing leveling jacks are very inexpensive and take the rocking motion out of your RV when you slide rooms are out and the RV is parked.  Stabling leveling jacks are manual crank down jacks that are very easy to use and provide stability for your RV.

HWH leveling jacks are used to not only level your coach, but also to minimize RV sway and rocking caused by interior and exterior forces. HWH Levelers are manufactured in straight-acting, kick-down, telescoping, spring-retraction and power-retraction jack styles.  This allows systems to be installed on virtually any RV.  The controls are available in four basic styles; Hydraulic Switch/Lever, Joystick and Touch Panel.  This allows the operator to choose the control option that best suits their leveling needs.

Winnebago and Itasca are currently using the LCI automatic leveling jacks that are stronger, lighter and more efficient!  The Lippert Components, Inc. Aluminum Leveling System is a time-tested and proven system that offers many advantages over the competition.  LCI leveling jacks are 70 pounds lighter than the competitions systems.  The Teflon impregnated jacks legs helps eliminate seal tears which lead to leaks.  LCI offers an automatic electric control panel.  LCI leveling jacks level in pairs which can be done manually or automatically.  LCI leveling jacks have a remote sensor that operates with the angular comparison to eliminate twist and minimize final height after level is complete.  LCI leveling jacks are double acting which means no springs will rust, break or fill with mud or ice!

If you do not currently have a leveling jack system on your RV and would like one, it’s possible such a system can be added!  Contact Lonnie or David in our Parts Department today to determine what type of jacks will be the right fit for your coach.

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How to Level Your Motor Home

by Nicole Follman 28. March 2014 08:57

When thinking about leveling your RV, there are a few different ways this can be accomplished.  You can manually level your coach with Lynx Levelers by driving up on this Lego-style of leveling blocks, you can use a crank-style of stabilizer jacks or level your coach automatically with HWH or LCI jacks (by Lippert Components, Inc.), like what Winnebago and Itasca use.

Lynx Levelers are a must for any RV owner that does not have leveling jacks on their unit!  They’re safe and very cost-effective.  The blocks interlock to allow you to adjust exactly how much you need and come apart easily for storing or cleaning.  The Lynx Levelers are strong, durable and economical.  They’re very safe and easy to use.  You can use Lynx Levelers under single wheels, dual wheels, tandem axles, fifth wheel jacks, hydraulic leveling jacks, stabilizer jacks and tongue jacks.

Stabilizing leveling jacks, which can be a straight-acting or scissor jack style help stabilize the RV when parked.  Stabilizing leveling jacks are very inexpensive and take the rocking motion out of your RV when you slide rooms are out and the RV is parked.  Stabling leveling jacks are manual crank down jacks that are very easy to use and provide stability for your RV.

HWH leveling jacks are used to not only level your coach, but also to minimize RV sway and rocking caused by interior and exterior forces. HWH Levelers are manufactured in straight-acting, kick-down, telescoping, spring-retraction and power-retraction jack styles.  This allows systems to be installed on virtually any RV.  The controls are available in four basic styles; Hydraulic Switch/Lever, Joystick and Touch Panel.  This allows the operator to choose the control option that best suits their leveling needs.

Winnebago and Itasca are currently using the LCI automatic leveling jacks that are stronger, lighter and more efficient!  The Lippert Components, Inc. Aluminum Leveling System is a time-tested and proven system that offers many advantages over the competition.  LCI leveling jacks are 70 pounds lighter than the competitions systems.  The Teflon impregnated jacks legs helps eliminate seal tears which lead to leaks.  LCI offers an automatic electric control panel.  LCI leveling jacks level in pairs which can be done manually or automatically.  LCI leveling jacks have a remote sensor that operates with the angular comparison to eliminate twist and minimize final height after level is complete.  LCI leveling jacks are double acting which means no springs will rust, break or fill with mud or ice!

If you do not currently have a leveling jack system on your RV and would like one, it’s possible such a system can be added!  Contact Lonnie or David in our Parts Department today to determine what type of jacks will be the right fit for your coach.

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Why Choose a Diesel Motor Home?

by Josh Damm 21. March 2014 12:57

I get the question a lot: “Why choose diesel?” Although there are many considerations, I’ve highlighted several key features that make a diesel a great choice for your next RV. 

As you take a look at any Class A Diesel Pushers made by Winnebago and Itasca, you’re looking at a coach built on the Freightliner Maxum Chassis – a chassis that is superior in its advanced design with a lower center of gravity which improves handling and provides for a smoother and more stable ride. 

Speaking of a smoother ride, air ride is one of the key components people talk about after they have taken a ride in a diesel coach such as a Winnebago Journey built on a Freightliner Maxum Chassis. The air ride suspension is incredibly smooth and unlike gas, does not have spring and shock suspensions. Not only is the ride smoother but it’s also quieter due to the fact the engine is located at the rear of the coach.  Overall, your travel experience is more enjoyable. 

Another feature of the Freightliner Maxum Chassis in a Winnebago or Itasca motorhome is the increased storage and the improved accessibility to storage. Take for example America’s bestselling diesel pusher, the Winnebago Journey or the Itasca Meridian – they allow for easily accessible basement storage with café-style doors and a sliding tray that rolls out. 

One other item you may consider when purchasing a diesel: resale value. Diesel engines run a long time and when it’s time to sell, it’s not hard to get rid of!

As you consider if a diesel is a good choice for you, call one of the sales consultants at Lichtsinn Motors at 1-800-343-6255 to hear even more reasons why diesel is an outstanding choice.

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RV Power vs. Home Power

by Lonnie Fox 27. February 2014 09:17

RV Power vs. Home Power

The quality of power going into a home is usually consistent; however the same definitely cannot be said for RV park power.

Poor power quality entering an RV can affect the longevity of the RV’s electronic equipment and cost hundreds or thousands of dollars for repairs and create travel delays. 

In residential homes, normally we have power or we don’t.  The only electrical protection devices we usually need to have are surge strips to protect computers and other electronic devices.  Otherwise, we can be rest assured that the electricity that operates all of our appliances, air conditioners, heating systems, etc. is safe and dependable.   When someone buys an RV, they may assume that the only electrical protection device they need is a surge strip.  This is not true at all.  RV electrical appliances require more protection than home units.  A number of factors can affect the power supply in campgrounds and other locations that RV owners connect their power cords to outlets.  When an RV shore power cord is connected to a power pedestal for 120V electrical current there are three areas where potential problems can occur:

Miswired Power Pedestal

Many campground pedestals are old and the maintenance standards may not be at all comparable to home power.  There is no way of knowing the condition of the power pedestal without using proper diagnostic equipment to check the circuit.  If the wires inside the pedestal are crossed, loose or disconnected, the current coming into the RV could easily damage the RV wiring, appliance circuit boards and/or various other electrical components.  Faulty wiring conditions would include reversed polarity, open ground and open neutral.  It is very important to realize that any of these conditions are both safety and fire hazards and can damage RV components and appliances.  Protecting your investments as well as the electronics in your RV is essential.

High or Low Voltage

All 120V electrical appliances are designed to operate within a range of 102 volts to 132 volts.  Anywhere within that range is okay.  If the voltages drop below 102 volts, it is much like trying to pull a trailer up a steep hill with a car that is in high gear.  If the voltage is over 132 volts, it’s like the car running down the highway wide open in second gear.  In either case, like the car engine, too much stress is put on the electrical circuitry and damage to appliances will occur and cause them to fail prematurely.  Power quality in RV parks is subject to wide fluctuations and many factors.  Intensity of electrical loads, bad weather conditions, faulty wiring, and deteriorating or undersized electrical connections all affect the quality of the power entering the RV.  In the U.S., low voltage is more commonplace and is associated with overloaded campground electrical systems and insufficient power to meet the needs of all of the RVs hooked up in a campground.

Power Surges or Voltage Drops

Power surges or ‘spikes’ occur routinely with all power systems.  Ever wonder why your light bulbs at home seem to fail all at one time or frequently?  With surges or voltage drops, the voltage can jump up 15 volts or more or drops the same amount for milliseconds of time.  Even though short lived, these sudden changes in voltages can wreak havoc and cause catastrophic damage to appliances, TVs, electrical systems, and components.

Lightning Strikes

It is important to realize that no electrical device or appliance is guaranteed against lightning because the sheer intensity of lightning is so immense that it is impossible to economically create any form of protection that would prevent its destructive power.  There are cases where lightning struck nearby a campground and the RVs with surge guard protection were unharmed.  Although rare, there have been cases where the surge protection device actually melted down, and the RV was okay.  What a great insurance policy!

Lichtsinn Motors offers a full line of portable and hardwired 30 amp and 50 amp RV power protection models that protect RVs from power surges, high or low voltage situations, open neutrals or miswired power pedestals.  Portable surge guards are compact and extremely easy to use.  They simply plug in between the power pedestal and the power cord to provide surge protection.  The TRC portable model 34730 is a great unit for RVs with 30 amp systems.  Hardwired models are easy to install in the power compartment of many RVs.  The TRC hardwired model 34560 is a great option for RVs with 50 amp systems that don’t have surge protection.  We also can offer 30 and 50 amp automatic transfer switches such as the Progressive Dynamics 5100 and 5200 series.  These automatically sense generator power and prevent shoreline and generator power from entering the AC distribution panel at the same time and ruining your camping. 

Lichtsinn Motors also offers other power related add-ons like circuit analyzers to identify faulty park power (such as the TRC 10086 30 amp circuit analyzer), digital monitors for testing incoming power (such as the Shurite 9018LT), and locking hasps for securing portable surge guards to pedestals.  We also offer cord reels, corded or molded power cord adapters, RV power supply cords, and extension cord sets.

Virtually all RVs, whether 30 amp or 50 amp, Class A,B or C, travel trailers, Fifth wheels or pop-ups, need power protection.  Especially as RVs continue to increase in cost, so does the need to protect your investment.  Beware of the pedestal!

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About Lichtsinn Motors

Lichtsinn Motors is America's closest RV dealer to Winnebago, Itasca and Era, located just one mile north of the Winnebago, Itasca, and Era factory in Forest City, Iowa.

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