Lichtsinn RV News and Events

Lichtsinn RV Featured in June Edition of RV Pro Magazine

Forest City, Iowa June 2017 - Lichtsinn RV was featured in the June 2017 Edition of RV Pro Magazine. RV PRO is the leading news and information source for professionals in the RV Industry. To see the full article, click on this link June 2017 Edition RV Pro Magazine.


Callie Schmidt joins Lichtsinn RV as the Marketing and Events Specialist

Forest City, Iowa May 2017 - Callie Schmidt has recently joined Lichtsinn RV in Forest City, IA as the Marketing and Events Specialist. Schmidt is a graduate of Iowa State University where she earned her marketing degree. Callie comes to Lichtsinn RV from Diamond Jo Casino in Northwood, IA where she held the position of their Marketing and Advertising Manager for the past seven years.

“I am excited to learn and work in a whole new industry! I especially look forward to learning new marketing techniques to expand my marketing skills,” Callie said.

Schmidt enjoys spending time with her family and friends, outdoor activities and running.


Lichtsinn RV Certification of RV Technicians

Forest City, Iowa – April 2017 The entire team of Service Technicians at Lichtsinn RV has recently expanded their RV expertise. Brad Buffington, Ben Follman, Mark Delzer, Brett Torkelson, Luke Hejlik and Travis Harms have earned their Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) RV Technician Certification. This Certification Program is designed to identify those professionals who have demonstrated the knowledge and ability to satisfy established standards in RV diagnostic and repair procedures. This certification process is a highly-recognized level of certification in the RV industry. Technicians must earn their RVDA Technician Registration as a prerequisite to this Certification. To retain certification additional education and training requirements must be met every five years.

Previous Technician Achievements at Lichtsinn RV: Ben Follman and Brad Buffington have earned their Certifications as Appliance Specialist RV Technicians, Anders Bartleson has earned his RVDA Technician Certification and Brian Buffington has earned his RVDA Master Technician Certification. These industry certifications provide consumers the assurance that the service technician working on their RV has developed well-rounded RV repair, diagnostic, and component part replacement skills specific to the Registration or Certification they have received.

Lichtsinn RV is focused on professional development for the entire Lichtsinn RV team of employees. This development provides the dealership the ability to continue to provide and expand upon the best of class experience their guests have come to know at Lichtsinn RV.


Sue Anne Hadacek joins Lichtsinn RV as the RV Rentals Manager and a Marketing Specialist

Forest City - April 2017 Sue Anne Hadacek has recently joined Lichtsinn RV in Forest City, Iowa, as the RV Rentals Manager and a Marketing Specialist.

Sue Anne is a graduate of Purdue University West Lafayette and comes to Lichtsinn RV most recently from CR Holland Crane Service in Forest City, IA where she was the Director of Safety and Quality.

When asked what she is most looking forward to in her new position Sue Anne said “Getting to know new people and new things.”

Outside of work Sue Anne enjoys quilting, gardening and reading.


Winnebago Carefree Diesel Days

Forest City - March 2017 We are pleased to announce Winnebago Carefree Diesel Days, an extended warranty promotion for all new Winnebago diesel pushers!

At Winnebago, innovation isn’t limited to cutting edge products. They also lead in after sale service support. So while some manufacturers such as Tiffin District Service Centers are turning coaches older than 4 years away from their service facilities, Winnebago will be there for you today, tomorrow and for years to come.

This program extends the warranty on our diesel pusher lineup — all built on Freightliner chassis — to an industry-leading 3 years or 100,000 miles, whichever comes first. Winnebago has always stood behind its products, and for anyone who is concerned about service, this program clearly demonstrates the confidence we have in our diesel pusher lineup! CLICK HERE to see a complete listing of our current in-stock new Diesel Pusher Inventory. This program is for new Winnebago Diesel Pushers sold between March 1 - August 31 2017.


Lichtsinn RV recognized as Number One Dealer of all Motor Homes in Iowa for 15th Consecutive Year

Forest City - February 2017 Lichtsinn RV has been recognized as the number one dealer of all motor homes in the state of Iowa for 2016. This represents the 15th consecutive year as Iowa’s top selling motor home retailer.

Lichtsinn RV earned the title of number one dealer in the Overall, Class A, Class B and Class C categories. Lichtsinn RV has also been recognized by Winnebago Industries as the top Dealer of Winnebago Motor Homes in North America for 2016.

The Forest City, Iowa, dealership built a new state-of-the-art RV dealership in 2014. This RV Facility has since expanded and now boasts 8 service bays, an indoor 7,000 square foot parts store, spacious service check-in areas, a state of the art production studio, indoor delivery and service drive for its guests, as well as a technology-focused guest lounge.

“We are grateful to once again be the number one selling motor home dealer in Iowa with the pride of representing the nation’s number one motor home manufacturer, Winnebago Industries,” said Lichtsinn. “It can not be overstated that our best-of-class employees, dedicated to outstanding guest service in the RV lifestyle, make these accomplishments possible.”

This State recognition is awarded by Statistical Surveys, Inc., a nationwide retail reporting service located in Grand Rapids, Mich. Combined sales of all motor home brands sold in Iowa are included in the statistics.

Lichtsinn RV helps people purchase new Winnebago and Winnebago Touring Coach motor homes, various brands of pre-owned RVs, and also provides RV Rentals. Lichtsinn RV is also the largest Winnebago Parts Dealer in the United States and provides service to guests coming to the dealership from throughout the Country.


Iowa on the Move: RV To bring State History to 99 Counties in Iowa

FOREST CITY — February 9, 2017  It takes some serious packing skills — or a mighty big shoehorn — to squeeze 300 years of Iowa history into an RV.

That’s exactly what staffers at the Iowa State Historical Society have done, filling a custom-built Winnebago RV with a multi-media and artifact-based exhibit that tells about Iowa’s past in 300 square feet.

Iowa became the 29th state in the Union on Dec. 28, 1846, and the historical society is celebrating the 170th birthday with a series of “Iowa History 101” exhibits. At the State Historical Museum, visitors can explore grandma’s attic in “Museum Gallery,” with dozens of stories and artifacts such as a flight suit worn by NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson, and participate in interactive exhibits in “Hands on History.”

The third is “History on the Move,” an RV that hits the road this spring with a goal of visiting all 99 counties in the next three years.

“The State Historical Society serves the whole state, and we take that very seriously. Some people may never get to Des Moines to visit the museum, so the RV is a fun way for people in different parts of the state to connect with history,” says Leo Landis, state museum curator.

“American Pickers” creator and star Mike Wolfe is an exhibit partner, along with EMC Insurance Companies. Wolfe has provided the voice and video talent for multi-media components.

With about 100,000 artifacts in the museum’s collection, the task of repackaging Iowa’s history into a succinct display and recount it in an engaging way was “daunting,” says Museum Exhibits Manager Andrew Harrington.

“You can’t tell every Iowa story, even if you had a 10,000-square-foot exhibit. I feel like we did a good job of saying — in as few words as possible — what we wanted to say and finding objects that could tell those stories. We want people to become inspired and want to learn more on their own,” Harrington explains.

Organizers settled on themes of home, work and play. Wolfe narrates an overview of the exhibit and offers interesting insights into Iowa history as preparation for viewing the RV displays.

“Iowa’s state motto is ‘Our liberties we prize, and our rights we will maintain.’ That dates back to 1847, and that was a promise to Iowa’s citizens. Historically, settlers came to Iowa because they thought they could make a better life for themselves, and we wanted to explore that and how it relates to current-day Iowans while making the most of the space we had in the RV,” Landis says. Waterloo’s Rath Packing Co. is represented in the work portion of the exhibit, along with farming and farm-related machinery and technology, including the development of the first digital computer by Iowan John Vincent Atanasoff.

“We wanted to remind people that we not only collect history but objects and stories from Iowa’s recent past,” Landis says.

Homemaking also is included, represented by cooking utensils like an early cast iron skillet, a Hmong spinning wheel and Meskwaki textiles. Play features toys and other items representing a vision of universal childhood.

Organizers use photographic displays, touch screens and other multi-media devices to tell stories that are mindful “of a broad representation of all parts of the state and its residents, including Native Americans, African-Americans, Asian immigrants and Latinos,” Landis explains.

The Winnebago-built RV has a commercial shell that looks like the standard 38-foot vehicle, but it’s empty inside except for floor and walls. The State Historical Society has worked with 1220 Exhibits to outfit the RV. The Nashville-based company specializes in developing, producing and installing exhibits. “They do exhibit work all over the country — exhibit case work and graphics that will hold up over time with all the foot traffic, and things we can’t build ourselves,” Harrington explains.

The RV may show up at the Iowa State Fair and other larger festivals and fairs across the state to maximize exposure. “We’re receiving requests from counties, but we haven’t nailed down a schedule just yet. We have to work out the logistics to see what makes the best sense of getting around the state,” he says. In addition, history buffs can download the Iowa Culture mobile app, a fun and interactive way to discover arts, history and cultural destinations in the state.

For more information on scheduling a stop by the RV, call (515) 281-5111 or go to www.iowaculture.gov.

Credit: Melody Parker from The WCF Courier


Lichtsinn RV Registration and Certification of RV Technicians

FOREST CITY — Brett Torkelson, Luke Hejlik, and Travis Harms of Lichtsinn RV recently earned their Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) RV Technician Registration. This Registration requires specialized training and establishes that each technician is proficient in core RV knowledge areas and technical skills. Previous Technician Registrations and Certifications at Lichtsinn RV include: Brad Buffington, Ben Follman, and Mark Delzer of Lichtsinn RV have earned this RVDA Technician Registration, Anders Bartleson has earned the RVDA Technician Certification, Ben Follman and Brad Buffington have earned their Certification as an Appliance Specialist RV Technicians and Brian Buffington has earned his RVDA Master Technician Certification. These industry certifications provide consumers the assurance that the service technician working on their RV has developed well-rounded RV repair, diagnostic, and component part replacement skills specific to the Registration or Certification they have received.

Each technician must complete the RVDA-RVIA Service Technician Certification Program, a comprehensive testing process. Certification standards were developed by a team of RV industry technical experts under the supervision of educational testing professionals from the Michigan-based National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI). This certification process is a highly recognized level of certification in the RV industry. To retain certification additional education and training requirements must be met every five years.

Lichtsinn RV is focused on professional development for the entire Lichtsinn RV team of employees. This development provides the dealership the ability to continue to provide and expand upon the best of class experience their guests have come to know at Lichtsinn RV.


'Netwits' Help Youths In Need with Donation to Forest City YMCA

FOREST CITY — Among the many special interest clubs involved in the annual Winnebago Itasca Travelers Grand National Rally was the NetWIT Club, in which visiting WIT volunteers showed others how to use new-fangled standard computers.

A profusion of practical applications has popularized hand-held cellphones and smart phones.

Thus, due to falling membership, the NetWITS will disband Dec. 31 after gathering for 20 summers on the WIT grounds in Forest City.

The members voted to leave a legacy. They donated just more than $3,200 in dues from their remaining bank account to the Forest City YMCA, to help youngsters who can’t afford membership dues access programs through the Y’s youth scholarship fund.

NetWIT treasurer Phil Hoefer, of Flippinville, Arkansas, presented a check to YMCA Executive Director Bruce Mielke during this year’s WIT Rally.

“We just wanted to help out the Y, because my understanding is they have a scholarship for disadvantaged kids. They teach them a little bit what’s right and what’s wrong,” he said. “We felt that was a good place to park our money as we ride off into the sunset.

“We could have thrown a big party, but we decided not to. I’m personally very proud to see our funds go into something worthwhile. We just wanted to do something as a ‘thank you.’

Mielke said the money will boost the Y’s annual support campaign, which helps ensure everyone can participate in activities, regardless of their ability to pay.

The Y accepts donations, he said, but this one was large. And unexpected.

“It doesn’t happen every day,” he said. “It’s just kind of a unique story, because they don’t live here. It just helps us carry out the mission of the Y.”

Hoefer, 82, and his wife, Jean, have attended the WIT Rally for about 18 years.

Now they stay for all of July, swimming at the Y, enjoying the annual Puckerbrush Days celebration and taking advantage of Forest City’s amenities.

“We like the town,” he said.

Credit: Forest City Summit


Lichtsinn RV Sponsors the Hanson Family Fine Arts Center

Lichtsinn RV is proud to be a Diamond Sponsor for the Hanson Family Fine Arts Center. This state- of-the-art $9.6 million arts facility will hold school performances, Waldorf University Events, touring acts and more with seating capacity of over 600 people. The completion of this facility, which will also include an outdoor plaza,  is scheduled for the Fall of 2018.

PICTURED HERE:
Hope Lichtsinn, Ron Lichtsinn, Dr. Bob Alsop (President, Waldorf University), Darwin Lehmann (Superintendent, Forest City CSD), and Heidi Thompson.


Winnebago Industries Introduces the Winnebago Paseo

The Winnebago Touring Coach Paseo is the first B van in the industry on the Ford Transit van which incorporates some unique features no other B van can boast!  A spacious floorplan with an expansive rear dinette that converts to a 53 x 72 inch sleeping surface, equipped for cross coach and longitudinal sleeping.

 

Click Here to learn more about the all new Winnebago Paseo or call the dealership to speak with one of our factory trained Winnebago Sales Consultants – 1-800-343-6255.


Lichtsinn RV Announces Staff Changes

Forest City, Iowa – Lichtsinn RV of Forest City is excited to announce a number of staff promotions and additions at the dealership. These changes have been made to align with the continued growth of the Winnebago RV Dealership.

Hannah Lunning has been promoted from the position of Business Manager to the position of Sales Manager. In her new position, Hannah will oversee the Lichtsinn RV Sales Team.

Casey Singelstad has been promoted to the position of Controller and Human Resources Manager. Casey will oversee all administrative, accounting and human resource functions.

Brandon Mondt has joined the Lichtsinn RV team as a Business Manager where he will responsible for working with guests on RV paperwork and providing them RV Protection Products. Before joining the Lichtsinn RV team, Brandon was an Insurance Provider for MBT Bank in Lake Mills, IA. “I look forward to working in a fast-paced environment with a great group of people, as well as helping guests fulfil their dreams of owning an RV” Duregger said. In Mondt’s free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, playing golf and being outdoors.

Ron Lichtsinn, owner of Lichtsinn RV stated, “We are excited with the dealership staff changes we have made in the past number of weeks and are looking forward to continuing our growth with our current and great new additions to our team.”


Lichtsinn RV Hires Abby Duregger and Heather Garza

Forest City, Iowa November 9, 2016– Lichtsinn RV is excited to welcome Abby Duregger and Heather Garza to their team in Forest City, Iowa.

Duregger is a Garner-Hayfield graduate and attended the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, IA.

Duregger’s position is Administrative Assistant. She is often the first voice, and the first person guests meet upon calling or entering the dealership. Before joining the Lichtsinn RV team, Abby was a Merchandising Operations Leader at Petco. “I look forward to getting interact with guests from all over the United States” Duregger said. In Duregger’s free time, she enjoys spending time with family & friends and spending time outdoors.

Garza is a WCLT graduate and attended Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo, IA.

Garza’s position is RV Finishing & Quality Control Lead, where she helps to oversee the finishing process for all dealership vehicles. Before joining the Lichtsinn RV team, Garza was a 3M Film Applicator at CDI. “I look forward to the flexibility in the mornings with my kids and look forward to working within a team oriented atmosphere” Garza said. In Garza’s free time she enjoys spending time with her family, camping and fishing.


Joshua Chase Promotion - Finishing and Quality Control Manager

Forest City, Iowa September 30,2016 – We are extremely pleased to announce that Joshua Chase has been promoted to Finishing and Quality Control Manager effective immediately.

In his new role, Joshua will oversee the Finishing and QC Department’s day to day operations, will manage Finishing and QC scheduling and personnel duties, and will join in Lichtsinn RV Management Group planning and training initiatives.

Joshua’s leadership skills, work ethic, dedication to guest experience and focus on teamwork makes him the natural choice to lead our Finishing and Quality Control department.


Lichtsinn RV Introduces the ALL NEW 2017 Winnebago Paseo

Forest City, Iowa September 14,2016 – Lichtsinn RV is excited to announce a new introduction to the Winnebago Lineup of Class B vans, The Winnebago PaseoThe Paseo is the first B van in the industry on the Ford Transit van which incorporates some unique features no other B van can boast!  A spacious floorplan with an expansive rear dinette that converts to a 53 x 72 inch sleeping surface, equipped for cross coach and longitudinal sleeping.

The brand new Winnebago Paseo sits on a Ford Transit van chassis and features a 6 speed SelectShift transmission, and SYNC 3 voice activated stereo/navigation system.  You are sure to enjoy the sheer maneuverability of this coach which allows you to travel exactly when and how you like.

The Winnebago Paseo interior features everything that you could need to be comfortable.  There is seating and sleeping space in the rear, kitchen equipment mid-coach, and a wet bath for complete comfort. You will also appreciate the standard Onan generator which gives you even more flexibility as to where you stop for the night.  So, for all of your in town and cross country travel plans, choose the new Winnebago Paseo Touring Coach for your next ride! To find out more about the ALL NEW 2017 Winnebago Paseo CLICK HERE!


Stacy Anderson joins Lichtsinn RV as RV Sales Consultant

Forest City, Iowa September 7,2016 – Stacy Anderson has recently joined Lichtsinn RV in Forest City, Iowa, as an RV Sales Consultant. Originally from Forest City, Iowa, Anderson is a graduate of Winona State University and comes to Lichtsinn RV from the YMCA in Forest City, IA where she had been serving as a Senior Program Director for the past 20 years.

“The idea of helping guest choose the right RV for their lifestyle is exciting! I look forward to helping people fulfill their dreams.” Stacy said.

Anderson enjoys spending time with family and friends. Anderson also enjoys watching her kids in all of their activities.


Forest City Summer School Visits Lichtsinn RV

Forest City, Iowa June 29, 2016 – We were excited to welcome the Forest City Summer School classes to the dealership today for a dealership tour! What fun to see things through their eyes. We had a lot of interesting questions including a first grader asking if she could have her wedding in one of the motor homes they toured. In all approximately 130 children came through the dealership. Thank you for a great morning!


Lichtsinn RV Employees donate to Relay for Life

Forest City, Iowa June 25, 2016 – Last weekend Lichtsinn RV employees participated in the Relay for Life of Winnebago County, an American Cancer Society Event. The employees worked throughout the year raising money for the American Cancer Society in events including: a Bake, Craft and plant sale, Craft and Popcorn sales at the pumpkin patch and dealership grilled lunches etc. Including our corporate sponsorship – together we donated $4759.38 towards this years event! In addition – we still have our Wheel of Life at Rally that will raise additional funds for this cause. Thank you Lichtsinn Team for raising money to help find a cure for this disease! Together we really can make a difference!


Lichtsinn RV Named #1 Dealer of Winnebago Motor Homes in North America for 2nd Straight Year

Forest City, Iowa June 21, 2016– For the second consecutive year, Winnebago Industries has named Lichtsinn RV in Forest City, Iowa, the #1 dealer of Winnebago motor homes in all of North America for a single point dealership.
“We are honored to receive this recognition from Winnebago Industries,” said Ron Lichtsinn. “After attaining this achievement last year, our team has worked hard to maintain this top position. The award is a reflection of our best of class team members who focus on the guest’s experience – everything we do at Lichtsinn RV is for our guests.”

Lichtsinn RV also received the Circle of Excellence customer service award from Winnebago Industries – their 22nd consecutive year receiving the award.

Other Winnebago awards received by Lichtsinn RV include:
• #1 Dealer in North America for the Class B Winnebago Touring Coach motor home registrations
• #1 Dealer in North America for Class C motor home registrations
• #2 Dealer in North America for Class A Diesel motor home registrations
• #4 Dealer in North America for Class A Gas motor home registrations


“Winnebago Industries provides the highest quality, leading-edge developments for RVs across the industry,” said Lichtsinn. “We are fortunate to have valued vendor partnerships like this that support our guests and our team.”

In 2014, Lichtsinn RV opened a state-of-the-art facility on the corner of Highway 9 & 69 in Forest City, an expansion to this was just completed to the service bay area this Spring. The newly expanded RV facility includes numerous service bays; a 7,000 square-foot parts and camping accessories store; spacious service check-in areas; a state of the art photo and video area; an indoor delivery area for guests; as well as a technology-focused guest lounge. “Our facility presents our RV guests with a more cohesive, best-of-class experience,” said Lichtsinn. “The service bay expansion we just completed was based on our guests needs. We know that “The Sale” is important, but the “Service after the Sale” is crucial.”


Lichtsinn RV welcomes guests from throughout North America to their dealership in Forest City. Lichtsinn RV Parts Department is the #1 Winnebago Parts Department in the Country and their guests span throughout the world.


Heather Haney joins Lichtsinn RV as the Dealership Controller

Forest City, Iowa June 8, 2016– Lichtsinn RV welcomes Heather Haney to their team as the Controller at the dealership in Forest City, Iowa. As the Controller Heather will oversee Accounting , Administrative, and Human Resource functions at the Dealership. Heather has spent the last 11 years in accounting related positions most recently at Poet Biorefining in Hanlontown.


“We are excited to welcome Heather to our team at Lichtsinn RV,” said Heidi Thompson, Lichtsinn RV VP and General Manager. “Heather’s depth of experience and focus on process oriented improvements, as well as her pursuit of development in new leadership opportunities make her an excellent fit for our team.”

“I am excited to work with such a close group of co-workers and in a great work environment.” Heather said. In Heather’s free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and being outdoors.


Lichtsinn RV to Sponsor Hospice of North Iowa Golf Open

Forest City, Iowa June 3, 2016 – Lichtsinn RV is proud to be a Double Eagle Sponsor for the Hospice of North Iowa Golf Open. This tournament will be held on Saturday, June 4 at the Bear Creek Golf Course in Forest City, Iowa. Lichtsinn RV has been a major sponsor of the event for a number of years.

This event has successfully raised thousands of dollars for patients and families in the area who are facing a life-limiting illness. When faced with a life-limiting illness, Hospice of North Iowa offers a dignified and comfortable alternative for spending one’s final months, and provides special care to improve quality of life for both the patient and their family.

Seeking hospice care isn’t about giving up hope, but rather a way to get the most appropriate care in the last phase of life.

At the center of Hospice and palliative care is the belief that each of us has the right to die pain-free and with dignity, and that our families will receive the necessary support to allow us to do so. The Hospice of North Iowa commits to never deny service because of the inability to pay.


Lichtsinn RV Earns Winnebago Circle of Excellence Award: Winnebago Industries News Release

Forest City, Iowa May 2016 – Lichtsinn RV has been recognized by Winnebago as a Circle of Excellence dealer for 2016. Winnebago established the industry’s first dealer excellence program in 1986 to recognize select dealers for excellence in customer satisfaction. This year, 84 motorized dealers were honored with the Circle of Excellence award. Dealers were recognized for their excellence in customer satisfaction as it relates to customers’ sales and service experience.

“Winnebago is pleased to recognize Lichtsinn RV as one of 84 outstanding dealers that earned this year’s Circle of Excellence award,” said Winnebago Vice President of Sales and Product Management Scott Degnan. “Lichtsinn RV has proven they are a leader in the RV industry with a commitment to excellent customer service for our retail customers. Their commitment to providing excellent customer service is why Lichtsinn RV is deserving of this award.”

Circle of Excellence scoring is determined by rating dealers in four categories: A Purchase and Delivery Satisfaction Study which is direct customer feedback after the purchase of a motorhome A Customer Satisfaction Study which surveys customers six months after their purchase A Sales and Marketing Assessment that evaluates a dealership’s sales, market share, stocking levels and participation in product training and the WIT Club A Service/Parts Assessment that evaluates a dealership’s warranty/parts inventory, service training and certified technicians, and traveling customer care.

About Winnebago Winnebago Industries, Inc., “The Most Recognized Name in Motorhomes®”, 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.


Travis Harms joins Lichtsinn RV as a RV Service Technician

Forest City, Iowa May, 23 2016 – Lichtsinn RV welcomes Travis Harms to their team as an RV Service Technician at their dealership in Forest City, Iowa. Travis spent the last 9.5 years at Winnebago Industries, most recently as Lead Person in Line 2. “I am looking forward to working with such a close group of co-workers and great work environment.” Travis said. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his kids, golfing and taking his daughter fishing. Travis’s position is one of 3 positions that Lichtsinn RV added as part of the expansion to their RV facility in Forest City, IA. This expansion included the addition of 3 new service bays and the ability to service 6 additional RV’s at their Forest City, IA dealership. .


The Hope and Ron Lichtsinn Family Scholarship

May 20, 2016 The Hope and Ron Lichtsinn Family Scholarship was awarded this week to Tyler Anderson at the Forest City High School. “Our selection this year is to a student who has been very active in school sports AND has directly worked with many kids, including ours, through his volunteerism. He has the energy and drive it takes to be successful and we feel he will have a very rewarding experience in college,” said Ron Lichtsinn. Tyler is a 2016 graduate of the Forest City High School. The Lichtsinn Family provides a scholarship each year to a Forest City High School Senior who has displayed progressive participation in extracurricular activities such as volunteerism, academic groups, the arts, or sports and with plans of attending a four-year school.


Lichtsinn RV Donates to the Relay for Life of Winnebago County

May 20, 2016 Lichtsinn RV raised over $950 at their annual Bake, Craft and Plant Sale held to raise money for the Relay for Life of Winnebago County, an American Cancer Society Event. The 2 day event included the sale of many items that were donated to the event by Lichtsinn Employees and their families. The event included a lunch on Wednesday of the Event. Many Dealership RV guests were able to join in at the event while they were at the Dealership for Sales, Parts and Service and many local people, including Winnebago employees, participated as well. This money will be donated to the The Relay for Life of Winnebago County. The Relay Event this year will be held on Saturday, June 25 from 10a-10p at the Winnebago Courthouse Square. Lichtsinn RV is an annual sponsor of the Event.


Luke Hejlik joins Lichtsinn RV as an RV Service Technician

May 6, 2016 Forest City, Iowa – Lichtsinn RV welcomes Luke Hejlik to their team as an RV Service Technician to their dealership in Forest City, Iowa. Luke is a Garner-Hayfield High School Graduate and spent the last 6 years at Winnebago Industries, most recently as Lead Person in Line 3. “I am looking forward to working with a close knit group of co-workers and the opportunity to deal with customers directly.” he said. In his free time, Luke enjoys boating, and being outdoors. Luke’s position is one of 3 positions that Lichtsinn RV added as part of the expansion to their RV facility in Forest City, IA. This expansion included the addition of 3 new service bays and the ability to service 6 additional RV’s at their Forest City, IA dealership.


Delzer Joins Group of Registered RV Technicians

Forest City, Iowa – Mark Delzer of Lichtsinn RV recently earned his Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) RV  Technician Registration. This Registration requires specialized training and establishes that Mark is proficient in core RV knowledge areas and technical skills. Brad Buffington and Ben Follman of Lichtsinn RV have also earned this RVDA Technician Registration. Anders Bartleson has earned the RVDA Technician Certification.  Ben Follman and Brad Buffington have earned their Certification as an Appliance Specialist RV Technicians and  Brian Buffington, also of Lichtsinn  RV  Forest City, IA -  has earned his RVDA Master Technician Certification. These industry certifications let consumers know that the service technician working on their RV has developed well-rounded RV repair, diagnostic, and component part replacement skills specific to the Registration or Certification they have received. 

 Each technician must complete the RVDA-RVIA Service Technician Certification Program, a comprehensive testing process.  Certification standards were developed by a team of RV industry technical experts under the supervision of educational testing professionals from the Michigan-based National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI).  This certification process is a highly recognized level of certification in the RV industry. To retain certification additional education and training requirements must be met every five years.

 Lichtsinn RV is focused on professional development for the entire Lichtsinn RV team of employees. This development provides the dealership the ability to continue to provide and expand upon the best of class experience their guests have come to know at Lichtsinn RV.

 Lichtsinn RV is currently completing an expansion to their RV facility in Forest City, IA. This expansion includes the addition of 3 new service bays and the ability to service 6 additional RV’s at their Forest City, IA dealership. This expansion will also provide employment for 3 additional employees at the dealership.


Lichtsinn RV Named North American Top Dealer for Winnebago Industries

Forest City, Iowa - Winnebago Industries has named Lichtsinn RV in Forest City, Iowa, the #1 dealer of all Winnebago motor homes in North America, single point location dealership.

"We are honored to receive this recognition from Winnebago Industries," said Ron Lichtsinn. "The award is reflective of our quality team members who focus on guest experience - everything we do at Lichtsinn RV is for, and, of about our guests."

Lichtsinn RV also received the Circle of Excellence customer service award from Winnebago Industries - their 22nd consecutive year receiving the award.

Other Winnebago awards received by Lichtsinn RV include:

  • #1 Dealer in North America for the Class B Winnebago Touring Coach division
  • #1 Dealer in North America for Class C motor home registrations
  • #2 Dealer for Class A Gas motor home registrations
  • #2 Dealer for Class A Diesel motor home registrations

As the closest dealer to Winnebago Industries, being just one mile north of the factory, Lichtsinn RV has a close partnership with Winnebago.

"Winnebago Industries provides the highest quality, leading-edge developments for RVs across the industry," said Lichtsinn. "We are fortunate to have valued vendor partnerships like this that support our guests and our team."

In 2014, Lichtsinn RV opened a state-of-the-art facility on the corner of Highway 9 & 69 in Forest City. The new RV facility includes numerous service bays; a 7,000 square-foot parts and camping accessories store; spacious service check-in areas; a state of the art photo and video area; an indoor delivery area for guests; as well as a technology-focused guest lounge.

"Our new facility presents our RV guests with a more cohesive, best-of-class experience," said Lichtsinn. "The feedback from our guests has been phenomenal so far."

Lichtsinn RV welcomes guests from throughout North America to their dealership in Forest City.

"I can recommend Lichtsinn RV to anyone," said Marcel Mischler of Edmonton, Canada. "Two things were important to me: being as close to the factory as possible and a fair price. The treatment I received from Lichtsinn RV was outstanding. The whole experience was well worth the 2,500-mile drive."


Lichtsinn RV recognized as number one dealer of all motor homes in Iowa

Forest City, Iowa - Lichtsinn RV has been recognized as the number one dealer of all motor homes in the state of Iowa for 2014. This represents the 13th consecutive year as Iowa's top selling motor home retailer.

Lichtsinn RV earned the title of number one dealer in the Overall, Class A, Class B and Class C categories.

The Forest City, Iowa, dealership fully moved into their all-new, stand-alone RV dealership in 2014.

The new RV Facility features additional service bays, an indoor parts store, spacious service check-in areas, a state of the art production studio, indoor delivery for its guests, as well as an all-new, technology-focused guest lounge.

"We are grateful to once again be the number one selling motor home dealer in Iowa with the pride of representing the nation's number one motor home manufacturer, Winnebago Industries," said Lichtsinn. "And we are proud to have best-of-class employees that are dedicated to outstanding guest service in the RV lifestyle."

The recognitions are awarded by Statistical Surveys, Inc., a nationwide retail reporting service located in Grand Rapids, Mich. Combined sales of all motor home brands sold in Iowa are included in the statistics. Lichtsinn RV helps people purchase new Winnebago, Itasca and Winnebago Touring Coach motor homes as well as various brands of pre-owned RVs.


Winnebago Product Line Expansion with Innovative New Products

Our customers will be excited to be members of the strongest lineup in the RV industry. Our dealer, Ron Lichtsinn, was in attendance as Winnebago unveiled Game Changers that will increase the lead in market share that the Winnebago team currently enjoys... The freshest lineup in the RV industry is with Winnebago, Itasca, and Winnebago Touring Coach.

Winnebago Industries, Inc., a leading United States (U.S.) recreation vehicle manufacturer, today unveiled exciting new 2014 models to the Company's Winnebago, Itasca, SunnyBrook and Winnebago Touring Coach dealer partners at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, NV.


It was "Game On" as Winnebago Industries showcased the new 2014 lineup and the debut of several all-new products, including the all-new Winnebago Touring Coach line which now joins Winnebago and Itasca to make up the three motorhome product lines of Winnebago Industries. Winnebago Touring Coach includes the very successful Era product, which is built on the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter chassis, as well as the new Travato Class B product built on the exciting new Ram ProMaster Chassis. The Travato is a new fuel-efficient entry into the Class B market with fuel economy of 15-18 miles per gallon and represents another aggressive "industry first" for Winnebago Industries.


To expand on the hugely successful launch of the affordable Class A gas Winnebago Vista and Itasca Sunstar 26HE, the Vista and Sunstar lineup has expanded to include the new 31KE model. Offering the same value traits, the 31KE is perfect for couples or families on the go with a U-shaped dinette, mid-coach TV and walk-around queen bed.


Winnebago Industries has also grown the recently launched Winnebago Minnie Winnie and Itasca Spirit family, with the new Minnie Winnie Premier and Spirit Silver models, providing upscale features and amenities, as well as eye-catching exterior deluxe graphics.


Another game changer is the exciting new Winnebago Forza and Itasca Solei. Providing a new, full-featured luxury diesel pusher at an extremely attractive price, the Forza and Solei are not only beautiful, they are initially offered in two unique floorplans, and loaded with standard features, including a Cummins 340HP engine, Winnebago Industries' exclusive SuperStructure steel construction, large pass-through storage, upgraded appliances and much more.


"It's 'Game On' for Winnebago Industries," said Winnebago Industries' Vice President of Sales and Product Management Scott Degnan. "We have changed up the roster with new and exciting products and our dealer partners were extremely enthusiastic in their response to the new lineup. We were #1 in retail sales in the U.S. for 2012 and with the new products we have unveiled this week, we see that momentum continuing."


Winnebago Industries' products also are premiering the all-new X1 family of Infotainment Centers from Xite Solutions North America with the award-winning RV GPS from Rand McNally. Not only is the Rand McNally RV GPS designed specifically for the RVer, it also includes the all-new 6-inch X1S Radio or the industry-first 10.4-inch X1DM In-Dash Touch-Screen Monitor. Other key features include dual in-dash monitors, Sirius XM with content alerts, instant replay and more, iPod/iPhone audio integration, Picture-in-picture split screen, touch screen camera control with audio, Bluetooth hands-free and audio streaming, as well as integrated compass and exterior temperature display.


Contour windows are another revolutionary industry first for Winnebago Industries. Introduced in the Winnebago Aspect, Journey and Tour and Itasca Cambria, Meridian and Ellipse, they provide the most attractive window application available in an RV, with an integrated frame design that provides a precise transition between the vehicle body, window frame, and the glass for superior sealing, reduced wind noise, improved operation, and excellent protection of the window edge.


Winnebago Industries also honored 118 of its dealer partners with the Circle of Excellence Award, as well as its dealers who excelled in sales, market share and service to travelers from outside their market area. "We have the best dealer partners by far within the RV industry and it was great to celebrate their Winnebago Industries' successes during this event," said Degnan.


Lichtsinn Motors, Inc. names Heidi Thompson Vice President, Finance and Human Resources

Forest City, Iowa - Lichtsinn Motors, Inc. of Forest City has promoted Heidi Thompson to the officer position Vice President, Finance and Human resources effective January 18, 2013. In this position Heidi will provide leadership and coordination of company financial planning, financing, and budget management functions and ensure company accounting procedures and reporting conform to generally accepted accounting principles. She will also be responsible for personnel reporting, staff management, and other employee management functions of the corporation in accordance with dealership policies and practices as well as any regulatory and administrative requirements of small businesses, advisory authorities and organizations.

Commenting on this appointment, Ron Lichtsinn, President and CEO noted "Heidi's versatility across our lineup of automotive and RV sales, service and parts offerings has made her one of the most critical assets in the growth of our dealership. Heidi has consistently demonstrated a results oriented attitude with internal and external customers, is focused on a best of class consumer experience, and is a community leader. I welcome her to our officer team."


Forest City Emergency Services Center Added to We Care Charitable Giving Program

Lichtsinn Motors of Forest City, Iowa, has added the Forest City Emergency Services Center to its We Care Charitable Giving Program, in which Lichtsinn Motors will donate $50 to the customer's choice of one of six pre-selected organizations for each new or pre-owned car or truck purchased at the Forest City dealership.

Lichtsinn Motors has committed to a minimum donation of $10,000 with a goal to raise $15,000 over the next year for the Forest City Emergency Services Center.

"We are excited to add the Forest City Emergency Services Center to our We Care Program. This new facility is an important improvement and addition to the involved community services," said Ron Lichtsinn, owner of Lichtsinn Motors. The Emergency Services Center will support the needs of the Ambulance, Paramedic and Fire Departments for the areas in and around Forest City which they serve.

Since the We Care program's inception in October of 2009, Lichtsinn Motors has given over $35,000 to the We Care organizations.

The six We Care organizations for 2012 are: the Forest City Emergency Services Center, Hospice of North Iowa, the American Cancer Society, the Forest City Community School District, the Lake Mills Community School District, and the Forest City YMCA.

In addition, each customer has the opportunity to nominate other organizations for consideration for the following year's list. Organizations have the opportunity to submit an application to be part of the next year's list as well.

This is an ongoing dealership program and donations are made annually.


Lichtsinn Motors is #2 Winnebago & #2 Itasca dealer in eastern division of U.S.

Forest City, Iowa - Lichtsinn Motors Inc. of Forest City, Iowa, has been recognized as the No. 2 Winnebago dealer and the No. 2 Itasca dealer for the Eastern Division of all Winnebago and Itasca dealerships.

"We have continued to acquire more market share due to the reinvestment in our facility infrastructure and digital marketing, training of our personnel, and consistent consumer satisfaction in sales, parts and service," said Ron Lichtsinn, owner/dealer principal of Lichtsinn Motors.

Lichtsinn Motors is well known in the RV industry for their website, www.Lichtsinn.com, that features industry-first technology including high-definition video, click to call technology, RV rental information, personalized video e-mails, a Lichtsinn Motors forum and a Lichtsinn Motors blog.

Lichtsinn Motors has also been using social media tools like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google +1 to advance their dealership's national reach.

Lichtsinn Motors also recently earned Winnebago's Circle of Excellence award for the 19th consecutive year.  


 

Lichtsinn Motors is #1 Motor Home Dealer in Iowa for 2011

Forest City, Iowa - Lichtsinn Motors Inc. has been recognized as the number one dealer of all motor homes in the state of Iowa for 2011. This represents the 10th consecutive year as Iowa's top selling motor home retailer.

Lichtsinn Motors earned the title of number one dealer in the Overall, Class A and Class C categories.
"We are very happy to once again be the number one selling motor home dealer in the state," said Ron Lichtsinn. "We have invested a great deal in both our physical and personnel resources in the past few years. Focusing on a complete customer service process, that continues long after the customer has bought a motor home from us. We have a great team of employees that are dedicated to making this happen."

The recognitions are awarded by Statistical Surveys, Inc., a nationwide retail reporting service located in Grand Rapids, Mich. Combined sales of all motor home brands sold in Iowa are included in the statistics. Lichtsinn Motors sells new Winnebago and Itasca motor homes as well as various brands of pre-owned units.


Casey Singelstad promoted to RV Sales Manager

Forest City, Iowa - Casey (Henely) Singelstad was recently promoted to the position of RV Sales Manager at Lichtsinn Motors in Forest City, Iowa.

"Casey will be driving the continued growth of our RV business and has demonstrated outstanding product knowledge, customer service experience, and problem solving skills to support the needs of both our internal and external customers moving forward in what will be an exciting 2012 year," said owner, Ron Lichtsinn.


Reed Burkholder joins Lichtsinn Motors as RV Sales Consultant

Forest City, Iowa - Reed Burkholder is the newest RV sales consultant at Lichtsinn Motors in Forest City, Iowa. He is a Forest City High School graduate and received his B.A. in sports management with a minor in marketing from Minnesota State University in Mankato.

"This is an exciting opportunity because RVs have been a big part of my family growing up," he said. "Helping people find exactly what they are looking for and developing life-long friendships is very important to me."

Burkholder's entire family has direct ties to the motor home industry. His sister, Heidi Thompson, was a top sales consultant for Lichtsinn Motors and continues to work at the dealership as the controller. While Burkholder's father, Dennis, was the Winnebago-Itasca Travelers Club General Manager, and his mother, Bev, often traveled around the United States with Dennis meeting with Winnebago and Itasca motor home owners.

Burkholder has sales experience in the golf industry and was previously a golf professional in Iowa and Arizona.

In his free time, he enjoys golfing, fishing and spending time with friends and family.


Lichtsinn Motors now offering 2012 Era by Winnebago

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Forest City, Iowa -- It's the beginning of a new "Era" at Lichtsinn Motors in Forest City, Iowa, as the Midwest's largest Winnebago and Itasca motor home dealer is now offering the Era by Winnebago Industries - a self-contained Class B motor home featuring a Mercedes-Benz turbo-diesel engine and chassis.

"The 2012 Era by Winnebago is a great RV for travelers looking for outstanding fuel economy in the 18-20 mpg range, contemporary styling, and more storage capacity over previous models," said Ron Lichtsinn, owner of Lichtsinn Motors.

The 2012 Era by Winnebago will feature an 11,030 lbs. Mercedes-Benz chassis with dual rear wheels for best of class cargo carrying capacity and a ride that makes RVing more pleasurable than ever. The interior will offer all the comforts of home with a High-Definition T.V., a 70" electric sofa bed, an interior height of 6'3", and four captain's chairs that rotate and swivel to become integral living components.

"There are other Class B coaches on the market but none of them - not even RoadTrek - can match Winnebago Industries’ quality," said Lichtsinn. "And they certainly can't compete in price. In fact, the Era by Winnebago is thousands less than RoadTrek."

Available option highlights for the 2012 Era by Winnebago will include: a large 13 foot patio awning, generator, GPS, Sirius XM satellite radio, rear-view monitor, exterior accessory package with polished stainless steel grill bar covers and polished stainless steel rocker trim, and stylized aluminum wheels.

The 2012 Era by Winnebago has an MSRP of approximately $95,000-105,000. Call Lichtsinn Motors at 1-800-343-6255 for more detailed information or visit their best-of-class website at www.Lichtsinn.com.


Lichtsinn Motors earns 17th consecutive Circle of Excellence Award

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Lichtsinn Motors of Forest City has been recognized as a 2011 Circle of Excellence winner by Winnebago Industries, Inc. To be honored as a Circle of Excellence dealer, Lichtsinn Motors excelled in customer satisfaction.

Winnebago Industries established the industry's first dealer excellence program in order to recognize select dealers for excellence in customer satisfaction. Lichtsinn Motors has received this award each year since 1994. (17 consecutive years)

"Winnebago Industries is pleased to recognize Lichtsinn Motors - one of only 116 outstanding dealers that earned this year's Circle of Excellence award," said Winnebago Industries Vice President of Sales and Marketing Roger Martin. "Lichtsinn Motors has proven their commitment to their customers by providing the total RV experience - knowledgeable sales personnel, qualified service technicians and quality warranty and after-market service support. That commitment to providing excellent customer service is what separates Lichtsinn Motors from the rest - and is why they are deserving of this award."

Circle of Excellence scoring is determined by rating dealers in four categories:

  • A Purchase and Delivery Satisfaction Study which is direct customer feedback after the purchase of a motor home;
  • A Customer Satisfaction Study which surveys customers six months after their purchase;
  • A Sales and Marketing Assessment that evaluates a dealership's sales, market share, stocking levels and participation in product training and the Winnebago Itasca Travelers Club (WIT); and
  • A Service Parts Assessment that evaluates a dealership's warranty/parts inventory, service training and certified technicians, and traveling customer care.

Dealerships earning the coveted Circle of Excellence status received an award featuring three concentric circles that symbolize the interconnected relationship between the customer, dealer and Winnebago Industries.

Lichtsinn Motors carries the Winnebago, Itasca and ERA lines of motor homes from Winnebago Industries.


Lichtsinn Motors recognized as number one dealer of motor homes in Iowa

Friday, February 18, 2011

Lichtsinn Motors Inc. has been recognized as the number one dealer of all motor homes in the state of Iowa for 2010. This represents the 9th consecutive year as Iowa's top selling motor home retailer.

Lichtsinn Motors earned the title of number one dealer in the Overall, Class A and Class C categories.

"We are very happy to once again be the number one selling motor home dealer in the state," said Ron Lichtsinn. "We have invested a great deal in both our physical and personnel resources in the past few years. Focusing on a complete customer service process, that continues long after the customer has bought a motor home from us. We have a great team of employees that are dedicated to making this happen."

The recognitions are awarded by Statistical Surveys, Inc., a nationwide retail reporting service located in Grand Rapids, Mich. Combined sales of all motor home brands sold in Iowa are included in the statistics. Lichtsinn Motors sells new Winnebago and Itasca motor homes as well as various brands of pre-owned units.


Hannah Lunning promoted to business manager position

Friday, November 12, 2010

Forest City, Iowa - Hannah Lunning has been promoted to the position of business manager at Lichtsinn Motors in Forest City, Iowa.

Hannah will provide customer service to car/truck and recreational vehicle customers at Lichtsinn Motors.

"Hannah's outstanding service to both internal and external customers, common-sense problem solving skills and overall fit to our team are the main reasons for her promotion to this important position within our dealership," said owner, Ron Lichtsinn.

Hannah has experience in automotive sales having been a GM sales consultant at Lichtsinn Motors.

Hannah graduated from Waldorf College with a BA degree in business and an emphasis in management and banking finance.


Lichtsinn Motors donates $1,300 to Forest City Community Schools

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Forest City, Iowa - Lichtsinn Motors of Forest City recently donated $1,300 to the Forest City Community School District as part of their We Care Charitable Giving program.

The We Care plan was started in October 2009 and provides that Lichtsinn Motors will donate $50 to the customer's choice of one of five pre-selected organizations for each new or pre-owned car or truck purchased at the Forest City dealership.

"The We Care Program allows us to direct our giving funds to those organizations that our customers tell us are important to them," said Ron Lichtsinn, owner of Lichtsinn Motors. "Since myself and many Lichtsinn Motors employees graduated from Forest City, we are especially proud to make this contribution in order to provide educational opportunities to our local youth." The funds will be used at the school's discretion.

The five We Care organizations for 2009-2010 are: The American Cancer Society, HOSPICE of North Iowa, the Forest City Community School District, the Forest City Chamber of Commerce/Economic Development, and Bear Creek Golf Course. In addition, each customer has the opportunity to nominate other organizations for consideration for the following year's list. Organizations have the opportunity to submit an application to be part of the next year's list as well.

Customers purchasing a new or pre-owned car, van, SUV or truck retailing over $5,000 are able to select the organization which they would like their $50 donation to go to. This is an ongoing dealership program and donations will be made to the organizations annually through this program.


Lichtsinn Motors earns award for exceptional customer service

Monday, July 12, 2010

Forest City, Iowa -- Lichtsinn Motors Inc. of Forest City, Iowa, has been recognized as a Winnebago Industries 20/20 Vision winner by providing exceptional customer service to motor home owners traveling outside of their home area.

In earning this award, a dealer must perform warranty repairs on at least 20 different traveling customer motor homes, or perform 20 percent or more of the total warranty claims for customers to whom they did not sell.

"The recipients of the 20/20 Vision Award truly put the RV traveler first," said Winnebago Industries' Director of Parts and Service Steve Evenson. "These 139 dealerships not only provide excellent customer service to their own customers, but also those traveling the country in their Winnebago Industries motor home. I applaud these dealerships for providing timely service to any customer who turns to them for assistance."

Winnebago Industries is the No. 1 motor home manufacturer in the United States and Lichtsinn Motors is the No. 1 motor home dealer in Iowa.


Lichtsinn Motors donates $1,500 to American Cancer Society

Monday, June 14th, 2010

Forest City, Iowa - Lichtsinn Motors of Forest City recently donated $1,500 to the American Cancer Society through their We Care plan making their annual donation to ACS over $2,200 for the year.

The We Care plan was started in October 2009 and provides that Lichtsinn Motors will donate $50 to the customer's choice of one of five pre-selected organizations for each new or pre-owned car or truck purchased at the Forest City dealership.

"The We Care Program allows us to direct our giving funds to those organizations that our customers tell us are important to them," said Ron Lichtsinn, owner of Lichtsinn Motors. "Our customers told us that the American Cancer Society was important to them, and we are providing them this donation after only 8 months of the We Care Plan to coincide with the upcoming June 26 Relay for Life of Winnebago County."

Team Lichtsinn is a major corporate sponsor for the 2010 Relay for Life of Winnebago County. The $1,500 donation through the We Care program is only a part of the funds they will donate to the American Cancer Society during the month of June.

The five We Care organizations for 2009-2010 are: The American Cancer Society, HOSPICE of North Iowa, the Forest City Community School District, the Forest City Chamber of Commerce/Economic Development, and Bear Creek Golf Course. Donations will be presented to the remaining organizations throughout the balance of the year. In addition, each customer has the opportunity to nominate other organizations for consideration for the following year's list. Organizations have the opportunity to submit an application to be part of the next year's list as well.

Customers purchasing a new or pre-owned car, van, SUV or truck retailing over $5,000 are able to select the organization which they would like their $50 donation to go to. This is an ongoing dealership program and donations will be made annually through this program.


Lichtsinn Motors donates $1,750 to Hospice of North Iowa

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

Lichtsinn Motors of Forest City recently donated $1,750 to HOSPICE of North Iowa through their We Care program.

The We Care plan was started in October 2009 and provides that Lichtsinn Motors will donate $50 to the customer's choice of one of five pre-selected organizations for each new or pre-owned car or truck purchased at the Forest City dealership. "Over the years we have proudly given to our community," said Ron Lichtsinn, owner of Lichtsinn Motors.

"The We Care Program allows us to direct our giving funds to those organizations that our customers tell us are important to them. Our customers told us that HOSPICE was important to them, and we are providing them this donation after only 8 months of the We Care Plan to coincide with an annual Hospice major fundraising event."

The five We Care organizations for 2009-2010 are: The American Cancer Society, HOSPICE of North Iowa, the Forest City Community School District, the Forest City Chamber of Commerce/Economic Development, and Bear Creek Golf Course. Donations will be presented to the remaining organizations throughout the balance of the year.

In addition, each customer has the opportunity to nominate other organizations for consideration for the following year's list. Organizations have the opportunity to submit an application to be part of the next year's list as well. Customers purchasing a new or pre-owned car, van, SUV or truck retailing over $5,000 are able to select the organization which they would like their $50 donation to go to.

This is an ongoing dealership program and donations will be made annually through this program.


Lichtsinn Motors earns Winnebago's Circle of Excellence Award

Friday, June 4th, 2010

(Forest City, Iowa) - Lichtsinn Motors of Forest City has been recognized as a 2010 Circle of Excellence winner by Winnebago Industries, Inc. To be honored as a Circle of Excellence dealer, Lichtsinn Motors excelled in customer satisfaction.

Winnebago Industries established the industry's first dealer excellence program in order to recognize select dealers for excellence in customer satisfaction. Lichtsinn Motors has received this award each year since 1994. (16 consecutive years)

"Winnebago Industries is pleased to recognize 109 outstanding dealers with this year's Circle of Excellence award," said Winnebago Industries Vice President of Sales and Marketing Roger Martin. "Dealerships earning this award have proven their commitment to providing customers with a total RV experience - knowledgeable sales personnel, qualified service technicians and quality warranty and after-market service support. For RVers, that attention to detail and care is important and is key to establishing the highest levels of customer satisfaction."

  • A Purchase and Delivery Satisfaction Study which is direct customer feedback after the purchase of a motor home;
  • A Customer Satisfaction Study which surveys customers six months after their purchase;
  • A Sales and Marketing Assessment that evaluates a dealership's sales, market share, stocking levels and participation in product training and the Winnebago Itasca Travelers Club (WIT); and
  • A Service Parts Assessment that evaluates a dealership's warranty/parts inventory, service training and certified technicians, and traveling customer care.

Dealerships earning the coveted Circle of Excellence status received an award featuring three concentric circles that symbolize the interconnected relationship between the customer, dealer and Winnebago Industries.

Lichtsinn Motors carries the Winnebago and Itasca lines of motor homes from Winnebago Industries.


Lichtsinn Motors recognized as number one dealer of motor homes in Iowa

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

Forest City, Iowa -- Lichtsinn Motors Inc. has been recognized as the number one dealer of all motor homes in the state of Iowa for 2009. This represents the 8th consecutive year as Iowa's top selling motor home retailer.

Lichtsinn Motors earned the title of number one dealer in the Overall, Class A and Class C categories.

"We are very happy to once again be the number one selling motor home dealer in the state," said Ron Lichtsinn. "We have invested a great deal in both our physical and personnel resources in the past few years. Focusing on a complete customer service process, that continues long after the customer has bought a motor home from us. We have a great team of employees that are dedicated to making this happen."

The recognitions are awarded by Statistical Surveys, Inc., a nationwide retail reporting service located in Grand Rapids, Mich. Combined sales of all motor home brands sold in Iowa are included in the statistics. Lichtsinn Motors sells new Winnebago and Itasca motor homes as well as various brands of pre-owned units.


Branstad campaign purchases RV from Lichtsinn Motors

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

Forest City, Iowa -- Gov. Terry Branstad's "Comeback Express" vehicle has been busy traveling across the state of Iowa over the last week but the Itasca Navion motor home began its journey in Forest City when Lichtsinn Motors sold the RV to the campaign.

The "Comeback Express" Itasca Navion was unveiled on Monday, Jan. 18, at Branstad's campaign headquarters and was used to transport the governor during his 17-city, 4-day "Iowa Comeback Tour." It will also be the official campaign vehicle during the entire 2010 re-election campaign.

"We're used to selling motor homes to individuals and businesses but it's always exciting when a political campaign calls and is looking for a touring vehicle," said Ron Lichtsinn, owner of Lichtsinn Motors.

The motor home is an Itasca Navion 23H -- a popular Class C motor home that can achieve up to 18 miles per gallon.

Itasca is a line of motor homes manufactured by Winnebago Industries in Forest City. Lichtsinn Motors is located one mile away from the Winnebago factory.


Lichtsinn Motors makes donation to local food bank, selects Holiday bike winner

Monday, December 28, 2009

Forest City, Iowa -- Thanks to donations from customers and attendees of the Annual Lichtsinn Motors Holiday Open House, Lichtsinn Motors was able to donate dozens of food items to the Neighborhood Food Bank in Forest City.

The Holiday Open House on Saturday, Dec. 12, featured chili, hot dogs, cookies and beverages and Santa even made an appearance for pictures with the children who attended.

Joseph Hovinga, son of Jeff and Coleen Hovinga of Forest City, won the drawing for a free children's bicycle. Robert Knutson of Forest City won the drawing for a free oil change and multi-point inspection from Lichtsinn Motors.


Lichtsinn Motors is #3 Winnebago, #5 Itasca dealer in Eastern Division of U.S.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Forest City, Iowa -- Lichtsinn Motors Inc. of Forest City, Iowa, has been recognized as the No. 3 Winnebago dealer and the No. 5 Itasca dealer for the Eastern Division of all Winnebago and Itasca dealerships.

"We have continued to acquire more market share due to the reinvestment in our facility infrastructure and digital marketing, training of our personnel, and consistent consumer satisfaction in sales, parts and service," said Ron Lichtsinn, owner/dealer principal of Lichtsinn Motors.

Lichtsinn Motors recently launched a newly designed website, www.Lichtsinn.com, that features industry-first technology including high-definition video, click to call technology, RV rental information, personalized video e-mails, a Lichtsinn Motors forum and a Lichtsinn Motors blog.

Lichtsinn Motors has also been using social media tools like Facebook and Twitter to advance their dealership's national reach.

Earlier this summer, Lichtsinn Motors earned Winnebago's Circle of Excellence award for the 15th consecutive year. Winnebago Industries is the No. 1 motor home manufacturer in the United States.

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About Lichtsinn Motors
Lichtsinn Motors Inc. in Forest City, Iowa, is North Iowa's largest RV dealer as well as North Iowa's only full-line GM dealer. In business for over 30 years, they sell factory fresh Winnebago and Itasca motor homes as they are only one mile down the road from the Winnebago and Itasca factory. They also offer pre-owned motor homes, travel trailers and RV rentals. Lichtsinn Motors offers quick service that is done right the first time and is home to the fastest, most knowledgeable parts team in the U.S.


Lichtsinn Motors contributes over $4,600 to Winnebago County Relay for Life

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Forest City, Iowa -- Lichtsinn Motors of Forest City, Iowa, contributed over $4,600 to the American Cancer Society last weekend through their participation in the Winnebago County Relay for Life.

The local GM, Winnebago and Itasca dealership was a Gold Level Sponsor for the event, which was held at the Forest City High School track on June 26-27. Lichtsinn Motors' contribution accounted for over 9% of the total funds raised during the 2009 Winnebago County Relay for Life.

Leading up to the relay, Lichtsinn Motors' employees organized bake sales, potlucks, soda sales and other fundraising opportunities to raise money for the American Cancer Society.

"Unfortunately, cancer has negatively impacted all of us in one way or another," said Ron Lichtsinn, owner of Lichtsinn Motors. "Our annual participation in the Winnebago County Relay for Life allows us to join in the fight against cancer. We truly enjoy joining with our community to make a difference and we're looking forward to raising even more money next year so we can find a cure for cancer as soon as possible."

For more information on the American Cancer Society, visit www.cancer.org.


Lichtsinn Motors to host July 14 Parts Chat at iRV2.com


Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Forest City, Iowa -- Lonnie Fox, parts director at Lichtsinn Motors in Forest City, Iowa, will be the guest host of an Online Parts Chat at iRV2.com on Tuesday, July 14 at 8 p.m. CST.

Click here to take part in the online chat.

Lonnie will answer questions from iRV2.com users regarding RV parts. Lichtsinn Motors is also offering a 10% parts coupon code (some restriction apply) to users who attend the chat.

Lonnie is the manager of a Lichtsinn Motors parts team that has over 25 years of combined experience. The Lichtsinn Motors parts team is fully trained to provide assistance for all your RV parts needs.


Lichtsinn Motors named Key Dealer for New GM


Thursday, June 4, 2009

Forest City, Iowa -- Lichtsinn Motors of Forest City has been named by General Motors as a key dealer for the brands under the new General Motors. On June 2, Lichtsinn Motors received their GM sales and service franchise agreements into the new General Motors company that will emerge from GM's bankruptcy protection.

"This is an opportunity for us to continue to provide best of class customer service going forward," said Ron Lichtsinn, dealer principal/owner of Lichtsinn Motors. "We are excited to continue to be the GM dealer of choice in the North Iowa area, and I personally commit to the owners of GM vehicles from other dealerships that we will provide them extremely responsive service going forward."

Lichtsinn Motors is one of approximately 3,600 GM dealerships that will move forward as GM works through chapter 11 bankruptcy filings.


Lichtsinn Motors earns 2009 Circle of Excellence Award from Winnebago

Monday, June 1, 2009

(Forest City, Iowa) - Lichtsinn Motors of Forest City has been recognized as a 2009 Circle of Excellence winner by Winnebago Industries, Inc. To be honored as a Circle of Excellence dealer, Lichtsinn Motors excelled in customer satisfaction.Circle of Excellence Lichtsinn Motors

Winnebago Industries established the industry's first dealer excellence program in order to recognize select dealers for excellence in customer satisfaction. Lichtsinn Motors has received this award each year since 1994. (15 consecutive years)

"Winnebago Industries is pleased to recognize 108 outstanding dealers with this year's Circle of Excellence award," said Winnebago Industries Vice President of Sales and Marketing Roger Martin. "Customer service has never been more important and it's imperative for dealers to have knowledgeable sales personnel and qualified service technicians on staff for quality warranty and after-market service support. These 2009 Circle of Excellence award winning dealerships do just that by providing customers with the total RV experience, and for that reason, they are deserving of this award.

Circle of Excellence scoring is determined by rating dealers in four categories:

  • A Purchase and Delivery Satisfaction Study which is direct customer feedback after the purchase of a motorhome;
  • A Customer Satisfaction Study which surveys customers six months after their purchase;
  • A Sales and Marketing Assessment that evaluates a dealership's sales, market share, stocking levels and participation in product training, Dealer Days and the Winnebago Itasca Travelers Club (WIT); and
  • A Service Parts Assessment that evaluates a dealership's warranty/parts inventory, service training and certified technicians, and traveling customer care.

Dealerships earning the coveted Circle of Excellence status received an award featuring three concentric circles that symbolize the interconnected relationship between the customer, dealer and Winnebago Industries.

Lichtsinn Motors carries the Winnebago and Itasca lines of motorhomes from Winnebago Industries.


Hope & Ron Lichtsinn Scholarship awarded to Kailey Bunger


Friday, May 15, 2009

Forest City, Iowa -- As part of Forest City High School's May 14 Senior Awards Night, the $500 Hope and Ron Lichtsinn Scholarship was awarded to Kailey Bunger, who will attend Drake University in Des Moines next fall majoring in pharmacy.

The Hope and Ron Lichtsinn Scholarship reflects consistent support by the Lichtsinn family toward the growth of the North Iowa area.

Each year the scholarship is awarded to a Forest City High School senior who has displayed progressive participation in extracurricular activities such as volunteerism, academic groups, the arts or sports, and has plans of attending an Iowa college or university.

The scholarship is given in conjunction with the Forest City Dollars for Education Program.

Past recipients of the Hope and Ron Lichtsinn Scholarship include: Katie Honsey (2008), Nate Tobey (2007), Aaron Friederich (2006) and Marcus Severson (2005).


Lichtsinn Motors to host free child safety seat fit station on May 9


Wednesday, April 28, 2009

Forest City, Iowa -- Lichtsinn Motors of Forest City will host a free Child Safety Seat Fit Station on Saturday, May 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lemonade, cookies and children's coloring books will also be offered free of charge.

The event is being sponsored by North Central Iowa Volunteers for Child Safety and Lichtsinn Motors.
"This event is a great opportunity for our dealership to promote safety and give back to the community," said Josh Damm, marketing and events director. "It's also a nice way for families to enjoy Mother's Day Weekend by ensuring their children are safe when they are riding in the family vehicle."

Seatbelts in vehicles were designed for adults and Lichtsinn Motors is committed to adapting to child safety seats to protect children. A new state law requires children five and under to use child safety seats.
Lichtsinn Motors is located at the corner of Highway 9 and 69 in Forest City.

About Lichtsinn Motors
Lichtsinn Motors Inc. in Forest City, Iowa, is North Iowa's largest RV dealer as well as North Iowa's only full-line GM dealer. In business for over 30 years, they offer factory fresh Winnebago and Itasca motorhomes as they are only one mile down the road from the Winnebago and Itasca factory. They also feature preowned motorhomes, travel trailers and RV rentals. Lichtsinn Motors offers quick service that is done right the first time and is home to the fastest, most knowledgeable parts team in the U.S.


Lichtsinn Motors to host May 12 Service & Maintenance Chat at iRV2.com


Wednesday, April 28, 2009

Forest City, Iowa -- Tim Olson, service manager at Lichtsinn Motors in Forest City, Iowa, will be the guest host of a Service & Maintenance Chat at iRV2.com on Tuesday, May 12 at 8 p.m. CST.

Click here to take part in the online chat.

Tim will answer questions from iRV2.com users regarding RV service and maintenance. Lichtsinn Motors is also offering a 10% parts coupon code (some restriction apply) to users who attend the chat.

Tim is the manager of a Lichtsinn Motors service team that has over 33 years of combined experience. The Lichtsinn Motors service team is fully trained to provide service on your Winnebago and Itasca motorhomes.

About Lichtsinn Motors
Lichtsinn Motors Inc. in Forest City, Iowa, is North Iowa's largest RV dealer as well as North Iowa's only full-line GM dealer. In business for over 30 years, they offer factory fresh Winnebago and Itasca motorhomes as they are only one mile down the road from the Winnebago and Itasca factory. They also feature preowned motorhomes, travel trailers and RV rentals. Lichtsinn Motors offers quick service that is done right the first time and is home to the fastest, most knowledgeable parts team in the U.S.


Lichtsinn Motors recognized as number one dealer of motorhomes in Iowa


Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Forest City, Iowa -- Lichtsinn Motors Inc. has been recognized as the number one dealer of all motorhomes in the state of Iowa for 2008. This represents the 7th consecutive year as Iowa's top selling motorhome retailer.
"We are very happy to once again be the number one selling motorhome dealer in the state," said Ron Lichtsinn.

"We have invested a great deal in both our physical and personnel resources in the past few years. Focusing on a complete customer service process, that continues long after the customer has bought a motorhome from us. We have a great team of employees that are dedicated to making this happen."

The recognitions are awarded by Statistical Surveys, Inc., a nationwide retail reporting service located in Grand Rapids, Mich. Combined sales of all motorhome brands sold in Iowa are included in the statistics. Lichtsinn Motors sells new Winnebago and Itasca motorhomes as well as various brands of preowned units.

About Lichtsinn Motors
Lichtsinn Motors Inc. in Forest City, Iowa, is North Iowa's largest RV dealer as well as North Iowa's only full-line GM dealer. In business for over 30 years, they offer factory fresh Winnebago and Itasca motorhomes as they are only one mile down the road from the Winnebago and Itasca factory. They also feature preowned motorhomes, travel trailers and RV rentals. Lichtsinn Motors offers quick service that is done right the first time and is home to the fastest, most knowledgeable parts team in the U.S.


 

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