Travato 59KL and 59GL Live from Open House

Winnebago Product Manager Russ Garfin tours the all new Travato 59KL and 59GL with the Pure 3 Energy Management System.

Winnebago Facebook Live of Travato 59KL and 59GL

Based on the powerful, fuel efficient ProMaster chassis, the Travato has been at the forefront of the van life revolution since its launch. Estimated to achieve 18 to 22 mpg highway, at only 21 feet long the Travato offers all of the comforts of home in a nimble, efficient van.

The Pure 3 Volta Power Systems automotive grade 48V energy pack provides 8,700 watt hours, nearly double that of Roadtrek and more than Coachmen. The energy pack is watertight, durable with the steel housing being the safest on the market, and batteries are climate controlled.

The Pure 3 provides complete 30 AMP whole coach electricity using a 3,600 watt pure sine inverter. The Travato’s dedicated 58 volt alternator, or under hood generator, is twice as powerful as competitors. Its compact design keeps it out of the way of curbs and road debris and the auto start and high idle control significantly extends air conditioner run time.

The MPPT solar controller provides best in class solar absorption, up to 30 percent better than competitors, giving you more off the grid performance.

Simple, seamless operation with one touch button controls incorporate automatic engine start when the battery is low and can recharge a fully depleted system in approximately 1.4 hours.

Winnebago Revel Headed to Carolinas to Provide Hurricane Relief

New Winnebago Revel owner, Gayle W. is headed to the Carolinas to assist with the Hurricane Florence relief effort. To support Gayle’s efforts the team at Lichtsinn RV brought in supplies to send with her to provide aid to the citizens of North and South Carolina. We were happy to support Gayle and assist in the hurricane aid efforts in any way we could.

Lichtsinn RV Sales Consultant Stacy Anderson with Gayle on her way to the Carolinas.

How to Change an RV Tire

You are wrapping up another fun-filled RV trip and you are ready to pull out of your campsite. All of a sudden, you look down and realize your tire pressure needs some attention. It is time to change the tire on your RV… are you prepared?

How to Change an RV Tire

Take a breath, relax and follow our easy step-by-step tutorial to change your RV tire.

Camper tires or trailer tires aren’t much different from the tires on a normal car or truck, although they may be much larger depending on the size of your motorhome or RV. Luckily, that means changing a tire on an RV follows generally the same process.

 RV Tool Kit:

Before changing your tire, you’ll want to assemble all of the necessary tools and equipment so they’re ready to go. First, you’ll need two RV jacks or an RV leveler. This will raise the height of your motorhome or camper so you can access the trailer rims and tires. You’ll also need a lug wrench or tire wrench, as well as a spare tire to replace the flat one.

Items you’ll need:

  • RV jacks
  • RV leveler
  • Lug wrench (tire wrench)
  • New tire

RV Tire Repair:

Finally, it’s time to do the repairs. Before starting, make sure to move your RV to a safe place where you’re not in danger of being hit by other cars.

  1. Using the RV jacks or RV leveler, raise the vehicle just high enough so the trailer tires and wheels can spin freely.
  2. Next, take the tire wrench and remove the lug nuts.
  3. Pull off the bad tire and fit the spare tire into place.
  4. Using the wrench, replace and tighten the lug nuts.

That’s it! Now that you’ve successfully changed a tire, it will only become easier each time in the future. You might even become that person at the campground who others call on for help when they’ve got a flat tire themselves.

Multi Seal Tire Sealant at Lichtsinn RV:

The next time you are at Lichtsinn RV, ask your service or sales consultant about our Multi Seal Tire Sealant. Multi Seal Tire Sealant extends tire life and protects the people and equipment that are riding on them. Since 1981, Multi Seal has manufactured high performance tire sealants, scientifically formulated to virtually eliminate air loss due to punctures and slow leaks. Multi Seal‘s 21st century formula works inside your tires filling holes and punctures instantly. Fewer leaks mean fewer flats and longer lasting tires. The result is less money spent on new tires, retreads and damaged wheels — and eliminating down-time during vacation. Learn more about Multi Seal here.

October Featured Parts Special: Portable King Tailgater Pro

October’s Featured Parts Special is the Portable King Tailgater Pro.

Portable King Tailgater Pro

With KING’s next level satellite antenna technology, your choice for satellite TV is clear. Make any outdoor event more entertaining with the re-engineered DISH Tailgater Pro, a fully automated premium HD satellite TV antenna – including our ultramodern new clear cover, an industry first. It’s simply better, by design. With the Tailgater Pro, enjoying your favorite HD or SD DISH satellite TV service is easier than ever before. Ideal for RVers, sporting and outdoor enthusiasts, tailgaters, long haul truckers or anyone with an active mobile lifestyle, the Tailgater allows you to take your DISH satellite TV service with you anywhere in the continental U.S. Compatible with DISH HD Solo receivers. DISH satellite service required; add service to your home account or sign up for a simple pay-as-you-go monthly programming plan. Learn more about our parts special by contacting us at 1-800-343-6255 or emailing parts@lichtsinn.com.

How to Winterize Your RV – Video Tutorials

Properly preparing your vehicle for storage will lessen the possibility of damage to your vehicle. Prepare the motor home for vacancy just as you would if you were leaving your house for an extended period of time.

We have several videos in our video library that cover winterization of various Winnebago products. See the videos below:

How to Winterize a Winnebago Revel 4x4 

Winterize Revel

 

 

How to Winterize a Winnebago Travato 59K

Winterize Travato

 

How to Winterize a Winnebago Travato 59G

Winterize Travato 59G

 

How to Winterize a Winnebago Era

Winterize Era

How to Winterize a Class C Motorhome

Winterize Class C

 

How to Winterize a Class A Motorhome

Winterize Class A

Lichtsinn RV’s service department offers winterization services, please call our service department at 1-800-343-6255 for more information or visit LichtsinnRV.com/rv-service.

Lichtsinn RV is America’s closest RV dealer to Winnebago and Winnebago Touring Coach, located just one mile north of the Winnebago and Winnebago Touring Coach factory in Forest City, Iowa.

We have been named by Winnebago Industries named Top North American Winnebago Dealer for the last four consecutive years. We proudly sell New RVs manufactured by Winnebago Industries as well as Used RVs. Lichtsinn RV is also one of the few Iowa RV Dealers that offers these top brand-name RVs like Winnebago as RV Rentals. Being the closest dealer to the Winnebago factory affords us the opportunity to provide you with speedy delivery of parts from our warehouse and Winnebago. We offer Winnebago, Itasca, Winnebago Touring Coach and Workhorse parts at competitive discounts and we offer fair shipping quotes, and you can avoid sales tax on out-of-state shipments! We have RVIA-certified technicians to service your motor home, travel trailer or fifth wheel. Our Circle of Excellence customer satisfaction index scores rank in the best of class for Winnebago and Itasca dealers! See our interactive map of Lichtsinn RV Motor Home Owners from around the world.

 

5 Must Have Accessories for RVing with Dogs

Before you head out on your first RV trip with your pets, you will want to make sure you have all the gear you and your pooch will need. We gathered 5 must have accessories for RVing with dogs, especially if you’re planning on taking your dog on hikes and adventures. Check them out below.

Seat Belt Harness or Car Seat Sling 

Lola enjoys the trip from the dog sling in the back of her owner's  truck.
Lola enjoys the trip from the dog sling in the back of her owner’s truck.

As we mentioned in our Tips for RVing with Pets post, safety while driving with pets is so important. It might be tempting to let your furry friends sit on your lap when you are traveling down the road, but that is not in the best interest of you or your pet. Keep both you and your pet safe by putting them in a seat belt harness, pet sling, or a secured crate while traveling down the road. You can try an adjustable seat harness or car seat cover sling for dogs that are comfortable with riding in the car.

Life Jacket

A happy dog is a dog in the water. And a happy dog owner has a happy dog playing in the water safely. Dogs love to play in the water, but they get tired just like us and Ruffwear’s K-9 Float Coat is buoyant, reflective and secure. It also has a helpful handle for when it is time to help your furry adventurer out of the water.

Traveling Water Bottle

When you take your dogs for hikes or something easily accessible when stopping at rest stations, this 14-oz water bottle with filters comes in handy.

Adventure Vest and Booties 

Rocky checks out the lake in his adventure vest and matching booties.
Rocky checks out the lake in his adventure vest and matching booties.

On your hiking and adventure days, your pup can bring their own supplies with a Ruff Wear adventure pack. The adventure packs come in a variety of sizes and capabilities. Ruff Wear also has booties for dogs that help protect their paws and provide added traction. See both the adventure pack and boots here.

Collapsible Water and Food Dishes

All RVers know that maximizing storage space is key, and collapsible water and food dishes is a great way to save space in your RV. They also work great on travel days because you can wipe them out, collapse them and throw them into a purse or bag. There are tons of color, quantity and size options on Amazon. Check them out here.

Tips for RVing with Pets

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Bring your pet with you!

Just ask other RVers… the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association study shows that 61% of RVers think furry friends serve as excellent travel companions. Whether you are a dog lover or a “crazy cat lady” check out our tips for bringing your pets RVing with you.

Buckle Up… That Means Fido Too! 

It might be tempting to let your furry friends sit on your lap when you are traveling down the road, but that is not in the best interest of you or your pet. Keep both you and your pet safe by putting them in a seat belt harness, pet sling, or a secured crate while traveling down the road. However you choose to buckle up your pet, make sure it is in the same vehicle as you. Never put your pet alone in a camper you are towing. By using our safety tips, you will be preventing your furry friend from getting injured or distracting you while driving.

Don’t Forget the Essentials 

You will want to make sure you pack all the gear so your dog or cat can have a great vacation with you! Just like you, there are things your pet should never leave home without.

Some of the key items to pack for your furry friend:

  • Leash
  • Collar
  • Toys
  • Bedding
  • Non-Spill Food and Water Bowls
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Medication
  • Pet First Aid Kit
  • Plastic Bags to Pick Up After Your Pet
  • Litter Box

What to Do In Case of a Lost Pet 

Keeping your pet from getting lost starts long before you head out in your RV. Scared pets are far more likely to make a break for it and even less likely to come back. Prevent the heart ache of a lost pet by having a collar with their information on it and microchipping your pet and registering them with a national pet recovery registry like home again. There are also several kinds of GPS collars available so in case of emergency, you can track your pet down with your smart phone. You should also keep up to date photos of your pets, so if necessary you can quickly create posters if your pet goes missing.

Have Copies of Your Pets’ Info 

It is imperative that you have up to date copies of your pet’s vaccination records and your pet’s health records, and any proof of ownership. Also, if you want to use a pet sitter, day care, or kennel services while you are traveling they will need these documents. Don’t forget to take your vet’s telephone number, and the telephone number for the National Animal Poison Control Center: (888) 426-4435.

Watch the Weather 

If you decide to embark on an adventure for a few hours that requires you leave your pup back at camp, make sure that you are paying attention to the weather and what your dog will need. If it’s the middle of the summer and heat is high, leave your air conditioner on so that your dog has a cool place to relax.

If a thunderstorm shows up, have a safe area where your pup can feel safe, as the loud sound of thunder typically terrifies dogs. You can help lessen their fear by bringing blankets and toys from home that will remind them they are safe. Whatever you do, never leave your dog unattended outdoors. Tying him up and leaving him alone opens up the opportunity for a lot to go wrong.

Prepare for Wild Life Run-Ins 

When you’re camping, chances are good you’re going to run into some wildlife. And sometimes, that wildlife is more than just a bird or a squirrel. Whatever the size of your wild-creature run-in, be sure that you have control over your pet.

Regardless of how well-behaved Fido is, it is still in his blood to sniff out the animals, and track them down. And, the last thing you want is your dog tracking down a Grizzly Bear. Keep a close eye on your dog, and know how to call him back should he decide to run off and practice his hunting skills.

Also make sure that your dog’s vaccines are all up-to-date and that you’ve got the tools to deal with flea and tick problems.

Sharing the fun of RVing with your pets makes the overall experience even better. Follow our tips for a fun, safe vacation.

National Scenic Byways

Traveling along America’s growing network of Scenic Byways takes you off crowded highways and through areas of breathtaking beauty. The National Scenic Byways Program recognizes over 150 outstanding roadways that celebrate the pride and diversity of our communities as well as the stunning landscapes that have shaped our lives. America’s Byways include the National Scenic Byways and All-American Roads.National Byways Map

These All-American Roads are a sampling of America’s byways. For maps or a full list of National Scenic Byways and All-American Roads, visit www.byways.org.

Selma to Montgomery March Byway (Alabama)

This 43-mile byway follows the trail of the 1965 march led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The Seward Highway (Alaska)

This 127-mile highway passes jagged peaks, alpine meadows and crystal lakes in south central Alaska between Anchorage and Seward.

Death Valley Scenic Byway (California)

This 55-mile road journeys through one of the driest and hottest environments in the Western Hemisphere.

Gold Belt Tour Scenic and Historic Byway (Colorado)

The 135-mile Gold Belt Tour follows historic railroad and stagecoach routes leading to North America’s greatest gold camp, three world-class fossil sites and numerous historic sites.

Tamiami Trail Scenic Highway (Florida)

This 49.5-mile highway traverses the Florida Everglades, one of the largest remaining tropical wildernesses in the continental U.S.

Creole Nature Trail (Louisiana)

Known as Louisiana’s Outback, the Creole Nature Trail meanders through marshes, prairies and along the Gulf of Mexico.

Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway (Maryland)

This byway brings to life the stories of the Underground Railroad, a secret network of roads, waterways, trails and hiding places along which enslaved African-Americans were helped to freedom before the Civil War.

Copper Country Trail (Michigan)

Pure copper! In Michigan’s northern wilderness, you will find the legacy of a mining boom that produced over 10 billion pounds of copper that assisted a nation’s growth.

Geronimo Trail Scenic Byway (New Mexico)

Immerse yourself in the Apaches’ history and the hot mineral springs used by Geronimo and his warriors. Visit the historic mining towns that flourished and died with the gold and silver fortunes.

Mt. Hood Scenic Byway (Oregon)

On this byway, volcanoes once erupted and mammoth floods scoured deep gorges. Discover geologic wonders, waterfalls, temperate rain forests and wild rivers. Experience the formidable last leg of the Oregon Trail, the Barlow Road.

Winnebago Tours the Horizon 42Q and Forza 38F Floorplans

Winnebago Product Manager Ryan Roske and Product Planner Nick Davis tour the Winnebago Horizon 42Q floorplan and Forza 38F floorplan live from Winnebago’s Open House.

See Lichtsinn RV’s Winnebago Horizon inventory here and our Forza inventory here.

Lichtsinn RV is America’s closest RV dealer to Winnebago and Winnebago Touring Coach, located just one mile north of the Winnebago and Winnebago Touring Coach factory in Forest City, Iowa.

We have been named by Winnebago Industries named Top North American Winnebago Dealer for the last four consecutive years. We proudly sell New RVs manufactured by Winnebago Industries as well as Used RVs. Lichtsinn RV is also one of the few Iowa RV Dealers that offers these top brand-name RVs like Winnebago as RV Rentals. Being the closest dealer to the Winnebago factory affords us the opportunity to provide you with speedy delivery of parts from our warehouse and Winnebago. We offer Winnebago, Itasca, Winnebago Touring Coach and Workhorse parts at competitive discounts and we offer fair shipping quotes, and you can avoid sales tax on out-of-state shipments! We have RVIA-certified technicians to service your motor home, travel trailer or fifth wheel. Our Circle of Excellence customer satisfaction index scores rank in the best of class for Winnebago and Itasca dealers! See our interactive map of Lichtsinn RV Motor Home Owners from around the world

Open House: RV Industry Gets “Smart”

If there is an overriding theme at this year’s RV Open House in Elkhart, Indiana, this week, it is technology. The smart RV is no longer talk of the future; the smart RV has arrived.

“The industry is definitely moving in the direction of the smart RV,” states Sam Jefson, public relations specialist for Winnebago Industries, which introduced ASA Electronics’ iN-Command system on some of its 2019 offerings. With the iN-Command system, RVers can control RV functions, such as climate control, slide outs, awnings and lights, as well as monitor batteries, holding tanks and auxiliary fuel, from an app on their smart phones.

Jefson says Winnebago has rolled out the technology with its travel trailers, which tend to be used by a very tech-savvy demographic, but adds he fully expects all units to eventually be similarly equipped.

Winegard is making tech headlines as well as more OEMs prewire their units for Winegard ConnecT 2.0. Some companies are also making this technology standard on their rigs.

WATCH OUR LIVE WEBCAST ON CELLULAR AND WIFI BOOSTERS FEATURING THE WINEGARD CONNECT 2.0 WIFI EXTENEDER HERE.

Designed specifically for the mobile environment, the Winegard ConnecT 2.0 WiFi Extender + 4G LTE is a long-range, high-performance WiFi extender that increases the range of accessible WiFi hotspots, well beyond the range of a typical smart device. The product uses its multiple, built-in smart antennas to scan and connect to WiFi signals, rebroadcasting them in and around the camp site. The 4G LTE model can also connect to nationwide 4G LTE when WiFi is not available, ensuring reliable, uninterrupted, in-motion and stationary coverage. Users can stay connected to family, friends, web content, entertainment, and now their RV.

The 4G LTE ConnecT 2.0 model is now certified with AT&T and Verizon as a 4G LTE mobile hotspot, and RV enthusiasts can either add it to their new or existing data plan by simply swapping out the included SIM card or choose Winegard ConnecT’s data plan, which features no-contract, 30-day plans with no data throttling, so users only pay for the time it’s being used.

At last week’s open house, Winnebago introduced the Vita and Porto: A compact Class C diesel built on the Mercedes Benz Sprinter chassis. Both products are equipped with best in class storage, tank sizes and carrying capacity. Other features include a new quiet, durable Supershell composite sleeper deck, a new prewired track and roof panel for Wi-Fi and cellular boost antenna systems and industry leading off the grid capabilities.

Reports Jefson, “We are seeing a great interest in being off the grid. More and more people seek a product they can take pretty much anywhere. But they want to be off the grid and still be able to run their appliances.”

This can be seen, he says, in the popularity of Winnebago’s Travato 59KL and 59GL, which were introduced at Winnebago’s Dealer Event in March. The Pure3 Energy Management System powered by Volta Power Systems ­­is a powerful, durable, and easy-to-use lithium system.

SEE OUR BLOG POSTS, VIDEO LIBRARY AND MORE ON THE WINNEBAGO TRAVATO HERE.

Under 200-lbs. the three-module automotive grade energy pack provides 8,700-watt hours. It is watertight and durable; and the steel housing is safe. The 59KL and 59GL come standard with a powerful inverter – a 3,600-watt pure sine inverter – bringing 30 amps of power wherever you are. Travatos also have a dedicated 58-volt alternator, or under hood generator. A simple analog gauge changes color to let users know how much energy is remaining with just a glance.

“The lithium ion battery is really exciting technology,” Jefson states. “You can imagine the options it opens up if you are not tied to a campground.”

Lichtsinn RV is America’s closest RV dealer to Winnebago and Winnebago Touring Coach, located just one mile north of the Winnebago and Winnebago Touring Coach factory in Forest City, Iowa.

We have been named by Winnebago Industries named Top North American Winnebago Dealer for the last four consecutive years. We proudly sell New RVs manufactured by Winnebago Industries as well as Used RVs. Lichtsinn RV is also one of the few Iowa RV Dealers that offers these top brand-name RVs like Winnebago as RV Rentals. Being the closest dealer to the Winnebago factory affords us the opportunity to provide you with speedy delivery of parts from our warehouse and Winnebago. We offer Winnebago, Itasca, Winnebago Touring Coach and Workhorse parts at competitive discounts and we offer fair shipping quotes, and you can avoid sales tax on out-of-state shipments! We have RVIA-certified technicians to service your motor home, travel trailer or fifth wheel. Our Circle of Excellence customer satisfaction index scores rank in the best of class for Winnebago and Itasca dealers! See our interactive map of Lichtsinn RV Motor Home Owners from around the world