2019 Lichtsinn RV WE CARE Charitable Giving Program

 

Lichtsinn RV and the Lichtsinn RV team of employees were proud to donate a combined over $22,000 for the 2019 calendar year to select organizations through the Lichtsinn RV WE CARE Charitable Giving Program.

The WE CARE Program is the giving arm of Lichtsinn RV, the closest RV Dealer to Winnebago Industries, located in Forest City, Iowa and the Top North American Winnebago Dealer for the past 5 consecutive years.  The Lichtsinn RV WE CARE Charitable Giving Program provides donations annually to 3-5 employee chosen organizations. Lichtsinn Team Members are encouraged to donate to these organizations and Lichtsinn RV has committed to match employee contributions to these selected organizations.

For 2019 the organizations that were provided donations included:

The American Cancer Society/Relay for Life of Winnebago County (given previously in 2019)

The University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital

IA Stead Family Children's Hospital WE CARE Donation Hs

Lichtsinn RV Team Members shown here doing the U of I Family Children’s Hospital Wave

The Forest City Community School District

Forest City Community School District WE CARE Donation

Lichtsinn RV Team Members shown here with Darwin Lehmann (Forest City Superintendent) and Dave Bartlett (FC CSD Board President)

The Forest City YMCA

Forest City YMCA Charitable Giving Donation

Lichtsinn RV Team Members shown here with Bruce Mielke (Forest City YMCA Executive Director) 

The Hanson Family Life Center

Hanson Family Life Center WE CARE Donation

Lichtsinn RV Team Members shown here with Courtney Schauermann (HFLC Childcare Director) 

Forest City Education Foundation
Forest City Education Foundation WE CARE Giving

Lichtsinn RV Team Members shown here with Ray Beebe and Jessica Bruckhoff (Executive Director) 

Lichtsinn RV and Lichtsinn RV Team members are proud to be able to give back to their local community and to organizations that provide to those in need.

To be considered as an applicant for the 2021 calendar year, you can find a WE CARE application form at the following link: https://www.lichtsinn.com/about-us/we-care-charitable-giving

 

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Your Dedicated Lichtsinn RV Support Team

The Lichtsinn RV Experience starts from the moment you pick up the phone or chat with us online and extends throughout the lifetime of your RV ownership. Every sold guest at Lichtsinn RV is assigned a direct contact in our Sales, Parts, Service and Business Offices. Whenever possible, you will meet your assigned Lichtsinn RV team member in each department prior to leaving with your newly purchased RV.  

In doing this, you have the beginning of a long term personal relationship with the Lichtsinn RV team member that will work with you to ensure that you enjoy your RV experience throughout the life of your RV.

Each of our team members is Winnebago Factory Trained, a specialist in Winnebago Product and motorized RVs. From our Factory Trained Sales and Service Consultants, to our RVIA/RVDA Certified RV Technicians, to our Parts Team Members in the largest Winnebago Parts Department in North America, and finally to our Business Office Team who work with National Lenders to find you the best rate and terms and are licensed insurance agents, our team is here to support you along every step of your RV journey.

Lichtsinn RV Team

At Lichtsinn RV our relationship goes far beyond your initial RV purchase. We know that your experience after sale is equally if not more important than your experience before and during the purchase of your RV. Your dedicated support team member will be there for you every step of the way!

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Lichtsinn RV – Celebrating 40 Years Selling Winnebago Motor Homes

 

In 2019, Lichtsinn RV celebrated a milestone, 40 years selling Winnebago Motor Homes. What began as “Lichtsinn Motors” in the mid-70’s, a GM dealership, quickly expanded to what it is today, Lichtsinn RV, the Top North American Winnebago Dealer.

Lichtsinn RV

The origins of the GM dealership began in the Mid-70’s when it was purchased by Ron Lichtsinn Sr.. The dealership continued to grow as a GM Dealership and sold John Deere Tractors for a short period of time as well. Then, in 1979 after a conversation and a handshake between Ron Sr. and John K. Hanson (Winnebago Industries’ Founder) Lichtsinn Motors began its RV history and started selling Winnebago Conversion vans.

The Winnebago side of the business continued to grow during the next many years and achieved the Flying W Award (previously called the Circle of Excellence Award) in 1994. The Dealership has achieved this award each year since that time for over 26 years. This award signifies service excellence and superior owner satisfaction.

In 2001, Lichtsinn Motors was purchased by Ron Sr.’s son, Ron Lichtsinn II and his wife, Hope. The dealership continued to grow during the next several years achieving the position of the largest Motorhome Dealer in the state of Iowa in 2001, awarded by Statistical Surveys Inc., a title which it retains to this day.

In 2004, Lichtsinn Motors purchased the former Winnebago Industries Home Office, across the street from the Lichtsinn Motors Dealership. This building was almost entirely torn down to create the new Lichtsinn Motors RV Sales Office.

Lichtsinn RV Sales Building

Over the years Lichtsinn Motors was awarded by Winnebago Industries with many sales and parts award achievements. The Lichtsinn Motors reputation continued to grow across the Country as a leader in the RV Industry. Their focus of providing guests Industry leading service, coupled with a strong Internet presence and investment in technology, led the dealership to navigate through the challenging years of the recession of 2008. The slogan “In the town know for building Winnebago’s, we’re the dealership know for selling them” was adopted.

In 2014, Lichtsinn RV built a new state-of-the-art RV Sales, Parts and Service building in the former Lichtsinn RV Sales property. This expansion allowed the Lichtsinn RV Sales, Parts and Service Departments to sit under one roof, providing a seamless transition from each department to the Lichtsinn RV customer.  The new building boasted 5 Service Bays, a large indoor RV Parts and Camping Accessories Store, a spacious Service Check-In Area, a Video Production Studio, Indoor Delivery and Service Drive Area and a Guest Lounge equipped with the latest technology. During this time the name of Lichtsinn RV became the business name for the RV side of the business.

Lichtsinn Motors (dba Lichtsinn RV) divested of the GM business in 2015 to focus solely on the Winnebago Motorized Business. During this same year Lichtsinn RV also added 3 additional Service Bays to better service guests needs.

Each year since 2015 Lichtsinn RV has been award the Top North American Winnebago Dealer by Winnebago Industries.

In 2017, Lichtsinn RV achieved the Clean Auto Alliance’s Environment and Safety Elite Award. With the receipt of this award Lichtsinn RV joined a select group of automotive, truck and equipment dealerships and service companies that have demonstrated dedication to excellence in regards to overall concern for their community, their employees and their customers. In order to achieve this award Lichtsinn RV participated in a rigorous review process and proved adherence to industry best practices in all six program categories, including: Safety Systems, Environmental Systems, Hazard Communication, Loss Control, Emergency Response, and other Facility Specific Requirements.

Over the years Lichtsinn RV has been featured in numerous print and Video publications including the Des Moines Register, RV Pro, Going RV and More.

Lichtsinn RV Team

Lichtsinn RV has always made a priority of charitable giving. From working with the Iowa Lottery in the 90’s, working with FEMA in 2005 providing Travel Trailers to those displaced by Hurricane Katrina, working with the Make-A-Wish Foundation and many more organizations. In 2009, the Lichtsinn Family We Care Charitable Giving Foundation was established as the giving arm of Lichtsinn RV. Since its inception over $150,000 has been donated to various organizations through the program. The Program was revamped in 2019 to allow Lichtsinn RV Team members to collectively select 3-5 organizations annually that Lichtsinn RV will provide an employer match to any employee donations. Previous organizations who have benefited from the We Care Charitable Giving donations have included: The Forest City Community School District, The Lake Mills Community School DistrictThe Forest City YMCA, Local Student Sports Teams, The Forest City Education Foundation, Hospice of North Iowa and The American Cancer Society. Through this program we have also been privileged to contribute to: The Boman Fine Arts CenterThe Forest City Aquatic Center, Westown Place Apartments, The Forest City Fire Department and Emergency Services Center, Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office and more.

In this video see the past 40 years of Lichtsinn RV and the partnership with Winnebago Industries. https://www.lichtsinn.com/about-us/video-library/rv-lifestyle/celebrating-40-years

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Why Winnebago: Rotocast Holding Tanks

Winnebago has several manufacturing methods that cause customers to choose Winnebago over other RV manufacturers. One method is Winnebago’s rotational molded components manufactured in our Rotocast facility. Having the ability to manufacture components like water tanks, luggage compartments, heat ducts, and wheel wells in our own facility lets us maximize space, ensure optimal weight distribution, and make spare parts available years down the road. Rotocast Facility

In the Rotocast facility, polyethylene powder is placed into specially shaped molds. These molds are heated, changing the powder to liquid, rotated to distribute the liquid evenly, and cooled to produce the hardened seamless parts. Winnebago produces more than 3.5 million pounds of rotocast goods annually, each component designed to precisely fit its specific application. And because we own the molds, we know parts will be available for years to come.

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EasyStart Soft Starter for RVs

Imagine an engine that can run but not start your car for example. What good is that? LRA is the problem the EasyStart solves with generators, inverters and other power sources. Most small generators and inverters placed in RVs are large enough to run and air conditioner. But RVers complain about the big and heavy generators for the split second needed to start an A/C unit. With EasyStart, the user can both run and start on lesser power. And it does that at the time when you need it most, in high humidity and temperatures.

The EasyStart makes for gentle ramping of your air conditioner’s compressor engine when starting. If you are not convinced, Google our loyal following’s online comments. Works with every RV rooftop air conditioner.

How Can EasyStart Help on Your Next RV or Marine Trip?

  • Starts your A/C without having to buy a second or bigger generator
  • Runs 2 A/C on 30-Amp power
  • Silences the bumps in the night. Sleep with less noise and cool all through the night
  • Runs your A/C with more appliances at the same time without worry

For more information, please reach out to the Lichtsinn RV parts department by calling 1-800-343-6255 or emailing parts@lichtsinn.com.

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Winnebago utilizes extensive amounts of steel in the manufacturing of their motorhomes for strength and durability. It is critically important to Winnebago to protect the steel against corrosion using an electrocoating or e-coating process. This system is unique to Winnebago and keeps Winnebago best-in-class in quality.

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E-Coating Process

Critical steel structural components are processed through a multi‑stage full immersion electro­coating (e-coating) system. E-coating is also used by leading automotive companies to protect their vehicles from corrosion. The e-coat system processes pieces and parts through a 10-stage, full-immersion electrocoating system. The first 7 stages are used for pre-treatment and involve cleaning, treating (with a nano-ceramic conversion coating) and deionized for conductivity. The final three stages are used for the e-coat and rinse cycles. Electro-deposition is accomplished by charging the components with electricity, and then paint film is bonded to the body to a desired thickness. Many of our competitors apply a simple spray-on paint that doesn’t reach or protect nooks and crannies.

Winnebago’s e-coating process provides owners a quality advantage and extends the life of their motorhomes. It is just another reason why Winnebago is better than the rest.

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Winnebago’s SmartSpace design philosophy encourages the use of innovative features to make the most efficient use of the available space in each coach. This design philosophy has led to the creation of features such as the BenchMark full comfort dinette that has hidden storage compartments below the flip-up seats, full-extension drawer slides, and an extendable sectional sofa found in several of Winnebago’s coaches. From the Rest Easy multi-position lounge to the unique pull-out pantries, you’ll find a variety of SmartSpace features across our entire lineup of motorhomes.

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Winnebago Solis Makes Curbed’s Best Camper Vans of 2019 List

Winnebago’s Solis campervan was recently recognized by Curbed.com, an online publication, as one of the top 9 campervans for 2019.

Read the original article here.

Winnebago debuted two new camper vans this year, the Boldt and the Solis. Already well known for the Revel, a converted 144-inch Mercedes Sprinter with four-wheel drive, Winnebago is looking to grow its share of the camper van market.

Billed as a four-season pop-up camper built on the Ram Promaster chassis, the Solis is also Winnebago’s most affordable camper van with a 2020 price tag of $100,667. What’s exciting for potential buyers is that the Solis delivers sleeping space for four thanks to a rear double-bed area that converts to seating during the day. Buyers can opt for a queen-size Murphy bed that drops down, or—and this is key for families—a sofa bed that includes two additional three-point seat belts. This means that parents can safely drive and sleep their kiddos, either in the optional sofa bed or in the two chairs up front.

Whichever option you choose, two people can enjoy the rear sleeping space while another two people can sleep in the fiberglass pop-top area that includes the Froli sleeping system and three windows.

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February 12th, 1958, marked not only the launch of a new RV, but the beginning of a new era — for Americans rediscovering their love of the outdoors, and for the company destined to help lead the way: Winnebago Industries.

Winnebago Celebrates 60 Years of Building RVs

Winnebago is synonymous with RVing and has been for over 60 years. Winnebago has been the industry-leader in product quality, manufacturing processes and bringing new products to the USA.

Watch our video highlighting Winnebago’s storied 60 Years here.

Lichtsinn RV just celebrated an anniversary as well. In 2019, we celebrated our 40th year as a Winnebago dealer. Winnebago and Lichtsinn RV both have a deep history in the RV industry, with knowledge and experience that other manufacturers and dealers do not have. Lichtsinn RV is also only 1 mile from Winnebago’s motorhome manufacturing facilities, and each member of our sales, parts, and service teams are experts on Winnebago.

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Top Questions from Our Webcast on the Frequently Asked Questions about Winnebago’s Class B Lineup

We recently held a webcast covering the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) about Winnebago’s Class B lineup – Winnebago Travato, Revel and Boldt. You can watch the webcast here.

Read our top questions from the webcast below –

  1. In terms of the Truma System, can I use it to heat my coach when I don’t have water in the coach? Yes, it can be used if the RV is winterized.
  2. Are all Winnebago B-Vans 4-Season RVs and what does that mean? As of today, all campervans from Winnebago are four-season. While that is a loose term, for us can you use this in cooler temps? Winnebago has added automotive-grade insulation to all of the campervans and has fully enclosed pressurized water lines. The Travato and the Boldt have heating pads on the holding tanks allowing guests to dump the tanks in sub-freezing temperatures, while the Revel has a cassette toilet.
  3. How do these vans come from the OEM – Mercedes-Benz and Ram – Is Winnebago improving the insulation or any other improvements? The chassis will come as a shell, with exposed sheet metal. Winnebago adds all the insulation and builds the interior components of the campervan. Winnebago is an accredited upfitter of Mercedes-Benz and Sprinter which allows them to add functional windows, unlike some competitors.
  4. Why is my lithium pack not charging? The shut down temperature in the Pure3 system is 37 degrees and if it hits there the lithium pack will not charge.
  5. What has the best ground clearance? The Winnebago Revel has 8” of ground clearance and the Winnebago Travato has 7” of ground clearance.
  6. What is 4WD offered in? The Winnebago Revel (standard 4WD) and it is optional on the Winnebago Boldt.
  7. What are the key differences between the Winnebago Boldt and the Winnebago Era? Why is the Boldt more expensive? The Boldt has the Pure3 lithium system while the Winnebago Era has the Cummins-Onan LP generator is the key factor that drives the cost.
  8. What is the best campervan if I want to bring several passengers? The Travato and Revel have seatbelts for four while the Boldt has seat belts for up to 6.
  9. What is located under the bench seat in the Travato 59G? In non-lithium Travato it houses the freshwater tank, in the lithium Travato it houses some of the Pure3 system components.
  10. What are our guest’s overall experiences with homeowner associations (HOA) on campervans from Winnebago? Overall, they are favorable. Winnebago uses automotive-grade paint with sleek exteriors that do not look like your typical RV. We have guests that pull the small exterior graphics – like the Winnebago logo to really make the van look stealth.
  11. Will the new Eras have similar insulation to the Winnebago Boldt? Yes, it will.
  12. What is the timeframe on the Winnebago Solis? We are expecting our first Solis at the end of January 2020.
  13. How easy is it to use the pop-top in the Winnebago Solis? It is very easy to use!
  14. Will the Era have the same chassis options as the Winnebago Boldt? Yes, it will have the same creature comforts and safety features as the Winnebago Boldt.
  15. Can you use Sumo Springs on the Boldt? Yes, there are options from SumoSprings on the Mercedes-Benz chassis. However, it is one of the most comfortable, best-riding vehicle Winnebago has made.
  16. Can you install a muffler for the generator? They are typically called a resonator. They improve the exterior noise of the generator.
  17. Can I sleep with the bed in the Winnebago Revel half way up? Yes, you can use it in any position.
  18. How does grade-braking work on the Boldt? It uses the power of the transmission to assist in your braking.
  19. Where do we see the Winnebago Solis entering our lineup? We think it is a new segment based on the features. It is built to be rugged and durable with the underscore being simple.
  20. What is the fuel economy between the chassis offerings? The ProMaster is about 16 – 18 mpg and the Sprinter is typically seeing 18 – 21 mpg.

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