Lichtsinn RV Branded Gear in Our Parts Store

We have a lot of great products in our RV parts store including Lichtsinn RV branded goods. Check out our newest Lichtsinn RV branded goods! Visit our parts web page here.

Lichtsinn RV Cooler Bag with Wheels - $40.00
Lichtsinn RV Cooler Bag with Wheels – $40.00
Lichtsinn RV Wine Tumbler
Lichtsinn RV Wine Tumbler – $10.00
25 Oz. CamelBak Water Bottle with Lichtsinn RV Logo - $18.00
25 Oz. CamelBak Water Bottle with Lichtsinn RV Logo – $18.00
16 Oz. Lichtsinn RV Stainless Steel Tumbler with Lid - $13.00
16 Oz. Lichtsinn RV Stainless Steel Tumbler with Lid – $13.00

 

Experience the Best℠ at Lichtsinn RV, the #1 Winnebago Dealer in North America for the last five consecutive years. Lichtsinn RV is located 1 mile north of Winnebago Industries in Forest City, IA and we proudly sell new Winnebago motorhomes and pre-owned RVs from various manufacturers. While at Lichtsinn RV, you can expect no delivery miles on new RVs, a complimentary half-day educational orientation of your RVexcellent guest reviews, an assigned support team from sales, parts, service and the business officesuperior accommodationsno-hassle pricing and competitive financing. See our extensive new and used inventory here.

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4 Features that Make RVing Easy and Enjoyable

There has been a renewed interest in camping, specifically RVing in recent months. RVing is a great way to travel across the country without leaving your “home.” In this post, we identified 4 key features that make RVing easy and enjoyable.

Full Kitchen – Every motorhome from Winnebago Industries comes with a full kitchen, including a refrigerator, microwave, oven, sink, and stovetop. Depending on the size of the RV will determine the size of the features. For example, in our popular mid-size Class C Winnebago View and Navion 24D floorplan comes with a 10.7 cubic foot residential refrigerator, a True Induction combination gas and conduction cooktop, and a Greystone convection and microwave oven. In our spacious Class A Vista 29VE, the kitchen includes a large Norcold refrigerator and freezer combo, a microwave, and an oven and stovetop. Regardless of the size of the motorhome, it will come with a fully functioning kitchen that you can prepare your meals from the comfort of your RV no matter where you are.

 

Fully Functioning Kitchen in the Winnebago View and Navion 24D floorplan.
Fully Functioning Kitchen in the Winnebago View and Navion 24D floorplan.
Kitchen in the Winnebago Vista 29VE.
Kitchen in the Winnebago Vista 29VE.

Outdoor Living Space – The outdoor living space in a Winnebago motorhome opens up another living space in the great outdoors. Nearly all of our motorhomes have an awning that create a great shaded spot under the RV. Some Winnebago motorhomes, like the Winnebago Vista 29VE or the Winnebago Intent, come with a tailgate package that feature an outdoor refrigerator, sink and sometimes a TV. Outdoor living space is integral for RVing because it allows you to enjoy the outdoors while still enjoying the amenities you are used to.

Tailgate Package in the Winnebago Vista 29VE.
Tailgate Package in the Winnebago Vista 29VE.

Comfortable Sleeping for Everyone – One of the best parts of RVing is all the options for sleeping. There are several motorhomes that can sleep  8 – 10 people, but are very maneuverable and easy to drive. The Winnebago Minnie Winnie and Spirit 26T and 31H can sleep the whole family and then some. The 26T floorplan sleeps up to 8 with the walkaround queen bed, the sofa bed, u-shaped dinette, and overhead bed. The 31H can sleep up to 10 thanks to the walkaround queen bed, sofa bed, overhead bed, u-shaped dinette and bunk beds.

Winnebago Minnie Winnie 26T Floorplan
Winnebago Minnie Winnie 26T Floorplan

 

The Winnebago Minnie Winnie 31H Floorplan
The Winnebago Minnie Winnie 31H Floorplan

 

Bathrooms with all the Necessities – all Winnebago motorhomes come with a bathroom that has all the functionalities of a residential bathroom. Winnebago makes floorplans that feature half baths, split baths, and wet baths. The Winnebago Forza 38F features a bath and a half floorplan that offers owners a private master bath in the rear of the coach and a mid-coach half bath. The Adventurer 30T features a split bath, with the shower stall on the passenger side and the vanity and toilet on the driver’s side, and the Winnebago Travato 59K features a rear wet bath that is cross coach.

Half Bath in the Winnebago Forza 38F
Half Bath in the Winnebago Forza 38F.

CLICK HERE to see our Inventory

Experience the Best℠ at Lichtsinn RV, the #1 Winnebago Dealer in North America for the last five consecutive years. Lichtsinn RV is located 1 mile north of Winnebago Industries in Forest City, IA and we proudly sell new Winnebago motorhomes and pre-owned RVs from various manufacturers. While at Lichtsinn RV, you can expect no delivery miles on new RVs, a complimentary half-day educational orientation of your RVexcellent guest reviews, an assigned support team from sales, parts, service and the business officesuperior accommodationsno-hassle pricing and competitive financing. See our extensive new and used inventory here.

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Whether it’s your first RV and you’ve decided the RV lifestyle is now for you or you’re a seasoned RVer ready for your next home you’ll spend a lot of time researching the perfect RV for your needs. However, the research process does not end when you’ve decided on that perfect RV, there is another important step that many people forget… finding the perfect RV DEALER to work with. Buyers will want to invest just as much time if not more, in researching RV dealers to make sure they find a reputable dealer to work with.

“There is another important step that many people forget… finding the perfect RV dealer to work with.”

Let’s face it, there are a lot of lousy RV dealerships out there. Unfortunately, in the race to find the lowest possible rig price, many people choose to buy from dealers who do not have a history of great customer service and outstanding RV repair. Know in advance that the lowest price is not usually synonymous with the best buying experience. In our blog series we will cover items you should be looking for in your RV Dealer.

Lichtsinn RV Team

SUPPORT BEFORE, DURING AND AFTER YOUR RV PURCHASE…

When the time comes to purchase an RV after a great deal of research on your part to find the perfect RV to fit your needs, now it’s time to find the right dealership to fit your needs as well. You may have spoken to a number of different sales consultants and have hopefully found one that has great product knowledge and that you have developed trust and rapport with.

However, the purchase of your RV is truly just the beginning of your RV experience. Once you drive off the lot, your need for other dealership support has just begun. Who do you call when you have questions about your RV, need troubleshooting tips, need service or to order parts etc.?

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.  At Lichtsinn RV, we know that your experience after your purchase your RV is equally if not more important than your experience before and during the purchase of your RV. This is why every Sales Guest at Lichtsinn RV is assigned a team of specific Sales, Parts, Service and Business Office Team Members who will work with you to ensure that you enjoy your RV experience throughout the life of your RV.

During your delivery, you will meet these dedicated Lichtsinn RV Team Members. Your team includes your Sales Consultant, Sales Manager, and members from our Business Office and Service and Parts Departments. Your team will support you along every step of your RV journey. They are available to answer any questions that may come up during your RV ownership including any warranty or service issues.

Your dedicated Factory Trained Service Consultant can diagnose and answer many service questions right over the phone. Since you are working specifically with your service consultant they will become familiar with you and your coach.

If you should need any parts for your RV, your Lichtsinn RV Parts team member is there for you. At Lichtsinn RV we have the largest Winnebago Parts Department in the Country and ship parts throughout the United States and Canada. Parts can be ordered with your parts team member online or over the phone.

Your assigned business office team member is not only there to support you during your initial purchase but also afterwards to answer any questions you have regarding any purchased service contracts or for extending your insurance coverage down the road.

At Lichtsinn RV, we are here to support you for the entire duration of your RV ownership. When you purchase from Lichtsinn RV, your Lichtsinn RV Team will ensure you enjoy your RV lifestyle.

The RV buying process may be lengthy, but it is an exciting process and finding the perfect dealer to work with makes the experience that much more enjoyable!

CLICK HERE to see our Inventory

Experience the Best℠ at Lichtsinn RV, the #1 Winnebago Dealer in North America for the last five consecutive years. Lichtsinn RV is located 1 mile north of Winnebago Industries in Forest City, IA and we proudly sell new Winnebago motorhomes and pre-owned RVs from various manufacturers. While at Lichtsinn RV, you can expect no delivery miles on new RVs, a complimentary half-day educational orientation of your RVexcellent guest reviews, an assigned support team from sales, parts, service and the business officesuperior accommodationsno-hassle pricing and competitive financing. See our extensive new and used inventory here.

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Tips for Finding a Reputable RV Dealer: Certified Used Warranty

Whether it’s your first RV and you’ve decided the RV lifestyle is now for you or you’re a seasoned RVer ready for your next home you’ll spend a lot of time researching the perfect RV for your needs. However, the research process does not end when you’ve decided on that perfect RV, there is another important step that many people forget… finding the perfect RV DEALER to work with. Buyers will want to invest just as much time if not more, in researching RV dealers to make sure they find a reputable dealer to work with.

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Certified preowned

Preowned RV Warranty

If you are in the market for a Preowned RV there is a long list of items you’ll want to ensure are operational on the RV, in addition to your visual inspection, prior to purchasing it. However, with all of the excitement of finding the perfect RV, did you miss anything? You don’t want to spend all of that money on a “new to you” RV, only to have to turn around and spend more money once you drive off the dealer’s lot.  That’s where a Used Inventory Warranty is important, it can help protect you from unexpected issues on your previously owned RV after purchase. Does your purchasing dealer provide this type of warranty? If so, is it included or is there an additional charge to add it?

At Lichtsinn RV you can purchase a used RV with the confidence and peace of mind you would a new one!  Many of our Preowned RVs are Certified Preowned RVs. This means they include a Preowned Warranty, providing Real Value with a sixty day Service Plan from the date of purchase!  RVs that qualify for this program have passed a rigorous inspection. The Certified Preowned Warranty Plan provides major operating systems coverage for your RV protection and is accepted anywhere in the United States or Canada.  If you do end up needing to have covered work done during the warranty period, the Plan pays the service center directly once the work is completed to your satisfaction.  These Warranty Plans are also extendable.  Each Preowned RV that includes this coverage is notated on our website with our Certified Preowned RV logo. There is no additional charge for this Warranty Protection.

The RV buying process may be lengthy, but it is an exciting process and finding the perfect dealer to work with makes the experience that much more enjoyable!

CLICK HERE to see our Certified Preowned Warranty Inventory

Experience the Best℠ at Lichtsinn RV, the #1 Winnebago Dealer in North America for the last five consecutive years. Lichtsinn RV is located 1 mile north of Winnebago Industries in Forest City, IA and we proudly sell new Winnebago motorhomes and pre-owned RVs from various manufacturers. While at Lichtsinn RV, you can expect no delivery miles on new RVs, a complimentary half-day educational orientation of your RVexcellent guest reviews, an assigned support team from sales, parts, service and the business officesuperior accommodationsno-hassle pricing and competitive financing. See our extensive new and used inventory here.

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Tips for Finding A Reputable RV Dealer: Service After the Sale

Whether it’s your first RV and you’ve decided the RV lifestyle is now for you or you’re a seasoned RVer ready for your next home you’ll spend a lot of time researching the perfect RV for your needs. However, the research process does not end when you’ve decided on that perfect RV, there is another important step that many people forget… finding the perfect RV DEALER to work with. Buyers will want to invest just as much time if not more, in researching RV dealers to make sure they find a reputable dealer to work with.

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After the sale

WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT AFTER YOU DRIVE OFF THE LOT WITH YOUR RV

The purchase of your RV is truly just the beginning of your RV experience. Once you drive off the lot, your need for other dealership support has just begun. Is your purchasing dealer able to answer this question “What can I expect from you once I drive away with my RV?” When you do need to call the dealership again, do you know who to ask for?  It is important to know what support your purchasing dealer will provide you “after” you’ve purchased the RV.

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.  Not many other dealers can say that! At Lichtsinn RV, we know that your experience after your purchase is equally if not more important than your experience before and during the purchase of your RV.

In the days following your RV delivery, the owner of Lichtsinn RV, Ron Lichtsinn and your RV Sales consultant will follow up with you to find out how everything is going and see if there are any additional questions we can answer for you. If you have purchased a new RV, you will receive a customer satisfaction survey from Winnebago Industries to rate your purchase experience with us, which we ask that you fill out.

Every RV purchaser is provided a dedicated Lichtsinn RV Team. During your delivery, you will meet your dedicated Business Office, Service and Parts team members. They, along with your sales consultant will support you along every step of your RV journey. They are available to answer any questions that may come up during your RV ownership including any warranty or service issues that may arise. Our factory Trained Service consultants can diagnose and answer many service questions right over the phone and since you are working specifically with them they will become familiar with you and your coach. Lichtsinn RV RVIA/RVDA Certified Technicians are trained with the specific skills they need to fix your RV.

If you should need any parts for your RV, The Lichtsinn RV Parts Department is the largest Winnebago Parts department in the Country and ships parts throughout the United States and Canada that can be ordered online or over the phone. We offer a 10% on retail parts to all WIT members.

Your assigned business office consultant is not only there to support you during your initial purchase but also afterwards to answer any questions you have regarding any purchased service contracts or for extending your insurance coverage down the road.

We know that you may have questions that come up regarding your RV months and even years after you originally purchased your RV. While you are always welcome to call us, we have also put together an extensive RV Video Library that includes the latest product information, How-To Videos, RV Lifestyle videos and more.

At Lichtsinn RV, we are here to support you for the entire duration of your RV ownership. When you purchase from Lichtsinn RV, you are truly getting a premium buying experience. You will have an assigned sales consultant, business manager, sales manager, service advisor, and parts consultant to ensure you enjoy your RV lifestyle.

The RV buying process may be lengthy, but it is an exciting process and finding the perfect dealer who provides you service after your purchase makes the experience that much more enjoyable!

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Tips for Finding a Reputable RV Dealer: RV Delivery Process

Whether it’s your first RV and you’ve decided the RV lifestyle is now for you or you’re a seasoned RVer ready for your next home you’ll spend a lot of time researching the perfect RV for your needs. However, the research process does not end when you’ve decided on that perfect RV, there is another important step that many people forget… finding the perfect RV DEALER to work with. Buyers will want to invest just as much time if not more, in researching RV dealers to make sure they find a reputable dealer to work with.

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Delivery Process

RV Delivery Process

The day has arrived, you are going to pick up your RV from your purchasing dealer! As exciting as this day is, it undoubtedly comes with some anxiety. Has the dealer provided you information on what to expect when you get there? Not having the correct information/documents with you can cause you a great deal of frustration and delay your RV purchase.

At Lichtsinn RV, whether you are purchasing a new or pre-owned RV, prior to picking up your RV you will work with your RV Sales Consultant to schedule a delivery date and time. In addition to this we will schedule an orientation time when you will meet directly with one of our Factory Trained technicians who will take you through the total operation of your new RV. You will receive an email prior to your delivery date, detailing out what to expect at delivery and a list of any needed items and documentation you will need for your closing.

These delivery and orientation times are dedicated time just for you. If you have items you will need assistance with while you are taking delivery, for example a dinghy tow car set up, satellite receiver transfers etc. you can let your sales consultant know about this ahead of time and  they will schedule time with our service staff to facilitate this.

Before you take possession of your RV, it will go through an extensive pre-delivery inspection completed by one of our RVIA/RVDA Master Certified RV Technicians to ensure everything is working properly before you arrive.

Once you arrive at Lichtsinn RV to take delivery of your new RV you will meet your sales consultant in our front showroom. They will walk you through your agenda for your stay with us.

Included in your agenda is your RV Orientation, this orientation is a thorough walk-around of your RV that we provide with ANY RV purchase. During this Educational Orientation we will ensure you know how to use your RV by covering each switch, feature, and all maintenance and warranty items as well as answer any questions you might have

Also included in your agenda is a meeting with your Business Manager to complete all of the necessary paperwork. This paperwork includes Titlework, Warranty Registration and any necessary funding documentation.

We encourage all sold guests to spend a few nights with us within our Campground. We have 16 campsites, with full 30 and 50 amp outlets. We also have free filtered soft water, Free Wifi, and your tanks will be full of propane for your stay with us. We will also provide you a courtesy car as available. The night/s you spend with us serve a couple of different purposes. They allow you to become acquainted with your RV and then we are here the next day to answer any questions that may have come up through the night. And…if you do have a vehicle that your trading in we will park the RVs side by side to allow you to move from one RV to the other right here on site.

While you are with us we welcome you to sit back and relax in our guest lounge. The Guest Lounge features free internet and look into our marketing studio where we take all of our inventory photos and video. You can purchase any RV parts and supplies that you may have forgotten or find you need, in our 7,000 square foot camping supply store. Our RV Parts Store is a great place to shop for RV must haves as well any other items to make your RV experience more enjoyable. You can also take in a world class Winnebago Factory tour while you are here in Forest City.

At Lichtsinn RV, we look at your RV purchase as the beginning of what we hope to be a long term guest relationship assisting you with your RV needs, Sales, Parts and Service.

The RV buying process may be lengthy, but it is an exciting process. Finding the perfect dealer to work who provides a clear delivery process makes the experience that much more enjoyable!

CLICK HERE to see our RV Inventory

Experience the Best℠ at Lichtsinn RV, the #1 Winnebago Dealer in North America for the last five consecutive years. Lichtsinn RV is located 1 mile north of Winnebago Industries in Forest City, IA and we proudly sell new Winnebago motorhomes and pre-owned RVs from various manufacturers. While at Lichtsinn RV, you can expect no delivery miles on new RVs, a complimentary half-day educational orientation of your RVexcellent guest reviews, an assigned support team from sales, parts, service and the business officesuperior accommodationsno-hassle pricing and competitive financing. See our extensive new and used inventory here.

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How to Get Internet in Your RV

In a recent episode of Lichtsinn RV Live we covered how to get internet in your RV. In the broadcast we reviewed the Winegard ConnecT 2.0 4G LTE & WiFi and the WeBoost Drive X RV you can watch the Lichtsinn RV Live here.

The Winegard ConnecT 2.0 captures available WiFi signals providing maximum security & mobile internet speed! Keep mobile devices, media players, and computers connected on the road. ConnecT 4G models link to nationwide 4G LTE for reliable, uninterrupted, in-motion and stationary coverage.

How Winegard ConnecT 2.0 works:

  • Connects to Winegard data plan: 30 day, no contract plans
  • Capability to swap SIM card to add to new or existing data plans from Verizon, AT&T, T Mobile, Sprint & US Cellular.
  • Step-by-step on screen instruction makes setting up a breeze.
  • Connect your WiFi devices to your new extended network instantly.
  • 4G models connect to 4G LTE when WiFi is not available.
  • Easily connects your mobile devices, smart TVs, and gaming controls.

The weBoost Drive X RV is our powerful RV cell phone signal booster kit certified for use anywhere in the US. The Drive X RV boosts voice and data with max FCC allowed 50 dB system gain, enhancing 4G LTE, as well as 3G network signals, up to 32x.  RVers get fewer lost connections and dead zones, better call quality as well as faster data uploads and downloads whether parked or in motion in their RV.  Works in all classes of RV; Class A, Class B, Class C and all towables.

How the weBoost Drive X RV works:

  1. Receives Signal – the booster reaches out to the cell tower to access voice, text and data signals while parked or in-motion.
  2. Boosts Signal – the booster receives the outside signal, amplifies it up to 32 times and sends it to the inside antenna.
  3. Expands Signal – the inside antenna broadcasts the boosted signal to devices inside the RV.

You can use our interactive cellular and WiFi device finder to identify what device best suites you here. Learn more about these two options for getting internet in your RV by calling the Lichtsinn RV Parts Department at 1-800-343-6255.

Experience the Best℠ at Lichtsinn RV, the #1 Winnebago Dealer in North America for the last five consecutive years. Lichtsinn RV is located 1 mile north of Winnebago Industries in Forest City, IA and we proudly sell new Winnebago motorhomes and pre-owned RVs from various manufacturers. While at Lichtsinn RV, you can expect no delivery miles on new RVs, a complimentary half-day educational orientation of your RVexcellent guest reviews, an assigned support team from sales, parts, service and the business officesuperior accommodationsno-hassle pricing and competitive financing. See our extensive new and used inventory here.

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Top Questions on RV Insurance

In our recent Lichtsinn RV Live Q&A with Courtney Wooge of RV Advantage we covered some of the most common questions we receive about RV insurance.

Watch our Lichtsinn RV Live on the Top Questions on RV Insurance here.

How are auto policies different from RV policies? 

A key difference between auto policies and RV policies is the total loss replacement provision which will replace your new RV for 5 model years. Many insurance companies  will insure your RV, but often you are only getting coverage for physical damage. It may not cover items that “RV Specific” Insurance does like total loss replacement.

If I have total loss replacement what will I receive in the event of a claim?

First you will receive an actual cash value that will tell you how much it is worth. You will then be able to go and find a like make and model RV from a dealer. So if you had a 2016 Winnebago Vista and had a total loss you would be able to upgrade to a 2020 or 2021 Winnebago Vista.

So what happens in years 6-10 with Total Loss Replacement? 

In years 6-10, if you have a total loss you will receive the amount that you paid for the RV, based on your bill of sale from the dealer, to apply to a new RV.

Do I have to carry full coverage if I am not using it?

There are some states that offer lowered coverage during the winter months when your RV is in storage. However, there are some states that require you to turn your license plate and registration in if you remove liability and collision coverage. Another consideration to take is if you financed your RV purchase what the bank will force you to have to keep your financing.

How unique is total loss replacement? Do most carriers have it? 

You have a lot of choices when it comes to insurance, but there are about 6-7 insurance companies that offer RV-focused provisions like total loss replacement and campsite liability. RV Advantage and Lichtsinn RV carry 5 of them.

Can I get a completely different RV after a total loss replacement claim? 

Absolutely, you can move into a different RV. If you were in a Thor or a Forest River you could move into a Winnebago product. It doesn’t matter the manufacturer or length as long as it is an RV. We encourage you to work with your adjuster and insurance company when selecting a replacement.

What is the difference between agreed value and total loss replacement?

This is designed for used RVs. If you have a collision that resulted in a total the agreed value would use the bill of sale to determine what amount you would receive in the claim. The agreed value is locked in for 3-5 years depending on the policy.

Does my RV insurance cover me in Canada or in Mexico?

In Canada you will be okay, but you will need to keep a proof of coverage card in your RV when crossing the border in case the Canadian Border Patrol requests to see it. If you are planning on going to Quebec you will want your proof of coverage card translated into french.

In Mexico, you need to have liability covered by a Mexican carrier. If you are planning on traveling to Mexico it is best to reach out to your insurance company to figure out exactly what you need and how it can be secured.

How does insurance cover full-timers?

If you sleep in your RV for more than 150 nights a year you are considered a full-timer in the eyes of the insurance company. You will then need a full-liability that will cover you similarly to how your home insurance covers you.

What are some ways to save money on your RV insurance?

  • Owning a home
  • Member of a RV club or association
  • Completing a safe driving course
  • Have a good financial history
  • Have a good driving record

I am a first time RVer. Does my auto insurance cover the vehicle before I go and insure it? 

No because an RV is a different type of vehicle so it requires a different insurance policy.

How do I cover my tow car with insurance? 

We recommend putting the tow car and the RV with the same brand so expedite claims. You can also add a tow policy that protects the tow equipment. The actual tow car will require a typical auto insurance policy.

What about personal content coverage for full timers? 

For most policies, you can put up to $99,000 worth of contents. If you are storing your RV at a storage facility you will want to check if they have certain insurance requirements.

Call: 1-800-343-6255 to speak with Brandon or Kevin in the Business Office today to find out how we can give you peace of mind that comes with knowing that you are getting the best RV Insurance at the lowest price!

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In a recent Lichtsinn RV Live, Brian Buffington, Lichtsinn RV Service Director, answered some of our frequently asked questions of the service department and answered our audience’s questions live. Here are our RV Service FAQs –

Watch our video on Service FAQs and Winnebago’s Fiberglass Roof here.

Can I hook up a 2 Amp trickle charger to a Class A gas or Diesel without disconnecting the batteries? 

It is always recommended to unhook the battery when working with any chassis items to prevent damage or health hazards. 

When winterizing an RV using the dry method, is it required to charge the system with antifreeze? 

Not necessarily, but there are a few other steps you have to do with that method. It is best to refer to your owner’s manual to see the recommended steps to winterize using air. We like to suck up a little RV antifreeze in the pump to protect it and then make sure to put antifreeze down all the drains. 

What is the recommended installation for solar on a fiberglass roof? 

Most manufacturers’ panels come with the mounting brackets. 98% of the solar panels we install are done by mounting the panel by cutting into the roof and resealing it. There is an option for mounting a panel without cutting into the roof and we do that as well. 

What is the max height for a solar panel? 

It depends on the layout of the roof. Generally, the lower the better. You don’t want to get it too high and get a parachute effect.

With a diesel engine how do you recommend you break it in?

Our recommendations are based on the chassis manufacturers recommendations. 1,000 mile break in at various speeds without a tow car to properly seat the cylinders. 

Can I upgrade my house batteries to lithium?

Yes, we do it all the time. There are some additional considerations we would need to take into account based on your RV. If you are interested please call our service department at 1-800-343-6255 and we will assist.

Is it difficult to remove the stabilizer jacks?

 Stabilizer jacks are not difficult to remove if you have the right tools. It can be difficult to access the bolts that would need to be removed. 

How should I maintain the house batteries?

If you have flooded lead acid batteries with a water level – watch the water level in the batteries, don’t leave it plugged in all the time, and keep the batteries clean.  

What should I do of the tank levels are not reading correctly? 

Make sure you are doing black tank flushes frequently if you have that feature. Thetford also makes some good products to help clear out your tanks. 

Is it better to use the electric function of a heater instead of LP, if you have access to electricity?

We always recommend using electricity to conserve LP. 

What cleaners should you use on the roof of a Winnebago View? 

As needed, use general soap and water and be very careful it can be very slippery. 

Do all Winnebago motorhome models have fiberglass roofs? 

Winnebago’s more price conscious products like the Intent, Outlook and Vita have a dicor roof membrane. However, underneath the dicor membrane the roof is still constructed with the same industry-leading SuperStructure Construction method as Winnebago’s fiberglass roofs. 

How do fiberglass roofs hold up to hail?

Fiberglass roofs hold up excellently to hail. We used to own an auto dealership when we would have hail we wouldn’t worry about the fiberglass roofs on the RVs. 

Experience the Best℠ at Lichtsinn RV, the #1 Winnebago Dealer in North America for the last five consecutive years. Lichtsinn RV is located 1 mile north of Winnebago Industries in Forest City, IA and we proudly sell new Winnebago motorhomes and pre-owned RVs from various manufacturers. While at Lichtsinn RV, you can expect no delivery miles on new RVs, a complimentary half-day educational orientation of your RVexcellent guest reviews, an assigned support team from sales, parts, service and the business officesuperior accommodationsno-hassle pricing and competitive financing. See our extensive new and used inventory here.

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Solar Experiment with the Winnebago Solis

Recently we completed an experiment on the Winnebago Solis to test the solar capabilities and overall off-the-grid capabilities of the van. The Winnebago Solis comes with dual group 31 AGM deep-cycle batteries and a 220-watt flexible solar panel with controller, expandable up to 520-watts. In the experiment, we wanted to test solar power capabilities  of the Solis to keep the refrigerator cool while not hooked to shore power or running the generator. So we took a Solis, filled the refrigerator with water, ice cubes, and some Popsicles and parked it for a week outside not hooked to shore power.

WATCH OUR VIDEO ON THE SOLAR EXPERIMENT HERE

Each day, one of our Sales Consultants went out and checked the solar controller for various readings and checked on the water, ice cubes and Popsicles. The readings we measured were related to the photovoltaic power, or the energy created from the sun hitting the panel. We examined the following readings…

  1. Outside Temperature and Cloud Coverage
  2. Internal Battery Temperature
  3. Battery Voltage
  4. Generated Photovoltaic (PV) Energy Accumulated Since Last Reset
  5. Input Photovoltaic (PV) Current
  6. Input Photovoltaic (PV) Voltage
  7. Refrigerator Temperature

Day 1 –

  1. Outside Temperature and Cloud Coverage – 51 °F and Cloudy
  2. Internal Battery Temperature – 77 °F
  3. Battery Voltage – 13 Volts 
  4. Generated Photovoltaic (PV) Energy Accumulated Since Last Reset – 4 Kilowatts 
  5. Input Photovoltaic (PV) Current – 2.0 Amps
  6. Input Photovoltaic (PV) Voltage – 13 Volts
  7. Refrigerator Temperature – 37 °F

Day 2 – 

  1. Outside Temperature and Cloud Coverage – 54°F and Cloudy
  2. Internal Battery Temperature – 77 °F
  3. Battery Voltage – 13 Volts
  4. Generated Photovoltaic (PV) Energy Accumulated Since Last Reset – 5 Kilowatt Hours
  5. Input Photovoltaic (PV) Current – 1.2 Amps
  6. Input Photovoltaic (PV) Voltage – 13 Volts
  7. Refrigerator Temperature –  37 °F

Day 3 – 

  1. Outside Temperature and Cloud Coverage – 42°F  and Sunny
  2. Internal Battery Temperature – 77 °F
  3. Battery Voltage – 14.1 Volts
  4. Generated Photovoltaic (PV) Energy Accumulated Since Last Reset – 5 Kilowatt Hours
  5. Input Photovoltaic (PV) Current – 3.4 Amps
  6. Input Photovoltaic (PV) Voltage – 14 Volts
  7. Refrigerator Temperature 37 °F

Day 4 – 

  1. Outside Temperature and Cloud Coverage – 35°F and Rainy
  2. Internal Battery Temperature – 77 °F
  3. Battery Voltage – 13.1 Volts
  4. Generated Photovoltaic (PV) Energy Accumulated Since Last Reset – 5 Kilowatt Hours
  5. Input Photovoltaic (PV) Current – 2.8 Amps
  6. Input Photovoltaic (PV) Voltage – 13 Volts
  7. Refrigerator Temperature – 36°F

Day 6 – 

  1. Outside Temperature and Cloud Coverage – 40°F and Sunny
  2. Internal Battery Temperature – 77°F
  3. Battery Voltage – 12.6 Volts
  4. Generated Photovoltaic (PV) Energy Accumulated Since Last Reset – 6 Kilowatt Hours 
  5. Input Photovoltaic (PV) Current – 0.5 Amps
  6. Input Photovoltaic (PV) Voltage – 13 Volts
  7. Refrigerator Temperature – 37 °F

Day 7 – 

  1. Outside Temperature and Cloud Coverage – 43°F  Clear Sky
  2. Internal Battery Temperature –  77°F
  3. Battery Voltage – 13.6 Volts
  4. Generated Photovoltaic (PV) Energy Accumulated Since Last Reset – 7 Kilowatts
  5. Input Photovoltaic (PV) Current – 2.7 Amps
  6. Input Photovoltaic (PV) Voltage – 14 Volts
  7. Refrigerator Temperature –  37 °F

At the end of the 7 days the refrigerator remained the same temperature as it was when we started and the ice cubes and popsicles were still frozen.

See our Winnebago Solis inventory here.

Experience the Best℠ at Lichtsinn RV, the #1 Winnebago Dealer in North America for the last five consecutive years. Lichtsinn RV is located 1 mile north of Winnebago Industries in Forest City, IA and we proudly sell new Winnebago motorhomes and pre-owned RVs from various manufacturers. While at Lichtsinn RV, you can expect no delivery miles on new RVs, a complimentary half-day educational orientation of your RVexcellent guest reviews, an assigned support team from sales, parts, service and the business officesuperior accommodationsno-hassle pricing and competitive financing. See our extensive new and used inventory here.

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