An Overview of the Maxum Chassis and Freightliner V-Ride

The perfect diesel-pusher experience begins starts with a solid base, and Winnebago’s exclusive Maxum Chassis provides the ultimate framework for an unsurpassed ride in a Class A Diesel motorhome. Winnebago’s engineers worked closely with Freightliner Custom Chassis – the proven leader in diesel motorhome chassis – to create the Maxum Chassis: a stronger, better performing chassis. The Maxum Chassis sets the standard for diesel-pusher chassis with its lowered-rail frame providing better handling, a smoother ride, and incredible strength. In fact, the Maxum Chassis is seven times stronger than a raised-rail chassis which minimizes chassis flex and twisting. To top it off, the Maxum Chassis’ lowered-rail design increases the basement storage height allowing for pass-thru storage with room for slideout trays.

Winnebago maxum chassis

In conjunction with the exclusive Maxum Chassis, Winnebago offers Freightliner Custom Chassis’ V-Ride single axle suspension rated at 24,000-lbs. Freightliner Custom Chassis V-Ride is designed for luxury motorhome owners who want the ability to carry more gear, the freedom to equip their interiors with premium amenities, and a comfortable, confident driving experience.Freightliner Custom Chassis V Ride

Benefits of FCCC V-Ride –

  • Increased towing capacity
  • Quik-Align® allows for easy axle alignment without the use of shims
  • V-rod connection dissipates suspension forces, reducing stress for greater durability and longevity
  • U-Shaped Assembly – The transverse beam integrated with the trailing arm form a single-piece U-shaped assembly – enhancing stability at all speeds
  • Consistent Handling – The V-rod connection and U-shaped assembly design result in superior roll stability and more predictable handling in all road conditions, giving motorhome owners a confident driving experience
  • Smooth Ride – Large volumetric air springs and premium Sachs shocks deliver the smoothest ride available in a motorhome

FCCC V-Ride vs. the Competition –

FCCC has the Best Class A Ride

  • FCCC has a custom-built drive suspension by FCCC-engineering
  • Competition has an off-the-shelf truck suspension with swiveling bushing

Stability for All

  • FCCC suspensions are rated from 17,500 to 24,000 lbs. and designed exclusively for RV usage
  • Competition uses a generic truck/bus axle configuration

Driver Control

  • FCCC’s V-Ride is the only suspension that controls the weight of a top-heavy vehicle – giving control and confidence to the owner for the life of the coach.
  • Competition is still using technology that FCCC stopped using in 1999.

All motorhomes built on the Freightliner Custom Chassis – including the Maxum Chassis – qualify for Winnebago’s Carefree Diesel Living warranty. This program extends the Winnebago warranty on our diesel pusher lineup —  all built on Freightliner chassis — to an industry-leading 3 years or 100,000 miles, whichever comes first.

Lichtsinn RV, America’s closest dealer to Winnebago Industries, has been named Top North American Winnebago Dealer by Winnebago Industries for the last four consecutive years. We proudly sell New RVs manufactured by Winnebago Industries as well as Used RVs.

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Winnebago Introduces Horizon 42Q Floorplan

Confident and bold, the Winnebago Horizon brings a fresh look to the diesel pusher category, with the performance to back it up. Each of the Horizon floorplans feature a refreshingly clean design, highlighted by LED tube lighting and luxurious Villa furnishings. Both include a spacious master bedroom with an available walk-around recline/incline king bed, abundant interior storage, full galley with residential-style refrigerator, and the versatile Glide & Dine dining table and chairs that let you configure your dining area to suit your needs. Every Horizon is built on our turbo-diesel-powered Maxum Chassis, so you can count on the performance, ride, handling, and storage to match the Horizon’s elegant good looks. Drive, arrive, and thrive in style: the new Horizon is calling.

The Winnebago Horizon 42Q features a mid-coach guest bath, dedicated lounge area, and private master suite make the 42Q ideal for entertaining — or getting away from it all.

WATCH THE FACEBOOK LIVE VIDEO TOURING THE ALL NEW HORIZON 42Q & FORZA 38F HERE.

Drive your Horizon worry-free with Winnebago’s 3-year/100,000-mile Carefree Diesel Living warranty.

See Lichtsinn RV’s Winnebago Horizon Inventory here.

The Boman Fine Arts Center Grand Opening

Members of the Lichtsinn RV team were in attendance at the Boman Fine Arts Center Grand Opening held on Monday, October 15th. Lichtsinn RV is a Diamond Sponsor of the Boman Fine Arts Center.

Lichtsinn RV Diamond Sponsor of Boman Fine Arts Center
Pictured left to right: Hope Lichtsinn, Owner; Ron Lichtsinn, Owner; Bob Alsop, President Waldorf University; Darwin Lehman, Forest City School District Superintendent; and Heidi Thompson, Lichtsinn RV Vice President and General Manager.

The center can host weddings, special occasions, theatrical performances, art displays, speaking engagements and regional/national touring groups. The center includes a 630-seat theater with an orchestra pit, green room, dressing rooms, staging and set production area, full fly area and rigging, along with state of the art electronics, lighting and audio visual equipment.

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Bowman Fine Arts Center in Forest City, Iowa. Photo courtesy of KIOW.

“With this facility, the (Waldorf) choir, band, and theater will have a space to perform that reflects the history and quality of these ensembles,” Waldorf President Bob Alsop said.

He also said Waldorf hosts “amazing artists and speakers” throughout the academic year in addition to its own performance ensembles.

“I believe the community, who has always been welcomed at the events, will feel more encouraged to participate in these opportunities with this facility,” Alsop said.

Forest City Superintendent Darwin Lehmann said the fine arts center will give students a suitable performance venue to showcase their talents. He said school concerts that have been held in gyms and cafeterias now can take place in a first-class auditorium. “What a way to enhance the experience” — not just for the students, but also the parents who come to watch, Lehmann said. He also said the new facility benefits the entire community, not just K-12 and Waldorf students. Forest City’s BrickStreet Theatre plans to hold its musical productions at the Boman Center, starting with “A Christmas Carol” in December. In addition to the auditorium, the complex features a main floor lobby and art gallery with seating for up to 120 people and an overall capacity of 250.

The upper level mezzanine has seating for 200 people with an overall capacity of 325, and features large glass windows with a view of the surrounding community.The grounds feature a 6,000 square-foot plaza, green space totaling 32,000 square feet, sidewalks and a parking lot.

“We will have a beautiful, state-of-the-art facility for Waldorf, the school and the public to use for years to come,” said City Administrator Barb Smith. “It’s going to be gorgeous.”

Article originally published on Globe Gazette

Affording an RV: RV Specific Insurance

Beginning the RV lifestyle may seem like a daunting task, but our blog series Affording an RV will clear up misconceptions and reveal that RVing is an affordable, enjoyable way of traveling with family and friends.

RV Specific InsuranceWhy choose specialized RV insurance? Because you want to protect your investment as well as those you love. Your RV, whether it’s new or has some great road-trip miles on it, is a vehicle requiring special consideration.
 What’s Special About Specialized RV Insurance?
An RV is a home on wheels. Specialized RV insurance is a unique blend of auto and homeowner’s insurance coverage, yet the price is typically comparable or less expensive than standard auto insurance. The extent of coverage is the major difference between a standard auto policy and an RV-specific policy.As you and your insurance agent put together your customized RV package, keep the following coverages in mind for combination into a comprehensive policy.Total Loss Replacement (TLR)
With TLR coverage, also called Replacement Cost Coverage, if your RV is totaled, the insurance company either replaces your RV with a new one or pays you your initial purchase price, depending upon the age of your unit at the time of loss. Generally, this policy is in effect for the first five model years. After that, because of age, many companies convert TLR policies into Purchase Price Guarantee or Actual Cash Value policies.

Purchase Price Guarantee (PPG)
In case of a total loss of the RV, this policy will reimburse owners for the amount paid for the unit as written in the policy toward the purchase of another unit. Some insurers extend this policy for the life of the vehicle, while others offer it for the vehicle’s first 10 years and then convert to an Actual Cash Value policy in the 11th model year.

Actual Cash Value (ACV)
These policies will pay the prevailing depreciated, fair-market value of your RV in case of a total loss. ACV is the most common type of policy offered to RV owners.

Vacation Liability
This type of coverage extends to you while your RV is parked. If someone is injured at your campsite, your liability exposure is covered up to the specified policy limits.

Full-Timer Coverage (FTC)
FTC works like a homeowner’s policy for RVers who live in their vehicles full-time and who can be left with potential liabilities exposure, including personal liability and additional living expenses. FTC policies protect full-timers’ unique needs.

Diminishing Deductible Coverage
Designed to reward good drivers by reducing comprehensive and collision deductibles by 25% of your original deductible for each claim-free year until the policy reaches a zero deductible. If a loss occurs after four claim-free years, you pay no deductible on your claim.

Personal Contents Coverage
Covers personal property, such as housewares, tools, clothes and sporting goods. A homeowner’s policy may provide coverage, but there are often limitations to coverage for off-premises property, items in storage or belongings damaged in a collision. RV specialty policies replace stolen or damaged items at full replacement cost.

Other Benefits of RV Specialty Coverage

Add-Ons and Tow Dollies Included
Most RV specialty policies automatically cover items like awnings, antennas, external racks and satellite dishes for no additional charge. Additionally, tow dollies and trailers are often included in coverage.Agreed Value Coverage
Offered for classic coaches and bus conversion vehicles that don’t have a standard market value. With a bill of sale or qualified appraisal, you can lock in the coach’s value up front. This protects your investment in the RV without the worry of depreciation in the event of total loss.Free 24-Hour Emergency Roadside Assistance
With most policies, insurance companies will cover the towing of your RV to the nearest qualified repair facility, regardless of cost. These policies are often extended to the tow or towed vehicle, as well, if it’s being used in conjunction with the RV.

Emergency Travel Expense
If your RV is incapacitated because of a covered loss, most RV policies cover the cost of a rental car and/or hotel room while your RV is being repaired. If your RV is not repairable, the policy can cover airfare to return you and your family home.

Experienced RV Claims Handling
While you may never experience a serious loss with your RV, specialized RV insurance companies give you peace of mind knowing that your claim will be handled by professionals with RV experience, not simply standard auto adjusters.

Additional Discounts
Be sure to ask about all discounts offered by an RV specialty insurance carrier. Membership in an RV club, supplemental braking systems or completion of a safe driving course are just some of the discounts available on a state-by-state basis.

How Do I Find a Specialized RV Insurance Provider?
Lichtsinn RV Insurance is offered through the business office at Lichtsinn RV. 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!

The Final Word
If you currently own an RV, review your policy to be sure you have the protection described above at a reasonable price, and then perhaps field another quote for comparison. If you are thinking of buying an RV, be sure to discuss the availability of these coverages with an RV-experienced agent or insurance company. Protect yourself by properly insuring both your investment and the RVing lifestyle you enjoy with specialized RV insurance.

Affording an RV – Buying and Renting

Affording Your RV Begining the RV lifestyle may seem like a daunting task, but our blog series Affording an RV will clear up misconceptions and reveal that RVing is an affordable, enjoyable way of traveling with family and friends.

Buying an RV

From family bonding to affordable getaways to spontaneous road trips – the reasons to buy an RV are endless. Here are some of the top reasons why there’s never been a better time to buy:

  • Many RV models allow a family of four to save up to 59% on vacation costs over other forms of travel. That’s a calculation that takes into account RV ownership costs, including payments, insurance, maintenance, tires, tax breaks, registration and depreciation.
  • In today’s economy, there are great deals available on new RV models. Consider pre-owned units for more savings.
  • Financing is readily available for qualified borrowers.
  • You may qualify for a tax deduction because the interest on your RV loan is generally deductible as second-home mortgage interest. Check with your financial advisor to see if you qualify for the deduction.

Pre-Owned RVs

Buying a pre-owned RV is a great way to make your vacation dream a reality for less. Whether you’re looking for a towable or motorized RV, check with Lichtsinn RV because we often receive RVs as trade-ins on new vehicles.

Just like buying a pre-owned car or truck, RV dealers provide a thorough predelivery inspection of the used RV. You can visit Lichtsinn RV to compare units and features and to find out about extended service agreements.

Renting an RV

There’s no better way to try before you buy than by renting an RV. Many people rent RVs simply for a change of pace by taking an RV trip to a special event or destination.

You can rent near home and journey to your final destination, or fly and pick up your RV at the other end. More than 460 national chain outlets and local RV dealerships rent RVs, including state-of-the-art, late-model-year units. A growing number of campgrounds offer on-site RV rentals as well.

Even if you’re driving or towing an RV for the first time, features like automatic transmissions, power steering, large external mirrors and rearview cameras make it easy for experienced drivers to adjust to the difference in size, height and weight.

Article originally seen on GoRVing.com.

Ron Lichtsinn Featured in RV Pro Magazine’s RV Origins Issue

Ron Lichtsinn, Owner and Dealer Principal of Lichtsinn RV was featured in the July issue of RV Pro Magazine. The July special edition featured the “origins” of several professionals in the RV industry. You can see a digital copy of the issue here.

Ron Lichtsinn, Owner and Dealer Principal Lichtsinn RV 

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My father, who at that time owned a GM dealership in Forest City, Iowa, started selling Winnebago conversion vans in 1979 after a conversation and a handshake with John K. Hanson (Winnebago Industries Founder). I grew up in the business. I started by doing odd jobs, including detailing RVs in 1984. I left the business in 1989 when I went to college, then had a career in public accounting and then in financing for Pillsbury Inc. in its previous headquarters in downtown Minneapolis. I then came back to the family business in 2001, moving back to Forest City with my wife and buying the dealership from my father. I looked at the future of the RV industry, looking at demographics, and the number of baby boomers entering retirement. I knew there was a huge opportunity in the RV business. When I came back in 2001, I brought the entire team of Lichtsinn Motor employees together (at that time, a total of 13 including GM and RV employees) and explained I wanted to continue to build upon what my father had already started and become the true force in the RV industry. During the recession in 2008 was a very challenging time. We sell to guests throughout the country, so we saw the struggles of our guests in the places hardest hit, like California. We saw our friends and neighbors lose their jobs at Winnebago Industries. During this time, we evaluated what we needed to do to help insulate dealership family from events like this. We evaluated processes, everything from every touch point in guest interactions to our lender partners, we brought down to the very basic level and focused on improving these processes every step of the way. We focused on parts and service, increasing our staffing and our facility. We focused on training our entire team not only on their specific job skill requirements, but on guest service, focusing on internal and external guests. This groundwork is the foundation for what we continue to do each and every day. With the team of Lichtsinn employees, we have taken Lichtsinn Motors, with a staff of 13 (GM and RV) and average Winnebago Motorhome sales, to a team of 40 at Lichtsinn RV, in a new state-of-the-art RV facility built in 2014. We have been the largest volume Winnebago parts dealer in the country for the past several years and for the past four years we have achieved the Top Winnebago Dealer in North America award.

 

Winnebago Revel Convertibility… The Story

The Winnebago Revel has several convertible features, in this video we go over four of the convertible features in the all-new Winnebago Revel.

Dinette –

Not only does the Winnebago Revel have an expansive Power Lift Bed in the rear of the 4×4 RV, it also can convert the front Bench Seat/Dinette Table into a sleeping surface as well. The Winnebago Flex Bed System makes this possible. The resulting sleeping surface is 71″ in length and is 25″ wide at its widest point.

Exterior Table –

The exterior table is stored in a secure upright position while traveling. To release the table, you first release the locking latches. You will then want to grab the table leg that is stored behind the table and twist it into its position on the table, and then you lower the table down and you have the perfect outdoor eating area.

Cab Chairs –

Both the driver’s and the passenger’s chairs will swivel in their place for added seating in the Revel.

Movable Ladder –

By simply untwisting the locking mechanism on the ladder, you can then lift the ladder up and move it along both sides and the rear of the coach.

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GoRVing Survey Predicts RV Use to Soar this Summer

RVDailyReport.com — More than 5.8 million American RV used their RV during the Memorial Day Weekend, according to Go RVing’s 2018 RV Owners Insights survey, conducted by Go RVing, the RV Industry Association, and Inquisium.

As the summer travel season shifts into high gear, 92 percent of RV owners say they expect to use their RVs as much as or more than they did in 2017. A record 25 million people are expected to vacation in an RV this year.

RVers say they’re going to use their RVs to get outdoors and enjoy nature (65 percent), take more mini-vacations (64 percent), and spend more quality time with family (50 percent).

“The RV lifestyle has come to be embraced by a wide cross-section of Americans who work hard and want to enjoy the fruits of their labor,” said Frank Hugelmeyer, president of the RV Industry Association. “RVers enjoy the convenience, comfort and flexibility RVs offer, as well as the savings RVs provide.”

While fuel prices remain unpredictable from year-to-year, 81 percent of RV owners say this year’s fuel prices will not affect their travel plans. In fact, 80 percent of survey respondents in this year’s study say RV vacations cost less even when fuel prices are higher, with 77 percent saying they save 25 percent or more; and 55 percent saving 35 percent or more.

Over the past three years in the US, RV shipments from manufacturers to dealers have spiked to record levels, and consumer purchases from RV dealer lots have risen steadily. According to the survey, recent buyers were motivated by a desire to see America (90 percent), the travel advantages offered by RVing (83 percent), and innovative features and designs on new RVs (74 percent).

Two-thirds of RV owner respondents (67 percent) said an RV is the “most affordable way to travel.” These findings were echoed by research conducted by CBRE Hotels Advisory, which found savings of 21-64 percent for a four-person travel party, and 8-53 percent for a two-person travel party, depending on factors such as the type of RV and the type of vacation.

While 63 percent of 2018 RV owner respondents cite the “escape of everyday stress and pressure” as a “top benefit of RVing, these same RV owners want to stay connected while on the road — 89 percent bring their smartphone, 69 percent their laptop and 62 percent their tablet PC. The most-used campground amenity is wifi (84 percent).

RV owners are staying connected and active. Favorite activities include:

  • Sightseeing: 72 percent;
  • Visiting state and national parks: 71 percent;
  • Grilling/cookouts: 69 percent;
  • Visiting historic sites: 66 percent;
  • Hiking: 58 percent; and
  • Fishing: 42 percent.

More than 70 percent of RVers say they’re more physically active when vacationing in an RV than on other types of vacations, and 81 percent say their kids are more active.

Another important benefit of RV travel: bringing the family pet. More than 65 percent bring a four-legged family member on their RV excursions. Dogs dominate at 93 percent with cats next at 8 percent. The 101 percent total means that some RV owners bring both, yet another reason why RV owners love the “controls” that RVs offer.

The Go RVing 2018 RV Owners Insights survey included 562 respondents and has a 4 percent margin of error.

Winnebago Forza Floorplan Comparisons

Stepping up to diesel luxury and performance has never been easier!

Accessibly priced and loaded with features, the Winnebago Forza is ideal for couples or families looking to step up to the diesel pusher lifestyle. Each of the four expansive floorplans comes with elegant touches like a residential refrigerator, Corian galley countertops, walkaround queen bed, Primera upholstered Versa swivel cab seats, and an available StudioLoft bed for added sleeping flexibility. Designed to take full advantage of Freightliner’s 340-hp XCS chassis, the Forza delivers a smooth and well-mannered ride while providing up to 228 cubic feet of exterior storage, so you’ve got plenty of room for all the toys. If you’re looking for diesel performance, space, and refinement while keeping a close eye on the bottom line, take a closer look at the Winnebago Forza.

Forza 34T Floorplan Forza 34T Floorplan

The Forza 34T comes with Dual slideouts, a mid-coach bath, RestEasy Loveseat and BenchMark Dinette make the 34T perfect for couples or small families. At 35ft. 6in. long, the 34T has sleeping options for up to 8 people, 153 cu. ft. of basement and exterior storage.

Forza 36G FloorplanForza 36G

The Forza 36G comes with Triple slideouts, lots of interior storage, elegant and spacious living areas highlight the versatile 36G floorplan. Between the master queen bed, convertible Benchmark Dinette, Flexsteel Fold ‘N Tumble sofa and optional StudioLoft Bed, the Forza sleeps up to six with seatbelts for everyone. The 36G is slightly bigger than the 34T at 37 ft. 10 in. long and has 222 cu. ft. of basement and exterior storage.

Forza 38F Floorplan Forza 38F

The Forza 38F’s expansive floorplan features three slideouts, including a full wall slide on the driver’s side. The 38F is the newest floorplan addition to the Forza lineup and features a bath and a half, perfect for entertaining. Comfort comes in many forms in the 38F, enjoy sleeping for six in the queen or king-sized bed, TrueComfort+ Sofa, BenchMark Dinette, or optional StudioLoft Bed. The Forza 38F is 40 ft. with 228 cu. ft. of basement and exterior storage.

Forza 38W Floorplan Forza 38W

The Forza 38W features two full baths, the bunk bed/wardrobe system, a private master suite, and large living spaces make the 38W ideal for larger families or anyone who enjoys a little extra elbow room. Families will enjoy the sleeping options – a queen bed in the master suite, bunkhouse, TrueComfort+ sofa, BenchMark Dinette and optional StudioLoft bed. The 38W, like the 38F is 40 ft. long and has 228 cu. ft. of basement and exterior storage.

The Forza is a great option for those looking to enter the diesel-pusher lifestyle with an accessibly priced coach loaded with features. See our Forza inventory here.

 

Don’t forget… Forza’s qualify for Winnebago’s Carefree Diesel Living Warranty that covers your coach for 3-Years/100,000-miles.

Dinghy Towing with a Blue Ox Ascent Motorhome Mount Tow Bar

Traveling with a dinghy or “toad”, as many RVers would refer, has become exceedingly popular in today’s RV market. Dinghy towing provides the flexibility and convenience to allow you to easily explore and venture outside of your campground or resort. When searching for the perfect towing set-up, the options of tow bars and towable vehicles are endless.

Many of our guests use Blue Ox tow bars for dinghy towing – specifically the Ascent. The Ascent tow bar is the lightest tow bar in the Blue Ox line at only 31 lbs! The newly improved design takes a little from Avail™ (non-binding latch mechanisms) tow bar and the Aladdin™ (aluminum body) and created this featherlite ALL-aluminum tow bar. Its direct-connect, fold-away design will be a proven favorite among towing enthusiasts.

Features

  • Class III/IV tow bar, for use with towed vehicles up to 7,500 lbs
  • Easy fold-away all-aluminum tow bar mounts and stores on back of RV
  • Self-aligning, with 3 axis swivel design
  • The ultimate in quick disconnecting
  • Eye-catching alizarin crimson metallic finish
  • Each leg comes equipped with a gold Blue Ox badge
  • Improved turning radius for better cornering and for smoother towing over rough roads.