Visitors Guide: Camping in Forest City and North Central Iowa

Guests travel from all over the country to Licthsinn RV to pick up their new motorhomes and get their Winnebago motorhomes serviced.   A steady stream of RV travelers also make the pilgrimage to the Winnebago factory daily in summer months to see where their motorhomes were built and take a factory tour.  There is also the annual Winnebago Rally in July that brings several hundred RVs to the area.  That’s a lot of people coming to and from the area!

Lichtsinn RV guests are always welcome to stay at the dealership while they are here for their RV delivery or service.  We have electrical hook ups on site, fresh filtered water, dumping facilities and complimentary Wi-Fi.  We have a comfortable guest lounge available with installed laptop tables, complimentary coffee and the latest in technology.   Your pets are welcome to join you in the guest lounge and throughout the Lichtsinn RV dealership.

We put together a list of some of the many great places to camp for those that might want to spend an extra few days in the area.

Pilot Knob State Park Photo by McGhiever - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=17411958
Pilot Knob State Park Photo by McGhiever – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=17411958

Pilot Knob State Park

2148 340th St, Forest City, IA

Pilot Knob is a wonderful nature center located five miles east of Forest City.  It’s the perfect spot for nature lovers, hikers and cyclists and has camping facilities as well.

It’s located in a rare tract of rolling hills in an otherwise flat countryside.  There’s a lot to explore in this state park.

Pilot Knob State Park was dedicated in 1924 and has drawn many visitors to explore its hidden treasures and historical structures. Camping, fishing, hiking, and bird watching are just a few of the activities Pilot Knob provides.

The Civilian Conservation Corps constructed several structures in 1934. The entrance portals, stone shelter, three stone bridges, amphitheater and observation tower are all listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The observation tower is 30 feet tall and was supposed to be 40 feet tall but winter set in and the CCC had to stop construction.

Pilot Knob is listed in the Iowa Wildlife Viewing Guide. The park is a wonderful area for bird watching, particularly during migrations. Deer and turkeys are prevalent and readily seen. Turkeys were reintroduced into the area in 1979 and have flourished. Much of the wildlife can be seen while walking the thirteen and one half miles of trail through the park.

The park has excellent trails for hikers and horseback riders. Equestrians can enjoy the eight miles of trail allowed for horseback riding. Winter activities include cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, hiking and snowmobiling. There are no overnight accommodations for equestrian riders.

Hidden within the 700 acre park and enclosed abrupt banks is the Dead Man’s Lake, a four acre floating sphagnum bog, the only one of its kind in Iowa. The bog is home to many unique species, one of which is the carnivorous sundew plant. Adjacent to the bog is a four acre lake. Because of its high acidity only specially adapted species can survive in the lake.

Pilot Knob also has a 15 acre lake that has good bass and bluegill fishing. It is a popular spot for ice fishing and ice skating. Electric trolling motors only are allowed on the lake.

The Pilot Knob Recreation Area, just north of Pilot Knob State Park is available for public hunting, hiking, snowmobiling and other activities.

Features:

  • Hiking trails
  • Amphitheater
  • Shelters (2); ADA accessible
  • Modern restrooms
  • Showers
  • Electric campsites (48)
  • Full hook-up campsites (1)
  • Non-electric campsites (12)
  • Dump station
  • Horseshoe pits

Pilot Knob Reservations:

https://iowastateparks.reserveamerica.com/camping/pilot-knob-state-park/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=IA&parkId=610140

 

Pammel Park (Photo Courtesy Forest City Chamber of Commerce)
Pammel Park (Photo Courtesy Forest City Chamber of Commerce)

Pammel Park

562-898, US-69, Forest City, IA

Pammel Park is located less than a mile from the Winnebago factory and the Lichtsinn RV dealership and is located within Forest City limits.  It’s a scenic campground located on the Winnebago River.  This campground is a short walk just across the street to beautiful downtown Forest City.

There are places to eat, drink and shop.  There’s also an amazing disc golf course too if that’s your thing.

This is a great place to stay when you’re visiting the Winnebago factory.  There’s a golf course that’s open to the public within walking distance and a dog park too.  It’s also a good spot for canoeing or kayaking.

It’s probably not the quietest campground you’ve ever been to with its proximity to downtown and the fire station, but its location is perfect for those who are looking for the quintessential Forest City experience.

There are no online reservations available, but there are usually spots available at this campground.

Features:

  • 43 parking pads with RV power outlets
  • Shower house/restroom building
  • RV dump station
  • Playground nearby

Fees:

Overnight fee is $15.00, payable at campground self-service.

 

 
Video courtesy Clear Lake Chamber of Commerce

Clear Lake State Park

6490 S Shore Ct, Clear Lake, IA

Only 24 miles from Forest City is Clear Lake State Park which has one of the best beaches in Iowa.   Clear Lake is the second largest natural lake in the state.  It’s a haven for summer recreation activities including RVing.   People travel from all over the Midwest to stay at this iconic getaway.

There’s a beautiful downtown area with quirky shops and eateries.  Events happen in the downtown park almost every weekend in the summer.    Clear Lake State Park is only a few miles from all the activity.

It is easy to go fishing and boating with many public access points and docks.

Clear Lake State Park is located on the southeast corner of the beautiful 3,643 acre Clear Lake, one of the major outdoor recreation features of northern Iowa. Although the state park is only 55 acres, it offers a tremendous diversity of recreational opportunities due to its location on the lake as well as its natural beauty.

This park is characterized by rolling ground with open, mature groves of oak trees. Several small draws and thickets provide habitat for owls, squirrels, opossums, raccoons, rabbits, many species of songbirds and an occasional deer. The scenic Woodford Island is a 3 acre island managed primarily for wildlife habitat and is an excellent spot for fishing.

The 900 foot sandy beach offers unsupervised swimming and is a great place for swimmers and sunbathers, young and old.

Clear Lake is a great place for fishing throughout the year. The lake offers good fishing for walleyes, muskie, northern pike, bullheads, catfish, yellow bass, crappies, and other panfish. Boaters enjoy skiing, jet skiing, sightseeing, wind surfing and sailing.

The park features more than 10 acres of picnic grounds with tables and grills. The shady picnic areas provide a great place for a family cookout. Playground equipment for small children is located in the picnic area adjacent to the campground. An open picnic shelter is available for online reservations.

A day-use lodge is located in the picnic area near the beach. Built in 1938 by the Works Progress Administration, this impressive historical facility is a great place for such group events as weddings, family reunions, company picnics, and other large group gatherings.

Clear Lake State Park has one of the most popular campgrounds in the Iowa state park system. The campground contains a modern restroom, shower facilities and trailer dump station.

Clear Lake offers the small-town, welcoming atmosphere along with large-town attractions. Visit the legendary Surf Ballroom, the site of many performances and the last performance of Buddy Holly, or walk downtown along the brick sidewalks to shop the antique stores and boutiques. Plan a summer excursion aboard the Lady of the Lake or take a bike ride around the lake.

The park lies adjacent to the town of Clear Lake which contains a thriving business and civic community. A short distance away (12 miles) lies Mason City, one of the largest retail centers in northern Iowa. The town of Ventura lies 6 miles away to the town of Garner is 13 miles away.

Features:

  • Bicycling
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Canoeing
  • Dump Station
  • Fishing
  • Handicap Access
  • Jet Skiing
  • Jogging/Running
  • Kayaking
  • Lake
  • Modern Restroom
  • Park Office
  • Parking
  • Picnic Area
  • Playground
  • Registration Building
  • Restrooms
  • Showers
  • Swimming – Beach
  • Telephone
  • Toilet, Pit/Vault
  • Trash Dumpster
  • Walking
  • Water Hydrants
  • Water Skiing
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Windsurfing/Sailboarding

Clear Lake State Park Reservations:

https://iowastateparks.reserveamerica.com/camping/clear-lake-state-park/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=IA&parkId=610121

McIntosh Woods State Park (Photo courtesy Iowa DNR)
McIntosh Woods State Park (Photo courtesy Iowa DNR)

McIntosh Woods State Park

1200 E Lake St, Ventura, IA

McIntosh Woods State Park offers all the outdoor fun of Clear Lake in a more rustic and remote wooded setting.  It also has a dedicated boat launch ramp and is located in a serene location in Ventura, Iowa on the west side of Clear Lake.

Nestled in a forest of tall oaks this campground is shaded and cool from the summer sun.  There’s a small beach for swimming and floating.

It is located about five miles from all the downtown festivities in a quiet part of the lake.

McIntosh Woods is home to the only two yurts in our state park system. It is also the “anchor” base for anglers trying their luck on beautiful Clear Lake anytime of the year. In the winter, you can cross-country ski, snowshoe or ice fish. Whether you are here to fish, camp, swim, boat, sail, ski, snowshoe, paddle or just relax, you will enjoy your stay.

McIntosh Woods State Park is a 60-acre natural refuge located along the northwest shore of Iowa’s second largest natural lake, Clear Lake.

A one-mile interpretive hiking trail winds its way through the park with several key features highlighted along the route. The trail takes you through the Mallard Marsh on a walkway above the marsh that leads to a wildlife viewing blind where you can take photos of waterfowl, birds and a variety of wildlife species.

McIntosh Woods State Park is one of the major boating access points for Clear Lake. A modern boat ramp, the largest on the lake, is present with an extensive paved area for vehicle trailer parking.

Clear Lake is popular with anglers of all ages. A variety of fish may be taken in Clear Lake including walleye, panfish and channel catfish. To enhance angler enjoyment, a modern fish cleaning station is located near the boat ramp area at McIntosh Woods.

The park has a point or peninsula of land jutting out into the lake. This area includes an unsupervised beach which is popular for swimmers of all ages.

McIntosh Woods State Park is a popular spot for picnickers. The grassy and shaded picnic areas are a fine place for a family cookout. An open picnic shelter has been built near the boat ramp and can be reserved online.

McIntosh Woods’ shaded campground, complete with electric and non-electric campsites, is a favorite for many and is heavily used by boaters and fishermen. A modern restroom and shower building are present, as well as a playground.

A yurt is a traditional dwelling of the nomadic people of central Asia. They were found from Anatolia to Mongolia and, in Iowa, exclusively at McIntosh Woods State Park. Visitors to McIntosh Woods may stay in one of two yurts available for rent. The two yurts are unique and extremely popular for overnight accommodations on the lakefront.

Ventura Access, located one mile west of the park, is a satellite with an open shelter to rent, a basketball court, restrooms, two-lane boat ramp and a universally accessible fishing dock.

Another satellite area, referred to as the Harbor Inn, is located south of Ventura. It has an open shelter, restroom and shoreline fishing off a jetty. Just south of the fishing jetty is an area referred to as Ventura Cove, which provides a paved multi-use trail that winds through this wooded area. Across the lake from the natural sandbar at McIntosh Woods is another wonderful undeveloped public area referred to as Lone Tree Point/Farmer’s Beach. This wildlife refuge provides excellent outdoor opportunities, whether you like to shoreline fish, hike, ski, snowshoe or stargaze. Clear Lake State Park is located on the southeast portion of the lake.

McIntosh Woods State Park is located between the cities of Clear Lake and Ventura. Mason City is ten miles to the east of Clear Lake and Garner is seven miles west.

Features:

  • Bird Watching
  • Boat Launch Ramp
  • Boating
  • Dock, Boat
  • Docks, Fishing
  • Dump Station
  • Fish Cleaning Station
  • Fishing
  • Handicap Access
  • Hiking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Lake
  • Modern Restroom
  • Motel
  • Park Office
  • Parking
  • Picnic Area
  • Playground
  • Registration Building
  • Restrooms
  • Sail Boating
  • Showers
  • Swimming – Beach
  • Telephone
  • Trash Dumpster
  • Walking
  • Water Hydrants
  • Wildlife Viewing

Reservations:

https://iowastateparks.reserveamerica.com/camping/mcintosh-woods-state-park/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=IA&parkId=610112

MacNider Campgrounds

901 Birch Dr, Mason City, IA

Mason City Family Aquatic Center (Photo Courtesy Mason City Parks and Recreation Department)
Mason City Family Aquatic Center (Photo Courtesy Mason City Parks and Recreation Department)

MacNider Campground is a great place for families.  Nestled into a wooded neighborhood on the east side of Mason City, Iowa about 29 miles from Forest City, this place has a lot to offer.

This urban campground is on the grounds of the Mason City Family Aquatic Center.   This expansive facility has giant water slides, diving boards, fountains and a zero-entry kiddie pool.  It’s also adjacent Mason City’s largest park that has an amazing playground for kids and grandkids.

You’ll find plenty of places to shop, eat and be merry one mile away in downtown Mason City.   There’s even bike and electric scooter rentals on site so you can get around easily while you’re there.

Features:

  • Water service
  • Sanitary sewer service
  • Electrical service
  • Dump station
  • Tornado shelter
  • Bath house
  • Picnic shelters
  • Office
  • Camp store

The campground includes 20 full hookups including water, sewer and electrical; 55 hookups for water & electrical; 20 tent camping sites with water only for a total of 95 camping sites. Each campsite includes a fire ring and picnic table

Fees:

Full Hookup (sewer, water, electricity) $26 per night

Water & Electricity $17 per night

Tent $12 per night

Reservations are not taken.  Camping is on a first come – first served basis.

 

Crystal Lake Park

1045 320th St, Forest City, IA

Crystal Lake (Photo courtesy City of Crystal Lake social media page)
Crystal Lake (Photo courtesy City of Crystal Lake social media page)

If you’re looking for something more pastoral, Crystal Lake Park might be the perfect place!    Located just nine miles west of Forest City it’s a quick jaunt from Lichtsinn RV.

The park offers the only public boat launch and beach on Crystal Lake as well as a campground with 65 Electric and 22 Primitive (non-electric) sites.

Features:

  • Primitive & Electric Camping
  • Water and Waste Station located near registration kiosk
  • Playground
  • Disc Golf Course
  • Beach & swimming
  • Fishing
  • Boating

Park Hours are 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM.

Campground facilities are open May 1st  to October 15th Annually.

Fees:

  • Electric sites are $15/night and non-electric are $10/night (14 day maximum stay)
  • All sites are rented on a first come, first served basis.

Information accurate as compiled 7/20/2021.  Data and descriptions provided by Iowa DNR, County Conservation via MyCountyParks.com, Forest City Chamber of Commerce, Clear Lake Chamber of Commerce and City of Mason City Iowa.


 

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Experience the Best® at Lichtsinn RV, the #1 Winnebago Dealer in North America for the last six 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.  Family is central to Lichtsinn RV’s success  Visitors Guide: Camping in Forest City and North Central Iowa

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Family is central to Lichtsinn RV’s success

Ron and Hope Lichtsinn with their first son Ryland in 2001, the year Ron and Hope moved to Forest City to grow their family and business.
Ron and Hope Lichtsinn with their first son Ryland in 2006.   The Lichtsinns moved to Forest City to raise their family and grow their business.

A family affair

What started as a small-town car dealership in Forest City, Iowa, has grown to be the largest Winnebago dealership in North America for six years running.  This unlikely success story has family at its roots.

Ron Lichtsinn Sr. founded the dealership in 1976.  Lichtsinn Motors sold a broad line of GM vehicles before they began selling Winnebago conversion vans in 1979 after a handshake deal with Winnebago founder John K. Hanson.

Lichtsinn’s son, Ron Lichtsinn II met his future wife, Hope, while they studied at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa in the early 90’s.  Ron graduated with a degree in accounting and Hope with a degree in business management.

After returning to Iowa after a successful career in corporate mergers and acquisitions Ron Lichtsinn II worked side-by-side with his father for a couple of years after Ron and Hope bought the dealership.

Ron Lichtsinn Sr. and Ron II at Lichtsinn Motors in 2002.
Ron Lichtsinn Sr. and Ron II at Lichtsinn Motors in 2002.

The Lichtsinns had a plan

Ron and Hope set out to disrupt the RV Sales industry by building an advanced dealership and content marketing system.  These processes would support rapid growth, responsiveness and strong guest communications with a focus of guest service at its core.  This system has allowed them to provide an unparalleled guest experience throughout the United States and Canada.

Ron was also an early adopter of internet technology.   He set up some of the first RV-related online forums on Yahoo Groups.  The Lichtsinn RV YouTube channel has more than 20,000 followers. Hope delivers creative messaging to prospective guests through search engines and social marketing.

They built an expansive 26,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility in 2014 and more than quadrupled the size of their original team.

Not only has the dealership become the top volume Winnebago dealer in North America; they also have had the number one Winnebago Parts Department for over 20 years and have been awarded the coveted Flying W Customer Service Satisfaction Award for 27 consecutive years.  Lichtsinn RV has also have been recognized as the top volume Motorhome Dealer in Iowa for the past 19 years.

The Lichtsinn RV team breaks ground for the new RV facility in 2013.
The Lichtsinn RV team breaks ground for the new RV facility in 2013.

A great employer for families

At the core of the business is a strong connection to family.  Ron and Hope Lichtsinn aren’t the only pair at Lichtsinn RV.   Out of almost fifty employees – eight are married couples.  There are also pairs of siblings and many other family connections too.

These connections help Lichtsinn RV have a strong foundation that is instrumental to the success of the business.  If the dealership does well, everyone does well.

“We encourage family members to join our team where it makes sense. From insurance to balancing schedules, we look at the family members to try and ensure we are providing their families the life experience they will look back on and be proud of. “

Ron and Hope Lichtsinn have worked hard to make Lichtsinn RV a great employer for families.

“Hope and I realize family is everything, our families and loved ones are the reason we get up each day and work to provide them the things we’d like them to have and the ability to do things together we want to,” Ron says, “We try and take the same approach as we look to our employees.”

This family environment is not only felt by other team members but also by their guests.

“Our guests contact us about their dreams for an RV experience that will allow them to spend more time with family and loved ones.”

Ron and Hope along with their boys Ryland, left and Gavin cut the ribbon on the new facility on opening day in 2014.
Ron and Hope along with their sons cutting the ribbon on the new facility on opening day in 2014.

Planning for the future

Even though the Lichtsinns have accomplished the goal of becoming the largest Winnebago dealership in the country they aren’t stopping now.

The company, along with the entire RV industry, has seen unprecedented growth during the pandemic.

Progress is underway to continue to expand the dealership to accommodate exponential growth in the parts and service departments in recent years.

There are also plans to further develop the Lichtsinn RV digital and social media presence.

Ron and Hope Lichtsinn at Lichtsinn RV, July 2021.
Ron and Hope Lichtsinn at Lichtsinn RV, July 2021.

What family-owned means for you

Since the Lichtsinn family name hangs on the business, Ron and Hope hold the highest expectations for quality and professionalism within the company.

Unlike at the national mega-store RV dealers that litter the nation’s interstates there is also a real sense of pride in the company.  Lichtsinn RV is made up of a family of individuals that deeply care about the success of the company and each other. When you work for Lichtsinn RV it’s not just a job, it’s a career.

Lichtsinn RV is better than a corporate-owned store precisely because they are smaller.   They care about their guests and their reputation.

That’s how the company has set the customer service standard for the RV sales industry and as a result has grown to be the largest volume dealer for Winnebago in North America six years running.

 


 

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Experience the Best® at Lichtsinn RV, the #1 Winnebago Dealer in North America for the last six 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.  Family is central to Lichtsinn RV’s success

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Take the Winnebago Motorhome Factory Tour

Visit the largest motorhome manufacturing facility in the world, Winnebago Industries, Inc., headquartered in Forest City on a campus that we refer to as the most productive 60 acres in North Iowa. Founded in 1958, “Winnebago” became a household word and became the first recreation vehicle manufacturer to build motorhomes in an automotive-style assembly line system. We build our motorhomes in one of the most technologically advanced RV manufacturing facilities in existence today.

Winnebago Factory Tour

Free Winnebago Motorhome Factory Tours – 

Forest City, IA – Class A & Class C Motorhomes:

  • Twice daily (Monday through Thursday) April through October at 9:00 a.m. and 1 p.m.
  • Special accommodations can be arranged for large tour groups. Reservations are recommended to ensure a space on the tour.
  • Close-toed shoes are required.
  • Safety glasses, safety vest and hearing protection provided/required on tours.

Lake Mills, IA – Class B Motorhomes:

  • Daily (Monday through Thursday at 9:30 and Friday at 9:30 & 1:00) April through October
  • Reservations are recommended to ensure a space on the tour.
  • Close-toed shoes are required.
  • Safety glasses, safety vest and hearing protection provided/required on tours.

All motorhome production tours start at the Winnebago Visitors Center in Forest City, IA.

When you are in Forest City for the Winnebago Factory Tour, make sure to stop by Lichtsinn RV to see the finished product! We are just 1 mile north of the Forest City facility and on the way to the Lake Mills facility.

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How to get here: Mason City Airport Offers Daily Commercial Jet Service

Each year, we have hundreds of guests traveling from across the United States to purchase their Winnebago Motorhome from Lichtsinn RV.  Some travel thousands of miles to do so.

Recently the Mason City Municipal Airport, located just 24 miles from Lichtsinn RV, added daily commercial non-stop jet service from Chicago O’Hare airport.   The service is offered by United Express, operated by SkyWest Airlines.

United Express Mason City

For many of our guests this option may save time and money for those who can route flights through Chicago.  The convenience of a small airport like the Mason City Municipal airport means less hassle.   There is little or no waiting for luggage, no long walks from one concourse to the next and no busy loading and unloading zone to catch your ride.

If you prefer to arrive the night before you take delivery on your new or used RV there are several hotels  near the airport that can accommodate you.    Or you can make your way directly to Forest City and stay at the newly constructed Cobblestone Hotel in Forest City.

Other guests will opt to fly to larger airports in Minneapolis/St. Paul (MSP) or Des Moines, Iowa (DSM).   These are great options for guests looking for non-stop service from other cities.

We make it as easy as possible to get here. When you have your travel plans booked, your sales consultant can coordinate with one of our transportation drivers to pick you up at the airport of your choice.

From either Des Moines or Minneapolis/St. Paul it is a short two-hour drive to Lichtsinn RV.   From Mason City it is about 30 minutes.

When you arrive at Lichtsinn RV, your RV will be ready for you. It has already completed an in-depth pre-delivery inspection and a thorough cleaning. Once your paperwork is completed, you will be able to move into your new RV.

After your in-depth half-day orientation with one of our RVDA/RVIA certified technicians  you will be able to enjoy our superior accommodations including use of our courtesy vehicle fleet (dependent on availability.)

Since Lichtsinn RV is only 1 mile from Winnebago Industries you can enjoy the Winnebago Visitor’s Center on the grounds of the Winnebago factory while you are here.

We look forward to helping you Experience the Best at Lichtsinn RV!

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Experience the Best® at Lichtsinn RV, the #1 Winnebago Dealer in North America for the last six 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.  Mason City airport offers daily commercial jet service

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Experience the Best® Blog: The Lichtsinn RV Video Library

One of the many things that sets Lichtsinn RV apart from other RV dealerships is our commitment to informing our guests.  One of the most effective ways we reach people is through our extensive video library.

At Lichtsinn RV, Winnebagos are the only new motorhomes we carry.  This allows our team to focus on Winnebago product exclusively and create unique Winnebago product, Q&A and how-to videos specific to Winnebago RV models.

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In this episode of Lichtsinn RV LIVE, Ron Lichtsinn and Heidi Thompson (VP and General Manager of Lichtsinn RV) answer the most popular questions we have received on the Winnebago Solis 59P & 59PX with and without the pop-top. (Original Air Date March 31, 2021)

We have more than 22,000 subscribers to the Lichtsinn RV YouTube channel.  People who are hungry for accurate and extensive information play our videos over 100,000 times each month while consuming more than 15,000 hours of valuable content.

Our Winnebago product knowledge is unparalleled by any other dealer.   Our factory-trained sales professionals receive regular daily Winnebago product training.  They are also afforded the opportunity to review new product and model year changes up front. One of the ways we convey that product knowledge and experience is through our videos.

Lichtsinn RV is the closest RV dealer to Winnebago Industries, located just one mile north of the Winnebago and Winnebago Touring Coach factory in Forest City, Iowa. Each of our RV service consultants completes Winnebago factory direct service training.   Videos are one of the key means of how we share their vast knowledge about the many different RV systems within the Winnebago product.

Our videos focus on six main areas:

In-stock inventory videos highlight the features of our new and used motorhomes for sale at Lichtsinn RV.

In-Stock Inventory

RV Parts and Service videos  include how-to videos and parts and accessories videos.  From RV satellite, internet, collision warning system to tow bars there’s something interesting for every RV user or wannabe.

RV Parts and Service

Lichtsinn LIVE videos are informative live video presentations where we invite guests to ask questions about different models or RV related subjects. Past Lichtsinn LIVE videos are stored here as well.

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Featured product videos highlight top features and walk throughs on different models  and their features in the Winnebago line-up.  We also do product comparisons so you can be sure you are choosing the right RV.

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The how-to video library is an invaluable resource for anyone looking for information on heating and cooling, solar power, RV infotainment systems and many other RV related how-to categories.

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We also produce videos on the RV lifestyle.   These include videos covering topics such as: financing your RV, the Winnebago Quality Difference and the Lichtsinn RV Experience.

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Whether you are looking to purchase an RV, learning to use your RV or have questions you need answered the Lichtsinn RV video library is your source for almost unlimited information related to Winnebago RVs.

 

Experience the Best® at Lichtsinn RV, the #1 Winnebago Dealer in North America for the last six 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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You will Experience the Best at Lichtsinn RV! Starting when you pick up the phone or chat with us online, you will see why the Lichtsinn RV Experience is the best.

WATCH OUR VIDEO ON OUR RVDA & RVIA CERTIFIED TECHNICIANS HERE.

All of our RV technicians are factory-trained, RVDA and RVIA Master Certified Technicians. This certification provides you the assurance that the technician working on your RV has the specific skills needed to do so. Our Flying W Customer Satisfaction Index Scores rank in the best of class for Winnebago Dealers! We have recently expanded our Service Department which has allowed us to increase our services offered, now including full tire service.

Experience the Best℠ at Lichtsinn RV, the #1 Winnebago Dealer in North America for the last six 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.

Top Ten Questions about Financing your RV Purchase at Lichtsinn RV

At Lichtsinn RV we have the knowledge and experience to help guide you through your purchase of a new or pre-owned RV.  In the United States, 70 to 80 percent of the 11 million households that currently own an RV have a loan.  We’ve prepared a list of the top ten questions about “financing your RV” that we get here at Lichtsinn RV.

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How does the process work? 

Most guests call us to complete a credit application over the phone.  It takes about five to ten minutes to complete verbally.   Alternatively, you can complete our online credit application on our secure website or you can also visit us in person.  Usually credit decisions take a day or less.   We work with trusted industry lenders that offer RV specific terms and rate advantages.

How do RV loans work?

Unlike traditional automobile loans and mortgages, RV rates are typically lower for longer term loans.   Most guests opt for a fixed rate twenty-year loan. This provides a lower monthly payment while still providing the flexibility to pay the loan off at any time with no penalty.  We will do whatever we can to help you get the monthly payment and loan term that best suits your budget.

Why should I finance my RV at Lichtsinn RV? 

We work with many national lenders who are competing against each other to provide our guests the most competitive rates. We also handle the whole process for our guests saving time and money! Our lenders are also using only your RV as collateral while some banks and credit unions will ask for other items such as CD’s, investment and even your home. Our goal is to make this process as seamless and easy for our guests as possible while working to help obtain competitive rates!

Are there fees or closing costs?

All of our loans carry no fees at closing, no closing costs and no points.

What are my payment options?

We offer both monthly and bi-weekly payment options.  The bi-weekly payment option can help shorten your term and save you thousands of dollars.

Are there pre-payment penalties?

There are no prepayment penalties and so you can pay extra each month or pay the whole RV off in a lump sum in the future if you choose.

Which lenders do you use?

We work with several lenders across the country to bring you the most competitive and flexible financing options available.   We have partnerships with Bank of America, US Bank, Bank of the West, Huntington Bank and several other major lenders.   We allow them to compete to help get you the lowest rate.

How much money do I need to put down?

Most of our lenders are currently requiring 10% down for RV financing.  There are 0% down options for some well-qualified customers.  Keep in mind that the more you put down the lower your payments will be and you’ll end up paying less in interest over the term of your loan.

Do I need to put my home up for collateral?

The only collateral you’re using to secure a loan at Lichtsinn RV is the RV itself.    You will not need to put up your home for collateral.

Can I deduct the interest on my RV loan?

Yes, in many cases.  According to the RV industry association, under the U.S. tax code, RV buyers can deduct the interest on certain loans used to purchase RVs as a mortgage on a second home. RVs qualify for a second home mortgage interest deduction because they are a popular weekend and vacation ‘home’ for middle-class Americans.

If you have any questions call (1-800-343-6255) or email the Lichtsinn RV Business Office today to find out more about financing your RV purchase.

 

Experience the Best® at Lichtsinn RV, the #1 Winnebago Dealer in North America for the last six 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 Ten Questions about Insuring your RV at Lichtsinn RV

We know that a purchasing an RV is one of the biggest and important investments people make.   To keep that investment safe and secure we offer insurance for your RV right here at Lichtsinn RV.  Insuring your RV has never been easier!

 

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Why should I get my insurance at Lichtsinn RV?

Our business managers are licensed personal lines agents for a variety of companies that specialize in RV insurance.  They work insuring people for RVs on a daily basis.  They can ensure you get the right coverages for your needs.

What is total loss replacement coverage?

In the unfortunate circumstance your RV becomes a total loss most auto insurance companies are going to only cover actual cash value.  We offer policies with Total Loss Replacement Coverage which will pay you what it costs to replace your RV with a new one.

Does my insurance cover international travel?

If you travel north to Canada you’ll be covered, but if you plan on traveling to Mexico you’ll need to purchase Mexican liability coverage before crossing the border.  Your comprehensive insurance will still be in place but you need that extra coverage when traveling to Mexico and other south-of-the-border destinations.

Does insurance cover rock chips on my windshield?

RV windshields can be expensive- especially on Class A motorcoaches.    Many of the policies we’re able to write offer a zero dollar windshield deductible that can save you the expense of replacing your windshield.

How much will insurance cost? 

The cost depends a great deal on what kind of RV you are insuring but most of the policies we write average $1200 a year.

Why is RV insurance so affordable?

One of the big things that insurance companies are going to ask you when you’re doing your quote is how many miles a year are you driving or how many days each year are you using it.  Generally, most of our guests are going to use their RV between 30 and 150 days a year.    This results in a lower rate than you might expect.

Which companies do you work with?

We work with a variety of companies including Progressive, Nationwide, National General and Safeco.

Can I turn off my coverage while my RV is in storage?

We work with carriers who will allow you to take off coverage while your RV is in storage however we also work with carriers who rate the policy based on the number of days your planning to use the RV which eliminates the need for you to take coverage off and you won’t have to remember to put coverage back on before using your RV!

Who do I contact with a claim? 

We will provide insurance identification cards when we finalize the insurance policy and the claims numbers are listed on the card.  You can also always call us here at the dealership and we would be happy to help file the claim with you directly with the carrier.

Is roadside assistance available through my policy? 

All of our carriers offer roadside assistance which can be an option added to your insurance policy.

If you have any questions call (1-800-343-6255) or email the Lichtsinn RV Business Office today to find out more about insuring your RV.

Experience the Best® at Lichtsinn RV, the #1 Winnebago Dealer in North America for the last six 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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You will Experience the Best at Lichtsinn RV! Starting when you pick up the phone or chat with us online, you will see why the Lichtsinn RV Experience is the best.

One of the key advantages of buying your new Winnebago from Lichtsinn RV is our proximity to Winnebago’s Motorhome Division in Forest City, Iowa. Our dealership is located 1 mile from Winnebago Industries, so if you buy a Winnebago from Lichtsinn RV you don’t have to worry about whether a delivery driver ate, drank, or lived in your brand-new RV before you could.

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Picking up your brand-new Winnebago motorhome is a day filled with excitement and wonder as you explore and test every component, part and gadget in your RV. After you wrap up your day at the dealership, the sales person hands you the keys to your new rig and you are off to enjoy your first night in your RV. As you hit the open road, you look down and realize your brand-new Winnebago already has 1,000+ miles on it… But how is that possible if the Winnebago is new? RVs are too big to be transported using semis, so RV manufacturers hire drivers to drive an RV from where it is built to the dealer. So, your RV will arrive with hundreds to thousands of miles on the engine and who knows what else…

A dealer that is more geographically proximate to you might not tell you about how crucial the first 1,000 miles is for engine break-in because your Winnebago could arrive with 1,000 miles or more on it before you even step foot inside the coach. The chassis manufacturers have recommendations for breaking in the engine. When you purchase from Lichtsinn RV you can control the critical break-in period and not leave it up to a delivery driver towing their personal vehicle across the country.

Factory-fresh Winnebago motorhomes without any delivery miles is just one way you will Experience the Best at Lichtsinn RV. See all of the ways you will Experience the Best® at Lichtsinn RV here.

Experience the Best® at Lichtsinn RV, the #1 Winnebago Dealer in North America for the last six 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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At Lichtsinn RV, we encounter guests that either have previously bought or spoken to another an RV dealer or have heard horror stories from family members or friends who had a negative experience buying from another dealer.

Here at Lichtsinn RV, we are different, but don’t take our word for it. Read our hundreds of guest reviews on Facebook and Google to see what our guests thought of purchasing at Lichtsinn RV.

We wanted to debunk some common myths about buying RVs that we have heard from guests who have previously spoken or bought from another dealer.

Myth #1: The salesperson doesn’t know anything about the product I am looking at.

The Reality at Lichtsinn RV: The Lichtsinn RV team has the Winnebago-Specific Product Knowledge to Assist you in the Sales and Service Process.

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The Lichtsinn RV Team Receives Daily Professional Development.

Lichtsinn RV exclusively sells new Winnebago product and has been for over 40 years. The team members at Lichtsinn RV have Winnebago-specific product knowledge and receive extensive, ongoing professional development to ensure they stay up-to-date on new product and features. In fact, the Lichtsinn RV sales team receives daily professional development to review Winnebago product and features. This training ensures that the Lichtsinn RV sales consultants can answer your questions no matter how in-depth they are, and if we need to research something in more detail we have our partners at Winnebago, just down the road, to help. This extensive training continues into our service department. Each of our Winnebago factory trained RV Service Technicians has earned their RVIA/RVDA Certification. This certification provides you the assurance that the technician working on your RV has the specific skills required to properly diagnose and fix your RV. Several members of our service team actually worked at Winnebago Industries’ motorhome facility before coming to Lichtsinn RV, so they have first hand knowledge of how the product is built. See more here. 

Myth #2: A Winnebago on my local dealer’s lot is no different than any other new Winnebago.

The Reality at Lichtsinn RV: the Winnebagos at Lichtsinn RV are Factory Fresh and Do Not Have Any Delivery Miles or Tow Car Stress on them.

A dealer that is more geographically proximate to you might not tell you about how crucial the first 1,000 miles is on  your new motorhome for the engine break-in period. A Winnebago from your local dealer could arrive with 1,000 miles or more on it before you even step foot inside the coach. Chassis manufacturers have recommendations for breaking in the engine. When you purchase from Lichtsinn RV you can control the critical break-in period and not leave it up to a delivery driver towing their personal vehicle across the country. If you buy a Winnebago from Lichtsinn RV you don’t have to worry about whether a delivery driver ate, drank, or lived in your brand-new RV before you. Your local dealer can not say the same. See more here.

Myth #3: There are a Bunch of Added Fees and Extra Work to Buy an RV Out of State.

The Reality at Lichtsinn RV: There Are No Additional Fees to Purchase an RV in Iowa

Here at Lichtsinn RV, we help guests from all over the United States and Canada purchase their RVs. There are no additional fees to purchase an RV in Iowa and you will pay the tax and license fees in your home state. Our business office has experience working with DMV offices all over the country to help make the vehicle registration process as simple as possible. See more here.

Myth #4: It will cost me extra to purchase outside of my home state.

The Reality at Lichtsinn RV: Lichtsinn RV Provides a Superior Purchasing Experience for All Our Guests 

We assist guests from all over North America, and many of our guests take advantage of our airport transportation service. We arrange a driver to pick you up from either the Minneapolis/St. Paul, Des Moines, or Mason City airports saving you valuable travel time. We often here that people will fly to Lichtsinn RV and still save money over their local dealer.

When comparing RVs at Lichtsinn RV to a dealer in your geographic location you will want to ensure you are looking at truly comparable RVs. We often hear from guests that their local dealer will stock a lesser model and then force the buyer to spend a significant amount of money to equip the RV to meet their needs. We equip all of our stock units similarly to how most of our guests prefer to equip their RVs, so they are ready to get on the road and enjoy their coach not spend additional time or money equipping it with comfort or efficiency items.

Myth #5: The Dealer Rushes Through the Delivery Walk-Around.

The Reality at Lichtsinn RV: You will receive a complimentary ½ Day Orientation Where Every Single Feature, Switch, Maintenance and Warranty Item is Covered.

In your half day educational orientation, you will learn about every switch and feature, what to do and not to do in with your new RV, maintenance tips and warranty items. In this orientation, feel free to ask any questions you have, and your advisor will happily answer them. We also recommend that you stay for at least one night during your delivery so if any additional questions or concerns arise you can speak with your service advisor, sales consultant or business manager right away. See more here.

Myth #6:  RV Dealers Don’t Support You After the Sale.

Reality at Lichtsinn RV: At Lichtsinn RV, you have a full team of support from our Sales, Service, and Parts Departments to support you after the sale.

You will have your Sales Consultant assisting you with the purchase process and with any questions after the sale. The Lichtsinn RV Business Office will assist you before and during the delivery process to ensure you understand your options for financing and protecting your investment down the road.

Next you will meet your designated service consultant who will answer all your questions and assist you with setting up service appointments for the lifetime of your vehicle. Our service consultants and our Winnebago Factory Trained RVIA/RVDA Certified RV Service Technicians have the training, experience and certification to ensure your RV is in the right hands when receiving service work. See more here.

The Lichtsinn RV Parts Department is the largest Winnebago Parts Department in the country with same-day shipping on in-stock parts with nationwide shipping. Our Parts department team will assist you in ordering parts and accessories for the lifetime of your vehicle and answer any questions you have related to parts and accessories for your RV. See more here.

Learn more about the Lichtsinn RV Experience here.

Experience the Best® at Lichtsinn RV, the #1 Winnebago Dealer in North America for the last six 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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