LIVE BLOG: Major expansion under way at Lichtsinn RV

 October 25, 2021

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Progress continues on the paving and facility building projects at Lichtsinn RV.  Crews have poured the footings for the new RV indoor showroom.  The site grading is complete on the massive paving project set to begin soon.

October 1, 2021

Foundation work has begun
Site grading continues east of the dealership
Crews work to level ground for the lot expansion.

Foundation work began on the facility project on Friday, October 1, 2021.  Teams from Mayers Excavating have also cleared and graded a massive area in preparation for the lot expansion east of the dealership.

 


 

September 24, 2021

Ron Lichtsinn explains project plans at the dealership on September 21, 2021.

 


September 21, 2021

The wave

A ground breaking ceremony was held at Lichtsinn RV on September 21, 2021.   Dignitaries including the Forest City Mayor, city councilpersons, the Forest City Chamber of Commerce and the Forest City Economic Development were in attendance.  Representatives from Winnebago and Kingland Construction were also present along with the entire staff of Lichtsinn RV as they celebrated the launch of construction.

 


September 8, 2021

Ron and Hope Lichtsinn answer questions from staff after announcing a large-scale expansion of their Forest City, Iowa based Winnebago RV dealership on Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021.
Ron and Hope Lichtsinn answer questions from staff after announcing a large-scale expansion of their Forest City, Iowa based Winnebago RV dealership on Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021.

The largest single point Winnebago Motorhome Dealership in North America is expanding with the goal of continuing to provide an RV industry leading guest experience.

Ron Lichtsinn II, owner of Lichtsinn RV, announced plans on Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021, to more than double the size of the Forest City, Iowa, based facility.

The expansion will include a large indoor RV showroom and fixed operations improvements featuring additional service bays, a large indoor parts warehouse and shipping center, as well as increased parts retail space to better serve their guests.  Lichtsinn RV also plans on expanding their camping facilities east of the dealership.

“As the RV lifestyle continues to grow in popularity, our team remains dedicated to making the necessary infrastructure investments needed to serve our guests,” said Lichtsinn RV General Manager, Heidi Thompson.  “Our focus on guest experience and our dedication to providing strong support to owners through their purchase, delivery and ownership experiences directly informed the decisions being made for this facilities expansion, which will include a large indoor RV showroom and fixed operations improvements featuring additional service bays, a large indoor parts warehouse and shipping center, as well as increased parts retail space to serve our guests.”

Lichtsinn RV has been recognized by Winnebago Industries, Inc., as the North American Top Dealer for six consecutive years. They are also the largest Winnebago parts dealer in the United States.

Lichtsinn RV sells the entire line of new Winnebago motorhomes and carries extensive used inventory.

Ron Lichtsinn, center, explains expansion plans to Sales Consultants Cody Lycke, left, and Reed  Burkholder on Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021.
Ron Lichtsinn, center, explains expansion plans to Sales Consultants Cody Lycke, left, and Reed Burkholder on Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021.

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 successful corporate careers Ron and Hope bought the dealership in 2001.  They went on to build an expansive 26,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility in 2014.

The latest expansion is an investment in the future said Ron Lichtsinn. “The doubling of our footprint here in Forest City, both in terms of real estate surface and facilities build, provides the capacity needed for current and long term growth for our guest base, which is the sole reason why we exist, because of our guests.   We are focusing to achieve our current best of class guest experience, evidenced by our Google and Facebook reviews, for even larger growth.  Our team members providing this experience for our guests will also be able to enjoy a better employment experience with the tools they need for continued success in their lifelong careers here at Lichtsinn RV.”

Kingland Construction Services of Forest City is the General Contractor for the project.   Kingland also built Lichtsinn RV’s current facility.

Call Lichtsinn RV to find out more about any of our leading industry partnerships and for your Winnebago RVing needs!

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. Lichtsinn RV announces major expansion

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The Best Inspection in the Business: A Lichtsinn RV Advantage

The Best Inspection in the Business: A Lichtsinn RV Advantage

As more and more people join the RVing community throughout the country, one thing is certain, Motorhomes have become increasingly complicated with advancements in RV electrical systems, heating and cooling, plumbing, space-making slide outs and internet connectivity.

These aren’t the machines our parents’ generation traveled in.  As a result, the importance of the pre-delivery inspection has grown exponentially.  A pre-delivery inspection (PDI) is exactly what it sounds like.  At Lichtsinn RV, we thoroughly inspect your new or pre-owned motorhome before you take possession of your RV.

LIchtsinn RV Service Technician Jeremy Hanna performs a pre-delivery inspection on a new Winnebago motorhome.
Lichtsinn RV Service Technician, Jeremy Hanna, performs a pre-delivery inspection on a new Winnebago motorhome.

At Lichtsinn RV we have the best Pre-Delivery Inspection in the industry

Let’s face it, there are a lot of lousy RV dealerships out there. Unfortunately, in the race to find the lowest possible RV price, many people choose to buy from dealers who do not have a history of great customer service. Know in advance that the lowest price is not usually synonymous with the best buying experience.

At Lichtsinn RV, before you take possession of your RV, it will go through an extensive pre-delivery inspection. During this inspection one of our technicians perform an exhaustive series of tests on your RVs functional systems and they also look for cosmetic and fitment issues.  They work with a checklist of 172 items that they inspect on each new RV.  Each RV is also road tested.

Every RV pre-delivery inspection takes at least four hours and is valued at over $600.   However, we don’t charge you for this service as some dealers do.  It is simply part of our commitment to providing you the best RV experience possible.

Advanced technology requires advanced training

Your pre-delivery inspection will be completed by one of our factory trained RVIA/RVDA Certified RV Technicians. This certification provides you the assurance that the technician working on your RV has the specific skills needed to do so.

Many of our technicians have also actually previously worked at Winnebago and have unique product knowledge due to this experience that many others may not have.

Our technicians are among the most knowledgeable RV technicians in the country.  They are experts on every motorhome Winnebago sells…inside and out.

Why is a good Inspection important?

We’ve read the horror stories in online forums and heard from guests who have previously bought elsewhere about buying an RV from a dealership that doesn’t put an emphasis on pre-delivery inspections.  Or they simply don’t perform them at all — Here’s the keys!  Enjoy!  Then 1000 miles down the road you have big, big problems.

At Lichtsinn RV we’d rather handle things before you get here to pick up your RV.  Our thorough inspection helps us to find issues ahead of your arrival. If there is an issue, we fix it.  With our close proximity to the Winnebago factory we can often get the needed parts the same day. When you come here for delivery, if you should find any issues while you are here, again, we just have a quick 1 mile trip to Winnebago to get the part needed for your RV to get you on the road and our certified technicians have the expertise to do so.

Stay in our campground; get to know your motorhome

After a thorough orientation on your RV, we invite you to stay in your RV on our on-site campground. This allows you to put your new or used motorhome through the paces.  There is so much information covered in your complimentary orientation, it is easy to forget a thing or two. This provides you the opportunity to stay overnight with us, so that we are available just outside your doorstep the next day to answer any questions that you may have.

Our team will stand behind you

It’s inevitable. Occasionally an issue arises on a system that tested fine during the inspection.  Unlike many dealerships, we are there for you until you get the issue resolved whether it is something we do internally or if it requires a chassis dealer or a 3rd party vendor.   At Lichtsinn RV our relationship goes far beyond your initial RV purchase. The Lichtsinn RV team will stand behind you for the life of your RV.

Call Lichtsinn RV to find out more about our pre-delivery inspection process and for your all your Winnebago RVing needs!

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. Lichtsinn RV announces major expansion

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Brian Buffington promoted to Director of Fixed Operations at Lichtsinn RV

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FOREST CITY, Iowa, October 2021 – Brian Buffington has been promoted to Director of Fixed Operations at Lichtsinn RV. With this newly created position, Brian will lead Fixed Operations including Service, Parts and Finishing and Quality Control departments.

Brian brings extensive leadership, industry and dealership knowledge, as well as problem solving skills and commitment to internal and external guest service.

Brian is a graduate of Waldorf College with a degree in Business Administration and Management.

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. Lichtsinn RV announces major expansion Brian Buffington promoted to Director of Fixed Operations at Lichtsinn RV

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Renae Aukes Joins the Lichtsinn RV Sales Team

aukesFOREST CITY, IOWA, September 2021 –  Lichtsinn RV of Forest City is excited to announce the addition of Renae Aukes to our Sales Team. Renae’s position is an incremental addition to our sales team to align with the continued growth of the Winnebago RV Dealership. Renae comes to Lichtsinn RV from a long standout career with Hy-Vee, serving in many management roles over the past 23 years. “Renae’s professional experiences, positive attitude and dedication to guest service make us very excited to have her join our team” said Heidi Thompson, Lichtsinn RV General Manager.

Renae is a graduate of North Iowa High School and attended Iowa Lakes Community College in Estherville, Iowa where she graduated with an associate degree. Aukes continued her education at Minnesota State University, in Mankato, MN receiving her bachelor’s degree for elementary education.

When asked what she is most looking forward to in her new position, Aukes said, “Getting to help guests make a purchase they have dreamed of owning!”

Outside of work, Aukes enjoys riding bike and doing kick boxing classes at the local YMCA. Most importantly she enjoys spending quality time with her husband and two children.

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. Renae Aukes Joins the Lichtsinn RV Sales Team

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Jordan Weiland joins Lichtsinn RV in RV Finishing and Quality Control

Jordan Weiland

FOREST CITY, Iowa, September 2021– Jordan Weiland has recently joined Lichtsinn RV in Forest City, Iowa, in the RV Finishing and Quality Control department. Jordan is a graduate of West Hancock High School and attended Dordt University in Sioux Center, Iowa studying psychology and playing football.

Weiland was previously employed at the Buckle Retail company in Mason City, Iowa, where he managed the recruiting and training department and sold clothing, footwear, and accessories to guests.

When asked what aspect of his new job he most looks forward to, Weiland said, “I am excited about giving the guest a finished unit they will love.”

Outside of work, Weiland enjoys working out, thrifting, and dad life with his toddler son.

 

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. Lichtsinn RV announces major expansion Jordan Weiland joins Lichtsinn RV in RV Finishing and Quality Control

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Forest City High School Student Awarded Hope and Ron Lichtsinn Family Scholarship at Annual Senior Awards Night

191933349_1720880544779172_7207273181007460001_nFOREST CITY, IOWA, May 2021 – Earlier this month at the Forest City High School Senior Awards Night, the Hope and Ron Lichtsinn Family Scholarship was given, reflecting the consistent support from the Lichtsinn family towards the growth of the Forest City community and overall North Iowa area.

The scholarship is awarded each year to a Forest City High School Senior who has displayed progressive participation in extracurricular activities such as volunteerism, academic groups, the arts, or sports and has plans of attending an Iowa based four-year college.

This year’s recipient of the scholarship was Devin Alamsya, not only for his excellence in his studies but his activities outside of school including: Band, Sports, Speech and more. He is also a mentor and leader to many around him. Devin will be attending Iowa State in the Fall.

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. Forest City High School Student Awarded Hope and Ron Lichtsinn Family Scholarship at Annual Senior Awards Night

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Karla Penning joins Lichtsinn RV in RV Finishing and Quality Control

Karla Penning
FOREST CITY, Iowa, May 2021– Karla Penning has recently joined Lichtsinn RV in Forest City, Iowa, in the RV Finishing and Quality Control department. Karla was born in Britt, IA, and is a graduate of United South Central High School in Wells, MN.

Penning was previously employed at Winnebago Industries, Inc. in Forest City, Iowa, as a vinyl floor installer.  In Penning’s 14 years at Winnebago Industries, she held several other positions throughout the factory.

When asked what aspect of her new job she most looks forward to, Penning said, “I am excited to work with energetic people and showcase a new RV to the guest.”

Outside of work, Penning enjoys camping, gardening, and spending time with her son and husband of 20 years.

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. Karla Penning joins Lichtsinn RV in RV Finishing and Quality Control

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Lichtsinn RV Receives Flying W Dealer Excellence Award

1618238575458FOREST CITY, Iowa, April 2021–  Winnebago has announced that Forest City based Lichtsinn RV has earned the company’s Flying W Dealer Excellence award for 2021. This is the 28th consecutive year Lichtsinn RV was awarded Winnebago’s prestigious dealer excellence award, previously named the Circle of Excellence award.

“We are honored to once again receive this award from Winnebago Industries.” Ron Lichtsinn, owner of Lichtsinn RV, said. “Each and every member of the Lichtsinn RV team strives to ensure our guests Experience the Best® at Lichtsinn RV, and this award affirms our efforts.”

The 2021 Flying W award recognizes the top one-third of Winnebago dealer locations for superior owner satisfaction and service excellence during the program period of February 2020 to February 2021. Flying W recipients are selected based on customer satisfaction measured at RV delivery and after receiving warranty 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. Lichtsinn RV Receives Flying W Dealer Excellence Award

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Kevin McDonald Promoted to Lichtsinn RV Finishing and Quality Control Manager

IMG_2169FOREST CITY, Iowa, April 2021– Kevin McDonald was recently promoted to the Finishing and Quality Control Manager at Lichtsinn RV.

Kevin started with Lichtsinn RV in October of 2018 after coming to them from Winnebago Industries where he held the position of a fabricator.

“Kevin’s experience within the department, leadership skills, and focus on high-quality results for our guests make him a great choice for this position,” said Heidi Thompson, Vice President, and General Manager.

Kevin grew up in the North Iowa area and currently resides in Forest City with his family.

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. Kevin McDonald Promoted to Lichtsinn RV Finishing and Quality Control Manager

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Colton Valvoda joins Lichtsinn RV in RV Finishing and Quality Control

Colton ValvodaFOREST CITY, Iowa, April 2021– Colton Valvoda has recently joined Lichtsinn RV, in the RV Finishing and Quality Control Department. Valvoda is a graduate of Marion High School and attended Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa studying Liberal Arts.

Valvoda was previously employed at VK Logistics in Iowa City, Iowa, as a Lead Driver Associate. His job duties included delivering packages ranging from common items to medical supplies throughout his delivery area.

When asked what aspect of his new job he most looks forward to, Valvoda said, “I am excited to meet new people while starting a new adventure.”

Outside of work, Valvoda enjoys spending time outdoors with his family and gaming with his friends. Valvoda is currently in the process of relocating to Mason City, Iowa.

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. Colton Valvoda joins Lichtsinn RV in RV Finishing and Quality Control

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