Winnebago Industries Inc. Earns the RVDA Quality Circle Award

Congratulations Winnebago from Lichtsinn RV!

In October, Winnebago Industries, Inc. announced that all three of its RV premium brands in both the towable and motorized segments achieved the prestigious Quality Circle Award awarded by the National RV Dealers Association (RVDA.)

Winnebago Receives RVDA Quality Circle Award

RVDA awarded 21 RV manufacturers/brands with Quality Circle Awards for achieving the highest scores in the association’s 27th Annual Dealer Satisfaction Index (DSI) survey. This means Winnebago received at least 15 dealer responses and scored 4.25 or above on a 5-point scale in overall dealer satisfaction in the association’s survey conducted June through September.

Winnebago Industries Grand Design RV, Newmar, and Winnebago businesses are each being recognized as Quality Circle Award winners based on overall dealer satisfaction as measured in the Dealer Satisfaction Index survey. RVDA created the DSI as a tool to help improve communication and relationships with RV manufacturers.

When rating their brands/manufacturers, RVDA asks dealers to express, confidentially, their level of satisfaction on four core issues:

  • Reliability/quality
  • Parts
  • Warranty
  • Sales

RVDA reported that it received DSI responses from 520 dealership locations in the U.S. and Canada that included 2,672 brand ratings, an average of more than five per dealer. A summary of the DSI survey aggregate results will appear in the December issue of RV Executive Today.

Winnebago Industries will be recognized with the other top-rated manufacturers and receive their award during the RV Dealers International Convention Expo in  Las Vegas on Thursday, November 11.

RVDA is the national association representing RV retailers. The association’s members include RV dealers, RV rental operators, and RV AfterMarket sales and service locations. RVDA of Canada is a national, volunteer federation of provincial and regional RVDA associations which exists to protect and promote the interests and welfare of RV dealers across Canada in order to enable the industry to maximize its potential.

Details of this article were originally released from RVDA.

Congratulations Winnebago! Lichtsinn RV has proudly been selling Winnebago Motorhomes for over 40 years and has been recognized as the largest Winnebago Dealer in the United States for the past 6 consecutive 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.

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Winnebago RV Production Quality Advantages

Winnebago has been a leader in the RV industry for over 60 years. Winnebago RVs are designed and built around you, with superior craftsmanship, advanced manufacturing technologies and steel-focused construction to enhance safety and reliability. From groundbreaking RVs to game-changing features to the spacious floorplans, Winnebago Innovation is unrivaled for continuous industry firsts in vehicle technology and design.

Winnebago Quality Difference

Key Winnebago Quality Advantages are listed below.

 Steel Superstructure Components:

    • SuperStructure cab design surrounds the cab area with a sturdy steel framework.
    • Seats and seatbelts are bolted to steel.
    • Windshields are installed automotive-style with urethane for added durability, strength and safety.
    • Appliances and cabinets are mounted to steel.
    • A steel firewall separates and protects the engine from the passenger compartments.
    • Interlocking joints evenly distribute the weight of the roof along the entire span of the sidewall. This results in the Winnebago “empty shell” being so strong it doesn’t need internal reinforcement.

Read More about the Winnebago SuperStructure HERE

One Piece Laminated Block Foam Roof (Fiberglass or Dicor)

    • 10 year/12 year Warranty dependent on model
    • Provides superior strength and longevity

E-Coating (Winnebago’s proprietary multistage full immersion electrocoating system)

      • Helps to minimize corrosion
      • This process is also used by leading automotive companies to protect their vehicles from corrosion.
      • The process involves charging each part with an electrical charge which attracts the protective coating, causing it to be “plated” onto the part.  The result is a uniform thickness of protective coating.

Watch a Video on the Winnebago E-Coating Process HERE

SmartSpace Design Approach

      • CAD aided design to ensure a precise fit for all components and reduce wasted space in each RV.
      • Winnebago manufactures their own holding tanks, so they can size and shape them to fit precisely into the space allotted.  This ability frees up surrounding space for additional storage.
      • Design Innovation with Furniture and Storage Solutions including innovations such as the Dream Dinette, Rest Easy Sofa etc.
      • Winnebago’s has its own in-house Stitchcraft area where the furniture coverings are cut and sewn to the perfect dimensions.

Read More about Winnebago SmartSpace Design HERE

Winnebago Built

  • 70% of Winnebago motorhome components are made in-house vs. outsourcing
    • This allows Winnebago to ensure that parts will be available for years to come
    • This allows Winnebago to engineer precisely what is needed including benefits such as: ease of making the part fit exactly where it’s needed within the available space and allows Winnebago to distribute weight more evenly, which makes your motorhome handle better.
  • Winnebago manufactures components like water tanks, compartments, heat ducts, etc. in the Winnebago rotational molding facility.
    • Winnebago produces more than 3.5 million pounds of Rotocast goods annually. Each Rotocast molded component is designed to precisely fit its specific application and location.
  • Winnebago uses a Spin-Weld process to literally fuse the fittings to water tanks at a molecular level so they become part of the tank.

Ease of Ownership

  • Information and Parts Accessibility:
    • Wires are clearly labeled for easy identification – every 8/10 inches
    • Every part and component has a label with full part information for replacement
    • Owners have access to owner’s manuals and diagrams in online library
  • WIT (Winnebago International Traveler’s Club – This club is exclusive to Winnebago RV owners. WIT Club members receive special benefits, have opportunities to gather with other people with similar interests, travel on a variety of caravans, and attend rallies.)
  • Coachnet Roadside – 1 year included

Experience and History

  • Winnebago has been in business since 1958. They have a long history in the RV industry.
  • Unmatched RV Testing Facilities:
    • Test Track
    • Gravelometer
    • Water Test
    • Drop Test
    • Shipout Inspection

Watch a Video on the Winnebago Drop Test HERE

  • Winnebago boasts the strongest brand value in the RV Industry. This is a benefit to you as it flows through to a higher resale value vs. other RV manufacturers.

Winnebago strives to set the standard for quality in the RV Industry. Winnebago’s quality advantages set them miles apart from other RV manufacturers. Contact a Lichtsinn RV Consultant today to find out more about the Winnebago quality advantages found in your RV of choice!

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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Winnebago Motorhome Product Initiatives

Winnebago continues to lead the RV Industry in design and safety. The Winnebago Design Studio is continually working to transform the look of motorhome interiors. With a focus on clean, uncluttered design and equally important a focus on allowing the buyer to personalize the look of a motorhome and make it not just a home, but their home. Winnebago motorhome floorplan models focus on innovative and spacious floorplans and proprietary Winnebago SmartSpace design for storage and living. Winnebago continues to lead the Industry with firsts in vehicle technology and design.

Winnebago Innovation

For Service Winnebago has:

The Most Advanced Parts Supply System in the Industry

24/7 Online Customer Support

Unparalleled Passenger Safety

Unbeatable Quality Including:

Steel Focused Construction

Steel Corrosion Protection

Rotocast Holding Tanks

Thoroughly Designed Service Access

Handcrafted Furniture Craftmanship

Nothing enhances outdoor adventures like spending time in a Winnebago Motorhome. Feel confident in the quality and innovation behind every Winnebago Motorhome focused on bringing people closer together safely while making life lasting memories. Contact a Lichtsinn RV Sales Consultant to find out more or purchase Winnebago or Itasca Parts from the Lichtsinn RV Parts team, the largest Winnebago Parts Department in the country.

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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The Walls in Your Winnebago Motorhome

The inside story on our motorhome walls.

We revolutionized the industry with Thermo-Panel construction, which sandwiches metal framework, ducting and insulation between the interior and exterior walls. We’ve continued to advance our technology even as others try to copy it.

Winnebago Sidewall
Winnebago Sidewall Cutout

Sidewalls cut with a CNC router –  Computer-controlled routers create precise window and door openings, plus channels for the wiring and SuperStructure. This precision enables us to create an insulated thermal break between the internal structure and the exterior to prevent harmful condensation. Others use less-accurate handheld routers to cut channels, windows and doors, which can lead to gaps in insulation, weak seals and poor durability.

Appliances and Cabinets Anchored in Steel – A laser projection system ensures correct alignment and placement of the steel panels mounted in the sidewall to serve as attachment points to securely mount cabinets and appliances. Other manufacturers mount cabinets and appliances to cheap pine wood boards placed inside the sidewalls, or even screw their appliances directly to the sidewall. Which would you rather have: your cabinets and appliances mounted to steel, or mounted to wood?

Pressure Rollers – We use calibrated pressure rollers and advanced adhesives to combine high-gloss exterior fiberglass, a welded aluminum support structure, high-density foam insulation and a finished interior wall into lightweight, durable and incredibly strong sidewalls and roofs. Other manufacturers use cheaper vacuum-powered systems to apply less-precise pressure, which results in uneven bonding, reduced durability and weaker support.

Winnebago’s wall construction is just one of the many reasons why Winnebago is the Motorhome manufacturer of choice for many RVers.

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

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Steel and Welding in Your Winnebago’s Sidewalls

Within Winnebago’s SuperStructure design, there are steel welded joints that are stronger and more durable than competitors.

Larger than two full-size football fields, Winnebago’s dedicated steelworking facility processes sheet, tube, and roll-stock steel. Winnebago uses a vast array of computer-controlled lasers, turret punching machines and presses to manufacture parts to close tolerances not readily achievable with other methods. Winnebago uses precision cuts and robotic welders to produce high quality materials.

Robotic Welder

Precision cuts using high-tech lasers allow greater design flexibility while creating stronger components, reducing waste, and reducing cost by maximizing material utilization. A robotic welder provides precise high-quality welds in crucial applications reducing waste and ensuring consistently strong joints.

Welded Joint
Welded Joint from a Winnebago Motorhome

Winnebago also uses other technology including nesting software, laser tube cutters, and turret punching centers to produce the strongest, most durable structure. Nesting software “nests” parts together for production purposes, allowing us to maximize the yield of parts produced from any given piece of material. While some manufacturers use less-accurate manual saws or cut-off saws, our laser tube cutter precisely cuts structural tubing to length. It can also cut shapes into a tube, and even etches the length of each part directly onto the tube. Winnebago’s turret punching centers are capable of loading material, punching, shearing and sorting all the scrap in one operation. These machines will produce 440 tons of parts annually.

The Winnebago Superstructure is just one of the many reasons why Winnebago is the Motorhome manufacturer of choice for many RVers.

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

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Winnebago Superstructure with Interlocking Joints

With so many RV manufacturers out there, how do you narrow down the right manufacturer and then the RV that is right for you? An important question to understand is what kind of company stands behind your RV. Winnebago Industries was incorporated in 1958 and since that time has been a leader in the RV industry. With a focus on Quality and Innovation Winnebago’s Customer centric approach is one that continues to make it a leader in the RV industry.

One of the many Innovations from Winnebago is the Winnebago Superstructure.

You may notice you see a number of older Winnebagos on the road and maybe not so many of other brands. One of the reasons for this is many other manufacturers use subpar materials such as wood to perform structural functions. Winnebago uses steel and aluminum for its structure and calls this the Winnebago Superstructure.

What makes the Superstructure so super?

One of the key components of the Superstructure are Interlocking Joints – Winnebago extrudes and utilizes specially designed interlocking joints to evenly distribute the weight of the roof along the entire span of the walls. Winnebago uses a specially designed interlocking joint to connect the floor, sidewalls, and roof to evenly distribute the weight, so the motorhome “empty shell” is so strong it doesn’t need internal reinforcement.

Some manufacturers utilize wood studs for framing to save cost. Some may use aluminum, connecting the flat sides together in a less structurally stable joint called a “butt” joint. In this construction method, all of the weight of the walls is placed on the screws as pressure and weight force the walls apart from travel on the road.   Many competitors rely on simply screwing and gluing their sidewalls and roof together. But with all the weight borne only by those screws, the resulting structure is so weak it requires interior walls and cabinets for stability.

Interlocking Joints

In the above pictures, you can see a real life example of this critical framing application in action. Winnebago utilizes interlocking joints in every motorhome they manufacture. This adds rigidity and structural stability to reinforce the shape of the motorhome.

In the competitor photo above the common method is shown, sometimes used even in so called “high-end” motorhomes. In the example, you can see that screws are used to connect the wall and roof. However, the roof is simply laid on top of the wall. This setup allows for outward pressure as a 10,000+ lb. motorhome travels down the freeway.

The pressure of a giant 10,000+ lb. box moving down the road creates torsion or a pressure to twist or bow. This is why homemaking construction methods are not appropriate for a motorhome.

Winnebago utilizes more automotive manufacturing processes than any other manufacturer in the RV industry. In a Winnebago, you will find precision cut parts, assembled with purpose not just for aesthetic, but built to last.

The result is that even Winnebago’s most affordable motorhomes offer structural stability that is unmatched even in more expensive alternatives.

The Winnebago superstructure design is what keeps you safe and protects the integrity of your motorhome so that it will continue to provide the experiences you enjoy for years and years beyond the competition.

See the Winnebago Drop Test where the strength of the motorhome by dropping it on it’s head. All cabinetry and items in the structure are secured in place and must remain unmoved during the test. Winnebago Drop Test

Drop Test

Winnebago Drop Test Video

The Winnebago Superstructure is just one of the many reasons why Winnebago is the Motorhome manufacturer of choice for many RVers.

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

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