The Benefits of Buying a Pre-Owned RV from a Dealership vs. a Private Party

Interest in the RV lifestyle is at an all-time high and we are seeing more and more guests enter the lifestyle by purchasing a pre-owned RV. In some of our guest’s situations, it makes sense to purchase pre-owned rather than new. For those looking at purchasing from a private party versus a dealer there are some considerations you will want to take to ensure you are making the best long-term ownership decision. We believe there are several benefits to buying from a dealership versus a private party.

Reason #1: Market-Based Pricing Approach vs. Whatever the owner thinks it is “worth”

Lichtsinn RV uses a real estate approach when pricing our pre-owned inventory, meaning we look at: the condition of the vehicle, mileage, NADA book value, vehicle history report, true comparable coaches in the market and more to establish a fair price, for a pre-owned vehicle.

One common problem with buying from a private party is they still owe more than the RV is worth, or they think the RV is worth more than it really is. So, there is a strong possibility that the unit from the private party will be overpriced.

Reason #2: Lichtsinn RV’s inspects all incoming trades to gauge the overall condition of the RV

When we take in a trade we complete a full inspection of the unit to establish the overall condition of the coach. Our team ensures there is no hidden damage or potential issues that could arise down the road. In fact, we have a certified pre-owned vehicle designation providing you piece of mind service after the sale.

If you were to buy from a private party, you will have to trust the word of the previous owner. Unless you are highly knowledgeable about RVs you might not know what potential red flags to look for.

Reason #3: Lichtsinn RV works with national lenders to get you the best rates and terms

Whether you have the perfect credit score, or a more challenging credit history, our business managers will find the right RV financing option for you.We work with several lenders to bring you the most competitive and flexible financing options around. We will do whatever we can to help you get the monthly payment and loan term that best suits your budget.

When buying from a private-party you have to figure out how to finance the vehicle yourself which can be confusing and you may not receive the competitive rates our team can get.

Reason #4: Lichtsinn RV can assist you with purchasing an extended service contract to protect you from costly repairs 

What is commonly referred to as an extended RV service contract is a form of mechanical breakdown protection. Lichtsinn RV works with a well-known extended service contract provider to provide you with complete protection for your home on the road. This service contract extends the 12-month/15,000-mile basic limited warranty from Winnebago to 7 years or 70,000 miles. Learn more about extended service contracts here.

When you buy from a private party the vehicle is As-Is and any costly repairs on your coach will fall squarely on you.

 

Reason #5: The Lichtsinn RV team will 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 RVDA Master Certified RV Service Technicians have the training, experience and certification to ensure your RV is in the right hands when receiving service work.

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.

Meet our sales, business office, service and parts team members here.

Learn more about what makes Lichtsinn RV different here.

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

 

 

Affording an RV – Buying and Renting

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

Buying an RV

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

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

Pre-Owned RVs

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

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

Renting an RV

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

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

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

Article originally seen on GoRVing.com.

7 Types of Videos You Will See in Our Video Library

7 Types of Videos You Will See in Our Video Library

 

Our videos are a great way of learning more about our products, the services we offer, and to get some tips on how-to run features and components on your coach. Here are 7 types of videos you will see in our video library.

1. In-Stock Inventory Videos – Our extensive video library is regularly updated with videos of our in-stock inventory both new and pre-owned. These videos are a great way to get an in-depth look and walk-around of several coaches you may be interested in. See our In-Stock Inventory Videos Here.

2. Live Webcasts with Q&A – Each month, the Lichtsinn RV team broadcasts live from our studio one mile away from the Winnebago Motorhome Division in Forest City, Iowa. We cover various topics and take your questions live. See our Live Webcast Archive Here.

3. How-To Videos – Wondering how to set up the auto-gen feature on your generator or maybe your wondering how to operate your Truma Combi control panel… check out our extensive how-to videos where one of our Winnebago Factory Trained Sales Consultants or RVDA Master Certified Technicians can walk you through the steps. See our How-To Videos Here. 

4. Product Videos – Do you have a specific product in mind? We have an extensive and informational collection of videos on the Winnebago Revel and more! See our Product Videos Here.

5. RV Parts & Accessories Videos – Thinking about adding the Mobileye Collision Avoidance System to your RV? We have videos on that system and more on our RV Parts and Accessories section. See our RV Parts and Accessories Videos Here.

6. RV Service Videos – This section of our website is chock-full of service topics including winterization, de-winterization, orientation videos and more! See our RV Service Videos Here.

7. Product Comparison Videos – Are you debating between a Winnebago product and another brand? We have created a collection of videos that put Winnebago products head-to-head with their competitors to see which product is better. See our Product Comparison Videos Here.

See all of these videos and more in our video library here.

Why Buy From Lichtsinn RV

Why Buy From Lichtsinn RV

Top 12 Reasons to buy from Lichtsinn RV, the closest dealer to the Winnebago Factory – 

1.  No Delivery Miles – New RVs from Lichtsinn RV have NO delivery miles nor tow car stress on them. NO one will eat, drink, or live in your new investment or tow their own personal car during the crucial break-in period.  Learn More.

2.  Lichtsinn RV’s Reviews – Don’t take our word for it, see our outstanding guest reviews on Google and Facebook from people all over the country who make Lichtsinn RV their choice for Winnebago Sales, Parts and Service.  Learn More.

3. #1 Winnebago Dealer in North America – Lichtsinn RV has been named the #1 volume Winnebago Dealer in North America by Winnebago Industries for the past 4 consecutive years.  Learn More.

4. Half Day Orientation of Your New Coach – A  free thorough walk-around of your RV is included with any RV purchase. During your orientation, one of our RVDA Master Certified Technicians will ensure you know how to use your RV by covering each switch, feature, maintenance and warranty item.  Learn More.

5. No Hassle Pricing – Our cost efficiencies over other RV dealers allow us to provide up-front, no-hassle pricingLearn More.

6. Competitive Financing – We work with several national lenders to provide you with the best rate and terms for YOU. All of our loans are conventional and fixed-rate with no closing costs or added points.  Learn More.

7. No Additional Fees to Purchase in Iowa – You will pay the tax and license fees in your home state. We help people all over the country with the registration process to make everything as simple as possible. Learn More.

8. Airport Transportation – Many of our guests without a trade-in fly into the Minneapolis/St. Paul (MSP) airport in Minnesota or the Des Moines (DSM) airport in Iowa. Each is only a 2 hour drive from our dealership. We have transportation drivers who will pick you up at the baggage claim. Learn More.

9. Winnebago Factory Tours – While you are here, we recommend you take the Winnebago Industries Factory Tour available April thru November. it is a great way to see the craftsmanship and quality that goes into each and every Winnebago Motorhome. Learn More.

10. Nationwide RV Parts Shipping – We have the LARGEST Winnebago Parts Department in the Country with same-day shipping on in-stock parts. Plus, we offer a 10% discount on Winnebago Parts to all WIT Club Members. Learn More.

11. Electrical Hook Ups On Site – We have FREE electrical hook ups for you to use while you are here for delivery or service. We also have FREE  fresh filtered water, dumping facilities, and high-speed wireless internet access. Learn More.

12. RV Service Department – Each of our Factory Trained Service Technicians at Lichtsinn RV has earned their RVDA Master Certification. This certification provides you with the assurance that the technician working on your RV has the specific skills needed to do so. Learn More.

 

LICHTSINN RV RECOGNIZED AS #1 WINNEBAGO MOTORHOME DEALER IN NORTH AMERICA FOR 4TH CONSECUTIVE YEAR!

Lichtsinn RV has been recognized as the #1 Winnebago dealer, single-location, in North America for 2017- 2018 by Winnebago Industries, Inc. at the Winnebago Redefined Dealer Meeting. Lichtsinn RV has received this award for the last four years.

Lichtsinn RV accepts Top Winnebago Motorhome Dealer Award (pictured left to right) – Heidi Thompson, Vice President and General Manager, Lichtsinn RV; Hope Lichtsinn, Owner, Lichtsinn RV; Ron Lichtsinn, Owner, Lichtsinn RV; Niles Whitehouse, Director of Product Management, Winnebago Industries; Ryan Roske, Director of Product Management, Winnebago Industries; Russ Garfin, Director of Product Management; and Brian Hazelton, Vice President and General Manager – Motorhome Business.
Lichtsinn RV accepts Top Winnebago Motorhome Dealer Award (pictured left to right) – Heidi Thompson, Vice President and General Manager, Lichtsinn RV; Hope Lichtsinn, Owner, Lichtsinn RV; Niles Whitehouse, Director of Product Management, Winnebago Industries; Ron Lichtsinn, Owner, Lichtsinn RV; Ryan Roske, Director of Product Management, Winnebago Industries; Russ Garfin, Director of Product Management; and Brian Hazelton, Vice President and General Manager – Motorhome Business.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“We are honored to receive this recognition for the fourth consecutive year from Winnebago Industries,” said Ron Lichtsinn, Owner of Lichtsinn RV. “Our team has worked tirelessly to maintain our position as the #1 Winnebago motorhome dealer in North America while providing our guests with best-in-class service. This award reflects each one of our team members who focus on the guest’s experience – everything we do at Lichtsinn RV is for, and about our guests.”

Winnebago Industries also named Lichtsinn RV as the #1 Dealer of Class B motorhomes, #1 Dealer of Class C motorhomes, top 2 dealer for Class A Diesel, and a top 5 dealer for Class A Gas in North America.

“The Lichtsinn RV team and our guests are excited for the upcoming year,” Lichtsinn said, “Winnebago Industries’ motorhome division continues to introduce new, creative products that our guests and team members are passionate about. We appreciate our valued partnership with Winnebago Industries who continue to support our team and our guests.”

In 2014, Lichtsinn RV built a new, state-of-the-art RV dealership and continued expansion and boasting 8 RV service bays for their service guests. The new facility includes a large indoor RV parts and camping accessories store, a spacious service check-in area, a video production studio, indoor delivery and service drive area, and a guest lounge equipped with the latest technology. Lichtsinn RV also offers dealership guests complimentary electrical and water hookups while visiting for RV delivery or service.

Lichtsinn RV sells new Winnebago and Winnebago Touring Coach motorhomes, carries an extensive pre-owned inventory and offers seasonal RV rentals. Lichtsinn RV is the largest Winnebago parts dealer in the United States and provides service to guests from all over the United States and Canada. Lichtsinn RV is the #1 Winnebago Motorhome Dealer in North America for the past 4 consecutive years, as awarded by Winnebago Industries.

Featured Parts Special: Magma Gourmet Nesting Cookware 10-Piece Set

This month’s featured special is: Magma Gourmet “Nesting” Cookware 10-Piece Set.

 

The Magma pots and pans are designed specifically for Induction RV Cook tops but work with gas, electric, and ceramic cook tops as well.They are both oven and dishwasher safe. The set also includes 2 removable handles and a storage cord.

Check out these 4 Easy One-Pot Meals for RVers from Peter and Kathy Holocombe on WinnebagoLife.com!

It’s funny, what we find most interesting about life on the road is definitely skewed toward our adventures in the wild. But more often than not, we find that other people really want to know about the ordinary day to day stuff: What is it really like living as a family of three, full-time, in 176 square feet? How do you cope with so much togetherness? What’s in the trailer? And, of course, what do you eat? So, here are some of our favorite one-pot meals for RVers who are busy like us, to help give you a glimpse into our life in the Winnie.
When we come back from a big adventure, the last thing I want to do is spend hours cooking and cleaning. Over the past three years, I have refined my recipe repertoire to include a few delicious and healthy one-pot meals that are simple to prepare and don’t require much cleanup.

 
Sausage and Veggies
Ingredients:
 1 package Adele’s Chicken Apple Sausage
 1 bag red white and blue potatoes
 1 bag brussel sprouts
 Parmesan cheese (as a garnish)
 Avocado Oil (or whatever cooking oil you prefer)
Instructions:
 Slice the potatoes into bite-sized chunks and add them to a hot skillet (med. high) with about a tbsp of oil, stirring occasionally to keep from burning.
 Then clean and cut the brussel sprouts into similar-sized pieces. Add them to the skillet and stir occasionally.
 Slice the sausages into similar-sized pieces and add them to the skillet.
 The dish is done when the potatoes are soft and the brussel sprouts are al dente.
 I garnish with parmesan cheese and occasionally bacon crumbles.
This meal is a Famagogo favorite. Sometimes I top this dish with a fried egg for an additional protein boost. A Caesar salad adds another serving of veggies and is a great compliment to this delectable meal.
Chicken Curry
Ingredients:
 2 lbs. chicken (I prefer organic thigh meat)1 onion, diced
 2-3 tbsp cooking oil (I prefer avocado oil)
 1 large sweet potato, cubed
 1 package frozen peas
 1 package sliced mushrooms
 1 container Maya Kaimal Coconut Curry simmer sauce (I get this in a two pack at Costco and freeze one for later)
 Jasmine Rice (I use 1.5 cups for my family of three and we usually have enough left for lunch the next day)
 Naan
 Garlic salt
 Butter
Instructions:
 Dice the chicken into bite-sized pieces and sauté along with the onion and sweet potato in your favorite cooking oil.
 Once the chicken is golden brown, add the frozen peas, curry sauce and rice.
 Simmer until the rice is tender and serve with garlic Naan (also available pre-made at Costco. I brush it with butter and garlic salt and heat it directly over the burner on the stove while the rice is cooking.)
This meal can be as simple or as complex as you like. If I am short on time, I skip the sweet potatoes and save the time it takes to peel and dice them. If I have some veggies in the fridge that need to be eaten, I throw them in (cauliflower is a favorite addition).
Potsticker Soup
Ingredients:
 1 bag of frozen potstickers
 1 bag of pre-washed kale
 1 box of broth (I prefer ginger broth from Trader Joe’s)
Instructions:
 Bring broth to a boil, add potstickers and kale.
 Follow the directions on the potsticker bag to ensure they are cooked properly, usually about 10 minutes. Optional: Add your favorite hot sauce to taste.
Just weeks ago, after a long day of kayaking, my good friend Emily Jackson whipped up this fabulous meal in less than 10 minutes. It’s great because the ingredients are easy to store making it a great last minute, no hassle option.
Shrimp Scampi
Ingredients:
 1 package Casa Milo squid ink spaghetti
 2 lbs. shrimp (cooked, shelled and deveined are easiest)
 1 jar sun dried tomatoes
 1 jar capers
 1 jar fresh pesto
 1 can artichoke hearts
 Parmesan cheese
Instructions:
 Cook the spaghetti according to the directions and drain.
 When there is 5 minutes remaining on the pasta cook time, add the shrimp.
 When the shrimp are pink and the pasta al dente, drain the water keeping the pasta and shrimp in the same pot.
 Add the pesto, sun dried tomatoes, capers and artichoke hearts and heat until warm.
 Serve and garnish with parmesan cheese.
When I need a meal that is guaranteed to impress even the most discerning palate, this is my meal of choice. No one has to know that it takes only one pot and less than 15 minutes to prepare this gourmet delight.
Bonus: Cowboy Caviar
While more of a lunch or snack option than big meal, this is a great one to have on your list of go-to recipes. No pot needed for this one, just a big bag!
Ingredients:
 1 can black eyed peas
 1 can black beans
 1 can sweet corn
 1 can Rotel
 1 can diced roasted tomatoes
 1 can sliced black olives
 1 can diced green chilis
 1 diced red and green pepper
 1 diced onion
 1 bottle Olive Garden Salad dressing (add to taste)
 1 bag Fritos or tortilla chips
Instructions:
 Mix all canned and fresh ingredients in a gallon-sized zipper bag (or large seal-able container).
 Add the Italian dressing to taste and serve with chips.
 This is a quick and easy lunch or afternoon snack and will keep for up to a week in the fridge.
Cowboy Caviar is perfect for lunch or a just-off-the-river-and-we’re-starving snack. I love it with Fritos Scoops. One batch will last my ravenous crew about a week.
Call our Winnebago Parts Department today at 1-800-343-6255 to order your Magma Gourmet “Nesting” Cookware! $254.79 + tax & shipping. Lichtsinn RV Parts Store Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 am-5:30 pm CDT.

Post originally seen on WinnebagoLife.com 

RV Insurance: Are You Properly Covered?

Are you happy with your current RV insurance?

 

Do you have the right coverage?

 

Are you paying too much?

 

Many Insurance Companies will insure your RV, but often you are only getting coverage for physical damage. It may not cover items that “RV Specific” Insurance does, such as RV Full/Total Loss Replacement (offered on newly purchased RV’s one model year old or newer: if your RV is totaled within the first 5 years, this policy provides the monetary equivalent of what it costs to buy a brand-new RV of the same or similar model, even if it costs more than what you originally paid for your RV.) Lichtsinn RV Insurance offers Agreed Value and Actual Cash Value Policies. RV specific Insurance can also cover items such as: Vacation Liability, Pet Injury Coverage, Fire Department Service Charges or Personal Effects Coverage for contents inside the RV. Most “other” Insurance Policies do not offer these additional benefits. We have found many of our Insurance customers do not have adequate coverage or are simply paying too much for the coverage they do have for their RV insurance. Unfortunately, by the time they realize this they may have already incurred substantial loss or expense.

Did you know that Lichtsinn RV offers RV Insurance!

If you are looking to buy a new RV or just simply looking for possible savings from RV Insurance you’ve already purchased elsewhere, one of our Insurance Consultants can provide you a no-obligation insurance quote. Lichtsinn RV Insurance offers Agreed Value Policies, where in the event of a total loss your payout amount is set for a full 10 years. Most insurance companies offer total loss coverage for a payout amount they feel your RV is worth at the time of the loss.

AND we have Multi-Policy Discounts! Our knowledgeable staff is also able to quote auto, home, motorcycle and boat policies that can provide you additional savings to you as well.

To learn more about Lichtsinn RV Insurance click here.

The ALL NEW Intent 31P

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The all new Winnebago Intent is a reimagined Class A motorhome that gives you the lifestyle you have been longing for at a price that meets your budget. From the moment you step inside, you’ll realize the Intent is different. Narrow corner pillars in the cab offer incredible views and enhance safety, thanks to better visibility while driving. Complete with an abundance of storage space and an attractive dining and lounge area, the Intent is available in four fresh floorplans. Step outside and enjoy the well appointed Tailgate Package under an easy-to-use powered patio awning. Refill or exchange LP cylinders without driving the motorhome to a filling station. Take advantage of the powered StudioLoft bed above the cab that can be deployed for additional sleeping space. The destination is up to you… after all, you’re the proud owner of the all new Winnebago Intent.

This coach is powered by the tried and true Ford powertrain:

  1. Ford 6.8 litre Triton V10, 3 valve, SEFI
  2. 460 lb ft of torque or power
  3. 320 horsepower
  4. TorqShift six speed automatic transmission with grade braking
  5. Hydraulic ABS
  6. Trailering tow package, 5,000 lb with 500 lb vertical tongue weight
  7. Seven pin bargman wiring harness
  8. Stainless steel wheel liners
  9. Automatic hydraulic leveling jacks
  10. Rear valve stem extensions

So many things come standard in the Winnebago Intent, as the only option available is exterior color in Indigo Blue enhancements or Scarlet enhancements, but this Winnebago Intent from Lichtsinn RV includes the following factory installed standard features:

Cab Conveniences

  1. Radio and rearview camera monitor system with 6.2 inch LCD color touch screen, iPod, MP3 input, rear color camera, Bluetooth, all on a rotating display for driver or passenger use
  2. Cab seats adjustable armrests, fixed lumbar support, and multi-adjustable slide, recline and swivel
  3. Chassis or house battery radio power switch
  4. Power mirrors w/defrost
  5. Powered MCD blackout front shade
  6. Dash workstation with USB and 12 volt power supply
  7. Removable pedestal table

Interior

  1. 39 inch HDTV
  2. Satellite system ready
  3. Tinted windows
  4. LED lights
  5. Vinyl flooring throughout
  6. USB chargers

Galley

  1. Laminate countertops with decorative backsplash
  2. Dual door residential refrigerator and freezer
  3. Microwave oven
  4. Three burner range with oven
  5. Stainless steel double sink
  6. Powered roof ventilator fan
  7. Pantry

Bath

  1. Shower 25 x 30 in
  2. Laminate countertop
  3. Flexible showerhead
  4. Textured glass shower door
  5. Skylight
  6. Powered roof ventilator fan
  7. Towel rings, robe hooks, and tissue holder

Bedroom

  1. Queen bed with foam mattress and storage below
  2. Powered roof ventilator fan
  3. 32 inch HDTV
  4. Powered upper cab loft bed with smooth, quiet operation

Exterior

  1. Premium high gloss sidewall skin
  2. Electric entrance door steps
  3. Powered patio awning, 24 ft, with LED lighting
  4. Ladder
  5. Tailgate Package with refrigerator, storage drawer, pull out counter, cargo net, bottle opener, paper towel holder, sink and faucet, HDTV
  6. Solar reflective exterior
  7. Pass through storage

Heating and Cooling System

  1. 15,000 BTU air conditioner with ChillGrille technology
  2. 30,000 BTU low profile furnace
  3. CumminsOnan 4,000 watt MicroQuiet gas generator
  4. Dual deep cycle Group 31 RV batteries

Plumbing

  1. Service Center colored labels, pressurized city water hookup with diverter valve, drainage valves, 10 ft sewer hose
  2. Six gallon LP water heater w/electronic ignition
  3. Heated holding tank compartment
  4. Smart LP system with dual removable 20 lb tanks with additional LP capacity
  5. Winterization Package water heater bypass valve and siphon tube

Includes the following exterior highlights, in addition to the specifications on our website page and brochure:

  1. 87 cubic feet of exterior and basement storage
  2. 80 gallon fuel capacity
  3. 40 lb expandable LP capacity
  4. 30 amp electrical service

Missing an Option You’re Looking For? We can add any additional options at our dealership, including satellite, solar, Nitrogen for your tires, and more!

At Lichtsinn RV our website has full video walkarounds on each RV, making it easy for you to purchase. On our website you can go for a virtual test drive, purchase your RV over the phone or the internet, and then take delivery at our dealership, which is only 1 Mile from Winnebago, Itasca, and Winnebago Touring Coach here in Forest City, Iowa! 

Lichtsinn RV and Winnebago Touring Coach Leads the Way in Innovation, Market Share

According to Statistical Surveys, Inc., Winnebago was the top-selling Class B manufacturer in 2015 with 33.9 percent market share. That is up from 25.5 percent of the market in 2014.

Lichtsinn RV is the #1 selling dealer of all Winnebago Touring coach B vans, according to a release by Winnebago Industries.

“We recognize that today’s active users will embrace products and features that support an active and healthy travel lifestyle,” Winnebago Product Manager and Travato owner Russ Garfin said. “With the tremendous response we have received from consumers, we are empowered to continue introducing these types of innovations.”

The Winnebago Touring Coach lineup includes the Era and Travato. Garfin points to pioneering features in both models as reasons for the rise in consumer demand. Examples include built-in bike racks, the ultra-quiet and efficient Truma Combi heating system, an innovative sleep system designed to keep beds fresh and comfortable and the addition of multiple USB charging points at every occupant position to keep devices charged. IMG_6150

“These coaches also offer an easily expandable solar charging system that gives owners the ability to effortlessly and economically ramp up solar power for increased usage off the grid,” Garfin said.

An additional new feature in both the Era and Travato is a state-of-the-art ventilation system that works automatically in all kinds of weather to keep the interior comfortable when the air conditioner is not being used.

As a result of the growing number of Winnebago Touring Coach owners, a new WIT Club special interest group called the “Winnie Bs” has been created. Linda Calabrese is a Travato 59K owner and one of the founding members of the club. She and her husband Tom noticed a red Travato on the cover of an RV magazine and soon visited a dealership to take a look. They toured a Travato 59K and fell in love with many of its features such as the compartment in the floor, reading lamps, spaciousness, solar power capability and the microwave/convection oven.

“When I stood at the sink and took it all in, I knew I loved this camper,” Linda Calabrese said. “You can move around, you can see from front to back, you can get to the bathroom in the back without disturbing another sleeper…”

Soon after purchasing the unit, the Calabreses traveled for 95 days, visiting 32 states and covering 14,000 miles. They navigated the Beartooth Highway, Pacific Coast Highway, mountains of Telluride and through the smallest tunnels of the Needles Highway.

“We have given an average of two tours a day whether at a campground, a grocery store, a gas station, a friend’s driveway or at church,” Calabrese said. “People are drawn to this rig because it’s especially beautiful. We always tell them the truth — it’s a Rock Star.”

 

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