What is Azdel Onboard?

Azdel Composite Panels are produced using a patented blend of polypropylene and fiberglass to create a strong, lightweight, quiet, weather and temperature resistant, odorless and environmentally friendly wall that will increase the life of your RV.

What is Luan? Luan is an RV trade name for underlayment plywood traditionally found in your motorhome wall. Often, the smells, mold and mildew that we all associate with water damage in a motorhome are the result of damaged luan. Azdel is a superior material that does not mold or mildew and has since replaced luan.

Benefits of Azdel Onboard –

  • Half the weight of wood: Azdel composite panels are lightweight yet durable. Half the weight of wood – just think of the fuel-savings.
  • Free of Formaldehyde, Mold and Mildew: Azdel composite panels do not grow mold, mildew, or emit toxic fumes. So you can breath easy with piece of mind as you travel in your Winnebago.
  • Water Resistant – No Delamination, No Rot: Water will not cause fiber decomposition on our composite panels, so there is no rot or warping. Wet/dry cycles can affect wood bonds and diminish structural integrity.
  • Temperature and Humidity Changes are Tolerated: Azdel composite panels are not damaged from freezing and thawing cycles, a common cause of delamination. Temperature and humidity changes are well tolerated.
  • Sound and Energy Absorbing: Azdel panels are porous which allows them to absorb sound waves instead of being transferred through vibration of wood panels. You are in for a quieter ride.
  • Puncture and Impact Resistant: Azdel composite panels are durable and stay strong. No adhesive failure from fluctuating temperatures can occur to weaken bonds.

Azdel Onboard is only one of the few 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’s Azdel Onboard Composite Fiberglass 

Your Winnebago Operator’s Manual

Winnebago believes the more informed you are about your motorhome, the more you’ll enjoy it. So Winnebago includes a comprehensive Operator’s Manual that features key safety, operating and service information, along with helpful photos and illustrations. Then we go a step further.

Winnebago includes a custom-printed Operator’s Manual Supplement specifically for each coach that includes the information and operating instructions for all the components and accessories in that motorhome — everything from the refrigerator to the water pump. Better yet, the Supplement is cross-referenced to the Operator’s Manual, making it easy to find exactly the information you need.

Winnebago is the only manufacturer in the RV industry that organizes and prints this information specifically for each coach. And you’ll be happy to know that should your unique Operator’s Manual or Supplement ever need replacing, it can simply be ordered like any other part.

Winnebago also has an extensive online collection of resources, including service tips, frequently asked questions, and supplier links.

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

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The Little Things that Make Winnebago a Superior Motorhome

Winnebago makes a big deal out of the small things. Here is a list of a few of the little things that make Winnebago better –

  1. Fit and Finish – Fit and finish refers to how well parts fit and work together (for example, how well doors or panels line up, gaps in trim pieces, etc.). A high level of fit and finish requires high-quality parts, assembled with skill and care. In other motorhomes, you will see large or uneven gaps and excess filler or sealant are often clues to poor quality fit and finish. The result is a coach that is less tight and is more prone to rattles, squeaks, leaks and excessive wear.
  2. Coated Fasteners – We specify a tough epoxy coating on critical fasteners to improve their holding strength and provide corrosion resistance for added durability. Competitors use hardware-store grade fasteners.
  3. Aluminum-Skin Floor – We protect the underside of our coach floors with a durable aluminum skin that adds strength, resists moisture and protects against the elements. Some competitors simply paint exposed plywood, while others apply a cheap woven material, similar to landscaping fabric, that does not provide the protection of a metal barrier.
  4. Stove Mounting – One of the joys of RVing is cooking. We pay close attention to how we mount our stoves, making sure they’re flush with the counter, with no exposed sharp edges or places for food to get trapped. Like a kitchen remodeling nightmare, this stove is mounted below the counter, inviting spills that will never be fully cleaned up

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

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How Your Winnebago is Wired

When it comes to wiring your RV, no manufacturer is more current than Winnebago. Winnebago employs several technologies to ensure the wiring in your motorhome is current.

Winnebago uses resettable breakers for 12-volt circuit protection whenever possible. They cost a bit more, but since they don’t require one-use fuses, end up being far more convenient for you. Others use cheaper inline fuses that must be replaced when blown. Winnebago also uses 12-Volt wiring. Winnebago follows standards for automotive standards for secure and reliable 12-volt connections. Wires are clearly labeled for easy identification and crimped and spliced using an advanced solderless welding process and heat shrink covering that virtually eliminates failures. Other manufacturers use twist on wire nuts or simple butt connectors, which are more prone to failure. They also do not label, or color code, their wiring making trouble shooting or repair more difficult and expensive. Winnebago also uses a 7-pin tow connector. 7-pin tow connectors allow you to take full advantage of trailers equipped with back up lights, electric brakes, or other accessories.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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One of the many Innovations from Winnebago is the Winnebago Electrocoating (E-Coat) process.

E-coat

Winnebago utilizes extensive amounts of steel in the manufacturing of their motorhomes for strength and durability. It is important to protect the steel against corrosion using an electrocoating or e-coating process. This system is unique to Winnebago and keeps Winnebago best-in-class in quality.

The E-coat Process cycles parts and assemblies through a 10-stage, full-immersion system. The E-Coat system is similar to that used by automotive companies and helps protect against corrosion.

Watch our video on the e-coating system here.

Winnebago’s e-coating process provides Winnebago Motorhome owners a quality advantage and extends the life of their motorhomes. Winnebago E-Coat Process is just one of the many reasons why Winnebago is the Motorhome manufacturer of choice for many RVers.

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Winnebago Pure3 Energy Management System

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 today.

One of the many Innovations from Winnebago is the Pure3 Energy Management System.

The Pure3 Energy Management System features the most powerful and durable lithium energy system in the industry. This best-in-class system is built in the U.S.A in partnership with Volta Power Systems. The Pure3 is built with advanced engineering and a simple user interface so you can have confidence and peace of mind as you travel down the road. Designed for reliability, the Pure3 system makes replenishing power fast, simple, and available through multiple charging options. In mild and extreme conditions the Pure3 Energy System can meet all of your power needs without requiring power hookups or the use of a generator.

Pure3

The Pure3 Energy Management System offers all of the comforts of home in nimble efficient class b vans, without the noise of a common RV generator! The Pure3 System can be found in the Winnebago Travato 59KL and 59GL and the  Winnebago Boldt Floorplans.

This system allows you to run virtually any appliance longer. In the Winnebago Travato 59GL and 59KL  the Pure3 Volta Power Systems automotive grade 48V energy pack provides 9,600 watt hours. In the Winnebago Boldt, enjoy 11,600 watt-hours of clean, quiet power with the lithium-based Pure3 Advanced Energy System.  The Pure3 energy pack is watertight,  durable, and with the steel housing being the safest on the market, the battery pack is climate controlled.

The Pure3 provides complete 30 AMP whole coach electricity using a 3,600 watt pure sine inverter, removing the common RV generator. The Travato and Boldt’s dedicated 58 volt alternator, or under hood generator, is twice as powerful as competitors and allows for fast recharge times. The Pure3s compact design keeps it out of the way of curbs and road debris and the auto start and high idle control significantly extends air conditioner run time. Its compact design keeps it out of the way of curbs and road debris and provides quick recharge time.

The Pure3 System now is available with Bluetooth option that allows you to download the myVolta app and monitor your system, including estimated running time, pack temperature, charging status and power usage.

The Pure3 Energy Management System is just one of the many reasons why Winnebago is the Motorhome manufacturer of choice for many RVers.

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Winnebago SuperStructure Construction

As the largest Winnebago Dealer in North America, we speak to thousands of interested RV buyers each year. Typically, they have already chosen a Winnebago product for a variety of reasons – Winnebago’s innovative products, best-in-class features and many more. However, one reason we hear over and over is Winnebago’s quality is far superior to every other RV manufacturer in the U.S.A.

You can watch our video explaining how Winnebago motorhomes are made here.

A key reason why Winnebago’s product quality is far superior is their legendary SuperStructure construction design. Winnebago refers to their industry-leading construction design (in the Class A and Class C motorhome product lines) as the SuperStructure.Winnebago's SuperStructure Construction Design

The SuperStructure has four main components that make it so super! –

Interlocking Joints – Winnebago uses a specially designed interlocking joint to connect the floor, sidewalls, and roof to evenly distribute the weight, so our “empty shell” is so strong it doesn’t need internal reinforcement. 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.

Laser-Cut Tubing – Precision laser cutters create precise joints in structural steel that are stronger and require less welding. While some manufacturers use less-accurate manual saws or cut-off saws. Winnebago’s precision laser cutter can also cut shapes into a tube, and even etches the length of each part directly onto the tube.

Thermo-Panel Sidewalls – By layering fiberglass and high-density block foam insulation with welded aluminum support structures, we create some of the industry’s strongest, most durable and lightweight sidewalls.

E-Coating – To help minimize corrosion, metal parts and components can feature one of several protective coating processes. Critical steel structural components are processed through a multi‑stage full immersion electro-­coating (e-coating) system. E-coating is also used by leading automotive companies to protect their vehicles from corrosion.

Winnebago also uses steel, not wood (like other manufacturers), to create a strong, durable cab substructure. Winnebago mounts the windshields securely with non-hardening sealants, just like an automobile. By using an advanced alignment system when mounting the cab to the chassis, Winnebago ensures a sturdy, square foundation.

There are several other reasons why Winnebago’s quality is superior to other manufacturers. If you are interested in learning more about Winnebago motorhomes, the sales, service and parts team at Lichtsinn RV are subject matter experts on all things Winnebago. You can call us at 1-800-343-6255 or visit our website here.

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