Winnebago is a name that is almost synonymous with RVs... Have you ever noticed how many people use the word "Kleenex" instead of "tissue"? Well, this is almost the case with Winnebago! The company has been manufacturing RVs for over fifty years. (We will take a more in-depth view of each of these RVs.)
The 2008 line-up includes many different models. This is a list of the 2008 Winnebago RVs:
In the Class A Models (Remember, the Class A RVs are those that are pretty much a home on wheels... They have a separate bedroom, along with many other amenities.)
In the Class C Models (These are probably the most recognizable RVs on the road. They aren't pulled by another vehicle, and usually have a sleeping compartment above the cab.)
Americans have long had a love affair with the open road. From National Parks to National Monuments, we like to see it all. With 3,000 miles stretches from coast to coast, and wide expanses of nearly empty highways in between, getting places isn't always easy. Winnebago has been transporting travelers in comfort and style for over 50 years. They are industry leaders in quality, innovation and in capturing that American spirit of discovery and exploration.
Winnebago vehicles are available in a wide variety of price ranges. Options exist for those who want to invest in a home away from home. These vehicles will provide owners with the space, fine amenities and comfort that they are accustomed to in their own house, yet with the convenience of easy travel. Other models are available that still offer comfort and refinement but at a more modest price point. Perhaps you don't need a home for months at a time, but just want a relaxing way to see the sights you've mapped out all your life.
When Winnebago first started rolling out their recreational vehicles, buyers were impressed. These were big vehicles with innovative furniture and appliances. These earlier lines were influenced by the history of the Winnebago tribe with names like, Chief Black Hawk, Brave and Warrior. As times changed and gas prices began to increase, Winnebago changed too. Smaller vehicles emerged with engines that had more fuel efficiency. The Minnie Winnie and the Winnie Wagon were released during this time. Still, the large and luxurious vehicles of any brand that roll down American highways are still referred to by many as motor homes, a term first used by Winnebago. This brand has become synonymous with any recreational vehicle.
Dealerships are located across all parts of the United States and Canada. Purchasing a product from Winnebago is easy when buyers have a full lot of choices to consider. With knowledgeable salespeople and numerous financing options, even a customer with little experience in the world of RVs can make an informed purchasing decision. Many Winnebago owners will visit their local dealership and decide on the vehicle they want to own. Arrangements can be made through Winnebago to purchase the vehicle at one dealership but pick it up at another. In that way, many new owners will save time by flying to a destination across the country, retrieve their new RV and then slowly make their way through the sights on the way back home.
For those not ready to purchase, Winnebago offers rental vehicles as well. These rentals are available through the same local dealerships. This allows customers to see the inventory on hand, speak with a knowledgeable salesperson and make a clear decision about their travel needs. Winnebago also has a strong commitment to provide expert maintenance and service assistance should the need arise. Certified Winnebago mechanics are available all around the country in order to assist travelers everywhere.
During an economic downturn in 1958, a business man called John K. Hanson came up with an idea to revive the local economy. He, together with several community leaders had talks with a Californian company called Modernistic Industries to start a factory in the area. This factory would serve the purpose of manufacturing travel trailers. This move marked the beginning of Winnebago industries.
The factory survived the tough economic times and was later bought by Hanson together with four other mid-westerners. He became the president of the company. The factory's name was changed in 1960 to Winnebago Industries and it went into a quality improvement drive for its products. This was achieved by manufacturing interior components for their travel trailers. These components had the signature qualities of the company which included light weight and strength.
The first motor home to be rolled off the company's assembly line came in 1966. The company sold these trailers for about half the price of competitor models which made them to become very common recreational vehicles (RVs). This made the Winnebago brand name to start being used interchangeably with motor homes or RVs. This was regardless of whether the trailer was or was not a product of the company. Owing to the popularity the company's vehicles got during the 70s and 80s, many of their cars have been featured on films, music and television programs.
The company introduced another model in 1973 which they named the Minnie Winnie. It was longer than the shortest model at the time despite its name. This model was produced until the year 2006 when the name stopped being used. This is because the trailer had become too big to be called a Minnie. With the persistent increase in prices of gas, the company started to produce smaller models for instance the "Winnie Wagon".
The company went on to develop smaller models which were only slightly bigger than passenger vans. These newer trailer models were built with different bodies and engines mostly from European manufacturers. Camper conversions of the EuroVan cab were usually given to the German based Westafalia Company but was changed to being done by Winnebago Industries until now. The company nowadays uses the Mercedes-Benz sprinter chassis.
On August 1 2008, the Winnebago Industries manufacturing plant in Charles City was closed. A press release by the company cited dramatic changes that had taken place in the market since it was opened in 2004. It had a total of 270 employees when it was closed. Since 2008, demand for motor homes in the United States has been on a decline. Company officials at Winnebago Industries attribute this mainly to decline in the economy, increased price of fuel, decreasing confidence by consumers and difficulties in getting loans. The demand for retail purchases declined by double digit percentages but the company still stayed afloat regardless of the reduced sales volume. In 2009, a department was opened by the company that deals with hardwoods and it now employs approximately 150 employees.