Meet the Product Planner Behind Winnebago’s Newly Revealed eRV2!
Learn more about the passionate young woman helping to drive innovation.

By: Brooke Baum, GoLife Editor

Do you ever wonder who is behind the design and creation of new RVs? While multiple teams of experts contribute in important ways, it is the product planners who oversee bringing it all together. “We’re the voice for the user and we get consulted at every stage,” Aimee Sheckler, Winnebago Class B Product Planner, explains. 

“If you made a Venn diagram of all the different teams involved, we’d be the paper it’s written on.”

Aimee is one of three Class B product planners at Winnebago, and her focus is on the Solis as well as the newly revealed all-electric eRV2 prototype. She really enjoys the collaborative and creative nature of her role and is passionate about her projects.

“I love it because I can know a little bit about a lot of things and there are so many helpful resources here where I can go to someone who knows a lot about a few things,” she shares. “I can have an idea then go to someone who can give me a huge world view of it.”

Enjoying a campfire with some members of the Winnebago product, engineering, and marketing teams caravanning with owners (10 vans total) to Overland Expo Mountain West in Loveland, CO, from the Revel Rally in Durango, CO, in 2021.

Meet Aimee Sheckler: A Very Passionate Class B Product Planner at Winnebago

When Aimee started applying to jobs in her final months of college, she didn’t expect to find her ideal career fit right away. Most people pop around to multiple companies and roles before finding the position that suits them best. However, less than two weeks after graduating, Aimee was using her industrial design degree in a role she never expected: Winnebago Product Planner.

Initially, she applied to be an engineer while at a career fair, but the Winnebago hiring team thought the product planner role fit her personality better, and they couldn’t have been more right. “Finding a position that fit my personality so well so soon after college took that big load off of my shoulders,” Aimee happily notes.

She explains that industrial design “is the human-centric side of art, but the level-headedness and practicality of engineering.” While her degree has definitely been put to good use, it is her passion that really makes her a great fit. She loves the outdoors, camps in her free time, and is dedicated to creating a high-quality product. 

Sparking Innovation with the eRV2 & Beyond!

The first floorplan project Aimee was tasked with spearheading was the eRV2 all-electric prototype. After two years of research, design, and a lot of testing, getting to finally introduce her “baby” to the public at the 2023 Florida RV SuperShow in January was a highlight of her career so far.

“It was neat to get to see it right from the beginning … seeing that research and how we digest it. Then going through and building a mockup and working with the guys in the model shop who have done such a great job in helping us work through our iterations,” Aimee recalls. “It was nice to see it all the way through.”

The eRV2 also has a new floorplan that Aimee and her team were excited to take a few risks with. She was happy to see it was well received at the Tampa show and enjoyed getting that early feedback in person. 

Collecting that critical voice of customer research is a huge part of being a product planner at Winnebago. Aimee said she is usually at meetups monthly and that owners appreciate that the Winnebago team doesn’t just go to the big shows but also many smaller meetups with only a few dozen people as well. 

Getting feedback from actual RVers is key to her planning process. “It makes it so that when you are designing, you aren’t just designing for customer A and B, you are designing for Sue and Bob with their three kids,” she explains.

Winnebago B Class product team boondocking off a forest service road near Hesperus, CO, while caravanning from BNR (Winnie B National Rally) in Santa Fe, NM, to Revel Rally in Moab, UT.

Something she didn’t expect when first attending Class B meetups is how unique each van group is depending on which product they have (Revel, Solis, Travato, etc.). “You may think #vanlife – they are all van lifers, but they are completely different communities,” Aimee notes.

When discussing future projects, Aimee can’t give too much away, but she definitely has some innovative ideas in the works. “I’m really excited to see how the voice of customer and influence of that gets relayed into new products. We’re constantly working on the next generation.”

She also takes vans out for her own user testing to gather personal insights into how features and designs work on current models and prototypes. Aimee shares that it’s very valuable to “see how the dynamic of the van works in real life, not just in theory.”

Plus, there is a growing younger female RVer audience who tend to gravitate toward the Class B vans, so being in that demographic helps her to really relate and understand that customer base. Although testing is key to her role, she has loved the outdoors since growing up in Upstate New York and tends to camp in her free time anyway! 

Fort De Soto Campground in St. Petersburg, FL. Aimee’s third time out with the eRV2 - this time for a week-long trip in Florida before the Tampa RV Show.

Inspiration for Future Generations of RV Product Planners

While others may see it as impressive to be a young woman in a predominantly male-dominated field, Aimee doesn’t seem intimidated. “My mom is the primary hunter in my family … she drives the big truck,” she proudly shares. 

From a young age, her parents taught her not to ever limit herself. Her dad (who is an engineer) even taught her to use a table saw when she was only five! Of course, her parents were thrilled and pleasantly surprised for Aimee to land such a fantastic position right out of college. They even flew down to Tampa to get to see the eRV2 protype in person

While confident and highly capable, Aimee also makes it a point to lift up her team every chance she gets. Aimee knows the diverse perspectives and varied knowledge base of her team is key to success.

“She knows that in order to make a product successful, it’s a team effort. When someone else contributes to its success, she sings their praises and recognizes how it couldn’t have been done without them,” shared her colleague Emily Christian, Senior Specialist of Product Marketing.

When asked if she has any advice for other women wanting to get into this field, she says that – no matter your gender – it’s important to just try hard and not let other people push you down.

“I have a lot of energy and sometimes I get told that I’m a lot,” she said with a smile. “But I think that’s part of what makes everything work really well in this role, by just trying things that otherwise wouldn’t be normal.”


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User commented on March 2, 2023 8:00 AM
As a human factors engineer, it's great to read about Aimee's industrial design background. I really like the eRV2 floorplan and its use of high-end materials, as well as finally seeing awning windows used in a Transit B-van. Hoping that this floorplan makes it to production, perhaps even as a third Travato variant.
User commented on March 19, 2023 12:59 PM
We are the new owners of a Solis Pocket and this new unit attracts us. On a full charge what is its range, are its batteries recharged by the solar panels on the roof? Jim, Mary Ann & Toby
User commented on April 7, 2023 2:09 PM
Thank you for your comment! The eRV2 has a flexible 3-in-1 charging plug-in that allows for charging at home, campgrounds, and dedicated charging stations. The current eRV2 prototypes are built on a 2022 Ford E-Transit van which has a published range of 108 miles, but the team continues to research range extension opportunities. You can learn more on this page: Hope this helps! -GoLife Blog Editor
User commented on March 19, 2023 1:09 PM
Loving the layout Aimee! Well done!
User commented on March 19, 2023 9:06 PM
Hey Aimee, As a proud owner of four Winnies over 30 years plus two DIY van con versions before them, these two women are happy to see what you’re working on for future RV versions. We have had our 2011 Navion J since new and look for something different to catch our eye every year. Maybe you’ll be the one to design it. I suggest you go back in time and look at the ten years of Rialtas from 1995-2005. We’ve had two and we’d buy another tomorrow if you had them—on any chassis. They were the sportscar of RVs—nimble, stable, comfortable to drive plus a true ability to be a home away from home with house-like amenities. Even a house like screen and exterior door! Sometimes new + retro = perfect. Take a look and think about it on a Ford or RAM chassis. Lots of us Navion and View owners would be at the front of the line for one. Keep us traveling! Sflofkiwi CA and MI or on the road
User commented on March 23, 2023 11:46 AM
Great to see Aimee's inspired thinking and unique perspectives in new product application. Appreciate the update on Winnebago's current developments in the RV space, and it's developments in the electric vehicles. Have been the proud owner of Vando, the Vandalorian, a 2021 Solis 59P Sofa model in the beautiful Cherry Red. Looking forward to seeing the eRV2 exploring our local campgrounds and roads soon as it explores and expands the electric envelope. - Randy GT