Join two free Winnebago Factory Tours this summer – a must for anyone interested in RVs.

As you might expect, we at GoLife are partial to Winnebago RVs. We like the way they look, the way they travel, and the way they make us feel at home wherever our adventures take us.

But there's another reason we love Winnebago RVs: we believe they're built better from the ground up.

Since Winnebago began building RVs in 1958, the company has seen styles, features, and trends (not to mention manufacturers) come and go. But through it all, Winnebago has remained focused on perfecting the art of crafting a home on wheels.

The result is one of the most technologically advanced RV manufacturing facilities in the world, a highly rated tourist attraction in its own right, and a must-see destination for anyone with a passion for RVing.

To see what a state-of-the-art RV manufacturing facility looks like, make your reservation then make your way to the Winnebago Visitors Center in Forest City, Iowa.

Two tours are available: the Class A & C motorhome complex tour and the Camper Van tour. Both tours are free and leave from the Visitors Center in Forest City.

The Class A & C Motorhome Complex Tour

Although you won't have time to see every facility on the massive Forest City campus, the tour does provide a comprehensive overview of the process. It's an educational and entertaining experience that will give you a new appreciation for every step that goes into the making of a Winnebago motorhome.

Think big — REALLY BIG.

The star of the Forest City tour (and star of its own National Geographic's Ultimate Factories episode) is Big Bertha, a gigantic 430,000-square-foot main assembly building that's one of the largest RV manufacturing buildings in the United States.

Here, you'll see how a bare chassis is transformed into a full-fledged Winnebago motorhome, and learn how custom holding tanks (made in-house) are placed to optimize handling as well as living and storage space. You'll also see how sturdy sidewalls, built on-site using lasers, computer-controlled routers, and specially designed roller presses, are locked into place with the floor and roof using Winnebago's trademark interlocking joints.

Sew that's how it's done!

You'll also visit Stitchcraft, where comfortable, durable, and stylish furnishings and soft goods are built to meet a unique set of automotive, fire, crash, and other safety standards. Over the years, Stitchcraft has created well over a million pieces of furniture, enough to make it one of the largest RV furniture manufacturers in the industry if it were a standalone company.

You can now also take other virtual factory tours of other facilities in the complex on the new interactive Virtual Factory Tour monitor in the Visitors Center.

The Camper Van Tour

At the camper van facility in Lake Mills, Iowa, chassis from leading suppliers like Ram and Mercedes-Benz are turned into the stuff dreams are made of — camper vans like the Winnebago Revel and Winnebago Travato.

During the tour, you'll see how the shells are modified to meet design and engineering specifications and outfitted to stand up to adventures down the road (and off the road in some cases).

You'll gain a new appreciation for the extensive sealing and insulation that keeps you comfortable when the weather turns. And you'll come away with a new appreciation for the skilled men and women who are proud to put the Winnebago brand on their work.

The more you know...

As each tour progresses, you'll learn all sorts of interesting facts. Did you know there are more than 10,000 individual parts in a typical motorhome? That a Class A motorhome has about three miles of electrical wiring? Or that Winnebago manufactures more of its own parts and sub-systems than any other RV company?

Winnebago Tour Details

A Winnebago factory tour provides a fascinating look at how these amazing machines are built. This experience will be a treat for every RV owner, anyone interested in RVing, or anyone who has ever wondered, "How do they build those?"

The free tours, which last about two hours, run from April to October, and leave from the Winnebago Visitors Center in Forest City, Iowa. Closed-toe shoes are required, while safety glasses and safety vests are provided. Minors aged 16 and up are welcome when accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Tours fill up quickly, so reservations are highly recommended.

Learn how to reserve your spot.

Note: The Winnebago towables factory does not currently offer tours to the public. However, if you are a Winnebago towable owner who is interested in seeing behind the scenes, the WIT TOWS GoLife Community group is sometimes able to organize a tour and often has product managers attend events to provide additional insights. One of Winnebago's Ambassadors also has a video tour of the towables factory you can watch here.


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User commented on June 15, 2024 12:18 AM
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User commented on June 16, 2024 11:52 AM
I am coming to forest city in September of this year. Is it possible for me to get a tour of the factory for class a & c Mobil homes.
User commented on June 17, 2024 7:52 PM
Yes! Please call 641-585-6936 to reserve your tour.
User commented on June 17, 2024 9:37 PM
For answers to your product questions, you can reach out to the Winnebago Customer Care team directly at (641) 585-6939.