You probably have a lot of questions about the RV industry and how RVs are made. By touring an RV manufacturing facility you will find answers to many of your questions. RV factory tours take you behind the scenes in the RV industry. There’s no better way to see firsthand how an RV is built — from start to finish. You get to watch as an RV is transformed from a bare frame to a finished product.
Founded by John Hanson and based in Winnebago County of Forest City Iowa, the Winnebago company began in 1958 as Modernistic Industries -- after Hanson convinced a California-based trailer manufacturer to open up a branch in Forest City. Hanson changed the name of the company to Winnebago Industries in 1960, and he began manufacturing all components that go into motorhomes in an attempt to improve upon the features found inside other motorhomes. (Winnebago means "people of the dirty water" -- in reference to the Native American tribe who lived around the muddy Fox River in Wisconsin.) The first Winnebago was produced in 1966, and the company became publicly traded in 1970. In the 1970s and 1980s Winnebago models had Indian names. Hanson retired in 1972 -- even though he came out of retirement in 1979 to help the company, and he remained actively involved until his death in 1996. Today, Winnebago makes travel trailers, fifth wheel trailers, and toy haulers in Middlebury, Indiana. Winnebago motorhomes are made in Forest City, Iowa. See photos and little-known facts about Country Coach RVs from people who've owned one or driven one.
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Every RV manufacturer has its own good points and bad points… Here are the BEST points for the Winnebago company, also known as Winnebago Industries.