Video: A Look Inside a Winnebago Factory
Winnebago reports more than 10,000 people come to the Winnebago Visitors Center in Forest City, Iowa, where visitors can see firsthand how the company’s products are made during a factory tour.
Founded in 1958, the company was an early supporter of automotive-style assembly line systems in motorhome manufacturing, according to the release. Winnebago Director of Marketing Chad Reece said the company still aims for manufacturing innovation.
“We build our motorhomes in one of the most technologically advanced RV manufacturing facilities in existence today,” Reece said. “The tour not only shows you how our motorhomes are built from start to finish, it also highlights the technology and innovative designs that set our motorhomes apart.”
The tour starts with a video that offers a preview of the manufacturing process. A tour bus then departs for a drive-through of the grounds. Walk-in tours of three buildings are available for observation: the Chassis Weld facility, where the raw chassis is prepared to become a home on wheels with the front cab and basement storage added; the Stitchcraft facility that builds quality chairs, window valances, sofas and other innovative furniture pieces that are only found in Winnebago motorhomes; and the main production area named Big Bertha.
Equivalent in length to three football fields, Big Bertha features three production lines. With a line speed of eight inches per minute, a vehicle can be assembled from start to finish in 24 production hours. Visitors will see the magnitude of this building thanks to mezzanines that provide a bird’s eye view.
Before or after the tour, visitors can also visit the Winnebago Museum, which is located in the Visitors Center. The museum chronicles the company’s 58-year history, as well as the design and construction of the company’s motorhomes.