Winnebago Preparing for Annual Owners Rally

July 17, 2013 by · Comments Off on Winnebago Preparing for Annual Owners Rally 

Winnebago rally begins July 21.

As of last week, about 2,500 people had registered for the annual Winnebago Itasca Travelers Grand National Rally (GNR), set to run July 21-26 at the builder’s Rally Grounds in Forest City, Iowa. As reported by the Forest City Summit, the grounds opened to early arriving rally attendees on Monday.

Sheila Davis, public relations/investor relations manager, said that when all the motorhomes and towables are on the grounds, the attendance will likely be slightly higher than last year’s attendance.

Volunteers have already started preparing for the GNR, with about 75 already on the grounds this week, Davis said.

The annual GNR is a gathering of Winnebago Itasca Travelers (WIT) club members who own Winnebago, Itasca motorhomes or towables or SunnyBrook towable RVs. The rally features tours of the Winnebago plants, education seminars in which motorhome or towable owners learn about vehicle features, driving tips and other information.

Rally attendees also get a look at the new 2014 models including new models such as the Winnebago Forza and Itasca Solei Class A Diesel motorhomes. Attendees can also drive or ride in some of those new coaches.

A variety of vendors also share products and items related to motorhome travel and use.

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Winnebago-Itasca Owners Rally Underway in Iowa

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The annual Winnebago Itasca Travelers (WIT) Grand National Rally (GNR) opened Sunday (July 15) and runs through July 20 at Winnebago Industries Inc.’s rally grounds in Forest City, Iowa,  according to a report by the Mason City Globe Gazette.

Kelli Harms, public relations specialist, said about 1,000 units had registered as of the end of June.

Some units started arriving over the weekend but many volunteers came earlier to help prepare the rally grounds.

“We have people who come as early as July 1,” Harms said.

Early arrivals stay busy in the region and many volunteer.

“WIT Club counts on many volunteers to prepare the rally and (to work) throughout the rally,” said Denise Yeager of Winnebago Industries and the WIT GNR.

Volunteers help get units parked, put up street signs on the rally grounds, teach classes and do other tasks for the GNR. Attendees can also participate in pre-rally events this week, Harms said.

A trip to the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn., a tour of historical architecture in North Iowa, and a bike ride to Pilot Knob State Park are just some of the events planned for this week, Harms said.

The theme of this year’s GNR is “Treasure Island.”

“We have a number of new activities and events this year-like a real treasure hunt,” WIT General Manager Doug Formanek said in a news release.

This year also marks the first year towable recreational vehicles are allowed on the grounds. Winnebago bought SunnyBrook RV, a towable manufacturer, in 2010. The company is also making Winnebago brand towables.