Winnebago Reports Strong Growth in Class B Sales

Winnebago Industries Inc., known worldwide for its production of large motorhomes and other leisure vehicles, is experiencing tremendous growth in production and sales of its smaller, Class B vehicles, according to Russ Garfin, director of product management.

The Globe Gazette reported that Winnebago currently has a 40% market share in the Class B segment, he said.

“The Class B’s are definitely outpacing the rest of the market. They are compact sized, easy to drive and have good fuel efficiency,” said Garfin. “Sales have been steadily growing in the past four years and there has been a big surge with single people and with preretirement customers. The camper style makes a lot of things possible.”

In addition to providing transportation for thousands of people, the manufacturing of the Class B’s provides a springboard for the local economies throughout North Iowa because of the jobs they provide.

Garfin said manufacturing is done primarily in Lake Mills and Charles City with some ancillary manufacturing done in Forest City.

The newest of the Class B models is the Solis, a camper with a fiberglass pop-top that raises on hinges and gas springs to provide a loft sleeping area for two people. There is a Murphy bed in the main living area that has a table on the flip side to create a flexible workspace. It has all-season capability with a space-expanding rear-door design with a privacy screen. It also has a heated bathroom that doubles as a drying room for wet gear.

“In creating the Solis, we focused on implementing durable and efficient features that go well for people who enjoy a variety of outdoor recreation activities,” said Garfin.

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