Aerial shot of Winnebago rally grounds

Travel trailers are on display at the Winnebago Itasca Travelers (WIT) Grand National Rally in Forest City, Iowa, for the first time since 1983 this week.

“Today is all about exposure,” said Fred Hershberger, national sales manager manager of Winnebago Industries Towables. “It’s great to be out here and show off what we have.”

The Mason City Globe Gazette reported that the WIT Grand National Rally is an annual gathering of products produced by Winnebago Industries Inc. that draws about 1,600 units to Forest City in mid-July. This is the first year travel trailers have participated in nearly 30 years.

Winnebago bought SunnyBrook RV in late 2010 and has also started making a Winnebago towable brand. To heighten awareness about the new line of trailers, 12 different SunnyBrook and Winnebago units were on display Tuesday (July 17) at the rally grounds for interested GNR attendees to view.

“I have a motorhome now but as I get older I am looking at going back to a trailer,” said Charles Christian of Paris, Texas. “I used to have a fifth wheel and as I get older it might be a little simpler to go back.”

Hershberger said the trailer models are perfect for motorhome owners who are looking at down-sizing or cutting costs.

“I haven’t heard a negative thing today about the trailers,” said Hershberger.

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