The $7 million dollar paint machine

World class rustproofing

Don Cohen Don Cohen  |  09.29.2015

Unlike many RV manufacturers, Winnebago uses a lot of steel for strength and durability.  Steel is strong, but it can rust.  This is where e-coat comes in.  It’s short for electro-deposition which coats steel parts which will be exposed to the elements.

This past year, the company replaced it’s 30 year old machine with the RV industry’s largest and most advanced system. Electro-deposition is accomplished by charging the components to be coated with electricity, and then paint film is bonded to the body to a desired thickness. Similar to automotive companies, Winnebago uses the e-coat process to provide the highest level of corrosion protection.


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  1. janice spicha Posted on 01.14.2017

    We visited your factory in September and are probably going to order a 2017 TrendB this March Will the under coating of this model include this process?!

    1. Don Cohen Posted on 01.16.2017

      The electrostatic paint system is used for specific parts that have the potential to be exposed to the elements. That’s different than vehicle undercoating.

  2. Gene Ritz Posted on 10.16.2015

    We have (&love) our 2015 38Q! It has an “incomplete vehicle” date of 9/14 on a sticker on the drivers door. Did this unit get the new rust preventative treatment or the old system? Thanks.

    1. Don Cohen Posted on 11.02.2015

      Gene,
      Winnebago has been rustproofing certain parts for years, and this new system is actually a larger and more efficient replacement for the old one. I recently got a tour of the system and learned that many of the parts that are painted aren’t ones you generally see. Many parts in your 38Q were coated. However, some component parts come from other suppliers and may or may not be similarly e-coated. So while e-coating really helps in inhibiting rust, there still may be some exterior parts and components you should inspect, clean, and if necessary, protect on your own. It varies from model to model and the environmental and road conditions you drive on.

  3. ORVILLE & ANNA MAYER Posted on 10.11.2015

    WE HAVE A 1998 VECTRA GRAND TOUR, LIVED AND TRAVELLED IN
    THIS UNIT EVERY DAY SINCE NEW. MANEY PEOPLE SINCE REMARK
    HOW GREAT IT STILL LOOKS THINKING IT IS STILL NEW.

    YOU BUILD GREAT MOTOR HOMES.

  4. Richard D. Johnson Posted on 10.07.2015

    Glad to see you have done something about rust on your products.
    I have a Winnebago Journey, built in 2002. Five years ago I replaced the bottom of the compartment that is on left front of my motor home because it was rusted through. I used aluminum so it would not rust through again.

  5. Donald Mohr Posted on 10.07.2015

    Winnebago Industries builds quality into all of the RV products manufactured. This video shows yet another reason why Winnebago is an industry leader in the RV marketplace. I am proud to be the owner of a Winnebago motorhome.

  6. Angel Ortiz Posted on 10.06.2015

    Good job!

  7. George Hurst Posted on 10.06.2015

    Always enjoy seeing how things are made. Actually did something very similar to aircraft parts at a job. Winnebago – great RV !