Welcome to WinnebagoLife

Welcome to WinnebagoLife

We call it GoLife for short

For over fifty years Winnebago has been an innovator in the recreational vehicle industry and we’re continuing that tradition with a lifestyle web site that celebrates the lively diversity of our company and its customers.  Every month you’ll find new articles and ideas that you won’t see elsewhere on the Internet or in magazines.  You’ll read stories through the eyes of fellow Winnebago owners and get behind the scenes insights from the talented team who designs our motorhomes and towables.


Editors

  • Don Cohen

    Don Cohen

    Editor-in-Chief

    Don Cohen and his wife Terry started their Winnebago Life in 2012 behind the wheel of a new Itasca Navion. In 20 years Don built the largest corporate media production company in the Rocky Mountain region, he became the CEO of a public high tech company and then, for a decade, was involved in community projects in the Vail Valley including starting and running the county’s economic council. After two decades of mountain living Don and Terry returned to the city and live in the heart of downtown Denver.

  • James and Stef Adinaro

    James and Stef Adinaro

    Blogger

    James and Stefany Adinaro didn’t set out to be RVers. They purchased their first RV to use at cycling events for one reason…the bathroom. But RVs quickly became a much bigger part of their lives as they started their blog The Fit RV (www.thefitrv.com), where they work to encourage a more healthy and active style of RVing. By day, James works in IT and Stef works in the fitness industry. When they’re not on the road, you can find them taking advantage of outdoor opportunities in their home state of Utah.

  • Peter and Kathy Holcombe

    Peter and Kathy Holcombe

    Blogger

    Peter and Kathy Holcombe are photographers, writers and parents. In 2014, along with their ten year old daughter, Abby, they made a life leap that many will admire, but few will take: they sold their home in Boulder, Colorado and took to the highways of North America, traveling full time in their Winnebago View. The Holcombe family is equally at home on smooth asphalt highways as they are on frothy whitewater rapids. Throughout their travels they’ll be sharing adventures as diverse as paddling through the sandstone canyons of the Colorado River, to navigating the N​ew Y​ork harbor waters around the Statue of Liberty.

  • Amy & Rod Burkert

    Amy & Rod Burkert

    Amy and Rod Burkert run the award-winning pet travel website, GoPetFriendly.com, which makes it easy to plan trips with your entire family! With more than 60,000 pet friendly hotels, campgrounds, restaurants, beaches, dog parks, and more – you’re sure to find the perfect vacation spots. And a convenient Road Trip Planner makes it simple to map your route and locate pet friendly locations along the way. For pet travel advice, check the Take Paws blog (http://blog.gopetfriendly.com/welcome-to-gopetfriendly-com/) – it’s is an encyclopedia of pet friendly destination guides, paws-on-the-ground travel tips, and the Burkerts’ adventures as they explore the country full-time with their dogs, Ty and Buster.

  • Heath and Alyssa Padgett

    Heath and Alyssa Padgett

    Blogger

    Heath and Alyssa Padgett are writers and film makers who quit their office jobs to pursue an unconventional 50 state honeymoon in an RV. Wanting to have a mission outside of travel, the Padgett's developed an idea to work a job in every state across America. Heath worked, Alyssa filmed, and the fell in love with travel, RVing, and working from the road and now travel in a 2016 Winnebago Brave. They have been featured on CBS, CNN, Fox and Friends Morning show, Huffington Post Live, The Boston Globe, The Daily Mail, and People Magazine.

  • Suzanne Anthony

    Suzanne Anthony

    My life has been a constant metamorphosis of sorts, always morphing into a new stage in a new place. I have had an incurable case of wanderlust since I was a kid growing up with parents who loved to road trip on a minute’s notice. I have been blessed to see some amazing places on this beautiful planet, so I decided I would like to have a place to share these experiences. I am living out my dream as a full time RVing 9 to 5’er, still hanging on to the “golden handcuffs” for a little longer. As a telecommuter, I figured “If I can do my job anywhere, why not do it everywhere?” So I sold my 3 bedroom home along with everything in it that was not nailed down, bought my Winnie View, and hit the road in March, 2013. The nomadic life suits me even more than I had hoped.

  • Jordan and Brittany Griggs

    Jordan and Brittany Griggs

    Blogger

    Jordan Griggs is former banker turned golf blogger, who risked it all to pursue his dreams. After working 7 years for Bank of America Merrill Lynch in the fast-paced capital markets, Jordan traded his brogues for golf spikes and set-out on a journey to create a life around his true passion: golf. After competing briefly on professional golf mini tours, Jordan and his wife Brittany decided to marry their passions for golf and photography to create The Dapper Drive, a golf and lifestyle brand dedicated to sharing the unique stories of great golf courses and golf brands, and providing a behind the scenes look at life on the road as full-time travelers. He and Brittany, the brand’s professional photographer and owner of her own online business (Simply For Creatives), travel full-time in their Winnebago View with their dog Ella and cat Mr. P. They’re currently traveling across America on a project they’ve dubbed the Ultimate Golf Road Trip – a quest to play each of Golf Digest’s ranked America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses in calendar year 2017. Jordan and Brittany hope that through sharing these experiences, stories and adventures in the world of golf and travel, they can inspire and encourage others to chase their dreams, pursue their passions and refuse to settle for anything less. Read more about Jordan and Brittany at http://www.thedapperdrive.com/about/

  • Damon Bungard

    Damon Bungard

    Blogger

    With a kayak, fly rod, camera, bow, or gun in hand, exploring the rivers and mountains of the world keeps Damon on the move and in search of his next adventure. Growing up as a military dependent, travel and exploration is in his DNA. Damon has traveled from Chile to the ends of North America in search of the next rapid to run, river to explore, fish to catch, game to hunt, and memory to make. As Product Manager for Jackson Kayak and Brand Manager for Orion Coolers, his passion for the outdoors translates directly into the products we offer. Damon, his wife Ashley, and mini-dachshund, Tripper, make their home base camp near our factory in Spencer, TN.

  • Michelle Schroeder-Gardner

    Michelle Schroeder-Gardner

    Blogger

    Michelle Schroeder-Gardner and her husband (and their two dogs) are new RVers, but have quickly fallen in love with the lifestyle. After traveling around the country in their car and tent camping, they soon realized that RVing was something they needed in their lives. When she's not talking about RVing, Michelle runs a personal finance blog where she helps others earn more, save more, and live more. You can find her blog at MakingSenseofCents.com.

  • Brad Herzog

    Brad Herzog

    Blogger

    Brad Herzog (www.bradherzog.com) is the author of more than 30 books, including dozens of books for children and a trilogy of travel memoirs that the American Book Review has deemed "the new classics of American travel writing." He and his wife Amy have spent each of the past 16 summers traveling the country in a Winnebago--through 48 states and more than 100,000 miles. Brad’s latest book, The Presidents, is a beautifully illustrated coffee table book about the first 43 commanders-in-chief. As a freelance magazine writer, Brad has been honored several times by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), including a Grand Gold Medal for best feature article of the year. As a speaker, he has presented a popular TEDx talk about “Catching Creative Ideas.” When they’re not celebrating the open road, Brad and Amy live on California’s Monterey Peninsula with their two sons.

  • Phil Freedman

    Phil Freedman

    Dr. Phil Freedman is a board certified MD, avid outdoorsman, and long-time motorhome owner starting out in a small class C and working up to big diesel pushers. Phil is the founder of the Vail Valley’s oldest and largest medical practice. He is an expert in emergency medicine and has served as ship’s doctor for Royal Norwegian and National Geographic cruise lines.

  • Adam and Jenn Norrell

    Adam and Jenn Norrell

    Blogger

    Adam and Jenn Norrell are eaters of stinky cheese, senders of kitschy postcards, and chasers of a dream that hatched during their honeymoon road trip on the eastern edge of Glacier National Park over a piece of huckleberry pie. That dream: to linger as long as they wish in the places they love to “…live deep and suck out all the marrow of life.” Two years later, they live that dream in an Itasca Meridian with their beautiful daughter Imogen and two quirky dogs, Adam writes code for Lockheed Martin and, together, they share their experiences on their blog Huckleberry Bound (www.huckleberrybound.com).

  • Brooke & Buddy Baum

    Brooke & Buddy Baum

    After playing by the rules and hating it, the Baums decided to start doing things their own way. This meant exchanging their well-paying jobs, vacation time and safe suburban existence for a life on the road with no time restrictions and lots of unknowns. With only their beloved cat Sugar and a few necessities, Brooke and Buddy started their journey as full-time RVers at the end of March 2017 in a brand-new Winnebago View. Not only will this lifestyle help them keep to their very limited budget as Brooke pursues freelance writing and Buddy builds a photography business, it also allows them to do what they love every single day: spend time outside together while inspiring others to do the same! Aside from that, they don't really have a plan. But they believe kindness, faith and determination will get them where they need to go. And luckily, after a decade of practice, they are experts at just winging it. You can follow along with their travels, outdoor adventures and what are sure to be some hilarious mishaps at TrailingAway.com.

  • David & Karen Toste

    David & Karen Toste

    As a family of four who live and work in Silicon Valley, life can move pretty fast. Between work meetings, school activities, Target runs, birthday parties, and other arbitrary errands, Karen and David started to feel like they were always en route to something and not really living in the moment. Last year, they decided it was time to slow down. Both Karen and David are second generation RVers who grew up traveling in Winnebagos when they were kids. They recalled great memories of family road trips and campsite adventures and wanted these same experiences for their children. In January 2016, they invested in their own Winnebago Vista and began their family adventures. While they are not full-time RVers, they are an example of how the RV lifestyle can be perfect for families who desire exploration and togetherness. You can follow their family’s adventures at thecampingplaylist.com.

  • Kenny & Sabrina Phillips

    Kenny & Sabrina Phillips

    Kenny and Sabrina are new to the RV life style. Sabrina is a traveling physician who works across the country at different hospitals. When she first took on this position she loved it, but there was only one problem, they would have to spend long periods of time apart. They needed a change in their lifestyle that would allow them to spend more time together. Kenny owned a small business in their hometown and they decided to sell the business so they could purchase and move into an RV. This now gives them the ability to travel together moving from state to state for Sabrina’s work. Kenny does freelance work from the road and has completed the NRVIA inspection course and plans on starting a mobile RV inspection business. You can follow along with their adventures on Youtube at www.youtube.com/c/MovingForward

  • Lindsay & Dan McKenzie

    Lindsay & Dan McKenzie

    Dan and Lindsay McKenzie are full-time traveling RVers from Colorado. They have been seeking adventure together for 10 years now and have done a lot of international traveling, including living in Costa Rica. They took the leap into full time RVing after experiencing life altering news. They viewed the news as a life "detour" and started a travel and inspirational blog at FollowYourDetour.com. Through their detour, Dan and Lindsay have grown more passionate about pursuing their dreams and leading a fulfilling life, while sharing their story in hopes of inspiring others to do the same. They love that RVing allows them to bring along their two dogs and be in nature as much as possible. You can usually find them on the river fly fishing, hiking to sunset spots, or at the local brewery.

  • Maggie Hughes

    Maggie Hughes

    Winnebago Industries Social Media Specialist

    Maggie is a second generation Winnebago employee. With a degree in advertising and specialization in digital media, Maggie manages many of the social media channels for Winnebago. Whether it’s testing out a GoPro head mount, shooting video around the plant, or tending to the care and feeding of the Winnebago Facebook page, Maggie is an important part of the company’s growing digital media team.

  • Melanie & Jeremy Scroggins

    Melanie & Jeremy Scroggins

    Knowing they could never live the life of the average American couple, Jeremy and Melanie Scroggins decided full-time RVing was a good fit. Jeremy is a park ranger for BLM and Melanie is a writer and podcaster for her business Mine Space (mine-space.org). They are currently located in Lincoln City, OR, where they are enjoying everything the rugged Oregon coast has to offer.


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