Towable RVs: Comparing Travel Trailers, Fifth Wheels & Toy Haulers


Whether you are brand new to RVing or a long-time motorhome owner looking into towables for the first time, the different products and logistics involved may feel overwhelming. However, these are a great option for travelers of all kinds, often less expensive than motorized RVs, and much simpler to use than you may think.

To offer some help, we’ll compare the types of towable products and give a rundown of a few important towable terms to know. We hope this article helps you feel like you’ve gained a basic understanding and the confidence you need to get towing.

What is the Difference Between a Travel Trailer, Fifth Wheel and Toy Hauler?

A towable is simply an RV that you tow with a truck or other vehicle capable of towing. However, there are multiple different types of towables, and each of those also comes in various sizes with multiple options to choose from.

While price, comfort and size will all be huge factors, how much your vehicle can tow is probably the most important. If you already have a vehicle you plan to use for towing, this will limit your search. For this reason, many people suggest deciding on your towable RV first, then choosing a vehicle that has a high enough tow capacity to safely pull it once all of your belongings are loaded.

Fifth Wheel Interior

Interior of the Winnebago Minnie Plus Fifth Wheel 27RLTS.

Travel Trailer

Travel trailers are pulled by connecting them to a bumper level hitch. While many people use pick-up trucks, trailers can be pulled by a variety of vehicles as long as the trailer does not exceed the tow vehicle’s capacity for towing. (Read why one of our GoLife contributors chose to tow their trailer with a van).

Travel Trailer Hitch

Travel trailer hitch.

Travel trailers are usually less expensive than other towable products, making them a great first RV for those wanting to try out the lifestyle. While budget-friendly, they often still have slide outs, storage space, and other features to make them a comfortable home away from home. For example, Winnebago travel trailers range from about 19 to 36 feet long and start at around $22,000 for the smallest and $38,000 for the largest.

Travel Trailer Interior

Interior of the Winnebago Minnie 2401RG Travel Trailer.

Fifth Wheel

The main difference between a fifth wheel and a travel trailer is how it connects to the vehicle towing it. Instead of connecting via a bumper-level hitch, fifth wheels connect to a hitch inside the bed of a truck. While this limits the type of vehicle that can tow a fifth wheel, this type of connection does provide better maneuverability as well as some additional space.

Fifth Wheel Hitch

Fifth wheel hitch.

Fifth wheels are a common option for full-time RVers with families because they are spacious, often have more storage space, and are easier to tow – which is helpful when driving often. Another reason families tend to choose towables is because many parents prefer to have children in front-facing seats in a truck or other vehicle, instead of using the seats in motorhomes that aren’t ideal for car seats and are often side-facing. (Note: Human and animal passengers should not remain in a towable RV while it is moving).

Winnebago fifth wheels range from about 27 to 33 feet long and start at around $35,000.

Fifth Wheel Interior

Interior of the Winnebago Minnie Plus Fifth Wheel 27RLTS.

Toy Hauler

A toy hauler is a travel trailer or fifth wheel with a ramp opening in the back. It is basically a towable with a small garage. This allows owners to bring small vehicles, motorcycles, or other ‘toys’ with them.

Toy Hauler Garage

Garage of the Winnebago Spyder 28KS Toy Hauler.

These are great for travelers who like to have a small tow vehicle for running errands or exploring. Often, an off-road vehicle is another top choice for adventurous campers, while RV resort enthusiasts may opt for a golf cart. Winnebago’s toy haulers are about 30 to 38 feet long and start at under $50,000.

Toy Hauler Galley

Galley of the Winnebago Spyder 28KS Toy Hauler.

Helpful Towable Terms to Know

As you may have already realized, getting into RVing also means learning a whole new vocabulary of camping and RVing terms. While many of these will be used for all types of RVs, some are specific to towables. Not surprisingly, many of these probably have to do with weight – either in reference to the RV or vehicle you will be pulling it with.

Here are a few important ones to understand before hitting the showroom floor to look at towables:

  • Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR): The maximum permissible weight of the vehicle or trailer when fully loaded for travel. This includes the unloaded vehicle weight, all fluids, cargo, optional equipment and accessories.
  • Cargo Carrying Capacity (CCC): The permissible weight that a towable RV can carry. This is calculated by taking the vehicle GVWR and subtracting the Dry Weight.
  • Dry Weight: The weight of the trailer as built at the factory. Does not include cargo, fresh water, etc.
  • Dry Hitch Weight: The amount of the trailer’s unloaded weight that falls on the ball of the trailer hitch.
  • Towing Capacity: The maximum permissible weight that a vehicle can tow.

We hope this helps clear up some of your questions. For more information on Winnebago’s towable offerings and a look at the various floorplan options, check out

Happy towing!

Halloween is just around the corner, and if you are looking for festive fun or a spooky good time, we’ve got some great suggestions for you! From campgrounds that go all out with Halloween-themed events and activities, to ideas for DIY fun for RVers of all ages. So, grab a pumpkin-flavored something and start planning a fun fall weekend away for Halloween.

Campgrounds & RV Parks with Big Halloween Celebrations

We asked you – our readers – for your favorite campgrounds to visit during Halloween, and you had some fantastic suggestions all across the country! Here are some of the best ones:

North Texas Jellystone, Burleson, TX

Dates: Weekends in October

Jellystone is always known for family friendly fun, but they really go out for Halloween with a Magic Pumpkin Patch, trick-or-treating, a pumpkin launch, and the ‘Zombie Zone.’ Thanks for sharing, Camille B., sounds like a blast! (Read more about visiting this campground in this blog post).

49er Village in Plymouth, CA

Dates: The last three Saturdays in October

This campground has a “crazy good Halloween celebration” according to Angela S. With lots of decorations, festive events and, of course, trick-or-treating.

Monroe Co. / Toledo North KOA in Petersburg, MI

Dates: Weekends from Sept. 14 – Oct. 28

Activities include a magic show, pumpkin carving contests, haunted house, and site decorating contests! Thanks for this suggestion, Tobias S.

halloween campground

Disney’s Fort Wilderness in Orlando, FL

Dates: Sept. 28-30, Oct. 3-7, 10-14, 17-21, and 24-31.

Of course, this is top of mind for many Disney-loving RVers, like Patti G. This year, Fort Wilderness has a ‘Return to Sleepy Hollow’ theme with viewings of the classic film, as well as ghost and headless horseman encounters! (Read more about visiting Fort Wilderness in this blog post).

Hagerstown / Antietam Battlefield KOA in Williamsport, MD

Dates: Weekends beginning Sept. 22 through the end of October.

This campground has Halloween-themed crafts, a trick-or-treat parade, and site decorating contests. Thanks for the tip, Rita M.

Brialee Family Campground in Ashford, CT

Dates: Oct. 12-14 & Oct. 19-21

Every year, Shawn E. goes for the trick or treating for kids AND adults, costume contest, site decorating contest and haunted trail. With 365 sites, that’s quite the candy stash! The campground also offers a haunted house and haunted wagon ride, plus lots of other games and activities.

Jellystone Park in Larkspur, CO

Dates: Every weekend in October

This Jellystone offers trick-or-treating between sites, planting magic pumpkin seeds, decorating pumpkins, going on a silly story hayride, and participating in contests for the best decorated costumes, campsites and golf carts. Jessica B. loves Colorado in fall and this is a fun excuse for a visit!

halloween campground

Other Festive Camping Ideas

If none of the campgrounds near you have openings for the weekends surrounding Halloween, or you just don’t enjoy staying at an RV Park, here are some tips for planning your own Halloween-themed weekend away.

Have a DIY Halloween Party

Traveling with kids or friends who don’t want to miss out on the fun of Halloween? Why not plan your own small party wherever you end up for the night, or invite the neighbors if you are at an RV park or campground! Start by decorating your home on wheels (like Crazy Family Adventure did in the featured photo above) and your campsite. Then, make a plan to carve pumpkins together, tell ghost stories around the fire, and even do some trick-or-treating if enough other RVers want to get involved. Or, if the kiddos really want the classic giant-bag-full-of-candy experience, check out the local towns for events. Many places host safe and fun trick-or-treating events for kids, often with local businesses.


Visit a Pumpkin Patch or Corn Field with Harvest Hosts

With hundreds of locations across North America, Harvest Hosts is a great option for finding unique, unexpected places to stay for a special weekend away if you enjoy dry camping. There are lots of farms who host pumpkin patches, corn field mazes, and hay rides in the fall. Not to mention, they have some great treats to try as well. It will be sure to be a camping trip to remember. Just make sure you double check the opening and closing times to make sure you get to take advantage of the activities (learn from Alan’s mistakes here).

pumpkin patch

Boondock in the Woods

Looking for something a little creepier? Camping alone in the dark, quiet woods is a good backdrop for a scary movie night or telling ghost stories by the campfire. There are lots of great places to dry camp across the U.S., and you can decide just how spooky you want the night to get! (Read more about finding a great boondocking spot here).


Does your family have any Halloween traditions that they look forward to? Share them in the comments!

[Editor’s note: This event has ended, but the links to the videos from the Facebook Live sessions are included below.]

Please join us for two days of exciting new RV introductions, live from our exclusive dealer event in Elkhart, Indiana! Get a front row, behind-the-scenes seat as we reveal the latest innovations from Winnebago through a series of Facebook Live videos.

In addition to being the first to see these exciting updates, you’ll have the chance to participate by sharing questions and comments live with our factory product experts.

WinnebagoLife contributors Kenny Phillips, and Jon and Nadia Bajuelo, will serve as your hosts for this multi-day event LIVE from Winnebago Launch 2018.

Facebook Live video schedule (all times EDT):

Monday (9/24):

9:30 a.m. – Russ Garfin will reveal an all-new Class C Winnebago

Watch a tour of the new Winnebago Vita/Porto here.

1:30 p.m. – See our newest Class A Gas product introduction with Niles Whitehouse

Watch a tour of the reintroduced Winnebago Adventurer here.

Tuesday (9/25):

9 a.m. – Winnebago Towables will unveil a new Toy Hauler and highlight the Minnie family

Watch a tour of the Winnebago Spyder Toy Hauler here.

Watch a tour of the Winnebago Micro Minnie fifth wheel here.

1 p.m. – Winnebago Class A Diesel highlights with Ryan Roske

Watch a tour of the Winnebago Horizon here.

Watch a tour of the Winnebago Forza here.

4 p.m. – Learn about Pure3 technology and how it works on the Winnebago Travato

Watch a tour of the Winnebago Travato GL here.

While many people love to use their RV to go on trips to the mountains and other high-altitude locations, it is important to remember that with higher elevations comes some potential concerns for using your liquid propane appliances.

Problems arise because at higher altitudes, air contains less oxygen. For a flame to keep burning, it requires the right mixture of fuel (propane) and air (oxygen). Too much or too little of either and the flame will go out or burn inefficiently. Without a sufficient flame, your appliance won’t work properly.

Ways to Combat High-Altitude Issues:

  • Check for high-altitude adjustments. Your first step should be to consult your operator’s manual for instructions on high altitude operation of your specific appliance. This should have warnings and recommendations for usage. For example, some appliances have an adjustable air intake to adjust the air/fuel mixture when necessary. Depending on how high above sea level you are, you may be able to adjust the air intake.
  • Try a smaller orifice. If your appliance doesn’t have an adjustable air intake, you might try a smaller orifice. At high altitude, there is not enough air getting to the appliance to create the right air/fuel mix, usually creating a lazy yellow flame and soot deposits. In this case, a smaller diameter orifice could limit the amount of fuel and create the correct air/fuel mixture.
  • Get a kit. Some manufacturers provide special “high-altitude kits.” Please consult your specific appliance operator’s manual or contact the manufacturer of your specific appliance to see if they have a kit available.

RVing is a great way to see many different areas, just make sure you are doing your research and taking the necessary precautions when traveling to places that pose specific challenges. Happy travels!

Whether you have an RV, are looking for an RV, or just want to plan a fun day of exploring rolling homes, attending an RV show is a great way to check out new models, learn helpful RVing tips, and have a chance to chat with industry representatives. You may even win something in a giveaway!

Below is a list of shows across the U.S. where you can expect to see Winnebago this fall and winter. We’ll have lots of models available for touring (including some brand-new options!) and Winnebago team there to answer your questions. Please come by and say hi if you are in attendance – we’d love to meet you. Just look for the Flying W!

Sept. 12-16: America’s Largest RV Show – Hershey, PA

Location: Giant Center, 550 W. Hersheypark Dr., Hershey, PA, 17033

Hours: Wednesday (9/12) to Saturday (9/15): 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. / Sunday (9/16): 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Price: Adult tickets are $12 online, or $14 at the gate. Children 12 and under get in free. There is also free parking.

Read more about this show here.


Oct. 5-14: California RV Show – Pomona, CA

Location: Los Angeles Fairplex, 2200 N. White Ave – Gate 9, Pomona, CA, 91768

Hours: Friday (10/5) to Sunday (10/14):  10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Price: Adult general admission tickets are $13 online, or $15 at the gate. A multi-day pass is $23 online, or $25 at the gate. Children 12 and under, as well as active military personnel and veterans (w/military ID) get in free.

New RVs Available for Viewing: At the Pomona show, you’ll have a chance to tour Winnebago’s new Class A Adventurer and lithium-powered Class B Travato, as well as multiple new towables products, including The Minnie Drop 190BH, Micro Minnie Fifth Wheel 2405RG, Minnie Plus Fifth Wheel 29RBH, and Spyder 28KS Toy Hauler.

Read more about this show here.


Jan. 16-20: Florida RV Supershow – Tampa, FL

Location: Florida State Fairgrounds, 4800 US Highway 301 North, Tampa, FL, 33610

Hours:  Wednesday (1/16) to Saturday (1/19): 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. / Sunday (1/20): 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Price: Adult tickets are $10 and are good for a free 2nd day return. Children under 16 are free. Daily parking costs are $8 per car and $14 per RV.

New RVs Available for Viewing: At the Tampa show, Winnebago’s new Class C Vita will have the first public viewing. You’ll also have the chance to tour the new Class A Adventurer and lithium-powered Class B Travato, as well as the Micro Minnie Fifth Wheel 2405RG and Spyder 28KS Toy Hauler.

Read more about this show here.


Still wondering if an RV show is for you, read this article from our archives by James & Stef of The FitRV for more reasons why you should go.

Can’t make it to Winnebago’s Grand National Rally this year? Attend virtually by tuning in on our Instagram. And if you are attending, make sure to check in and say hi. Use #GNR2018 to share your photos with us!

Instagram Takeover from GNR

Beginning Monday, July 23 to Thursday, July 26, GoLife Contributors and YouTube Vloggers, Kenny & Sabrina Phillips will be giving an inside look at GNR from an attendees point of view!


To check out this event, make sure you are following Winnebago on Instagram (@WinnebagoRVs), and don’t forget to check our stories as well!

In previous years, the Winnebago Grand National Rally in Forest City, IA, was only open to WIT Club members. But for the 2018 GNR, they have opened registration to all Winnebago brand RV owners! This means that many attendees will be first timers. If that’s you, we’ve put together some top tips to make the most of GNR from veteran attendees and Winnebago employees.

What to Expect

At GNR you will have the opportunity to enjoy seminars, activities, and entertainment, while meeting tons of new RVing friends from across North America and gaining valuable knowledge. Plus, there are even chances to win prizes. Expect to leave with lots of helpful information, happy memories, and life-long friends. (Read this blog from James & Stef Adinaro and this one from Peter & Kathy Holcombe for their stories of past GNRs). This year, Winnebago is also celebrating its 60th Anniversary, so there will be even more fun in store for attendees!

rally grounds

The Basics

Dates: The official GNR will take place Monday, July 23 through Saturday, July 28. However, pre-rally activities and parking will be available beginning July 17. Many people arrive early to get settled in and enjoy Forest City’s Puckerbrush Days, with activities from Thursday, July 19 – Sunday, July 22.

Parking: When you register, you have the option to request to be parked with others from your home state/province or a specific special interest group, including some by model type. This way, people in your row will have a common interest! Winnebago offers both 30-and 50-amp electrical hookups, honey wagon service (for a fee), and water. Dry camping is also an option. For water, RVers use the buddy system by hooking hoses together to fill tanks via hydrants at the end of the camping rows. So, bring a long hose! There are shower houses available, but are limited, so plan to shower in your RV if possible.

winnebago gnrVolunteers assist to get guests checked in and safely parked as quickly as possible.

Dining options: Cabin Coffee for your caffeine fix; Iowa Supreme Meats Tent for breakfast and lunch; Scoopy Doo’s for lunch, dinner, and of course, ice cream; River Oaks Lounge for dinner (closed Sundays), Flying W Cafe for buffet-style lunch and dinner; and Totem Food Service Tent for walking tacos and very popular ice cream malts. Other options are also available in town. Sally’s is a favorite for breakfast and known for their great pie, Ay Jalisco for Mexican fare, Bill’s Family Foods grocery store also has a deli, and Paddler’s Tap is a great spot for a beer – just to name a few.

Connectivity: While Verizon recently installed some additional small cell towers on the grounds, AT&T usually doesn’t work well as it’s not widely used in north Iowa. Winnebago has partnered with weBoost this year to install a cell booster at River Oaks for attendees who use AT&T. As long as your cellphone has one bar, the booster should assist in providing 2-3 bars of usable service. Complimentary WiFi is available as well with 19 different antennas placed throughout the rally grounds. When not using the WiFi, guests are encouraged to log off to allow for better connectivity for others.

Nearby activities: Forest City has some great outdoor recreation options, including the city’s bike trail, which runs through the east side of the rally grounds, allowing bikers and hikers to travel from the rally grounds to Pilot Knob State Park. There is also a nearby disc golf course, as well as the Bear Creek Golf Course, and the Winnebago River for kayaking. The Heritage Park of North Iowa is another interesting activity which shows a glimpse into America’s rural heritage (offering free admission to attendees on July 22 – just wear your badge). And if you’ve never been to the Winnebago Visitor Center or taken the Factory Tour before, don’t miss it!

winnebagomuseumThe museum inside the Winnebago Visitor Center. The Factory Tours also begin here and there is a gift shop with Winnebago swag as well.

Top 10 Tips from Past Attendees

1. Prep for arrival: When you get to GNR on the first day, be prepared to wait to be parked. There is an organized system, but it may take a little while to get you to your spot. Make sure you enter in the correct gate (the south gate) and that you have water in your fresh water tanks as well as empty black and gray tanks, to make the process go smoother. (Otherwise you may have to get out of line to go get water before parking). If you want to be near a friend, make sure to arrive together. And please be nice to the parkers – it is a difficult job and all of them are other Winnebago owners who volunteer to help with the event. The busiest day for parking is the very first day RVs are allowed in (July 17) and the last two days before the rally begins. The team encourages those who can to arrive in time for the weekend activities in Forest City, so you’re settled in and ready to take in all GNR has to offer.

2. Get social: Make it your goal to meet your neighbors soon after arriving. Meeting the head of your club or state/province section can be a great way to get connected with your group right away. The rally is all about making connections, and it is much less overwhelming when you aren’t tackling it on your own. Stef from the FitRV suggests you make some friends and let the fun begin! Don’t be afraid to jump in and get involved.

3. Bring something to share: This is a great way to make friends quickly. A favorite food, beer, wine or activity to share with your neighbors can be a great talking point and way to invite others into your space. For example, the Holcombes made new friends by taking a large group out kayaking on the Winnebago River one year, and they highly recommend having a way to draw people in.

Photo by James & Stef Adinaro of a margarita bar.

4. Make a plan: Look at the schedule beforehand and plan accordingly. You can’t see everything as there are typically 2-3 things you may want to do in many time slots. But, some of these will repeat, so try to work them into your schedule. Without a plan of when to be where, all the happenings at GNR can be overwhelming and you may miss out on something you were looking forward to.

5. Check out new RVs: There will be a bunch of Winnebagos on display at GNR. Take the opportunity to check out the new coach or trailer you’ve had your eye on. Or just look at the differences in models to help you decide what rolling home may be a good upgrade for your future plans. And while you are at it, make sure to take part in the ‘Visits On Improvements and Customer Enhancements (V.O.I.C.E.) Project’ during GNR – your chance to give your input into what you want to see in future Winnebago RVs, or simply provide feedback on your current RV.

6. Schedule service and get parts: GNR is a great time to pick up that part you’ve been needing. While getting a part is usually a quick process, getting service can be a bit busier. So, you’ll want to sign up for service as soon as you get into town, if that is desired. The Customer Service team strives to accommodate everyone who asks, but no appointments are taken – stop by the Customer Service department to sign up to be on the wait list and find out more.

7. Look for the people movers/shuttle buses: Need a lift to another area of the grounds or in town? Winnebago will have ‘People Movers’ for transportation on the grounds and shuttle buses to get you anywhere you’d like to go in Forest City! There are also two golf car “taxis” on the rally grounds – they will gladly assist in giving you a lift to take groceries from your car to your RV or a ride to the shuttle bus stop.

winnebago gnrThe Winnebago GNR is an exciting and busy place!

8. Think of your pets: Planning to bring your favorite furry pal(s)? Amy of GoPetFriendly, suggests walking early and late to avoid the crowds. It can also help to get off the beaten path – there are many places to walk pets around the rally grounds, so search out a quiet trail and give your pup some space. And always carry treats. If you’re going to ask your dog not to bark and pull on the leash around other dogs, expect to pay up! It’s work to be well behaved, and dogs deserve to get paid for their efforts. If your dog would rather not be around other dogs, skip the obvious instigators that will only cause him stress. For example, Amy loves the Wag Walk, but her dogs Ty and Buster prefer quiet time on the sofa instead.

9. Sign up your kiddos: A youth program is available for kids ages 6-16. Youth program registration will be Tuesday, July 24, and activities are planned for much of Tuesday – Friday of rally week. Activities include crafts, outings and fun!

10. Stay connected: You will likely meet tons of new friends at GNR. These are people you will probably want to meet up with during your travels and reconnect with at future Winnebago events. Make sure to get their contact information before the event is over to make staying in touch easier.

Photo by James & Stef Adinaro, making friends during one of their daily bike rides.

What to Bring

We asked GNR veterans, and here’s what they suggest bringing along:

  • Comfy walking shoes. There is a lot to do and see and people to meet! You’ll certainly get your steps in during the rally.
  • Refillable water bottle. Bring it with you everywhere. Iowa is hot and humid this time of year and staying hydrated is very important.
  • Long hose and an extension cord. To make sure you can reach the water and electrical source.
  • Leveling blocks. If you don’t have automatic levelers, make sure you bring a way to get level, since not all sites are level.
  • Insect repellent. Summer in Iowa can get buggy, especially around dusk.
  • Sun protection. Sunscreen, hats and sunglasses are key.
  • Umbrella. You never know what to expect weather wise! Come prepared.
  • Cash. Some of the food and other vendor booths don’t take credit cards, so having some cash on hand can be helpful.
  • Your favorite camp chair. You’ll get good use out of it while you sit and chat with other attendees.
  • Bike, scooter or golf cart. This is optional, but can be really helpful when you have had your fill of walking. (Golf car rental available).
  • A smile! The best way to make a new friend.

Can’t-Miss Events

Puckerbrush Parade: If you get to the rally grounds early, don’t miss the Puckerbrush Parade on Saturday, July 21, for the entertainment, but especially the ever-popular free 3M scrubbing sponges that are thrown to the crowd. Previous attendees, like the Holcombes, love getting to stock up on sponges for the year.

Photo by Tom Calabrese from Forest City’s Puckerbrush Days Parade.

First-Timers Seminar: Is it going to be your first time attending GNR? Be sure to attend the First-Timers Seminar on Monday, July 23, at 4 p.m. in the Special Events Tent. Don’t forget your GNR program! Can’t make it? Pick up a handout of the content which will be covered during the seminar in the WIT Club Info Booth, located in Friendship Hall, on Tuesday, July 24.

Product Display: The Winnebago brand RV display will be open on the grounds for a grand opening immediately following the Winnebago Welcome during the Kickoff Party Monday, July 23.

Kick-Off Party: Set for Monday, July 23, from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. in the Product Display Area (east end of Section B), this event will kick off the celebration as you are invited to view new products! Craft beer, wine and snacks will be sampled.

Daily workouts: James and Stef Adinaro of The Fit RV will be hosting ‘A Fit Start’ at 7:45 a.m. and there will also be daily biking from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m., Wednesday-Friday during the rally.

Games: Love some fun competition? The WIT Rodeo (motorhome driving challenge), Blindfold Challenge (partner game where the co-pilot gives the instructions), and Navigator’s Nightmare (a hilarious obstacle-course challenge), are all a blast! Plus, there are lots of other games like Bingo, Bocce Ball, and Beanbag Baseball.

winnebago gnrDuring the WIT Rodeo – an obstacle course where guests can show off their driving skills.

Row decorating contest: The WIT Club staff is challenging each state, province, and special interest group to decorate their head of row to fit this year’s theme, “Red, White and W – 60 Years of an American Icon.” Judging will be on Thursday, July 26, so you have time to prepare your rows just in time for Row Parties that evening. Another way to get to know those in your row is helping with the decorating for this annual competitive fun!

Factory tour: General factory tours are offered throughout GNR, as well as special building tours. (Read more about why taking the tour is a must).

Wag/Walk: Sponsored by our friends at GoPetFriendly, this is a fun way to get out with your pooch and greet those who gather for the parade. This activity takes place at 9 a.m. on Friday, July 27. Amy will even be signing her book afterwards, which is about their travels with pets across the U.S.

Winnebago’s 60th Birthday Bash: Several events will take place to celebrate Winnebago’s big anniversary this year, but the two most notable of course involve birthday treats. On Wednesday, just before an evening of country music entertainment with Stephanie Quayle and Lee Greenwood, Winnebago will serve birthday cake to all guests, including residents of Forest City who are invited onto the grounds of Grand National Rally for this night only. Winnebago will also close the week of GNR with ice cream treats at 3 p.m., Friday, July 27, to celebrate 60 years with guests one more time before you depart.

Of course, there are also tons of other events – including craft and hobby classes, seminars, entertainment, and lots of fun in between. We even have some of our GoLife contributors presenting: Kenny & Sabrina Phillips at 9 a.m. on July 24, Amy Burkert  at 9 a.m. on July 26, and Kathy Holcombe at 10 a.m. on July 26 as well as the 27th. Make sure to swing by and hear what they have to share, if you can!

We hope these tips help you have a great experience at your first GNR! Just remember, these are your people – don’t be afraid to introduce yourself and dive into all the action. Still have questions? Check here for an overview, schedule, news and resources.

Two couples who contribute to GoLife, John & Nadia Bajuelo and Lindsay & Dan McKenzie, will be giving us a live view of the fun they are having together up in Canada this summer!

These couples met and became friends through their love of RVing, dogs, and travel, plus they are both living full-time in gorgeous Class C Winnebagos. (The McKenzies have a Navion and the Bajuelos have a Trend). Wanting to see each other this summer, they made plans to meet up in Canada for an awesome friendcation, RVing style. Of course, they had to add Lake Louise and Banff to the itinerary – bucket list spots for many travelers.

We’ll be checking in with them a few times during their trip, as they take over Instagram for a few days and do some fun Facebook Live sessions. If you want to learn more about their trip and what they are enjoying about Lake Louise and Banff, add these dates to your calendar:

[Editor’s note: This live event has ended, but we’ve added the links to the live session recordings below, and make sure check to our Instagram for photos from the takeovers).

Lake Louise with the McKenzies:

June 21: Lake Louise Instagram Takeover
June 25: Facebook Live Session at 7 p.m. (CT): Preparing to RV to Canada (watch recording of live session here)

Banff with the Bajuelos:

June 26: Banff Instagram Takeover
June 27: Facebook Live Session at 7 p.m. (CT): Banff Area Tips and Activities (watch recording of live session here)


For more events like this and other RVing tips, inspiration and fun photos, make sure you are following Winnebago on Instagram (@WinnebagoRVs) as well as on Facebook (@WinnebagoIndustries). Don’t forget to check our stories on Instagram during takeovers, and if you can’t tune in at the exact time during Facebook live sessions, check back on our page later for the video recording.

At Winnebago, we are always striving to improve the owner experience by listening to challenges and creating solutions. You’ve told us that you want quick answers and help regarding your parts and service needs, so we created a new feature we are excited to share. If you are a Winnebago owner, you will want to bookmark this page right away.

Winnebago recently launched a new “Parts & Service” tab on to improve the digital experience of owners in need of aftermarket support for their Winnebago RV.

The goals of this improvement are:

• 24/7 access to online self-help tools, including videos
• Ability to find local dealers as a parts resource
• FAQs to help get you on the road faster
• Improved access to service tools on mobile devices

How to find the part you need

There are three ways to find genuine Winnebago parts and accessories using this new feature.


1. Contact a Winnebago Dealer

We suggest you use this resource first to search for a dealer near you. Dealers may have the part you need on hand, and they also have the expertise and training needed to get the right parts installed correctly.

2. Submit a parts inquiry to Winnebago

If working with a dealer is not a convenient option for you, this easy-to-use inquiry form can help us find the part you need. Just use our Genuine Winnebago Parts and Accessories Catalog to identify the exact part(s) and submit the form.

3. Contact a Winnebago Parts Representative

If the above two options don’t suit your needs, you can use the contact information listed to reach out to a representative directly.

How to get answers to service questions

Similar to the parts section, in the service section you can search for a nearby dealer or submit a service inquiry, as well as find Winnebago Service Representative contact information.

However, this page also includes self-help tools for 24/7 assistance. For example, you can download the operator manual for your RV for easy access and reference. This is much easier to search through in PDF format than flipping through the paper version! It’s also a great resource for second owners who may not have access to the original operator manual.


This library also includes FAQs, guides, diagrams and other tips. There are even some helpful videos to show some of these common solutions first-hand.

We know many owners love the option of finding a do-it-yourself fix and we want to make sure you have all the information you may need to find the right solution for you. Even if you aren’t a DIYer, doing some preliminary research before making an appointment can help you avoid an unneeded service, or help you better understand what’s involved should service be necessary.

We’ll continue to add to this resource library with valuable tools for Winnebago owners. So, make sure to check back whenever you have a question about your RV.

This Parts & Service tab is a brand-new feature on the Winnebago site and we hope it will become a Winnebago owner’s first stop for the quality aftermarket support they expect from Winnebago.

Check it out at:

[Editor’s Note: This post has been updated with post-event access to the videos].

Are you getting overwhelmed trying to decide on an RV? To make this process easier, Winnebago hosted a Facebook live series from November 27-29 focused on helping you find the right RV for you. But no need to worry if you missed it. All of the videos are included below.

The event, which took place at the National RV Industry Association Trade Show, began on Monday, November 27 with The Ultimate RV Tour. This was an hour-long walk through of 12 different Winnebago products, from Class A Diesel Pushers to our smallest towables. During this segment, we compared the different bodies, floorplans, and sizes of the expansive Winnebago product lineup. Then on Tuesday, we dove deeper into the different RV classes with insights from actual owners. And on Wednesday, we got some helpful tips from industry insiders.

If you haven’t yet purchased your RV or are considering an upgrade, this series is the perfect chance to tour our most popular RVs all from your computer or phone! Check out the videos from the event below and don’t forget to follow us on Facebook to be the first to hear about other live events.

Ultimate RV Tour

Check out this one-hour tour of 12 coaches, featuring a wide array of Winnebago products from towables to motorized.

Finding the Perfect RV

Learn more about the different classes of RVs from actual Winnebago owners. Get insights into the benefits of each and tips for choosing the perfect RV for you.

Tour of Class A & C RVs from Winnebago 


Tour of Class B RVs from Winnebago 


Tour of Travel Trailers & 5th Wheels from Winnebago 

Insider Insights

Interview with adventurer Brody Leven on making an RV into a mobile basecamp

Overview of Winnebago RV Insurance

It sleeps eight, has two full baths, and is one of Winnebago’s most affordable diesel pusher motorhomes.  Winnebago product manager Ryan Roske shows off some of the great features of the Winnebago Forza.

Learn More about the Winnebago Forza

In Winnebago world, the Grand Tour sits at the top of the product line with all the features and design touches you’d expect to find in a coach that’s nearly a half-million dollars.  Ryan Roske, Winnebago’s Class A diesel pusher product manager, takes you on a small tour of the BIG Tour.

Learn More about the Winnebago Grand Tour