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Nationwide, the industry is responsible for 216,170 jobs, both directly and inderectly, creating an economic impact of $37.5 billion. The full study results, along with each individual state and congressional district's economic impact is available on the website by clicking here .
Thu Jul 20, 2017
The Winnebago Grand National Rally has been going on for 48 years, originally established in February 1969.
The rally is going on now and Winnebago Public Relations Director Sam Jefson says it has always been a fun week for Winnebago staff to engage with the owners.
"We have closed to 1,000 units on site this year," Jefson says. "There is a wide range of entertainment planned during the rally week. In total, there are more than 500 planned activities. Some examples include seminars on vendor products and the RV lifestyle in general. We also give tours of our facility, which is a big draw here."
The in-depth tours are provided so owners can see firsthand how the Winnebago products are built.
The rally has always attracted thousands of people and this year has been no exception. More than 2,000 people are in Forest City, Iowa for the rally, where they can see some of the new 2018 models.
Of those new models, the type B Paseo all the way up to the Winnebago Grand Tour have some new upgrades for 2018, in addition to several of the towable line, Jefson says.
"It's always a fun week," he says. "This time we placed an emphasis on the club members and we get to speak to them and hear how they are using their products, their adventures and the experiences they are having with their RVs."