Winnebago, More Than Just Happy Camping

November 5, 2012 by Lug_Nut · 4 Comments  
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WinnebagoLug_nut’s latest news observation.   Winnebago, the household name in motor homes, is taking steps to diversify into a product that they feel  well suited, the shuttle bus.  The 25 passenger mini bus market is currently absorbing about 20,000 units per year.  Winnebago wants to get a share of that market.


Their expertise in the designing, building and selling of motor homes for decades, has taught them a lot.  By using this knowledge and skill, the company feels confident in this venture.  The new vehicle looks like it will carry the name Metro Link.  Production is slated to start this winter or early in the spring.

This seems like a very smart corporate move for any manufacturer of motorized RV’s .  A move that one would have thought we would have seen earlier by any one of several companies.  This is especially true given the state of the RV market since the downturn.

So, in the coming years, while you are riding the shuttle bus from the long term parking to the airport, don’t be surprised to see “By Winnebago” inscribed somewhere in the bus.  Winnebago, making people more than just Happy Campers.


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4 Responses to “Winnebago, More Than Just Happy Camping”

  1. Davis S. on November 6th, 2012 8:31 pm

    Having owned a number of Winnebago products I hope they have their inspection department upgraded. We currently own a 2010 and had it in for service during our ownership period of 26 months now over 6 months away from us. So mony problems that we considered returning it as a lemon.

  2. Lug_Nut on November 6th, 2012 8:41 pm

    Davis S., So sorry to hear of your issues with your Winnebago product. The feeling of “Built on a Friday” has probably been cast at every RV manufacturer. The quality control on all RV products is very important. I certainly hope your unit is corrected and you get to enjoy the lifestyle you probably purchased it for. Thank you for posting your experiences with your unit. Your participation on this topicis appreciated.

  3. Davis S. on November 7th, 2012 9:53 am

    Won’t accept the built on Friday problem as we had 87 different problems from air conditioner working intermittently on our first trip, parking brake not working ( which causes all sorts of malfunctions), 2 bad tires replaced immediately, 2 bad batteries, leaking Billstein shock, cabinet doors falling off, poor fit and finish of cabinetry, torn 25 ft awning right from the factory, shall I go on to list everything…..

    Most has been remedied but shouldn’t have even left the factory if everything had been checked or inspected as they say they had.

    I am seriously disappointed with their brand NEW unit. Never had this problem with the pervious Previously Owned units which was our reason for purchasing NEW.

    Possibly all previous owners had problems repaired before we purchased their coaches.

    Unless Winnebago makes this promise to us we would possibly never purchase a new one again.

  4. lvtom on November 9th, 2012 11:52 am

    If you own a Winnebago, this is a smart move on their part.

    Thor Industries, parent company of Keystone, Airstream and many other RV’s was able to weather the recent economic decline because they have manufactured “mini buses” for a long time. Our recent trip to Zion National Park had us riding on Thor built shuttles. This was a prime reason that i bought a 2011 Keystone Cougar TT. The parent company beyond Keystone (Thor) was financially sound enough to keep their recreational vehicle plants producing RV units, meaning they were around to handle warranty issues and keep the value of their products high when other companies had failed. Heartland RV’s is a good case in point. While building a great 5th wheel they were headed toward bankruptcy when Thor bought them up.

    This is a good thing for RVing in general.