On to Forest City, IA

Trip Start May 10, 2012
Trip End Jun 22, 2012

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Winnebago Vistor Center

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Friday, May 11, 2012

We only had a short distance to travel today so we took our time this morning. We were up early and after breakfast I went about cleaning the bug catcher (windshield), washed the sides, dumped the holding tank and gray water tank. It's fun to work on the coach but the water in most parks are from wells which always seem to have hard, calcium filled water. Later in the day I realized I should have waited but hate to leave it dirty.

Upon leaving the the park about 8:30 am, we took a few back roads to the main highway 380 North. This is corn/farm country and you see field upon field with hugh farm equipment. Many have very nice homes and not the typical farm house you normally see.

A small town we passed was named Swisher. Ed & Martha can relate to that name. Once on 380 we passed thru Cedar Rapids, Waterloo, and then Mason City en-route to Forest City, IA, home of Winnebago Industries. We arrived at the Winnebago Rally ground and will stay in the Winnebago Welcome Center parking lot for the next two days for our departure with the Millross's on Sunday the 13th.

We were able to take a tour of the Winnebago Manufacturing facilities. It is huge and covers many acres. They are one of the largest manufacturers of motor homes in the world. They make all parts that go into their coaches. The tour included the fabric manufacturing with tons of sewing machines. They design and make all the fabric, cushions, and seem to have it all under control. They now employ 2,000 employees, down from 4,000 during the busy years. In one field we saw gas and diesel chassis of many sizes. Then around the corner comes a truck load of more Ford chassis's..

After our tour we walked over to the rally grounds to see the 100 units ready and waiting for their drivers. Tried to find the Millross's coach but they won't be posting names till tomorrow afternoon.
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Nancy and Dave on

Looks like you are having fun already! Travel safely! Blessings and give Carin a hug from us.

Betty on

Nice pictures - We saw a lot of the quilts on a trip one time - & I can't remember how they picked them either - I think it has something to do with family design. Sounds like all is going well - so glad for you. Did you hear on the news about two nice coaches (look very much like yours) were stolen from a lot here in town - and another one from a lot in Holland. Be careful!!!!!

Jeannie on

Doing a hefty number of miles each day..good for you! We're watching and reading! :-) Safe travels!

Ed Walton on

Happy Mothers Day!
We saw the picture of the Wind Energy farm. Last year we traveled out west through western Nebraska up to Rapid CIty. We could not count the number of wind generators that we saw. We tried to hear the "hum or buzz" that they make, but we couldn't. Maybe we need hearing aids?

travelbug1054 on

Wow. Your unit is huge. Loos like you're off to a fun start already. We would have liked to do the tour, but didn't have time. I haven't been able to post in a few days, as Ed were in Yellowstone with no Internet connection. I hope to post today

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