Winnebago Itasca Travelers (WIT) Club announced its lineup of rallies for 2012. According to a press release, the highlight of this year’s events is the Grand National Rally (GNR), held at Winnebago’s headquarters in Forest City, Iowa, July 15-20.
Owners of Winnebago, Itasca and Era motorhomes, as well as Winnebago and SunnyBrook towable products are able to participate in the GNR and all state and local chapter rallies. Owners who aren’t current WIT members are encouraged to participate in these fun-filled rallies and may be a guest at a club or chapter event up to two times without becoming a member.
For more information visit www.winnebagoind.com/clubs/wit/. Listed below is the 2012 WIT Club Rally Schedule:
• May 25-27 North Carolina State Rally – Marion, N.C.
• May 31-June 3 Southern New England Tri-State Rally – Richmond, R.I.
• June 7-10 Pennsylvania State Rally – Centre Hall, Pa.
• June 18-21 MILWIT Central Rally- Rising Sun, Ind.
• June 22-24 Ohio State Rally – Xenia, Ohio
• June 22-24 Michigan State Rally – Ludington, Mich.
• July 6-8 Iowa State Rally – Humboldt, Iowa
• July 8-12 WIT 365 Club – Forest City, Iowa
• July 9-14 MILWIT National Rally – Forest City, Iowa
• July 15-20 Grand National Rally – Forest City, Iowa
• July 22-24 Wisconsin State Rally – Weyauwega, Wis.
• August 3-5 Colorado State Rally – Central City, Colo.
• August 24-26 Northern New England – North Haverhill, N.H.
• September 7-9 Minnesota State Rally – Cambridge, Minn.
• September 6-9 New York State Rally – Frankfort, N.Y.
• September 13-16 Washington State Rally – Enumclaw, Wash.
• September 14-16 Missouri State Rally – Columbia, Mo.
• September 19-23 Oregon State Rally – Rickreall, Ore.
• September 21-23 Virginia State Rally – Urbanna, Va.
• September 26-30 Louisiana State Rally – Rayne, La.
• October 3-7 California State Rally – Bakersfield, Calif.
• October 11-14 Nevada State Rally – Fallon, Nev.
• October 12-14 Texas State Rally – Montgomery, TX
• October 18-21 Arizona State Rally – Tonopah, AZ
• October 18-20 New Mexico State Rally – Alamogordo, NM
AccessCamping.com, a camping website portal with links to more than 500 campground databases across the U.S., has added links to RV clubs as well as databases of Canadian campgrounds, according to a news release.
“We think these latest additions will further enhance AccessCamping.com’s stature as a ‘must see’ website for anyone planning to visit campgrounds in North America,” said Brian Schaeffer, president and CEO of Texas Advertising, which launched the website portal a little over a month ago.
Texas Advertising launched AccessCamping.com as a web portal with links to more than 500 databases with listings of both privately owned and operated campgrounds as well as government-run campgrounds.
The newest additions include links to more than 40 RV clubs, ranging from brand-specific groups, such as the Coachmen Owners Club, Gulf Streamers International, the Jayco Travel Club, the Vintage Airstream Club and the Winnebago-Itasca Travelers Club, to clubs that cater to specific demographics, such as RVing Women, the National African American RVers Association and the International Snowbird Travel Club.
AccessCamping also added links to more than 70 Canadian campground databases that collectively list more than 2,000 public and privately owned campgrounds in Canada.
AccessCamping.com also includes links to online databases of the major campground industry directories, including those provided by the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC), the Trailer Life and Woodall’s North American Campground directories, as well as the websites of campground chains, such as Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA) and Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts.
Schaeffer said AccessCamping.com is needed because most websites have limited campground listings. “The government run websites, for the most part, list only government run parks while the websites for campground industry associations typically limit their listings to parks that are members of their associations. As a result,” he said, “most websites only give the camping consumer a partial view of what’s out there in terms of potential camping venues. The good news about AccessCamping.com is we truly ‘pamper the camper’ by giving them more camping options than any other source.”
For more information on AccessCamping.com, contact Schaeffer at (817) 307-0129 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visitors to the 40th Annual Winnebago-Itasca Travelers (WIT) Club Grand National Rally July 19-24 at the Winnebago Industries Inc. campus in Forest City, Iowa, eagerly wait in line to tour one of the new 2010 models unveiled at the rally. Perfect weather welcomed the 1,223 coaches and nearly 2,700 visitors in all. The event also celebrated Winnebago’s 50th year in business and included informative seminars and entertainment. The WIT Club is open to anyone who owns a Winnebago Industries motorhome. Current membership totals more than 14,000. WIT members are eligible for special benefits, gather often with WIT local, state, regional and special interest clubs and travel on a variety of WIT Club-managed special caravans and rallies.
For the hundreds of thousands of people that were there – and the millions afterward who saw the movie documentary or listened to the music – the weekend of Aug. 15-17, 1969, will forever be connected with a small, bucolic farm pasture outside Woodstock, N.Y., and “Three Days of Peace and Music.”
Far fewer members of the Winnebago-Itasca Travelers (WIT) Club attended the first-ever Winnebago Travelers Rally in Forest City, Iowa, held that same weekend – but there’s a difference greater than attendance between the two events.
The RVers keep coming back.
Now known as the “Great National Rally,” the 40th anniversary of the first national WIT get-together will be staged July 19-24 at the rally grounds across from Winnebago Industries’ Forest City headquarters. And, in a nod to the more legendary “happening” from that same weekend four decades past, the theme of the program will be a flower-powered “WITStock.” This time around, more than 2,800 people are expected to attend.
“Since the first WIT GNR and Woodstock were both held in 1969, we felt it was appropriate to celebrate with the theme,” said WIT General Manager Doug Formanek. “We’re going to take you back to the time of Woodstock, the first man on the moon, hippies, The Beatles, long hair and mini-skirts.” The event’s theme also will be reflected in a contest for best state decorations and a parade where members are encouraged to “come out dressed in your favorite 1960s outfit.”
Other events include the first-ever “Happy Camper Cookoff,” a classic car cruise on the grounds, a talent showcase (“Woodstock-era acts highly encouraged this year!”), arts and crafts, special tours at Winnebago’s Forest City facility, lifestyle and technical seminars and nightly entertainment.
“While the economy is certainly challenging, WIT members aren’t changing their lifestyle,” said Formanek. “We anticipate a total of 1,225 (coaches) for our week-long event.”
Membership into the WIT Club is open to any owner of a winnebago Industries motorhome. For more information, go to www.winnebagoind.com/clubs/wit.