FOREST CITY - Bob Livingstone looks at the new products from the Winnebago Itasca Travelers Grand National Rally but he doesn’t intend to buy any.
Instead, his opinions can help potential buyers with decisions about Winnebago products.
“I come out every year to look at new products,” Livingstone said.
Livingstone is the publisher of MotorHome and TrailerLife magazines. He and his wife Lynne stayed in a Winnebago motor home during the July 21 to July 26 GNR.
“I live in it a couple of days before I write notes,” Livingstone said on July 21 during the GNR’s opening ceremony.
“I’ll start writing notes tomorrow afternoon or Tuesday,” Livingston said. “I’ve got to get a feel for it first.”
Livingstone also takes photos of points he wants to emphasize in his story about the product.
The industry has been more innovative in the past several years.
Manufacturers benefit from the use of technology which allows them to add more features and be more creative and cost effective while doing so, Livingstone said.
“The surprising thing as we are seeing jumps in innovations...we are not seeing the prices go up (dramatically).”
“Winnebago is right on top with innovations,” Livingstone said. Livingstone has spent a lot of time “in and out of RVs in the last 42 years,” he said. “That makes me an old guy.”
Much of that time has been for work, doing what he did last week at the GNR.
“It definitely excites you,” Livingstone said of working at the GNR.
He and Lynne’s long-range plan is to spend half of their time in an RV when they retire.
“There is no better lifestyle than (RV),” Livingstone said. “It’s an adventure. You see things. It’s a social thing as you meet other travelers.”