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Winnebago Industries, the manufacturer of Winnebago and Itasca motor homes from Forest City, Iowa, has handed out its Circle of Excellence awards for 2011. The awards reward dealerships for having the most satisfied customers in the U.S. and Canada.

The Circle of Excellence awards were created in 1986 to recognize Winnebago dealers that do the best job of achieving the highest quality in customer care. This year, 116 dealers were so honored for outstanding customer service in selling motor homes like the 2011 Winnebago Tour (pictured).

"These dealerships have proven their commitment to their customers by providing the total RV experience – knowledgeable sales personnel, qualified service technicians and quality warranty and after-market service support," said Roger Martin, Winnebago's VP of sales and marketing.

"That commitment to providing excellent customer service is what separates these dealers from the rest – and is why they are deserving of this award."

Dealers are graded in four categories:

1. A purchase and delivery satisfaction study which is direct customer feedback after the purchase of a motor home.

2. A customer satisfaction study that surveys customers six months after their purchase.

3. A sales and marketing assessment that evaluates a dealership’s sales, market share, stocking levels and participation in product training and the Winnebago Itasca Travelers Club.

4. A service / parts assessment that evaluates a dealership’s warranty / parts inventory, service training and certified technicians, and traveling customer care

Dealerships earning Circle of Excellence status receive an award with three concentric circles that symbolize the interconnected relationship between the customer, dealer and Winnebago, said Kelli Harms, a company spokeswoman.

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COMPLETE LIST: 2011 CIRCLE OF EXCELLENCE WINNERS

Four dealers have won Circle of Excellence status every year. They are Altman’s Winnebago, of Carson, Calif. (Winnebago); Lazy Days, Seffner, Fla. (Winnebago / Itasca); McClain’s RV Superstore OKC West, of Oklahoma City, Okla. (Winnebago / Itasca); and PleasureLand Inc., of St. Cloud, Minn. (Winnebago / Itasca). Following is a breakdown of 2011 winners from North America.

ALABAMA

Suncoast RV Inc., Calera (Winnebago)

ALASKA

Great Alaskan Holidays, Anchorage (Winnebago/Itasca)

ARIZONA

Affinity RV Service, Sales & Rentals, Prescott (Winnebago)

La Mesa RV, Mesa (Winnebago/Itasca)

La Mesa RV Center, Tucson (Winnebago/Itasca)

CALIFORNIA

Altman’s Winnebago, Carson (Winnebago)

La Mesa RV, San Diego (Winnebago/Itasca)

Pan Pacific RV Centers, French Camp (Winnebago)

R. E. Barber Recreation Vehicles Inc., Ventura (Winnebago)

Village RV, Roseville (Itasca)

COLORADO

Camping World RV SuperCenter, Fountain (Winnebago)

K & C RV Centers LLC, Longmont (Winnebago)

Transwest Truck Trailer RV, Frederick (Itasca)

CONNECTICUT

Crowley RV Center, Bristol (Winnebago)

DELAWARE

Parkview RV Supercenter, Smyrna (Winnebago)

FLORIDA

Camping World of Fort Myers, Fort Myers (Winnebago)

Carpenter's Campers Inc., Pensacola (Winnebago)

Harberson RV-Pasco, LLC, Holiday (Winnebago/Itasca)

Lazy Days, Seffner (Winnebago/Itasca)

La Mesa RV Center, Inc., Sanford (Itasca)

R.V. World of Nokomis, Nokomis (Winnebago)

Suncoast RV, Cocoa (Winnebago)

Suncoast RV, Ocala (Winnebago/Itasca)

Suncoast RV, Winter Garden (Winnebago)

GEORGIA

Camping World RV Sales, Pooler (Winnebago)

John Bleakley RV Center, Douglasville (Winnebago)

ILLINOIS

Barrington Motor Sales, Bartlett (Itasca)

Camping World of Chicago, Island Lake (Winnebago)

Winnebago Motor Homes, Rockford (Winnebago/Itasca)

INDIANA

Ben Davis Chevrolet, Oldsmobile, Buick & Pontiac Inc., Auburn (Winnebago)

Camp-Land, Burns Harbor (Winnebago)

IOWA

Lichtsinn Motors, Forest City (Winnebago/Itasca)

US Adventure RV, Davenport (Winnebago/Itasca)

KANSAS

Olathe Ford RV Center, Gardner (Itasca)

LOUISIANA

Miller's RV Center, Baton Rouge (Winnebago)

MARYLAND

Beckley's Camping Center, Thurmont (Winnebago)

MASSACHUSETTS

Diamond R.V. Centre Inc., Hatfield (Winnebago)

MICHIGAN

General RV Center, Mount Clemens (Winnebago/Itasca)

General RV Center, Wayland (Winnebago/Itasca)

General RV Center, Wixom (Winnebago/Itasca)

MINNESOTA

Brambilla's Inc., Shakopee (Itasca)

Bullyan RV, Duluth (Winnebago)

Pleasureland RV Center-North Metro, Ramsey (Winnebago)

PleasureLand, Inc., St. Cloud (Winnebago/Itasca)

MISSISSIPPI

American RV Centers Inc., Olive Branch (Winnebago)

Johnny Bishop RV, Columbus (Winnebago)

Reliable RV Center, Biloxi (Winnebago)

MISSOURI

Midwest RV Center, LLC, St. Louis (Winnebago)

Reliable RV, Springfield (Itasca)

MONTANA

McCollum Modern R.V.'s Inc., Great Falls (Winnebago)

Pierce RV's, Billings (Winnebago)

NEBRASKA

Leach Camper Sales of Lincoln Inc., Lincoln (Itasca)

NEVADA

Findlay RV, Las Vegas (Winnebago)

Michael Hohl RV Center, Carson City (Winnebago)

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Hill's RVs, Center Conway (Winnebago)

NEW JERSEY

Colonial Itasca, Lakewood (Itasca)

Escape RV, Branchville (Winnebago)

Meyer's RV Centers LLC, Lakewood (Winnebago)

NEW MEXICO

Chisolm Trail RV, Albuquerque (Itasca)

Rocky Mountain RV World, Albuquerque (Winnebago)

NEW YORK

Camping World RV Sales of Syracuse, Syracuse (Itasca)

NORTH CAROLINA

Bill Plemmons RV World, Raleigh (Winnebago)

Bill Plemmons RV World, Rural Hall (Winnebago)

Tom Johnson Camping Center, Marion (Winnebago)

OHIO

Colerain RV, Cincinnati (Winnebago)

Dave Arbogast RV and Boat Depot, Troy (Winnebago)

Lewis Auto Sales Inc., Dayton (Itasca)

Town and Country RV Center Inc., Clyde (Winnebago)

OKLAHOMA

Dean's RV Superstore, Inc., Tulsa (Winnebago)

McClain’s RV Superstore OKC West, Oklahoma City (Winnebago/Itasca)

OREGON

All Seasons RV & Marine, Bend (Winnebago)

Camping World RV Sales, Portland (Winnebago/Itasca)

Guaranty RV Centers, Junction City (Itasca)

Olinger Travel Homes, Hillsboro (Winnebago/Itasca)

The RV Corral, Eugene (Winnebago)

Triple A RV Center Inc., Medford (Winnebago)

PENNSYLVANIA

Fretz RV, Souderton (Winnebago)

Grumbine's RV, Harrisburg (Itasca)

Harold's RV Center Inc., Bath (Itasca)

Joe's Marine Inc., Sayre (Winnebago)

Media Camping Center Inc., Fairless Hills (Winnebago)

Ray Wakley Inc., North East (Winnebago)

Tom Schaeffer's RV Super Store, Shoemakersville (Winnebago)

RHODE ISLAND

Arlington RV Supercenter, East Greenwich (Winnebago)

Flagg RV Rhode Island, North Smithfield (Itasca)

SOUTH CAROLINA

Camper Country, Myrtle Beach (Winnebago)

TENNESSEE

Buddy Gregg Motor Homes, Knoxville (Itasca)

Shipp's RV Centers LLC, Chattanooga (Winnebago)

TEXAS

Crestview RV Center, Buda (Winnebago)

Billy Sims Trailer Town – Lubbock, Lubbock (Winnebago)

Holiday World of Houston LP, League City (Winnebago)

Jack Sisemore Traveland, Amarillo (Winnebago)

McClain's RV Rockwall Inc., Rockwall (Winnebago)

McClain's RV Superstore, Lake Dallas (Winnebago)

Ronnie Bock's Kerrville RV, Kerrville (Winnebago)

Shady Pines RV Center Inc., Texarkana (Winnebago)

UTAH

Motor Sportsland, Salt Lake City (Winnebago)

VIRGINIA

McGeorge's Rolling Hills RV, Ashland (Winnebago)

Reines RV Center Inc., Manassas (Winnebago)

Safford RV, Thornburg (Itasca)

WASHINGTON

Poulsbo RV, Kent (Winnebago)

R 'N' R RV Center, Liberty Lake (Winnebago/Itasca)

Roy Robinson Motorhomes, Marysville (Winnebago/Itasca)

Russ Dean Family RV, Pasco (Winnebago)

WISCONSIN

Horn's Sales & Service, Sheboygan (Winnebago/Itasca)

King's Campers, Wausau (Winnebago)

ALBERTA

Carefree Coach & RV Ltd., Edmonton (Itasca)

Fraserway RV Limited Partnership, Airdrie (Itasca)

Woody's RV World, Red Deer (Winnebago)

BRITISH COLUMBIA

Fraserway RV Limited Partnership, Abbotsford (Winnebago)

Okanagan Travel Land, Summerland (Winnebago)

Voyager RV Centre Ltd., Winfield (Itasca)

ONTARIO

Forest City Motor Homes Ltd., Thorndale (Itasca)

Leisure Mart and RV Canada Corporation, Ottawa (Winnebago)

QUEBEC

VR St-Cyr, St-Mathieu de Beloeil (Winnebago)

VR Daniel Emond, St-Nicolas (Itasca)

Image source: Winnebago Industries

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