Winnebago Versus: Gravelometer vs. Snack Food

Normally, Winnebago does serious and responsible stuff with their labs. Like test different paints and metal coatings for resistance to rock chips. That’s really what the Gravelometer you’ll see in this video is used for. It’s one of the ways they use their labs to improve their motorhomes.

Now, honestly, I didn’t really know what a gravelometer was until we visited the Winnebago Labs. But when I found out it was an air cannon for launching rocks… well, the fifteen-year-old in me just HAD to use it to break something. I had already ruined a cell phone, so that was out; and there weren’t any lawn gnomes around. But they did have a vending machine, and thus, the idea for this video was hatched.


You won’t be surprised to hear that, the air-cannon-powered-gravel made short work of the unhealthy snack food.

But you might be surprised to hear that, even after this, they let me keep running around their lab with nutty ideas.

Stef says it’s a good thing I don’t have my own lab, because if I did, I’d probably do stuff like this all the time.

James is a former rocket scientist, a USA Cycling certified coach, and lifelong fitness buff. When he's not driving the RV, or modifying the RV (or - that one time - doing both at once), you can find him racing bicycles, or building furniture, or making music. In his spare time, he's also an IT consultant.

    2 thoughts on “Winnebago Versus: Gravelometer vs. Snack Food

    1. Velda Solomon

      You and my husband would have fun. He is known for having sent frog-O-Nauts aloft, making a still in his bedroom (and much later his champagne blew up dyeing a room purple), playing with CO2 in a sealed bottle, etc. boys and their toys, sympathy to Stef!

      1. Stefany

        Stop, Velda! You’re giving James ideas, LOL!!!! Oh my, your hubby sounds like a handful. I can totally relate (sigh). The things we put up with…


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