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Anyone ever see their trailer being built?

Unread postby Camping Hoosiers on Tue Apr 22, 2008 4:59 pm

I was thinking that this would be really neat to see. When I buy another I am going to ask if I can come up and watch it being built. Anyone ever do this?

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Re: Anyone ever see their trailer being built?

Unread postby catmom on Tue Apr 22, 2008 6:24 pm

We actually thought of doing that, but ended up buying off the dealer's lot. However, a factory tour or two would be fun, we think, and we may end up doing that anyway. Guess we should include a tour of the mfg whose trailer we'll own! :)
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Re: Anyone ever see their trailer being built?

Unread postby The Wood Tinker on Tue Apr 22, 2008 7:03 pm

When we bought our new rig we went on a factory tour and watched "our same model" on the line, very cool.
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Re: Anyone ever see their trailer being built?

Unread postby ButteBumBob on Tue Apr 22, 2008 7:47 pm

Now that would be some quality control.
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Re: Anyone ever see their trailer being built?

Unread postby csham on Tue Apr 22, 2008 8:51 pm

Like Wood Tinker, we saw the same model being built but not our actual unit. There is a "factory" rally in August near the CrossRoads factory in Topeka, IN. I think this will be the fifth or sixth year for it, last year was our first. We got to go to the factory on Saturday when it was idle. A sales rep took us though and we could see every stage from frame to graphics. If you ever get a chance to do a tour, especially of your own model, I would not hesitate. We are planning to return this year and will probably take the tour again. You can never know too much about your rv.
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Re: Anyone ever see their trailer being built?

Unread postby graywolf67 on Tue Apr 22, 2008 9:58 pm

csham wrote:Like Wood Tinker, we saw the same model being built but not our actual unit. There is a "factory" rally in August near the CrossRoads factory in Topeka, IN. I think this will be the fifth or sixth year for it, last year was our first. We got to go to the factory on Saturday when it was idle. A sales rep took us though and we could see every stage from frame to graphics. If you ever get a chance to do a tour, especially of your own model, I would not hesitate. We are planning to return this year and will probably take the tour again. You can never know too much about your rv.


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Re: Anyone ever see their trailer being built?

Unread postby Zinger on Thu Apr 24, 2008 9:36 pm

That would be cool i wonder how long it takes to build an average trailer?
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Re: Anyone ever see their trailer being built?

Unread postby skipnchar on Thu Apr 24, 2008 10:41 pm

Mine was in production at Forest River for 3 weeks with another week spent in "tech" where everything is tested. I was getting notices as it moved from one place to another while we were waiting for it to come in.
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Re: Anyone ever see their trailer being built?

Unread postby Zinger on Thu Apr 24, 2008 10:50 pm

That is far longer than I imagined.
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Re: Anyone ever see their trailer being built?

Unread postby The Wood Tinker on Fri Apr 25, 2008 12:17 am

I just saw a show on the Travel channel tonight and Fleetwood builds a TT in 3 days, from frame to finish. That's pretty quick.
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Re: Anyone ever see their trailer being built?

Unread postby csham on Fri Apr 25, 2008 7:33 am

The Wood Tinker wrote:I just saw a show on the Travel channel tonight and Fleetwood builds a TT in 3 days, from frame to finish. That's pretty quick.

3 Days is probably about right for my CrossRoads. If I remember right, there are probably 12-15 "stations" from start to finish. I think the rep told us how many they have to put through each station in a day, but don't remember. The interesting part was, just like all assembly line work, if you are done with your part and the next guy is having a slow day, it slows you down too. They brought the frame in through one door and then the unit moved sideways through the building with dollys under the wheels until it was completed, then went back out through a different door. There was no room between stations to have a unit sit while someone finished up their work.
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