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Old 03-22-2016, 04:14 PM   #51
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Buying a new RV does not mean everything in it was made yesterday. RV manufacturers ( as do most all manufacturers) do not buy one of an item they need to build your unit. They order 100's or 1000's of units ( AC, tires etc) to get a price and shipping break. If you are worried that a component on your new RV isn't brand new, don't look at the date code on your tires.
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Old 03-22-2016, 04:19 PM   #52
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Same here, we purchased a 2016 salem cruise lite but the build date was April 2015. It is the same as the 2015 models. I called the Oregon corporate office and they said the 2016 model changes would not take place until around July or August of 2015. They continue to use the 2015 instock materials, fabrics, and accessories. I had the same problem when I started looking at the brochures for 2016. I questioned the dealer because I thought they had sold me a 2015 for the same price as a 2016. The 2015 models were about 2K less in money. But we picked this one out on the lot because of the interior colors. Oh well, it's new and the changes for 2016 were minor.
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Old 03-22-2016, 10:43 PM   #53
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My wildwood heritage Glen 312qbud was built today and the factory rep said its a 2017 model. Changed from 16 to 17 beginning of the month he said.
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Old 03-23-2016, 12:25 AM   #54
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At this point, be less concerned with the build date, and a lot more concerned with the build quality. Let's all of us stop with the little jokes about "must have been built on a Friday" ... and start getting righteously angry about the crappy quality of many rv manufacturer products. Forest River definitely included!!
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Old 03-23-2016, 06:10 AM   #55
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What kind of confuses me about quality control, at least for the Heritage Glen camper (I don't have enough knowledge about the others) I've been told by the sales manager for Heritage Glen Ohio region that most of the line workers are Amish. This was brought up because they are all off on Good Friday which is when I want to take a tour since I'm going to be in Goshen having work done on my unit. I would have thought the quality would be to a higher standard since typically Amish are known for their great workmanship.


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Old 03-23-2016, 07:14 AM   #56
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I would have thought the quality would be to a higher standard since typically Amish are known for their great workmanship.

They may be known for it but from what I have seen they can really do some carpentry hack jobs. I have had Amish, and worked with Amish on too many construction projects to remember them all, and I have yet to see this great workmanship they are known for. I can also confirm they are the most unsafe and dangerous people to work around you ever want to see. They do however make some damn good bacon.

"Amish craftsmanship" looks really good in advertisements but doesn't mean a whole lot.
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Old 03-23-2016, 07:33 AM   #57
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This is my take on Amish quality based what Iíve seen. Amish are no different than Catholics, Protestants, or any other people when it comes to working in a factory. They do what they are told by management and do it to the best of their ability. If they arenít given enough time to do a job right then so be it.

Having taken a few factory tours I personally believe that many subassembly jobs, I.E. valances, drawers, putting openings in holding tanks, etc., are piece-rate jobs. I watched one worker putting together valances with a power stapler and I had to stop looking. She was working so fast I thought for sure she would staple a finger to a valance.

The RV industry uses the Amish image of quality as a marketing tool. My opinion of course.
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^^^ Well said.
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And here you have it....................This also applies to Amish, Mennonites, etc etc etc.
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I had to get real close to the screen to read "KEEP DREAMIN'" and cracked up...very funny.
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