Originally Posted by OldCoot
ColoradoRick, your video just reinforces what I said that FR just has large buildings where assembly is performed. Nothing is automated or is even close to being a production assembly line.
When we toured the Rockwood Factory last year at the FROG Rally in Goshen they were assembling the TT Rockwoods (They flip-flop between 5ers & TT.)
They start with a bare frame on a track that goes to various stations where the unit is gradually assembled. At the very end, before the trailer is pulled out, a pair of women go through each unit and inspect the electric system, pressurize the plumbing, and check the interior and exterior fit and finish. They find errors - at least on the unit we observed - and use a post-it like sticky to explain/highlight the flaw.
NOW, having said that consider what happens next: *EVERY* tow behind sold by FR is picked up by a independent RV delivery service and towed to RV dealerships. Guess what, they get paid by the unit so do you REALLY think they are cruising down the interstate at a sedate 60MPH?
SO...after getting bumped and drug over pothole infested roads the RV arrives at the dealer. What WAS working when the unit left FR may well not be working now.
WHICH is why your Pre-Delivery Inspection (PDI) should cover every single minute aspect of your RV!
Finally (and I DO NOT mean to start any sort of 'class' war here but it Is what it is) Having been to several of the RV factories, I am convinced that the assembly, attention to detail, fit and finish of, say a Cardinal or Cedar Creek is, shall we say, held to a higher standard than say our Rockwood or a Surveyor.