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Old 02-22-2013, 08:46 PM   #1
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Prime Time factory tour - Crusader

Hello all,
I wanted to share our factory tour experience for those who can't do this easily.
We purchased our 325RES at the GR RV show in January and arranged for a tour last week to see it being built. Waukarusa, IN is only a 2 hour drive for us so I arranged for my DW and myself to visit.
The product manager was very accomodating and spent nearly two hours with us in the factory.
I'll do my best to do this in order, so bear with me. The factory was building Crusader and Sanibel models, so you may see several different models in process. We were pleased to see at least 6 325RES models on the line which had about 25 units in different stages of assembly, all under the same roof. The production line people were very kind and extremely hard working. We couldn't believe how fast they were all moving.
In all, they finish about 10 coaches per day and it takes about 2 days to get through the line.
There are a lot of pics, so I'll need to post multiple times. Only 4 pics per post allowed...
Here goes - Carpeted floor is first


then it's turned upside down for the axles, tanks and other undercarriage assy. The frame comes from Lippert complete with the slide room actuators and ground leveling system installed.


Hard flooring and the start of walls and cabinets


(yep, he's blurry because he's moving fast)
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Old 02-22-2013, 08:48 PM   #2
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more walls and the universal docking station

slide room walls and exterior walls staged for assy

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Wall installation
They use these huge side gantries to handle the big panels


Front assy before the nose installation
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upstairs is where all the interior cabinets and roof assemblies are made



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roof/ceiling assy - everything that goes inside - air conditioning ducts, wiring, etc.


from above - installing the roof assy

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one piece rubber roof

up top stuff
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interior pics in process



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Outside - graphics are applied - one person per side @ 45 minutes!
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some outside shots - pressure testing the plumbing for leaks



all the colored tags are inspection tags

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all lined up


Our coach!


That was everything the DW took. I was too busy asking questions.
I hope some found this interesting. There is so much to see, it's hard to get it all in in two hours.
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Wow! Thank you so much for taking the time to post all this. I found it really interesting1
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I love the pics. That was the first in such detail that I've seen. Hope to get there myself soon someday. Hopefully to see our Sanibel built.
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Thanks so much for posting. That's fantastic!
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Hello all,
I wanted to share our factory tour experience for those who can't do this easily.
We purchased our 325RES at the GR RV show in January and arranged for a tour last week to see it being built. Waukarusa, IN is only a 2 hour drive for us so I arranged for my DW and myself to visit.
The product manager was very accomodating and spent nearly two hours with us in the factory.
I'll do my best to do this in order, so bear with me. The factory was building Crusader and Sanibel models, so you may see several different models in process. We were pleased to see at least 6 325RES models on the line which had about 25 units in different stages of assembly, all under the same roof. The production line people were very kind and extremely hard working. We couldn't believe how fast they were all moving.
In all, they finish about 10 coaches per day and it takes about 2 days to get through the line.
There are a lot of pics, so I'll need to post multiple times. Only 4 pics per post allowed...
Here goes - Carpeted floor is first
(yep, he's blurry because he's moving fast)
Certainly one of the best posts I've seen! Nice Job!
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Awesome info! Thank you.
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Thumbs up Great post.

We, too, are awaiting delivery of a Crusader (330 MKS) and great to see how these are made. Thanks for taking the time to post the pics. Hope you enjoy your new coach!
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We, too, are awaiting delivery of a Crusader (330 MKS) and great to see how these are made. Thanks for taking the time to post the pics. Hope you enjoy your new coach!
Congrats on your new 330 and welcome to the forum!
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Factory tour

We are looking forward trip to Goshen in August and the factory tour and would love to see where out Crusader 270 RET was actually built..Did this several years back when my corvette was being built at Bowling Green..still have the photo's really can bond better if you see things actually built for you. Thanks for the photo's..
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