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Old 11-11-2016, 05:39 PM   #1
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How long does it take....

Just curious, does anyone know how long it takes to actually take to build a 5th wheel in the factory. I know everyone is different but just trying to get an average time it takes be built from frame to offline.
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How long does it take....

Sabre said they build the walls ahead of time. But from when they roll the frame in to pulling the camper out with the tractor was 3 days, if I recall correctly.
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Just curious, does anyone know how long it takes to actually take to build a 5th wheel in the factory. I know everyone is different but just trying to get an average time it takes be built from frame to offline.

A good average at this time of year while the factories are in full swing building units for early spring distribution is around 6-8 weeks or so.

We ordered ours from Prime Time on September 20, 2013 and took delivery on November 18th......8 weeks. It was actually 6 weeks because it took about a week to transport it to our dealer then, another week for us to look at/inspect it & dealer prep process.
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Saved said the build the walls ahead of time. But from when they roll the frame in to pulling the camper out with the tractor was 3 days, if I recall correctly.

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Oh yeah. The 6-8 weeks is generally waiting in the queue for your camper to come up in the production schedule.
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Oh yeah. The 6-8 weeks is generally waiting in the queue for your camper to come up in the production schedule.

Never thought of that!
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On the Columbus factory tour they said it takes a week on the factory line.
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Custom builders like SpaceCraft can take up to a month, once they actually start building it! Waiting for your "turn" can add months more.
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On Tuesday we were at the Cedar Creek Factory. They put out about 11 unites a day and there were about 22 or so units in line from raw frame to final inspection.
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Sounds wonderful. I have no clue what the question and the answers mean and how they relate to anything. Winter boredom???

I have spent about a year learning everything I could learn about various ways to build and the materials used for a frame, a wall, insulation, screws and welding, wiring, cabinets, what connects the 5th to the truck, the truck the axles, the tires, access to and quality of builder replies for warranty questions, on and on. Never once thought about time to build a 5th.

Have been a bit concerned about employees paid based on piece work, a build line that never stops, that an inventory run of a model = one, the lack of a quality control system, and a make do use of PDI's, dealers, and owners for quality control.

Obviously, I'm a dim bulb. Bzzzzzzz.
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Just curious, does anyone know how long it takes to actually take to build a 5th wheel in the factory. I know everyone is different but just trying to get an average time it takes be built from frame to offline.
It depends on how you define "build".

The major components, roof and sides are pre-assembled at a nearby facility designed for that purpose. Then the pre-assembled components are moved to the actual assembly point. The frame with axles are married to the major components - floor, sides, and roof. And then the entire trailer is pushed to the next workstation on dollys. Interior partitioning, doors, etc. are added. And then pushed to the next station. After a dozen or so workstations the completed trailer emerges at the end of the assembly line.

From start to finish this takes about 2 hours. I watched this process on the Flagstaff assembly line in 2014. The production goal for the particular trailer they were building that day was for 35 units to be completed.
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