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Old 04-19-2012, 10:34 PM   #11
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I have been to the factory for a tour and HERK is not totally correct.
I DID preface my post that it was a guess and what info I had I got from my dufus dealer.

Why am I not surprised it was totally bogus?
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Old 04-20-2012, 11:43 AM   #12
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No problem Herk. I did not mean to "come off" in a bad way. I always enjoy your insight.

Herk, you would love the tour!!! Try and set one up someday. Enjoy the camping season all.
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Old 04-20-2012, 01:31 PM   #13
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Wow EdJunior, took me a few to understand that one
That was driving me nuts too and then I finally got it...Leap Year.
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Old 04-23-2012, 11:53 PM   #15
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I worked at the Fleetwood factory years ago building motorhomes, it was assembly line style, where you basically did the same function on all models, and we would run model lines for 1 day to a week depending on orders, pumping out 18 complete coaches a day. Some weeks we would build 1 model for a day or two, switch to a different model for 1 day and then back to other model, so it can really vary.
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Old 04-24-2012, 10:06 AM   #16
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I worked at the Fleetwood factory years ago building motorhomes, it was assembly line style, where you basically did the same function on all models, and we would run model lines for 1 day to a week depending on orders, pumping out 18 complete coaches a day. Some weeks we would build 1 model for a day or two, switch to a different model for 1 day and then back to other model, so it can really vary.
I see where I have my "mind picture" all wrong.

When I picture an assembly line I picture the old Ford assembly line with the car body moving down a belt and a worker putting on two lug nuts on every car.

I am thinking from your comments that the frames do not move, but the worker goes from camper to camper putting lug nuts on all campers on the floor, one after the other.

The "lug nut guy" gets pretty good at putting on lug nuts. I know it is a simplistic example, and I am sure the cabinet carpenters are very good at what they do. I just can't picture every cabinet being custom built at each camper. Seems a very inefficient way of making a camper.

I most likely need to plan a camping trip out that way to spend some time at the plant. <sigh>
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Old 04-24-2012, 10:33 AM   #17
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Herk,

They do actually move the TT or 5er. Not using a belt but a wheel roller system where the trailer wheels are on a metal bracket with wheels that move it sideways. Its a real cool system to watch. They actually have a cabinet making station behind the TT. They make the cabinet and then carry it to the trailer to install it. They put in the base cabinets before the sidewalls go up.

Here is a link to some pics from a factory tour. You can see how the trailers are lined up. They all move to the left every 10-15 minutes. In some of the pics you can see the track that the wheels ride on. Enjoy the pics its a great way to see the process, just through pics.

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