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Old 08-29-2012, 10:44 AM   #1
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Fifth Wheel Build Time

For those of you who have done a factory tour, what is the typical build time for a new 5'ver, start to finish?

Buddy of mine has a 40' Tiffin motorhome and his was a 5 day build, curious on what a fifth wheel takes

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Build time ?????

I visited the Forest River Rockwood plant on a tour during the rally. This is one of the questions I ask the factory guide, "How many of the units are built in a day, His answer was About 15 units. I said Travel trailers or fifth wheels, his answer again was 15 units. So here is your answer as a Rockwood fifth wheel being built is about 15 units a day.

As you can see in the picture, here is about one days worth of work!
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Once the unit is started down the line it takes 3 days to complete.
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Old 09-09-2012, 08:23 AM   #5
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We took the Sierra/Sandpiper tour & they knock them out in about 3 days.
However once you place your ordered for a unit itís about 3-4 months until you are picking it up from the dealer.

I think if they slowed the lines down by maybe 2 units a day they could improve the final product quality & have far fewer warranty issues.
Those guys/girls are moving at brake neck speed. Itís easy to see how things are missed.
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Old 09-09-2012, 10:38 AM   #6
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We factory ordered our 5th wheel in late Feb. Seven weeks later it was at the dealer. Dealer quoted us 6-8 week build time so the we spot on with their estimate. You can't just look at build time, you have to factor in delivery time as well.

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