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Old 12-17-2012, 09:41 PM   #1
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FR plant tour - Rialto CA

Today I finally took a tour of the plant in Rialto. This location has been there since about 1962 if I remember correctly. It is located right next to railroad tracks for ease of deliveries back in the old days.

We started off looking at a plain empty frame and then walk to different stations. Had a great bird eye view of the floor from upstairs where they were assembling cabinets.
It was like being in a different world where large pieces of frames & walls are moving through the air. What I found most interesting was how the deco graphics are applied with such ease & speed. I was surprised to find out there is laminated flooring throughout the entire trailer even where carpet is. The walls are well insulated and the quality of supplies is obvious. I saw employees cleaning walls and inside cabinet, etc. At the end of the tour there was a guy testing all the systems including black & grey tanks.
It was interesting to see all the different stages and well worth the 20 mile drive. It's very likely my Cruise Lite is a CA built unit right from this plant.

Great choice for "Living within my means" and camping for one...

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Old 12-17-2012, 11:11 PM   #2
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Just curious if anybody knows where all the various models from FR are manufactured? It would be good to know the locations to determine the shipping cost of new units.

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Old 12-18-2012, 05:19 AM   #3
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Nice write-up, Terier! A factory tour is something I would like to do.

FT Chief, this might be a good question for Bob Byrne, Dir of Forest River Owners Group. He might know or have a list. My understanding is that there are 60 plants in the Midwest and West Coast so its quite an extensive list. Try PMing Bob- his handle on our forum is F.R.O.G.
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