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Old 03-08-2017, 08:50 PM   #1
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8 weeks into our hopefully 10 week wait for our new 2906 WS. Tomorrow we are doing a factory tour to see the 2906WS on the line. It will be interesting to see some of the guts of the trailer and how they come together.
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Old 03-08-2017, 09:00 PM   #2
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I purchased a heritage glen at the Grand Rapids show, was able to tour the plant last week. Very interesting. They ran the order number on the very last unit at the last final detail prep station and it was my camper rolling off the line at the end.
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Old 03-08-2017, 09:11 PM   #3
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Thats cool to see...did you know before attending the tour that your trailer would be on the assembly line?
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Old 03-08-2017, 09:16 PM   #4
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Close to. General RV gave me a range of 5 days when it was supposedly being built. Planned tour for the last of those 5 days. There were 33 different stations. My floor plans were on about the last 8 stations, then they had switched to another.

They move very fast. I was told they are paid by the piece not by the hour. Was interesting and a little scary to see how they are built.
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How did you get that?

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Close to. General RV gave me a range of 5 days when it was supposedly being built. Planned tour for the last of those 5 days. There were 33 different stations. My floor plans were on about the last 8 stations, then they had switched to another.

They move very fast. I was told they are paid by the piece not by the hour. Was interesting and a little scary to see how they are built.
Yes, how did you get it?
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Scary probably explains why so many of us discover all sorts of things that need to be tweaked once we get them home, and the poor quality control.
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Old 03-08-2017, 09:48 PM   #7
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My coachmen goes on the line the 23rd of this month. I didn't get offered to go see it, but i'll bet if i ask it would be ok. I am debating it!
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Yes, how did you get it?

My sales person was very helpful. He Put me in touch with a rep from the factory. Very unofficial. Was just me and rep. Started and one end and went through all the stations asking and answering questions and being explained and shown different processes.

I only live an hour away from the plant. Figure with that kind of investment I might just as well spend a 1/2 day and check it out.
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Scary probably explains why so many of us discover all sorts of things that need to be tweaked once we get them home, and the poor quality control.

We will see. I get a little scared reading some of the post. This is my 5th camper (3rd new) in the last 8 years. So far I have had pretty good luck with my units. One KZ On Keystone and this is my third Forest River Product.

I did feel pretty good seeing my unit at the factory and the 4 people they had going through it at the end with a fine tooth comb. They also have several check points along the way down the line.
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Who did you setup the factory tour with? I would be interested in going on a factory tour. I only live a few hours away.
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Who did you setup the factory tour with? I would be interested in going on a factory tour. I only live a few hours away.
Call Forest River and ask for a tour and they will get you to the right place. In our case we wanted to see the RockWood Ultra Lites so they hooked me up with Anthony there and he was great.
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Well we had our tour today and I have to say I'm really glad we did it. Our guide Anthony was very good answered all questions and was very good at explaining all the stations. If I was buying my 500,000 dollar Motorhome there I probably could really pick them apart. With that said I feel for the price point of this class of trailer RockWood is doing a really good job. They pound them out but everyone seemed on point with what they were doing. I feel the over all construction is good and we really enjoyed seeing all the pieces come together.
hopefully two more weeks and we can bring her home.
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Sorry the the question, but where are the mini made? I looking at the 2509S.
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Old 03-17-2017, 03:30 PM   #14
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We ordered our camper last year but could not get to the factory to see it made. I have a tour scheduled for April 26 2017 and can't wait.
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Old 03-19-2017, 09:38 PM   #15
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I took the tour of the Ultra Lite Plant in Millersburg on Thursday; like Egghead noted, our tour guide was Anthony Yoder who did a great job (just 3 of us in the group). We were able to scoot in and out of the production line as the teams of skilled Amish workers manned each of 20 odd stations along the line. They were assembling UL 2606WS trailers and their daily output averages about 35 per 8-hour shift. I was impressed by the multiple stages of QC performed and the quality of materials going into this line of trailers. Very relevant since I had picked up my new 2304DS the day before.

Here are some pictures I took of the tour. First pic is the base flooring with sanded tongue/groove joints, 2 shows underbelly, 3 shows sides being lowered in place, 4 shows internal cabinet skeletons, 5 is Anthony is standing on the roof, 6 is installing roof membrane, 7 is fitting exterior hatch doors, 8 is looking back down the line, 9 is pressure testing for leaks in the skins (spray soapy water at all penetrations) and 10 is putting the exact weight sticker on the left front. Anthony is on the far left in the last picture.
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Awesome pictures McRabbit, Sounds like you enjoyed it as did I, I didn't figure you would get a picture of the cleaning Girl, My god she is like a little bolt of lightning.
Glad you made it home safe and had a good trip home. We got the call from our dealer on this past Friday, We are picking ours up this coming Friday.
Have a great camping season.
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Thanks for the kind comments (one minor correction, it is McRabbet, not McRabbit as I combined my Scottish heritage with my love of woodworking [a rabbet or rebate as the Brits would say, is a woodworking joint type]) -- it was a great tour and although you suggested I would not have gotten a picture of the Girl member of the team whom you described as "like a little bolt of lightning". Well, to be truthful, she did move as briskly as the other members of the factory team, but I was able to capture a fleeting image of her as she moved to her next target! Just another amazing person on a skilled team!
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