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Old 05-02-2016, 02:48 AM   #15
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Perhaps folks going to Jackson Center can check out where the Nest will be fabricated, especially the plastic shell. I understand the plant was expanded quite a bit in the last couple of years -- was some of this done as a home for the Nest production?

Will AS hire new workers for a separate assembly line for finishing the Nest, or will existing workers take over the completion, at some point?

As was discussed in the other thread, quality control will be crucial, especially in the casting/molding of the plastic shell, a new material for AS. Has Airstream said anything publicly about this QC issue, and dealing with plastic vs. aluminum?

"Many Rivers To Cross" on this one IMO -- hopefully the song's line -- "and I can't seem to find my way over" -- will not need to be sung.



PS -- FYI the earlier thread which discussed the Nest:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f483...am-144000.html
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Old 05-02-2016, 04:39 AM   #16
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Since my 2007 Mercedes ML320 CDI diesel can tow our 2015 23D International Serenity weighing 6,068 pounds fully loaded for camping with no issues going up or going down mountain, I don't ever see myself as a Nest customer. The 23D is as small as we are willing to go.
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Perhaps folks going to Jackson Center can check out where the Nest will be fabricated, especially the plastic shell. I understand the plant was expanded quite a bit in the last couple of years -- was some of this done as a home for the Nest production?

Will AS hire new workers for a separate assembly line for finishing the Nest, or will existing workers take over the completion, at some point?

As was discussed in the other thread, quality control will be crucial, especially in the casting/molding of the plastic shell, a new material for AS. Has Airstream said anything publicly about this QC issue, and dealing with plastic vs. aluminum?

"Many Rivers To Cross" on this one IMO -- hopefully the song's line -- "and I can't seem to find my way over" -- will not need to be sung.



PS -- FYI the earlier thread which discussed the Nest:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f483...am-144000.html
From what I understood from the Airstream PR rep that was at the Florida State Rally the Nest will be a stand alone product possibly built in a new and separate facility located on property that Airstream recently acquired in Jackson Center. He was very closed mouthed with any other information about the Nest or any other new Airstream models. They are still hiring and training new employees for the recently completed expansion of the Airstream line. They also have plans for expansion of the motor coach facility across the street and a new parking lot for completed trailers. The parts warehouse has been moved across the street. Apparently big things are planned for the future of Airstream.
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I hope the big plans include an increase in QC for the future Airstream owners!
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I hope the big plans include an increase in QC for the future Airstream owners!

Heck must not be that bad. You have bought 3 new ones.
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The 2013 25FB had no QC issues at the 26 unit per week production rate (July 2012). The 2014 Classic had many small issues at 41 units per week (January 2014) and the 2015 23D had significant issues with over 50 per week (September 2014). Production is now headed for 75+ per week with several hundred new untrained employees on the line. Just saying.... the trend requires monitoring.
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We were at Jackson Center last month, the tour guide said they were producing 75 Airstream trailers per week now with 1500 backorders.

This was our third visit. We didn't see anything hectic or rushed on the line, looks like they have an efficient assembly line with a lot of people doing their part. All manual assembly and I'm sure that accounts for some production errors of some trailers; compared to modern auto assembly by robots it's quite a different process. Certainly not a sweat shop, the employees appear quite content.

Quality control is dependent on each employee doing their part well, rather than in-process inspection and disassembly and reassembly (I can only imagine the production difficulty and effect on worker morale). Employee training is important.
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Dayton Business Journal reports:

"Airstream plans to bring Nest to the Dayton area in a move that will mean another 50 hires next year, along with investment in space for the new unit as it begins production in Jackson Center, Wheeler said."

See the full article: "Exclusive: Airstream planning more major growth"
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Thanks for the article, at the end of which Mr. Wheeler suggests that a more western mfg. operation may come to be:

" "As business continues to grow, we might have to think about facilities in other places," Wheeler said. "We have plenty of workforce here, and it's world-class and I wouldn't ask for anything else. But 40 percent of our product ships west of the Rockies. At some point we may need to entertain setting up an additional manufacturing facility somewhere else." "
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Old 05-06-2016, 01:59 PM   #24
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MODS, might be time to combine all the Nest threads. Duplication of past post and videos has become the norm.
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Old 05-07-2016, 09:32 AM   #26
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Although one of them started out more general, and only focused on the Nest along the way . . .

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f483...am-144000.html
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"Fans of the Airstream Nest Caravan" thread

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Although one of them started out more general, and only focused on the Nest along the way . . .

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f483...am-144000.html
Thank you, OTRA15, for pointing out that the older thread (linked above) started out last November in a more general way of guessing what new and less expensive entity Airstream was going to build. It rambled on in various directions until post #631 (on the 46th page) confirmed on April 8 that the Nest Caravan was that new trailer that Airstream would build.

This thread, "Fans of the Airstream Nest Caravan", was started to provide a place for those interested in following the development of the Airstream Nest Caravan through production to being available and beyond.

This thread is intended to be similar in scope as its sister thread, "Fans of Airstream Interstate", providing a place for members to share their Airstream Nest Caravan related thoughts, ideas, excitement, concerns, eventual experiences (both good and bad), as well as the solutions and remedies!
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Latest Airstream Nest articles:

Airstream Life, Summer 2016, Editor's Page: "Airstream Goes Fiberglass"

Wide Open Country, May 12, 2016, "This Mini Airstream Will Make Your Road Trip Dreams Come True"
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