I've just read your thread again and have been pondering your questions about Airstream Management's awareness related to quality (your post #35 in this thread). I do think that they care about the quality to some degree and they probably care more about the perceived quality by new perspective buyers. Also, the management and the workers are mostly accountable to Thor Industries for their production rate and the profit margin per unit, etc.
I retired a year ago from a general aviation manufacturer where I worked for thirty-five years in a variety of capacities related mostly to aviation electronics (avionics technician, technical training [electronics instructor and flight instructor] engineering, program management, marketing and supply management) so I got to see a pretty full spectrum of what goes on with a small to medium size manufacturer. The first six years, the company was still privately owned by the founder's family. During this time, although there were a number of problems, there was a great emphasis on quality above quantity and true customer service rather than lip service. Then the company was sold to another company that was trying to diversify their business. That company owned the business for a number of years then they sold the company to another company...so goes the story of America. Once the company was not a family-owned corporation, the emphasis on genuine quality continued to erode as the emphasis on return on investment (ROI) continued to build. I'm not saying that this is exactly the situation with Airstream (before or after acquisition by Thor), but it is always an issue throughout our society. We've got to do things better as a nation.
Also, read this Wikipedia entry on Thor
for additional insight on the owner, the financial history, etc. Every publically-traded company accountable to its stockholders who frequently look mostly at ROI more than anything else. Sorry for the rant, but I got started and I couldn't help myself.