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Old 12-16-2003, 08:00 AM   #15
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I almost forgot...here was a pickup truck bringing over some of the internal ribs.. I think Don told us that Airstream bends some of the ribs (if not all) themselves. Either way, here is the picture of the ribs...and as for tours, they start at 2pm Eastern time Monday through Friday.

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Here is a picture of a Safari shell being made ready for transport to it's new home!
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Old 12-16-2003, 08:03 AM   #17
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AIRBORNE!

This is a picture of that same shell you just looked at above being lowerd onto a chassis.
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The next few shots are of the slide out module construction. These units are made of fiberglass and are some of the strongest slideouts in the industry according to Don Ambose the tour guide and frankly, I can see why!
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Slideout construction pic#2
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Slideout construction #3
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The next few shots are that of the initial process of bringing the frame into the factory, installing the bellypan, axle(s), tanks, etc.
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Old 12-16-2003, 08:13 AM   #23
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Now onto the coaches on the line. Again, as most of you know, we were allowed to enter some of the coaches under construction. The entire process is amazing and the folks on the line are very friendly....Don and the other employees didn't seem to mind us taking a few peeks....which I'll post in a bit...here are some pictures of actual coaches on the assembly line. I was a bit out of sorts, but I think there are two lines running...anyway more instant gratification...more pics..
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More units on the line....
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On the line.....
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Next are a few pics of the various steps in the construction process....
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Insulation.....
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Here is a CCD in production....Here as with all Airstreams, you can see the coating that they apply on the inside to all the seams....it's kind of greyish black looking.....
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